Archive for September, 2010

Yoga and The Beatles

Posted in Dating in Vancouver, Uncategorized, Yoga articles on September 21, 2010 by Josan

I was in one of those blind dates two weeks ago (Sept 4, 2010 Sunday), where the guy & I were talking about our favorite kinda music. And I shared with him that I loved the Beatles. I told him that I can listen to the Beatles over and over again and not get sick of them. I was obsessed with the Beatles music. He told me that The Beatles music was actually inspired by Eastern culture, especially the song “Here Comes the Sun“. I found that fascinating. I didnt know that. I had the urge to share these fact with you guys, especially after I came across one of the articles in my yoga readings for the teacher training by Michael Stone. He mentioned that one of the people who inspired him to do yoga is his schizophrenic uncle who loved listening to the Beatles too, because “they  were studying with Maharishi Mahesh who was exposed to the teachings of non-duality”. For a detailed account of their yogic exploration you can read through Janel Chatraw’s article. It’s pretty fascinating how the Beatles actually contributed in bringing yoga to the Western world. There were conflicts that took place between the Beatles and their influential yoga mentors resulting to the Beatles quitting the ashram, here is an article on the controversy. If you were wondering what happened to the blind date guy.. it didnt work out. I learned a lot from him within the two times we hanged out though. Amidst me and the guy’s differences that drove us to the conclusion that it wasnt gona work, we have some similar interests that I almost forgot about that he reminded me of. He loved the 1970s movie “Harold and Maude”, which was also a movie recommended by my yoga mentor. He also shared with me this awesome trivia fact that I didnt know about the Beatles! The funny part about dating him was he was a childhood friend of one of my yoga classmates who kept me company a couple of times when I was house sitting for my yoga mentor. When he mentioned her name on our first date, I awkwardly blurted out “What… you seriously know her?! Im sleeping in the same bed with her right now!” lol. Poor guy, I got the scoop about him from not only one, but two of my yoga classmates who were his childhood friends! Oh the sense of humor of a small world.

Fraudographer alert!

Posted in Advices/Tips from Others, Photographer/Artistz Spotlighted, Uncategorized on September 16, 2010 by Josan

Beware of Groupon deals like this fraudphotographer, Dana Dawes. :S It’s really disturbing that she has the nerve to rip money off people by creating a fake website and stealing other professional photographers work and claiming it as her own.

http://www.groupon.com/deals/dana-dawes-photography-atlanta/posts#c321807

More blogs discusses her fraud: http://www.petapixel.com/2010/09/15/photographer-offers-groupon-deal-using-stolen-photographs-chaos-ensures/

Her site before deleting the stolen images: http://www.flickr.com/photos/53954517@N05/sets/721576249…

More online info about her -> http://whois.domaintools.com/danadawesphotography.com

V-Tarp

Posted in Photographer/Artistz Spotlighted, Uncategorized on September 14, 2010 by Josan

June 10-16, 2010. WE newspaper. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

I came across his article a couple of months ago and kept it, but didnt get the chance to read it until today. In May 2009, I got hooked up by an individual who has a network with BC Transit on their planned anti-grafitti project plan to get ready for the Olympics. As a fresh graduate, I was really excited to work on my 1st out-of school contract. As a naive graduate, I am an easy bait for cheap labor, even from the corporate world. I was really grateful that one of my teachers in Emily Carr stood up to act as my agent, because  BC Transit was working on taking advantage of my fresh graduate status by under paying us on the artist fee. She went to all the board meetings in relation to the project. She would update us on their decisions in the meeting. It sounded like a stressful ordeal in her part, and I was pretty stressed too because while this was all happening I was job-hunting and bill collectors were after me from the unpaid bills I have accumulated after graduation.  My instructor stood her ground backing me up and I got paid the artist fee I deserved, than originally planned. The project was a really good plan of preventing grafiti artists to tamper on empty transit spaces, since it was proven to work in Paris. But that didn’t stop Jerm and his V-Tarp team from expressing out their belief/opinion of advertisements and empty advertisement spaces in transit areas during the Olympics in Vancouver. I found the pretentiousness of such a display unbearable. Jerm’s voice is a point that is a MUST-BE-EXPRESSED in nature. I am glad that we have a brave soul who is willing to go out of his way to even get himself in trouble from authority, though the reaction by BC Transit was exaggerated. It’s so cool that we have a Bansky in the city, I am a fan of Bansky and Jerm’s public art. 🙂 I agree with Jerm “Things like that are some of the things that makes cities cool and vibrant”


Updates of underwater photography services I offer :)

Posted in Accomplished Projects on September 1, 2010 by Josan

Hello everybody!

Here is an update of the new underwater photography services I offer 🙂 You can also enlarge the brochure, drag and drop it to your computer and print it out yourself.

sincerely… Josan

Outside of brochure

Inside of brochure