Tuesday, November 16, 2010

About this blog & About Sewing Phobia

There is a need to press a pause button and rethink what we need and want to do.
I should be the only one here from now on....
SuAnn doesn't seem to like this place a lot.

SewingPHOBIA team has decided that the blogshop shall crease to operate. We will not be conducting anymore pre-orders, but all the instocks will still be available. ^___^
It had been a tough time, operating SewingPHOBIA. We did not have much success, but it's fine. We learnt something after all.
Do drop by SewingPHOBIA.blogspot.com and check out the instocks. You MIGHT just like some of them.


Sunday, October 24, 2010

DIY Tee [domo-Kun]

As a gift for my friend who loves Domo-kun, I decided to do a Domo-kun Tee-shirt for her.

I am running out of black fabric paint, but I thought it would be fine if it is just simple lines and etc. I had wanted to write words on it too, but at the end of the work, it all ended without enough paint for words.... hahaha =..=

Anyway, it is not a very good work since I did not plan the design with chalk beforehand. I just plug straight into painting with the paint as usual. Here is how it looks on the ironing board.

I am too lazy to take other photos other than when it is lying on some surface, so we end up with this photo :P Domo-kun is pretty easy to draw ne~ When I make a DIY tee for myself, I wonder what I shall draw... I was thinking of Totoro-chan.

By the way, the Haze had been disasterous for us all, but it is over now. I hope everyone survives the haze well.


Monday, October 18, 2010

Sushi Etiquette

Something that i chance upon while searching the internet for awesome sushi places! Sigh. I am guilty for most of it. I for one dip the rice into soy sauce and like to alternate bites between sushi to maximine savouring experience. oh well..


Saturday, October 16, 2010

Tea after work

Sometime ago (a really some time ago), I decided we should try to break into the couple tees' world. So we bought some plain black tees and I set to work on painting them. To ensure that the colour stays, I ironed them after that and proceed to wash them.

After that, I showed them to SuAnn, who did not seem to like them a lot. And I wonder if we could sell them. I don't even know how to market them! Still, because I had done it, we might as well showcase it.... not that it is much of a showcase. Here are the pictures I had worked on this morning.

the female version

the male version

And I could not resist having tea after the photoshoot.... well, technically, I am having tea WHILE taking pictures. Because I did not consume anything at all before arranging the setting for the photos, this is my breakfast, in fact. And it is a much-needed breakfast. I have no idea why having tea is always in-syned with being me... of course, having tea with clothes hanging around is something from the scene of Howl's moving castle, but I have been tea-deprived recently. And this is caramel tea given to me by my friend... the one and only packet I have in my possession. So that means I have to drink it no matter what. But I do not like it a lot... =..=\\\

Oh well... how shall we sell this set of couple tee? ? ? ? ?

I have no idea....


Tuesday, October 12, 2010

your name is my facebook password.

and more!

That’s just one of a line from one of the entries on this absolutely cute, sometimes heart-warming, and at times heart-breaking blog, Letters to Crushes.

It is a collection of different peoples’ thoughts about their crush that they never dared say!

Couldn’t resist sharing this! It’s a great read, at times quite sombre when you hit the more mature “crushers” writing about their crush. . I’m on page 10 now.

nah. im not that into love but still, its fun to read those thoughts:)


Friday, October 8, 2010

My first and last respects

I am sure that every Singaporean knows about the passing away of Mrs. Lee. Well, maybe not everyone. Babies should not know. At the call of my friend, we went to the funeral at the Istana "to pay our last respects" to Mrs. Lee as my friend had put it. It was the last day of the funeral that we went, but there are still so many people. It was also my first visit to Istana. It is a beautiful place, and the atmosphere was just right to send someone off. Yes, a beautiful place to send someone off on the last time.

When I say about Mrs. Lee, I actually do not know her at all. All I know is that she is the wife of Mr. Lee and mother of Mr. Lee, and that is all. So I have no idea what to think at all. I did not plan to see the funeral. I only went because I thought I wanted to see it at my friend's invite. So this is in fact, not only my last, but also my first respects to her.

