Monday, December 10, 2007



so stressed out
just feel like expressing here

having fun typing my realizations in my process book!

Friday, December 7, 2007

Hack a Toilet for free water.


This is awesome... since toilet flushing contributes to 30% of the total household usage, people are being creative to save water for using toilets. There are water dams, water tank banks, low-flow toilets.. etc.. but by far i think this is the most creative while keeping the cost low. You don't have to change your toilet for this one.

Fiji Water

Today i saw someone using a Fiji water bottle. i thought it really looked beautiful, and i love the graphics on it. But then when i saw this article, i was shocked...

1Kg bottle of Fiji water
= 26.88kg of water
= .849kg fossil fuel
= 526kg green house gas

The cost to produce and deliver a bottle of imported water is $0.22, leaving $1.28 per bottle profit for the manufacturer and the retail store.

Do you have any green confessions?

Monday, December 3, 2007

retired weapons

Just thought this concept's so simple but cute.
Note: look at the list of designers..

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Gas-Free Cars


This is back home in Coquitlam.
It's always so beautiful here!

2 weeks ago. foggy.

today 10am. snow.

today 1pm. snow. non-stop.

... and at home, it's always nice and warm.
Here's our beloved Toto chilling beside the heater in the family room.


got this from Man!
some crazy Rap Attack!

Monday, November 26, 2007

The Rape of Nanking

"From that day on, my tears will not dry," says a survivor.

Friday, November 23, 2007

伝説のスピーチ 環境サミット@リオ

I don't think I have anything to say, or need to say anything.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007


Found another interesting site, or company, rather.
They do cool stuff for offices, and what's awesome about it, it is accessible for English readers!


I really don't think anyone is looking at my blog. But whatever, I will continue to post things when I can :P I think friends are too busy right now-- so am I.


CycleStore Box, August 2007

May 2007. Parking for free. Allows 60o bikes to park.

These are different types of bike racks. Very interesting-- simple yet functional pieces that encourages biking, and at the same time, keeps the place organized. For more info click on the link below (the link is in Dutch, can use online translation sites to translate, or do extra research).

If the ground here is flatter with less hills, for sure more people would bike. But it is there hills and mountains here that makes this place unique and beautiful. I find biking very difficult, the drivers always will cut lanes really close to you, and the air is not exactly that clean. I feel extremely intimidated when I bike. There is a personal feel-good-factor though. I've almost completely abandoned driving.

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Monday, November 19, 2007

Bendable Interior Objects

D-Bros Paper Clocks

D-Bros always have the most amazing products from greeting cards to notebooks to wallclocks... but they are not cheap either. This paper clock costs $110 USD on dedece+, but sells 1/2 price at Zozo, a Japanese site.

Sunday, November 18, 2007


Everytime I pass by this building in downtown, I find it very beautiful. Passed by it again on my way to Wayzgoose this Saturday.

The 11th Anni East Side Vancouver Cultural Crawl was fun.. I finally get to go to RedFlag Design.. >< I still really want to get the duffle bag.. They look even better in real (love the fabric)! I'll have to get a job :P

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Waste and Wants

Image and Text: Core77

UK-based designer Peter D'Alessandro has come up with a clever solution to chopping board woes, mainly the grievance caused by unwanted mixing of waste scraps and edible parts to be kept. Two magnetic trays sit at either side of the wooden board--one to collect waste and one to collect chopped pieces. Waste and Want's removable trays contain both what you want and what you don't for easy transport to the plate, pot, or wastebasket.

Sound Waves

Didn't get this at first, had to watch a second time. The guy is actually pushing the inner box.
Seen this approach in greeting cards (loved it), and now it could actually see more potential for it to be for something useful..

Friday, November 16, 2007

Artsy Fartsy <3

none of my friends seem to be interested in the Arts Crawl tonite-Sunday.. it seems too awesome.. my friend that can go with me is too far away :P

can't wait till tomorrow's Waysgoose!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Personal Views

36 Personal Views from various graphic designers.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Bags of Good Will

"Amidst the vogue of all things eco-friendly, some remarkably forward thinking and imaginative projects have surfaced with not a scrap of hemp or raffia in sight. One of our favourite London stores, twentytwentyone sent out blank Fairtrade, organic certified cotton bags to 40 of the world’s greatest designers, asking them to decorate or deface as they saw fit, the only condition being that each reflected their own design philosophy and had consideration towards responsible design.

The aim of the project is to raise as much money as possible for the Fairtrade Foundation by auctioning off the bags throughout the London Design Festival, from twentytwentyone’s showroom on River Street and given both the calibre of design talent involved and the interesting range of creations, a small fortune should be raised.

