Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Pheww.... Happy Friday !

This few months went by in a blur... A little fuzzy... A little dreamy... My memory is fading and my sight is clouded by the construction works at the gallery. Alas! K managed to trace down the missing.....which i had no recollection of. Thank you! It's a good Friday for me... Now i can relax...

Looking forward to packing and unpacking for the Japan trip!
via E. Muse

Monday, 22 February 2010


I love going through fashion magazines and blogs like Couture Carrie for Color inspiration. Dresses and handbags especially allows me to get instant ideas for my jewelry designs. It;s a great way to communicate your color ideas to your customers too. Email them a dress or a handbag of colors. This dress above screams out: TOURMALINE!
image via wiki
Tourmaline, a semi-precious stone comes in many colors similar to what you see above! . Typically, pinks, reds, purple, green, brown, etc. I am drawn to those dusty, dull pink with a tinge of brown....... Tourmaline, along with sapphires is possibly what I will be using for my next project. A pendant/ Brooch with diamonds on a strand of pearls. The lady fancies ochre/purple,pink,green, clear translucent: a mix of stones.

For the pastels, I typically use translucent Aquamarine, Chalcedony, Pink Opal, Coral, Turquoise, Moonstone or even sapphires. Cabochon translucent to opaque sapphires can be in pastel shades too.: Somewhat milky in appearance. And it's the many inclusions in the stone that helps create that milky look. I love it.

Inspired by designers.

Jim Thompson's new collection is so flavorful... The orientaliste selection is my favorite. The colors, motifs and landscape
This is quite a common scene in thai art, often intensely gold but Jim Thompson has managed to make it look rather chic and modern yet ethic. Now I am so inclined to get some fabrics from Jim Thompson and go to the website: the No. 9 Thompson's new Spring collection and Guest Designer, by Tony Duquette has designed some really charming stuff. (see his works below)
THis reminds me of my previous posting about my visit to the outlet store alone Surawongse Road with P where i got some paisley Silk fabric.
And while exploring his website, I chance upon this! * Fine Jewelry*** How wonderful.
Cabochon Emerald with diamonds
The influence is obvious. As a young man Tony Duquette created costumes and sets for Fred Astaire musicals with Vincente Minnelli at MGM. In his eighties he was creating unique fine jewelry for Tom Ford at Gucci. In between Duquette created acclaimed costumes and sets for theater, opera and ballet, his costumes for the original Broadway production of Camelot having garnered him the prestigious Tony Award for Best Costume. via

Friday, 19 February 2010

Back in Bangkok....

Grandma's cooking.
After a week of Chinese New Year holiday in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, It's tough to be back in the gallery alone! I;m still thinking about the home cooked food I had for breakfast, lunch and dinner. (My grandma is a great cook and i remembered telling her that once again this new year). Learned some potting/ planting tips from my grandpa who manicures the entire garden himself. He gave me these cigarette looking fertilizer pipes for orchids. Super hassle free. Needless to say, it was nice to just hang out with the family, eat and be merry for a few days! I am really going to make it a point to celebrate CNY with my family every year! : ) Happy Chinese New Year. If you havent feng shui-ed your environment, it's not too late! If you wonder why, I received 2 emails a few weeks back from a close friend about feng shui and predictions about the tiger year. And for the first time, i bothered reading through the entire attachment. What's more amusing is I followed some of her advice and went to the bank to deposit checks with my name. of course, I did not go alone. Just the thought of it makes me roll my eyes!!! Unbelievable! it didn't take alot of persuasion for my dear friend to join me. P was giggling away while she approached the bank. Lynnyap is her name. Singaporean feng shui master who has made many tv appearance on CNBN, BBC etc. Check her out and amuse yourself a little!

Sunday, 7 February 2010

Looking forward.....

old Kyoto...

ladies in their kimonos strolling down the streets of Gion....
If I'm not wrong, we have not had a family vacation since KL was born. Family vacation meaning, not Bangkok, Hongkong, Kuala Lumpur or London. So just last week my sister and I finalized the dates, booked out tickets, and now frantically searching for places in Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe and TOkyo(k and i) to visit. Jie and Ong will be flying in to Kansai from London, The trios from Singapore and K and I from Bangkok. The adrenaline rush was overwhelming- partly because we have not travelled together for a long time and also the fact that I haven't applied for vacation days. It's crazy but u know.. u gotta do what u gotta do.

And soon I will be experiencing this light choc cake.

@ Ghost
667-1 Kuen-In Mae-Cho
Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto
604-0993, Japan
Tel: +81 75 222 8266
Thanks to Chub.
Kyoto 生chocolat
Kyoto Nama Chocolat Organic Tea House
Kyoto: Heian Shrine / Tea shop
Okazaki Tenno-cho 76-15. [one block east of Okazaki-michi, a two-minute walk south of Marutamachi; look for the big sign on the right hand side] Open noon-5pm. Closed Mondays, Tuesdays.
Patiently waiting for the 21st of March! (To-ji market is held on the 21st of every month)

And visit the antique galleries in Kyoto. Sure to look out for Kushi maki-e combs, Old Japanese textile, Antique maki-e Inro (sealed case to carry seals) and fine Satusuma Porcelain.... is also on my list!

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