Monday, October 26, 2015

Satisfied Tummy

Have a sumptuous dinner @ Nana's Green Tea, Plaza Singapore.

Salmon Udon with cream sauce and Salmon Carpaccio are delish ^^

Long Stitch Binding

Hmmm ....... Not as hard as Coptic Binding, yet not easy as well.  Need some brain power to figure out the stitching flow.

There are different forms of longstitch sewings. Besides altering the stitching pattern to include crosses, altering the length of the longstitches to have their own patterns, and other patterns, artists have also used multiple colored thread. There are also a number of different ways to close a longstitch book. Though some longstitch bound book covers are just trimmed to the edge of the book block, there are a variety of ways to fold over one side of the cover and fasten it. Buttons can be stitched into the binding and a thread attached to the cover flap. A slit can also be cut into the front cover and a strip from the back cover can be slipped through the slit. Modern book artists have elaborated on closure styles.

We made a pocket on this cover

This would be the  last workshop by The Thistle Bindery for 2015.  Our instructor Ian is getting married end of the month.  Congratulation !!!  Let's just anticipate for more exciting workshops next year.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Pipe Lights

Nice plumbing pipe lights @ Chicken Up, a newly open 24-Hr restaurant at Buangkok which is well known  for serving Authentic Korean Fried Chicken.

Though I find the food here is a little pricy.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015


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Sunday, October 18, 2015

Thank You, Mr. Lee

Found quite a number of books about Mr. Lee Kuan Yew, the founding father of Singapore at Kinokuniya yesterday.

Bought this one published by Basheer Graphic Books.  Like the remarkable snapshots of Singaporeans paying tribute to Mr. Lee compiled in this book.

An evening @ ION Orchard

The window display of MONCLER

Beautiful installation @ The french gallery GALERIESBARTOUX.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Walls of Books @ The New Stony Island Arts Bank

Wow! If my library is this grand .......

The New Stony Island Arts Bank
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The Stony Island Arts Bank will serve as a platform for site-specific commissions and exhibitions, a venue for artist and scholar residencies, and a home for Rebuild's archives and collections. Designed by William Gibbons Uffendell and built in 1923, the bank at 68th and Stony Island was once a vibrant community savings and loan. But by the eighties, the branch had closed and the building remained vacant and deteriorating for decades. When it reopens in the fall of 2015, the radically restored building will serve as a space for neighborhood residents to preserve, access, reimagine and share their heritage - and a destination for artists, scholars, curators, and collectors to research and engage with South Side history.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Obluda, Kierá Nemá Své Jméno

The picture book mentioned in the Monster (モンスター) series, the anime I am 'vigorously' following recently.
Chapter 37 of Anime Series

Obluda, Kierá Nemá Své Jménin (The Namless Monster) was written by Franz Bonaparta under the alias Emil Scherbe in the Czech language. The book itself contains 8 full pages in the Manga, and in the anime it is unclear how many pages it has; it can be inferred from the manga that it has 34 fully illustrated pages.

The best part is there is a physical illustrated book published in 2008.

Pages : 48 pages
Publisher: 小学館 (October 1, 2008)
ISBN-10: 4091790275
ISBN-13: 978-4091790279
Size : 8.4 x 6 x 0.2 inches

I am going to buy a used copy. ^^

Below is the text from the English dubbed version

Once upon a time, in a land far away, there lived a nameless monster.

The monster was dying to have a name.

So the monster made up his mind, and set out on a journey to look for one.

But the world was such a very large place.

The monster split in two, and went on separate journeys.

One went east.

The other headed west.

The one who went east came upon a village.

There was a blacksmith who lived at the village's entrance.

 "Mr. Blacksmith, please give me your name!" said the monster.

"I can't give you my name!" replied the blacksmith.

'If you give me your name, I'll go inside you and make you strong," said the monster.

"Really?" said the blacksmith, "If you make me stronger, I'll give you my name."

The monster went into the blacksmith.

And so, the monster became Otto the blacksmith.

Otto was the strongest man in town.

But then one day he said, "Look at me! Look at me! The monster inside of me is getting bigger!" 