While I was waiting for my friend, I saw an article in the newspaper about how it is our loss with her death. People may not think it the same way as I do, but I do not think it is a loss. I think that with a person's life comes a great deal of journey and time to waste away, in which we shall do the things we desire to do. Be it great accomplishments or little things, these are the things we do. After that, we pass on, and people move on. From there on, we can and should rely on the next generation to bring things to another step of the ladder. Because the job of the previous generation is complete, just like those of the generations before this. If this world will only be ok with a bunch of intelligent people who are willing to work their hearts and souls out for others, then we are really pathetic. No, I would rather believe that the next generation is capable of great things as well.

So, do not say it is a lost. Let's say, "thank you for being with us; you are a treasure." Yes, rather than a lost, I would rather think of her existance as a treasure, even after her passing on. Because what is gone will never come back, but what those who had gone leaves with us will forever be treasured within our hearts, no matter what.


Tuesday, October 5, 2010

oh my helathy lifestyle!

Okay it was just a week ago that I wanted to lead a healthy lifestyle. And I failed miserably.

Day1 (thurs): okay no food containing nitrates. Slept at 12am sharp! Good job!

Day 2 (fri): went out with friends till late at night(4+am) cuz we wanted to chillax since it is the end of a busy week for us. The beginning of a failed attempt…

Day 3 (Sat): woke up in the afternoon to find out that its already past 2pm. And I didn’t hear my alarm at all. Im getting more amazed by myself. Cuz I was so lazy to cook a quick lunch for myself, I decided to go for the convenient way out- microwave hotdogs and processed food. Still, it was not that filling enough hence I decided to open my packets of chips.

Day 4 (Sun): woke up late in the afternoon again. Well, went out with my friends and ate buffet at seoul gardens. We spent ard 5 hours inside there so you can imagine the amount of food that we actually stuffed into out small stomach. And its definitely not good for out body!! Ohwell, we have to maximize the sum the money that we pay to them right.

Went home at 2+am. Sleep late AGAIN.

Day 5( Mon): late for school! Hence have to fix a quick breakfast for myself and ofcourse the best choice – hotdogs. Lol talk abt hotdog being the num 1 liver damaging food but why is it so irresitable?!?!

Alright. If you happen to read this, please do not follow my example! We must be healthy or we will bear the consequences of all these when we get older and you wouldn’t want that!


Saturday, October 2, 2010

Blog Action Day 2010

A few days ago, I received an email stating that the topic for this year's Blog Action Day had been set. The votes had been counted, and the topic is something that appeared in most people's vote for this year. In other words, this year's Blog Action Day's topic is a topic that is high on everyone's mind.

By now, you should be wondering what is Blog Action Day. Blog Action Day is bascially a day where the bloggers in the world had encouraged to blog about a single topic in their blogs to create awareness. The thought is simple: Get people talking, and that will in turn get people thinking. Hopefully, these thoughts encourage real time action, and bit by bit, hand by hand, we try to create a better future for our friends, families, fellow humans and descendents.

The topic is set beforehand, and bloggers have to register their blog as well. It is something I took part in personally every year for a few years already. I remembered writing blog entries about various environmental issues, including the hot topic of greenhouse effect. Yes, Global Warming. After my first year of participation, I am glad to be invited to vote for the next year's topic, and etc and etc. Even though I have no idea if this blog will be participating in Blog Action Day, I am sure that I will continue to participate in Blog Action Day personally.

This year's topic is Water. If anyone is interested, please register your blog and jot down the date October 15th in your calendar, because that is the date for Blog Action Day. I am very excited about it, and I had already prepared a post for the day itself.

The link is here: http://blogactionday.change.org/register

For those who shall participate in the day, LoggerHeads is with you ^______^ Let us create a better future for everyone to live in!


Thursday, September 30, 2010

Healthy lifestyle

Was just doing a research on liver damages and found out that alot of these causes and risk factors are what we are going through nowadays esp the first one! Take a look ppl! And pls be healthy!

The main causes of liver damage are:

1. Sleeping too late and waking up too late are main cause.
(enough said by our parents?)
2. Not urinating in the morning.

