Thursday, March 31, 2011

A Celebration of Baconian Delights

Diner chain Denny's wants us to celebrate everything bacon with their sacred Baconalia festival. MMMMM BACONNNN. I love bacon and its salty savory goodness. And as a Man vs Food, or MvF, fan and a member of Food Club all I want to do is run through a field of daisies... and bacon. Could you imagine a BLT without the bacon? It would just be an LT. An LT sandwich would not be satisfying.

Bacon haters to the left.
Seriously. Left. Now.

Mariam is probably rolling her eyes thinking that Denny's is going to pull a Rachael Ray with something lame like a midnight microwave bacon snack, where you stick bacon on a plate and microwave it and voila. But no. According to this commercial, they're offering so much more:


I heart bacon. Bacon meatloaf. Maple bacon sundae. I AM UP FOR THE CHALLENGE DENNY'S. BRING IT.

On a side note, people should be glad this ode to bacon stops at bacon ice-cream sundae. I know I'm declaring my love for bacon and all, but bacon dental floss is where I draw the line. What's next? Bacon flavored Crest White Strips?!?!  I honestly can't fathom the purpose of teeth cleaning bacon which you can't eat. Why flavor something with delicious, if it doesn't double as a snack food?


Can't wait for you to be back!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011


On this week's Jimmy Kimmel, everyone's favourite Johnny Knoxville shared a deleted scene from Jackass 3D. Featuring everyone's favourite-in-2000 Britney Spears. Doing the Poo Cocktail Supreme.


Photo project by Timothy Stuart Wee

Pushing aside the fact that he's a good friend, Timmy Wee is one of the most talented photographers that I know of.

Currently studying at the very, very awesome London College of Communications, Tim's working on a little photo project and he needs your help.

Don't shrug your shoulder and pretend you've never done it. Put those pictures to good use and send them over to NAO.

Check out more of his work at here, promise you won't be disappointed!

Fashion that makes you feel fat

Once upon a time, I was skinny and spent most of my time not eating.

The cliche fairy tale beginning is because I am not skinny - in fact, I would argue that I am a planet. Long story short is that I fell in love and got a full-time job even before I graduated, so the whole not eating thing didn't work all too well either of those circumstances.

The problem with not being a stick nowadays is that there are so many things out there to remind you that you're not skinny. Like clothes.

The worst is when brands try to sell their shit in 'free size'. What does that actually mean? And how does a tiny dress that would clearly only fit a UK4 girl count as 'free size'? How can pants be 'free size'? Are you supposing I'm fat cos that 'free size' jacket is tight around my shoulders? Bastards.

Anyway, chanced upon a great article on Thought Catalog (my daily-must-read and companion on train rides to-and-fro work) about clothing stores guaranteed to make you feel fat. Here are the four champions:

#1 American Apparel

With their bizarre jazzercise ensembles and crop tops, this store is only meant to be frequented by hipsters whose sole source of nutrition is through the comment section of Hipster Runoff (R.I.P. baby). Their meals comprise of a text message, a liked comment on a blog, and a line of coke for dessert. #dark. As for the employees, they’re usually young, thin, and wearing the scarlet letter “D” for “I sucked Dov Charney’s dick so I could push gold lamé bodysuits for minimum wage.” As Jezebel once put it, “American Apparel will make you look like a fat hooker.” Seriously. Their clothes don’t look good on anyone who likes to eat, which I’m guessing is the way AA likes it.

#2 Opening Ceremony

The second I enter the intimidating doors of luxury hipster clothing haven Opening Ceremony, I magically gain ten pounds, develop five pimples, and lose six strands of my hair. To shop here is to test your self-esteem. Everyone who works here is teeny tiny, aloof, and dangerously edgy, and the sizing is a legitimate “fuck you” to anyone who’s not on the Mary-Kate meal plan. Things are shorter, narrower, and just smaller. They’re clothes for the powerful midget basically. That being said, the garments are all so precious and I would like to own the whole store.

#3 A.P.C.

A.P.C.’s design aesthetic seems to be inspired by malnourished sailor boys and self-conscious housewives which makes me equally obsessed and depressed. Vertical stripes adorn many of the men’s shirts, which as you may know makes you look fatter. As for the girls, there are a lot of 1950’s-style frocks (“Mommy is on quaaludes!”) that don’t do any favors for a woman’s “problem areas.” They may have back in the ’50s (women had fuller figures back then) but A.P.C. has modernized the style by making the dresses only look flattering on smaller frames. Bastards!

#4 Dior

We can give a nice “thank you’ and “fuck you” to fashion designer Hedi Slimane for singlehandedly bringing anorexic boys back in vogue with his work as a designer at Dior. If you’re wondering why you’ve been sleeping with so many men lately who have bodies like your 12-year-old sister, you can look back to Slimane’s designs which advocated the heroin chicness of someone like Pete Doherty. As a result, men who were born with broad shoulders and thick arms were left behind in favor of a new male ideal.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

FRIENDS! Take note:

I treasure your friendship. 
But I'd treasure it more if you were covered in pepperoni.


