Thursday, December 31, 2009

HAPPY NEW YEAR

It has been a crazily busy week. There were many events but I just can't seem to find time to blog. It felt as if my life only consisted of design and quotations (well, at least for the past 2 weeks). But you know what, for the first time in an office environment, I actually really enjoyed work. Hours were quite flexible and colleagues were wonderful... As long as you finish you work, nothing matters (well, almost)!

I spent X'mas Eve at work till 3+pm (well, an hour or two spent pigging out on food though). But I stopped myself to meet up with my cousin Shirley to go watch her friend Gigi perform some Brazilian percussion thinghy. It was awesome! After which, we headed to Boat Quay for Japanese food and randomly walked around till we reached a club called CUBA @ Clark Quay.

That was how my X'mas countdown was spent; with Shirley and a new friend Gigi, dancing away to Cuban music. I went home feeling sick and tired. I think my body is no longer able to take late nights + not enough rest the past week. My weekends were mostly spent sleeping (and sleeping and sleeping) and packing my room.

It's New Year's Eve as I'm writing this in my office. I've worked hard for the past 2 weeks; jobs are slowly clearing up and my 红包 design (nightmare) is finally out. 6 more days to my Bangkok trip, I'm really looking forward to it!

HAPPY NEW YEAR, FOLKS!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Basilico


Had "team lunch" with my colleagues at Basilico, an Italian-style buffet @Regent Hotel. The spread was great, I like everything I had there! (Pardon the quality of the photos, it was taken by my camera phone)


My very first squid-ink pasta; cooked in what else but Aglio Olio style. Your choice of pasta and base will be cooked right on the spot by the chef present. I was skeptical about eating anything black but it was really yummy! Hard to describe the exact taste; but if I had to, it was subtle and kind of sweet (maybe the strong smell of garlic masked the real squid-ink taste).


Look at the delectable cheese spread! I had mozzarella + slices of tomatoes, sprinkled with olive oil by a charming Italian chef. Please sprinkle vinegar too! (I didn't and it was almost tasteless)






There was even gelato! I had pink guava gelato, an abundance of M&Ms topped with a single marshmallow. The gelato is a tad too watery for my liking though, otherwise it would have been perfect.

And I've decided that I want to get Panasonic LX3 camera; it seems to be the best within my budget and needs (has to be compact) and friends using said it seems to be a good point-and-shoot camera. Sounds perfect for me! It shall be my X'mas present to myself.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Dances With Wolves Journal Reproduction

Dances With Wolves Journal Reproduction
An authentic reproduction of the journal featured in the landmark motion picture, Dances With Wolves. Hand-built by master leathersmith Michael Keiley, who made the original prop for the film.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Fleamarket buys (CHEAP THRILLS!)

My weekend was spent at the flea market (which I also own a booth) at Changi Airport T3 and I managed to bag quite a number of good steals.

Cute Japanese writing paper, S$1 + Batman comic, S$2
It was very well-maintained and packaged very well, with cardboard backing and plastic. I intend to frame the comic because I really like the cover art; i looks some sort like one of those vintage posters.

4 branded fabric dust bags, S$5
They were brand new and supposedly authentic, and were even made with good quality fabric. I needed them to section my clothes when I travel; they look good and were even cheaper than the ones from Daiso.

Victoria Secret pouch, S$2
It was brand new with tag and I intend it to use to store my undies when I travel. Its so cute!

Vintage pouches, free
They were GIVEN to me by a very nice man who had a booth selling nice vintage things from cameras, to lamps to watches. How generous!

Gold metal star hairpins, $$0.50 each

Ralph Lauren hand-carry travel bag, S$16
And finally, my best buy for the day! It's one of those free bags that comes with your purchases. Anyway, I thought it looks good and is definitely weighs lighter than those trolley bags (so I can shop more).

As you can see, most items were bought in anticipation for my coming Bangkok trip. It will only be a short 5 days now that I have what you call a full-time job. I DO NOT have check-in luggage but I will have 10kg of hand-carry luggage, which will hopefully be enough.

Friday, December 04, 2009

A few of her favourite things


Met up with the talented Dawn Tan of handmadelove yesterday to pick up a zine I bought from her. She'll be in Singapore for a month or two, and has a few zines left. So if you would like to purchase a zine from her, you may do so and save on mailing charges! They are going for S$12.50 each, and well-worth the money for such wonderful illustrations!

Kate Forrester


Kate Forrester's creation for the John's Lewis Christmas Campaign really caught my eye here.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

红包

Finally! I get to design a red packet! 红包; and not one but TWO different designs! People will be distributing my artwork during Chinese New Year. How exciting! Now I can check off "Design a 红包" from my list of things to do before I die. Lovely.

