AUSPICIOUS ENOUGH?




Random party snaps; last Friday at Bodo's, and with Barnsey somewhere in Mayfair sometime in the last week (can't remember)

Those of Chinese descent can never be auspicious enough. We favour certain symbols, numbers, and colours to bring us luck, shun some colours and numbers during certain periods, and we place a lot of importance on those things. Superstition? Perhaps, but it's deeply ingrained in our culture no matter how modern or forward thinking we think we are...just ask the guy who pays hundreds of thousands for a license plate bearing the numbers '8888' or the horrified shrieks at Chinese New Year when someone shows up dressed in black, or worse, white...


With my fellow Malaysian Chinese brother from another mother, Winson, on a long overdue catchup. Superstitious Asians unite!

Chinese New Year is round the corner, as I've been reminding everyone with my seasonal Golek-Unit greeting card.


How did I ever make it into Central St. Martin's with my terrible Photoshop skills? Because my photoshopping is not actually that terrible, at least not on purpose.

In the true spirit of Chinese New Year I've embraced the most auspicious of colours, red. We're supposed to wear new clothes, in red, and any excuse to shop backed by tradition is certainly not one I will dispute. 

So, I picked up a few new things and brought out of storage some red accessories. These are my Chinese New Year auspicious style choices.



My great-grandfather's vintage trunk and my favourite Paul & Joe cat pattern luggage.

My luggage for Malaysia is already good to go. I always pack weeks ahead of my trips, it's the only way to be sure that the things I want to bring with me don't mysteriously end up in Narnia. Why do all the clothes I want always disappear right before I need them?

I'm recycling last year's YSL belt. Oh, back in the day before Saint Laurent dropped the Y...why, Y?


And my trustworthy YSL clutch... 


Found these red Carvela heels that I bought ages ago but never wore. This is the year.


Something new, red studded flats from my friend's label, Vincci. I suppose they're like the H&M of Malaysia? Trendy shoes at high-street prices.


The dress I'm wearing on the first day of Chinese New Year, a cute burgundy Missguided number. I also got burgundy skinny jeans and a red maxi skirt, also from Missguided...


...and just to be sure that no one will be more auspicious than me, I'm replenishing the redness of my hair, painting my nails 'Dragon' red, and wearing my lucky 'Russian Red lipstick'.  Even my perfume is Jasmin Rouge, 'red Jasmin'. Oh lord I do love a good pun.


Gods of auspiciousness, please let my redness be seen and kindly grant me prosperity, fortune, and luck this year. May I also be blessed with these arm candies---









Please, please, please, endow with enough angpaos this year so I can treat myself to those. RM10,000+ is not too unreasonable mah! Michelle Ooi I'm counting on your double angapo to deliver! Besides, I just reviewed my taxes and I've worked hard last year, I deserve a reward.

Also, my mum sent me these, pictures from October's Estee Lauder Pink Ribbon charity dinner in this month's Malaysia Tatler.


Just look at me trying to hustle in on Karim and Jaclyn's duet!


Is that an auspicious sign? I'll take anything as an auspicious sign, I'm superstitious enough.

xx



January 28, 2013

AUSPICIOUS ENOUGH?

Random party snaps; last Friday at Bodo's, and with Barnsey somewhere in Mayfair sometime in the last week (can't reme...

★ 2013 RESOLUTIONS ★ GRADUAL CHANGE VS. PUNCTUATED EQUILIBRIUM

Is evolution a steady, gradual, process, with small but consistent variations over a long period? 
Or is evolution, as punctuated equilibrium suggests, rapid bursts of sudden change in an otherwise 
morphologically stable existence that changes little over the course of a lifetime?
Does personal evolution have to be one or the other? Can it be both? 
Can a flame burn steadily through the night, then waiver to almost nothing and then suddenly burst back into power, illuminating a room?
Certainly. Contradiction is key to human nature. How terrible, how beautiful. 



