New York City

November 8, 2018 - Reading time: 6 minutes

Recently spent the weekend in NYC for the first-ish time! Just documenting this for my own reference; I barely took any pictures.

FRIDAY

  • I had a bad service experience with UP/Presto...
  • Apparently my nose is not attuned to the smell of ur|ne in the subway?
  • Friedmans: Got the mac n' cheese (fortina, parmesan), ginger carrot soup, and sauteed spinach (raisins, pine nuts)! The mac n' cheese was very cheesy, just the way I like it!
  • LINE FRIENDS store: I was sad that most of the Sally merchandise was sold out/gone already. I was able to grab a few items, but much less stuff than I thought I would exit with!
  • Roberta's: got a pretty regular pepperoni pizza; nothing too special
  • Joe & the Juice: I got a very $$ smoothie called YOUNG BLOOD (celery, Lemon, apples) but it was good and made me feel "healthier"
  • Carnegie Hall: the main reason I went on this trip was to catch the Joe Hisaishi Studio Ghibli concert at Carnegie Hall. I have to say that I was disappointed at the acoustics in the hall, given that I could barely hear the soloists (vocal or instrumental) over the regular symphony. There were also parts in the playing that sounded slightly off/like mistakes? I've been to TSO quite a few times and never experienced anything bad. The Joe Hisaishi show probably the highest density of east asians I've seen packed into a theatre!

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SATURDAY

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  • Alimama: I got a match mochi donut (it has matcha coated rice krispies on top), it reminded me a lot of jin deui!
  • Xi'an famous food: I got the stewed oxtail hand-ripped noodles in soup. The soup was very good! I think I prefer thinner ripped noodles for my own preferred noodle-surface area to soup-ratio though.
  • Karaoke Boho (Orchard): there was no (visible?) way to adjust the volume of the music of the karaoke video/song vs. our microphone, so the overall experience was lackluster. Best part of this was meeting up with an old artist friend, Nou!
  • Loring Place: we shared the BBQ chicken (roasted brussels sprouts, apples, and mustard), Peking Duck (with turnips, carrots, and spicy quince-apple chutney), and the roasted short rib (horse radish gremolata and potato puree), all very delicious! I also got a celery ginger (iced team, mint) drink. Gotta fool myself into being healthy.

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SUNDAY

  • Chelsea Market: met up with Nou again and wandered around, including a pop-up watch/timepiece show, and the artist flea market!
  • Num Pang Kitchen (Chelsea Market): I got the lemon grass braised beef short rib on jasmine rice, super delicious! The beef just fell apart with a few pokes from my fork!
  • The Highline: a former elevated freight rail line railway that was turned into a community space/public park. The weather was very nice for a walk, and the flowers/plants were still blooming!
  • Paper Presentation: Went to Nou's favourite stationery store...so much paper and craft supplies! I could make ALL THE THINGS!
  • Books of Wonder: dropped by a cute children's book store and it just so happened that Eva Chen was getting ready to do a autograph/reading session for her book Juno Valentine and the Magical Shoes.
  • Le Pain Quotidien: stopped in to drink more "health" into my body, aka the super green (kale, celery, cucumber, pineapple, lemon, apple, ginger and mint)
  • Ichiran: most expensive ramen I've ever had in north america, but I enjoyed the level of customization that I was able to do. I got a rich broth, and it was great.

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Today's music post: The Last to Know by Faith No More.


Canzine 2018

September 23, 2018 - Reading time: ~1 minute

Updated to Bludit 3.0! Always a bit stressful doing upgrades when you're not sure if all of your content is going to get busted or not, haha. Luckily everything worked out just as the documentation outlined!

I was at Canzine Toronto yesterday with Linda Tea, representing Love Love Hill. It was nice to see a lot of bustling creativity across the whole show. I'm grateful to the organizers and volunteers at Broken Pencil for making things happen. Thank you to everyone who dropped by to say hello and/or buy stuff :). Check out the winners of the 2018 Broken Pencil Zine awards, and their IG compilation post to find more excellent zinesters (such breadth!)!


Formative games

September 9, 2018 - Reading time: 3 minutes

C.Y.P.H.E.R. Operation Wildlife We had the boxed version of this game growing up. I suspect that a large part of my animal knowledge and love, originates from this game.

Wacky Wheels I always played the Moose names Morris. I'm not sure why...slow and steady? Also played this with my siblings.

Rampage They made a movie out of this, but I played this with my siblings, all three of us on the same keyboard, somehow. I was always Ralph the wolf!

Scorched Earth I remember spending hours shooting holes into the ground.

James Pond I always gravitated to replaying this platformer. I remember there were a lot of cream/sugar/candy-related backgrounds and themes. Even though I loved James Bond for other reasons, I never really made the connection between James Pond and James Bond.

Pastel Muses Another shooter/puzzle game, but with cute animals! I was really good at this game...

Shining Force 1, 2, and 3 (scenario 1) Strategic RPGs with wide cast of characters. This game is likely part of why I love knights and fantasy setting so much. So many hot knights. I liked that you can take your sweet time making decisions and placing your characters, rather than real-time battle. They also had fun animal/creature hybrid-type characters that were secretly powerful. I'd often replay an entire level if it turned out that one of my team members died during battle.

