Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Setsuden under the Summer heat 炎熱中的節電

With temperatures rising high from today onwards towards the peak of summer, the government is starting to advise people to be careful of heatstroke while in "setsuden" (cutting excessive electricity usage). In fact, hundreds throughout Japan die from heatstroke each year, most of them being elderly folks left accidentally behind in cars or suffocated in their own rooms while sleeping without air conditioning.
氣溫突然從今天起上升了!日本政府也開始呼籲民眾在節電的當兒,要小心中暑。因為每年夏季,日本全國上下都會有約幾百人死於中暑。死者大多數是老年人。死因通常是因為他們被遺忘在車內,或晚上睡覺時是閉著窗也沒開冷氣。

I'm often asked to choose between Tokyo and Singapore, which has the more unbearable heat? Japanese believe that Singapore should be much worse and uncomfortable because we're sitting just next to the equator. True, Singapore is hot and humid throughout the year but there're some things that we have but they don't: 1)Fully air-conditioned Train Stations (and some bus interchanges), 2)Sheltered Walkways, 3)Air-conditioned Shopping Malls and 4)Freezing Offices.
我常被問起在東京和新加坡之間,哪兒一個的熱比較難受?日本人都堅信因為新加坡在赤道上,所以應該比較難受。的確,新加坡一年到頭都是又熱又潮濕,但是我們有幾樣東西是日本沒有的!那就是:1)完全冷氣的電車站(有些巴士轉換站也有冷氣),2)有蓋走道,3)有冷氣的百貨公司,和4)冷到像秋天的辦公室。

You may think that these are tiny factors but they greatly reduced our exposure to heat when we're out of our homes. I also seldom hear of people who had died of heatstroke. So my answer to them: "Tokyo is worse!"
你們可能會覺得這些都是瑣碎事,但是這些都大幅度地減少我們在住家外所承受到的炎熱喔!而且,我也很少聽到有人死於中暑。所以啦,我給他們的答案是:“日本更難受!”

Monday, June 27, 2011

Are Japanese canned pork really tasty? 日本罐頭豬肉真的好吃嗎?

One of the reader's comment from my previous comic said that Japanese canned food should taste relatively good so I opened one of my "emergency" food reserve to try out. This 798yen (SG$12, NT$286, US$10) expensive "premium pork" from a specific batch of black pigs in a certain unknown region, should taste superbly tasty with this expensive price right?
讀者小卓在之前的漫畫留言裡說道,日本罐罐頭食品的味道應該不錯吧?所以我開了一罐緊急糧食試試看。從某縣生產的“高級黑豬”三層肉的味道應該相當不錯吧?而且價錢是798yen (SG$12, NT$286, US$10),這麼貴,應該很美味吧?

To my disappointment, the taste was plain NORMAL. (=_=)
So much for the expensive price and nice packaging...#@&%

可惜,味道極為普通 (=_=)
再次被高價和包裝給騙了...#@&%

Sunday, June 26, 2011

[035] Tonight's Dinner 今晚的晚餐

I wonder why I didn't drew instant ramen instead, maybe because I still prefer the good old canned food and vegetables? In fact, I hadn't eaten instant noodles for a year, healthy right? I always eat very good food at the beginning of the month, with meals sometimes at the 2000-3000yen range. But towards the end of the month, my principle is to only eat outside meals that cost less than 500yen each. With that said, I'm glad that this month will be soon over!

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

[034] It's all in the mind 都靠想像力

Sorry for the late update! I was slightly sick after a Sunday event helping out at the Singapore booth. I'd almost recovered now and hopefully will get back to good health over the weekend and catch up with other projects and comic drawing, see you!
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Monday, June 20, 2011

[033] If only my crystal ball works 假如水晶球是真的話

Some say that you can only play the stock market if you have a crystal ball that can tell you the future. Well I'd say... if only my crystal ball works...
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Friday, June 17, 2011

Japan Good Design: Food wrappings 日本的零食包裝

Yes, I LOVE SNACKS! Sweet stuff too, but not those that're incredibly sweet. I'm a great fan of their cookies because they not only look good, but tastes good too! What amazed me was that almost every snack that they have are individually wrapped and easy to open. This is convenient for those like me who stay alone or wants to control their diet by not eating too many cookies at once.

好喜歡日本的零食!也喜歡不是特別甜的那種甜點。日本的餅乾不僅好看,而且很好吃!最令我佩服的是,他們的零食很多都是個別包裝,也很容易撕開。這對像我一樣自己一個人住的人來說,不僅方便,而且也可以控制食糧!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

[031] Home Sweet Home 還是家最好

When I went to study arts in USA 7 years ago, I'd thought of not returning to Singapore after graduation. That's because I see no attractive job opportunities for the local digital media industry so it was much better to stay in the states to look for a job and gain experience there. Why I eventually returned was due to a trainee offer from EDB (Economic Development Board of Singapore) to work at a 3D animation company in Japan.

