Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Omfgomfgomfg. 吴清源 is coming to Singapore!!! For the Ing Cup Finals!!! Go Seigen is coming to Singapore!!!

Ok. Breathe Jingna, before you hyperventilate.

And --

a super mega huge congratulations to Gu Li for beating Lee Sedol 2-0 winning LG Cup~!

Right. It's a dedicate-an-entry-to-go day. And probably makes no sense to 99.9% of my dearest readers. But this excitement is so hard to contain you won't understand... ._.

I've lost track of whether Joe or I exclaimed more, fretting over just what we can find to have Go Seigen sign on. He's contemplating buying a new goban. And I as for me... I have... a paper fan...

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

For Men's Folio. Did it a little while back...

Went on a little shopping spree recently.

The interest in reading texts without illustrations is sudden. Perhaps the lack of artbooks to purchase had made me anxious and sparked off a dying need to get something, anything, in print.

The result was a large stack of Tennyson, Donne, Dante, Maupassant and random children's stories which I do not believe yours truly is capable of finishing. It does kind end off with some artbooks though, eventually. I had somehow managed to find an interest in Rubens despite my extreme inclination for the Pre-Raphaelites along the way.

And then there was this array of wonders that is Junya Watanabe x Comme de Garçons... which was... ohmygodokayletsnotgothere.

Why oh why am I writing such a ridiculously incoherent entry? Because I feel horribly ill and am severely lacking the ability to think and work whilst being thoroughly occupied with a roll of tissue paper for my perpetually running nose wondering just when had I ran out of my 90% cocoas from Royce' and just why had I not stocked up more the last time I was out.

Right, incoherent I said.

I think a coffee, or three, could fix that.

Oh I'm such a spaz today~

But then, it's not such a bad thing because most of the time spastic = hyper, which often = happy...? XD

We're in!!!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

CGHub is in Dominance War this year!!!

The morning suddenly seems so amazingly brilliant.

Go here to read up on the mini-challenges for now.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009


It's been years since I came upon a day while it's snowing. It was so beautiful I almost cried.

No, I do not smoke, I do not usually wear other colours aside from black. But yes, I do a lot of things I don't for my photos. So there. XD

Dear Art Thieves, Please Read

I was angsting and hurting and I'd wanted to say so so many things, but Wen came along and with his saint-like patience and words he made it all better in no time, just like always.

This is a repost with permission of something he'd written a while ago.

I don't know how he does it, but he has a way of stringing simple facts and words together, so brilliantly, that makes the world seem so much more forgiving and bearable. He's just amazing like that.


I'm not writing this out of anger or hatred on what you did, so please read (and all those who are interested, please read too. XD)

You don't realize this, but when you steal, you eventually benefit me.

Suppose you get away with it for a month, or a year, and you get plenty of attention on the internet, but guess what? the more attention you get, the sooner someone will report you to me, and report you to the site manager. at which point your account will be suspended, and all the attention you got, will come to me. (pretty bad, right?)

On a bigger note, Is life so long that you would waste such time getting a FAKE reputation? Personally I would spend that time playing a game, or read a book, or something more beneficial to MYSELF. A reputation is pointless if you don't have the skills to back it up, what do you do when someone come asking for a commission? What would you do when a game company come to ask you to join them? What will you say when someone comes asking you to do an interview about your art?

I am an attention whore myself, in the past I did a few silly things to get attention as well, I would shamelessly draw something and give it to someone, even if they never expressed that they would want it, just in hope of getting attention.

But I never thought I want to spend time getting "fake" attention.

Realize that life isn't that long after all, every minute you spent, will never come back to you. We don't know what will happen an hour from now, this may be the last hour of your life, do you really want to spend it in a lie?

It's not easy to live in this time and age, and life isn't an easy or fair thing, we see people getting ridiculous amounts of attention and we may be jealous, but you know what? That's THEIR life. Not yours. Try not to lie to yourself, what is the point of that?

Live YOUR life, get YOUR attention. Maybe you will only get 10 pageviews a day, but that is YOURS. every one of your pageview is worth more than 10 billion pageviews that aren't YOURS.

Be brave, live your life now. Because only YOU can live YOURS. Remember that.

May you get the attention you deserve soon, and may you get what you desire in life.

Exhibition: Advertising Photography in Japan 2008

Monday, February 9, 2009

Attended the opening earlier this evening~ Just a short photo entry here, more details at the end of this post. ^^

Vice president of the Japan Advertising Photographers' Association introducing the images. This set is about a new washing machine from Sanyo that doesn't use water... This is the winning ad for the competition last year.

Shinkansen's came runner up~

Yamaha, I like this one~

Celebrating 70 years of Suntory whiskey. All these guys are pretty famous and 70, first on the left is the cameraman~ I wanna be in the ads I shoot next time tooo~

Omron. I thought this one was quite cool. It doesnt' feel very typically Japanese though~

14-sai no Haha (14 year-old mother). One of my favourites.

There is the annual as well, almost 300 pages. Says Basheer here, but I reckon Kino will stock it:

Thanks to Cwithe for pointing out, more images from the book can be found here.

From Japan Creative Centre's website:

The world and media are changing at a bewildering pace. Society is evolving faster than it ever has before. But where is our society heading? With further globalisation of our society and orientation towards the visual arts, advertising images are expected to play a role of growing importance.

“Advertising Photography in Japan 2008” will showcase the top 100 advertising photography award winners in Japan in 2008. We hope you will enjoy Japan’s latest trends of advertising photography as well as catch glimpse of contemporary lifestyle in Japan.

On 10 Feb, a lecture by Hideo Suzuki and Mr. Yukisuke Fushimi, Vice-presidents of the Japan Advertising Photographers' Association will be held at the Nanynag Academy of Fine Arts. We welcome you to attend the lecture.

Exhibition Period: 10 Feb to 17 Mar, 2009
Venue: Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts Gallery 1&2 (80 Bencoolen Singapore 189655)

Lecture Date & Time: 10 Feb, 2009 / 1.30pm - 3pm
Title: Advertising Photography in Japan
Venue: Seminar Room Wing B #02-08, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts
Lecturers: Mr. Hideo Suzuki and Mr. Yukisuke Fushimi
(Vice-president of the Japan Advertising Photographers' Association)

Organizers: Japan Advertising Photographers' Association, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, The Japan Foundation, Embassy of Japan in Singapore

Friday, February 6, 2009

Sometimes I want to rant, and wonder if it'd be alright to do so.

Sometimes there is so much I wanna say, yet so much of which I can't.

Sometimes I like lazing around, and just watch the daylight fade into dark.

Sometimes I feel so tired, I want to know how I managed this far.

Sometimes, the night makes me remember,
the loneliness so beautiful it inspires;
all that which once were
so brief
so fleeting,
all that which still cloud my memories
like mists of morn.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009