‘Tis the Season

The Christmas decorations are out and everywhere I go carols are playing 🙂  I love Christmas, not only because as a Catholic it’s an important religious holiday but because Christmas has become synonymous with the spirit of giving and love.  Everyone feels a little kinder around this time of the year.  Maybe it’s all in my head but I’ll take what I get, enjoy it all before this year is over and 2014 beckons :p

I chanced upon this ad which is about a friendship between hare and a bear at Christmas.  In reality, the bear may have had the hare for brunch but it’s the Christmas season!!

It may be make believe but I love how the imagination of creators bring to life situations that make me feel all warm and fuzzy.  I especially love how old technology and new technology is used to make this ad possible.  With computer graphics making everything possible, we sometimes forget how an old school ‘handmade’ background enables a tactile feel to the look.  It’s such subtleties that draws me in and see more than just an ad.

May this Christmas season be filled with everything you imagine made possible!!

Uu

If you along Orchard Road and a little bored with the usual shopping, drop by Scotts Square and check out an exhibition by Kinetic Singapore.  It’s also a pop up store of sorts to get a miniature replica of yourself done.

3D scanning is all the rage nowadays but few have the ability to deliver the quality that I saw at the exhibition.  Ok ok ok, I may be a little bias because the organisers are dear friends.  That said, go check it out for yourself and I’m happy to be corrected.  Though my hunch is that you’ll agree that the likeness is better than most 3D scanners out there.

So it’s no surprise, my besties and I had a blast inspecting the miniatures, especially the Lims, which were my favourite.  I was so very tempted to get one of myself.  I can just imagine displaying mini me with my Ultimate Bumblebee.  In in the meantime, here’s my favourite picture from the day, regular us while we contemplate about getting mini us.

The Scarecrow

It’s no secret that I’m a vegetarian that borders on being vegan.  The jury is still out for me when it comes to bees and honey so I can’t honestly say I’m vegan.  There are many reasons why I’m vegetarian and mostly it comes from an awareness that I didn’t have before.  When something is made clear to you, it’s kinda hard to ignore and that’s why being vegetarian hasn’t been difficult for me at all.  So when I chanced upon this campaign, I was reminded about my answer when people ask me if I’ll ever stop being vegetarian.

I’ll stop being vegetarian when I’m prepared to kill the animal I want to eat.

Yes yes yes, the FaceBook guy said this too.  For the record, I said it way before he made it popular but it’s totally possible he said it to his friends before I ever thought it.  It really doesn’t matter who said it first but I understand what he means.  Like the Game of Thrones pilot episode where Ned Stark was teaching his young son about accountability, “The man who passes the sentence should swing the sword.”

Back to the campaign, I did like Chipotle when I tried it but I’m not entirely sure they are totally fresh food served at its best.  Nonetheless, it’s a great branding exercise and will make me seek out a Chipotle the next time I’m near one so I guess it worked 🙂

One day I hope I can put my name on something like that too.

bLAh bLAh bLAh

Last year, big brother Renn had his solo exhibition – Renn Lim by Renn Lim.  This year his little sister, Aira joins him and together they let music inspire them and their creations for bLAh bLAh bLAh.

In the midst of a crazy work week and after a little detour, do not confuse Tanjong Katong with Tanjong Pagar, I made it in time for their opening night!!

Part of the charm of the night was the kids.  Anyone who knows me, knows I’m a sucker for little people.  When you put a bunch of them in one space and I’m a happy camper 🙂

 The littlest of them all was dear Lucy who gave me a big wave when I first saw her on the way to the bathroom.  She was inspired enough to do a little drawing herself.  Potted around and climbed up next to Shell all on her own.  She even had, what I suspect is a first date 😉

If your mothers are standing by and watching, is it still considered a first date?

Even with the kids around, I managed to find my favourite pieces for the night.  I’m amazed how much Renn has grown as an artist.

You can see the improvement on his skills and the maturity of his vision.  He may not eventually choose to be an artist as a career but he’ll always be an artist in his heart.  Sure, he’s a kid and for now, given a choice will choose the iPad over his brushes but when you see the world like he does, whether it’s a wacom stylus, a traditional paint brush or just imagination, it’s a little more fun to navigate 🙂

His 6 year old sister impressed me too!!  We always knew she had a flair for the dramatics and may possibly be a pop icon in her own time but now we know she can control a pencil  and yields it to no one.

