カレーライス karē raisu

August 31, 2012 § 2 Comments

In between buying boxes of Tokyo Bananas at the airport last year, I picked up a box of Kiyoken’s Yokohama Curry. It expired before I could cook it, but always had a thing for Japanese packaging and its sweetish curry, so here it is, scanned for keeps.

According to wikipedia, “Western-style curry draws its influence from stews mixed with curry powder, which were popular amongst the British Navy.”  I suppose that explains the figures in western garb below, alongside the traditional kimonos; or perhaps that’s a nod to the American navel base that was there, as shown by the flag.

In any case, thought it quite a feat they combined so many different elements and made it work.

Breaking it down, there are:

  • 4 typesfaces (english, kanji, katakana,  hiragana)
  • 2 patterns flanking the top and bottom of the box
  • A faint skyline of Yokohama’s famous attractions (Chinatown gate, Yokohama Bay Bridge, etc)
  • Feature ribbons
  • Colourful illustration with a decorative border

Usually that’s enough to throw any design into chaos, but the designer showed restraint in the colour palette and allowed the warm curry tones of red, gold and tan to tie things together.

Random trivia to round it up: Guess what’s on the menu for Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force today? Seeing that it’s Friday, curry rice, of course.


the case for the marriage of peanut butter & apple

August 22, 2012 § Leave a comment

Once upon a time,  Peanut Butter & Banana were my favourite couple and I thought they would be together forever. But Life has a funny way of capsizing one’s boat of should-bes and would-bes when she’s bored. So somewhere along the way, Banana shifted out of the plate he cohabited with PB, and one dewy morning, PB met the Apples.

In most versions of this fairytale, the Apples are decked out in tart green, but I think they suit golden-reds best. PB twirled and laughed with the first two brothers, but it was Braeburn Apple with his charming crunchiness she was secretly nutty for.

Their detractors cried out that it was an strange, strange match, but they held fast to each other. In time, as always, the nay-sayers faded away and PB & Braeburn Apple lived happily ever after on their blue plate, travelling about on their silver spoon.


On the same colour palette note, had my nails done at manicurious again. The perk about knowing the people there is that even if I spend a good full half an hour discussing a design and testing out a thousand colours, the manicurists still smile and don’t dump my iced chocolate over my head.

Then again, I think they smile at everyone, so perhaps it’s an imaginary perk. They are an accomodating lot. Loving this simple design Jenny suggested to me when I showed up in a nautical dress.

[london] broadway market

August 13, 2012 § 1 Comment

If you’re ever feeling blue, a street market is the place to be. It’ll cheer you up in no time. Round the corner and you’ll run into musicians strumming their banjos and blowing into their harmonicas. Hum along as you pick up some mushroom risotto to eat, pipping hot from the pot with freshly grated cheese on the top, or be naughty and start with a spread of cookies and cakes – it’s hard to be a downer in a street of sunlight.

Broadway Market
Sat, 9am – 5pm | site | map


December 17, 2011 § Leave a comment



waitrose packaging never fails to convince us we need to buy something every time we step in.

Dried porcini mushrooms do make for an excellent risotto though. Can’t take the credit for making it (Shawn’s the one who’s an excellent cook), but definitely can take the credit for licking the plate clean.

curious crumb: a good marriage

October 5, 2010 § 1 Comment

PB turned to Banana and whispered: “You are the one.”
“Damn right,” replied Banana, “We’re stuck for life.”

iphone snap: monday breakfast conversations


[sch]food photography: les frootloops

March 4, 2010 § 6 Comments

Part of the series of photographs I had to produce for my final presentation.

The idea behind:

Even when we can afford to dine like kings in this day and age, many times we still pick the empty calories.

Perhaps we don’t always want what’s good for us. In many areas of our lives.

It was quite a fun photoshoot with last-minute hunting for white glue (milk), and spray painting the utensils in my corridor. Did regret not paying better attention to my etiquette lessons in SMU. For the life of me, I couldn’t recall if the dessert fork was placed on the left or top. But in the end, it didn’t matter anyway because Dessert Fork was downgraded from a cameo to zero screen-time. Sorry, Small Fork.

[spray painting cheap NTUC cutlery to a matt white]

[ piecing the frootloops together with handy UHU glue and tweezers took a LONG time. Thank God I had help with picking out the perfect pieces. The not-so-perfect ones? We ate them all!]

[ The set up. The green shrub came from my parent’s pot jungle in our corridor, while the napkin was a top of mine. Amazing what you can find rummaging around the house.]

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