Tuesday, October 30, 2007


August 30, originally uploaded by jonolist.

(if you asked me why i posted this picture here today, i couldn't tell you why, because the post below is totally unrelated, my mind isn't working right today)

I hate being tired, i like lazing around and mind you there's a big difference, conceptually between tired and lazy.

this morning i woke up (overslept 3 hours) with a voice in my head. It was my old army instructor and he said these words to me in a loud resounding voice:

"Tired doesn't mean you can fucking die!"

and i apologise for writing them here, but those words meant so much to me, it pushed me to my limits, i used to use it on my recruits so often back then but uni life made me forget about it. Now i feel a different kind of fatigue, the one that mentally drains you, but i know i shouldn't give a shit about being tired, i shouldn't compare myself to others who put in twice as much as me, that there's no point bitching about how little sleep i got, there's enough coffee in this world to keep me awake for the rest of my life, i can get all the sleep i want when i'm six feet under. Tired doesn't mean i can fucking die.

Sunday, October 28, 2007


I WANT THIS!, originally uploaded by jonolist.

the Kitchenaid Proline Espresso Machine!

love the glossy die cast metal red and those old school dial gauges me likes!

as you can tell, i've spent the saturday away doing non design stuff like sleep, eat and sleep. 16 hours to pay back for all those long hours, i shall call it my interim break, in preparation for the final break at the end of the year. I #@41ing love sleep.

and then we went for dinner at great world city and passed by this yuppy looking kitchen place with sexy kitchen appliances. Mum feels very happy to see our Kitchenaid basking in artificial light on one of the display shelves.

The whole place says yuppy all over, think Molecule with kitchen appliances. We looked totally out of place there but still we couldn't help but drool over their kitchen appliances. I think the whole family is eyeing this damn chio Ariston stove, might just spark off the kitchen renovation plans. Dad and I are discussing budget now.

I hope i can squeeze cash for this lovely coffee machine. I'll design a wall that allows a slit of morning light to cut over this machine and lead the eye to the dining table where this beam of light suddenly explodes into a rainbow of colours (through a prismatic column) whereby the user is then presented a hot toast with kaya and a steaming brew of kopi-o kosong next to two half boiled eggs.

I can you smell the goodness right now....ahhhhh

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Of random urban fragments

Artificial light makes me wander

Urban snakes 2, originally uploaded by jonolist.

urban snakes1, originally uploaded by jonolist.

they look like snakes hiding under the handrail of what archi peeps recognise as the Odeon tower spiral staircase, the chio spiral that no one uses but everyone enjoys looking up to because

1. the lift is much faster and we live the "instant gratification era...sigh ...the demise of our inner tortoise (of which i'm still trying to find out)

2. the stairs aren't heels friendly, which majority of loof's female clientele wear. And picture drunk men walking down this spiral, it already looks trippy enough when your sober.

3. most guah guah guah reason i left for last. The door at the top of the spiral is locked. sian boh

anyway if you want to go take a look at this nicepieceofweldedmetalverticalhumancirculationconnectorhiddeninametalshell
go support archifest and sign up for the architour.
The dry runs may not be so smooth now, but I'm sure the kinks will be ironed out and it will be a smash hit with the public.
at this point i would like to say go go archi tour guides!
jia you dark soya sauce! dao you! geddit? hur hur hur.....

and of course go view Proconservation's post on Emerald Hill In The Night, of which will be part of the nighttime architour too.

Monday, October 22, 2007

hey Xinjia!

happy birthday!

DSC02952, originally uploaded by jonolist.

i would have got you a another bunch of poster boys and it being your 21st it would have been in a hi def video format of a mix tape of Singapore Idols, Roque Santa Cruz and Prison Break. But interim crit had to be today. So i owe you one.

wah i miss digging out all photos of travels.
Here's more!

Team Fong cross junction, originally uploaded by jonolist.

of brains

Now its my turn to post about my Ted Talk craze, which i am deeply grateful of as it radios me while i work in the dds.

Here's Erin Mckean....lexicographer and editor of the American Oxford Dictionary.
i think i just found a new brain candy!

i too want to throw my big net into the deep blue ocean of english!!!
and some of my best friends are books too!

ahh geek love....sadly she has kids and is happily married.
are there Lexicographers in Singapore?

