Touwa Erio T-shirt

Time for another T-shirt post. This time is the ‘pretty alien’ Touwa Erio T-shirt by COSPA.

The shirt itself is really beautiful. I love the space-ish look on the background. And the blue looks really nice. Again, I don’t watch anime but I buy T-shirts with cute girls.

Distortions to show the details and the quality of the print. They are using the dot technique, which I really love. The shirt will not crack fast because of this. Plus it makes the shirt more comfortable to wear. Another lovely thing is it makes the print more flexible.

The only annoying part is the stars on the top part of the shirt. Makes you look like you have dandruff everywhere. But anyway, I’m pretty satisfied with it.
P.S. I wish COSPA would make a full graphics shirt with this character. It might look really nice.

1/400 Northwest Airlines “Investing in Pacific Trade”

Next aircraft up is the Boeing 747-249F Northwest Airlines Freighter in the “Investing in Pacific Trade” special livery (N643NW). Manufactured by Dragon Wings.

Not the most colourful plane out there, but the livery is quite interesting for me. It’s simple and clean, and most importantly, it looks good.

Both sides show different cities. This side show Anchorage, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Seattle.

And the other side shows Bangkok, Guam, Hong Kong, Manila, Osaka, Shanghai, Singapore, Taipei, and Tokyo. The globe also show different regions. This one is Eurasia and the other is North America. Hence the cities, I believe.

From the front.

Again, the paint job on this plane is also really good. No signs of fading off after 7-8 years. I believe not much cargo planes have special liveries. Sometimes I like the clean look from cargo planes, as they don’t have the windows. Overall, it’s a great buy. Love it.

TBS iShop Yui Full Graphics T-shirt

Like I’ve said earlier too, perhaps I would like to do shirt posts based from my collection. First up is this one from TBS iShop, in collaboration with COSPA.

Front side of the shirt.

And the back side.

The shirt is pretty cute but considering it’s double sided and attracts a lot of attention, I don’t think I can wear it outside. Just for home and sleep use. I like the back print a lot. All five girls look pretty cute there. It’s just too bad you can’t see it when you’re wearing it! :P

Distorted front and back. Just to show that the print is really good and soft.

…and the details. Parts of the confetti covering up the whole shirt.

The problem is this shirt come in a strikingly high price of 8400 yen. That’s like two Calvin Klein T-shirts down the drain. Not to mention the print might fade after several washes, if not taken care properly.

But anyhow I still like it. I don’t watch anime but I like to buy cute anime T-shirts. Plus it’s still really nice to wear around at home or to bed. It’s soft and comfortable and since I order it several sizes bigger, it feels floaty. Perfect for sleeping.

1/400 Austrian Airlines Star Alliance Livery

It’s been a while since my latest post. I intended to do a post for each die-cast airplane, so here we go. The first one I want to do is my 1/400 Austrian Airlines in the old Star Alliance livery. Manufactured by Dragon Wings.

There are two planes in the package. Here is the first one, the Airbus A320-214 OE-LBR. It’s pretty small since it’s just an A320, but the print job is pretty well done. I had this for about 7-8 years already and it still is in a very good condition.

Front view of the plane.

Here is the second one. Airbus A330-223 OE-LAO. Similar quality compared to the A320 before. Only the size that differs, since this one is a lot bigger.

More details on the livery. Honestly speaking I love this Star Alliance livery more compared to their recent one (for reference). The airline logos look pretty cute being stacked up together there in the livery.

The only downside is that the wheels often came off from the body. Plus considering its small size, it is easy to lose it when it came off. It’s still a great buy anyway, especially considering Austrian Airlines have repainted both of the planes. One (OE-LAO) with the new Star Alliance livery and the other (OE-LBR) with the regular Austrian Airlines livery.

2011: Magnifique Africa

Inspired by my friend Julien (The-Mirrorball-Man), I decided to compile a list of songs for every year and then burn it on a CD. Then I created the cover. So here is the 2011 year end version, with the cover using my picture African Sunset. However since this site have not launched yet at New Year’s Day 2012, I decided to post it now.

Unlike the original concept, I will be having it with a twist. Each year I will pick a theme. For 2011, it is Africa. I pick some of my favourite tracks done by African artists, tracks that have an African feel (African style of music, ex. zouk, coupé-décalé), or just tracks that simply have an African vibe (such as exhibited in track 08 O Makundé).

Although recently I found a good African song thanks to Kolo Touré that I like to loop over and over again. Perhaps I will include it in some other album :P

So here it is, the song from Ghana. Kill Me Shy by D. Cryme

Anime T-shirts

The second collection that I have: Anime T-shirts. It is a little bit odd considering I don’t watch anime at all, but I have been drawing anime/fantasy style for quite awhile. So I became accustomed to the drawing style. Bought the t-shirts mainly because of good looking designs or cute characters, though I have almost zero knowledge about who the characters are. Now it became a big collection.

Quite a lot, no? Mostly I bought from COSPA or Nijigen COSPA. Sometimes I bid on Yahoo Auctions too for bargain prices or the old designs. I believe this is most of my anime shirts, excluding the latest shipment. Most of it can be found in this database. Again, perhaps I will do a post for them, if I feel like it.

Die-cast Airplanes

A little collection of mine. I have been collecting these die-cast airplanes since I was very young.

Above are most of the airplanes. As one can see, I mostly collect planes that have special colourful schemes, though I have some others that are in the original paintjob. Airplanes always play a special part for me because it was the one that make me draw. I remember I used to create my own plane liveries.

All the Singapore Airlines plane I have. Yes, the colourful one (9V-SPK) was the one that crashed at Taipei in 2000. It was one of the toughest plane to get to be honest.

…and all the Cathay Pacific I have. I still don’t have the original livery. Might want to buy one soon. There are some other airlines that I also have but CX and SQ are my two biggest collections. Perhaps I will do a post for each of them.

Dinner with Chef Vindex Valentino Tengker

I was invited to join the dinner with Chef Vindex Valentino Tengker, one of the juries at Masterchef Indonesia, at Sriwijaya Restaurant (The Dharmawangsa Jakarta). All the dishes were cooked using French technique but with Indonesian influence. Overall it was very interesting. The food were unique and certainly proved that Indonesian tastes could also be represented in a fine dining course. Regretted for not taking the DSLR with me because the food presentations were really nice.

The table setting look pretty nice and the ambience was great. The course consists of five meals and a selection of dessert.


Now time for the “food chain”.

 Amuse bouche: Poached shrimp with dried shrimp, pomelo, and “rujak” dressing

 Appetizer: Asian sampling foie gras, pan fried with tangerine glazed, duck and foie gras potsticker, with “belimbing wuluh” broth

Soup course: Lobster consommé, lemongrass and galangal infused, coconut milk foam and lobster

Fish course: Kafir lime scented salmon fillet with gingered apple puree, lime jelly, and walnut

Meat course: Rendang glazed Wagyu beef tenderloin with red kidney bean fricassee, turmeric potato, and coconut foam

Selection of desserts: Lemon curd and mascarpone ice cream on ginger breton and soft meringue

Selection of desserts: Valrona bittersweet chocolate cake with coconut fondant and passion fruit coulis

Selection of chocolates from the cakery to cap it off

And lastly, the chef himself and me.

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