Sunday, June 14, 2015

U Symposium

I attended this event with a friend of mine for a solid 4 and half hours without any expectations just myself hoping for something to gain or bring back after listening to different sides of editing and publishing in a magazine. Just to be informed on how magazines work in different aspects such as in the fashion world, or just personal well being and lifestyle categories. For those who don't know that this event is, it is a basically a weekend where many different editors or curators of all sorts from independent magazines who come to speak about what they've been through and how they have reached to their peak and where they are now.

It was held at the projector and the golden mile tower. Though being a local, still

Not knowing what this place looks like and hoping for some arrow which will lead me there. It was a $5 cab fare from the train station, upon arrival, it was hard to tell if we were there as we didn't see any signs, however we were at the drop off point so we both figured it was time to get off. On top of that we were sharing a cup of llao llao (that stuff is amazing btw), fingers kinda sticky with chocolate sauce and scrambling to find my wallet to pay the driver. The only thing that confirmed that we were at the right place was the worn out sticker at the glass doors that flashed 'golden mile tower'.

As we get out of the cab, a closed box office on my right and silver coated elevators with notice boards at the doors pinned with the 'U Symposium' posters were up. Upon arrival, it was pretty quiet as many people were probably gathered in the hall already. It was a pretty cramped hall, with everyone seated waiting for the arrival of the next speaker.

We managed to catch the last 3 talks which were "Rubbish Famzine", "the gentlewoman" and "KINFOLK", which were all very different in their own way as they came from different categories and genres although they were all independent magazines.

"Rubbish Famzine"
-A local production
As I would call it, from Singapore and a simple yet quirky family. Pann and his wife Claire are not your ordinary parents, besides wanting their children to excel in studies they rather let their children spend their free time being creative and expanding on their imagination. Having their own art studio at home providing their kids with a space of their own for doodling or painting on canvas has shown their colourful side of their family. Both kids came up on stage with brimmed-fedoras and black round-rimmed spectacles and cheery smiles. To see their presentation documented with such detail and passion was something heart-warming to observe.
While they were presenting their first issue, "GOOGLING TRANSLATING TOKYOTO" it was such a simple idea that led to many memories which enticed both the audience and the family. To see their whole trip on film was like being there with them, sharing the joy and laughter. Never thought documenting things in a different way could encapsulate people more and to see them enjoy at what they do best is simply exerts that how unembellished ideas can turn into elaborate memories full of meaning into life.

 "the Gentlewoman"
-A well-known british magazine (the sister magazine of 'Fantastic Man')
Penny Martin-Editor-in-Chief of the Gentlewoman came on stage dressed in black and white which was a huge contrast to 'Rubbish Famzine' as she gave off an aura of clean and well-poised. As she sat down, the presentation screen flashed about a variety of 16 different front-covers of 'the gentlewomen', each with an icon or a figure that was new to the industry.
She shared every thought process that has came to mind during the production of fine print. Which I felt like we still need print in our lives, to actually touch physical paper and flipping the pages is becoming something out of the norm to everyone, due to everyone having digital access now. It was as if you were time travelling back as she shared experiences while working and interviewing people such as Phoebe Philo-designer of fashion house Celine. Also just making it seem like it was just yesterday when the first box of magazines that have been published and seeing the final product. Penny has definitely made the audience go through the journey with her although it seems like a breeze, everything has been thought into itty-gritty detail when it comes to publishing and it was definitely something interesting to see.

I found this sitting in my draft box and thought it would be a good experience to share. I'm not one to usually go for talks but it's always good to put yourself in different situations and hear others talk about what they have been experiencing, from what started out to be a small imagination has transitioned into something that everyone can see has definitely made me think that something as small as an ant could be transformed into anything.

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Saturday, February 21, 2015


hah, found this in my drafts and only posting it now but still mentally processing that I am not in LA anymore is heartbreaking. 
 Missing the weather and the palm trees already while I'm typing this in my room. These 10 photos basically concludes the entire trip with calming and picturesque sunsets giving a hue of orange on the highway back to the hotel, to the prominent urban lights and levitating mass at LACMA. Transition to the first pic literally absorbing the whole court side experience with clippers watching the game with you and each adrenaline rush surging through you as the crowd jeer and stamp their feet just to distract the opponents still very vivid in my head right now. 

Hope everyone has a good year ahead of them, J

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Weekend Series #3

Creepy crawly fingers of nature are actually very calming accompanied by slab cemented walls. This is probably my new favourite hangout spot. 
Managed to devour a slice of orange with a mix of olive bundt cake 10 minutes before they closed and which was well worth the $6. Warm crumbly goodness, not too sweet, not too bland which was a satisfying tea break. Not to mention the font dotted on the sides and glass of the building. This shall be concluded with the simple exteriors are much more pleasing with a tint of nature. 
Didn't take my outfit today but you can see a tiny reflection of me in the glass from the side in mustard jeans-yes i repeat, mustard.  

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Big sleeves

 crop top from A land, shorts from Brandy Melville and Nike Flyknits. 

I promise I'm normal but I get hyped for Fridays and weekends. Sorry for the crop of the pics, this is what self-timer does to you. So basically, this used to be my favourite top until I washed it and obviously not reading the label that says in bold: "DO NOT WASH". I washed it. Leading to colour run and awkward pink at random areas outlining my shirt. Thank goodness it wasn't streaks. This is the time where a time machine could come in handy.  This is also me going berserk when work and exams accumulate. 

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Friday, August 1, 2014


 Top and Dress from Zara, Bralette from Brandy Melville and Nike Flyknits.

Playing with exposure and natural lighting is a pain because both of them never go well together. First August post showing some bare back which I'm not so sure about. I got these Zara pieces on sale and I'm pretty surprised that the boxy tank fit goes well with flow-wy pleats. Hope this post makes up for all the non blogging last month. Racking my brains right now for inspiration. 

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Summer Travel Diary

 I am pretty fortunate that I'm allowed to travel a lot and definitely experience different cultures and inhale good food along the way. This summer I went to Barcelona and London consisting of old victorian buildings still preserved and it was nice to see a change of more red bricked houses with chimneys and walk on cobbled stones although it is a difficulty when walking in boots. I've never been to Barcelona before and to soak in the atmosphere-mostly just Gaudi's work, a famous architect who designed cathedrals and houses always with a theme of nature in his works was amazing to learn the backstory of how he gets his inspirations and end up portraying it in his buildings. iPhone uploads  and video diary should be up soon, I hope.

I hope everyone had a good summer too.

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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Weekend Series #2

I'm really into extravagant skirts-poofy, laser cut, printed, you name it. Pretty extravagant to me because I'm usually wearing solid colours where I'm a huge colour block. It's time to wear bathroom floors on your skirts guys, thats the message. Might stick to plain shirts and crazy skirts for a lifetime until I step out of my comfort zone.

On another note: I'm thinking of changing my blog name but I've been so uninspired and lacking creative juices. Also trying each possible future blog name has been taken on the net. 

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