December 20, 2016

Isetan Cube_1: Image and Matter by Yoichi Ochiai

Being a fan of Japan culture, I was invited to the second exhibition which Yoichi Ochiai holds his first large-scale private exhibition of media art at Cube_1 (Iseten The Japan Store, Lot 10). 

So who's Yoichi Ochiai? 
He is a globally renowned emerging media artist and assistant professor at Tsukuba University. Described as a "wizard" in the modern age, as if Edison whom he admires as a media artist was an inventor, Yoichi has been envisioning the concept of Digital Nature: an alternative ecosystem where computational resources, nature and humanity have merged together seamlessly in the post ubiquitous computing era.

In this aspirational exhibition featuring approximately 20 of his works, including cutting-edge technology and traditional media such as soap bubbles and magnifying glasses familiar to all generations, you will discover the world of this 21st century wizard through vision and physical experiences. I was lucky enough to meet Yoichi himself on the first day of the exhibition and gotten myself a private tour. 
Clock Flare Lens
Enchanted Blossom
Cockroach x Firebug. Definitely not my type of art piece. 
Levitrope
Pixie Dust - Equipment that generates a 3D acoustic-potential field i which substances can be manipulated
If you are keen on the exploring the digital arts and science, do drop by Yoichi's exhibition before 14 Jan 2017. Ticket fee details as below:
Adult (18 years old and above) - RM30
Children (13 - 17 years old) - RM15

Looking forward for the next exhibition which they will be promoting the flavour of hanami
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December 14, 2016

Spring in Sydney: 7 Places You Need to Visit (Part 1)

Exact a month ago since I came back from Sydney, still missing their coffee and chilly weather. It was an impromptu trip that AirAsia X and Destination New South Wales (DNSW) had arranged for us, but it was definitely a memorable one. 

My blogger friends (Dior and May Ho) and I were arranged to stay at Mantra 2 Bond Street, which is located in the CBD area. The hotel location is very accessible as the Circular Quay and the iconic Sdyney Opera House is only minutes away.
 

#1 Circular Quay & Sydeny Opera House
 

#2 Taronga Zoo
 We visited one of Sydney's favourite attractions, Taronga Zoo. A leading zoological garden and home to about 4000 animal including native wildlife and exotic rare creatures just minutes from the heart of downtown. It is also on the elevated land along the waterfront at Bradley's Head, Mosman which is a great vantage point to take in the harbour vista. Some say the giraffes have the best views in town .
 

#3 The Gap
If you are visiting Watsons Bay, don't forget to drop by The Gap for some amazing photo opportunities with the ocean cliff facing Tasman Sea, and then along past the Signal Station and Macquarie Lighthouse.

#4 Bondi Beach
The Sydney's famous Bondi Beach is not just the sand and surf, there is a myriad of things to do and see beyond the surf. We took a cliff top coastal walk overlooking the landscape and had yourself indulged in a sweet treat from Messina Gelato, known as the best gelato in Australia.

#5 Koskela 
I want all the things! Koskela in Rosebery stock so much awesomeness, it is pretty easy to blow a whole pay cheque and a good few hours going through their products. Just like how I bought some marble home deco and books. From designer bean bags to the most amazing sofas and chairs, owners of Koskela, Russel Koskela and Sasha Titckosky sure know how to find the best furniture and homewares and bring them together in one ridiculously cool warehouse space.

While visiting to Port Stephens, we were arranged to stay at The Nelson Resort. Located in the heart of Nelson Bay, you can easily walk to the fabulous beaches and enjoy the great bars and restaurants along the shores.

 #6 Stockton Sand Dunes
Located only 10 mins from the centre of Nelson Bay, the Worimi Conversation Lands form the largest sand dune system in Australia. There are plenty of ways to enjoy the sand dunes. May and I had check-listed the thrilling quad bike ride and sandboarded across the dunes.


#7 Dolphin Watch Cruise 
It was my first time watching dolphin so up close. The Dolphin Watch is a 1.5 hour ride on Moonshadow Cruise with a 99% success rating in spotting these majestic creatures. The cruise also offered boom net ride and buffet lunch if requested. 

 I have covered all the places I had visited, stay tune for all the food and drinks you need to know on next!
#ILoveSydney
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