Who's Shooting What in 2010? Lai WeiJie & Elizabeth Wijaya


Name of Project: For I've Loved
Brief Description of Project:
An intimate story set amidst the epic Angkor temples, “For I’ve Loved” is about love lost and love found. Marie-Faith, young hopeful and optimistic, has had a whirlwind romance with Harold, the older gentleman who has swept her off her feet with his charm and wit. Now married, they are on honeymoon in Cambodia. But things do not go as planned and the honeymoon ends in tragedy. Over the years, Marie-Faith returns alone to Cambodia to come to terms with what happened.
Project Tagline: Can true love happen twice?


The Last, Best Place for Tattoos

Chris Rainier is one of the world’s best photographers, according to me and some other people I’ve heard of. I’ve been trying for a few years now—along with Gordon Henderson at 90th Parallel—to sell a documentary film on Chris and we finally got some broadcasters on board (Bravo, Documentary Channel, Smithsonian) so we jetted off to Indonesia last month.

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The artist ‘Shan Yi’ of this work has also included his name and seal inscribed. TEN’s company expressed that: “Earlier this year, they have a chance to meet this well known tattoo master and has this drawings tattoo on her body.

tattoo at her back


Before new female duo ‘TEN’ has debuts, not only their promotional photos caused a stir to the netizens that they are lesbians but when one of the members has make known to public that she has a tattoo at her back on 29 July last month this also created as one of the hottest topic for the netizens.

MAC & Rodarte Do Tattoo’s for Spring 2010

By Aubry Bozzano & Leah Jayasanker

Designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte decided to uniquely accessorize their Spring 2010 Collection using MAC makeup artists alongside their stellar talents. The design duo collaborated with MAC senior artist Chantel Miller and key artist James Kaliardos to create a Maori-inspired geometric tattoo-look. According to Miller, “The idea for the tattoos stemmed from Kate and Laura’s desire to celebrate makeup as art not only for the face, but also for the body in a similar way that Indian culture uses henna. They want women to look at makeup as an accessory for an outfit the way you would a bracelet or a necklace.”

After much collaboration four different full sleeves, one neck and eight half-sleeves of makeup-styled ink totaled 13 creations, all of which evoked feelings of a futuristic tribe. When the time came to bring the designs to life, it took forty artists and four hours to hand paint the body art onto the models. Miller said, “Application is key to creating a body art look like this, so the brushes play an essential part.”

Rodarte’s combined forces with MAC certainly are a perfect example of how artistic collaboration can bring a collection to life on the catwalk.

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(L-R) Actress Juliette Lewis, guest, Tattoo artist Kat Von D, and Actor Eric Balfour attend the G Star Spring 2010 fashion show at Hammerstein Ballroom on September 15, 2009 in New York, New York.
2009 has been MENTAL.
Wait till we get MANIC in 2010!
From the SINdie team, Darren, Li, Grace, Colin, Elfe and me (Jeremy), we want to wish all a Happy New Year!!!

Who's Shooting What in 2010? Boo Junfeng

Name Of Project: Sandcastle
Brief Description of project:
The story follows an 18-year-old boy who is forced to stay with his grandparents when his mother goes on a holiday with her boyfriend. When the family is drawn together by a tragedy, he has to decide where his loyalties lie and what he truly believes in.
Project Tagline:
None yet but here is a report from Screen Daily
http://www.screendaily.com/territories/asia-pacific/singapores-zhao-wei-films-builds-sandcastle/5009273.article

And as we post this...........we are officially 1 hour away from 2010!

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nooka press: time out new york

text by michael a. traverzo

as the noo year slowly creeps upon us, resolutions will be made. so, why not do it in style ( work out that is, since most of the resolutions will be to "hit the gym")? in the noo time out new york, the hyperspace zenh is featured as one of the best fitness watches. go from the gym to the streets with this fashionable timepiece! here at nooka, we like to stay optimistic, so even if your not loyal to your resolution, you'll still be in style!

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also, don't forget to vote for nooka at pulchra. the voting process may seem a bit tedious, but it is actually really simple. simply drag nooka to the number 1 spot, if that's your choice of course and choose the other 9 objects until you have completed your list. In order for your vote to be valid, you will need to complete the details form. remember you can only vote ONCE PER DAY, so make sure to log on the next day and do it all over again. link is here!

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Who's Shooting What in 2010? Wesley Leon Aroozoo

Name of Project: Maybe She Loves Everyone
Brief Description Of Project:
It’s for the Panasonic Digital Film Fiesta 2010. The film is about coming to terms and being able to see oneself from the loop of being in lovelost.
Project Tagline:
'You squirmed when you had pickles in your cheeseburger'.

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if your in singapore, end the year in style at zirca club! zirca x nooka present eden- the rebirth of music.

stand a chance to win an exclusive nooka by simply answering the question: what is the theme of the zirca nye party?

send your reply to: info@zirca.sg with your name, ic and contact number by 30 Dec 2009, 5pm

Who's Shooting What in 2010? Kirsten Tan

Name of Project: Thin Air
Brief Description of Project:
“Thin Air” is a whimsical tale chronicling the final days of Hector. Seated in a wheelchair parked on the roof of his apartment building, Hector flings fishing lines into the cold heights of New York City. He bids his time for the impossible catch, whilst reality bites in the form of Cecilia, his home-care aide.Project Tagline:
“Thin Air” is not simply an elegy to solitude. Sometimes the quieter one’s world is, the harder one dreams and sometimes the universe hears you.



of why Sezairi Sezali is the 2009 Singapore Idol winner


"Touched by an Angel", the wonderful song penned by Singapore Idol's ruthless judge Ken Lim ought to be the decisive piece which determined the winner of the Singapore Idol 2009.

