Monday, July 23, 2012

VIDEO: Driving in China

This afternoon, I was in a silly/great mood and decided I was going to hop in the driver's seat and be the one to drive to factory instead of Jim. He let me drive on my last trip, so he already knew I could handle it. I used to be intimidated by the chaos on the roads because there are just so many people out at the same time.

Notice how people just drive on any side of the road. I have to take another video on a busy street. This is light. 

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Saturday, July 21, 2012

Arrival in Putian, China

 The flight from Hong Kong to Xiamen
 Arrival - Had a driver that didn't speak English (bottom right). He parked so far away and I felt so clueless, following him to wherever we were gonna end up.
 The lobby at the Putian office. I had to get a picture of this guy lounging (barefoot) because I'm pretty sure he works there.
 I don't know what this was, but it didn't look welcoming
 strong arms lol
 Tea time

 It smells so bad whenever we come to this factory. I call this place "the hood"
 Staring because black-people-sightings are rare in Putian
 Some of the best shrimp I've ever tasted in my life! Deep fried- you can even eat the shell
 I don't know what they call this, but its bangin too. Its got bananas on the inside and is fried with peanut butter. Mm!
 Everytime I come to China, I order these mushrooms, any chance I get. So good!
 Yes, they have Kentucky Fried Chicken all the way in China... the menu is kind of different though... And everything is much smaller compared to America (of course).
The local taxi bikes. I'm trying to get on one of these before I leave, but I don't think anyone is going to let me. We'll see... lol

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Thursday, July 19, 2012

SIOUX Jewelry

I HAVE to show you my friend, Aisha's jewelry. I'm so impressed that she makes all of these by hand. I want one!! lol She also painted the "Makhtub" painting in my most previous post. I love her creativity. She's overflowing with it... check out her tumblr site --->
 Struggle, 2012.
Interracial, 2012
 Attraversiamo, 2012
 Sherma, June 2012
Aisha Sioux

Imperfection, 2012

Follow her: @AishaSioux

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Blackberry and iPod pics 7/20

 VA beach with Yanna, Lamar, and Ashley (last weekend) .. I needed this
 Central Park East - I thought these 4-kid strollers were cool #random
 Camden waterfront
 Aisha Sioux painted this for me (thank you so much!) - "Makhtub" - Reminder that God is in control
 The environment on the plane to Hong Kong - the last hour
 HK airport public bathroom -- why are the seat covers outside of the stall? I was looking for them when I was in there too.
 Can't believe they have light-up Uggs ...  only for the children, please
 The first thing I ever made on my sewing machine! lol it looks simple but it took me 3 tries to get here.. That's a leather drawstring, by the way. I cut it myself ;)
 Hong Kong airport is huge
 What you know about sweet tamarind??
Jess's puppies, Aspen & Maggie

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Jahn Q. Publaq - "Passin Out"

It's been a while since I've blogged JQ's music...  I see you're still doing your thing. South jers!

"And I chase this dough til my pockets full of Ginas... big heaaaad" lol smh #AmericanRasta #HRSR

Follow him: @JahnQPxHRSR

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Monday, July 16, 2012

Photos by Matt Andris

This weekend, Jarid and I had a chance to check out Matt Andris' work at a cool cafe called Groove Ground, in Collingswood. Below are the photos that Matt was exhibiting, but my photos don't really do them much justice. I was intrigued to find out that these shots were taken by polaroid film and were manipulated by boiling, scratching, and other techniques. I think it's pretty cool.

Check out more of his work on his portfolio site --->

Don't forget to follow him : @Andrisphotos

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Nicole's baby shower

 All of the decorations were on point

 "The nursery"
 Amazing... a train made out of diapers, ribbon, and cotton balls. ANNND the front has a headlight
I had taste-testing privileges  
 Mrs. Barringer :) ... she's responsible for the creativity you see. I'm so impressedEveryone waiting to surprise Nicole
 Best friends,  Jackie and Nicole
Time to open gifts
awwww.... so cute

 photo by Tash Leake lol
Now, the only thing left to do is wait for Kingston to arrive!!

Photography by: Jarid Barringer
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