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Jony Ive, non-official biography

Finished reading the non-official Jony Ive biography. If you’ve read the official Steve Jobs biography and a vast majority of the Jony Ive articles sprinkled around the web, then you will not need to read this biography. There was not a great deal that I didn’t know already. On the upside: it is way better written than the Steve Jobs biography…

iPad Air

Very nice indeed. I let this go and ordered an iPad mini Retina instead.

Untitled, Ginza

Amuro Namie looks absolutely amazing especially considering she is 36!

Heart

Never knew this is how dragonflies do it…

T.Y. Harbor Brewery

… for lunch to celebrate a buddy’s birthday.

Gundam

Gundam guarding the Diver City Plaza in Odaiba from Alien attacks.

Thanks for everything, chief

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.
RIP

— Image taken from Facebook

Bvlgari, Ginza

… welcomes the year of the snake. Hmmmmm…

iMac 2012

Went to checkout the new 27-inch razor thin iMac today in the Ginza Apple Store. It is simply drop-dead stunning. I want one!

SKYFALL

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

Microsoft Surface

Our smart devices dept. showed me the Microsoft Surface tablet today. All I can say is, if you need a tablet now, get the iPad.

iPad mini

Very nice. Very light. Very well built.

Mt. Fuji eruption

… not really. But the red sunset behind it sure makes it seem that way, huh?

Apple Store Ginza

People paying their respects to the late Steve Jobs by leaving flowers outside of the Apple Store in Ginza.

Remembering Steve

It’s been a year already since we lost one of the greatest innovators of modern times. There’s a nice remembrance video on Apple’s homepage which is essentially a slideshow of Steve Jobs paired with some of his famous audio clips.

Apple event on September 12th

Apple’s invitation design finally confirms the event date. Notice the shadow? Yeah baby, the iPhone 5! I skipped the 4S therefore the 5 is a must. Or does it simply mean they will have 5 new products? Nah, defo the iPhone 5…

Kurara’s summer fur

After nearly 4 months of moulting, the little guy now sports a lovely coat of fur…

Sony Aquarium

… outside the Sony building in Ginza.

The preying mantis

… is the god damn coolest frikkin’ insect ever!

Saw the The Dark Knight Rises

The Dark Knight Rises finally started showing in Japan from yesterday and I headed to watch the earliest show this morning at an IMAX theatre not so far away from where I live.

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Pepsi Salty Watermelon

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…

Tokyo on Foot

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.

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Yamaguchi Ai/Pip&Pop Exhibition

Went to an art exhibition in Omotesdano called, Yamaguchi Ai/Pip&Pop Exhibition, which was held in the artsy fartsy SPIRAL building.

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The Amazing Spider-Man

I very much prefer this new Spidey reboot over the original Sam Raimi version from a decade ago. I give the movie 7/10.

I highly recommend the IMAX 3D version!

A1

Could this be a temporary showroom in Omotesando for Audi’s A1? We’ll find out soon enough…

The Dark Knight Rises billboard in Tokyo

July 28th cannot come soon enough. Thank god the movie comes out only 2 weeks after US. Marvels’ The Avengers won’t be out here till mid-August. That is a whole 3 months after US!

Aape Store Harajuku Opening Party

Aape, by A Bathing Ape (Bape), in Harajuku threw an opening party tonight from 7pm – 9pm. Had two invites from a PR company so I thought I’d drop by. Would have liked to have a chat with Bape’s art director but I didn’t see him around…

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Massive LCD vending machine

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…

Yaezakura

Yaezakura usually blooms after Sakura and is more of a vivid pink/purple as you can see. Very nice…

Ginza

… 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!

Finally picked up my new iPad 4G

… a few hours ago. Went with black this time. My plan is to rotate the colours with every upgrade otherwise it doesn’t feel as if I have something new especially considering the enclosure hasn’t been redesigned…

The New iPad 2012

… came out in Tokyo today along with most parts of the globe.

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Apple Store, Hong Kong

… 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 (´_`;)

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Squid and beef ball noodles

Hong Kong is great for this kinda food. Dirt cheap too…

My trip is all about the food!

Well, what else can it be about? Shopping? Nah, Tokyo is superior for shopping. Buy toys? Again, Tokyo is superior for that. So, it has to be about the food. Here’s what me and my HK buddy, Dai Fai, ate for dinner.

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Another Dai Pai Dong

This time, the Dai Pai Dong is in Tsim Sha Tsui and is more of the real deal – its like in a huge shed.

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Shanghai spicy noodles

Was having lunch with my bother near where he works and he ordered me Shanghai noodles. It was very… spicy!

Hong Kong signs

… still as vivid as ever. Maybe it is just me but there seems to be less signs than say, a decade and a half ago…

Immortalised

Kung Fu legend, Bruce Lee, guards Hong Kong… Waa Taa!

The Peak

From up here, I should get an amazing view of Hong Kong below. Instead, I get dense mist! Talk about choosing the wrong day to come up, huh?

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Admiralty

See all those apartments? In this area, Admiralty, they’re all mega-frikkin’-expensive!

