February 3, 2013 § Leave a comment
The night train to Nice was about 12 hours. And because we were paranoid about sharing a cabin with strangers, we booked all 4 couchettes. The other worry was not being able to get good rest in a constricted space, however, the consistent rocking and the occasional bumping of the train on the track took no time in coaxing us into la-la land. Good stuff.
This is our last stop in magnificent France. Nice is warmer as its along the south east coast of France on the Mediterranean coast. The pebble beach, glistering blue sea and tall palm trees decorated the place, giving it a Hollywood glitzy feeling. Sun rays bounced off the checked floor, illuminating an Alice in Wonderland whimsical charm. One could imagine chess pieces moving around. Nice is good for a couple of days to do a slow stroll around, watch people at the beach and a take a short bus ride to Monaco.
The ride to Monaco was somewhat like the one we took to Stanley in Hong Kong – where we passed humongous houses that are too dramatic for a normal living in. Monaco held an air of haughtiness and luxury with supercars crawling on the roads, freshly waxed down yachts with arrogant names like “Little Fish” lined the docks. Otherwise, it could get rather boring for people like us who are not that into the everyday branded living and expensive toys.
The most exciting thing that happened for us was winning 5 euros from the Casino – paying off our return bus rides to Monaco! We are not greedy, we are happy with 5 euros!
October 13, 2012 § Leave a comment
September 23, 2012 § 1 Comment
There are so many people who can draw amazingly well and its really therapeutic just browsing through their online galleries and blogs. After all the ogling, I wish I could draw like them. I just need a lot a lot a lot of practice. It is funny how you can try and copy their styles but you’ll end up with your own somehow. It’s a good thing, because you can say “I drew that!”.
I would like to share two of my favorites – Florent Chavouet and Julia Rothman.
Florent Chavouet is behind the beautiful illustrated Japan Guide book – Tokyo Sanpo. The moment I saw the cover, I went “How can anyone draw so well??!”. And I bought it. Not because I’m going to Japan but to gawk at every page. He has a blog in French and a website with a gallery of his works.
Julia Rothman does a lot of illustrations and turns them in useful wares like cards, bottles, and temporary tattoos! She’s really good at putting together daily items into cute pattern designs ranging from cutleries to cassette tapes. I thought I really want to draw as well as her when I first saw her editorial feature on Design Sponge. Check out her work on her website.
Inspired, I started drawing again. Almost done.
September 16, 2012 § Leave a comment
We finally have all the necessary stuff sorted for a 3-week break in France and Switzerland next month. And I can’t wait! If anyone has any recommendations of things I absolutely have to do, eat or see, please let me know. Otherwise we will take it nice and slow, quite like the retiree kind. It’s a holiday afterall!
September 2, 2012 § 2 Comments
I can’t think of anyone who doesn’t. NUTELLA -it’s truly one of the greatest inventions ever!I can’t thank Mr. Pietro Ferrero enough for bringing this yummy hazelnut with cocoa spread to the world. And also the clever people who thought of ways to make all sorts of mouth-watering goodies with it. Just type ‘Nutella’ on Pinterest and every possible recipe with the goodness of the cocoa hazelnut pops out.
One of my favorite desserts has got to be the Nutella Cake from Gastronomia da Paulo. Heat it up and watch the oozing chocolate drown the warm chocolate cake, then attack it with your spoon. Oooooh! I might just get a tub of it later. If you would like to get into the Nutella mood, click here to view the boards on Pinterest. Start salivating!
August 20, 2012 § Leave a comment
I managed to gawk at his work before the exhibition ended in Singapore. It’s more awesome than awesome!
He may be eccentric, but his work oozes confidence, cheekiness and raw fun. Other than the Marilyn Monroe series, I absolutely love the one of Sidney Janis. It’s so intense I could sit there all day staring at it. Love it!
A portrait of me – Warhol inspired.