My cat is a bus 2 – short clip

Here is a new Catbus video starring Yun Yun!

My cat is a bus – 2 from Ipomoea Films on Vimeo.

If you have not watch the first short clip, here is the link: The first Catbus video was done 4 years ago in our backyard when Yun Yun was 6 years old. There was no directing this kitty (even though we attempted to), so we captured what we could. She is quite the explorer!

Yun Yun is now 10 years old. This second video was filmed during our camping trip a few weeks ago in Northern California. Even as a senior cat, she still has a sense of adventure and enjoys being in nature with us. Like the first video, there was no directing of the cat. This video was filmed in static shots to reflect Yun Yun’s current stage of maturity, calmness, and deep in thoughts.

Hope you enjoy!


Celebrating Moon Festival

Happy Moon Festival! This year I am making an effort to celebrate Moon Festival on my own. Since moving away from home for a few years now, certain holidays have just been casually acknowledged. Moon Festival is such a great holiday to bring family and friends together, it is definitely a tradition I want to keep and pass along. In my childhood, we will lay out fruits, tea, and mooncakes on a table by an open window facing the moon. At night, mom will gather us together to observe the bright, beautiful full moon with lit lanterns and candles. Then we’ll go ahead and eat throughout the night until bedtime. In my nostalgic endeavor, Yip and I went to the Asian markets to buy mooncakes and an assortment of fruits. Here are some festive fruits we got:

Longan “Dragon Eye” (Doesn’t it look like an eyeball with its lacquered black seed)

Star Fruit

Dragon Fruit

Lotus seed paste and egg yolk mooncakes are Yip’s favorites. Most friends I know simply eat a slice and we are good for the year! Yip is the only one I know who can eat a whole box of mooncakes by himself! So it was difficult for him to wait and not eat them before I got to perform all my celebratory duties like taking these pictures. We celebrated in our community Movie in the Park event. Instead of lanterns, kids here were running around with glow sticks:) With the beautiful moon in sight, we had a little picnic with mooncake and fruits while watching Back to the Future.

Bumbe Bike

Fall is here, which means school is now in session and all the students are back in town. Summer has always been pleasant in ways that there is no waiting in long lines at the coffee house, no solicitors asking you to join their clubs, and no bike traffic. Yep bike traffic! Especially during the beginning of the school year, everyone decides to ride their bikes. Whether it’s incoming freshmen or students who moved to their very first apartment, everyone decides to give bike riding a chance. It is all about biking on campus!

Living in a bicycling town has turned me into a bike lover. It is my #1 choice of transportation. I love bikes! So let me introduce you all to my very special ride the Green Bumbe Bike:)

Vintage single-speed, Univega mixte-style, with custom paint and accessories

A few years ago, Yip bid on this bike at the bike auction. We took the broken orphan bike home and stashed it in the back patio for a while. Then 2 years ago near my birthday, Yip bought me a bike tool kit:D Seriously, I’ve never been so excited to get a box of tools before, because this meant that he was going use it to fix up the bike. And I get to design my dream bike! We took the whole bike apart and did a complete restoration. My role was to choose the color and Yip rebuilt everything else. We repainted it a leafy green and I named it “Bumbe” (after my cat of course). That’s the story about my Bumbe bike and I’ve been riding it everyday since! It is very special to me because it’s our sweet little project. I just love my bike! Thank you Yip for a wonderful birthday gift!

Recently, I made a few upgrades to my bike and it is better than ever! New brown saddle to replace the original cracked and torn one. Aren’t bike parts so beautiful? Old and new!

The original black finger bike grips were surprisingly still in good shape, but I went ahead and changed them to cork grips to match my new brown saddle. I followed other reviewers’ advice and shellac the cork grips to give them a nice amber color and  protection. Also I got a nice shiny bell for added flare:)

On the first day of fall, I started riding Bumbe 2.0 along with all the freshman and their new bikes. A few enhancement makes my old Bumbe bike feels like new again. I’m such a happy biker!

Here’s a list of the new bike accessories I purchased through Amazon:
Selle Royal Ondina Brown Saddle – Very comfortable and happy with vintage look
Crane Suzu Lever Strike Brass Bell – Beautiful bell, but extremely loud
Dimension Cork Grips, Tan – Needs a few adjustment and then it is great, slightly loose fitting
Zinsser Bulls Eye Shellac, Amber – Awesome, dries quick and great color

Update: Bumbe bike was stolen on July 19, 2012 😦


Summer’s Here

Yep, it’s finally here! This year’s weather has been bizarre. Just two weeks ago, it was raining and snowing in Northern California…in June! Now suddenly, the temperature turns to 100 degree. Yikes! Where is the in between gradual warm-up to get myself ready for the summer heat? Currently, I am roasting in my upstairs apartment. It is an old place with no central AC. The cats are not doing well in the heat too. They are laying flat and stretched out on any cool spot they can get to. Poor kitties… at least, I don’t have to wear a fur coat all year long. It is sun dresses, ice cream, and watermelons for me until fall!

Ladies, it is time to swap your LBD for a LWD.  Perfect summer outfit!


I’m Betty and this my personal blog, sweet ipomoea. I was born and raised in the city and now living in a small college town in California. I love cats, photography, movies, art making, library, bikes, and desserts. This blog is where I plan to share my work, kitchen experiments, travels, and cat tales. I hope to keep in contact with my family and friends, plus get to know some new people as well. I tend to be shy, but highly optimistic, so here I am opening my thoughts to the world. Thanks for viewing!

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