Monthly Archives: September 2008

Massa, the class act

From Straits Times, 29 Sept 08

A sanguine Massa, however, refused to blame his crew for the pit error.

‘We are all human beings, everybody can make mistakes. I am not the kind of guy who goes to the guy and fights with him. I go to the guy and give him even more motivation, because we need him and we need everybody together for the last races of the season.’

While I am sure there must be publicists drafting up this statement for him, this propels Massa to my league of class(y) acts. How gracious. 

Massa – you are already a winner.

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Sydney Sundays are for…

Strawberries at the beach 

 

 

 

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Sydney Saturdays are for…

Rummaging in markets (Glebe)

Chilling in cafes (Bird Cow Fish in Surry Hills)

Browsing in bookstores (2nd hand bookshop in Paddington)

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Still enamoured with flowers

 

“Let us dance in the sun, wearing wild flowers in our hair…”  ~Susan Polis Shutz


 

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Fashion takes on Diapers!

 

This must be the most interesting fashion show that I have ever come across! 

Diaper Fashion for adults takes off in Japan, in part due to their aging population! And it’s not a one type fits all. 

The worldwide diaper (babies) market is around US$22.2 billion (’05), but with declining birth-rates and aging population across the world, consumer companies will now be focusing even more on this market! 

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Battle in Seattle

And so I learnt in class that the OECD’s Multilateral Agreement on Investment (MAI) was first known as the Multilateral Investment Agreement (MIA), but since MIA is better known for “Missing in Action”, it was suggested that there be a change in name to MAI. Interesting bit of tidbit here for me, the trade geek.

Change in name didn’t make a difference though, the MAI became MIA still, with possibly no hopes of revival (hmm, wondering whether I should be putting money on it with the comatose state of the WTO).

Well, Hollywood has decided to make a movie of the failed talks at WTO (specifically the 1999 Seattle Round), called “Battle in Seattle. It’s a flick that I will like to catch, although I suspect that it will veer towards the sensationalistic aspects of the protests, but hey, all passion displayed (regardless of which side you are on, rightly or wrongly) is sensational. No? (Note: For the guys, it stars Charlize Theron and for the girls, Martin Henderson, aka Mr. Darcy in Bride & Prejudice).  

Check out the trailer!

 

Signing off, still a geek @ heart

PS: Wondering if Hollywood has run out of ideas for movies, what’s with Bangkok Dangerous and this niche WTO production)? But I may be underestimating the power of Hollywood. Perhaps this WTO flick is a reminder to all of us that despite all the ills of the WTO, it’s still the only multilateral organisation governing trade, where countries (big or small) can have a voice. Or I’m just sprouting my own propaganda?

Credits: Youtube

 

 

 

 

 

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All traffic lights should look like this


Credits: Discovered via Holga

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Penguin Book Bags

In 2007, it was the Anya Hindmarch “I’m not a Plastic Bag” environmentally conscious bag craze (and which went for between £5 and £200, depending whether you got them from Sainsbury or eBay). 

Admittedly I have one too, though its origin was less urmmm, “pedigreed”. 

In 2008, maybe it will be the craze of the Penguin Book Bags with the titles of the classics printed! But maybe not, appeals only to a very niche audience. But I find it really cute. It must be the back-lash against the plain shopping bags that I have been carrying around in Australia – oh, you know the type which sells for A$0.99 in Coles Supermarket. 

Tis will be a great bag for the library excursions. 🙂

PS: I would like one that has Pride & Prejudice on 1 side, and Sense & Sensibility on the other. Unfortunately, they don’t allow for customisation. 😛 

PPS: What would be yours? 

 

 

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Disposable Luggage Tags

I should have discovered these earlier… 

I especially like the “Nothing worth stealing in here” and the “Open with Caution:Dirty clothes inside”.

I’m sure they would keep out luggage stealers. LOLCredits: Spoon Sisters

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Of Paper Dolls and Cute Rabbits

I think I have figured out when my interest (obsession?) in fashion and clothes started. It was way before my parents could afford to buy me Barbie dolls. 

Rather, it had to do with paper dolls, yes, the S$0.10 a piece paper that had a picture of a doll, and with clothes that you could dress her in.

I decided to stick with just 1 doll. But unsatisfied with the limited amount of clothes it had from that piece of paper, I trawled newspapers and magazines, cutting out clothes that could fit my doll.

I ended up with 1 doll and an ice-cream box full of clothes.

Day-dreaming of various scenes (shopping, school, going to the playground) and choosing the perfect outfit for my paper doll was my company throughout my childhood days.

Hmm, I think that partly explains why shoes/bags hold less appeal to me than clothes, even today. Some girls match their outfits to their shoes, I match my shoes to my outfits.

(But please don’t judge me on the 10 pairs of shoes I brought over to Sydney from S’pore though. They are there to serve a purpose.) 🙂

 

Thus, I am rather excited to discover Fifi Lapin. Isn’t she the cutest rabbit ever? Decked out in a new outfit everyday!!

 

I love it. Fifi Lapin is the grown-up paper doll I want. 🙂

Do also check out Fifi-Lapin’s Blog

Credits: Paper-Doll Picture, Fifi-Lapin Pictures first discoverd via Fashionation

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