Tags: Animals, Arts, Bugs, Culture, Design, News, Uniquely Singapore
I am sure everyone has done some sort of paper foldings especially when they were younger…remember those paper planes and boats? Some people are more advance and could do animals like frogs, cranes, etc.
Contrary to common belief, it seems that origami, or the art of paper-folding in Japanese language, did not originate from Japan. A check on several websites seem to refer to China as the place where paper foldings started, probably in the first century A.D. But it was in Japan that origami became popular and grew into a highly developed art form.
Itchyfingers were at the National Library for an origami exhibition that showcased designs from all over the world, including the latest models. It also featured a large collection of models by local designers. It was supposed to be one of the largest and best displays of origami in Singapore so far.
The first one that immediately caught my attention was none other than the master himself….
Yoda the Jedi Master! Am not a Star Wars fan but Master Yoda is my
favourite character! There are many sites that will show you how to fold
this cute little master, here’s one with video tutorial as well as pdf instructions.
Even with the tips, Itchyfingers will not try to attempt it as we think it is still
way too difficult and advance…Like the master said, “Try not. Do. Or do not.
There is no try.” Wahahah…
There were lots more origami works on exhibit and worth a visit if you are interested in the art. Origami: From Tradition to Modern is currently at the Toa Payoh Public Library till the 31 October, thereafter they will move on to Sengkang Public Library from 3 to 29 November. Go and have some fun! 😀
Tags: cars, Culture, Design, History, Museum, Nostalgia, Uniquely Singapore
Not many people are lucky to be able to grow old gracefully. It is the same for cars. Some models are able to survive the test of time and become classic design. Of course, that will also depend on how much care and maintenance are given to them.
Last week, Itchyfingers were thrilled to be able to see many beautiful and old classic as well as vintage cars. We are not die-hard motor fans, but we just like to see anything beautiful…haha…There are different definition for car classification among countries but as a general guide, vintage cars are those that were produced between 1919 and World War II (1939), or in short, pre-war. Whereas classic cars must be between 30 to 49 years old. So, what better place to show off these beauties? None other than the former Tanjong Pagar Railway Station.
It has been more than a year since we last took our train ride there. Almost everything had been cleared….
As it started raining rather heavily around lunch time, we only managed to visit slightly after 3pm. So we had to rush to see the cars first before anything else, skipping the activities and talks as the exhibition ended at 5pm.
The first classic car on exhibit…This is the 1953 Jaguar 120 OTS. This was Jaguar’s
first post-war sports car and the world’s fastest production car at the time of
its launch in 1948, capable of a top speed of 120mph. This was one of the
Malaysia-registered cars on show
The 1958 Mercedes-Benz 190SL remains one of the most desirable
Mercedes-Benz classic cars ever made. Er, how come this older model looks
much more modern than the 1960 model? Hahah…Itchyfingers are real
Back in 1933, 51,569 units of this 1933 Ford Tudor were sold at $500! A big
sum of money back then, but how nice if you can still bring it home for
the same price tag! Wahahah….This was the only car with a matt finish…not
sure what is the correct technical term for it and if it was the original look…
The 1939 Lincoln Zephyr Coupe has a top speed of 140kph. The body is
an aircraft inspired design with a monocoque construction, meaning
“an aircraft or vehicle structure in which the chassis is integral with the body.”
On the back…That looks like the old Mobil horse logo…?
This “5.2 litre straight 8 powered” 1938 McLaughlin-Buick Ltd (90L) limousine
was once owned by the Dutch embassy in Melbourne and is believed to have
been part of the Dutch Royal garage until WWII. Haha….looks like a mafia
ride to me…looks so fierce and unfriendly… 😀
Another vintage car, the 1934 Austin Seven Ulster Special. Being a motor
amateurs, Itchyfingers do not really understand how the organiser arranged
the cars….They seemed not to go by year nor manufacturers leh….a bit
confusing lor…hahah….unless we missed out something?
Of all the classic and vintage beauties, this one stood out for being unique and a bit clownish…wahahah….
It was fun to be able to see some many old and beautiful cars at one go, but the cars were arranged so close to one another that some times it was near impossible to get a clean shot of the side…Wish they had exhibited them with more space in between so we could go around them….They could consider putting some cars at the train platform since the stretch was left empty…But I guess shouldn’t complain much since the event was free and it was very kind for the owners to share their passion with others, especially the majority of us who can never afford the luxury of maintaining old cars, more so in the case of Singapore where almost all the cars you see on the road are new!
Tags: Culture, Design, Festives, Food, Humour
Today is the 15th day of August on the Lunar Calendar, a day with supposedly brightest moon. It’s the Mid-Autumn Festival or the Mooncake Festival. It used to be celebrated by Chinese as a day of thanksgiving for good harvest in the past, but now it is seemed more as a day of gathering and reunion for families and friends.
On this day, Itchyfingers would like to wish all friends and readers a very happy Mooncake Festival!
Bum mooncake! Read about it here