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Home for the Holidays

Posted in Asian Winter Odyssey 2010-11, Travel North America with tags , , , , , , , on June 6, 2014 by Yarn Over New York

December 2010- The last time I was home for Christmas.  At the time, I was living in Macau and in the midst of a mandatory 55 day waiting period before re-entering on a new visa.  Therefore, I was traveling for 2 glorious months.  I spent a few days home for the holidays with friends and family.  I saw a bunch of high school friends and shocked my family with my blue hair.

Mandatory “kids” tree photo

The Monstrosity (NOT my house)

My cousin is SO tall

My most memorable moment was definitely my final rabies treatment.


See more photos here (including visits with friends).


Merry Monkeys

Posted in Arts and Crafts, Crochet and Knit, Esplanade, Work with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 29, 2012 by Yarn Over New York

I posted earlier that I was doing a crochet/ amigurumi Monkeyful Christmas Countdown.  I had set my goal at 10 monkeys by Christmas.  As it turns out, I only needed to make eight.  (One for each of my 6 students, one for Tracey and one for Helen).

“Skinny Monkey” number 3 of 8

The first four monkeys went really quickly and I had completed them with weeks to spare.  Then wrist and finger pain caused me to pause for a few days.

Rainbow Monkey

Monkeys 5 and 6 happened eventually and then I paused again as my friends Marshall and Lionel came to visit.

Fuzzy Head (Tiger) Monkey


This resulted in me having only THREE DAYS to crochet my last two monkeys.  I did make it, but I had to stay up until 3am on the night of the 23rd to finish the last monkey for my students.

Sunrise Monkey- possibly my most favorite monkey ever!

The Finale Monkey- Watermelon

My students and their monkeys

Travel Theme: Festive

Posted in Life in Singapore, Travel Europe with tags , , , , , , , on December 25, 2012 by Yarn Over New York

Merry Christmas Dudes!

This is my second installment of Weekly Travel Theme from Where’s My Backpack.  This week’s theme is Festive (aka Christmas).


I’ll start off with a very local festive photo.

This is me and my students celebrating Christmas 2012 with crocheted monkeys in Singapore.


Christmas 2011 in Singapore was the season of the Elephant Parade.  I had several fairly quiet parties with work friends and Jason’s friends.  All in all it was a fairly mellow Christmas. (Though the Stage Management department did do a Secret Santa and my Santa gifted me with wool for needle felting!!!)

I love my NON-White Christmas!! No snow!! No cold!!


It’s funny when “home” becomes “travel.”  I was fortunate enough to be home (DC metro area) for Christmas in 2010, though at the time I was living in Macau AND in the middle of a 6 month travel extravaganza that I call my Asian Winter Odyssey.

While in MD, my friends and I cruised my the house that we call “The Monstrosity”

I consider this one worthy of two photos. Yes Santa IS riding a weird unicycle/wheelchair and saying “Feliz Navidad.” Don’t ask me.


Nothing says “Weihnachten” like Glühwein in Germany.  (Glühwein is a tasty spicy mulled hot wine served in Northern Europe around the holiday season.)  In 2010, my friends and I traveled from Belgium to Cologne, Germany to visit the Christmas Markets and freeze our noses off!

The view from our hotel room


Christmas 2008 served as a good-bye for me.  It was the last time I saw my family before leaving NYC and the USA to live in Belgium.

Doesn’t my Dad look FESTIVE?

Merry Christmas — Happy Holidays — Season’s Greetings!!

My Winter Travels: Rotterdam, Cologne, Maastricht and London

Posted in Travel Europe with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 21, 2010 by Yarn Over New York

Public Art in Rotterdam

As I sit at my desk here in Macau and write this post to document my travels from last winter, I reflect on the differences in my life.  I no longer live in gray, cloudy, cold Belgium and am no longer hopping on trains to visit nearby cold and snowy European cities.  Instead I live in gray, cloudy, hot Macau and occasionally hop on a plane to visit nearby sunny and humid asian cities.

The Dom Cathedral in Koln

So let’s all close our eyes and imagine it is a cold and blustery winter in Northern Europe.  Let’s imagine that we at Dragone have just received news of yet another delay in our show and our eventual cross-planet transfer to Macau.  Christmas is fast-approaching and thoughts of escaping Belgium and out Bubble are increasing daily.

Pass That Dutch in Maastricht

Over the few months of winter, we organized some group trips to various neighboring countries to break up the tedium of life in Belgium.

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No it's Skoopy!

Rotterdam, the Netherlands: 13 December 2009

The first of our trips was to Rotterdam, one of  the bigger cities in the Netherlands.  We went as a large group to see the Cirque du Soleil show Saltimbanco (also directed by Franco Dragone).  Many of our cast and crew have worked on Saltimbanco in the past and were really happy to have the chance to see their friends onstage.

Marshall and Dean consult the map

We also did the requisite wandering/sightseeing/shopping in the afternoon.

Cool Statue in the Sunset

Koln (Cologne), Germany: 20 and 21 December 2009

My co-workers (friends) Sita, Kirk, Alex and I decided to take a weekend trip to Cologne for some last-minute Christmas market shopping and revelry before each heading to our respective homes for the holidays.

