April 24, 2008

Chatuchak Weekend Market

Best place to shop = Chatuchak Weekend Market. That's basically it.

I had to come back twice on the same weekend just because I felt like I didn't buy enough during the first day. Loads of robot/monster shirts and very nice graffiti style graphic designs as well. My brain was so confused. Haha. Shirts cost around 100-200 Baht at max and that's extremely cheap! If only I could go back, I would've bought like 20 more :| Haha! My brothers were grabbing shirts like crazy as well and I LOVE the designs on a lot of the boy shirts so I helped my brothers pick for the really nice ones and I ended up borrowing and wearing them also back home HAHA.

A stall there named Defy were selling unique gold plated pendants, charms, necklaces, rings and many more. It was probably my favorite shop. I wanted to buy so many and had to control myself. I bought this Paper Crane designed necklace which I absolutely adore! I have a thing for paper cranes (since I've been folding them like crazy this summer) and paper cranes remind me of very nice memories so I just couldn't resist getting this. This is now my favorite piece of jewelry.

If you're visiting Thailand and if you're a fan of tiangge style markets, your best bet is this weekend market. Be sure to bring water. Tie your hair. Wear comfy shoes and comfy clothes. If crowded places irritate you, ha, you sure are in the wrong place!

April 16, 2008

The Hush Sound

The first song I heard from this band was "Lions Roar" and it was through a REALLY AMAZING typography video that I found on You Tube. I fell for the lyrics and loved the sound, thank goodness this was the first song I heard (Come on, there were words like 'puppets' and 'elephants' and everyone knows how much I love the circus haha). I am proud to say that the Hush Sound was my own discovery (much like my ultimate favorite singer Rachael Yamagata). I was searching for new material when I came across the cover art of their album "Like Vines".

Their indie rock sound is very much reminiscent of another of my favorites, the Decemberists, but the Hush Sound provides a softer and seemingly more innocent feel. Heavy pianos and often times, a mellow tone. Charming is the word to best describe them.

Greta Salpeter and Robert Morris take turns in the vocals and it helps in keeping a good range of variety in their music.

Listening to their sound in the middle of everything was one of the best things that's happened to me this week, and in perfect timing as well. Their sound makes you forget about the world for a bit and takes you to a place where time stands still and people sit and stare as the world flies by.

I haven't listened to all their songs fully yet as of this moment, but here are some of my favorite lines, so far.

"You painted me in pastels, colors that don't tell of any boldness. Cause that's the way you love to see me; so delicate, so weak, so little purpose" -The Artist

"You are the daydream in my eyes, there whenever I wake up. But the colors never crystalize and I never get enough" - Love You Much Better

"And if the timing is right to sneak off into the night, I'll let myself be taken just for the thrill. And if I'm given the chance to be a doll in his hands, I will be sure we shake the mountains while we dance" - The Boys Are Too Refined

April 14, 2008

Elephant Ride

As many people know, the thing I'm most excited about during my trip to Singapore & Thailand was finally being able to meet the elephants, or who I fondly call the PHANT PHANTS!! Wooo! I was so excited for this!

So last April 6, the day before we finally came home from our early summer trip, we visited the Rose Garden at Thailand to go and say hello to the phant phants. The weather was terrible actually, as it was raining throughout our 1 hour ride from the hotel to the place. Luckily though (and I think mainly due to my grandma's presence, since she honestly prays like crazy every single moment, and thank goodness for that), when the time came for us to ride the elephants, the rain stopped! Hooraaaay!

You had to pay I think something around 20 baht to have your photo taken on the small phant phant. You get to sit on his leg, yeheeey! Whoever said I can't hug elephants can kiss your unbelieving butt buhbye because ha! I was able to do it!! Heehee.

I self-proclaimed that the elephant's name was to be Michelle. I kept calling it Michelle already until one of my brothers pointed out that I was so stupid because the phant phant had tusks, which obviously meant that it was a boy. What was I thinking?! Haha! So I renamed it to Mark. I don't know why I name him Mark. I just did. Haha! My brothers were laughing at me because I was talking to the elephant.

Anyway, super happy! I finally got a chance to ride the elephant as well! My love for elephants overpowered my fear of heights so hooraaay! The ride was super short, but it doesn't take a lot to make me happy.

Crossing out another item in my things to do before I die list!

April 09, 2008

Soundtrack of My Summer: Part 2

View the original Soundtrack of My Summer entry over here

This picture showcases the entire collection so far. I have a feeling I'm going to be drawing more soon but people might get tired of it so... haha I dunno. Here's the second part of the collection I guess (together with the first one). 5 new drawings starting from the brownish one with hanging clouds! Click the link above for the story behind this collection.

It is officially summer and so far, I'm having a great time. I've been going out, bonding with elephants (haha), hanging out with my friends, planning stuff with my co-officers at Celadon (my organization) *which I totally enjoy, just to make that clear* and more drawing. I'm trying to learn new things too such as sewing and more origami stuff haha. Folding more cranes as well. Ah, cranes...

My favorite from the latest batch is the one with the slow dancing theme. I may not look it but I'm a fan of unsaturated color schemes. And I love the white bubble dress on this one... wish I had one. And the boy looks particularly cute here... and they're slow dancing, what other explanation can I give? Anyway, the last one, with the silhouettes, is also something special since it's my first time to draw silhouettes and I think it makes a great 'last picture' because it truly encompasses summer. I have to say though, the boy's arms look funny here haha.

Still playing this playlist over and over. Still drawing drawings of you. Still as inspired as ever. Why...

Songs from left to right top to bottom: "On Top of the World" by Boys Like Girls, "Coffee" by Copeland, "The Great Escape" by Boys Like Girls, "Simple, Starving to be Safe" by Daphne Loves Derby, "Better That We Break" by Maroon 5, "Three Cheers for Five Years" by Mayday Parade, "Burn This City" by Cartel, "You Be the Anchor That Keeps My Feet on the Ground I'll Be the Wings That Keep Your Heart in the Clouds" by Mayday Parade, "Tonight" by FM Static, "Jamie All Over" by Mayday Parade