fashion meets art meets culture

I got this invitation to the launch of the new fashion line of Thai brand TUBE GALLERY. The art work is by Belgian artist Christian Develter using the Chin ethnics of Myanmar, particularly their facial tattoo, as inspiration. TUBE GALLERY’s designer then used it for the new collection. Very nice. (Please DO NOT lift content…

it’s time for Arashi’s Mannequin 5

Yes, it’s that time of the year when one of the boys will end up looking baka, his batsu to have his poster paraded on a truck around Shibuya or placed on a billboard in a strategic location to add to the embarrassment. Last time, it was Matsujun. Who could it be this time? I’m…

MatsuJun: fashion hall of shamer

So it was Mannequin 5 SP again. I just watched the show here but the video decided to stop just when they have moved to the studio for the voting. The clips on the boys going out to choose their outfits were funny though and I noticed my ichiban, MatsuJun got a lot of laughs…

100 reasons why I ♥ Taiwan

Taiwan marked its 100 years last October 10 and to mark it, I have decided to list the 100 reasons why I love the country. I haven’t really been all over the tiny island that is shaped like a leaf so the list could be limited. But that is my dream, to take one month…

quirky AsiaL Only in Japan… Best Jeanist

I still crack up whenever I hear “best jeanist” that they give out annually in Japan. This award has been ongoing since 1994 and get this, they even have a committee to select people who they think have taste when it comes to jeans and can actually wear them. OK, I paraphrased that part because…

seeing stars… sort of, in Harbin

(Disclaimer: This is not a proper travel blog on Harbin yet.) So after 12 hours of travel time starting from when I left the flat on a rainy Sunday night, I arrived in sunny but cool Harbin in Heilongjiang province in China. We had a layover in Beijing for three hours and BBB went to…

Tokyo’s pink revolution

This story says there is a pink revolution taking place on Tokyo’s streets shortly after designer brands have unleashed their latest collection in Milan and Paris. No surprise though because Tokyoites have always been fashion-forward, setting trends in the region. Designers are saying that they want to break the general gloomy environment in the world by…

drama: City Hunter’s shoes

I’m currently watching City Hunter. Not really a Lee Min-ho fan but I got curious because my Weibo wall had been filled with photos of him from the drama. I covered him before he filmed City Hunter in Thailand and all I remember were the “rules” that his handlers imposed on the press: can’t ask…