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Yotsuba! Enjoys Everything

COMIC BOOK: Yotsuba&! Enjoys Everything: I am 26 yet I read childish manga comic book Yotsuba&!. Just like everyone else who loves the series would love to see it as a full fleged anime! I would love to have a strange daughter like her. A simple kid who can find happiness with anything she does. I wish we can still raise our children in this way even in our modern generation where they don’t need hi-tech toy gadgets to play. Just pure life… pure fun in the sunshine. Yotsuba&! (よつばと! Yotsuba to!) is an ongoing Japanese comedy manga series by Kiyohiko Azuma, the creator of Azumanga Daioh. It is published in Japan by ASCII Media Works, formerly MediaWorks, in the monthly magazine Dengeki Daioh and collected in ten tankōbon volumes as of November 2010. It depicts the everyday adventures of a young girl named Yotsuba as she learns about the world around her, guided by her father, the neighbors, and their friends. Several characters in Yotsuba&! were previously featured in a one-shot manga called “Try! Try! Try!”. The phrase Yotsuba to …

Photography: The Dusk

PHOTOGRAPHY: Dusk The day I gave up my frustration for violin. Art direction by John Robert Ramos. No one else. Lights: Natural from the sun. Dusk- The beginning of darkness… in the evening. I took this photo before my violin said “no”. Broke my heart by a broken string.. Here I accidentally made a movie scene photography. I went home after work, I saw that light coming from my window. I knew it was waiting to be taken a photo. Just like what I quoted before, “Photograpy is a gift of light”. Rare opportunity. Some croppings but no photoshop alteration.

Indie Pop: Architecture in Helsinki

When was the last time that you tried to listen to an unpopular music? Filled your iPod with songs that are not in the Top Hits Charts? Never… No? Then you are a poor slave of media, you eat whatever they serve. But then, I’m not judging…. I’m just trying to make an introduction. City Calm Down, Scissor Paper Rock, The Owls Go and It’ 5! are just few indie songs from “Architecture in Helsinki” that you might never had heard because of your slavery from Pop and RnB. Here below is a short description of the band from wiki. Architecture in Helsinki are an Indie Pop Australian band based in the inner Melbourne suburb of Northcote. The group consists of Cameron Bird, Gus Franklin, Jamie Mildren, Sam Perry, and Kellie Sutherland. Most of the band members can play multiple instruments. Their music makes use of a wide range of instruments, from analog synthesizers, samplers, the glockenspiel and handclaps; to concert band instruments like the trumpet, tuba, trombone, saxophone, clarinet and recorder; and the more standard …

Esquire Magazine Covers

The only men’s magazine that I collect… Esquire. Why? It’s the cover art. Kudos to David McKendricks the Art Director. Brief History: Esquire appeared, for the first time, in October 1933. Founded and edited by David A. Smart and Arnold Gingrich. It later transformed itself into a more refined periodical with an emphasis on men’s fashion and contributions by Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald. In the 1940s, the popularity of the Petty Girls and Vargas Girls provided a circulation boost. In the 1960s, Esquire helped pioneer the trend of New Journalism by publishing such writers as Norman Mailer, Tim O’Brien, John Sack, Gay Talese, Tom Wolfe and Terry Southern. Under Harold Hayes, who ran it from 1961 to 1973, it became as distinctive as its oversized pages. The magazine shrank to the conventional 8½x11 inches in 1971. The magazine was sold by the original owners to Clay Felker in 1977, who sold it to the 13-30 Corporation, a Tennessee publisher, two years later. During this time New York Woman magazine was launched as something …

Que Sera Sera: A Thai Insurance Ads

An ads two years backward.  A song decades back from Doris Day. A heart felt tv advertisement from Thailand. A real aertwrk. This made me feel like, I don’t have the right to complain about how I look or complain about those things that I lack. When I was just a little girl, I asked my mother, ‘What will I be? ‘Will I be pretty? ‘Will I be rich?’ Here’s what she said to me: ‘Que sera, sera, ‘Whatever will be, will be; ‘The future’s not ours to see. ‘Que sera, sera, ‘What will be, will be. ending text: Lives were born differently, but can be best taken care of. First step insurance. narration:  Thai life insurance sees the worth of every life.

Duck Sauce Did Barbra Streisand

  Duck Sauce is an American-Canadian DJ duo consisting of Armand Van Helden and A-Trak. The duo are signed to Fool’s Gold Records. The pair aim to produce disco house tracks that will appeal to club DJs. Their first tracks are “aNYway” and “You’re Nasty”. Their EP, Greatest Hits, was released September 2009. The track “aNYway” capitalises “NY” to signify the band’s origins in New York. The song is sampled from “I Can Do It” by Final Edition. -Wikipedia The track “Barbra Streisand“, named after the singer of the same name, released summer 2010. A parody of Barbra Streisand metioning New York is the place to be in the introduction. The entire video features everything about NY, the artist, the club, music, fashion and the duck.

“Poetry” Korean Film

Love… and never look back. If you are patient enough for an old fashion poerty reading session, then try watching this Korean film that has won the Best Screenplay in Fesfival de Cannes and still counting more awards from various film festival aroung the globe. SYNOPSIS Mija (veteran actress Yun Jung-hee) is a beautiful woman in her sixties who moves gracefully through life, contemplating a trivial daily routine that is ill-suited to her refined persona. With elegance and a dash of eccentricity, Mija takes care of her ungrateful grandson Wook (Lee David) and makes a living by cleaning house for an elderly man who, though paralyzed by a stroke, still responds to her charm with bouts of drug-induced arousal. On a whim, Mija enrolls in a poetry class at the local cultural centre and begins a personal quest to find the perfect words to describe her feelings. However, she’s plagued by the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, and struggles with new vocabulary and the challenges of the creative process. When her world is turned upside down by …

Our True Calling

Realizing life after watching this Acadamy Award Winner for Best Foreign Language Film “Departures”. No one can tell what you’ll be doing for the next 10 years or so…Like Daigo Kobayashi a Cellist fated to become an encoffineer…I think it is best describe as the true Calling…In our lives, certain people are selected to become someone no one dares to become. Of course one said he or she likes to become an encoffineer or a plumber when he or she grow-up, so destiny choses among us…I never dreamed to become what I am today, It just landed on my feet… And now I am thinking that I can let go me being a designer whenever there is a chance though I am quite passionate of what I’m doing now…yes…i might let go and follow whatever Calling is there for me… Here is Ave Maria in Cello solo prolonged to the movie theme music…