Archive for August, 2004

Talking Street Cell-phone Walking Tour

Tuesday, August 31st, 2004

After months and months of hard work, the Lower Manhattan tour was finally launched. It’s awesome. I was so amazed how well the system I built works. It’s neat and beautiful.

Unit Origami

Thursday, August 26th, 2004

I have been obsessed with unit origami lately, after getting the book Unit Origami – Multidimensional Transformations by Tomoko Fusè. I fold and assemble paper day and night. The one on the top left hand corner is my latest assembly, it’s built on 24 units (pieces of origami paper). The 3 at the bottoms are tetrahedrons, I love them the most. They are simple and elegant. Hundreds of forms are still waiting for me…my goal is to fill up the glass bowl.

1-2-3, Inhale!

Friday, August 20th, 2004

P. told me about this new hit in Europe that allows you to inhale alcohol instead of drinking it. AWOL stands for Alcohol Without Liquid (AWOL), a vaporiser with which one uses to inhale drinks like whiskey and vodka. Hard hit! I don’t know, look like doing a bong to me. Can’t be good to your body, can it? But no more stinky breath, for sure!

OD Continues

Friday, August 20th, 2004

Here comes the reward of OD-ing: I found out that Sandy Lam has a cook book published earlier this year, My Shanghai – Through tastes and memories. She looks just so beautiful on the cover. I searched on Amazon and voilà! It’s selling for 30 bucks. It’s the English edition available. I then went on to YesAsia and found the Chinese edition. I am going to order both editions, I have to. How could I have missed this? But not now, I am not. And I know that I won’t use the recipe book on the counter — I will definitely make sure that I photocopy the pages first. This has to be treasured. I am a fanatic. The OD goes on…

OD on Sandy Lam

Thursday, August 19th, 2004

I have been loading all of my Sandy Lam’s songs to my iPod and OD-ing on them. How fun! It makes me remember of my good ol’days. I listened to her songs at different stages in my life. It’s utterly the best tool for nostalgia. I read recently that she got divorced and she’s going to pay more attention to the Hong Kong market. She’s going to have a Cantonese album out by the end of 2004—now that’s an exciting piece of news.

Chinese Bookbinding

Tuesday, August 17th, 2004

I finally took the long-awaiting Chinese BB class this past weekend. The instructor, NNT, was very patient, somewhat too patient perhaps. She was great. She studied Chinese in Taiwan, travelled to extensively to China and Taiwan, holds a PhD in Chinese Literature from Princeton, speaks, writes and reads fluent Chinese (Mandarin). I was so amazed. She has the great collection of old, real old, Chinese books. I saw a Christian guide book for the Chinese in Hong Kong, guiding them to heaven. I made a string-bounded book, a wrapped-back book, a butterfly book and a slip case.

Music Update

Wednesday, August 11th, 2004

Last night at Virgin, I acquired Orbital’s Blue Album. It claimed to be “Their Final Album,” on the cover, which I had no clue, yet a little disappointed that it’s their last one. I have always liked their music. I have listened to 6 tracks this morning on my commute, and I liked it so far. Pretty much high energy and foward-reaching, rather poppy.

I also got Etienne Daho’s singles which was released in 1998. I am glad that I finally got the chance to listen to his earlier works.

Then there is Morrissey’s DVD single First of the Gang to Die, it contains a live performance of the song and it was only 6 bucks with 2 B-sides!

Henri Cartier-Bresson, 1908-2004

Wednesday, August 11th, 2004
Behind the Gare St. Lazare
Henri Cartier-Bresson

RIP, Monsieur Cartier-Bresson. You inspired me to take pictures, your photography taught me about composition and juxtaposition. I read from the Times that you passed away last week at the age of 95. You are the master of photography to me. I admire your work, your talent, your eyes and your philosophy. You remind me that one does not need a big fancy camera to capture great pictures. I was so excited when I first learnt about your decisive moment in my first year photography class in college. I remembered I saw your exhibit “Européen” on my first trip to Paris which was the highlight of the entire trip that I would never forget. You opened my eyes to see the world through lens and freezing time. Thanks for bringing extraordinary photography to the human world.
NPR The Art of Photographer Cartier-Bresson, Aug. 5, 04
Cartier-Bresson’s works at Magnum Photos


Monday, August 9th, 2004

I finally put up a gallery software to organize and display my digital pictures online. Feel free to look at the pictures and drop comments at

So Lucky

Monday, August 9th, 2004

This weekend we went up to Sharon to visit M’s uncle and aunt in MA. It was extremely pleasant and fun. Uncle E. and Aunt J. were wonderful hosts, they are just so fun to be with. Plus the gorgeous weather up in New England over the last weekend. You can’t ask for more. We had such a great time.

Aunt J. made awesome crab cakes for us, it’s was so remarkebly delicious. We went to Newport, RI, to see one of the mansions, Rosecliff; and had an awesome dinner of mussels and shrimp at Shells and Scales. It was a wonderful fun to spend a get-away weekend.

On our drive back on I-95, a guy in his convertable cut us of right in front of us, and guess what, lost control of his car. He crashed right into another woman’s car next to him. They both shifted to the grass-side of the road. We were shocked and then scared to death. Our car was just a few feet away from the crash. We could have banged right into them had they not shifted from the road, and we could have got hurt. Luckily, no one seemed to get hurt, we braked and pulled over safely. We were freaked!