It’s clearly a testament to how much designers are striving to incorporate ethical and eco-aware practices into their work, and also in how much esteem twentytwentyone is regarded around the design community that the contributors are of such rank: Naoto Fukasawa, Konstantin Grcic, Giulio Cappellini and the seemingly ubiquitous Ross Lovegrove to name a sprinkling of the people who’ve participated."

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Sunday, November 11, 2007


Elise showed me this. Wow.. it was an eye-opener.. thank you so much :)


Saturday, November 10, 2007

Tasteful Personalities

image from:

i admire people who can draw. these type of drawings from people who "can't draw" are getting more and more popular. seeing them everywhere. in a way the all look the same.. yet they are all different.. it is the squiggly lines that gives them that human-touch.. thinking i should do some illustrations for my grad drawing..

Another Nerdy Afternoon

Immortal Plastic
This is so awesome. You'll have to listen it yourself. A satire podcast
You are introduced to a plastic bag and you are to follows it around.

I am feeling nerdy..
what happens to the shopping, the sample sales etc..
Today i was so tempted to go to the Gentle Fawn + Spiewak sample sale, but then.. for some reason my gf didn't wanna pick me up (a 5mins drive for her but a 20mins bus ride for me) so i had 2nd thoughts..

So then i went to Chapters for some inspirations, and was really disappointed that they do not have ANY of the Edward Tufte's books in store (by the way, Tufte has the most horrible website).. then I looked at some magazines, including the environment ones. They are promoting eco-fashion etc. for a moment, i felt weird and unsure. What they are saying is basically, you have the choice to buy good products or bad products, so it is okay to buy the good ones to fulfill your shopping desires.

Well then, if you are producing more, how can it be sustainable. It is better, but not necessarily exactly healthy for the environment... came across this Greensumption video and understood.. i was right.. almost greenwashed again.. we need to change our shopping habits.

Friday, November 9, 2007

Lets Go Crazy!

plus 3 more bdays this weekend: 1(g) + 1(g) + 1(s)

today was such a weirdly enjoyable day.
thank you friends, and non-friends (?)

this is another awesome site with videos
Quantum Shift
it's kind of like TED, with more focus on the evironment

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Apples on a Stick

i actually like this song a lot
it was in an online fashion magazine like 2 years ago
i still really like it.

Saturday, November 3, 2007


& stressed out.

there are..
1 (a) + 1 (g) + 1(c) + 1(z)+ 1(b) + 1(g)= 5 bdays within 2 weeks..
how can that be? plus it is Halloween!
plus a friend is coming to van from hk nxt week...
i m sorry for missing-out parties.
i'd already used up all my month's quotas for playing.

bumped into that person in the hallway again,
"there you are," she says in her prominent yet soft voice.
We exchanged smiles and walked pass each other.

...teach my feet to fly

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Got inspired (very inspired) by talking to a person i'd passed by the hallway a million times but never talked to (too shy).

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Shopping for Clothes

Stopped impulse-shopping ever since my grad project started. But sometimes to save you a trip, you'll have to do that (ie, just happening to be at H&M in coq).

The thing with this "i am just going to look around, not buying anything today" is that you are using up another plastic bag. Arrggghh.. it's not easy to be green.

Tag (unavoidable)
Receipt (unavoidable)
Plastic Bag

So when i went to the cashier, i asked about the buttons around the collar-- seem a bit odd to have that as style, or mayb, it is, but it doesn't hurt to ask. It turned out that there's a fur trim that goes with the jacket (wow good that i asked, the cashier and the manager beside the cashier didn' t even know that there is supposed to be a fur trim/hood).. and i had to say after the wait for the fake fur, when i see one of the sales associates bringing it to us without the plastic bag surrounding it, i was slightly disappointed. it nothing much, but having experience in working in a clothing store, plastic bag=brand new item. And that reminds me of the garbage-bag full of plastic hangers, plastic bags that are wasted every time there is a new arrival.. i just realized that this is so wrong. we have that kind of thinking embedded in us, that we want things to b prepackaged when it does not need to b (ie, the clothing will not rot like foods without packaging).

* i like the lower-case 'i' in 'I' better because i like that dot.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Environmental Practices

Seriously i would go if the event is not $95. Too bad my bday's passed, if not i might had gotten people to chip in.. :P boo... So being green is not really that accessible still huh. actually, maybe i will go..
Believe in what you are doing.
The results will be rewarding.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Monday, October 22, 2007

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Monday, October 15, 2007

Tons of Links from GDC
Design Media
100 Mile Diet
BC Seasonal Produce Chart


Thank you Vania, you made studying so much more enjoyable.
+ thank you Gary for dropping by!