However I changed my objective and wanted to do comics instead, so I went to teaching, with a good salary (compared with the rest of the industry) and not a lot of overtime work. I drew comics every night and weekend and uploaded them on my Taiwanese blog. But again, I see no light since no Taiwanese publisher will work with an average Singaporean comic blogger. So I figured that I should try to make a holy grail to the land of manga, Japan, to learn what they did right. I applied to scholarships and finally got it on my 3rd attempt. Everyone was skeptical about my goal but congratulated me that I'd finally won a ticket to my dreamland.

Although there are Singaporeans that do not want to return back  home once they manage to get out, I felt like returning home after graduation. My vision is that Singapore comics will be just as famous as Snoopy and Mickey Mouse! Maybe the perception of "artists=no future" will be changed if we succeed. At the end of the day, Singapore is still my home sweet home, because that's where my family and friends are.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

[030] When you know to cut your hair 如何知道幾時剪髮

Based on a true story, there was this girl in the dorm who got so freaked out by my sudden appearance at the doorway that she kept on staring at me with her eyeballs almost falling out. So I decided to go and cut my hair today at Takadanobaba near my university. The result was nice at first, but immediately after shower, the shape and style was gone... sob... ... (Hair cut 2000yen, treatment and product 8000yen, not worth it if not for the brief neck and shoulder massage)
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Sunday, June 12, 2011

[029] Thank you 302 Facebook fans! 感謝302臉書讀者!


I originally wanted to draw a "Sunday" comic to imagine how it feels if my strip was on the newspapers. But on a second thought, I think I'd thank all 302 Facebook fans (including me or if there's a sudden new addition) for subscribing to my blog. Among half are my friends who were forced to join after relentless invitations and my shameless advertisements. Thank you for supporting my dream and I hope my comics will bring a smile to your face every time :)

本來想畫一張“星期天”漫畫的。因為記得小時候,只有星期天的漫畫邊幅特別多,所以想體驗一下畫一張星期天漫畫會是怎麼樣的感覺。但是想一想之後,還是決定感謝302名臉書讀者(包括我或萬一臨時有新人加入)。其中一半是被我逼迫或經過厚臉皮促銷之後,沒辦法只好加入的朋友。感謝你們支持我的夢想,希望我的漫畫會每次帶給你們微笑:)

Friday, June 10, 2011

[028] Nothing to Lose 沒什麼好失去的

I get negative very easily. Especially the thought of drawing comics and making it big in Singapore is more like a dream than reality. Sometimes I wonder why I chose such a difficult path and envied other comic artists, who had published books and made it as a career. But I don't want to live a normal life and hope to leave a mark somewhere, a little reminder that this person had once lived before. I have nothing much to lose now, only time. Nothing is fair in life, but we all have the same time to do either something we like, or don't like. I like to draw (and complain) so I hope to do this for a long time...
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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

[027] Memory getting worse with age 老了記憶也差了


I couldn't remember the steps of eating Chazuke (rice in tea), so I eventually poured everything inside the small bowl. The waitress was worried and peeped at my table a few times XD My mix tasted good though~ (photos below)

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Monday, June 6, 2011

[026] Japan, the High Context Culture 日本的高語境社會

Sometimes I can't stand the vagueness of the Japanese language. It becomes especially frustrating during critical times... Through my studies, I came to realize that this is called a "High Context" culture. But as a fast and furious Singaporean, I prefer "Low Context"!!!
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Friday, June 3, 2011

Battle of the Tissue Papers 面紙之戰

I'd been taking these tissue papers from the sales people outside my university. In fact, I had finished using 4 packs of these but still continued to take them whenever I can. However it was only today that I noticed that these tissue papers are from 2 rival schools mimicking each other's design!

I wonder how effective they are because the only time that these tissue papers influenced my purchase was when BicCamera had a 100yen coupon attached to it! Will this marketing work outside of Japan? I seriously doubt so especially in Singapore, where we just take them because they're free and don't care about what's written on it!

在我的大學外常常有人發免費面紙,所以我也就常常拿。即使用完了4包還是繼續拿。可是直到今天才發現,原來這兩包面紙是敵對公司的!而且你看吧,設計是不是很像呢?

不知道花那麼多錢製作這些面紙有多大的效果?因為我唯一一次因為面紙而去消費的時候,是當biccamera附上了一張100yen的折扣券時:P  不知道這種昂貴的促銷在日本外會有效果嗎?我覺得很難,因為例如在新加坡,我們都不讀上面的字,只要是免費的我們都拿!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

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