Babies of the 80's

The music video for Atomic Tom's cover of Don't You Want Me Baby crams every classic movie from the 80's in to 4 minutes of crazy. The song's alright, but the video is pretty fucking great.

Topher Grace and Anna Faris are in it! LOVE ANNA FARIS! And Alf. Alf guest stars as well.



Monday, March 28, 2011

Who wears short shorts?

Apparently Dads of yonder wore shorts that short. Dads in Short Shorts pays tribute to the our Daddys, who made our Moms swoon with their tanned thighs, masculinity, etc, etc. Some of the pictures give us a glimpse of fashion way back when, but most are just cringeworthy. But you have to admit that all of the contributions to the blog are undeniably great. It's a wonderful blog, that reminds me of pictures of my own Dad in short shorts, chillaxing with baby me. And yes, my Dad totally rocked the short shorts.

Although Dads in short shorts are a rare sight in this day and age, I choose to believe that the custom lives on in Australia where footy players and boys I went to uni with love flaunting what their mama gave them in tiny shorts. Australian boys were clearly put on earth to continue this proud tradition of thigh baring, ensuring masses of future fathers will continue to wear short shorts for generations to come.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Thursday, March 24, 2011


I always love when Google changes it's logo to commemorate important milestones in history. Like today.

It's Harry Houdini's birthday, y'all! Unfortunately, he is dead. But he'd be 137 years old if he weren't!

Think about it. Centuries from now (assuming we are still alive / the Internet does not die) instead of Harry Houdini, it'd be Criss Angel or something. GROSS.

Scott Campbell is badass

Scott Campbell is a tattoo artist.
Who also does cool shit. 
Like cut skulls and cobra snakes into stacks of dollar bills with lasers.
Pew pew!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Fill this space

Can't find the remember the name of or find the work of this amazeballs
 illustrator whose work I was thinking of posting the other day.
So you get nothing.

RIP Liz Taylor

We will always be inspired by her enduring contribution to our world,” - Liz Taylor's son

I don't think anybody doesn't know who the legendary Elizabeth Taylor is. The talented actresses was 79, and passed away today at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles of congestive heart failure.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Happy Talk Like William Shatner Day!

What are the odds that Talk Like William Shatner Day would fall on Captain Kirk's 80th birthday? I bet he set this all up. He created a fake holiday his own birthday to double celebrate himself. IT ALL MAKES SENSE.

That aside, the THREE people they chose to be part of this video are so weak. I don't even like Star Trek and I bet I could do a better Will Shatner impersonation. Dramatic pauses are my forte.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Historically Hardcore

I love tongue-in-cheek advertising, and the Internet for bringing them to my attention.

Historically Hardcore is a fake ad campaign created by Jenny Burrows and Matt Kappler for the Smithsonian Institution, the largest educational and research institute.

The 3-part print student project shows actual 'rockstars' like 50 Cent, Ozzy Osbourne and Bret Michael (lol), in a reflection to historical public personalities such as Teddy Roosevelt, Andrew Jackson, and Gengis Khan. Looks like the museum is trying to get them a new target demographic.

While I love these and think they're incredibly clever and fresh, would mocking 50cent have brought in the numbers?

That aside, the Smithsonian might as well pay these talented designer-copywriter tag team and make this their official campaign for the year. Getting tons of eyeballs already!

A thank you note along with the money would be good too.

YOU are not the centre of the universe!

If you're too caught up in a small little world of problems, take a look at this video which will show you how amazing the universe is...

Super Moon

This is the most beautiful shot I've seen so far of the weekend's super moon - rising near the Lincoln Memorial. Share your favourites!

500 Marker Drawings. Of Markers.

Be ready to be bowled over by the passion, dedication and talent of a certain Allister Lee.

Over the past decade, Allister has been collecting and drawing black markers – and to mark his 500th, he created a poster out of all of them. Because it was the most natural thing to do.

I can’t think of anybody who wouldn’t be impressed by this. How does someone keep doing something for 10 years? And how does one find 500 different black markers? MIND BLOWN. Anyway, here are some close-ups just for the fun of it.

How many markers can you recognize?

If you’re thinking of buying them, they’re available for sale at Studio Bib (waiting for a second print), Equal Distribution and The Reed Space.

Thursday, March 17, 2011


Kiss me I'm Irish
Green eggs and ham
Shamrocks and things
Leprechauns and gold

Jiak Kantang

Picture from the UWA Tav taken by my friend Dris

Wednesday, March 16, 2011


Do you really need another reason to be nothing but absolutely and shamelessly in love with The Great Britain?

Do you? (Read this like Cameron from Modern Family. It takes on a whole new dimension.)

Okay, here's another. The Royal Mail has recently released a special set of stamps featuring some of the world's most famous wizards, witches and enchanters. How many of them do you know?