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Happy Birthday Huilian!

You know what? i was passing the card around to so many people i forgot to sign it.
So here's a Happy Birthday to you.

p.s don't you miss Jogja!

Monday, October 15, 2007

farewell Kisho Kurokawa

planet/stick/water/stick/planet, originally uploaded by jonolist.

a sculpture outside Republic Plaza. Reminds me of the rubber balls i used to play with.

Just last week i heard Kisho Kurakawa passed away due to cancer. He left behind some great stuff here before he left, like Republic Plaza & Wheelock Place. I never understood his philosophies on "symbiosis" but he left many good things here so this post is for him.

Thank you Kisho Kurokawa

Wheelockback, originally uploaded by jonolist.

Wheelockfront, originally uploaded by jonolist.

Dali's Alice in Wonderland, originally uploaded by jonolist.

Friday, October 12, 2007

of a random post from the dds

Blue sky by canvas, originally uploaded by jonolist.

i love this blue canvas material! i need it...to make something like a boat or a pencil box. okay random

because it gets quite sian in studio with the air con blasting and JY & Darryl not around.

but hey at least i get my work done here faster.

KT Tunstall is damn hot can!!!!! and yanzhao i stick to my point that if someone who can pull of a boots, jeans and a striped red/white shirt combi, it equates to being hot..... and let's not get into raspy voices...thats a whole new "hot 100 list of jon" we're talking about here.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

of Sanctuary

Sanctuary, originally uploaded by jonolist.

This is what I really need now, where i find refuge from things i can't really seem to find names for.

what i really would like too would be a the ability to rest without sleeping

so the current motto of the month should go like this:

SAY NO! to sleep

What it really should continue with would be
(if mottos were allowed to go that long)

but yes! to naps

for long hours
in the day
and maybe in the night
and anytime in between
on a bed
after a warm shower
& some cookies
& warm milk
& maybe a toasted ham sandwich
with mayo & eggs
& cheese most definitely
in front of the tv
watching a show
about people
who get to sleep
all day
and night
and anytime in between
on their own bed.....

Saturday, October 06, 2007

When Reflections Become Form

MICA, Dr Erwin Viray, Nicholas, Jiayi, Dawn Hongguan, Shuxian & I and the fantastic contractors from AE Models have worked real hard to put this exhibition together. So please come!

Come visit the majestic space of the surrender chamber where the winning entries for the National Art Gallery will be displayed. Works from the other 108 entrants and student works will also be displayed too.

Admission is Free from now till the 17th of October.

Friday, October 05, 2007

St Mary's of the Angels

The Columbarium of the Church Of St Marys of the Angels by WOHA.

crafting of light, i'm totally in awe

St Mary's of the Angels, originally uploaded by jonolist.

St Mary's of the Angels, originally uploaded by jonolist.

St Mary's of the Angels, originally uploaded by jonolist.

i need to come here a second time, when my head is clear of work stuff and when i can truly appreciate the fine work and crafting of light in here. More photos soon, now for some rest.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Urban Backyards: a Triptech

Was mother busy today running about too many places and then there was a botched up mood killing mid sem test. Wasn't quite "there" for photo taking or site visits. But i guess the camera thought otherwise and surprised me with some nice ones. i hearts my Kimura (he's full name is Nikon Kimura) So here's a triptech of backyards. I especially like the first one. They look so animated.

Twiddle Dee & Twiddle Dum, originally uploaded by jonolist.

follow the yellow lane road, originally uploaded by jonolist.

aircon jungle concrete sky, originally uploaded by jonolist.

Monday, October 01, 2007

Of Weekends

Here's where most of the past few weekends went to

Gallery Hotel, originally uploaded by jonolist.

Singapore Art Museum, originally uploaded by jonolist.

Alien Botany!, originally uploaded by jonolist.

somedays i just like looking thru my photos (instead of studying for a mid sem test on tuesday). 5000 shots later, something is tiring me, an inertia of sorts to just stay at home.

I miss cooking, i miss home. Thankfully the weekend meant more time at home with friends and family. I'm partially recharged.

not really looking forward to school now.