3 . Too much eating. (we should not eat too much)

4. Skipping breakfast. (now, we should not eat too little)

5. Consuming too much medication.

6. Consuming too much preservatives, additives, food coloring, and artificial sweetener..

7. Consuming unhealthy cooking oil.

As much as possible reduce cooking oil use when frying, which includes even the best cooking oils like olive oil. Do not consume fried foods when you are tired, except if the body is very fit.

8. Consuming raw (or overly done) foods also add to the burden of liver.

9. Veggies should be eaten raw or cooked 3-5 parts. Fried veggies should be finished in one sitting, do not store. (omg. how do you eat veggies raw???)

We should prevent this without necessarily spending more. We just have to adopt a good daily lifestyle and eating habits. Maintaining good eating habits and time condition are very important for our bodies to absorb and get rid of unnecessary chemicals according to 'schedule.'

The top five cancer-causing foods are:

1. Hotdogs

Because they are high in nitrates, the Cancer Prevention Coalition advises that children eat no more than 12 hot dogs a month. If you can't live without hot dogs, buy those made without sodium nitrate.

2. Processed meats and bacon

Also high in the same sodium nitrates found in hot dogs, bacon, and other processed meats raise the risk of heart disease. The saturated fat in bacon also contributes to cancer.

3. French Fries (Guys..no more fast food yea)

Like doughnuts, French fries are made with hydrogenated oils and then fried at high temperatures. They also contain cancer- causing acryl amides which occur during the frying process. They should be called cancer fries, not French fries, said Adams .

4. Chips, crackers and cookies (includes patires).. our essentials during exams!!

All are usually made with white flour and sugar. Even the ones whose labels claim to be free of trans-fats generally contain small amounts of trans-fats.
okay. now that we know what to avoid, lets try to pursue a healthy lifestyle together!(i know its hard but we can still... TRY!)
something different from the normal fashion posts! we do care for your health too.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

London Fashion Week - Spring/Summer 2011

Spring/Summer is here soon, and so, it is a whole new London Fashion week to look foward to! I was just browsing through the net when I found some nice photos of the designers who took part in the London Fashion Week this season.

As I browse through, I realised there were a couple of designers who went back to the sixties, using the vintage styles of that fashion period (and I must say, it is by far the best fashion period ever, though I wouldn't go back in time) and remodelling them into better styles. Still, as I am not a fan of the sixties (though I still admire their courage for fashion), it took me a while before I finally managed to find the designs I like, unhindered by the sixties.

The first collection that caught my eye was Peter Pilotto's 2011 Spring/Summer collection.
This piece made use of rather pastel colours to create a feeling of "water" and at peace. It is a very calm piece of work, and I like it a lot. Just look at the folds and the cutting. Now, if only I have the height to pull it off, and the money to purchase it off the catwalk. Well, because I do not have enough money, let's just stick to talking about this piece. Somehow, it reminds me of the medieval times, where warriors gathers in armies. Perhaps it is the brown materials and the gold belt, but surely the blue outer layer resembles a cape.

This totally resembles a white flower. I have no idea yet which flower it made me think of. That must be because I am not educated enough in that area.

This design is the same for the top with the previous one, but I love this much more than the other piece. It's a totally "I WANTTTTT!!!" piece that screams to be loved.

The last of the collection that caught my eye. This is a very good combination, I felt.
The second designer that caught my eye: Basso and Brooke. I noticed that they used very interesting and complex prints in their cloth as part of the design, and then followed it up with good and simple folds and designs that are just so attractive.

I personally like the second piece best, especially the end of the sleeve. that little detail is very beautiful and made me give "puffy sleeves" a whole new opinion. But I wonder how it looks when the model is standing still and facing the camera straight on, and we can see the dress with BOTH sleeves.
The last designer with pieces that I like is the Vivienne Westwood 2011 Spring/Summer collection. You shall see why soon.

A feature of this collection is the hats. Such beautiful hats! But the clothes are interesting as well.

And not to mention this particular pair of boots made me want to root for it, though it was not my style at all:
I wonder why.

