“Queen of the night”

“Queen of the night” – 06/06/2010 | ©tutistudio

“Mighty oceans of darkness gently flow
Shiny pearls like stars brightly glow

Sensation of your elegant bloom
Appears once in a blue moon

Suspending on a rough spiky surface
Swaying like a pretty young princess

Blooming throughout one summer night
Until become whole and bright

Seducing enigmatic fragrance of absolute divine
Mesmerizing sweet scent of mother natures design

Precious wonder under the calm moonlight
You are the gracious Queen of the Night”

©Hemakumar Nanayakkara

#throwback #photography #flower #queenofthenight #changihome #mygarden #leicaDlux4

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‘Blind Vaysha’ , directed by Theodore Ushev, 2016 | Nominated for the 2017 Academy Award® for Best Animated Short Film

“This short film tells the story of Vaysha, a young girl born with one green eye and one brown eye. But colour isn’t the only thing that’s different about Vaysha’s gaze. While her left eye sees only the past; her right sees only the future. Like a terrible curse, Vaysha’s split vision prevents her from inhabiting the present. Blinded by what was and tormented by what will be, she remains trapped between two irreconcilable temporalities. “Blind Vaysha,” they called her.

In this metaphoric tale of timeless wisdom and beauty based on the eponymous short story by Georgi Gospodinov, filmmaker Theodore Ushev reminds us of the importance of keeping our sights on the present moment.” – NFB | National Film Board of Canada

I just love the look of this film, traditional lino-cut style. It’s so beautiful!  Read more about it on Cartoon Brew’s “Director Theodore Ushev on Bringing ‘Blind Vaysha’ to Life in Four Dimensions”!

#2017OscarNomination #bestshortanimation #TheodoreUshev #NationalFilmBoardOfCanada

‘Blind Vaysha’ , directed by Theodore Ushev, 2016 | Nominated for the 2017 Academy Award® for Best Animated Short Film

… a friend …

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“hi….”

”。。こんにちわ。。。”

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“how are you?”

”おげんきですか”

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“…bye bye…”

”。。。じゃまたねー。。。”

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#japan2016 #december #kyoto #friend #OsanpoCamera #penF

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El Empleo | The employment (2008), Santiago ‘Bou’ Grasso

Cortometraje de animación / animated short film

Dirección / Direction: Santiago ‘Bou’ Grasso
Idea: Patricio Plaza
Animación / Animation: Santiago ‘Bou’ Grasso / Patricio Plaza
Diseño de títulos / Titles design: Natalia Acosta
Productora / Production company: Opusbou

“The story follows an “ordinary” man on his daily routine to work. Yet, there is an unexpected twist that brings a new dimension to the narrative weight and captivates the viewer. A table and chairs are completely made up of humans folded over each other while a street stoplight is made up of two individuals hanging from a post and flashing their red or green tshirts from under their coats. Each scene is mesmerizing and further complicates our ideas of productivity and service. Is it a message about how we use and abuse each other? Or a cautionary tale about how much we rely on technology and how we may be fated to live without it?” – Paula Velasco

“…The film reminds us of how for we’ve come. And maybe even asks the question, “Where are we going?” How much more convenient can we make our lives? Think of all the effort put into creating and selling minor conveniences. Do we really need another way to slice a potato?

The film had me asking myself a rather big question—What is progress? Perhaps we need to enrich our lives with meaning rather than conveniences. A sentiment underscored by the character after the credit roll.” – 

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Packing my Brompton for air-travel | Review of Vincita B132H for Brompton

I have a Brompton bicycle, and i love it! I’ve used it to travel around Singapore and my dream is to travel oversea with my folding bicycle.

The first oversea trip was to Thailand, i packed my Brompton in Vincita B132 bag and my husband’s Brompton in the large size hard case luggage. It was good enough, however it’s difficult to move the luggage around with B132 bag. My husband’s bike also have some slight scratches, i guess due to the rough airport’s handling.

This time, for our Japan trip, we decided to bring the bikes with us. And it took us quite lot of time to figure out which is the best way to pack our Brompton.

We have 2 choices, 1st choice is get the Brompton BW hard case which cost around S$380 for one. The 2nd option is using Vincita bag for both which cost around S$450 for two, and i chose 2nd option.

Just in time, Vincita have just introduced a new version of B132 bag, which is B132H. It come with 4 wheels that detachable for air transportation. And after our trip, i have to say this is my best selection so far for our Brompton. The bags moved around much more easier with 4 wheels, it is strong enough to protect our bikes during transportation and even have extra space for our clothes.

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I just want to note down here the steps to pack the Brompton for air travel with the soft luggage bag, and hope that we can travel more with our Brompton in future.

  • To protect the bike parts that are easily be damaged during transportation, we make small boxes from cardboard to protect it, 1 is for the folding corner, another one is for the folding pedal as it is sharp and can scratch the frame body. (as pictured).

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  • Unscrew the C clamps, keep them in a separate seal plastic bag. Pack together with other bicycle tools, spare part and hand pump.
  • Let air out of tires.
  • Use the Brompton bike cover to cover the bike before put it in the B132H soft bag. Brompton bike cover is also useful when travel in Japan, as the bike must be covered at all time when using train transportation.
  • Lastly, using organised clothes bag as padding and to fill up the empty spaces in the soft bag.

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We checked in our Brompton luggage bag as normal bag, just need to let them know that its bicycle and request for Fragile Item handling during check-in. Japan Airline have no questions or extra charges, and they handled our bikes in a great condition. We have no problem with the airport limousine transportation as well. Everything was smooth!

Now i can’t wait for a next trip with Brompton!!!

#Brompton #Vincita #B132H #travel

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The Cosmos of Animation | ADM-NTU

Today my Art Group went for Isaac’s talk – “The making of Shadows” at The Cosmos of Animation conference at ADM NTU.

I was so happy to meet my beloved supervisor – Ishu Patel and Hans Bacher, and very honour to be the owner of the two new books : Asian Lives | A Closer Look and Sketchbook-Composition Studies for Film.


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I’m glad that both of them are still strong and healthy, and they will still be in ADM for the next coming acadamic year. I learned so much from them during my FYP and i hope their stay will benefit Adm students.

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To my suprise, Innocent Memory also was selected to take part in the exhibition: Constellation | A survey of ADM animation. It’s a honour to be part of the exhibition with all the others great films.

#Adm #NTU #SAS016 # IshuPatel #HansBacher #InnocentMemory

The Cosmos of Animation | ADM-NTU