The Art of Paper Folding

September 29, 2013 at 12:15 am | Posted in itchy mouth | Leave a comment
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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
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…

alien
Alien. Did not manage to take the label with credits as the origami models were
arranged quite closely together

no-face-kaonashi
No Face, or Kanonashi, from the Academy Awards winner, Hayao Miyazaki’s
Spirited Away

mantis
This origami design came from a Japanese…

katydid
This was one of those designed by non-Japanese…not sure if he was a
Singaporean…

ele
Another design by non-Japanese….

rhino
Rhino! Quite nice huh…this one should belong to the African species…haha…

rhno2
Another rhino…This one should be the Indian Rhino, with single horn? 
Wahaha….The horses behind looked nice too…Couldn’t get a better photo
of them cos of the glass display cabinet….

pig
Piggy! 

pig2
Wow it came complete with nostrils! 😀

rabbits
Three little rabbits. No three little pigs?

dino
Different dinos! Nice!

turtle
Last but not least, a turtle! Wow, reminded me that I have two small square
origami packs for folding turtles, which I had only made less than three 
successfully…

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! 😀

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Old and Beautiful

September 22, 2013 at 4:47 pm | Posted in itchy fingers | Leave a comment
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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.

poster
A pity it was a one-day event, so I supposed a lot of people missed it. This was
the second year the cars were on show at the old station. We missed it the
first year too 

It has been more than a year since we last took our train ride there. Almost everything had been cleared….

sign
Ahhh….An old signage…I think I missed this during our last visits before closure

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.

1953-Jaguar-120
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

1972-Morris-Mini
Such a cute little car! This is the 1972 Morris Mini 1000, an extremely
popular time at the time

1973-Volkswagen-Beetle
The 1973 Volkswagen Beetle 1303S Cabriolet. This is one of my all time
favourite! Cute!

1973-Volkswagen-Beetle-side
It’s a convertible! 😀

1973-Alfa-Romeo-Spider
1973 Alfa Romeo Spider is widely regarded as a design classic. Very sleek huh!

spider
The owner even added a fake spider here! Hahah…

1960-Mercedes-Benz
A total of only 17 of this 1960 Mercedes-Benz 2202SE were built, and less
than 11 are believed to still be in existence, making this extremely rare
car possibly the only one of its kind in Asia

1960-Mercedes-Benz-2
This was on the front…German for “My hobby, the historic motor vehicle”

1958-Mercedes-Benz-190SL
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
amateurs…!

1965-Triump-Spitfire
The 1965 Triumph Spitfire is powered by a four-cylinder engine. The early
models are very much sought after…

1965-Triump-Spitfire-side
Very classic for, especially the side…

vintage
Yeah! Finally saw some vintage cars!!!! 

1936-Austin-Seven-Willet-Special
The 1936 Austin Seven Willet Special. Sir Hubert Austin first “hatched”
the idea for the baby Austin in 1922 as a means to provide affordable
“Motoring for the Millions.”

1936-Austin-Seven-Willet-Special-side
Gosh! This “affordable” car would have cost millions now! 

1955-MG-TF
The 1955 MG-TF is considered the most desirable of the T-series of MGs
as it remained in production for just two years. Quite sleek-looking 
despite the “puffy cheek”. Wahahaha

1955-MG-TF-side
Real beauty turns head!

1939-BMW-327-Cabriolet
An even bigger puffy cheek! Wahahah…The 1939 BMW 327 Cabriolet. It has a radio,
a rather rare feature for cars at that time I think….

1938-MGTA-Midget
Another head turner! The 1938 MG-TA Midget is capable of 130km/hr!

1939-MG-TB
The 1939 MG-TB was a much improved version of the MG-TA. The outbreak
of war meant that the TB was produced for only a few months, making them
a very rare and much sought after model!

1937-MG-VA-Tickeford-DHC
Multiple international awards winner in concours, the 1937 MG-VA Tickford
DHC, is a rare version built by Tickford, the custom coach builder

1937-MG-SA-DHC-Tickford
A total of 696 of these 1937 MG SA DHC Tickford were produced between
1935 and 1939. This is one of the 90 still in existence. It was called “Capacious”
cos of its size!

1933-Ford-Tudor
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…

lion-1933-Ford-Tudor
This was on the front of the car

1939-Lincoln-Zephyr-Coupe
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.”

1939-Lincoln-Zephyr-Coupe-back
On the back…That looks like the old Mobil horse logo…?

1938-McLaughlin-Buick-Ltd
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… 😀

rolls-royce
No one will be unable to recognise this, huh?

1968-Rolls-Royce-Silver-Shadow
This 1968 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow was first owned by the late legendary
Tan Sri Khoo Teck Puat. We now have a public hospital named after him

1934-Austin-Seven-Ulster
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? 

1934-Austin-Seven-Ulster back
Looks like a racing car… :p

Of all the classic and vintage beauties, this one stood out for being unique and a bit clownish…wahahah….

1960-Austin-Healey
This is the 1960 Austin-Healey Sprite Mk. 1. Does it look like a pair of 
froggy’s eyes to you?

cute
Too cute lah! 😀 The raindrops only made the car look more comical, as if it
was perspiring… wahahah…

frog-back
It has no external boot lid or external door handles…how cool… 😀

1961-Fiat-500
Another cute cute car! The 1961 Fiat 500 is an exceptionally popular 
little car, with almost 3.5 million units sold between 1957 and 1997

top
Wow…The open-topped design would be ideal for bird photographers
who need to camouflage themselves while photographing birds…hahah

1961-Fiat-500-back
The backside… cute lah! 😀

1972-Morris-Minor-1000
The four-door version of this 1972 Morris Minor 1000 was first introduced
in 1950 and remained in production till the early 1970s. It was particularly
popular among learner drivers

1964-Fiat-600
This cutie is the 1964 Fiat 600 Abarth

1970-Volkswagen-Karmann-Ghia
This 1970 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia reminded me of the chinese
comic character, 老夫子 with its “mustache”….hahah

1951-Morris-Minor
1.3 million of this 1951 Morris Minor Series 2 Convertible were produced
since its launch in 1948, making it Britain’s first millionth seller! Cool!

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!

Happy Mooncake Festival

September 19, 2013 at 11:43 am | Posted in itchy mouth | Leave a comment
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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
Bum mooncake! Read about it here

Also see related posts:
> Butts of Desire
Basket of Abundance
The Full Monty

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