25 December 2007

A very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone.
Thanks for sticking around.

12:28 PM;

23 December 2007

We can never know what to want, because, living only one life, we can neither compare it to our previous lives nor perfect it in our lives to come.
There is no means of testing which decision is better, because there is no basis for comparison. We live everything as it comes, like an actor going on cold. And what can life be worth if the first rehearsal for life is life itself? That is why life is always like a sketch. No, "sketch" is not quite the word, because a sketch is an outline of something, the groundwork for a picture, whereas the sketch that is our life is a sketch for nothing, an outline with no picture.

The Unbearable Lightness of Being - Milan Kundera

2:30 AM;

17 December 2007

What happened today (yesterday by now)...in 10, no, 15 pictures or less.

12:19 AM;

15 December 2007

Milk Teeth, a new book by Vancouver artist, Julie Morstad was recently launched and I am going to grab myself a copy because knowing her work, this is definitely going to be amazing. You may know her from the cover of Neko Case's Fox Confessor Brings The Flood.

In this collection of illustrations, Vancouver artist Julie Morstad spins fairy tales infused with dreamlike innocence and a touch of the macabre. Morstad’s work has been shown in galleries, featured on the cover of Neko Case’s 2006 album Fox Confessor Brings the Flood and developed into a line of patterned wallpapers with a distinctive nostalgic quality. Milk Teeth’s universe, populated by animals, flowers, peculiar objects and disembodied heads, has a sensibility reminiscent of Marcel Dzama’s surreal drawings, Jeffrey Eugenides’ haunting novel The Virgin Suicides, and Peter Weir’s classic film Picnic at Hanging Rock.

12:55 AM;

12 December 2007

The family took a trip up to Genting Highlands for the past couple of days. It was absolutely freezing up there for me, and I was bundled up in at least 3 layers of clothes everyday, although I saw many who were in just t-shirts and shorts. It was rain and mist the whole time, but the skies cleared up one day, and Cheryl and I quickly made our way to the outdoor theme park for turns on the carousel and a host of other kiddie rides because the scary ones were not operating because of the drizzle.

The rest of the time we spent eating and eating, holding little photo competitions between ourselves, taking pictures of the cheesy indoor attractions, while Mum and Dad entertained themselves in the casino...

we went on a Venetian gondola ride...

posed in front of the Eiffel Tower...

and took a reindeer ride that brought us past this baffling sight of the Statue of Liberty atop a Harley...

and the Big Ben...

But the outdoor amusement rides were pretty good fun!

2:47 PM;

11 December 2007

Well well, serves me right for missing Zoukout huh? I bet that's what the two will say now since they obviously had lots of fun gallivanting with Steve Aoki on the beaches of Sentosa. And now Zee is away in Shanghai...

Anyway, my little holiday pics will be up shortly!

9:01 PM;

08 December 2007

When I saw these pictures of Rebecca Purcell's home, they really caught my attention with just how magical it looks. A madcap space where there are no rules - picture frames hang crooked and a spiral staircase lead up to the bed.
It looks like somewhere where anything goes, and any whim and fancy can be satisfied...

The following are editorial shots but then again, who says it can't happen in real life?

Love horse paintings but ran out of wall space? Have an outdoor gallery.

Have a garden in the bathroom.

Dresses as lamps? Why not?

And an open-air theatre right in your own backyard!

Images by Tim Walker. More can be found here.

6:48 PM;

04 December 2007

A beautiful new video for the Au Revoir Simone song Dark Halls.

Sepia footage, dancing girls in cobbled stone courtyards, handclaps. Some of my favourite things.

3:06 PM;

01 December 2007

Well, I adopted a mini pine tree yesterday because they all looked so cute yet forlorn standing around naked on display. After making my mum, dad and aunt hold up pots and pots of them for my perusal, I decided on this particular fit, healthy one.

With a red sharpie in hand, I drew on a gingham ribbon and a 'calligraphic' noel on a white ceramic pot I picked up at the same time.
Dangled some frosted and shiny gold baubles on the branches, draped a bright red ribbon around...
And there you have it!

A mini Christmas tree to lend some festive cheer to my room! It smells great too!

11:19 PM;

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