Your Moment of Zen from The Daily Show.
Mum: There’s a cantaloupe outbreak in Colarado.
Dad: There is an outbreak of Listeria bacteria but you could easily get the same from watermelon or any fruit on the ground.
Mum: Does that mean we should stop eating watermelons?
Dad: The risks are low. It would be useful to wash fruits with a mild bleach solution.
I think my eyes rolled so far back that they just spun around in my eye sockets. Sometimes I really think that my parents fear so many things that they barely even enjoy life. It makes me want to stuff my face with cantaloupes.
Today I got my 10,000th follower on Ffffound. I feel like a celebrity. This month, I also read an all-time-high of over 20,000 items in my RSS reader, and I’ve accumulated over 500 followers on Pinterest. God knows why, but I feel so good about these numbers. Maybe one day I should do a Feltron and make an annual report.
I had a scare today and it made me think about constants. It’s been a long time since I felt real fear like that. I wonder why we cling on to the constants in our lives so much that the idea of losing one is so gripping. I read somewhere once that human beings seek familiarity. If you showed someone a series of random shapes and asked them to choose one, they would choose a shape that they have seen before. Consciously or not, they will find this particular shape to be more attractive than the others. I wonder if that is the real reason, if I can just peg it to human nature.
For me, my constants are my mother first, my family (who are my friends) second, my siblings third, and lastly, my job. Sometimes I feel really shit, cause I take a lot of them for granted. Constants are always there, they are reliable, and I will always expect them to be there. They are not few, and the circle is ever growing and changing; and the times that I think about losing one of them, I experience a tinge of panic, but then I push it away. I ignore it and tend to my other constants.
But today I faced the fear, perhaps not to the full extent, but at least a large part of it. And it really made me put things into perspective. Resolutions like “learning how to be more sociable” and “saving money to travel” suddenly sound so silly. My 3/4-year resolution is to never lose sight of the things that really matter to me.
Whenever I think of you, the first thing I see is your smile and the first thing I hear is your laugh. It’s my best picture of you and it’s crystal clear. And I will constantly fear the day that I might lose you.
And to my mother, I’ll say what I need to say to you after I give you a big, big hug.
Burberry just keeps setting the bar higher and higher with technology and the fashion world. First was their holographic runway show in Beijing and now they’ve invented the #tweetwalk. The concept is simple enough, live, streamed HD coverage of their Burberry Prorsum S/S12 Womenswear runway show in Hyde Park, London. BUT, the amazing thing is that subscribers to @Burberry would receive twitter updates on the model’s outfit as he/she walks down the runway (check it out on the top-right corner of my screenshot). Just genius. I was watching the show while Tweetdeck was popping up updates, like my own personal running commentator. On top of that, each tweet included a backstage photo of that model’s outfit; and they also released the runway collection on their online store immediately after the show. Very, very clever.
I am genuinely impressed by how digitally savvy Burberry is. Even if this season was really not all that much to shout about, I still think it’s super clever social media marketing and a great way to generate Twitter followers and web media attention. Just brilliant.
Watch the reruns here.
(Random cute guy :D)
Meet my best friends in the whole wide world. They’re the funniest people I know, they’re mental and they look awesome on my desktop! I honestly don’t know how I lived without them for six months.
Left to right: Myself, my fairy godmother (Hock), my Fuck Yeah Indian Friend (Priya), the Pinoy princess (Mavis) and the tranny (Weiming).
Photo by Mavis.
I’m sure that you all know that I just love arranging and organising things, so imagine my delight when I stumbled upon Damian Ortega‘s amazing installations. Born in Mexico and living in Germany, Damian is an artist who specialises in creating sculptures, installations, videos and actions with a wide range of mundane objects. This piece, Cosmic Thing (2002), is one of his most celebrated works. He disassembled a Volkswagen Beetle car and re-composed it piece by piece. Suspended from wire in mid-air, the sculpture resembles a real-life 3-dimensional mechanic’s instruction manual.
Just jizz-worthy. More of his work below!
At some point this year, I decided that it was time I start updating my own personal brand. Not that I’m shopping for jobs or anything, it’s just that adechong.com is no longer good enough for me. It’s just a plain WordPress template (cause I’m a coding dinosaur) and I don’t have any personal cards to give away. BUT. All that is about to change, and this is the first step; my brand new DIY namecards.
The main drive for this sudden spurt of effort is my upcoming trip to Europe. Since I’ll be meeting up with some local designers and hopefully, random new friends, I thought it would be nice if I could leave them with something. So I came up with these – a set of cards that are versatile enough for me. Inspired by another project that I was working on, the ‘field notes’ section on the back is a blank space where I can – hopefully – write about my memorable experience with the people I met. I also left an extra line on the front of the card for an alternate contact method (foreign mobile number/Facebook url etc), depending on the circumstances of our encounter.
As for the nerdy, crafty details, I bought A4 grey cards from Fancy Paper, cut them to size by hand and edge painted them with neon red paint. Each card is hand-stamped with custom rubber stamps on both the front and back. The result is a block of cards that are – quite literally – a little rough around the edges. The grey card’s texture causes the stamped ink to look distressed, and the red edges are slightly frayed. But I love the personality of it, it’s very accurate to who I am.
So, there you have it, a multi-purpose set of namecards for a wannabe nomad designer!
Check them out on Behance!
P/S: I think Miss Japan is really a funny girl. She reminds me of my friend Scarlet. I think I would actually enjoy hanging out with her. Plus I would get such a huge kick out of making her say the word “limit” all the time.