easy truths



The end of innocence and easy truths. The beginning of sex, drugs and insecurity. And acne. A time we will yearn to go back to for the rest of our lives and at the same time be very happy we came out the other end in one piece (more or less).

Featuring Lily Inge Newmark, Marie Sophon, Ben Mansbridge, Olivia Hudson-Carder and the voice of Clare Kissane.

Filmed on Red Epic over the course of two years in Germany and the UK.

Music: Sarah Neufeld - Forcelessness

mumsnothome

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Despite being a select shop, mumsnothome offers drinks for customers so let's just call it a cafe as well (though they do not serve any cakes nor desserts in which they should do). Drinks are traditional African tea. It changes colour from blue to purple when you add lime. 

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Chow Chow (cofounder of the cafe/select shop) was kind enough to share his sketchbook which he kept all his working holiday memories in. Being a graphic designer himself, Chow Chow is never short of creative ideas - look at this page, he pasted his real hair on the page to finish a statement art piece. 

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mumsnothome is the talk of the town on Instagram world. Situated inside an old building in Yau Ma Tei, the area itself makes the search of the place a surreptitious journey. It is that kind of the journey you can only do when your mum is not home. (*pun) I went there a couple of weeks ago and totally enjoyed myself there. If you happen to be around the town, you should not have this place missed. Instagram search "mumsnothome" for more information.

#lifewelltravelled cathay pacific new lounge opens (sponsored post)


With the determination of brining flyers an amazing journey, Cathay Pacific has recently opened a new lounge at Tokyo’s Haneda airport. Located on Level 6 near Gate 114, the lounge will be the first to be operated by a non-Japanese carrier in the Haneda Airport International Passenger Terminal.


The design of the lounge echoes with the international metropolis image presented by Tokyo, the lounge aims to create an environment that makes passengers feel good, engaging the senses and focusing on wellbeing as a core principle. Studioilse, a London-based design studio led by Llse Crawford, has tactfully utilized warm and natural materials namely wood and stone with a considered approach to the lighting to finish the whole design.  


Apart from using the wifi and fingering on ur iPad while laying down casually on the sofa, most of us go to lounges for the food and beverage services. Cathay Pacific knows what we need and has prepared the best for us. Cathay Pacific’s iconic The Noodle Bar is featured in the dining area, offering a selection of freshly prepared Asian noodles including Dan Dan Noodles and Wonton Noodles in Soup. During the morning hours until 11am, authentic Japanese breakfast items and French toast will also be offered.

The new lounge in Haneda airport is designed above all to reflect the Cathay Pacific brand experience and to offer passengers both relaxation and enjoyment, whether they are returning home to Hong Kong or starting on a longer journey. Since it’s only July now, it’s still not too late to plan a summer vacation for yourself and your beloved ones.


This post is sponsored by Cathay Pacific but all thoughts are mine.

exclusive interview: cyril delettre & juan sea

As the French May exhibition showed an American point of vue on Paris, La Galerie invited for the French May closing Françoise Lautier, showing a French artist point of vue on Asia. This particular exhibit focuses on seeds and praying flags. For the artist, these two elements represent the best the feelings of Bhutan. “The Himalayas, valleys, rivers, monasteries and monks are all seeds growing in this high and rich country where Buddhism preserves a deep sense of respect and honor. From the cosmos and stars, the earth and trees, the stones and minerals, everything and everyone are part of a common whole”.

"Execution" directed by Cyril Delettre & Story by Marie-Florence Gros

Seeing different works shot with the same very simple camera we realize how different the photographs can be. Anybody can shoot with iPhone. What makes an artist work be an artwork? Even if each of us can do good photographs, why aren’t they artworks? This exhibition is questioning. The iPhone has this very specific advantage that nobody notices it, that you always carry it in your pocket, that it allows to catch any moment anytime.

/ cyril delettre, based in hong kong

Cyril studied cinema at ESEC - Paris and graduate in 1988. He did a reportage at the Festival de Cannes in 1989 that got publish in "Les Cahiers du Cinéma". After working on several movies he starts photography joining the agency Imapress in 1989 and the agency REA in 2002. Cyril Delettre handle photography and videography following always his 2 passions: subjects about society and artistic.

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Do you prefer taking photos of colours or black and white ?

I like both. But right now I am in a B&W mood. I like it because its dark, and the light comes from the dark. B&W is more about composition, feeling, out of the time.

Do you edit your photos ? If so, what applications?
With my iPhone I use Hipstamatic App. So there is no post production, I save time, there is always a surprise with the result, and I like that. To do my editing I use Aperture and Adobe Bridge. I edit my photos with Marie-Florence Gros because she has a very good eye, she knows my style, I need to convince her first. I need her to be able to tell a story.

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Where do you see yourself in 5 years time ?
I would like to be recognized as a Hong Kong photographer. On top of that, I also hope to publish severals books with Marie-Florence Gros.

Any tips in taking a snapshot ?
Just do it ! Be fast !


