27 February 2010

And then my heart with pleasure fills, and dances with the daffodils

Scented daffodils on a bluesy day.

I just found out that daffodils is simply the common name for narcissus.

25 February 2010

A Single Man

Rushed past the poster at the tube last night. Walked backwards to look at it.

And ooo, just take a look at »this delicious scene.

24 February 2010

Little basil is home

It was a bit homesick despite the best efforts of Ms F, but it's now happy it's home.

What a strange and yet attractive notion to have something so entirely dependent on you.  I think I'm finally starting to understand the allure of the damsel in distress.

Lion dance

Seeing one always makes me beam. I love their flirty ears and eyes.

Ms L was telling me yesterday that the ones in London's Chinatown had problems coordinating their legs. I told her that I once saw a lion dance where they just spit out the oranges wholesale like cannonballs.

P.S. You can't see it in the video, but one of the cymbals guys is an Indian. That's Singapore for you.

20 February 2010

Movie star

At Soho Square in the beautiful sun.  The downside of fixing a 50mm on a non-full-frame is obvious here: you really need to step back. But for the price, no complaints.

We also bumped into two photographers who asked us to be their portrait subjects. One was the flash man, holding a stand-alone flash which was fired via radio frequency (i.e. no cords required). Very interesting, I hadn't seen these gadgets before.


Testing my new 50mm f1.8 II on not very healthy leaves at Changi Airport.  I wanted the cheapest possible lens for days I don't feel geeky enough to lug a big bag.  What a world of difference from the 17-55! (130g vs 645g)

Sinewy fist on clutch

Which saw me through school and drove me everywhere for the past 30 years.

08 February 2010


Love hats. For the possibility of walking among falling snowflakes.

(Heads turning a bonus.)

06 February 2010



、被舞伴转得眼花花的感觉、裙子飘飘然的感觉、»"let's just go"的感觉。


Sweep me off my feet.

05 February 2010

Contributions to the world

#1: Making my 70-year-old aunt cry with laughter
(I share this honour with my dad.)

#2: Helping people in libraries, shops and homes reach for the high shelves
(Happened even in Germany; I was quite flattered.)

#3: Making complex subjects accessible to laymen
(E.g. healthcare, economics. Seems like more needs to be done - one of my young students wanted to deny miners voting rights for central bankers because he thinks central bank policies are too difficult for the former to comprehend.)