Sunday, March 29, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
I have determined that the most used English word in Taiwan is "OK". The word is not used in an English sentence but incorporated into everyday Mandarin, like another Chinese word. I am not sure when this happened but this was certainly not the case when I learned Chinese. Instead of "可以" or "好", people say "OK", or more precisely, "是OK啦"; "好嗎?" is now "OK嗎?"; and "可不可以" has become "O不OK".
Monday, March 23, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
For our dining area I am using the Cloud lamp designed by Frank O. Gehry in 2005 for Belux. The Cloud is a voluminous and paper-like shade with a steel bracket for the light bulb inside. The shape of the lamp shade appears irregular and sculptural but is actually produced by modular folded sheets buttoned together. The number of sheets determine the size of the lamp which comes in four varieties: 5 (#30), 7 (#32), 10 (#34), and 14 (#36) sheets. The modular sheets also allow for some customization in size. The material of the sheets is a flame-resistant polyester membrane that is very durable and tear-free. Therefore, while each lamp has the same structure and predetermined shape, the user can still alter the shape of the lamp by bulging it out or pressing it in.
Instead of the typical setup of one lamp per room, I decide to make things a bit more interesting by having three. This actually requires a bit more work because the ceiling bracket is set up to only take one lamp. To keep things simple and cheap, a 180mm x 500mm stainless sheet panel is made to serve as a cover and mounting plate for the three lamps. I have one Cloud #30 and two Cloud #32.
The lamps are hung in a triangular formation in plan and at various heights. They are very light and are only supported by the wires. Cloud #30 is placed in the middle and hung closest to the dining table. Below are two views of the lamps as installed.
Note: Gehry is sometime known as "Foggy", a play on his initials F.O.G. The O. is for Owen.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
A crew of six, including the driver spent a whole day packing and moving our things, which almost exceeded the space of the container.
Friday, March 6, 2009
White is an English chef from Leeds known for his unique talent in the kitchen as well as his quick temper. He was awarded three Michelin stars when he was only 33 - the youngest at the time. He has inspired countless chefs, the most famous is his former protege Gordon Ramsay. At age 38 in 1999, White retired from the kitchen and gave back his Michelin stars. Now he no longer cooks but still owns and oversees a number of restaurants.
The book is quite moving as it tells the compelling story of White's early struggle, apprenticeships in the best restaurants in London, development as a chef, and the relentless pursuit of excellence. Interspersed between the biographical stories are White's ideas on food and cooking techniques including seasoning, refinement of classic dishes, frying an egg, and roasting a chicken.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Tuesday, March 3, 2009