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Tuesday, 30 September 2014

more than one way to skin a cat

(collage made by me, all rights reserved. do not steal.)

Have you read Malcolm Gladwell's The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference? (Kind of a good read but really takes time to digest) The first chapter of the book examines the bloom of Hush Puppies. The brand was languishing at one point but was flowering again in a few days because of a sudden craze to the brand, as one may as well conclude the whole conceptualisation as "a trend". Recently, Daniel Wellington has been prevalent amongst fashionistas, and surprisingly even around some of my friends who have been wearing CASIO or Swatch for a few decent years. I appreciate the minimal design of Daniel Wellington of course. But when it gets so insanely popular, it to a certain extent actually halts me from buying one ... Who wants to wear something everyone else too does? So, if we are on the same team, have a look on these four watches handpicked by me.

01/ Nixon Acetate Watch - $125 / CASE: 37mm, 100 meter, custom handmade acetate case, fixed handmade acetate bezel, hardened mineral crystal, triple gasket stainless steel crown, stainless steel screw down caseback and spring pin lugs. / Nixon offers a limited warranty of defects in materials and workmanship for a period of two (2) years after original purchase.

02 / The Horse Watch - $129 / From their small warehouse in Sydney, Scott & Amy continue their cobbler trade but with an equine edge: their unique label The Horse. This label describes a different approach to your regular slipper. You see, adding on the approach of a farrier (one who shoes horses) Scott & Amy are always changing, tailoring and fashioning their shoe design (as a farrier would for the hoof of a horse) until the leather wears and works best with our own human heels.

03 / Larsson & Jennings Watch - £315 / Established in STHLM and LDN, Larsson & Jennings is an Anglo-Swedish label creating contemporary watches which combine classic British aesthetic and Swedish minimalistic design. The unisex watches modernise classic style and take design inspiration from their Swedish and British roots.

04 / Stirling Lansen Watch - $230 / Stirling Lansen is a fixed lug watch which features a steel sunray dial with a high contrast yellow second hand, circular black hour index markers and minute/second markers in black and yellow. The band is a one piece braided leather band made in black organic leather by Swedish tannery Tärnsjö. Water resistance 5 ATM.

Saturday, 27 September 2014

地下鐵碰著她

照片攝於今年六月,那時正從日本奈良JR站前往奈良公園。Photo taken in Nara, Japan. I was en route to Nara Park.

以下是我在地鐵遇過的奇人奇事。「每天幾分鐘;共你相識已互通;旅程何美麗;如在愛情小說中。《陳百強-幾分鐘的約會》

(一)貪嗔癡
她是一位中年微胖的女士,由上車的一刻就手不離佛珠,一邊誦經一邊修行。之後整車人都上了一課。香港弄得如斯境地,不就是貪嗔癡三毒作崇嗎?(話分兩頭,其實一邊乘車一邊有人誦經也是一件挺恐佈的事。
plot twist: 哀悼香港步入苟延殘喘的居面。

(二)枷鎖
那是下班繁忙時間的香港站,他是一位普通的男士,一點都不顯眼,直至他在背包取出一大抽鎖鏈。他站的位置是兩卡車卡的交接位,之後他把一邊鎖在自己手腕上,一邊則牢牢的扣在扶手上。然後整程車中,所有人(真的,大佬,如果佢亂fing係真係可以打死人的。)都看著他,期待著他會有特技表演⋯⋯
plot twist: 高唱《愛情陷阱》,「我墮入情網,妳卻在網外看」。或許更多人會是在網上(Internet)看。

(三)面壁思過
未見其人先聞其味,那刻如果不是身邊奇濃的阿摩尼亞味(氨,Ammonia),我是不會留意她的。 她上車時垂著頭,髮型是emo kid的那種,總之看不到眼晴。她走到兩卡車卡的交接位後就把臉緊貼在牆壁(是真的好像貼貼紙一樣緊貼著,literally sticked together)。半小時的車程都沒有移動過,最後又是垂著頭離開。悄悄的她走了,正如她悄悄的來,不帶走一片雲彩。
plot twist: 突然自己唱:「用Hair Jam...無用Hair Jam...用Hair Jam...無用Hair Jam...Hair Jam...」

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Osaka











It has long been my dream to travel alone - wandering around in an unfamiliar place, talking to native people in their own language (えぇっ!ワイイ!Σ(^∇^;)えええええ~ comprenez vous? Vous devez avoir fait cela.), taking photos ceaselessly and essentially on anything you see (as if you would never come back again), you name it. [Okay, been there, knew it.] 

SO I went to Japan alone two months ago and had experienced all these things. *virtual high 5 if you have done these too. we are cool kids* The trip was an impulsive one and I even booked my air ticket before booking hotels. *truly one rebel* but this is how things get interesting - when you are totally unprepared, everything becomes funny.

Highlights of my trip:
1) I got to the wrong station on the first night. Too poor to hail a cab. *Cabs in Japan are 3 times more expensive than those in NYC.
2) I got lost for an hour searching for my hostel. Yep, I had no internet connection so no Google Maps. 
3) I rode a bike around Osaka castle area. Live like a local, ride a bike in Japan.
4) I couchsurfed twice in Japan. Amazing to live in a native's place. SO MUCH LOVE!
5) I made some damage in Hermes. If you are looking for a Birkin bag, Japan is the way to go. No more snobbish salespersons from Paris. 

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Love from Venus


My very first fountain pen. Thank you, Venus.

Saturday, 13 September 2014

interview: tony chiu

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photographer: christian yuen

Tony Chiu, 19, Founder of Local Hong Kong, BA student from University of Hong Kong, born in Hong Kong, raised in Shanghai (The British International School)

how does the concept come from?
To create a website that looks at Hong Kong culture from all sorts of perspectives : returnees, expats, international school students and local school students.

what makes Local Hong Kong special? 
(1) Student-based website: we have not yet been fully programmed by real world’s values. Because of this, we are more imaginative. (2) Multimedia magazine format - we can explore as many sides of our capabilities as possible so you get to see them in interesting ways. (3) It's inspiring to learn something about how our generation sees the society.

three best cars?
Car enthusiasts are most afraid of this question. I like all cars. I like cars because they are so intricately made yet so easy to use. I like cars because they reflect certain characters and histories.
2003 BMW E60 5 Series (represents the Chris Bangle era of BMWs), 2010 Saab 9-5 (their attention to quality, safety especially, was among the best), 2007 Jaguar XF (Modern day Jaguars are perfect examples of how desirability needs no explanation)

how is it a good day for you?

There is nothing better than driving along Peak Road, listening to Bill Evans with a cigarette in hand and a good can of Coke Zero next to me.

how do you see yourself in 2 years?
It’s hard to say. Hopefully I will have graduated. With a bit of luck, I’d quite like to make my website a sustainable one.

Video made by Tony: