Friday, February 27, 2009

Priceless art.

Annie Leibovitz is pawning the copyright, negatives, and contract rights of all her past, present and future work for 15 million dollars.
I purchased her DVD about a month ago. I wonder how much of that will help her with her debt. Damn, if a world class photographer can't cope with the GFC, what normal artist can?
Then again, I saw her house in the movie. If she's going to be busy working, why bother mortgaging a mansion?

Photo via Kitsune Noir. News at Guardian

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

"Between a high, solid wall and an egg that breaks against it, I will always stand on the side of the egg."

Haruki Murakami traveled to Israel recently to receive the $2000 Jerusalem Prize at the Jerusalem book fair despite some warnings.
His speech kicked arse (His response to the warnings were merely "Perhaps, like many other novelists, I tend to do the exact opposite of what I am told".) and personally made more sense to me than Obama's inauguration speech.

Read it here.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Maybe it's just the lack of sleep.

I was in a de-brief this morning. It was for a corporate video we've been working on since last November.
Normally the debrief document comes in an A4 size agency letterhead; today we had a 40 page powerpoint print out.
You know how they say your ideas are like your little babies? Well, today one of the babies came home all grown up and told us he's gay and he buys French baguettes not to eat but to play with his boyfriend, Sebastien.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Who wants to be a millionaire's mistress?

BEIJING, China (CNN) -- A married Chinese businessman who could no longer afford five mistresses held a competition to decide which one to keep.

But the contest took a fatal turn when one of the women, eliminated for her looks, drove the man and the four other competitors off a cliff, Chinese media reported.

is awesome. Link via dreams

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

World Press Photo winners.

1st prize People in the News Stories: Callie Shell, USA, Aurora Photos for Time.
Barack Obama presidential campaign, January-October. See the rest here.

Link via
CR Blog

Friday, February 13, 2009

What have I done this week?

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Sony releases new stupid piece of shit.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Once in a while.

Few months ago some friend visiting from Sydney told me he was walking along Degraves and bought this awesome baguette. He remembered nothing but that the shop owner's French and the baguettes are freshly baked. I never made the connection until I walked pass Waffle On some time later and saw the French menu.

Before noticing its name, Waffle On has always been that shop with 'FRESH BELGIAN WAFFLE' written all over next to the train station exit.
For me it's a novelty because since they close on weekends, I can only go there during special occasions aka sick/ on leave/ running errands in the city.
And today this place has earned the badge of coolness because the owner with his sexy French accent fed the street artist's dog:

Shop to help.

Because Coles is donating their profits on Friday to aid the bush fire appeal fund. I know, I know, I'm advertising for my agency's client. But all for a good cause.

Saturday, February 07, 2009

The politically correct bakery.

To coincide with the hottest day in Melbourne history ever, the lovely Bread Top introduced the Bamboo Charcoal Roll.
I haven't tasted it, but I love how they're trying new things. I'm sure this product's R&D didn't come without sweat and tears.
The Asian craziness is here. Also, make sure you don't say something offensive like 'that black bun' while you're there.

We go eat Thaila.

You can learn a lot about a restaurant from the name card. I've got in front of me a blue manilla card cut-out with "Thaila Thai - Royal Thai Cuisine" printed in a scripted brown font. Address and phone number centered, with "B.Y.O." at the lower right hand corner. Obviously the owner couldn't care less about decorations.

And Thaila Thai is just that. It reminds me of a giant hawker store in Thailand. The menus are pretty straight forward: stir fry or curry, you choose the meat. It's a very typical factory mass production style of cooking, but of course it means nothing but fascination for the East Brunwickers along Lygon.

We went conservative and ordered the Pad Thai and Green Curry Chicken. Overall it tasted pretty humble. Compared to the stinging fish sauce and spice of Ying Thai 2, Thaila is more down to earth and you can actually taste the fresh cucumbers of the curry and the crunchy bean sprouts of the Pad Thai.

Portions are big enough to share for two. We paid less than $30.


The much appraised two-hat restaurant ThreeOneTwo along Drummond has closed. Only to move to Gertrude Steet in Fitzroy with a new name, Culter&Co.
I've never been to ThreeOneTwo because I heard it being stuffy and all posh and pretentious and of course mother fucking expensive. I don't expect any less from this new place, but I just like their font.

Wassup D.O.C.?

The first time I went to D.O.C. was to take away with my brother. I remember them mixing up the orders and the owner actually tried to convince me to take the screwed up order than to make haste with a new one.

Second time round I had the chance to actually feel the 'ambience' with my parents and as my brother the architect predicted, the place has extremely poor sound insulation. That makes it louder than a Yum Cha session. The menus are in Italian and everywhere you turn you see the outline of Italy. Does that shout authenticity? I'm not too sure. I guess I do feel a sense of security when I see the rising sun in a Japanese Restaurant.

Yes the pizzas were great, the base crunchy, the tomato authentic, the spinach sweet, probably one of the best. But is it worth $18 for 4 slices? Is it worth waiting 45 minutes for? Maybe twice a year, when you feel masochistic.

Talking cube.

I start of this post with a bias point of view: Chatterbox was probably the first Malaysian restaurant I've eaten in Melbourne although througout the years I've only been there 5-6 times. Situated in Tivoli Arcade along Bourke Street, after Delafrance, the Asian hairsaloon, the Asian hobby shop and the dubious Asian looking travel agent, is a soft spot of mine. And no doubt, a favourite among the RMIT Business students.

The food wasn't fantastic. But then again, I think people walk in the shop because they know they'll be getting what they expect.
The token special dish would be Bah Kut Teh, that special dish from my home town. I treat it with skepticism most of the time, but if you're curious here's a picture:

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Common sense.

"It's interesting to note how people act on religious beliefs, you know what I mean? Like a lot of Christians wear crosses around their necks. Nice sentiment, but you think when Jesus comes back he's really gonna wanna look at a cross? Ow. That maybe why he hadn't shown up yet. "

Bill Hicks on his last performance that got censored by David Letterman in 1993. Watch the full video here.

Monday, February 02, 2009

The Whore wears Prada too.

Alright so I was feeling all shit house and watched The Devil Wears Prada on TV since I figured the use of brain cells would be unnecessary for the night.
I get the movie. It's not too bad. Girl loses herself in some Big Apple company and finally finds her way back. Cute. Good script.
I can't really criticise the nature of the movie because advertising is considered in the same ball park: Multi-billion dollar industry, not saving lives, promotes superficiality, guys with turtle neck and scarfs.

And I get why girls never bag the movie. The shoes. Simple.

What I don't get, is how Anne Hathaway got on 'a break' with her long term boyfriend, screwed a stranger (well to her credit, a charming one) and managed to get back with the boyfriend within a week.

So, the movie is about not losing yourself. But occasional whoring is alright.

I hardly know her. one of many excuses when you're caught cheating on your girlfriend.
It is also a new minimalist way to view flickr albums without all the mumbo jumbo crap on a cracker. If you have a Flickr account, the url is

Link via swissmiss.

It's that time of the year.

This is my favourite Superbowl ad so far, but you can watch more here.