Now, for the random pieces that I like:

By Matthew Williamson, this piece is breezy enough. Maxi-dresses were a huge thing sometime ago, remember? Well, this piece could have rivaled them! It just says "Buy me" in the most eloquent language.
Nice one, Felder.Felder! I like the combination!

These two pieces were by Paul Smith. I guess you can take one look at it and guess how the other pieces look like. While they still had some "sixties" feel lingering in them, it was not overbearing.

Did you enjoy the pictures? This is the first time I am doing this. I hope you guys like it ^______^


Friday, September 24, 2010


When I was young and eagerly watching the black-robed men with white wigs in the television participating in a huge debate, I said I wanted to be a lawyer. But in actual fact, I just wanted to be important and make others listen to what I have to say. 

When I was dreaming in the weekends devoid of school, I thought I wanted to be a baker; to be able to put flour into huge ancient ovens and produce bread. But in actual fact, I am just greedy and wanted to eat all kinds of delicious bread.

When I was slightly older, I really wanted to be a pilot; to be free in the sky as a majestic warrior fighting the restrictions of gravity. But actually, I just wanted to look cool and travel to all kinds of places without having to pay for it.

A few years ago, my dreams got wilder, and I thought I wanted to be a GUNDAM pilot. It would be the coolest, yes it would be. Just look at this photo and ask yourself in what way does it not look cool? It is a REAL LIFE 1:1 GUNDAM in Japan. All those heads below... how many humans do you have to pile one on top of the other in order to reach that hight? Not even twenty people is enough for that.

Today, I learnt that no matter what happens, dreams are important. Go ahead and laugh at my dreams, but the wildest dreams are those who led us to a brighter future. The dreams of Archytas, Eilmer of Malmesbury, Abbas Ibn Firnas, Leonardo da Vinci, Francois Pilatre de Rozier, Fran├žois Laurent d'Arlandes, Sir George Cayley, Jean-Marie Le Bris, John J. Montgomery, Otto Lilienthal, Percy Pilcher, Octave Chanute and Englishman John Stringfellow allowed the first successful aircraft to be built and the first successful flight to be recorded in history. Dreams are huge, and they are worth more than what you think.

How much do you value your dream?


P.S. No matter how many times I uploaded the picture, it still look epic to me. And it is not even mine.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010


A long-sleeved grey coloured jacket like shirt with jeans. simple but still nice!

coupled with big round earrings, she wore a white shirt with a black tube inside plus a big belt to complete her outfit. i like the way that the sleeve is being tightened at the elbow region.
i think her dress is cool!
a simple oversized but still figure hugging shirt along with a loose three quarter pants.
a stripped shirt inside covered with a white shirt outside. plus the way she wore them with the jeans rolled up.

-SuAnn presenting you with HongKong fashion!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

K-Lifestyle - The flamboyant Male style

Because SuAnn did a wonderful post about Koo Hye Sun's style, I decided to do one on Korean males to match with hers. During gatherings over the years (I feel old), I have noticed the males around me giving increasing attention to their attires. They changed from mere tees-and-bermudas to the more formal business tops with jeans. This combination gave a very clean impression and I thought I like it a lot. But dressing everyday in formal-top-and-jeans combination can get a little boring, so why not let's take a look at the males in the other countries and see what they do to prevent their gear-up from getting boring.

For this post, I have decided to use Jang Geun Suk's image as Hwang Tae Kyung in "He's beautiful". Our image of Korean males are mostly composed of the word "stylish".

The first male on the left is Hwang Tae Kyung, acted by Jang Geun Suk.

When I look at a stylish Korean male, and I compare it with the other males from the other countries, I think the word "flamboyant" definitely came out. While Korean males made use of their lean and smaller 'size' in their styles as much as the Japanese males do, I think Korean males have this daring component in the way they dress and accessorize themselves. When I look at Jang Geun Suk as Hwang Tae Kyung in He's beautiful, I am constantly reminded of how lean he is.

So now, let's take a look at the way Mr. Hwang Tae Kyung dresses in the drama.

