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Scenes From our Night

Usually the weather on Halloween night in Rhode Island is hit or miss, and more often than not it just happens to rain. Luckily last night was pretty mild, and just a short sprinkle here and there. Perfect weather for Ben's first chance to run around in his costume. The kid had an absolute blast - he loved seeing all of the trick-or-treaters and stayed up way past his bedtime (usually he is in bed by 7:00).  Uncle Derek wore his favorite costume of all.

Cameran was an absolute angel. Babies just love being outside. Something about the fresh air puts them right to sleep. And I gotta say, I've never seen a cuter bunny.

After Ben went to bed we all hung out with some drinks, handed out candy and had some laughs. It was pretty chill and laid back, and those are my favorite kind of nights.  xo

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Happy Halloween!

Wishing everyone a SAFE and fun-filled Halloween. I've always loved this holiday. It's nice to see people getting all dressed up in the spirit of things, and they're doing it because it's FUN. Cameran has 2 costumes this year, a skeleton and a bunny. Ben is dressing as his favorite animal, a cow. I will post pictures tomorrow from our night.

P.S. - Bathroom mirror selfies are totally OK when they are with a handsome cow. xo

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Welcome to my World

For awhile now I've been toying with the idea of starting a blog. I am a very sentimental person and my mind is always going. I also have a story to tell that I hope is inspiring to others. My daughter, Cameran, was born affected by Amniotic Band Syndrome, missing her right forearm and hand. I hope this blog will offer other new families affected by ABS some insight and to see that life really does go on just fine. Thanks for following. xo

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Another Christmas Come and Gone

I hope everyone had a very merry Christmas (or whatever holiday you celebrate)!   The past few weeks have been crazy busy and I needed some downtime with my loved ones!  I wanted to truly enjoy this Christmas because it is Ben's very first.  I tried to savour every moment.  It is such a joy to have a little one to share the warm and tingly Christmasy feeling with. I am looking forward to each year as I'm sure it will just get better and more fun!   To all my friends I could not send a Christmas card to here is what ours looked like this year!  As always I was a total slacker sending them out. Im surprised they got out before the 25th. Update: Brody's status has been changed to naughty.

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This Darling Life DVDs and VCDs out

Dear friends,I hope this message finds you well. Lots have happened this year, but the most gratifying  thing I discovered is the re-affirmation of friendship and human kindness. Again, my heartfelt thanks to you for your support of This Darling Life. We have received a lot of positive feedback, inspiring and loving,  from friends and strangers.We are  glad to announce that the DVDs and VCDs are out in the shops in Hong Kong. Please tell your friends about it and if you are interested, go and get one!For my overseas friends, either you fly back to get it, or you just have to wait!   :-)Have a great summer! All the Best,Angie

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Some comments from a viewer :)

上星期二去了‘愛與狗同行’的首映,入場前看到李嘉欣,薛海琪,方大同,Rosemary, at 17,還有很多我不認得的。很開心,因為他們當中有一位是我的摯愛。在看過這條youtube的片段後我更開心,因為現在我每一位都愛:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=jCG254t1_Qg

發現了他們除了是名人明星之外竟然還很‘真’,對‘愛與狗同行’的看法跟我的竟不謀而合。

有很多朋友和我說因為怕會喊而不願去看‘愛與狗同行’。但如果你流的是歡愉的淚,哭是為了能見證一幕幕愛的場面;不是凄酸,沒有遺憾,離開戲院時還有絲絲暖意......無可能,怎會有這樣的一部戲?well,‘愛與狗同行’根本就不是一部戲。

請別相信我,今個weekend自己去UA看個究竟吧!

願你我都能活出個darling life

win

went to see the premiere of 'this darling life' last tuesday. saw so many celebrities before going into the cinema house - michelle reis, fiona sit, khalil fong, rosemary vandenbroucke, at 17, and many more whom i could not recognise. i admit, yes, i love one of them to bits. but now, having seen the following clip, i love all of them to bits:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=jCG254t1_Qg

this is because everything they've said about the movie cannot be more true.

'this darling life' is about life. you'll probably cry but don't you find tears roll down your cheeks when you attend a wedding, embrace a baby or see that love is still around? the more important thing is that you'll enjoy it and live a more meaningful life.

don't take my word for it. go to a UA cinema this weekend and find out.

have a darling life

win

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This Darling Life on screens

Thanks to all who supported this film!

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This Darling Life Film Premiere

Back with This Darling Life!

We just came back from our film premiere at the UA Times Square, Causeway Bay. Two houses, 420 seats: FULL HOUSE! Thanks to all the people who came to support us!

And here's another compilation of comments from artists, directors, TV and radio anchors~ Enjoy!

Remember, the film will start screening this Thursday, May 8th!

