Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Not like you know it.

Isn't this the best Christmas tree you ever seen?
by: John Galliano
for: http://www.claridges.co.uk/

Excuse me...but i cant help but notice...

Having said that, the animation in James Cameron’s Avatar is totally amazing but frankly and this is from a personal POV I wish it wasn’t that blue or “tribal”, but then again, James Cameron never did let us down with his Terminator 1, Aliens 1, Titanic, The Abyss…so nuff said. James Cameron will have my buckaroos in the silver screen this Christmas, I just wish the cinemas will put up a HD screen already. :(

Friday, December 4, 2009

So its Christmas time…

You’re doing a dinner party and you overcooked, great. It wont be a party if you didn't, but how do you enhance all that lovely food you made, how do you make sure everyone of your guests have an appetite? simply said, you want your guests stomach to growl, tongue purified, mouth salivating and moods buzzing with festive spirits…
The solution? a cocktail drink that will do just that before dinner. (eye guarantee) 
Enter Martinis, and it should be the first thing your guests have (provided they do drink that is) the drink should be cold, clear and crisp with hints of juniper and citrus, might i also suggest serving this on very chilled martini glasses.
The recipe:
  1. prepare a half pint glass of ice
  2. pour 3 parts Gin/Vodka, 1/2  part dry vermouth into ice glass
  3. stir for 10 seconds
  4. strain and serve over chilled martini cocktail glass
  5. garnish with olives/squeeze of lemon peel
We know for a fact that in our hot climate the drink will warm down before its half finished, i suggest making a few batch in a carafe and have it sit on ice, the images below should give you an idea what we’re on about.
ClioMartini7ozAVS9 ClioMartiniGlassMiniHD09

Sunday, November 29, 2009

it’s that time of the year again!

Ahh yes, ‘tis the season to be jolly! And ‘tis the season to send your greets in these totally awesome stationeries!

In case you’re wondering, they’re all from Mr Boddington's Studio, a stationery company founded in New York City by Mr Boddington himself.  They produce some really awesome stationery for wedding, baby, holiday and everyday!

Oh, for the love of papers! *big, wide smile*

Happy holidays, finkers!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

holy moly! eye fink eye just found muh halloween costume!

we have two (2) options this year:

wow51. eye M a comic freaaaakkkkkk!

8953_1_4682.  holy moly goly woly! i told you to bring a partner, but this……!!!

okay, we are still fighting over who should wear that GASP! costume. :/ *rock – paper - scissors*

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

a gun for hire

Helmut Newton (1920-2004) was one of the most influential fashion photographers of all time. He achieved international fame in the 1970’s while working principally for French Vogue, and over the next three decades his celebrity and influence continued to grow. Eschewing studios for the most part, Newton preferred to shoot in the streets or in interiors. His mixture of controversial scenarios, bold lighting, and striking compositions came to form his signature look.

Helmut Newton
came into my life five years ago in a pack of very rare set of
notecards by TASCHEN. The black and white image on the box cover just attracts me so. And of course, my knowledge of photography isn’t as great as Mr Fink Harder, but I know what good photography is nonetheless (for me, at least!). Click below for the notecards images.

Okay, I might as well let the photographs do ALL the talking.

Helmut Newton
 once said, “Some people’s photography is an art. Mine is not. If they happen to be exhibited in a gallery or a museum, that’s fine. But that’s not why I do them. I’m a gun for hire.” (Newsweek, 02/02/04)

Who’s the daddy?

Oh yes, a little something for Mr Fink Harder…

HelmutNewton71_i3HelmutNewton79_i3  HelmutNewton76_i1

The incredible Catherine Deneuve, by Helmut Newton. Just for you. *hugs*

Friday, October 16, 2009

shark, cows, and sheep pickled in formaldehyde. and then some paintings.






Who is Damien Hirst? Why is all these animals pickled? Why is his art works simple looking? (but some painstakingly hard to achieve)  Why is he famous? (won the turner prize, UK) (unofficial leader of the Young British Artists movement) and Why is he being slammed by critics this time for his lack luster paintings? but then again, his work was never aesthetically pleasing to start with (in the superficial super art techniques way)  but isn't that the reason why we love him? (flipside to the coin)

There are painters like Francis Bacon, or artist like  Tracy Emin, and however you look at it, you either love it or hate it, we all like the things we like, or maybe what we like are stories behind it, raison d'ĂȘtres’, maybe its the political and the social, the satirical or the sabbatical,  or the sexual, narcissistic, melancholic  aspects of art, perhaps some Van Gough if you like…  even a tiny skeletal findings of a embryonic dinosaur can be called art these days. At the end of the day, however you may feel along your corridors of your abode, what hangs on your wall and what statute on your grounds are what we adore, hopefully… as appose to what we think “is cool”.

