Eye of the Tramp

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I stared at this picture in the museum for a long while and the single thought I had was the love story of each of these men. Surely they loved a lot. Oh my they dug so hard no one saw their love story was all I could think. And their love story, like mine.

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This toilet at the university used to torture me a lot.

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I end this post with this photo of the ‘tramp’ and his dog.

Our good friend in Sydney likes to bust in and out of discount appliance shops and she insisted we pop in and out of this and that shop. The weather was so good it contained the smells of all them sad, wretched electronics and second life Omega watches and autographed Michael Jackson (maybe not MJ but a famous guy) toy and so many things all part of our consumerist gut and bleeding hearts. One shop was the above. I could not tear my eyes from the little dog. He kept scratching and scratching, and the whole time he was scratching he was pulling and writhing his little body away from the guy. His pull was greater than his big scratch; he pulled with all his youth. I put my hands down to let him sniff me and then I caught the eyes of the tramp. Who may not be a tramp I realized but was so loving and at ease he could be.

I was so confused I blasted out of the store into the fresh world.

 

Skull | Cross | Halo | Half Moon | Sunstone | Peridot | Aquamarine | Stack

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If I Could Fly

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The best kind of breaks are the ones with all the convenience and none of itinerary.

What a good, good break-dance!

On the plane back I watched Pettson and Findus.

You care for yourself best when you care for someone else.

Friendship is not like cake. The more you share the more you have.

HY watched Avengers.

Memories are so magical. Because it’s like having a dream, where only one of you has a heart.

 

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An Unorthodox Index Of Happiness

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Fairy lights lit at the attic of the house at the back.

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One of the few things I make I wear.

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Byzantine beauty. “Ars Est Celare Artem” – it is true art to conceal art.

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Stack it.

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In solitude.

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Moon locks.

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Lock the moon around your ears.

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Visible by profile.

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Phoenix I think, work-in-progress, unpolished gold.

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A very big birdcage.

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We all need an alter hero.

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Ricky, my hero.

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As I write this, I believe I am still wearing my sleeping clothes, which you can see photographed above. How nice, the life of an entrepreneur.

The work we do has been greatly enhanced by Trailer Park Boys. I have gone and bought us two TPB tshirts. It’s easy to tell who likes which. We all really do have our alter heros. What’s yours?

At some point I will print some tshirts in our studio and wear the fan art out proud. I wonder how many Singaporeans love TPB. Or women. Or half women.

The number of neon billboard lights of a city is proportional to the love and heartbreaks of its people; an unorthodox index of being.

If Singapore had more neon lights, it would also mean we are ‘getting there’. I am torn between dreaming of an off-grid lifestyle and loving neon lights.

The world is a vampire, but it is also a fish tank. It’s not bad at all to be Orangie!

 

 

A life well loved is a life well spent.

 

1. Tree Cross-section Silver Ring

2. Gold and Platinum Ring Bands (pair, single)

3. Half Moon Lock Earrings

 

(Project Neon)

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Rloveution

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Alec Soth, GUP magazine

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Brandon Juhasz, paper!

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I am actually quite asthmatic. On days when it acts up, I don’t let the cat come too close. When Yosef gets to sit beside me, he will want me to push my chair to where it touches his. This is his instructive look.

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One of the early things we did. Canvas art, “One day we will have our perfect journey”.

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Color changing stones.

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Nature’s game.

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Every time I mention I believe things are changing, eyes light up. It does not matter who I am speaking to, be they entrepreneurs with a track record, a young interracial couple about to marry, and the many flurry of faces we meet through our business.

The millennials are very different from those of us born in the ’70s and ’80s. I thought it could be youth, but I doubt it is that simple. Youth is wasted on naiveté, but for a reason.

The fact that anything goes and yet nothing will do is an attitude that comes with instant knowledge and a dominant left-brained world. More and more people, I feel, believe that loneliness is a weakness. They may not say so, they may even be supportive, but our collective actions towards one another tells me people are irrational and say one thing and can’t help but be something else.

The ways we grew up cannot be undone. The ways we cannot grow up cannot be undone.

Singapore is changing. The complex duality of Singaporean-ness and freedom-to-be is seen most in these millennials, the rest of us who refuse to believe (that Singapore is changing) or sorta believe can only watch and sometimes, pretend involvement.

It is taking so long, because I am old. But that doesn’t mean I don’t keep treating people right, in fact treat them better than I know how to treat myself. How many of you can say that?

I can, so I remain easily confused by the actions of those unlike me (meaning I am always confused), and still I believe things are changing.

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The ‘attic’ of the house at the back is finally rented out. I knew it’s a lady from the day I saw the lights left on till very late. I know she’s afraid. I know she likes fresh air. Before she moved in, the previous tenant never opened the windows. We never thought someone could have stayed in there, thinking always it’s just light shone from below.

Last night I saw her pacing about, at her back were fairy lights. In this photo I can see a wind chime, a Singapore flag, a pot of plant.

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The Gestalt Sun

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“The Lenox Lounge is a gem inside and out. I didn’t go to hear music, just sat at the bar after work, surrounded by affable working stiffs who, like me, needed a stiff drink. Unfortunately a mild beer is the most I can handle these days, but at the happy hour price of $3 a bottle, it hit the spot well within budget. The crowd was congenial without being nosy or noisy, and after a stressful work day, nothing could have been better. But the city’s changing and the Lenox Lounge with it, and I have a bad feeling that it’s going to turn all fancy-pants, and not be the kind of place it’s OK to sit and drink a $3 beer for an hour in the company of regular people.”

RIP Lenox Lounge, 1942 – 2012
(source)

 

The stone above is a red sunstone. In the city it makes you think of lemon lime and bitters; in the country, the setting sun on the hay. Behold the colors of this ring.

This sunstone is completely natural, with no treatment, and had gone straight from the mine to the lapidarist and then to us. It is red stripe with straw yellow, very clear and cut very well that the whole stone is saturated with color!

Given this is our first sunstone ring, it is no surprise we want to have it like a sun – a gestalt sun! The diamonds are bezel set in two, stepped rows, the gold and diamond applied in equal parts. The idea is to pattern the brilliance of the white (diamond) and yellow (gold) so the warm red of the sunstone can form without being compromised. A ‘halo’ setting not controlled well results in nothing but a cocktail ring.

A few years ago tanzanite was not the big deal it is now.  Looks like the sunstone is set to become a hot stone.

We are working with stones more intimately now and restoring old jewellery on the side.

The universe has many secrets. Sometimes, a stone is not just a stone. A neon light not just a light.

We are also watching a lot of Trailer Park Boys. I have even bought subscription on SwearNet!

 

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