Today's music post: Shining Force II Symphonic Suite by Motoaki Takenouchi. Super nostalgic!

Not really related to anything, but I can't believe that Houshin Engi inspired official street fashion exists!!!!!! Fugen shinjin's outfit is the best looking one IMO. All this reboot merch because of the rebooted anime...they also recompiled the manga with fancy new covers.


My planted tank

April 10, 2018 - Reading time: 2 minutes

I sometimes get really into observing my planted tank and shrimp. Here's a compilation of recent photos!Image description

To take these photos I'm just using a clip-on macro lens on my cellphone camera. It is pretty hit and miss, but I'm glad to have some photos stored to look at my tank growth and progress!

My left arm has been in pain for the past while, and I've been having insomnia as well. IDK what the cause of all of it is, but hopefully it subsides soon. Body is aging and aching...

Today's music post: Symphony No. 5 by Sibelius, conducted by Leonard Bernstein,performed by Vienna Philharmonic. I went to hear Sibelius's Symphony No. 5 performed at the TSO last weekend. The most interesting parts to me were the swan-inspired wing fluttering emmulated by the cello (?I assume?) bows knocking against the strings. Another interesting read here, here, and here.

Here's a bonus sad swan song called Olim lacus colueram/Once I swam in lakes, which is 1/25 of Carl Orff's Carmina Burana movements. The song is meant to be sung by a tenor in falsetto (haha). The song lyrics are BIG MOOD.


Mostly clothing

December 7, 2017 - Reading time: 3 minutes

For the past few weeks my drawing hand gets numb whenever I use my computer at home (sit desk). It doesn't seem to happen when I'm using the mouse as work (stand desk). I'm not really sure what's going on, but I suspect it's a pinched nerve somewhere else in my body that is causing this. Will be asking a RMT about it tomorrow!

As a result, I haven't really been drawing much at all, especially not at the computer.

Here's a picture I drew of my holiday party outfit this year. Most people assumed that I was going to wear a bag dress (as usual), so I decided to SHAKE THINGS UP and go with a full menswear-inspired outfit, inspired by cool people like Esther Quek from older-era, DapperQ, and of course, Janelle Monae.

I came pretty close to replicating this drawing IRL, save for a few things:

  • Didn't find a knitted tie in time...
  • Opted out of the flower pin for a pocket square instead! Well, the pocket square was just a piece of scrap fabric
  • My tie bar was a bobby pin, ha! SO CHEAP!

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Oh, I drew my own hair part wrong. Everything is mirrored...

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A while back, I also drew some stuff to get embroidered on to a varsity jacket! I'm really happy with how it all turned out! Everything on the jacket was designed to represent some aspect of myself, so it is very personal. Kudos if you can figure out how everything is linked to me...!

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I also sewed on the Love Love Hill patch and put on Saicoink and Wai's pins.

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Today's music post: Grand Poppa by ZAMAGI chill japanese hip hop!


Unsolicited product review: watches

November 20, 2017 - Reading time: 3 minutes

Let me tell you about some things that I like...

Sapphire crystal watch glass.

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I'm currently sporting The Hemmingway watch from Hawthorn Watch Co's kickstarter. It has all the features I need in a watch: highly contrast watch face, 3 watch arms, numbers, and date. I toyed with the idea of getting an automatic watch for a while, but decided that the reliability of swiss quartz movement is more functional for me and what I use watches for (running to meetings, timing workshop activities, etc.). Automatic watches also tend to be way more expensive, taller, and mostly marketed towards man-sized wrists. The Hemmingway is definitely on the bigger side for my wrist (40mm) but I guess that makes it easier to read time as my eyes get older. It always aggravates me I see "women" versions of watches that are tiny and bejeweled to the point of non-function!

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The watch I had prior to the Hemmingway was a Grenen watch by Skagen. It was the first "adult" watch that I ever bought, for the purposes of looking like a legit workerbee when I went to client meetings, etc. I remember within 1-2 days of wearing the Skagen it already had a permanent scratch on the surface (you can see some of the scratches in the photo). The strap is also not replaceable and has begun splitting after a couple years of wear. Many reviews on the Skagen website also note the same problem. The strap problem plus the mineral crystal glass led me to retire the watch . I love the look of a lot of Skagen watches, but the quality of the make is just not good enough!

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I have accidentally banged the Hawthorn watch on many things before and it shows no sign of wear! Sapphire crystal totally makes a difference (even if it is domed/raised, which you would expect would scratch more often). Apparently sapphire crystal is second in hardness to diamond! Will see how long this watch survives!

In other news, I have updated my Bludit to 2.x without a hitch, so now the RSS feed works!

Music post: What's That Perfume That You Wear? by Jans Lekman. This artist was chosen by one of my colleagues as a song that might represent aspects of my personality... interesting!


About

I am part of an arts and comics collective called Love Love Hill. I like to draw comics of all genres and styles, but I tend to create stories with particular attention to subtle character expressions, gestures, interactions, and relationships.

UPCOMING PROJECTS
- Love Love Heels
- YuriJam(?) 2018
- Here We Are (webcomic)