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/ juan sea, based in taiwan

Juan Sea rides his favorit Brompton, shutting through the alleys of Taipei, lightweight steering wheel, came to a stop on that corner, he picked up the iPhone to picture urban body parts. His photographs, as he himself, with humor and look forward to the characteristics of human cognition.

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Do you prefer taking photos of colours or black and white ?
I like both, the theme will follow with the feeling to do the form of selection.

Do you edit your photos ? If so, what applications?
I will use filters, and I edit my work with Instagram.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years time ?
In addition to taking photos, I do photography related with curatorial space business, also in the teaching. I believe in the next 5 years I will still be doing the same thing. Share faith in photography!

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Any tips in taking a snapshot ?
Constantly accumulates nutrients enhance the taste is important I their daily lives. (This contains very seriously, with appreciation of fine art, design, film, architecture and literature). These are good for photography. When walking in the street when they write with pleasant relaxing mood, walking slowly, very carful observation, but act fast! Try to catch every touching moment.

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8 Kwai Fong


The struggle is real when it comes to searching for a flat in Hong Kong, especially for expats or travellers who plan to stay for a few good months. This can mean spending a couple of nights/weeks browsing through Facebook expats' groups in a tiring search of a lovely suite. While most are only seeking for a 4-walled plain room, there are certainly also some who pursue more than that, say living in style (literally). These people's prayers have now finally been answered. 


Attributed to Adrian Cheng (Executive Vice-chairman of NWD)'s penchant of art & design, Eight Kwai Fong is not only the first project under the Artisanal Movement direction, but also a marriage of astute contemporary interior design and iconic artefacts which were handpicked by the design team from all around the globe. 

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Highlights of the artworks include Tapio Wirkkala’s Bolle Venin Series, Skultuna Sweden’s London Collection, Henning Koppel for Georg Jensen, local design firm Latitude 22N's handcrafted vases.  


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Amid the comprehensive art collection, the following three are my favourites. with Thomas Struth - Paradise 28 (photography) being the first one. Intrigued by Mayan culture and its intricate relations to nature, Struth ventured out to the tropical rainforests of Central America for the first time in 1982. Around 1996, Struth formulated a plan for the Paradise pictures, to the extent of already envisaging an installation with several works surrounding the viewer. 


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This Brionvega radiofonografo by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni is another of my favourite art piece. See the smiley face on it? Worry not if you do not have a CD. It has bluetooth function to connect with your iPhone or Android phones. Knowing that you may want to use it in parties, it has 4 built-in wheels for easy relocation.

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Last but not least, this oil on canvas work Eskimo by Chinese abstract artist Zhao Yang in the dining room is also one of my favourite artefacts. Zhao has long been interested in figuring out the real meaning of life. This explains why he resigned from being a senior editor to delve into the drawing career in a search of his identity and the purpose of his life. His first art exhibition in 2012 had already marked a phenomenal start of his art career - knowing that all the artworks were sold in seconds. Eskimo, created in 2014, reveals his conception towards to fundamental condition of human and needs. (This reminds me of Maslow's hierarchy of needs) I am greatly captivated by the sense of post-modern decadent embedded in his works. Plus, there's a open kitchen in the dinning room for private function opportunities


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The ground floor of Eight Kwai Fong houses two rooms (Collection Room & Hobby Room) as platforms for residents to mingle with creative minds and brainstorm new ideas while sipping coffee and reading art books. 


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Now, let's sneak into the room to see how it looks inside. Eight Kwai Fong consists of 156 contemporary furnished residences (52 studios, 104, one-bedroom apartments) across 31 stories. Every apartment enjoys a private balcony, HDTV and Blu-ray disc player, desigher kitchen with Gaggenau appliances, Dornbracht bathroom fixtures with rain shower, free Wi-Fi and free local phone calls.


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On top of the courtyard and a garden, there are also 24-hour Fitness and Laundry to cater to residents' needs. Still in a thirst of more personal services? A 24-hour Elite Service is also available for residents, assisting you from fine dining bookings to in-house catering. 


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You can also download the Eight Kwai Fong mobile app that has been tailored to inform and engage residents of upcoming events and promotions.


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While laying a focus on its interior design and art collection, 8 Kwai Fong has thoughtfully included green areas for city dwellers to get into touch with nature in such a concrete jungle as Hong Kong. I can already picture myself doing Yoga with my friends here on a sunny Sunday while sipping Rose. Feel free to tag along!

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This is the breath-taking view from its rooftop overlooking the Hong Kong island and Happy Valley. While Hong Kong is packaging itself to an artistically-vibrant city with international art events and fairs (Art Basel, Affordable Art Fair, you name it), Eight Kwai Fong has set a good example in bringing the idea of living in style in reality. The service apartment is set to open August 2015. To view, contact tel: 2929 1228 or email: enquiries@8KF.com.hk.

officially graduating from university



Can't believe 3 years actually went by so fast that I am in fact officially graduating from university - The University of Hong Kong. That being said, I am finally done with sleepless nights churning out papers, reading and downloading journal articles, struggling whether to go for the 9:30am classes, you name it. These 3 years have shaped my thinking and changed me for better on different aspects. Thank you for everything.