Thursday, April 30, 2009

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Lazy Oaf

I would think it is safe to presume that most of you reading would rather be dead than to be seen in the same clothes as another person, hence us ditching the malls + high street labels + frequenting the independent boutiques + independent bazaars.

OK, I think you'd be able to guess where I'm heading now ... :op ... albeit am not featuring a local talent this time around but am sharing a British independent label, which I've been stalking for ages now - Lazy Oaf.

An innocent and cheery illustration style mixed with a palate of pastel and primary colours, Lazy Oaf is real bad-hair-day clothing; you won’t have to worry about your hair as everyone will be too busy fawning over your t-shirt and demanding to know where you got it from. The bright cutesy designs will melt the cold robot hearts of even the grumpiest among us. OK, if you ever stumble upon Simon Cowell, even if it's in your dreams, make sure you're wearing one of Lazy Oaf's. :op

The London based Lazy Oaf was born in 2001 and raised by the idle doodler Her Royal Oafness Gemma Shiel, who started out on a market stall in Spitalfields, the East End of London. The company is made up of a team of lovely ladies, half working in their studio in Shoreditch + the other half who work in their shop just off Carnaby Street. :o)

Oogle their online shop now:!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Hot Air Balloon Sunday

As you all are aware of, we're taking a break in April from any weekend organising. It's all paperwork for us for the past month but on the 2 + 3 May weekend, we'll be back.

Since we're too used to working during weekends, we're restless + had decided to have a go at a hot air balloon experience on Sunday morning, albeit thetered air balloon 'flying'. :op

w00t! w00t! anyway. ;o)

A little Wikipedia-ed history: The hot air balloon is the oldest successful human-carrying flight technology. On November 21, 1783, in Paris, France, the first manned flight was made by Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier and François Laurent d'Arlandes in a hot air balloon created by the Montgolfier brothers.

A hot air balloon has three essential parts: the burner, which heats the air; the balloon envelope, which holds the air; and the basket, which carries the passengers.

Hot air ballooning is a participatory sport; you just can’t do it alone. That's the participants helped in setting up the balloon envelope.

The participants went propping up the basket next. The basket holds the passengers, propane tanks and navigation equipment. Most hot air balloons use a wicker basket for the passenger compartment. Wicker works very well because it is sturdy, flexible and relatively lightweight. The flexibility helps with balloon landings. Wicker material flexes a little, absorbing some of the energy. Even so, during landing you're supposed to bend your legs to absorb the shock.

A hot air balloon is partially inflated with cold air from a gas-powered fan, before the propane burners are used for final inflation.

It was a team effort; both the instructors + students, old + young chipped in to inflate the hot air balloon.

Apparently, to fly a hot air balloon, you'll need a Pilot License + during flying you'll have to be regularly in touch with the local Air Traffic Control + the ground crew. This is because even the most experienced pilot doesn't have complete control over the balloon's flight path. Usually, wind conditions give the pilot very few options. Consequently, you can't really pilot a hot air balloon along an exact course. Unlike flying an airplane, hot air balloon piloting is largely improvised, moment to moment. For this reason, some members of a hot air balloon crew have to stay on the ground, following the balloon by car to see where it lands. Then, they can be there to collect the passengers and equipment. So there will be a lot of communications going on and the pilot regularly used his walkie talkie and handphone to coordinate with his ground crew.

Would love to fly on a hot air balloon one day, but will skip piloting it though. ;o)

Errr ... too much writing serious paper is making me write a report-esque account of the experience. D'oh! :op

We'll be seeing you on 2 + 3 May 2009 @ Jeumpa D'ramo, between 10 am - 6 pm ya?


Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Love is All Around

We had the pleasure of hanging out with Chin Yew, the bloke behind 'The Boy Who Loved Clouds', last Saturday at KLDW Secret Tents area in CapSquare. He introduced us to the folks under 30dayartist, we spotted some work, which got us real excited. We were throwing banters + exchanging pleasantries when Chin Yew shoved his latest work into my hand.

'A Love Letter' the title read.

Intrigued, I retired to a quiet corner to read.

It was the sweetest comic I've ever read! Mid reading the comic, I had Talentime OST - 'Angel' by Atilia playing in my head. 'A Love Letter' is about the intense fireworks of falling in love + the pain it entails. No spoiler intended, go get hold a copy if you're curious.

'A Love Letter', which is printed on recycled paper, is a self-published comic to mark the recent Earth Day. It is limited to 100 copies only + is selling at RM 10. Oh! and I own one.

w00t! w00t!

I'd say it's the perfect gift to tell that someone who sends you to utopia, where you feel everything is perfect, that they just did. Maybe we can invite Chin Yew to the upcoming Bijou Bazaar @ Jeumpa D'ramo in May 2009. ;o)

My favourite from the strip:

We leave you with Talentime OST - 'Angel' by Atilia


Wednesday, April 1, 2009

On Your Tootsies

Whilst busy google-ing, we stumbled upon work by Nina Hjorth, a 29 year old Danish designer.

Statement shoes are all that are needed to make an outfit pop, a Royal College of Art graduate and former McQueen intern, her collection will delight footwear fetishists + spark a flame in those who love Lego construction toys. Her collection was inspired by Tim Walker exhibition at the Design Museum London combined with the romanticism from the film Marie Antoinette + the paintings of New York artist Ray Caesar. Apparently, her all time fashion idol is Richardo Tussci (Givenchy designer).


Watch out Manolo Blahnik, Nina Hjorth's shoes rock!!! OK, just because Iwan-G was going through Manolo Blahnik's collection this afternoon:op

More at Nina Hjorth