Beer can keep you warm

The town was a-buzz with Christmas Cheer

Lots of snow, lots of people, lots of booths in the markets

Pit stops at bars and café were essential given the frigid weather and pushy crowds at the markets.  We ate lots of warm crusty pastries and treats and drank a lot of Gluhwein (warm mulled wine- a Holiday treat in Germany and the Netherlands).   We also each managed to find a few items for gifts or for ourselves.

Merry Christmas!

Maastricht, the Netherlands: 31 January 2010

I decided to visit Masstricht because my little brother told me I would be a “stupid-head” if I lived so close to it for almost 2 years and never actually made the trip.  He had studied here a few years back during his University days.  I suppose he enjoyed it and that’s why he called me mean names to persuade me to go . . .

A quaint little stream and a quaint amount of snow

To be honest, the trip was not entirely exciting.  We walked around town and saw the Southern Dutch architecture, the river and some cool modern buildings in the distance.

However, it was BRASS BAND weekend and we did catch several live performances around town!

London, England: 7 and 8 February 2010

The last “big” trip I went on during my time in Belgium, was the weekend holiday in London.  Again, a bunch of Dragone-ites headed out together to visit the city and see Varekai at Royal Albert Hall.

Two of my traveling companions Pamela and Ana

Other than the show, my favorite part of the trip was visiting the Camden Town Markets.  The place is crawling with “hip” people, “hip” cafes and lots and lots of “hip” handicrafts to buy.  I got a cool ring made of circuitry parts.  (It is very “hip” but it did turn my finger green . . . )

The "Hip" Area

Hip candles made of hip fruits and veggies (for real, yo)

The trip was awesome and a much-needed diversion from the Bubble.  Of course it was cold and of course we had to walk a lot.  The show was really good and being in Royal Albert Hall was totally cool.

But hands down, the COOLEST part of the trip was . . .

THIS T-SHIRT!!!!!!!!!

I guess that brings us up to date on my travels.  Probably just in time for me to take another trip or two.  Perhaps, I should try to blog about my life here in Macau a little more . . .

Anyway, more photos of Rotterdam here; Koln here; Maastricht here and London here.  ENJOY

Back to the Bubble- Highlights from T&F 2 and 3

Posted in Dragone, Life in Belgium with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 21, 2010 by Yarn Over New York

After a 3 month hiatus (summer 2009), all of us Dragone people descended upon Lint and Eurocam (again) to begin (again) our training for the showGiven that it is currently summer 2010, we are all now living in Macau and the show is set to open in September, I will give a speed-through version of the events of Fall 2009 and Winter 2010.

When we first returned to Belgium, the plan was to train until the middle of December and then move to China and begin Creation with the New Year.  Unfortunately, due to delays in building construction, we ended up staying in Belgium until the end of March and not beginning Creation until the middle of June.

When we first arrived, the weather was still warm and even a bit sunny

Soon the wind began to blow and the temperature began to drop

Halloween was a particularly fun occasion in the Bubble.  We had a big party in the catering area.  I helped many of the artists make their costumes (using my normal clothing).  Costumes included: Aerobic Instructor, Hippy, Guy Who Just Finished Taking a Shower, Surfer Party Girl and Jessie K.

Kris G as Hippy

Anna as Jessie K(me)!

Three of these ladies made their own costumes, but the pink one is Cecilia as Surfer Party Girl.

I went as Tigger with a hand-crocheted hat and tail, Magic used his wheelchair and went as R2D2.

We re-christened the Month of November to be “Movember” and almost of all the guys grew out their mustaches.  Apparently, this is an Australian tradition and often used to raise money for testicular cancer.

Mo' betta Mo' boyz Mo'stache

On the last day of Movember, even the girls joined in the fun.

In December, the US Ambassador to Belgium came to visit our studios.  He watched some training and posed for pictures with his entourage and the Americans working for Dragone.

Don't I Look Patriotic?

Snow Snow Snow- Fellow SM Dean and I are very cold in this picture

Getting ready for Christmas with my Sexy Advent Calendar

Also in December we had a big holiday party before everyone went off on their brief holiday vacations.

Santa visited our studio!

Me with Chicken the Acrobat and the 6 Contortionists

We all had 2 weeks vacation for Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year’s.  I took my holiday in Maryland with my family and NYC with my friends.  After the break (again) we all came back to Belgium (again) and resumed our lives in the Bubble (again).  In January we celebrated our one year anniversary of Training and Formation.

Cesilie in the rubbish bin

(Needless to say, after a year and all living and working in the same building, we may have gone a little bonkers.)

Me and Anna at the Studio

We passed Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, and all the other days in between.  And on one special day in March, we celebrated the wedding of one of our acrobats, Martin, and his new wife, Petra.  They got married at a church in Brussels and then we held a small reception in our catering area.

In a traditional Slovakian wedding, the bride breaks a plate and the groom must sweep up all the pieces. The other men at the wedding try to kick the pieces away so that the groom cannot complete his task.

Martin and Petra cut the cake!

Tasty tasty cake

In addition to all of the on-site adventures and plenty of work, I did make several trips abroad during this time period.  I will write about those in another blog entry.

I will leave you with the “before” and “after” shots of our group.

A group shot of the artists on our welcoming first night in Jan 2009

A Group Photo Taken for Our Going Away Party- March 2010

Merry Christmas

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on December 26, 2008 by Yarn Over New York

My Family on Christmas Day

My Family on Christmas Day