Tuesday, November 27, 2012

"Changing the future. It's called marriage."

I can't believe it took me this long to discover Doctor Who. I'm no Anglophile (far from it as a fact) but I have to say though, the Brits made some damn good TV. I only started watching Doctor Who maybe two years ago with David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor. I think one of the first episode that I saw had the Daleks in it and as with all TV shows that get me hooked, the only reason why I stopped at the Doctor Who while channel surfing was because I couldn't believe how low budget the sci-fi looked but I am hooked for that very same reason, among others -- excellent stories (I love stories where I can predict what would happen next: I mean, Rory the Centurion? Seriously?), time and space travel, multi-dimensional characters that you want to root for and thought-provoking discussions on themes such as good vs bad, right vs wrong, power, love, happiness, companionship and so much more. I LOVE DOCTOR WHO.

I'll always be a fan of Tenth Doctor and of Rose Tyler -- helps that I'm a sucker for tragic love stories -- and it took me a while to get used to Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor. When he first appeared (in a fez!), I was like, "He looks weird. His eyes are too deep set. Give me my Tenth Doctor back, nooooooooo!" But after three seasons, I'm beginning to really like Matt Smith and his take on the Doctor Who. I think because he is the youngest ever actor to play the Doctor (he's my age!), he gets away with a lot of quirky things and you know me, I love anything quirky. While Tennant's Doctor was a lot more intellectual (oh those glasses!), Smith's Doctor has a somewhat sad playfulness of an old soul in a young body that's so easy to love.

The original intention of this post was to put down a quote from the last episode of Season 7 from the 2005 series, "The Angels Take Manhattan," with a conversation between Amy Pond and Rory, mirroring what River Song said to the Doctor earlier in the episode. I love quotes that say so much in such little words:

"What do you think you're doing?!"
"Changing the future. It's called marriage."

The quote makes a lot more sense after you've seen the episode and that's where the image above is from. No spoilers here, but I have a feeling there will be tears come Christmas Day when the season continues.

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Monday, November 26, 2012

When a tarot deck burns...

... it smells like incense, Turkish rose and pencil shavings. Totally loving out latest purchase from Anthropologie! Enjoying eggnog with cinnamon and a dash of chocolate in the kitchen while the scent fills the air. Can't wait to dine on our new table and chairs when our furniture arrives this Friday!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Art is what you can get away with

Source: McGaw Graphics

Thursday, November 22, 2012

This year, I'm thankful for...

It's Thanksgiving and while the oversized turkey and Black Friday deals typically take centerstage, I'm taking tonight to be thankful for...
  • ... close friends from high school (whom I can still call friends 13 years down the road) and all the new ones along the way (you know who you are) made throughout my stay in Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong and the US
  • ... a job that I don't hate (hoping this will one day turn into "a job that I love") and working alongside people I truly respect
  • ... the ability to afford comfort, to eat well and be healthy
  • ... a place to call home with a spacious kitchen, beautiful hard wood floors and likely the world's most comfortable bed
  • ... supportive and adventurous parents, and a wilful sister (I mean this is the best way possible!) who's stronger than she thinks she is
  • ... and finally: being 30, in San Francisco and with the most wonderfully intelligent and caring partner one can have
I'm one lucky girl.

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Style crush: This is how you rock short hair

Most people who know me will likely agree that I'm a short hair kinda girl. Once upon a time (like 10 years ago!), I had long hair, both straight and curly down from my shoulders to mid-back and my high school friends can attest to that. I don't remember exactly when I went short, but I never looked back and it just got shorter and shorter over the years. I remember one time, I had the left side of head shaved that I think that freaked the boyf and my mom out, but hey, it's only hair. I actually quite liked that haircut. I think I had it shaved at least 2-3 times. The last time I attempted to grow it up (in my world, growing it out typically means growing out my bangs and nothing else), but gave up after 4 months.
Here's the oxymoron: I love dresses. Yup, this crazy pixie-haired girl loves dresses. Maybe not the saccharine sweet Zooey Deschanel type dresses, but give me a structured, well-fitted full skirt dress anytime. I'm also super attracted to prints and color -- never pastels, but give me rich colors such cumin yellow, sunset orange, turquoise and peacock blue anytime. You'll have a hard time finding solid colored clothing in my wardrobe. I heart everything that the ladies wear on Mad Men, but I only wish they weren't that feminine! At the same time though, I love All Saints Spitafields. There's just something about the whole deconstructed, black and grey grimy look that pulls me to it. I love clothes that aren't what you expect them to be. I'll do a handpainted summer dress with a pair of cowboy boots anytime. I love the style of Michelle Williams, Zooey Deschanel and Gwen Stefani -- but I always end up with a few problems: None of them are Asian, they don't have short hair (except for Michelle), and their body shape is completely different from mine.

So here I was, browing Facebook and recovering from a twisted ankle -- can't believe the doctor and the boyf laughed at me when I told them how I twisted it: tried to stand up when my legs were numb and fell sideways, heard a "craaaaack!" -- and saw that Complex.com had posted a list of 25 Hot Women Who Dress Like Men. To my earlier rant, I'm a dress kinda girl and would never be caught in a shirt, what more full-out menswear. But to my surprise, I found the photo of Esther Quek, Group Fashion Director of The Rake, highly intriguing. I did not like her Nucky Thompson look (if you don't know who this is, google "Nucky Thompson" and "Boardwalk Empire") featured in the article but a Google Image search turned up results that were suprisingly crush-worthy.

Here was a chick that was totally rocking her short hair cut, both black and blonde, and owning the menswear look. Granted, I can never pull off her look but just knowing that an Asian chick is totally owning it makes me happy. I love her bold choice of colors (what's not to love about yellow loafers and vermillion pants?) and the second close-up shot of her haircut is driving me nutters -- I want that haircut! So there you have it: My semi style crush. I'm crazy about her hair and wardrobe color choices and I tip my hat off at her menswear look.

Photos from CitizenCouture, Four-Pins and MonaLavinia. Check out the links for more photos.

Friday, November 02, 2012

Make yourself cupcakable

One of the perks of my monthly haircuts: reading girly mags. "You cannot sit around like s cupcake asking other people to come and eat you up and discover your great sweetness and charm. You've got to make yourself more cupcakable all the time." -- Helen Gurley Brown, Cosmo editor from 1965 to 1997.