I had such a blast that I brought my munchkins back on another night.

I love that I can bring them to an art gallery where they get to see their friends, hang out and get to learn about art too.  I think they were all mostly having fun playing in an art gallery, which doesn’t always happen for them :p  While the big ones hung out and chased each other around.  Little Rach was inspired and chose to keep herself busy being an artist herself.

One of Aira’s classmate came by while we were there too and guess what? Lo and behold, she shares the same birthday as Aira and Mabes!!

They are no means the same but have a similar energy and a penchant for dramatics 🙂  You just might be looking at the first picture of Singapore’s girl group hit!!  We can call them July 17 :p  Ok ok ok, as a bias aunt I can get carried away.  They all had so much fun hanging out that my munchkins asked when were the next time we’ll be seeing R+A again 🙂

I live for moments like these.

Well done R+A!!  Your diligence and talents to make bLAh bLAh bLAh possible are rare and inspire me to get my own film done.  Thank you both so much and congratulations on a wonderful exhibition!!

Siri Compatible

That’s me 🙂

This is yet another overdue post due to the lack in focus to blog, distraction from the very subject of this post and life in general.

On Oct 28, along with a couple of thousands of other people in Singapore I got aquatinted with SIRI.

It’s been three weeks now and all I have to say is that I love love love my iPhone 4S.  Bear in mind that I upgraded it from the iPhone 3GS so it is quite the improvement for me.  Siri?  Well … I’m not crazy about her and trust me, I have a hunch the feeling is mutal.  When I asked her if she loves me, she answered that she respects me O_o

I suspect we’ll grow on each other.  She seems to understand me more and my need to put on an accent lessens each day.

The iPhone is another example why I reckon Steve Jobs rocks.  It’s made both my parents download apps, play games, whatsapp … maybe they would have done it with an android (err … we all know where the android came from) but definitely not with the ease that they’ve taken to the iPhone.  The sci-fi world that I conjured up in my head, inspired by the TV, films and books that I was expose to as a child is slowly but surely becoming my reality.

I use to think that it was a shame I didn’t live during the industrial revolution where so many amazing technologies were achieved.  I take it all back, the digital revolution is mind blowing and I wouldn’t change for the world.  I’m right smack on the cusp of the non-digital and digital age.  Old enough to be able to understand and not take for granted the things that the younger generation deem as normal yet young enough for the concepts to be completely intuitive.

In my lifetime, I’ll be able to talk to my car, read or watch the news on the same device that may be as simple as a transparent sheet.  The world is changing and some days I forget how fast and how lucky I am to be a part of it all.

iPhone 5, I have my eye on you 😉

Appreciating Art and a Night at the Museum

Like with most other things in my life, I may not know much academically about appreciating art, I just know what I like and what I don’t.  Dali, I do.  I have, since I saw a picture of Swans Reflecting Elephants in a book some 20 over years ago.  Surrealists appeal to me because they put so effortlessly into pictures what my overactive imagination takes weeks to painstakingly conjure up.

Elephants with giraffe’s legs or a swan as an elephant’s trunk, I don’t know what he hoped to achieve when he did them but all I know is that they intrigue me.  That’s my version of art appreciation.

They make me sit and stare at them.  Somewhat dumbfounded by the possibilities of stories that can be told.  That’s when I know it’s good art 🙂  If I look at and feel no desire to take a closer look, it’s bad art :p  All I say is, thank goodness I’m no art teacher.

Meanwhile, if you have S$30 to spare and nothing to do, go check out the Dali exhibit at the ArtScience Museum.  It isn’t for everyone coz you know surrealists, they see the world in, what some people consider, a warp way but if you’re willing to take a leap and give it a chance … it’ll just be yet another way to look at the complex world we live in.  A world were anything can happen giant snails have wings, you could be made up of little drawers to keep your deepest secrets, everywhere you go someone could be watching you.

For the same S$30, you get to check out an interesting exhibit of Van Gogh too, which made me think … why did an eccentric surrealist, Dali whose art was so out there live to a ripe old age and Van Gogh, the impressionist, who created all these beautiful and accessible paintings kill himself at 37?  The juxtaposition of the two exhibits just rings true to the fact that what you see is hardly ever what you get.  You can never know what someone is truly thinking or feeling.  You get a hint maybe, for the most of us, the inner core of our very being could even be hidden from ourselves.

