Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Tuesday, June 09, 2009
I have this huge fascination for Japanese urban landscape. The way the cables hung unruly from pole to pole against the blue sky and meshed perfectly with those smaller buildings, that certain orderliness in the midst of all the juxtaposition somehow relates to my own personality. I enjoy having a lot of little things around me, yet I cannot tolerate mess. So I spend a lot of time tidying and organising, but always making sure I do not lose my personal style.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Words are really the least effective communicator. They are most open to misinterpretation, most often misunderstood. And why is that? It is because of what words are. Words are merely utterances: noises that stand for feelings, thoughts and experience. They are symbols. Signs. Insights. They are not truth. They are not the real thing.
Words may help you understand something. Experience allows you to know. Yet there are some things you cannot experience. So you are given other tools of knowing. And they are called feelings. So too, thoughts.
Your experience and your feelings about a thing represent what you factually and intuitively know about that thing. Words can only seek to symbolize what you know, and can often confuse what you know.
Listen to your feelings. Listen to your highest thoughts. Listen to your experience. Whenever any one of these differ from what you've been told by your teachers, or read in your books, forget the words. Words are the least reliable purveyor of truth."
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Saturday, March 07, 2009
A unique book shopping experience. Shakespeare and Company, located in Paris' Left Bank, is both a bookstore and a reading library specializing in English-language literature. The original bookstore was located at 12 rue de l'Odéon and was often visited by artists of such as Ernest Hemmingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein, Man Ray and James Joyce. The current owner, George Whitman, has been inviting people to live in his shop. There are now 13 beds among the books, and all he asks is that you make your bed in the morning, help out in the shop, and read a book a day. Also, if you happened to buy a book, you have to remember to get it stamped with the trademark Shakespeare & Co. stamp.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Memories of London are often very close to my heart and I hope to revisit them someday. I hear the unique Pollock's Toy Museum (picture) isn't at the same corner where I used to stay each time I visited anymore. In fact, it's totally removed due to lack of funding. I felt a little sad knowing. I wonder, perhaps somewhere in the life before this, I had also been there and loved it. 1997 photo by mian
Monday, February 09, 2009
Saturday, January 31, 2009
Friday, January 09, 2009
Even though I pride myself for being a "junkie", I rarely pick up stuff from a junk pile. I would normally pay for them, like buy them off a flea market stall when I travel. But this crate was an exception; I actually picked it up from a building next to my office. See how friendly it is sitting beside everything else in the room? photos by mian
Wednesday, January 07, 2009
Thursday, January 01, 2009
Monday, December 29, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
The postcard above, showing characters of a tv crew, are illustrations by French artist, Alain Gree. Very simple lines and equally effortless looking drawings, yet they make you fall in love instantly. The red book belongs in a Little Golden Book Classic series. I don't know if the artist, Margaret Wise Brown, is famous but I like the everyday context so I bought the book. The character on the right, Mr Callaway, from a classic stop-motion animation series "CamberwicK Green" is a figurine I picked up from Bath (UK) more 10 years ago. He's been a great companion since.
Jean-Jacques Sempe, is a famous French cartoonist who is born in the 30's. Like the other artists, he loves to record the everyday life with his drawings, except they are more satirical and witty. In other words, adults are the target of his humor, even though his famous series "Le Petit Nicholas" is children literature. Both books shown here are gifts from a very dear friend who knows I'm a fan. There was a note that came with the journal (right) : "I enjoy the feeling of it finding me, after all the effort I put in to find it." She meant to give me this journal when she first set out to look for a Sempe book for me. But after failing to track it down, she bought "A Little Bit of Paris" (left) in place of it. A year later, when she was in a bookstore in Taipei, this journal-book, the one and only copy left, called out to her from a hidden corner. Hence her poetic note.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
My friends gave me these. They are both from Tokyo.
These small little things inspire me in a subtle way. They don't necessarily immediately translate into something I do; they just sit in corners of my deepest thoughts and quietly nurture them. Which eventually affect the things I do and the way I do them
all photos by Mian