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Spanish Learning July 21, 2005

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To learn it in a language school,

Programs / Spanish Classes
Beverly Hills Lingual Institute – Spanish
439 North Canon Drive, Suite 207
Beverly Hills, CA 90210 (from santa monica blvd, go west, between Beverly Blvd and N. Beverly Dr)
10) 858-0717
$225 per 8 week term
Schedule (7/5-8/29)
Beg I Tue. 6:00PM or 7:35PM
Beg II Tue. 6:00PM
Beg II Thu. 6:00PM
Beg II Wed. 7:35PM
Beg II+ Thu. 7:35PM

Los Angeles Language Center
11870 Santa Monica Blvd, Suite 202
Los Angeles, CA 90025 (west of 405)
(310) 826-4140
Beginning A Wed 6:15pm-7:45pm
Thu 8:00pm-9:30pm
Beginning B Thu 6:15pm-7:45pm
Beginning C Thu 8:00pm-9:30pm


umm… too bad it is too far away

To learn it at UCLA extension studies

Locate UCLA by Zip code (90095) or by street address (405 Hilgard Avenue). Call 310-825-4321 for recorded directions.
Communicating in Spanish for the Beginner: Intensive Level I
X 450A Spanish 6 units $430
Course Open Reg# R5314U
UCLA: 2181 Bunche Hall
Monday & Wednesday , 7-9:30pm
September 26 – December 14 , 22 mtgs.
(no mtg. 10/3 & 10/12)
Course Open Reg# R5320U
UCLA: A20 Haines Hall
Tuesday & Thursday , 6:30-9:10pm
September 27 – December 15 , 21 mtgs.
(no mtg. 10/4, 10/13 & 11/24)

To learn it in a community college,
LA City College is the nearest one, it is between Melrose and Vermont.


Advisory: English 28 or equivalent.
Credit allowed for only one of Spanish 1 OR Spanish 21 and 22 together. Class assignments will require one hour per week in the Foreign Language Laboratory – DH 319. To study Spanish Abroad Call: (213) 891-2282.

Evening Classes

3585 6:50-9:20 TTh Abeleira DH309
5 * $26=$130 +$26 (one time enrollment fee)


Prerequisite: Spanish 1 or equivalent.
Class assignments will require one hour per week in the Foreign Language Laboratory – DH 319.

Evening Classes
3587 6:50-9:20 TTh Zamora DH304

dance class


Bellagio “O” July 20, 2005

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There are so many shows in Las Vegas. However, the name that I heard most is “O”. And one co-worker even said that compared with “O,” “Mama-Mia” is nothing. Well, I havne’t seen “O” yet. So I will remain doubt toward the above comment. Besides, I am always a big fan of musicals. So I guess it is just different stroke for different folks.

O_bellagio_forwebbig “O”s full name is “Cirque du Soleil’s ‘O'”. since so many people give great and fantastic comments about this show, it makes me really want to see it. 🙂 It is shown in Bellagio. (The reviews say: The show is amazing. It is a step into the surreal. Basic elements of water, earth, fire, and air are mixed and mingled in a variety of spectacular performances of dancing, swimming, acrobatics, and clowning. It is difficult to say, “the show is about…,” because the themes and the elements, and how the performers interact with these things, are what the show centers around. The show is a triumph in exploring the boundaries of performance with the elements.)


However, it is just way too hard to find a good seat (like in the middle and in the front rows), especially during weekends. And it might be hard to have another day off this year if I want to go back home this winter. Sign, It seems that it has to be in next year’s to-do list.

After doing some more research, it seems that there another three shows that are very similar to “O.” One is K Cirque du Soleil (), and the other one is Zumanity (in New York Hotel), and the other is Mystere (Treasure Island).

Cirque du Soleil turns out to be a French-Canadian company (http://www.cirquedusoleil.com/). Wow, they have much more shows that I have heard about.