Munch munch, chomp chomp, gobble gobble, gulp.

The hungry monster ate up Otto from the inside out. 

Once again, he was a monster without a name.

Next, he went into Hans the shoemaker.


Munch munch, chomp chomp, gobble gobble, gulp.

Once again, he went back to being a monster without a name. 

Then, he became Thomas the hunter.

But soon...

Munch munch, chomp chomp, gobble gobble, gulp.

Back he went to being a monster without a name.

The monster next went to a castle to look for a nice name.

He came upon a very sick boy who lived in that castle.

"If you give me your name, I'll make you strong," said the monster.

The boy replied, "If you can make me healthy and strong, I will give you my name!"

So the monster jumped right into the boy.

And the boy became full of vigor.

The king was overjoyed.

He announced, "The prince is healthy! The prince is strong!"

The monster became quite fond of the boy's name.

He was also quite pleased with his royal life in the castle.

So he controlled himself no matter how ravenous his appetite became.

Day after day, despite his growing hunger, the monster stayed put inside the boy.

But finally, the hunger just became too great...

"Look at me! Look at me!" said the boy, "The monster inside of me has gotten this big!"

The boy devoured the king and all his servants. 

Munch munch, chomp chomp, gobble gobble, gulp.

The castle was lonely now with everyone gone, so the boy left on a journey.

He walked and walked for days.

And then one day, the boy came upon the monster who had gone west.

"I have a name!" said the boy, "And it's such a wonderful one at that!"

But the monster who went west replied, "Who needs a name? I'm perfectly happy without one. After all, that's what we are - nameless monsters."

The boy ate up the monster who went west.

At last he had found a name, but there was no longer anyone to call him by it.

Such a shame, because Johan was such a wonderful name.

Go to to view this dubbed version.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Goosebumbs Everywhere

In the Ladies

Survival on Mars

Last nite, me and my incredible watched the latest sci-fi movie The Martian.

In the movie, an adaption of Andy Weir‘s book of the same name, we follow Astronaut Mark Watney (played by Matt Damon) as he is stranded alone on Mars and must survive on the planet until NASA can mount a rescue (which would take years). Watney must not only grow food but come up with a creative way to make water. I find it really fascinating.

When Watney gets stranded on Mars, he plants potatoes in a greenhouse using Martian soil and the crew's "metabolic waste." And it works: He's able to stay alive for more than a year living largely on potatoes.

But in reality, does it really work ?

Please read this article : 'The Martian': What Would It Take to Grow Food on Mars?

Though the movie is fairly realistic, growing food on Mars wouldn't play out exactly as described on the big screen. Ok. Now I know.

In the movie, Watney also explains how to make water.  He takes the risk of creating his own water by using his oxygenator (a device that creates oxygen from carbon dioxide), extracting hydrogen from the crew's unused hydrazine fuel (from the MDV, or Mars Descent Vehicle), and burning them to create the extra water he needs to nourish his potatoes. The process is painstaking and risky, since burning hydrogen has a tendency to go poorly. I am wondering if it is an actual way ?

Here is an explanation I found online.

Yes, it is. Hydrazine is a common monopropellant used for maneuvering spacecraft. The decomposition reaction in the presence of a catalyst can be found in the subsection of the Wikipedia article - note the final products are molecular nitrogen and hydrogen gas. Hydrogen gas undergoes combustion to create water, which is exactly what's depicted in the movie.

Unlike being stranded in a forest, it is crucial to science the shit out of this in order to survive in such an inhospitable planet.

Quotes by Mark Watney :  
They say once you grow crops somewhere, you have officially colonized it. So, technically, I colonized Mars. In your face, Neil Armstrong!

I'm the first person to be alone on an entire planet.
It's a strange feeling. Everywhere I go, I'm the first. Step outside the rover? First guy ever to be there! Climb a hill? First guy to climb that hill! Kick a rock? That rock hadn't moved in a million years! I'm the first guy to drive long-distance on Mars. The first guy to spend more than thirty-one sols on Mars. The first guy to grow crops on Mars. First, first, first!

