Archive for July, 2010

30
Jul
10

Free Internet

Check out http://www.myfi.net for free internet at 3.5 MB downspeed and 0,5 MB upload. It’s not fast in comparison with today’s connection, but it’s free and that is pretty damn good.

30
Jul
10

Coffee

One of the things I truly enjoy about travel is the opportunity to experience new things, anything from meeting new people, seeing new sights etc to simple things like drinking coffee.

Two types of coffee that I tried during my visit to asia stood out among the other.

This one is a Dutch Iced coffee maker. The coffee is made by extracting cold water and the process takes about 8-12 hours. The end result though is a coffee rich in flavour but with 60-70 & less acid. You can drink it either cold or hot, but the cold version is definitely the one I would recommend.

This is a Macadamia Latte. Im not a big fan of coffee with milk (Latte, Cappuccino etc) but this one was really really good. A little bit on the sweet side of my taste, but if I order a latte I wish they all could taste like this.

If you spot these types of coffee somewhere in Sweden, please let me know!

28
Jul
10

84-74 Lab

Back in Sweden again.

Takahiro Miyashita continues to find a way for him to work as a designer. Together with Kazuki Kuraish they both opt for a new project slated to Spring 2011. Lab 84-74 will include a collection of knits as well as a duffel jacket.

22
Jul
10

The Soloist by Takahiro Miyashita

The first japanese brand I fell in love with was unquestionably Number (N)ine. The brand vanished last year when designer Takahiro Miyashita needed to take a break from fashion.

Luckily though, he is back with his new brand called The Soloist. His debut collection for Fall 2010 is called “Symphony 0001” This month, some pictures have started to show up on different websites. Here are a few of them that I gathered.

21
Jul
10

Apple-mania

Apple is probably the, or at least one of the most genius companies in the world when it comes to branding and advertisement. They basically created a “lifestyle cult” with their products. People buy their stuff without even considering the alternatives any more.

I had the opportunity to handle both the iPhone 4G and the iPad when visiting Tokyo. And believe me, the Apple stores were demonstrations of the phone were held, were completely packed. None of these devices impressed though.

Here is a pretty fun video a friend of mine recommended, which kind of demonstrates the whole “Apple-mania”

21
Jul
10

Jeju Island and Love Land

We’ve made a little trip, me and my gf to the Jeju Island in southern part of Korea.

It’s a popular destination for honeymoon trips etc. Lots of stuff there to do like, horse riding, go-cart, ATV, jet skis etc. You check in at these nice resorts that are all lined up along the coast. You can tell though that most visitors are Koreans, since I couldn’t even find one single decent bar at our resort.

Jeju is also famous for its many museums and parks. One of the more provocative ones is the Jeju Love Land. Especially considering how conservative the Korean society is.

17
Jul
10

Weekend movie tip

Long time since I suggested any new movies.

This is a classic japanese cult movie. I happened to find this sweet special edition of the movie which was quite hard to find in Sweden. chances are you already seen it, since it made quite the buzz when it was exported to the west a few years ago.

Battle Royale

“Films like “Hana-Bi”, “Ring“, and “Audition” have taken Japanese thriller and horror movies to world-beating heights and “Battle Royale” continues that trend. It’s arguably the most extreme and controversial film of them all – a kind of children’s Survivor, where instead of voting their rivals off the island, they kill them.

Sometime in the near future, anarchy has broken out in Japan. The government has to act. On the way to what a class of 14-year-olds believe is a school trip, they are drugged. When they wake up, in a derelict building on a deserted island, they’re each given enough provisions for three days and a weapon. Only one of them will be allowed to leave the island alive. And if more than one is still alive after three days, every survivor will be killed.

It’s a battle of wits and survival of the fittest with far higher stakes than the reality TV shows it mirrors. It’s fascinating to see how some children are remorselessly out for themselves, while others group together in the vain hope that they might be able to beat the system. As viewers, we root for the latter, despite the blatant futility of their co-operation.

Contrasted with the paranoia of the contestants is the cool ruthlessness of their big brother-like teacher, played by the leading Japanese auteur and actor, Takeshi ‘Beat’ Kitano.

The odd plot hole doesn’t seem to matter. With more than 40 contestants in the deadly game, this is a heart-stopping action film, teaching us the worthy lessons of discipline, teamwork, and determination, but wrapping them up in a deliberately provocative, shockingly violent package. With children killing each other, this is one foreign language film which is unlikely to secure a Hollywood remake.” – BBC