So what's this now? Damien Hirst doing just a couple of  “boring” paintings? i think not, he is anything but, controversial? yes. Business minded? surely. Rich? oh yes. create a couple of boring paintings, come up with a couple of rationales to back it up? make a couple or more  million bucks? surely (considering how much those “spot” paintings went. never mind the critics and the reviews, watch his space, this might just go “down” surprisingly well.

“It’s funny. When you’ve been No 1, you can only go down.” – Damien Hirst

Google this : Damien Hirst and see what all the fuss’ about.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Reading about reading

Tired of not knowing what’s out there in the book world? Want to know in-depth stories about writers and their current work? Or what books are around the corner? Bookslut makes selecting your next read easier if not more interesting. Articles and features section are most useful in this sense as they go through book summaries, not the Amazon or back of book way,  but rather giving you a peek into the essence of a book, rather like a personal opinion from its resident contributors. The interview section also boast a long list of authors discussing their work, words, and life.

Oh, by the way, this site has also been named one of the 50 best websites by Time - one of the best literature websites by The New York Times, and has won two Blog Awards.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

it says.. "read me".

let's go green once in a while. read virtual mags.

i promise you there are nice photos. :)

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

ever heard of vintage photography?

Neither have i.

But this site showcases everything vintage that you can probably think off, including the fashion of course.

kids being kids

i love paul mccartney's daughter already.

Monday, September 28, 2009

eye are 90s kiddo!

was talking about WB with mr fink harder this pm, and he brought this up:

watch the opening sequence here

most cartoon suck BIG time now. animaniac's gotta be one of the best cartoon ever! how can it not be? eye love love loves :)

...oh, hello, pinky...and brain.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

eye love coffee!

was having brunch at the coffee connoisseur in singapore and i came across a small booklet that was placed on every table. it's the 'all you need to know... about coffee' thingy, which includes tcc's history, coffee facts, crossword puzzles and there's this thing that caught my attention the most: the coffee personas. and below are the few coffee personas featured in the booklet which i find really hilarious:

1. the serial coffee addict (aka the 'godfather')
the godfather maintains a love-hate relationship with coffee - he loves coffee as much as money and hates to admit that he cannot go by a single day without coffee.

the godfather needs his fix more than he needs water, has a discriminating palette for the mediocre cuppa and he will snort at coffee brewed with fine grind.

how to spot the 'godfather'?
he guzzles down his coffee like an isotonic drink.
he buys coffee from tcc by the dozens.
he claims that caffeine has no effect on him even if he drinks 6 to 7 cups daily.

2. the coffee fashionista
ms coffee fashionista knows the a to z about coffee, from her collection of filters, french presses to vacuum pots. she brews coffee like she dances ballet, and views the process of brewing as an art form.

ms coffee fashionista is driven by compulsion in her pursuit of 'the perfect cup' and thinks that the right to fine coffee ranks among the 'save the earth' campaigns and 'stop extinction' movements. she will flaunt her knowledge to the apathetic waiter at the cafe taking her orders, and probe through her inch-thick glasses on where the beans are from, when the beans are roasted and how the coffee will be brewed.

how to spot the 'coffee fashionista'?
she will as to taste the coffee before buying, and will demand for only freshly roasted beans.
she frequents cafes that serve gourmet coffee like the coffee coinoisseur (tcc), and indulges in only the finest selection like the blue mountain.

3. the caffeine disorder drinker (also known as the 'cdd' syndrome)

you can spot them at almost any coffee houses and college campuses. they drink their java by the pots and cram overnight sessions of mugging with rites of coffee brewing.

they consume their coffee to conform with the age-old tradition of late night studying, and they speak of the quantity of coffee they consumed in a night to keep them awake for studying, like the war-seasoned soldiers telling their post-war stories.
how to spot the 'caffeine disorder drinker'?
they buy instant coffee by the truckloads off the shelves of super marts.
they guard and worship their treasure trove of coffee with an all-vigilant eye.
they camp at major coffee houses for their caffeine fix and go by the motto - 'give us any coffee, as long as it is black'.