According to www.a2zlasvegas.com/events/production.html, the following are the reviews about the above three shows:

KA Kawallpaper_forweb(http://www.cirquedusoleil.com/Cirquedusoleil/en/KA/main.htm?bandWidth=Hi): KA brings the visual language of cinema to a dazzling live event that is more about storytelling than any previous Cirque production. The show’s underlying theme of duality is underscored by the opposing powers of fire to create and to destroy.
My comments: It is the only show that tells a full story of twins heirs (. So some people say if you are not very familiar with western arts, it might be more understandable to see this one. Also when reviewing the website, I think there are more Asian artistic elements in this show.

Zumanity_forweb Zumanity(http://www.zumanity.com/): another side of Cirque du Soleil” is playing inside the New York-New York Hotel & Casino. It is an exploration of sex and sexuality, and the range and depth of this exploration is wonderful. This production bears all of the classic trademarks of a Cirque extravaganza, but is the first time that the company has dealt with the exploration of human sexuality. “Zumanity‚Äôs” look at love, sensuality and eroticism, in all its forms, is ultimately a story of human emotion, the nature of beauty, and the acceptance of differences.
Book online or call the New York-New York Hotel & Casino Ticket Office at (702) 740-6815 or toll free at 1 866 606 7111.
My comments: well, it is really about sex and sexuality. But as long as it shows the beauty of them, I think it will be a great show. BTW, the seating design is funny. They provide “Duo Sofa” for couples.

Mystere_forweb Mystere (http://www.treasureisland.com/pages/ent_mystere.asp): Mystere is a visual fantasia with acrobatics, tumbling, pole dancing, hand balancing, bungee dancers, and more. The production is underscored by live progressive music as well.
My comment: it looks like a Chinese ZAJI upgrated with fabulous costumes, contemporary music, fascinating light effects. Although I don’t like some of the creatures they have on posters, the show obtains amazingly good reviews.

While reviewing KA’s website, I found that the following people are needed for a show:

  • Creator / Director
  • Director of Creation
  • Theatre and Set Designer
  • Costume Designer
  • Composer and Arranger
  • Choreographer
  • Lighting Designer
  • Sound Designer
  • Interactive Projections Designer
  • Puppet Designer
  • Props Designer
  • Acrobatic equipment and rigging desinger
  • Make-up Designer

Scrubs July 5, 2005

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It is a pretty interesting soap opera. We have watched it on TV and then rented the DVD. It is really funny and unique. However, it is really sad they only have season 1 on DVD. I also purchased two songs that were in this show – which means they have good music too.



Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park – July 4th Trip of 2005 July 4, 2005

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It is a July 4th long weekend trip.

As PP plans for it:
Plan A:
**July 1st**
Arrive Lodgepole camping ground.

**July 2nd**
Find a nearby first-come-first-server camping ground. Spend the day in Giant Forest area.

**July 3rd**
Go to Mineral King area. Camp at Cold Springs.

**July 4th**
Visit Crystal Cave and come back home.


Plan B:

**July 1st**
Arrive Lodgepole camping ground.

**July 2nd**
Spend the day in Giant Forest area.

Go to Cold Springs camping ground before sunset.

**July 3rd**
Stay at Mineral King area. Camp at Cold Springs for another night.

**July 4th**
Visit Crystal Cave and come back home.


Plan C:

**July 1st**
Arrive Lodgepole camping ground.

**July 2nd**
Visit Crystal Cave and see some big trees.

Go to Cold Springs camping ground before sunset.

**July 3rd**
Stay at Mineral King area. Camp at backcountry, maybe by a lake.

**July 4th**
come back home.


Plan D:

**July 1st**
Arrive Lodgepole camping ground.

**July 2nd**
Find a camping ground at Grant Grove area. And spend the day there.

**July 3rd**
Find a camping ground at Cedar Grove area and spend the day there.

**July 4th**
Visit Crystal Cave and come back home.

We booked Copper Canyon Trail for 2 nights and the confirmation number is 40040.