Technically, Mars is international waters, meaning Maritime Law applies. And since I am illegally commandeering a vessel in international water under maritime law, that makes me a pirate. Mark Watney : Space Pirate

There are many interesting finds in the official NASA Tumblr account at

Here to find out five of The Martian's boldest scientific twists, explained

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Anime & Food

My guess is Mr. Skeleton wanna join in the 'Makan' party too. ^^
My titbit treat while watching the anime.

Spent my weekends chasing an old anime Monster (モンスター) by Naomi Urasawa.  I have read the mangas (18 volumes) years back,  and truly enjoyed it.

The Plot (from Wikipedia)
Dr. Kenzō Tenma is a young Japanese doctor, working at Eisler Memorial Hospital in Düsseldorf in 1986. An accomplished brain surgeon, he seems to have everything: a soon-to-be promotion; the favor of the hospital's director, Udo Heinemann; and Heinemann's daughter Eva as his fiancée. However, Tenma is increasingly dissatisfied with the political bias of the hospital in treating patients, and seizes the chance to change things after a massacre brings fraternal twins Johan and Anna Liebert into the hospital. Tenma, going by his ethics as a doctor, decides to operate on Johan instead of the mayor of Düsseldorf, who arrived later. Johan is saved, but Mayor Roedecker dies. Tenma loses his social standing (and Eva) as a result, but comforts himself by believing he did the right thing and despairs of ever achieving his earlier high goals. However, Director Heinemann and the other doctors in Tenma's way are mysteriously murdered, and both children disappear from the hospital soon afterwards. The police suspect Tenma, since he benefits from the unfortunate turn of events; however, they have no evidence and can only question him.

Nine years later, Tenma is Chief of Surgery at Eisler Memorial. A patient of his, being questioned in connection with the murder of middle-aged couples across Germany, is murdered in front of his eyes, and the killer is revealed to be Johan Liebert, the child who disappeared. Tenma tells all to the police, but they find no trace of anyone named Johan Liebert, and Tenma soon becomes the lead suspect. Distraught that what he believed was the right thing has actually led to so much misery, Tenma begins to track down Johan, wanting to hunt the Monster down as atonement for his fatal mistake.

Tenma's hunt for Johan brings him face to face with the dingy, unpleasant underbelly of the world, from politics to organized crime, from serial killers to innocent orphans, a showcasing of how a man can turn himself into a force of evil, of how easy it is to destroy the fragile balance of life, and how frightening the unknown can be. Tenma must piece together the few hints he can find to catch Johan, but this surely is no game of cat & mouse, it is one determined man's struggle against something much greater, something that might have been designed to be much greater. But Tenma is not alone, even as Johan leaves destruction in his wake, Tenma is closing in, the question which he has to ask of himself is that, knowing what he knows, can he still claim to know who the Monster is, can he ever win his struggle against this evil of near-mythical proportions?

The backdrop was set around the fall of berlin wall in 1989.

There was this orphanage Kinderheim 511 where Johan sent to.  Located somewhere around the former East Berlin , Kinderheim 511 is a special orphanage run by both the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Internal Affairs . It was not just for ordinary orphans though, since it was also for the children of criminals, political activists, traitors, and spies and they were subject to inhumane discrimination. The children could not do anything about whatever was done to them. It was a place maintained by the contradiction between socialism and totalitarianism --they were treated like prisoners. Directors and instructors displayed unethical behaviour to children, and they took the packages sent for the children for themselves and resold them. Run by the principle of fear and violence, the children grew estranged from each other.

Putting it in a politically correct statement, the goal of this orphanage was to serve as a model for reeducation among East German people. Plainly put though, its goal was meant to reprogram children into being perfect soldiers entirely at the disposal of the government.  It was instead an experiment laboratory.

Go to for more interesting finds about this place.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Hole Punching Cradle

I am happy to receive this lovely handmade hole punching cradle from Corrupiola, Brazil through Etsy.

Materials : wood, aluminium, wing nut, washer, screw

It surely is a beautiful piece of work.
Ease my hole piercing exercise with the awl.

Thursday, October 1, 2015


Reading is around Unhealthy PSI210 on 29.09.2015.

Salute those who have to work outdoor in such hazy day.