This is how I knew I had a good night of art appreciation at the museum.  Long after they’ve gone, through their work, these artists ignited a curiosity in me, inspired my own desires to create and not stop thinking about the possibilities of my own imagination.

Pixar Exhibition

When something as history making as Pixar is in town, you check it out.  That’s what Daryl and I did when we were invited to the official opening of the exhibition here in Singapore.  Just like when I visited the Ghibli Museum in Japan, the exhibition reminded me why the craft of animation never fails to inspire me 🙂

The end product is always a delight to be a part of but it’s the process that helps one appreciate the end product even more.  So to see the different versions of Sulley or all the concept art from Cars, makes you wonder about all the work that goes to making the magic happen.  I really enjoyed it so much that I’m planning to go back.  Yep, all by myself and slowly walk the hall 🙂

That’s my plug for the exhibition 🙂  If for nothing else, go for the Toy Story Zoetrope.  It will enthralled even those who couldn’t care less for the craft.

It isn’t the best picture of me but the only one I got from my iPhone :p  When I get the other pics from Erv, I’ll post them up.  My only advice is to make sure the person who you ask to take your pictures know what he is doing.  If not you get pictures like the former i.e. you are not ready when they click or the next one …

Where they think Sulley and Mike aren’t worthy to be in the picture :p

P/S: Happy Earth Day!!!

The Day Before The Wedding – Part 2

After my parents left us to our own devices, Resh and I headed to a usual coffee hang out for us students way back in the 90s,  Ginos but after 12years, the wear and tear of time was a little more than obvious.  That took us to the good ‘ole Dome.  I never drank much coffee till I came to Perth and it was at Dome that I had my first flat white.  Till today, I drink flat white whenever I go to Dome 🙂

Like All Saint’s Never Ever, Natalie Imbruglia’s Torn, Cadbury Hazelnuts and Raisin chocolate bars, the smell of lavender, star filled nights, ice cream in winter … flat whites will always remind me of Perth.  So there we were taking in the sights and sounds of Freo, enjoying our first afternoon in Perth reminiscing about the things we did as students and how incredibly young and naive we were 🙂  Good times 🙂

We did snap out of that quick enough and went on to yet another thing we love doing together, checking out clothes and trying them out 🙂

While Resh bought both the dresses she tried out, I only bought the black one.  I loved the white little dress but it’s just … a little … how can I put it … it’s a little young for the 30something that I am :p So I went with just the black one 🙂

Then it was dinner with the bride to be and a last minute briefing to make sure we have everything covered.  That’s when we saw her gown for the first time 🙂

She was all excited, nervous and happy.  That’s why I love being around brides 🙂  It’s good energy to be around.  We were all set for the big day and quietly, Resh and I were wondering what they’ll think when they open our gift to them.

At least we know they’ll have an exciting first year 🙂

Hello 2010

It doesn’t quite feel like the new year has started until you’re back at school or work, does it?

With the first official day back at work being today, I guess 2010 has started for real … … … yes, most of us were hit with a serious bout of Monday blues and guess what we found out?  We all had the same idea of a Monday blue pick-me-up, picking out an outfit that would give our gait that extra bounce 🙂

With the 20somethings flanking the 30somethings, I guess girls of all ages are pretty much the same.  Some of us may be the princess sort and other are a little more rough around the edges but there’s nothing like a pretty outfit that kicks the Monday blues away.  Now what will I wear to get rid of the Tuesday blues :p

Happy New Year everyone!!!  Hope my nephew and my other little friends, all 6 of them enjoyed their new uniforms and their first day of Primary 1 🙂

My Dream Sofa Bed

It’s no secret that I’ve been researching and dreaming up how the inside of my new home will look way before even deciding which home it is to buy.  That’s just because flat hunting really is quite the chore, finding that place you’ll call home for the next bit of your life is a real commitment :p  So dreaming up designs is the fun bit for me and keeps me motivated to keep searching for the perfect flat.

The idea for our home was going to be simply minimal type feel but I may change the whole look if I ever hunt down this sofa bed.

I’ve always loved the retro look but I’m just not sure if there’s enough space in our possibly 3room flat for that look.  I actually love that green too!!!  Only if I can hunt down a sofa like that … if not, it’ll be off to Ikea and the minimal look stays :p  One always has to dream though 🙂