 ★ MY RESOLUTIONS FOR 2013 

GRADUAL CHANGE

1. Master The Secret.
 2. Travel more.
3. Speak to my family more often.
4. Execute & finish projects. Do more of a commercial nature.
5. Finish ALL my unfinished projects instead of hoarding and sitting on them like Smaug The Terrible. 
6. Cook more. 
7. Tame L.V. I shall have him eat out of my hand.
8. Resume socialising. 
9. Figure out how to use manual settings on my Leica D-Lux 5. Stop taking photos in auto.
10. Lose 11 pounds / 5 kg the healthy way, that is, to change my lifestyle.
Stop bingeing everyday. I refuse to wear spanx and breathe in for photos for the rest of my life.


PUNCTUATED EQUILIBRIUM

1. Volunteer. Soup kitchen? Battersea Cats & Dogs home? Teaching, like I did at START Society
2. Convert my Malaysian driving license to British.
3. Improve my appearance. I'm considering Botox to soften my overly strong jawline.
And Revitalift get rid of the eye bag & dark circle under my right eye.
4. Move my blog to my custom domain.

THINGS TO DO THIS JANUARY

1. Touch up my hair's black roots.
2. Build the ultimate Hamsta's Paradise for Coolio
3. Make a lamp out of the Moet & Chandon magnum sitting in my kitchen.
4. Pay last year's taxes, ugh.
5. Get my business cards and stickers printed.
6. Change my blog header.
7. Take more photos with Max.
8. It's time for another IKEA trip! Who's game? Done!

And finally, nauseating couple talk. Hamster-related, of course.


Him, singing to the tune of J-Lo 'If You Had My Love'---
"♬ If you were a hamster, I'd put you in a teacup and take a photo. That's how cute you are. "

Me, "I want to feed Coolio and L.V meal worms! But I'm afraid of worms. Can you do it for me?" 
Him, "I hate worms too but I'll do it for you."

I bought Burgess SupaHamster dwarf hamster Harvest and it comes mixed with freeze-dried mealworms.
Now he won't have to decapitate live worms and hand feed them to the squeakers.
I went ALL the way to Pets At Home in SE10---yes, SOUTH OF THE RIVER---just to get that particular brand of hamster mix.
 I am such a considerate girlfriend. And such a caring mother.


One more piece of hilarity, courtesy of the internet---


The award for most hilarious hamster name ever goes to...'Ham Ka Chan'. 
That's a Cantonese curse so awful, so horribly vulgar, it's almost comical when used among your best friends.
It means "Death to your family's entire generation."
I laughed. I am going to hell.

xx

January 03, 2013

★ 2013 RESOLUTIONS ★ GRADUAL CHANGE VS. PUNCTUATED EQUILIBRIUM

Is evolution a steady, gradual, process, with small but consistent variations over a long period?  Or is evolution, as punctuated equili...

31.12.12

My New Year's Eve was a fairly chilled-out, civilized, & relaxed affair. They say you should begin the year the same way you intend to carry it on; well I intend for 2013 to be exciting yet not strenuous, for it to be eventful yet balanced, and to finally learn when to say no and gracefully make an exit. I've definitely mellowed with age; I know I say this every year like it means something, but I do genuinely think I mean it this time. 2012 has at least given me a clearer idea of what I think I'd like my life to be.

So...I kept it simple. Making acquaintances and delightful conversation over dinner, drinks & dancing with a few of my favourite Londoners, counting down to midnight, nipping off to see more friends, wishing everyone I saw (cab drivers, doormen, strangers on the street, pigeons) a Happy New Year! And of course, the classic midnight kiss.

We wined, dined, danced, kissed, and ushered in the new year at Brompton's before popping off to Notting Hill to visit some friends. Really; it was not so different from any other night of the year if not for the relentless optimism in the air, prevailing merriness throughout London, beaming faces and happy, laughing, people everywhere. Which is what everyday and everynight of every year should be.

Happy New Year. 

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xx
January 01, 2013

31.12.12

My New Year's Eve was a fairly chilled-out, civilized, & relaxed affair. They say you should begin the year the same way you inte...