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Back to Black

Posted in Is it Nice..? by Ade Chong on September 16, 2012

After four months of messing around, I’ve finally gone back to black. Can’t wait for my real hair to grow back out.



Posted in Is it Nice..?, Singapore by Ade Chong on September 2, 2012

A friend of ours who is in her late 40s/early 50s was talking to us about manners recently. She said, with her generation, when a woman enters a room, all the men should stand up. The first reason is to acknowledge that she has entered the room, and the second reason, is that they are offering their seats to her.

To this day, I can count very few men that I know who have such manners – men that I can call true gentlemen. I don’t even need all ten fingers to count them all. It disturbs me that basic, sensible manners like that are lost on our generation. It’s become such a norm for people to spend social meals and gatherings on their mobile phones (I’m guilty of this); not to hold the door for others or thank people for holding the door for them; and people who would rather push past you instead of saying “excuse me”.

Recently, I personally experienced driving a person home who sat in the back seat when the front seat was vacant. This person spent the whole journey playing with his mobile phone in silence. I shall quote my parents on this and say, “You think I’m your Ahmad or what?”. I honestly wonder when Singaporeans got so ugly.

I’ve come to realise that this is a large part of why I dislike Singapore. We call ourselves an advanced, first world country but our citizens behave worse than third world ones. Every trip that I make to Europe, I find myself experiencing a bit of a culture shock. It never fails to amaze me how polite the people there are. I was about to open the door to Selfridges once and a man behind me rushed forward to get the door for me. I stood there in shock for a moment before thanking him and walking through. The disturbing thing is that something as simple as that shocked me. That’s just how accustomed I’ve become to the lack of manners here.

I really hope one day Singaporeans will “wake up their idea” and realise that our behaviour is not that far off from the foreign immigrants that we so despise. No wonder I’m so selective about who I call my friends.

Little Monsters

Posted in Is it Nice..?, Music, Photoblog!, Singapore by Ade Chong on May 29, 2012

Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Ball Singapore 2012

I actually think I had more fun DIY-ing and preparing for the concert than anything. Still, it was a great first pop-concert and I had my bestest of friends to share it with me.

Hair: Jeremy Yap
Photography: Adeline Chong
Photography direction: Keith Gan
Wardrobe: Models’ own
Hair & make-up: Models’ own

All the harnesses were hand-made by us.

What it’s like to be Manic

Posted in Is it Nice..? by Ade Chong on May 24, 2012

A peak at what’s been going on in our heads for the past few weeks. #Manic

This Be The Verse

Posted in Is it Nice..?, Quotes by Ade Chong on March 22, 2012

They fuck you up, your mum and dad.
They may not mean to, but they do.
They fill you with the faults they had
And add some extra, just for you.

But they were fucked up in their turn
By fools in old-style hats and coats,
Who half the time were soppy-stern
And half at one another’s throats.

Man hands on misery to man.
It deepens like a coastal shelf.
Get out as early as you can,
And don’t have any kids yourself.

– Philip Larkin

There are good days, and then there are bad days. Today is not a good day.

Tongue in Chic’s festival fashion at Future Music Festival

Posted in Is it Nice..? by Ade Chong on March 19, 2012

My claim to fame: festival fashion by Tongue in Chic at Future Music Festival Asia (Why do my legs look so fat?) Fts. Also, Keith (below), looking awesome.

The Lego Army of Qin Shi Huang

Posted in Is it Nice..?, Videos by Ade Chong on January 30, 2012

Check out Leon Keer’s entry for the 4th Sarasota Chalk Festival, inspired by the Terracotta Army of Qin Shi Huang. Actual street art done by Leon Keer, Peter Westerink, Ruben Poncia and Remko van Schaik in Florida. Watch the making-of video below.

Sabi for ageing Americans

Posted in Is it Nice..?, Product Design by Ade Chong on January 27, 2012

Loving these products for elderly people, Assaf Wand, the founder of Sabi. These products are great example of form meeting function, and also a reminder that in this century, you don’t necessarily need technology to product clever, advanced products.

360 Awesome Designers

Posted in Is it Nice..?, Work by Ade Chong on January 25, 2012

I’m awesome designer #25 on 360 Awesome Designers today! And I have to credit the awesomeness to my lovely lovely company, bosses – especially my mentor, Karen – and our great team at Manic. ♥

Who says the elderly can’t have style?

Posted in Is it Nice..?, Videos by Ade Chong on January 15, 2012

Watching this video just made me think of how my friends and I are going to grow old. Some of their outfits are crazy, some of their outfits are laughable, and some are downright stylish; but the thing I love the most is that they don’t give a shit. I have so much admiration for people like that. Self-expression is something you should never lose sight of, no matter how old you are.


via Karen.

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