The first thing I noticed is the U/V neck tops that he is constantly spotted wearing in the scenes. These kind of tops shows a bit of the chest, depending on the depth of the cut. To be able to pull off these tops, one need to make sure there is no chest-hair, which would have given a negative impression. I think there was a time where chest-hair was proudly displayed by males and is said to be "manly". But to tell you the truth, I never liked it. Just like female's arm-pit hairs are disgusting, so are the chest-hairs.

Another point of his U/V neck tops is that he had a lot of them... Not all are in the same styles, but they mostly focus on creating more lines onto the otherwise boring top. So far, there is only one red slightly off-shoulder top that he wore that did not do the same. But that piece, on its own is already very stylish and beautiful. Creating more lines would be slightly over.

They were also give an impression of being feminine. But I think, with a good body, the guys could pull it off well as well. I am quite impressed really, for him to wear these tops. It is very stylish, and he managed to pull it off just right.

Because he is always wearing these tops, naturally, there is a need to have a sort of "variety" in them. So I noticed these tops with round-scarfs attached to them. It reminded me of a dress I had which also had this feature. As usual, he had a quite a few pieces in different neutral colours.
The pieces look great on their own, but you can also match them with something else! That is what I like about versatile clothes. On their own, they can look good, but paring them up with other clothings/accessories can create another look.
Jackets for one, sure look nice with these tops!
And you can even use them as hoods! No kidding, I have tried to use mine. It work well, if the general style is ok for a hood.
Of course, he wears proper business attires as well... but with a variety. I like the original black and white combination, but these 'fun' attires give a different impression. Let's talk about the one on the left. The blazer had a neck detailed that really males me wonder if it is another jacket that was used. Together with the maroonish blazer, I think it looks fun. And hidding away is the black top - without a collar. I prefer to wear collars, so when these kind of tops came into the market, I did not particularly like it. But, when you wear it and match it properly, it can give a different impression as compared to the boring collars. So I ended up liking the one I had. With this top, the attention is given to the neck area, where the interesting blazer collar is.
The other piece that I like is the one on the right. I guess I don't really need to say why. But if I must say, it is the style and the colours. The style is simple, clean and easy on the eyes. There are not much details to look at, but the attention is given to the colours, which successfully injects a very refreshing and fun feel to the top.

A low-cut tanktop and jacket combination works well too. I like the fact that he added detail by having the ribbon on his neck - that is something a girl would do, but guys can do it too! Details are fun and can enrich an image well. So don't be afraid to layer and accessorise just because you are a male.

Someone actually made a picture with his styles... and that person got it right. It was well done! Anyway, because I did not capture everything I thought I should show this so that you guys know what he wears generally. There are stage performaces costumes, photoshoot costumes and also casual ones.

Now, to move onto recreating his look, I had went to online stores and found a few photos that I feel works:

First off is the low cuts. This particular one is extremely low, but I like the detail at the bottom with the buttons.

Next, the circle scarves. You can purchase those already attached onto the top, but circular scarves on their own are also great investments. Futhermore, they have details. (P.S. I don't know what happened to the legs... maybe the model is too thin!

If you don't particularly like low-cuts, you can opt for a more conservative top with circle scarf attached as well. 

Oh, and both Shin Woo (2nd from the right in the very first picture of this post) and Tae Kyung wore this kind of ripped top. Theirs were translucent and white, worn with a tanktop inside.

And finally, for the more formal look, something like this:

This marks the end of this post. As a bonus, I shall share photos of the female lead when she was pretending to be male. I like the entire image (the white coloured one), so I decided to show it as well.

 The front. It is the entire view of the attire she wore. the details at the shoulders is nice, and a black faded jeans helped pull off the top, which is the focus.

Close up view. Here is how I see that it is a chiffon-like material of the outer layer, and an angel wings necklace that she is wearing. I like the way the material help style the top, and the "easy breezy" feel of the top. It really matched well with the setting.

The back. You can see that it is a hood-top here.

Here ends my super long post. Thanks for reading, and I hope the boys in Singapore do take more notice of the different types of clothes that they could have worn too :)