24 November, 2009

Nanami Cowdroy

I walked past ufo gallery in Central today which had the most gorgeous paintings on display. The exhibition featured intricate ink and mixed-media prints by Nanami Cowdroy, a Japanese-Australian artist.

My absolute favorite piece was 'Tsuru', which was a beautiful black ink print of three paper origami cranes. Early Christmas present I'm thinking? Oh how I wish.

Interestingly, someone has actually used the print as a design for a tattoo.

Photo courtesy of http://www.flickr.com/photos/kayveeinc/3774341860/

You can see the actual artwork here. It's been awhile since I last fell in love with any artwork. I long for my past arty days. Maybe it's time to start painting again...

16 November, 2009

An intern no more...

Well it's been around two weeks since the end of time at HK magazine, and it certainly feels odd, not having to go to wake up early every morning. I'm really not a morning person. Anyway to recap over my time there, I've decided to post of the online links to the features and interviews I wrote during the internship.

I have to say, it was a brilliant experience, and I certainly learnt a lot working there. Although by the end, I felt like I had done enough and was really glad to move on. You can only handle work with no pay for so long. My top moments were meeting all the lovely people, getting my own bylines, and getting perks like a free hotel buffet and Movenpick ice-cream tasting!

***UPDATE: All the links below have now expired, but I didn't want to delete all my lengthy anecdotes, so you can access all the articles here: http://hk.asia-city.com/news-features/40388 ***

Get down and dirty feature http://hk-magazine.com/feature/getting-down-and-dirty

Buffet dining feature http://hk-magazine.com/feature/just-eat-it I managed to score a free dinner at The Langham in tst for this so I was one happy newbie! (I was just on my second week at the mag)

Skin Deep http://hk-magazine.com/feature/skin-deep-august-28-2009

Interview with Stephen Bolton http://hk-magazine.com/feature/stage-61

Street talk with a street vendor http://hk-magazine.com/feature/mr-lam

Feature 2 on Kennedy town http://hk-magazine.com/feature/take-trip-down-k-town This had to be the piece I was most proud of, as it remains the first full-length feature I got assigned. I took it really seriously as well, making all these trips down to uncover hidden gems. It was rather irritating that they left out my byline in the online article though.

Street talk with a Chairman Mao impersonator http://hk-magazine.com/feature/gu-xiao-yue
This was seriously interesting, as it was actually my first encounter with a die-hard chinese communist. He also really did look eerily like the Chairman. Anyway, when I met him and his entourage, the first thing I got greeted with was "Oh, it's actually a young girl" which irked me quite a bit.

The interview descended into parts hilarious, parts frustration as he only spoke mandarin, which was a tad tricky for me. So I eventually ended up mixing mandarin, canto and even english when trying to communicate to his manager, a seemingly pointless sidekick and 2 PR girls the questions I wanted. I then had to pretend I knew what he was talking about when he answered my questions in mandarin, and try and get the limited extent of his imagination. Example, when I asked him what he would say to his idol Mao if he could meet him, he told me that it wouldn't be possible because he was part of the third generation and would never get the chance to see him. WTF?! I then tried to ask the question 'Who would win in a fight, Mao or Deng Xiaoping?', which provoked the manager string at me like I was crazy, and one of the PR girls to pipe "Oh, so your magazine is really political?" Shame they wouldn't respond.

Still, at least I got through it and managed to turnout a decent piece. Fantastic learning experience on how to deal in interviews.

Another Street talk http://hk-magazine.com/feature/sister-four

Interview with Jim Chim-Sui-Man, my first hong-kong celeb meeting! http://hk-magazine.com/feature/stage-66

Street talk with history record-breaking aviator. Really really provoking, meeting someone who is in the history books, although he looked crushed when he found out the actual size of the space for the article. http://hk-magazine.com/feature/francis-chin-yiu-cheong

27 October, 2009

Delicieux Bistro: Finally a good sandwich

For lunch today we checked out this baguette place that HK so lovingly reviewed, and boy was it worth it.

See HK magazine's review here.

Their portions were generous enough, with delectable-sounding fillings, such as lemongrass chicken, deluxe Viet (as featured in the review) and interesting Viet appetizers for $5 extra. Total lunch combo set was $45, which was a total bargain. They were even doing a special 10% discount--Hongkongers love a good sale.

I went for the lemongrass pork, since I'd had chicken overload last week, and was most impressed by the crunchy hot baguette and meat flavour. Will definitely add in a Viet appetizer next time as well. They also do more usual french choices, although I'm thinking the Vietnamese ones are probably the ones to go for.


26 October, 2009

I was going through my photo albums and trying to effectively sort out all the junk on my laptop, when I came across this picture.
Immediately, it revoked all the then pissed off and exasperated feelings that I had felt when attemping to capture that image. I had the camera perfectly in place for a shot of Venus Williams, no less, and the woman with the unbelievably annoying hat in front had chosen that opportune moment to stand up. Poor Venus's elegant victory wave was completely overshadowed by a mere commonplace straw hat.
The 'Decisive Moment' had gone. Stoopid woman.

14 October, 2009

Helloooooo to all, and welcome to my maiden blog. I have decided to start blogging because it seems fun, and I'm going to treat it sort of like an online documentary of my gap year for all my far flung friends out there.

For a bit of random frivolity, Miss 13-dot was an Hong Kong comic fashion idol in the 60s and 70s and adored by all females for her never-ending outfits and carefree lifestyle. She was literally THE it-girl then, albeit only in paper form. It is rather odd, though perhaps synonymous with that time, that a comic girl character managed to gain status as the undisputed leader in all things fashion for every tween, teen, women then.

However, artist Lee Wai Chun is a genius, purely for the amount of original outfits she thought up and the perfection of her drawings.

I am going through a phase of loving the artworks and character she created.