Preview Ellen Loo's (At 17) original soundtrack for the film at Moov.

http://moov.netvigator.com/music/album/albumdetail.do?contributorid=&roleid=&albumid=VAPM00013153A

Also, check out comments from other people's blogs:

http://hk.myblog.yahoo.com/mayjackmormor/article?mid=5784 http://www.beautyexchange.com.hk/revamp/forums/read.php?4,3925319 http://bbs.qoos.com/viewthread.php?tid=1472115 http://kitony.net/tony/2008/04/ThisDarlingLife http://hkdr.mysinablog.com/index.php?op=ViewArticle&articleId=1085837

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Reviews

see live updates atwww.thisdarlinglife.com In theaters May 8th, 2008

5% of the net proceeds will be donated to charity organizations

Full of wisdom, deep impact “This Darling Life is full of wisdom, intelligence and sensitivity. It seems simple, yet its impact is very deep.” -Yim Ho, Film Director

“Angie Chen is to be congratulated on being the first to produce a documentary about people in Hong Kong and their relationship with their animals. The ‘stories’ reveal how varied the relationships and the reasons for those relationships between humans and animals can be. I liked the way it explores the human condition and makes us re-evaluate the roles of animals in our own lives. She has shown a fascinating slice of Hong Kong Life!” -Sandy Macalister, SPCA

A very touching film “A very touching film. Ten minutes into the film, I started to feel its effect. It’s refreshing and different.”

-Anthony Wong Chau San, Actor

"A very different way to talk about love." “I totally enjoyed the film. I was one of the many in the audience who did not want to leave myseat at the end of it. It is thought provoking and has given us an interesting insight into themany reasons why people keep animals, it’s a movie about dogs – that makes you think.” -Tony Ho, SPCA

“For myself, I’m not really an animal lover. I never experienced that part of life. But to see it through other people in this film is very interesting, to see how much people can actuallyinvest their love to an animal, and how that actually translates to their love with other people.  The message in the end is that – the whole human race as a whole, the greater the love, the greater the people are. I think it’s wonderful.” -Antony Szeto, Film Director

“A very different way to talk about love.” -Christina Wong, Chief Designer, Blanc de Chine

“It’s about relationships, about family, how you interpret love. It’s so easy to say, ‘I love you’, but what does it really mean?” -Vivianne Lau

“After watching this movie, I feel hopeful about mankind – there’s love and care around us.” -Doris Yiu

“This is a great film, it really touched the bottom of my heart! You must have spent a lot of time, effort & love on it, this is the magic of the film. Each one has his own right to live, love is unconditional! Any other ways to watch the film? I like to introduce to more people...” -Ringo Tang, Photographer

“The film is really good and inspired me a lot. I hugged, kissed and told this touching story to my doggie last night.” -Cherry Chan, Assistant Marketing Officer, Bossini

Really hits you right in the heart “The human animal bond is very precious and your film showed the strength of this bond and a mixture of feelings that exist in hong kong. Whether you agree or not a very thought provoking film…….” -Dr Jane Gray, SPCA

“I am really touched, by all these people in the film who shared insights into the relationship between dog and owner, so often misunderstood, ignored, neglected, or forgotten by many (including dog owners like myself!) who need to be reminded to treat their dogs like human friends. i haven’t cried so much at a film for a long time! I miss my dog tin tin very much, and I wish I had seen this film earlier and had spent more time with him when he was alive.” -Lina Kao

“Very straightforward. Really hits you right in the heart.”-Dr. Joe, Veterinarian

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Meet the Characters

 

Winnie,“ 動物醫生”創辦人

            Patsy陪伴Winnie渡過成長歲月。在她情緒低落的時候安慰她,而且激發她寫作。Patsy改變了Winnie的人生。

Winnie, founder, Dr. Pet,

Darling Patsy accompanied Winnie during her formative years, comforted her when she was down, and inspired her to start writing. Patsy transformed Winnie’s life.


 

 

無家可歸者+他的狗,在一起超過10年 無家可歸者的家?

Homeless + his dog, over 10 years together

            A homeless’s home. How can a homeless have a home?

 

 

 

 

Christine + Momo, 在一起17年 和MoMo一見鍾情,一生一世。 Christine + Momo, 17 years together

            With Momo, it’s love at first sight and love forever and ever…

 

 

黃貫中 + Bach, 在一起17年 “唔通餵魚都要咁剛咩?”

Paul + Bach, 17 years together

            Tough guy, soft heart.

 

 

*Okka, Anna, Dr. Joe 和 Buena* Buena被人虐待後遺棄在溪邊的時候,一定不會想到她生命中的三個天使即將出現。在最深的井底,也要相信,抬頭就可以看到滿天星光。

Okka, Anna, Dr. Joe and Buena

            Darling Buena was tortured and left dying in a creek. Then, her three angels appeared.

 

 

Sally, Hong Kong Dog Rescue創辦人 每年安置300條狗。全天候無休救援狗。大智慧無私女超人。

Sally, founder, Hong Kong Dog Rescue. She homes 300 dogs a year.A superwoman with a big heart and wisdom. She rescues dogs 24/7.


 

 

 

 

May,私人狗場狗主。收養了100條狗,70只貓 為了照顧這些無人認養的狗和貓,她每天攀爬200多級的階梯,風雨無阻。

May, owner, private dog shelter.

100 dogs and 70 cats, and counting.Another superwoman who climbs 200+ steps every day for her dogs and cats, even when it’s raining cats and dogs.


 

 

Sally and Ching Ching, 失而復得。 “人在愛中,總是害怕失去。唯一的解決辦法只有愛得更多,狠狠去愛吧!”

Sally and Ching Ching, lost and found.

            A wise lady who’s hilarious and out of this world. 

Sally’s immortalized words: “When you love, and you fear the loss, the solution is to love more, go that step deeper.”

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