Wednesday, June 29, 2011

IIFA's in Toronto, Day 2

Day 2 in Toronto was really chill. We took out time getting ready in the morning, didn't head out until it was about 11am, I think. It was going to be a day of wandering around TO, stalking the celebs and checking out the outdoor activities at Rogers Center. The grid in TO is really easy to understand and I never felt lost at all. Here's a little yard sale sign that we spotted that made us all laugh. Totally should have gone to check out the sexiness of it... but we didn't.

Instead, we had a quick lunch and then headed over to the small Raj Kapoor exhibit. They were playing an old black and white film (sorry, I'm not sure what it was called) and you could get your face superimposed on a photo of a scene from one of his movies, with or without him. I sat and posed, but the camera was broken or something. It was taking fuzzy photos. We could have purchased them, but she urged us to come back when the camera was fixed.

From there we ended up walking a ways down to the Fairmont Royal York Hotel. It's a landmark building, very lavish inside with grand chandelier's, winding staircases, dark elaborate wood everywhere, velvet seats, etc. We 3 hung around dodging the security people asking for proof of staying at the hotel, like little papparazzi waiting to catch a glimpse of any stars. Filmi Girl had the possibility of an interview with Arshad Warsi, so we were waiting to see if that panned out. Sadly, it didn't. :( But we made it up to the 19th floor where only the press is supposed to go. :) I love this photo, check out our reflections.

From there we went to the Rogers Center where there was supposed to be all sorts of things going on. There was a travelling bhangara band that kept growing and growing as the day progressed. I loved the sounds of the dohl drums. Is it dohl? I think so.

There were two stages like this set up with entertainment as well. Not as big of crowds as I expected to see here, but that's because there were hundreds of people lined up along the road where all the stars were supposed to roam down to enter the building, the "green carpet" instead of the red carpet. I heard that some people spent the night down there in order to get a good spot for viewing all the celebs.

Here's us having a great time listening to the comedy and vocals. Shortly after this photo, we headed back towards the hotel. Stopped at a pub for a bite to eat and then went to get ourselves all dolled up for the actual IIFA's!

And here we are! We arrived at 7, and the awards were majorly late starting. I didn't look at the clock (I was nodding off), but I think they started around 9pm or so. They went until 2:15am!! We were sitting in our seats for like 7 hours... talk about SORE legs, hips, feet... ugh. Mostly I really enjoyed the awards, but I could have done without the extra hour and a half of shout outs to Torontonians for being so awesome, and the "keep the earth green" award stuff.

Here's what I looked like. This churidar kameez cost me too much (I paid the white girl price) but it was worth it. I felt like a little princess there, and I think the Indian people appreciated the fact that my sis and I were wearing traditional clothing to this event. I regret not putting on a bindi though.

The entertainment was really great, I thought. There were about I dunno.. 6 or 7 dance numbers? The songs and the dance are such a huge part of the films, and I really enjoyed seeing them done live. I did vote on who I wanted to win each category, so it was cool to be there and see if my votes made a difference. The list of winners is at this website if you're interested. I wish Hrithik, Shahid, and Akshay and Saif would have been there, and Aishwaria.. and Amitab and Abishek. There are probably others I'd have loved to see live, but I'm pathetic when it comes to names of entertainers.

At the end of the night, it was time for Shah to do his number, but because of a fudged knee, he was unable to full out dance. Still, not wanting to disappoint his audience, he performed this little comedic satyr of how some of the popular dance moves were invented. I thought it was really entertaining and I appreciated him putting out the effort, despite the pain he must have been in with his messed up knee.

By the end of the night, i'd dozed off a few times (mostly during the lifetime achievement awards), and I thought I had to just go home and sleep after it was over, but then I got a second wind while we were dodging drunk people puking on the way home. LOL I never felt unsafe, the police presence was huge. I ended up getting a second wind and wanted to go out to a club called "Ultra" that an Indian lady recommended earlier in the day, but alas, it was nearly 3am, and really we weren't sure if the club was going to be open much longer anyway. So we went back and crashed. I was way too wound up to sleep though.