How neat are those? I don't know about other countries, but the stamps in Singapore are weak. We're talking pictures of old school public transport (rickshaws), modern public transport (buses and trains) and of course, the Merlion. None too exciting, let's be honest. So much so that local stamps only made for about a pages worth of my childhood stamp collection.

These magical set of stamps however will single-handedly increase frequency of snail mailing. Just because.

Oscar's Lego Favourites

I have decided that this is my favourite week in my whole life.
  • I finally managed to leave the office by 7pm since Monday
  • I've been to the gym, and even ran for 40 minutes
  • I bought two bags of rice chips for $4.70, instead of $3 a bag
  • I finally bought the $3.30 pack of 4 egg sandwiches from the supermarket deli (This was pure greed, though. I only had the egg of one of the sandwiches in the end.)
  • I finally managed to top up credit in my EZ-link card
  • It's St Paddy's tomorrow
  • (Wait. I just thought of the million stupid things I've encountered over the past three days. Including, and not limited to, queuing half an hour for food to be told to wait another 20 minutes and having nine trains pass in the opposite direction, in the time it took for two to arrive packed as sardines. What is my life, really? )

AND... discovering the following movie posters, thanks to Yvette's and my daily intellectual conversations.

The ten Oscar nominees for Best Picture had their posters recreated Lego style:

To be honest, the only one that actually entertained / amused / had me trembling from LOLs was the Black Swan poster. That absolutely killed me.

I can't get over a Lego Natalie Portman. Clearly, I'm still a child.


Monday, March 14, 2011


You can't call yourself a child of the Internet if you don't get the relation between Charlie Sheen and gnarlyisms. If you don't, then Google is your best friend.

Anyway, Yvette came across some amazing art work this afternoon which absolutely made my day (amongst other things, like the discovery of Lee Ryan's amazing 2001 quote, "What about the whales?"). Charlie Sheen x Winning Cross Stitch? Yes, yes, a million times, yes!

You can even download these patterns at Subversive Cross Stitch for all of US$5! It's like a gift that keeps on giving.

While we're on it, here are some of the best quotes we've been blessed with from the champion himself:

  • “I’m not bi-polar, “I’m bi-winning. I win here and I win there.”
  • “I am on a drug. It's called Charlie Sheen. It's not available. If you try it once, you will die. Your face will melt off and your children will weep over your exploded body."
  • “If you love with violence and you hate with violence there is nothing that can be questioned.”
  • “The only thing I’m addicted to right now is winning,” “Just winning every second,” “Winning, anyone?” “Duh, winning!”
  • "All these words just sound cool together. They come from my grand wizard master."
  • “I’m sorry man, I got magic and I’ve got poetry in my fingertips, you know, most of the time, and this includes naps."
  • “It’s a metaphor for having absolute rocket fuel in my veins. That’s why people cannot process me.”
  • I'm an f-18 bro, and I will destroy you in the air and deploy my ordinance to the ground."
  • “It’s been a tsunami of media and I’ve been riding it on a mercury surfboard.”
Here's a toast to the man who garnered 2.5million followers on Twitter within days of signing up. #WINNINGFOREVER


If there's one thing about me that I'm not ashamed to be, it's that I'm a true blue, full on Anglophile - which can be attributed to my grandmother being English. So if you, like me, enjoy everything there is about the England from its chips to its comedy, you'll enjoy this screen print.

One of Nick Patchitt's latest work captures (almost) everything you need to know about London in a single print. How many things can you identify?

You can order them online here if you're interested - there are a few neat ones of places like Brighton and Hanoi!

Love for Loewe

My 21st is coming up in a few months, I've been thinking about bags recently. Well, more than I already do. And for some odd reason, the Loewe logo keeps flashing in my head.

More specifically the Loewe Amazona. Ah, to love and lust for a bag. Just look at the amazing colours it comes in - from Lipstick, Slate Blue, Forest Green, Ash, Fig.. - and how good the goat skin looks. Doesn't hurt thatit feels so much better.

The Amazona strikes me as the perfect bag also because of its perfect shape - part bowler, part briefcase. And did you know that each bag takes about 10-12 hours to make? That is commitment.

Anyway, some interesting trivia: 2010 marked the 35th anniversary of the brilliance of the Loewe Amazona. 35 years is a long time for anything, and just goes to show what a classy and timeless bag this is.

To mark the mile stone, artist and photographer Nigel Shafran was fired up to capture the Amazone in six locations around Madrid.

More recently, there was a short film by James Lima specially commissioned by Loewe to celebrate the Amazona bag.

"Blow Up takes a novel approach to celebrating Loewe's signature Amazona bag and the practical design details that make it distinctive. Directed by Hollywood special effects expert James Lima, styled by Katie Grand and starring the model Ana Beatriz Barros, this project is the latest in a series of special collaborations with leading creative practitioners, which last year saw artist and photographer Nigel Shafran marking the Amazona's 35th anniversary with a special shoot."
Now, serious stuff aside - if I saw that that bag hanging off a tree, I would've snatched it and ran for my life. Which means to say I value my life at £1000.

What is my life, really.