4. the coffee candy cane
this group loves their coffee smoothened with candy-flavored syrup and caramel, with lots of marshmallows and rainbow-colored chocolate rice. they would ask for melted chocolate bars to be thrown in if they could have their way.

they will hang out all night for their post-dinner coffee and candied-fix in the droves and buzz off their seat to proclaim in a loud exclamation of their delightful fix!

how to spot the 'coffee candy cane'?
they love their coffee as long as it is sweet.
they speak of their knowledge on the difference between adding caramel and adding chocolate to coffee with much pride.
they fascinate at the wide variety of coffee selection a cafe like tcc serves, and will have tried everything from coffee with chocolate and raspberry, to coffee with oreo cookies and almond roca!

...so which are you? tsk tsk.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Why I buy Vanity Fair and who is Annie Leibovitz

You seen her where Yoko Ono and John Lenon dons the cover of the magazine rolling stone in the dawn of the 80s and still permeate our visual contemporary culture to this day, you might have also seen her where Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes embracing their new born baby girl Suri ,which I personally will admit to have scour the internet to satisfy my curiosity, or maybe it was that risque photo where Keira Knightly, Scarlett Johansson, and a fully dressed Tom Ford is spread amongst lushly looking black velvet, and maybe it was that recent controversial "naked" portrait of Miley Cyrus that garnered your attention more.

However you look at it these photographic pieces of Americana was done by a very tasteful Annie Leibovitz, if not a spendthrift one at that. (googling her will tell you why) Her portraits of our ever fascination of celebrity and social who's who satisfies our thoughts if not curiousities, her image of them is stark, often capturing the spirit if not the essence of the subject, it has the power of hindsight to know what the audience wants and frankly they dont disappoint one bit.

So never mind the awards, and accolades, the scandals and what not, and never mind your empty walls you wish you had put something up, and never mind that most of us cant even afford her, I'm paying a visit to my local ubiquitous Indian back issue news stands and I'm getting as much vanity fair magazines as I can possibly scour and hopefully one day have the audacity to frame it up together with my other more personal photos. Till then it's the most accesible prints of Annie Leibovitz's works I can think of.

I also find that if you prefer less fashion oriented and more social political content in American fashion magazines, Vanity Fair will be most suitable as is Esquire magazines. Also as a last note, I might add that Annie Leibovitz's serves as only a contributing photographer and not all issues of vanity fair magazines contains her works, but you can almost be certain that any famous and important figure in American society will have the higher chances of being covered by her.

for an internet Annie Leibovitz quickie click here

Monday, September 21, 2009

eye read Anthony Bourdain

Back in the year 2004 I was reading a rather depressing book pharmaceutically titled Prozac Nation and whilst almost finishing the book, I had thought that it was an eye opening subject that is rarely talked about in my living social fabric, but also at the same time it was a grim read, literally dirty, not in that sexual way, but in the very real sense that it made me felt I hadn't taken a shower for weeks, that I hadn't really looked at myself in the mirror, or check to see if I had eaten anything at all for the day. It was sad and whilst it gave me a somewhat point of view that sort of agrees to mine, I felt that it will be one book that I will come to forget, get over with, the subject as well as the psychological condition. Because frankly reading that book gave me reflections of the self? its capability if you will let it distort, will and mostly certainly do.

And so it was one of those stay in days reading in the kitchen, cigarettes and coffees, a light snack here and there to fester the completion of the book I find so disparagingly hard to complete, then my housemate barge in from the colder autumn days that came spilling not only the cold from the outer but the innards?of her rather posh shoulder bag, and there it was, white cover, with a portrait of a rather handsome looking American, slightly thinner, taller, harder looking Richard Gere look alike, an American no doubt, it has to be somehow I thought to myself. And although I didn't think much of it, it pique my buds enough to ask her what the book was about. She had but lightly in her very own diplomatic character told me that it was about the world of cooks, restaurants, and food. Bless her, she did open up a whole new realm for me there.

Needless to say, I was hooked from the very first page. The language of this man is straightforward, no nonsense, and he writes likes he speaks, it was on a very personal level that so much so I wished every autobiography was written that way, unforgiving, straight from the heart, no veneers, smokescreens, or any fancy words at that, only if it's really very necessary, his metaphors are brilliant and easy to grasp, and if you didn't, he'll explain it to you, and it's humorous even at times, but enough on the writing.