Been trying to upload some videos that I took at the awards, but they're taking forever on youtube. So I guess that will be a post in the future sometime.

It was a stellar day 2 in Toronto. Thanks again Filmi Girl and Shell's Bollyworld! Fantastic!!

Jules :Oyaaaayyyy!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

My Bollywood Birthday Weekend in Toronto Part 1

So June 24th took me to Toronto, Canada where I was about to embark on the weekend of my life with my sister and Filmi Girl. It was wonderful to get to meet another person from the blogging community, especially one who shared as much if not more passion for Indian Film as Shellie and I do. Here's me while waiting for Filmi's flight to come at Toronto International Airport.

The three of us all hit it off immediately and the chatter never stopped. It was a really great weekend in the making right from the hugs off the plane. Here's us being Bond Girls in the hotel room.
We met up with another blogger, Beth and another friend Irena for some delicious Indian food at "Aroma". They were great there and the food was yummy. A few hours later and we were ready to go out to the Vivek Oberoi/Shahrukh Khan Meet & Greet pre-awards party at the Sheraton. It was a night that promised adventure, awesome filmi music, the VIP passes which awarded us a meet and greet with Vivek, drinks and a room full of beautiful people. But first we had to get through numerous line-ups and into the event itself. So here's us on the way to the Sheraton.


Once we got in and through the first two lines, there was this opportunity to do the red carpet pic. There was this really funny drunk guy there throwing compliments at the people getting their pics taken, solely in an effort to get his turn faster.. "You're beautiful! Challu, challu!" (sorry for spelling that wrong, I'm sure I did). Let's go was right. I just wanted to get my photo and get into the party room where there was already thumping music throwing vibrations through the floor up my feet and rockin my body. I could not stand still and I could not wipe the smile off my face all night. So here's us on the red carpet thing...

And here's us after a drink or two. All I had all night was four of those little plastic glasses of white wine, but I swear, the energy in the hotel made me high as a kite already. It felt as if I'd had 2 bottles of wine by the time the night was over.

My feet started moving and they never stopped. Not for a moment. I couldn't stand still. Filmi music sooo loud that it almost made your heart beat for you. The rhythms took over and I found myself doing bhangara moves and bolly moves. The 3 of us "white chicks" attracted a lot of attention (we only saw 2 other white people there all night). It seemed like before we knew it, we were mini-celebs, with everyone wanting to dance with us, talk to us, party with us. I lost track of how many people I danced with, men and women alike. It was totally amazing to be immersed in such enthusiasm and excitement, and to be accepted by the beautiful people who come from this culture. Regardless of their origin, one thing was common among us all... we all love Indian film and music. Here's Shell gettin' down with some of the first girls to want to dance with us near the beginning of the night. We closed down the club and these girls were there right to the end with us. One of them had a husband we nicknamed "the photo guy" cuz he was going snap crazy. Hope the pics of me are at least flattering, wherever they end up! LOL

Then it was time for the meet and greet with Vivek! Woohoo! I loved hugging him and when I said I loved him, he complimented my hair "I love how you've done your hair!" and then I asked him if he'd sign my purse. But without a pen, he could have easily turned me away and not obliged, but he motioned for the nearest cop to pass him a pen so he could do that for me. A thank you and another hug, I asked for a kiss, so we planted one on each other's cheeks and I was hastily escorted off stage. Shell was right after me and then Filmi Girl got her turn. Sooo cool!! Thanks to Projected Life Photography for taking the photos!


My autographed purse! *sigh*


And after a couple of hours of dancing, and drying off and dancing and drinking, talking with people, laughing and dancing some more, finally it was time for Shahrukh Khan to take the stage. I thought the music was deafening?! NOT nearly as loud as the screams and cries of the crowd. I was totally unable to see him, so I joked with the tallest man I could find and said "lift me up so I can see???" and to my MAJOR surprise he did! He was a big guy, I got to see Shah.. I was happy!! He didn't keep me there for too long. I felt bad. So I stood for most of Shah's time there, but then near the end he swooped me up again and let me see him sing a song above the crowd. What a nice thing to do, I thought. My sister confiscated my camera, and ended up taking videos, which wasted my memory and batteries, but I was thankful for that. I managed to get the following 10 semi-clear-ish shots from the videos she took. Thanks Shell! It was difficult to rise above the crowd, zoom in and stay steady enough even on the highest ISO speed to get good pics with my dinky camera. So these are the best we got.










