Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The Book Lover's Tale

This is the only English book that I have brought to Beijing with me. Finish reading it last night.

The Independent got a good write-up about the story.
Here is the extract :

Matt de Voy, Ivo Stourton's anti-hero in this novel, has a mild manner concealing a psychopathic detachment from the world, but is nevertheless an attractive character for any book lover. For Matt is supremely well-read, full of sharp quotes and references, and living disproof of F R Leavis's theory that the study of literature is an improving activity. 

A rare-book collector who possesses a copy of Wynkyn de Worde's 1498 edition of the Canterbury Tales, he makes a living by working alongside his wife's interior decorating business. He advises the nouveaux riches which books to put on their shelves; even, in some cases, persuading them to open the tomes. In the course of business he encounters the lovely Claudia Swanson, who happens to have a miscarriage when Matt calls at her house. Claudia's husband is a self-made man, whose lack of education enables Matt to despise him in spite of his wealth. 

Matt's love for Claudia leads into what, for him, is extreme behaviour. He takes a very valuable first edition off his shelves in order to read it, thereby reducing its value by turning the pages. He sets up a very special book club with only his beloved and himself as members – erotic material is the recommended reading so that they can enjoy "the artistic privilege of discussing pure filth". Faced with the failure of this seduction technique, he takes a bold decision for an intellectual: he will kill the husband. But his simple plan to push his rival under a train proves far more difficult than he thinks. Though Matt is not exactly Camus's "outsider", he suffers from the failure of the passive intellectual to engage with the physicalities of life.

The following are some paragraphs that I enjoyed :

English, a language with such a superabundance of vocabulary that one can talk all day and never say the same word twice, is sadly under-endowed in the bedroom department. On the most basic level, what can you call it ? Cock? Obscene, the word is scratched on the bathroom wall, shouted by builders! Penis? Clinical, my po-faced biology teacher brandishing a banana wrapped in a condom. Member? Comic, would the honourable member please be upstanding. Strong sword of love? Absurd, poetry of teenager would burn. Purple-headed womb ferret? I like that one best, but my few attempts to bring it into common parlance have met with hostility. pg84 

Reading the first edition, which had sat on my shelf unmolested for almost five years, I felt the newness of the old ideas infuse me. Holding the sixty-year-old, £3000 tome, I felt too a continuity with the past, with the author and also with the first generation of readers who had had the good taste and foresight to read Orwell, and to recommend him to their friends. The words and the story and the style and the smell of the book folded into me as I read. pg160

Female beauty of even the most natural sort is something like the painting of the Forth Bridge - as soon as your work is finished at one end you have to begin again at the other, cycling from the painting of the toenails back to the plucking of the eyebrows. pg162

I think of that moment whenever anyone describes London as a tolerant city. It is an example of how completely one may misconstrue the character of a place by importing assumptions from one's own culture. French, Americans, even people from other parts of England, praise the city for its tolerance. London is not a tolerant city. London is indifferent. It's not that it accepts you, it just doesn't give a fuck who you are. pg222

It is a little-known fact the events of 9/11 directly occasioned a handful of divorces. These did not come about as a result of post-traumatic stress, survivor's guilt or metaphysical angst, but rather by the more traditional method of infidelity revealed. A small number of men and women working in the towers were conducting affairs in downtown hotels during their morning break. When they surfaced from the rooms with curtains drawn to find fifty missed calls on their mobiles, blissfully unaware of the changes in the world beyond, they phones their wives and husbands. 'Oh, thank God. Oh, thank God. Steve, are you all right?' 'Yes, yes of course. I'm fine, I'm in the office. What's the matter?' One can only imagine the strange mix of emotions that must result from knowing that by a miracle one's spouse is safe, but also that they are a bit of a lying arsehole. pg232

So funny and sarcastic. ^_^

Friday, October 19, 2012


There is this lovely shop at Stanley Street which you can find a good range of Hermes handbags.  The scarves are simply fabulous.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Olympus Pen Mini

Simple & cute, this Pen Mini which can take good quality images and ultracompact is so attractive.  I am thinking of buying one.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Polaroids ♥

Encounter these beautiful polaroids by BastianK80 at flickr today.

Do go to explore as he has several hundred photos on flickr.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

A Good Saturday ♥

Ho ho ho, yesterday was a lucky and entertaining day for me.  Before meeting my friends for a farewell buffet high tea at Pariss Marine Square, I ended up at Plaza Singapore coz I was a bit too early, and decided to walk over to City Hall, then to my final destination.

These were what I saw on the way ......

