Monthly Archives: September 2009

Cin’s Newsdesk: Height of Folly

Short workers

French politicians are considering stamping a health warning on photographs of models which are digitally enhanced to fight the warped images that women have of their bodies. According to the politicians, “These images can make people believe in a reality that often does not exist”

Evidently, the French prefers to do thing au naturel. Just ask President Sarkozy, who instead of digitally altering his height, prefers to have shorter staff standing behind him as he gives speeches.


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Good quote

Coffee Beans - Holga

“To an economist, the choice is still a no-brainer. We think you should only do what you love, and pay for it by doing what you are good at.”

Good quote via Freakonomics, since not everybody can claim that their work is also their passion.

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Inspired by Red


I have been reading my usual fashion blogs, but I haven’t been inspired till now. Vogue China’s 60 Memorable Fashion Moment traces the history of fashion in China…

1949 - 59

The cheongsum is China’s little black dress. The cheongsum of the 1950s are elegant and simple, has a looser fit without much adornment. Taking a coloured photograph in front of Tiananmen Square was also in vogue then!

1959 - 69

China was in the throes of the Great Leap Forward in the early 1960s, and who could forget Maoism’s “women hold up half the sky?”. Proletariat fashion was about comfort and ease of movement.

1969 - 79

The US-China relationship in the 70s was best characterised by the term “ping-pong diplomacy” where both countries sent a number of ping-pong players to each country for some cultural exchange.This culminated in 1972 with the 1st visit of an American President (Nixon) to China.

Shades of blue, green and grey was predominant at that time. The picture shows an American ping-pong player on exchange to China. In 1972, First Lady Nixon’s elegant red coat caused a stir. It was fashion forward for its time, representing the communist red of China.

1969 - 79 Part 2

How did ladies accessorize in the 1970s? With Mao badges of course. A little red in the sea of blue, green, grey.

Also during that time, only actress are allowed to perm their hair!

1979 - 89

China opened up economically in 1980s, and with it came the influences of “western fashion and entertainment”, such as big bug-eye shades, and ballroom dancing.

1989 - 99

A decade of excesses & exuberance. Who could forget the brick-like mobile phone, first seen in Hong Kong movies and the rising influence of the chinese language. We still see chinese characters on T-shirts, and tattoos!

1999 - 2009

Now: China becomes a trend-setter.

Credits: Vogue China via here [].

You can click on for the full pictures.

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Random inspiration for today


Good flowchart to follow


This reminded me of a scene from Lipstick Jungle (Season 2) where the billionaire chap told Victory Ford that you can’t have something that’s cheap, fast and good, using a similar triangular diagram.

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Cin’s Newsdesk: Disney & Marvel

Disney Marvel In acquiring Marvel, Disney’s President Robert Iger said: “Disney is the perfect home for Marvel’s fantastic library of characters.”

Audience are awaiting with bated breath for the launch of several blockbusters as a result of the Disney-Marvel tie-up, including:

  • When Spiderman meets Ariel (little Mermaid): What happens when itsy-bitsy spider washes down the water sprout?
  • Beauty & The Incredible Hulk: In an attempt to get over the Beast, she fell for The Hulk. A journey into the women psyche – Why does she keep falling for the same type of men?
  • The (Sc)Avengers: Minnie Mouse & Batman as the new Emma Peel & John Steed
  • Tin Cup: The perfect chemistry of wood & iron – Woody (from Toy Story) teams up with Iron Man to create the best golf club
  • Forest Gump: Wolverine in the titled role, till he meets Bambi.

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