Book I read on flight from Shanghai back to Singapore: Cost RMB$15 (Sgd$4)
Book Mr. Cinical bought at the airport while waiting to pick me up : Cost Sgd$17
Cost of Intellectual Property = $13
Yes, I’m finally back from my vacation. But why is it that immediately after a vacation, you feel like going on another one just so you can recover from it? And as I was day-dreaming of going for yet another vacation, Ms. A sent me a text if I wanted to go to Lombok in Indonesia. Sounds very tempting….must be a sign that another holiday is totally justifiable. ;p
Photos will be up soon. I was trigger-happy, snapping away with the normal digital camera and the Holga. I’m really excited to see how they have turned out. 🙂
But first, catching up on google reader for an inspiration to start the week… (and btw, I did buy more books than clothes this trip. In quantitative terms) 🙂
Organising your books by color.
I am amazed by these paper dresses.
Yes, they are indeed made of paper, a specific material known as Tyvek, which is usually used for making envelopes. They are also machine-washable (gets softer with every wash) and totally recyclable.
They look light, breezy and totally suitable for the humid weather here. The dressed are designed by House-Wear (NY) and first discovered via Inhabit
Apart from paper dresses, I’m also itching to get my hands on the book “Green is the New Black” about the eco-wave that’s driving fashion trends today. There seems to be a number of eco-chic related books, including Eco-Chic: The Fashion Paradox on how the fashion industry is responding and changing in respond to environmental concerns. If you want a slightly more current-affairs discussion on about this “green” revolution, of course you can rely on Thomas Friedman’s Hot, Flat and Crowded.
As one of my best friend, Ms. F exclaims, in these days, “to be green is glorious”!
Filed under Books, Fashion
I was browsing in the bookstore when I came across Kevyn Aucoin’s Face Forward. Aucoin was a talented make-up artist, particularly fond of using make-up to transform people into a totally different character. Unfortunately, he died of a brain tumour in 2002.
I can’t seem to find a lot of images from the book, but he showcases the ability to transform Calista Flockhart into Audrey Hepburn and Gwyneth Paltrow as James Dean (yes, a guy).
The powers of transformative make-up! Do go flip if you come across it!
Filed under Beauty, Books
When I was younger, I would only ask my parents to buy me 2 things – one was barbie dolls/paper dolls (so that I can dress them up), and the other was story books. My first book was Enid Blyton’s Tales of Betsy May. Then I moved on to devouring Nancy Drew, and who can forget the Sweet Valley High series?
Even till today, I need to read a few chapters of a book before I go to bed. Now, my taste in books ranges from popular fiction (particularly thrillers, chick-lit and Harry Potter) and business, economics, politics and travel writing and I will probably be as happy as a lark if I have an Amazon Kindle 2. 🙂
I decided to tick off Guardian’s List of Top 100 Books of All Times but it seemed I have only read about 13 of them, though I have heard of most of them
But just like our tastes in fashion, it is better to be individualistic in tastes in books too… so for the 87 books I have not read, I may or may not pick you up. But no hard feelings, it’s not you, it’s me. You are just not my taste. 😀
Guardian’s List of Top 100 Books of All Times
- Chinua Achebe, Nigeria, (b. 1930), Things Fall Apart
- Hans Christian Andersen, Denmark, (1805-1875), Fairy Tales and Stories
- Jane Austen, England, (1775-1817), Pride and Prejudice – I was moved to read this after the Colin Firth as the brooding Mark Darcy emerging dripping wet from the pond in BBC’s production. Since then I caught all film remakes of P&P, including the Keira Knightley & the Aishwarya Rai versions
- Honore de Balzac, France, (1799-1850), Old Goriot
- Samuel Beckett, Ireland, (1906-1989), Trilogy: Molloy, Malone Dies, The Unnamable
- Giovanni Boccaccio, Italy, (1313-1375), Decameron
- Jorge Luis Borges, Argentina, (1899-1986), Collected Fictions
- Emily Bronte, England, (1818-1848), Wuthering Heights – Read the abridged version
- Albert Camus, France, (1913-1960), The Stranger
- Paul Celan, Romania/France, (1920-1970), Poems.