Mango pudding

Mango puddings are another must try in HK. Mango dessert shops are literally everywhere in HK therefore you have no excuse not to try one of the many mango desserts on offer. I particularly like mango with grass jelly in coconut milk!

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Victoria Harbour

… 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…

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Giant Pandas

… at Hong Kong’s Ocean Park. Cannot remember if this is the first time I’ve ever seen a Panda but it sure was awesome. They’re just so… big… and… fluffy!

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Dai Pai Dong

Dai Pai Dong is a type of open-air food stall (although the one I went to wasn’t in the open air) characterised by its untidy atmosphere, the lack of air conditioning, as well as a variety of low priced great dishes.

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Dim Sum

There’s this fab little place for Dim Sum in Mong Kok which was featured in the Michelin Guide hence the popularity with foreign vistors. Be warned, you need to queue for an hour or two. Go there, pick up a ticket first, then return.

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Daan Taat

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)!

Hong Kong 2012

A much needed break from Tokyo. Gonna binge myself…

iPod nano replacement arrived

I’ve always been a skeptic of the iPod nano’s small touch screen (I’ve never been bothered to touch one in the shops) but today I realise it actually… works.

Apple’s invitation for the iPad 3 announcement

… on March 7th. I’m gonna try hard to skip this version, just like I did with the iPhone 4S. But… a retina display, better camera and a quad-core CPU is just too tempting…

My first generation iPod Nano

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!

Sherlock

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.

Highly recommended.

Tokyo landmark illustrations

Fell in love with this message-less card as soon as I saw it. Love its childlike approach.

Apple’s Jonathan Ive gets knighthood in honours list

Congratulations, Sir Jonathan! Well deserved. He definitely makes all of us British designers proud. BBC News

Happy New Year 2012

Happy New Year from Tokyo! Wishing you all the very best of wishes for the new year! 2012 is gonna rock for everyone of us!

Steve Jobs figurine

… finally arrived. Waited for a month for this to get made, painted and shipped. Well, what can I say? Just… WOW!

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Tokyo Sky Tree

… is lit up for the first time for the next 3 days only (it’ll be lit up for good from summer 2012 when it officially opens).

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Fascination

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)).

Helveticards

One word: S.T.Y.L.I.S.H.
Me wantz a set!
Get yours here.

Here’s to the Crazy Ones

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

Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak

Look, a Japanese Steve Jobs and Woz ‘rip-off’ manga called Steves :D

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Tribute to Steve Jobs

Modified my iPhone with a Steve Jobs rear panel…

Boo!

Kurara trying to spook the kids. I’m sure it… worked.

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“Want to beat psoriasis? Have fishcakes for tea!”

— Source: Daily Mail

Toyota Doraemon commercials feat. Jean Reno

Totally love it! Would never have thought to use Jean Reno!

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Japan farm radioactive levels probed

New research has found that radioactive material in parts of north-eastern Japan exceeds levels considered safe for farming.

— Source: BBC News and Japan Today

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GX1

The search is finally over! Been waiting for this since the LUMIX GF1.

Finally saw Captain America

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.

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“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.”

Apple Inc.

Mona Lisa Remixed

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.

someprints by gary andrew clarke

Very clever. Very simple. Definitely works…

Apple iPhone event on October 4th

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…

Fujifilm Finepix X100

Love it’s retro rangefinder-look and it’s top notch viewfinder. Considering, considering…

KDDI set for iPhone 5

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!

Nikon 1 J1 and V1

Hell yeah! Not one but two! Nikon’s entry into the mirrorless market! Sorry Sony NEX-5N, maybe next time I’d pick you up…

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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”.

Hell just froze over

The site is now mobile optimised… yeah baby!

Heroes & Villains icons

Awesome set of computer icons. Available for Mac and PC here.

Big yellow rabbit

A temporary 13 meter high art sculpture in Orebro, Sweden, by Rotterdam-based artist Florentijn Hofman.

Source

Takayama 高山

Photo from my recent trip to the north-western area of Japan.

Kurobe Tateyama 黒部立山

Photo from my recent trip to the north-western area of Japan.

“Steve Jobs’s departure as chief executive officer this week leaves Apple Inc. (AAPL) without the full- time attention of its technology visionary, putting pressure on head product designer Jonathan Ive to fill that gap. ”

Bloomberg

Sony NEX-5N

I’m gonna sell my aging Nikon to get this new baby, the Sony NEX-5N. The Nikon is just far too heavy to carry around.

Traditional hotel in Kanazawa 金沢

The hotel I stayed in during my trip to the north-western area of Japan.

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Kurobe Dam 黒部ダム

Photo from my recent trip to the north-western area of Japan.

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“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.”

BBC Health

Fujiko F. Fujio Museum

Fujiko F. Fujio, the creator of the hugely successful Doaremon ドラえもん character along with other equally successful characters like Parman パーマン, Q-Taro Q太郎, etc., is about to have a studio museum dedicated to his works.

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Grill Ukai, Marunouchi

Dined at the Grill Ukai (Grill うかい) in Marunouchi (丸の内) for lunch today.

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“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!