Gundam guarding the Diver City Plaza in Odaiba from Alien attacks.
For some unknown reason, today I decided to do a quick search for one of my graphic design tutors from university. It has been a good 15+ years since I last saw him. It is he who pretty much defined my style from something that was heavily digitally-influenced to something that is minimalistic and flat. During this style-defining period, he would bluntly say to me, “Eddie, I can’t believe you designed this. It is shit”. He got the best out of me.
Today, with utter shock and sadness, I learnt that he passed away earlier this year having lost his battle with cancer. He was only 49. What is more sad for me to accept is, much of his recent researches took place in Tokyo – a city I have lived in for the past 13 years. Had I searched for him sooner, maybe we could have met again here in Tokyo.
Thanks for everything, chief.
— Image taken from Facebook
The 23rd James Bond 007 film, SKYFALL, finally opened in Japan today and I went to watch the earliest IMAX showing at 09:20am near my place! The movie is not very Bond-like but it was absolutely bloddy brilliant! Well worth the one month delay and well worth me getting out of so bed so early on a Saturday morning! Also, everyone who opted for the IMAX version got a free SKYFALL poster. Great stuff but dunno what to do with it…
My movie rating: 8.5/10
Another hot summer, another new limited crazy-flavoured soda from Pepsi. This years is dubbed, Pepsi Salty Watermelon, with a tagline saying, Refreshing taste of summer.
Hmmmmm… the drink certainly does not taste like watermelon. Not sure what summer is supposed to taste like, though…
A truly wonderful sketchbook travelogue called, Tokyo on Foot by Florent Chavouet, a French national, who is accompanying his girlfriend here in Japan while she has a short work-stint.
The book is jam packed with 210 pages of fantastic colour pencil drawn illustrations along with some funny as hell notes based on Florent’s adventures and observations on the people and culture.
These have been around for a while but I thought they’d be much more popular by now. They don’t just contain a massive LCD, they are also equipped with a camera which will detect your sex, age, etc., and will recommend a selection of the most suitable drinks for you…
… where my hair dresser is located. I’m done with having a shaved head (since last July) and have been letting my hair grow again since mid-Dec. It’s only just now that it is long enough for me to visit the hairdressers. And btw, my hairdresser is also a makeup artist, is very fashionable and is… very hot!
… in Central’s IFC Mall (connected below the tall building which Batman jumped off in The Dark Knight).
I personally feel, if you’ve been to one or two Apple Stores, you’ve pretty much been to them all. However, being an Apple fanboy, one cannot help but visit every one of them within reach (´＿｀;)
… finally clears up. The first few days, it was impossible to see across the harbour due to the mist and the pollution (from factories in mainland China). Because of this, I have refused to go to the peak during my last few visits. I mean, it would suck to go up there and see nothing but a smog below…
Daan Taat is basically egg tart and it’s definitely one of the things you MUST try in HK. The best are the ones that have just come out of the oven but you may not always be able to catch the time. Hot or cold, its probably the one of the best egg tarts you’re likely to ever eat (Macau’s egg tarts are amazing too)!
My first generation iPod Nano vanished for the last 2 years but I finally found it today! And guess what? it’s in immaculate condition – scratch-free! It’s just beautiful.
It’s a shame I was forced to send it back to Apple by the missus for a replacement. Apparently, the battery in these 1st generations blow up. Apple is replacing them with the latest version now but I prefer the design of the 1st generation – it’s a monument!
Currently, I am enjoying the British TV drama, Sherlock. Yes, as in Sherlock Holmes. It is very, very clever (some clever writers, they have), it is set in the modern day, and season 2 has already ended. No idea how I missed this for so long. And by the way, one season only contains 3 episodes (90 mins in duration each) – unlike American dramas which consists of a dozen.
Congratulations, Sir Jonathan! Well deserved. He definitely makes all of us British designers proud. — BBC News
People in Ginza seemed to be fascinated by 2 cats that are sitting on top of the subway sign. Then again, this is an expensive shopping district therefore seeing cats around here is kinda… I guess… not an everyday thing. Not to mention, cats sitting on subway signs (truth is, they belong to some old dude – he has been putting the cats on various different signs. I guess he is enjoying the attention given to his beloved cats (the cats were clearly not enjoing it)).
The now iconic quote debuted in a 1997 television commercial for Apple Computer. The text was said to have been mostly written by then Apple CEO Steve Jobs. He embodied the characteristics in this quote arguably better than anyone in history. Today it lives on as a mantra for artists, inventors, entrepreneurs and innovators around the world.
— Source: Here’s to the Crazy Ones
Captain America finally made it to the cinemas in Japan on October 14th and I saw it a few days. I liked it! Although it is not one of the best superhero movies of recent, it is definitely not bad. I’m pretty sure it is better than Green Lantern, which I have yet to see. Gonna have to see Thor as well one day.
“Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.”
Leonardo da Vinci’s classic distilled, reduced & remixed down into 140 exact circular characters of colour. A work about the illusion of familiarity, inspired by Seurat & sitting too close to the TV. Makes little sense close up. Makes every sense from the other side of the room.
Very clever. Very simple. Definitely works…
Rumour has it, the new iPhone will launch on 14th October, including in Japan. Whether this is true or not, we will find out on October 4th at Apple’s iPhone event.
As for me, I will wait till next year to see if KDDI AU has indeed landed the next iPhone or not. If the device has not been redesigned, I may even wait it out until the model after (Sep 2012). We shall see…
KDDI Corp. (9433) will begin selling Apple Inc.’s iPhone 5 in the first quarter of 2012, The Nikkei learned Thursday.
The deal will allow the Japanese telecom firm to offer the latest version of the popular smartphone, ending Softbank Corp.’s (9984) exclusive deal with Apple in Japan and possibly shaking up the cell phone market.
— Source: Nikkei.com
If this is indeed true, hallelujah! I have hated SoftBank since day one – the network performance is beyond crap and I hate the way SB does business.
I will switch back to AU in a heartbeat!
Dining in a Japanese restaurant. Sitting near the entrance. A white guy walks in. The missus looks and me and said, “It’s your friend”.
“In patients under 50 with mild psoriasis, the risk of abnormal heart rhythm – atrial fibrillation – increased by 50%. The risk of ischaemic stroke increased by 97%.
In those with severe psoriases, the risks increased by 198% and 180% respectively.”
“I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.”
— Steve Jobs, 2011 August 24
As regular readers would know, my site hasn’t had an updated look for the last 5 years. Due to my recent pattern and infrequency of entries, I believe it is time for THAT change. And here it is… a totally new look.
All previous entries will be made available here in due time.
Hope you like the new look!