Mmm. He's sooo dreamy. I don't care if people thought he looked tired. I thought it was great of him to come to that event, as late as he did and entertain us all for over an hour despite a broken knee cap and it being passed midnight. This night didn't end until 2:3oam, and even after that us 3 girls hung around the lobby for a while, and then the parking lot. Eventually we stumbled home at 3:15am for a much needed sleep. I think had this been the only thing we went there for, I'd have been a completely happy and satisfied woman. Thank you to my sis for getting both the IIFA tickets and VIP passes to this totally amazing party event! What an AWESOME birthday gift!!

I'll post more tomorrow. For now, scroll back up and hit Shell's Bollyworld and Filmi Girl's blogs for more pics and their take on the evening's events.

Jules :OWOOOOOWWW!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Weeeeeee!

H - oli - day - s!!!!!

I'm sure I've never put this amount of effort into making sure I'll look good for a weekend away before. But it's important to be looking fine when you're going to be in the presence of such wonderful actors, actresses and peers! Woohoo!! I can't wait! There's no way I'm sleeping a wink tonight. Well, I guess I'd better, I have to get up at 3:30am and drive.

Now.. pack, shower, sleep.

Talk to you soon!!
Jules :O)

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Blissful Birthday

Just had a really spectacular family weekend with my boys.. Thor came up and shared in the weekend before my birthday.. together as a little family unit. I've never seen my son be as hyper yet as content as he was this weekend, to be honest. Full of excitement to play and explore and share things with Thor, proudly displaying and introducing him to his friends at school, inching his way into cuddles. I mean, the whole thing almost reduced me to tears so many times. A picnic in the park as a family.. where I wasn't the only one with the soul responsibility of having to gently discipline. Just really, I can't say enough for how it melted my heart. Thank you Thor, and thanks to my little boy too.. it was a perfect weekend. And it was made even better by the fact that it didn't make my son all teary when today came and Thor had to go home, yet left him saying "You know Mom.. wouldn't it be nice if Thor could come back again tomorrow and stay?" as I tucked him into bed. I guess it's pretty successful if a lasting impression has been made without creating too big of hole in his heart, as there were no tears involved, just a loving smile. I think the word to sum it up for me is "magical".

Thor gave me this beautiful watch for my birthday, to wear with my snazzy outfits when I go to Toronto, and just to dress up anything I put on around here. I love it. I've never had a dress watch before. It saddens me that I'll have to take it off to shower. It's silver and has a pink face on it. Just beautiful, and worth a thousand kisses and smiles. He knows my taste perfectly (or else he flukes out each time he adorns me). ;)

Thankfully we'll get to see each other in a few weeks again. I can not wait! We'll be celebrating a one year anniversary already! Time really does fly when you're involved in a good thing.

In the meantime.. I'm really looking forward to a quick trip to Toronto with my sister soon!! I'm sure I'll have about a half dozen posts to rave about that when back from there. For now it's all about getting ready to go and trying to tame my heartbeats from the knowledge that I will actually meet Vivek Oberoi and possibly Shah Rukh Khan and Arshad Warsi!!!! Thank you sister for the VIP pass!! Woot! Excellent b-day present!

Right now it's time for a soak in the tub.

Jules :Odreamysmile)

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Everything?

I'm just loving everything about this song: "Everything" by Neverest. It's been on the radio here. Wanted to post it.

Jules :O)

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Dreamy!