There was this Style:Wedding Love Affair at Plaza Singapore Level 1.  This model is gorgeous.

Passed by Fullhouse Cafe at Rendezvous Hotel.

Met this wonderful live band, Murtal Express from Austria.  They are performing here during Octoberfest till 8 Oct 2012.  All cute guys !!!!! ♥♥♥

Philip Santner
 Christian Pfeiffengerger
 Peter Leitner
 Andreas Fleissner
Stefan Wagger 

More here.

After the high tea, happened to see ChongQing and PeiFen from Radio 93.3FM celebrating the new opening of Gain City @ Marine Square.

What a good day !

Friday, September 28, 2012

Cybergeddon by Yahoo

Watched this online movie last night.

'Cybergeddon' is an action-packed 95-minute series that's made its debut on Yahoo!. Directed by Anthony E. Zuiker who conquered the TV world with the ridiculously successful 'CSI' franchise. (Phew! My all time favorite TV series)

Framed for a cyber-crime she didn't commit, FBI Special Agent Chloe Jocelyn is forced to go on the run  - trying to crack the ring before they make their big strike.  With the help of a fellow agent and an incarcerated hacker, Chloe discovers that Gustov Dobreff, the head of a global confederacy of cyber criminals is behind all these.

I am anticipating for the sequel(s?) to come.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Saatchi's Skin & Walls

On 25 Sep 2012.

Saatchi & Saatchi Singapore has invited Vanini Belarmino, Managing Director of Belarmino & Partners, to curate the premiere exhibition “Skin and Walls”, for the Saatchi Art Hallways.

Featuring Ziquan Lan, Jahan Loh, Tommy Morris, Joseph Siow and Andrée Weschler, this exhibition combines creative mediums that employ the layerings of the body and the concrete and virtual walls as the canvas in the artistic creation.

“Skin and Walls”sees the initial attempt of Saatchi & Saatchi to bring art, creativity and technology under their roof to allow new inspirations to flourish.

Attended the event with my colleagues and, you know what, I had a new tattoo on my right wrist by Joseph of Visual Orgasm. For free some more. ^^

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Another Test

I like the function that the focal point can be easily changed by tapping our finger on the display. And can zoom in at the same time.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Test Shots

Some of my friends were telling me that compare to iPhone, photos taken with Samsung Galaxy S3 are not as good.  But I beg to differ.  Here are some shots using the build-in camera apps.  I purposely choose small objects, in this case, my watches for the test. The quality is reasonably acceptable.  Quite sharp too - I can see all the dirts typically unavoidable to close-up shoot.  But of course, if you use the digital zoom effect, certain level of degradation is expected.

Next round, I will shoot even smaller objects, may be rings or earrings.  Let see how it scores.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Instagram | PowerCam

I have changed my mobile to Samsung Galaxy SIII.  Wow!  The screen is superb, images are crisp and the colors are vibrant and accurate.  Now I am kind of addicted to shoot photos with Instagram and PowerCam.  Look at the effects then you will know why.

The first two are by Instagram, the last one by PowerCam.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Tintype Portraits

If you happen to be in San Francisco, do pay a visit to this tintype portrait studio called Photobooth, on Valencia Street to have an unique, one-of-a-kind portrait. The effects are superb, which won't be able to get in digital photography.

Go here to watch the video by Cool Hunting that shows how the process works.

A little background

In August of 2011 photographer Michael Shindler did something that to some might sound a little ludicrous. He had spent the last six years learning a cumbersome photographic process invented in the 1850s called Wet-Plate Collodion process that relies on metal plates to print photographs, and decided to use his unique skills to open the world’s only tintype portrait studio called Photobooth on Valencia street in San Francisco. In an age when even the use of regular film has taken the backseat to an exponential explosion of megapixels, Shindler was going to go seriously old school, opening a kind of commercial portrait studio that hadn’t been seen since the 1930s. To get some perspective this is like a musician announcing that their next album was coming out exclusively on phonograph. Here’s some more information on the process:
The Wet-Plate Collodion process, first introduced in 1851, involves coating an enameled metal or glass plate with a collodion mixture, which is then sensitized, exposed and processed all within a few minutes and while the plate is still wet. The resulting image (while technically a negative) is made up of extremely fine silver particles that are creamy-white in color, which allows the image to be viewed as a positive when seen against a black background.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

During Train Ride @ 080912

Got nothing better to do, so tried out some apps on my ipod and immediately dazed by some of the filters of PowerCam.  Love the effects.

Dinner at Xin Wang, Plaza Singapore