- Louis-Ferdinand Celine, France, (1894-1961), Journey to the End of the Night
- Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Spain, (1547-1616), Don Quixote
- Geoffrey Chaucer, England, (1340-1400), Canterbury Tales – Yeap, but I did not particularly enjoy it.
- Anton P Chekhov, Russia, (1860-1904), Selected Stories
- Joseph Conrad, England,(1857-1924), Nostromo
- Dante Alighieri, Italy, (1265-1321), The Divine Comedy – Nel mezzo del cammin di nostra vita/mi ritrova per una selva oscura/che la diritta via era smarrita
- Charles Dickens, England, (1812-1870), Great Expectations – It was my “A” levels literature textbook. The hands imagery still haunts me and who can forget the full circle meaning of the name “Pip”. Love the Ethan Hawke & Gwyneth Palthrow film adaptation though.
- Denis Diderot, France, (1713-1784), Jacques the Fatalist and His Master
- Alfred Doblin, Germany, (1878-1957), Berlin Alexanderplatz
- Fyodor M Dostoyevsky, Russia, (1821-1881), Crime and Punishment; The Idiot; The Possessed; The Brothers Karamazov
- George Eliot, England, (1819-1880), Middlemarch
- Ralph Ellison, United States, (1914-1994), Invisible Man
- Euripides, Greece, (c 480-406 BC), Medea
- William Faulkner, United States, (1897-1962), Absalom, Absalom; The Sound and the Fury
- Gustave Flaubert, France, (1821-1880), Madame Bovary; A Sentimental Education
- Federico Garcia Lorca, Spain, (1898-1936), Gypsy Ballads
- Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Colombia, (b. 1928), One Hundred Years of Solitude; Love in the Time of Cholera – Love in the Time of Cholera – the book that appeared in Serendipity the movie…
- Gilgamesh, Mesopotamia (c 1800 BC).
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Germany, (1749-1832), Faust
- Nikolai Gogol, Russia, (1809-1852), Dead Souls
- Gunter Grass, Germany, (b.1927), The Tin Drum
- Joao Guimaraes Rosa, Brazil, (1880-1967), The Devil to Pay in the Backlands
- Knut Hamsun, Norway, (1859-1952), Hunger.
- Ernest Hemingway, United States, (1899-1961), The Old Man and the Sea – Read the abridged version when I was a kid
- Homer, Greece, (c 700 BC), The Iliad and The Odyssey
- Henrik Ibsen, Norway (1828-1906), A Doll’s House
- The Book of Job, Israel. (600-400 BC).
- James Joyce, Ireland, (1882-1941), Ulysses
- Franz Kafka, Bohemia, (1883-1924), The Complete Stories; The Trial; The Castle Bohemia
- Kalidasa, India, (c. 400), The Recognition of Sakuntala
- Yasunari Kawabata, Japan, (1899-1972), The Sound of the Mountain
- Nikos Kazantzakis, Greece, (1883-1957), Zorba the Greek
- DH Lawrence, England, (1885-1930), Sons and Lovers
- Halldor K Laxness, Iceland, (1902-1998), Independent People
- Giacomo Leopardi, Italy, (1798-1837), Complete Poems
- Doris Lessing, England, (b.1919), The Golden Notebook
- Astrid Lindgren, Sweden, (1907-2002), Pippi Longstocking – Of course! Pippi was my heroine as a kid
- Lu Xun, China, (1881-1936), Diary of a Madman and Other Stories
- Mahabharata, India, (c 500 BC).
- Naguib Mahfouz, Egypt, (b. 1911), Children of Gebelawi
- Thomas Mann, Germany, (1875-1955), Buddenbrook; The Magic Mountain
- Herman Melville, United States, (1819-1891), Moby Dick
- Michel de Montaigne, France, (1533-1592), Essays.