Orchids, being my #1 favorite flower, catch my attention every time I pass by one. I can't resist stopping to take a shot like this one. Of course they come in about 1000 different varieties, so choosing one would be quite a process. But now I have my very own duo sitting inside my house! So stunning. I'm really overjoyed to have them as an addition to my home. I hope I can keep them alive! It'd be a shame to not be able to keep something alive that I've wanted for sooo long. I recall Pauline having one in her house that she said she barely paid attention to and it just kept itself in perma-bloom state. So they can't be that hard to care for. Must not forget to water, actually, I have to look up how to care for them, since they're plants and not cut flowers. Just so beautiful.... :) I'm a very happy girl today!

Jules :Owow!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Awwwwwww!!!


Is it just me or wouldn't this be like the BEST thing to see if you were Jenna and driving down a major highway? I'm surprised she didn't stop and take the sign. God, what a beautiful public expression of love. And all it is is a piece of paper and some words. Love it! You're a lucky lady, Jenna.. whoever you are.. oh and "guy"? You rocked this one.

Jules :O)

Thursday, June 09, 2011

Song Remakes

It seems like lately new musicians have run out of original songs to produce, so they're just making remixes of songs from the late 70's and 80's. There have been so many lately. Here's a prime example. Which one do you like better?

Ghetto Love by Karl Wolf (2011)
Glory of Love by Chicago (1986)
You can do a quick YouTube search for those two..

I've always been a Chicago fan, but actually Ghetto Love is growing on me too. I guess it just depends on what type of mood I'm in. Actually, Glory of Love is always like.. THE song I've wanted a guy to dedicate to me, ever since it came out and I was a kid. What could be better than a man fighting for my honor and being the hero of my dreams... living together forever and actually declaring it to me in a song? I mean, come on! **dreamy sigh**

Other remakes have been Heart's "Alone" which was remade by Alissa Reid and titled "Alone Again". I immediately liked the remake of this one, though I still like the Heart version too.

Now here's a TRAGIC remix.. AO - Old Man. The original Old Man by Neil Young is immeasurably better in my opinion. Some things just shouldn't be messed with.

There have been so many lately, I can't even think of them all.

So what's your favorite remake these days? I'm dying to know!

Jules :O)

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

blessings

Here's something you don't likely know about me.

Whenever I pass by an accident scene, see an ambulance with it's lights flashing, eye the air ambulance flying somewhere... even when I see roadkill.. I do the whole "God Bless" thing forming the holy cross on my body. I figure that if by chance there's nobody else praying for that soul, the very least I can do is offer a simple God Bless. Maybe it will help that soul get to where it needs to be, or stay where it's at. If I'm with other people, I don't do the cross thing, but I still do the bless thing inside my head. He knows what I'm talking about/thinking.

So see? There's more to this girl than just the passionate horny outspoken chick that you thought existed. I run much deeper than that.

Jules ;O)

Friday, June 03, 2011

Frame It!

What a brilliant idea. I really can't wait to drive past this house in about a month's time when the flowers inside are all blooming. If it were me, though, I'd have planted a cascading annual, one that would flow over the edge and spill itself over top and out of the frame.. talk about living art. How fun!
Jules :O)

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Can't think of a post title for this one..

Maybe I'm easily amused.. either that or I do a lot of driving and just happen to have a thing for license plates. Don't judge me.

I had to snap 2 of these with my cell phone, so they're small and crappy quality, but maybe you'll still get a kick out of them.

Either a real lover of the coffee drink or an owner of Tim Hortons..
either way, truly Canadian.
Now is it just me or does "O Dick" bring something fun to mind? Made me instantly think of the big O... if you don't know what the big O is, I pity you. I don't just pity you, I feel like I should educate you, give me a call.


Nothing says "Player" like having a license plate like this one... or maybe it's the guy's nickname. Either way, having it as a license plate struck me as odd. Tell me, what do you think is the point of this one?

Also in the mix were some American plates, but I didn't snap photos. One of note, I saw my first Oklahoma plate this morning. It says "Native America" on it. It was the first time I've seen that plate and it made me think that maybe I should read the wiki about Oklahoma.

Anyway, that's all. Just a few fun license plates. I wonder if I should get a personalized one and how much that would cost. If I did it, what do you think mine should read?

Jules :O)