Here's one very cute red (or rather, gold) packet design by Play Station:



I love Christmas + Chinese New Year!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Juliette Hogan



In love with Juliette Hogan's Winter 2009 collection “mind your manners…” Everything looks so comfortable, vintage-y and chic at the same time. Just my cup of tea! My favourite dress is the one right at the top, love everything about it; from the cutting, to the colour to the length and style!

Dinner at Cova


It was my first time at Cova, an Italian restaurant (fine dining style) tucked in one quiet corner of Paragon Shopping Center.

I had some yummy vegetarian spaghetti, while my colleague Laurel had her favourite seafood. While the pasta and complimentary serving of bread was more than yummy; the pretty looking tarts weren't as tasty as they look. Laurel also ordered some fancy natural mineral water  (in a pretty glass bottle, I love glass bottle labels!) which costs S$9 (don't get it); and to be honest, it wasn't any different from your regular tap water. Service was good and it will be ideal for those who like really quiet dining places (not for me, haha).

I remember watching on TV once, some people did some kind of test, serving unknowing customers expensive bottled mineral water (secretly filled with water from a hose). When asked if they felt it tasted different from the regular tap water, almost all thought that it tasted sweeter and more pure than the regular tap water. Funny how the mind affects your senses, ain't it?

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Clients from Hell

Desmond shared with me a site, Clients From Hell, and this was taken from the site.
"No one is going to steal your idea. In fact, if your company is eventually successful, your original idea will only be one tiny contributing factor. And the guy you’re talking to can’t steal the 99,999 other reasons that will make your company a success (persistence, luck, people you hire, etc, etc, etc)"
So, don't be afraid to share your ideas. Haha!

99% of the scenarios in the submissions may sound very ridiculous, but on one or more occasions it only seems too true. I think the site is very Dilbert-ish too. Enjoy!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Books, books, books

Of late, I've been buying so many books. Here is the list of books I've acquired in just this one week:

Design Play, S$51.25
I've browsed through quite a number of design books and its normal that you don't always like every project featured in the same book. But for Design Play, I can safely say I really enjoy each and every of the projects featured!


Jamie's dinners by Jamie Oliver, S$44.41
Bought it as a gift for Ember. I picked this because it is my favourite of all his recipe books - from the type of paper used to his cute and colourful illustrations in between recipes. I also personally feel the recipes are the most do-able (as compared to his other books).

Coincidentally, I bought it for Ember not knowing she had owned the same one before (I only found out after giving it to her) but it was lost a few months back because she cannot remember who she had lent it to.


The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski, S$7.90 (2nd hand)
Highly recommended on the Oprah show as a must-read. David Wroblewski is a 48-year-old software developer in Colorado, and took 10 years on and off to complete this book, his first and it's already a bestseller which has received so many wonderful reviews from so many established critics The story revolves around a mute boy and his relationship with his (fictional breed of) dog.


The Best Laid Plans by Sidney Sheldon, S$5.90 (2nd hand)
The Sky is Falling by Sidney Sheldon, S$5.90 (2nd hand)
I like his books, owned quite a few of them; but all bought 2nd hand. It's comfortable to read and entertaining enough to want to keep reading.


Roald Dahl Book Set of 15, by Roald Dahl + illustrated by Quentin Blake, S$117.53
Love this! Roald Dahl accompanied me though my childhood (together with Enid Blyton and Sweet Valley High, of course). There are some books which I have yet to read, so I'm thrilled! And not forgetting I love Quentin Blake's illustrations! Well, the book covers are a newer version, with bright neon colours and all (can't find a photo of the version I have); I would have preferred the original ones better, but this is the only box set available.
  1. The BFG
  2. The Witches 
  3. Fantastic Mr. Fox
  4. The Magic Finger 
  5. The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me 
  6. The Twits
  7. Esio Trot 
  8. Boy
  9. George's Marvelous Medicine
  10. Charlie and The Chocolate Factory
  11. Charlie and The Great Glass Elevator
  12. Matilda
  13. Going Solo
  14. James and the Giant Peach
  15. Danny the Champion of the World 
(The coloured ones are the ones I have not read before, or can't remember reading them.)

More books from Roald Dahl I hope to slowly acquire over time:
The Little Prince
Roald Dahl's Book of Ghost Stories
Roald Dahl's Revolting Recipes
Switch Bitch
My Uncle Oswald

Monday, November 16, 2009

Hamster poo flavoured jellybeans


My colleague offered us some weird flavoured jelly beans, popcorn and watermelon. These are the moldy-looking watermelon flavoured ones (I threw out popcorn, too corny for my liking). I thought they looked like hamster poo. I showed the same colleague (who had offered me the jelly beans) this photo (from my phone) and told her that's my hamster's poo and she went "Real one ah?!"

That got me rolling on the floor laughing (literally!). They kind of reminded me of boogey flavoured jelly beans in Harry Potter.