This man dishes out everything he knows in this book, it's almost like a starter pack for anybody who wants to read about the world of culinary arts and the underbelly of it. You get a sense he's not leaving you in the blind, everything is told, no one is spared but their names, and you're not just getting stories about food and their little own lexicons, its everything else that comes with it, all the sex, revenge, bad tempers, bad management, the nook and crannies, profanities, the sex, the drugs, the rock and roll, the binging and every part of the meat you can imagine and even more. At the same time, he tells you the finer things in life, the joy of cooking and eating, the beauty and sacredness of food, but also the sadness about certain dying artisan craftsmanship happening in the world, the sadness about suicidal Michelin stared chefs, and the glories and failures seen and heard on and off the record in the culinary world.

So anyone that has seen his TV shows, and enjoyed it, but never picked up a copy of his best-selling book, I assure you, it's going to be worthwhile. Everything that you thought you liked about this man and his life is magnified better in the book. Personally, it almost feels like he was doing the show and writing the book at the same time, but only much better in detail and with no censorship, at least it felt pretty damn close that he did. Oh and by the way, I never did return the book to the lady that came in from the cold, neither had I finish reading Prozac Nation?

P.S. if you happen to have already read "Kitchen Confidential", check out his Les Halles Cookbook, I assure you his "edgy" manner of speaking and personality continues there.

"...food is the most beautiful thing in this world that truly nourishes..." - anonymous.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

best spread in town. We fink.

One would expect this spread will be filled with much advertising, humongous headlines and more columns than we care to read about. Instead it reads more like someone really smart feeding you important current information in and around the car industry without treating you like a complete child. It would also sit handsomely beside you and garner some attention modestly abet the generous size, because frankly, a glossy issue of “Top Gear” or “Car” just makes me slightly ashamed that I actually spent more 10 cups worth of white coffee for a single monthly issue. It will then show you all of its family and friends photos (in this case, cars) and then some, explains to you rather unbiasedly how each and everyone of them are related, came about, and what might their future hold, all rather unbiasedly but at the same time, very justly opinionated.

So yes, Wheels Weekly is fast! It comes every week, and it comes with very good sized photos! We are talking about mostly at least full, if not half off an A3 sized page. The layout is clean, direct, and tasteful, and that also means we’re getting more of what we pay for, its content is relentlessly important and relevant if you’re passionate about the world of automobiles and if you’re not, it drives you to that “place” anyway.

So never mind that cup of white coffee, or going online and typing in keywords, Wheels Weekly serves you indefinitely on that level of wakefulness.

Available in local newsstands and exclusively @ mynews.com

Price: RM3.90 (West Malaysia)

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Monday, September 14, 2009

oh yes, finkies.

eye am obsessed

do you still remember...


we had so much fun in art class back then, innit? anyways, found this at P&C. i am in love. i fink their stationeries are propa lush, like these..

stationeries never fail to make me smile. now stop emailing and start writing, finkers! (so not saving the trees, are we? oh well...)

Explicitly Tom Ford

One word: Provoke. Where his fashion designs are timeless classics reinvented, everything else thereon, from the image photography to the idea which is the man encapsulates the spirit hereto. We personally fink this is one of the more tasteful ad campaigns since Sophie Dahl's bare all in YSL's "Opium" ad. Enter: Tom Ford

“There’s one indulgence every man should try in his lifetime. If your straight, sleep with a man at least once, and if you’re gay, don’t go through life without sleeping with a woman..." - Tom Ford

eye see... Patrick Hoelck!

We like good photographs done right and done edgy, especially when there's also celebrities as subjects (at least we do!). And we like it even better when the navigation of the site is easy to steer and well-sized resolution jpeg's are ready to be downloaded.

Enter Patrick Hoelck
Warning: Some artistic nudity present.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Come ride with me!

Dear finkers,
There seem to be another new car magazine in KL, and its gana come our way weekly in news stand. So watch out for "Wheels Weekly" naturally at your local news stand. While their website explains what content they will mostly be covering, I had just lightly brush over them until I get a copy tomorrow and hopefully give you my 2 cents about it. But judging by its cover stories I have a feeling this new mag sets itself apart quite differently. Watch this space.