Friday, February 26, 2010

Works by Ganga Devi

Wow! While surfing around my favourite site - A Journey Round My Skull, I was stunted by these magnificent Mithila Paintings (aka Madhubani painting) by Ganga Devi. From wikipedia : "Mithila Painting is a style of Indian painting originated at the time of the Ramayana, and practiced in the Mithila region of Bihar state, India, and janakpur in Nepal. Mithila Paintings mostly depict nature and Hindu religious motifs, and the themes generally revolve around Hindu deities like Krishna, Ram, Shiva, Durga, Lakshmi, and Saraswati."

These works are from the book Ganga Devi: Traditions and Expressions in Mithila Painting by Jyotindra Jain. Thanks to Will for posting.

Guess what ? I've immediately purchased a copy of this long out-of-print book (1997 1st edition) from And yes, as what Will mentioned, it is prohibitively expensive. But who can resist such exceptionally beautiful paintings ?  Not me, at least.

Monday, February 22, 2010

JJ Cromer's Works

Discovered these fascinating works by JJ Cromer, a self-taught artist from southwest Virginia. These repetitive, rhythmic colors and shapes filled artsy-craftsy drawings would certainly look awesome if transfered onto textiles. Remind me of Batik.

Saturday, February 20, 2010


A gothic stainless steel skull pendant that comes with a matching chain.

Shown below is actually a watch that I bought at a mama shop in Chinatown.  Guess how much it costed me ? 3 pieces for a mere $10.  Oh mind!  So I included other 2 pieces, one with a scorpion and  one with a spider (thought of dark widow).

Tales to take your breath away

So long it won't cause any health damage.  Haha!

Received the beautiful set before Chinese New Year's eve. I couldn't bear to tear open the pack just yet, so no image to show.

Monday, February 8, 2010

New Arrival

At last, these 2 morelbooks, Salaryman and When Lost Is Found have arrived upon a long long wait - almost 2 months.  I nearly wanted to escalate my dispute to a full claim but later decided against it.  Well, the seller had replied to my emails and promised to send out a second batch, though it took quite a little while.  I figured I'd give it another chance, and  so was it.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Singapore Airshow 2010

As expected, there were lots of "irritating" umbrellas floating in the air while the flying display was taking place at the Singapore Airshow yesterday.  How inconsiderate these people were.  If you know that it would definitely be very hot and sunny, please wear hats, caps, or whatsoever to protect you from the glaring sun.  Carrying an umbrella high up in the sky would very much block other spectators' view, especially those right behind.

Anyway, here are some photos I managed to take with tremendous efforts avoiding those eye-soring saucers swarming around me.

The first-ever aerobatic air display of F-16 Falcon fighter aircraft and AH-64 Apache attack helicopter.

Solo display of T-50 plane from the Korean Aerospace Industries.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Books in Cigarette Pack

A British company, Tank Books has published a series of books in the same type of packaging used for cigarettes. The same size, in flip-top box with silver foil wrapping and sealed in cellophane.

Available titles are "Heart of Darkness" by Joseph Conrad, “The Undefeated” and “The Snows of Kilimanjaro” by Ernest Hemingway, “The Metamorphosis” and “In the Penal Colony” by Franz Kafka, “The Man who would be King”, “The Phantom ’Rickshaw” and “Black Jack” by Rudyard Kipling, "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" by Robert Louis Stevenson, and “The Death of Ivan Ilych” and "Father Sergius” by Leo Tolstoy. Each story is complete and unabridge.

For collectors who want all the 6 books, like me, there is even a stunning metal tin.

Thus far, there are no scientific studies on the dangers of second-hand reading. So, don't worry, just read them.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Book Cover Designs : Penguin SF & Fontana Modern

Above covers designed by David Pelham.

These 2 sites, both created by James Pardey, are impressive. presents 286 covers of Penguin Science Fiction whereas showcases the abstract cover designs for Fontana’s collection of pocket guides on eminent writers, philosophers and other thinkers. the sites also have copious information about the production and evolution of the designs. If that’s still not enough, the entire run of cool Fontana Modern covers has also been turned into a fine art print (50x70cm) for sale. You can order it here.

Mirror mirror on the wall

Mirror, mirror on the wall
who will survive, who be the next to fall,
it might be today, it might be tomorrow,
so until I get the call,
I won't say I did it all.