There are many cons to living in a third-world country. Although not of life-and-death significance, near (or dare I say "at!") the very top of the list has to the deplorable state of its internet service. For a country that continually shows off its intention of becoming technologically superb, it ought to be ashamed of how disgruntled the vast majority of internet service subscribers are.

:-( :-( :-(

Sorry for the rant, but it's been stressful trying to get online, and when I strike lucky, the line deteriorates so fast I hardly got to do much. What living thing on earth can put up with 30 kbps???? Anyhow, I've decided to not let it get to me, so this is a quick drop-in to bid you adieu until the line improves. Keeping my fingers crossed it'd be soon. I miss my lifeline. Hope you are having a better week...


As last week headed to a close, it got quite dismal. Not only was the dreaded haze back in full force -- wrapping our little part of earth in a horrendously polluted atmosphere, a young man about to be married to his girlfriend (who is pregnant with their two-month-old) was found dead under very suspicious circumstances and in a very politically/racially charged climate.

I can't quite explain it but I find myself grieving the loss of this total stranger. I suppose it's not unlike how total strangers mourn the death of someone they can identify with, or whose death feels totally unnecessary and of such tragic nature.

Anyway, I should be able to get myself back into shape for a post before the week's out. In the meantime, let me leave you with this. A solar eclipse -- the longest in the 21st century -- will happen sometime on the 22nd. If you can figure out when it occurs at your time zone (I haven't explored this site which seems to be able to tell you), remember to check it out. It doesn't happen everyday. And life is definitely too short not to stop and smell the roses (or witness a solar eclipse)...


The "E" Word

I read this piece at the NYTimes' site today. (You may need to sign up, I had to log in to read it in its entirety). I was surprised but thought it rather nice of the children to have been supportive. What's your take on it?

I believe partaking in that route should be a personal choice. But the danger of it being a choice is that not everyone has the capacity to process this sort of decision. This kind of quagmire isn't new to our species though, is it.

Sorry for the downer of a post, folks. But it is what it is for today. Cloudy days are my favorite, but they also put a melancholic spin on the day, I'm afraid.


Josef Schulz


Currently being 'wow'-ed by Josef Schulz's photography. I am a big fan of the illustrative Bernd and Hilla Becher, whom I learned from a little digging that Mr. Schulz had studied under, so I guess it's not all that surprising that I was bowled over when I first came across the images above :-)

On a totally unrelated note, if you want to ogle at some beautiful photos of old Japanese farm houses preserved in an open-air museum, check out this posting at Ouno. Fantasizing about a luddite existence is a favorite past-time of mine. Is it yours too?


Happy Friday!

Do you ever think that your empty milk cartons could be more than just trash? Here's proof.

Mr. Fix-It turns Macgyver. Ok, Macgyver-ish, to be fair :-)

Dish rack for the adventurous lot.

Those throw-away plastic knives? They could be your next art project.

Use leather bags with a less guilty conscience.

Scrapbooking from trash can be a good class project.

And lastly -- behold the little eco-friendlier cabinet that stole my heart!



Stumbled upon something else that rendered me thought- and speechless. Then again, this one could be due to sleep deprivation ;-p

Tableware casted from artist's own body -- found this at Dezeen. Gotta love the fact that they milked the concept for all it's worth in this image :-)


No vida, no loca

I don't know this dude, but whoa, it's like he pulled the thoughts out of my head. But when it's all said and done, I'll be damned if I weren't still missing the city like the proverbial phantom limb, though. 


Elsa Mora's papercut patterns

I've posted about the amazing talent that is Elsa Mora before. She's now come out with papercut patterns for sale on etsy, and has posted a free tutorial for those new to the craft. I like how she makes it look so effortless, definitely encouraging.


Never say sparse

When I wrote "sparse" in yesterday's post, I didn't think I would be squirming with delight at today's web findings :-) So delighted that I have to write about it pronto.

I'm not usually a big fan of beads, not quite sure why. But it's rare that I would see beads and clasp my hands together in awe. Never say never, I guess, for I'm swooning over Laura Lumaka's beaded jewellery. (via 18kt)

Another find that absolutely, and I mean that, made my day is of Maru the cat. I miss having a cat companion, and since it's really not viable to have one at the mo, sites like Maru keep me going. Many thanks to Maru's guardian(s) for sharing.  (via ii-ne-kore)


Wow, can't believe it's been so long. Anyway, I'm just stopping in to note a couple of things I'm liking.

And yes, the lameness of recent posts is duly noted :-) Am in the midst of mental re-organizational activity and it's becoming increasingly difficult to find space in my head for this little ol' blog o' mine. Hope you'll pardon the sparse postings in the meanwhile....

blog disclaimer:

Please be advised that a couple of archived posts could be considered adult in the sense that it shows nudity, albeit minimally and in an artistic sense.