- Elsa Morante, Italy, (1918-1985), History
- Toni Morrison, United States, (b. 1931), Beloved
- Shikibu Murasaki, Japan, (N/A), The Tale of Genji Genji
- Robert Musil, Austria, (1880-1942), The Man Without Qualities
- Vladimir Nabokov, Russia/United States, (1899-1977), Lolita – Yes, the scandalious book!
- Njaals Saga, Iceland, (c 1300).
- George Orwell, England, (1903-1950), 1984 – Yeap, pretty morbid
- Ovid, Italy, (c 43 BC), Metamorphoses – I have never been able to finish reading this
- Fernando Pessoa, Portugal, (1888-1935), The Book of Disquiet
- Edgar Allan Poe, United States, (1809-1849), The Complete Tales
- Marcel Proust, France, (1871-1922), Remembrance of Things Past
- Francois Rabelais, France, (1495-1553), Gargantua and Pantagruel
- Juan Rulfo, Mexico, (1918-1986), Pedro Paramo
- Jalal ad-din Rumi, Afghanistan, (1207-1273), Mathnawi
- Salman Rushdie, India/Britain, (b. 1947), Midnight’s Children
- Sheikh Musharrif ud-din Sadi, Iran, (c 1200-1292), The Orchard
- Tayeb Salih, Sudan, (b. 1929), Season of Migration to the North
- Jose Saramago, Portugal, (b. 1922), Blindness
- William Shakespeare, England, (1564-1616), Hamlet; King Lear; Othello – Hamlet was my “A” level text and thus far, one of my favorite Shakespeare’s plays.
- Sophocles, Greece, (496-406 BC), Oedipus the King
- Stendhal, France, (1783-1842), The Red and the Black
- Laurence Sterne, Ireland, (1713-1768), The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy
- Italo Svevo, Italy, (1861-1928), Confessions of Zeno
- Jonathan Swift, Ireland, (1667-1745), Gulliver’s Travels – Yeap
- Leo Tolstoy, Russia, (1828-1910), War and Peace; Anna Karenina; The Death of Ivan Ilyich and Other Stories – I watched Anna Karenina, the movie. Does that count?
- Thousand and One Nights, India/Iran/Iraq/Egypt, (700-1500).
- Mark Twain, United States, (1835-1910), The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
- Valmiki, India, (c 300 BC), Ramayana
- Virgil, Italy, (70-19 BC), The Aeneid
- Walt Whitman, United States, (1819-1892), Leaves of Grass
- Virginia Woolf, England, (1882-1941), Mrs. Dalloway; To the Lighthouse – I had to critique a passage from “To the Lighthouse” during my studies and I absolutely did not get it.
- Marguerite Yourcenar, France, (1903-1987), Memoirs of Hadrian
Everett Rogers wrote in the Diffusion of Innovations (1962) that innovations will spread through a market in a S-manner, with the early adopters using the technology, followed by the majority, before that particular technology reaches a mature stage. This idea applies to not only technology, but also applies to many facets of life, including a social trend (e.g. facebook), consumer goods (e.g. fashion trend) etc.
In the area of electronic gadgets, I have never considered myself to be an early adopter. I probably would not even qualify as the “majority”, but rather more like the laggard.
My first handphone was at 21 years old and my first camera was a year ago when I was 29. I bought my laptop because it was pink in color and I have never actually own a MP3 player, the current Ipod (2nd generation) was a hand-me-down. And oh, please never ever ask me how to operate the DVD player.
So I was pretty surprised to find myself “lusting” over some pieces of electronic gadgets recently, namely the Prada LG phone and the potential of a Nintendo DS Lite to be converted into a mini-netbook.
My new lust item – The Amazon Kindle 2
The electronic book reader that’s light as a feather (10.2 ounce) and holds 1500 books that you can bring along everywhere. I am hooked. I can now build a personal library, without the need for a physical space and I can bring them along wherever I go. 🙂
I think I have figured out why I like these items. Rather than adding some complication into my life, these new technology/gadgets fill a want and/or need that I have, making the daily grind of life easier to go by.