Although I am one of those who are dying to see the winner of Singapore Idol 2009 to be a female & not a Malay, I must admit Sezairi Sezali performed the song, "Touched by an Angel" way better than Sylvia Ratonel.

Wait a minute, explain why you want the winner to be a female & not a Malay, I can hear that question alright.

See, the winners of Singapore Idol so far have been a Malay male: Taufik Batisah (2004) and Hady Mirza (2006).

And I can imagine the future Singapore Idol competition may be less appealing if such a strong pattern has been established. And guess, the Singapore Idol 2010 winner is ... (insert the name of another Malay male).

I tell you, what, let's rename "Singapore Idol" to "Singapura Idola", shall we?

However, on the other hand, I too had a feeling that the title of Singapore Idol ought to go to the male finalist, Sezairi Sezali.

The flaw lies in the voting system. No matter how wonderful Sylvia Ratonel performs the song (or how short her skirt is like in her rendition of the song, "Mercy". Hur hur), there are more 'logical' male audiences who would rather support her 'morally' than to bother wasting their time & money to sms their votes for her.

For Sezairi Sezali, he can rely on the generous support of his group of fans namely female audience. Wanna bet?

Oh, and don't forget about Tabitha Nauser who was one of the top three of Singapore Idol 2009 before she's eliminated.

Very likely her fans would turn their votes to Sezairi Sezali and not to Sylvia Ratonel. They are thinking like this: If their chosen female contestant (Tabitha) is not the winner, why should there be a female winner for this year Singapore Idol?!

Whatever. I mean, congratulations to Sezairi Sezali!

And as a proof that I really like his performance of the song, "Touched by an Angel", please check out this YouTube clip here.

And the Facebook of Sezairi Sezali & read how the fans support him.

Sezairi Sezali beat hot favourite Sylvia Ratonel to be crowned the winner of Singapore Idol at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Sunday.

"I don't know what to think right now. Thank you guys so much, you made my dreams come true," said a shocked Sezairi.

The 22-year-old, who is waiting to enlist for National Service, dashed audiences' hopes of crowning a female Singapore idol. Taufik Batisah won the singing competition in 2004 and Hady Mirza took the title in 2006.

Along with the title and bragging rights, Sezairi wins a recording contract with Universal Music.

Though Sezairi's laid-back performances did not make much of an impression with the judges throughout the third season of the singing competition, he was determined not to go down without a fight.

And Sezairi, who performed Jamiroquai's "Virtual Insanity", "Crazy" by Aerosmith and "Touched By An Angel", a song penned by Idol judge Ken Lim for this year's winner, sure sang his way into the hearts of voters on Sunday.

From Channel NewsAsia, "Sezairi Sezali wins third season of Singapore Idol".

SEZAIRI Sezali made it three wins in a row for aspiring male Malay singers when he was crowned 2009's Singapore Idol on Sunday night.

The laidback 22-year-old beat hot favourite Filipino-Singaporean Sylvia Ratonel to become champion of the reality TV singing contest in front of an estimated 8,000-strong crowd at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

Sezairi, who is waiting to enlist into National Service, dashed public hopes of crowning a female Singapore idol. His rival, a hotel secretary, was expected to win after defying expectations to become the first woman to make it to the competition's finale.

He joins Taufik Batisah, who won the inaugural competition in 2004, and Hady Mirza, the 2006 winner.

"I don't know that to think right now. Thank you guys so much, you made my dreams come true," a visibly shell-shocked Sezairi told Channel NewsAsia.

Along with the title and bragging rights, he wins a recording contract with Universal Music.

From MSN Entertainment, "HAVE YOUR SAY: Sezairi Sezali wins Singapore Idol".

22-year-old Sezairi Sezali has won the third edition of Singapore Idol. But his win garnered some mixed reactions.

"I'm very happy and proud, and this drink is for you, Sezairi. All the hard work and effort he went through - thank God," said Rubiah Chayan and Sezali Suliman, parents of Sezairi.

The judges said it has been a fair competition.

"Sezairi did a better performance tonight. And to be fair to him, he showed a lot more. He was a lot more convincing than Sylvia," said Ken Lim, Singapore Idol 2009 Judge.

But Sylvia's supporters were in shock, and within 24 hours, disgruntled fans had voiced their displeasure on the online platform.

Mr Lim said: "Every competition has got its plus points - its advantages and disadvantages. What is important here is that we have to support who the public has chosen as their idol".

The winner is looking ahead and gearing up for his music career. Sezairi has signed with Universal Music Singapore, and he said his album will be out by April or May 2010.

"My musical direction will probably be very acid jazz, very soul. It is a mix of Jamiroquai, John Mayer. Expect to hear a lot of live instruments, expect to hear a lot of guitar as well," Sezairi said.

On asking whether this is enough to set him apart from the past two Singapore Idols - Taufik Batisah and Hady Mirza - Sezairi said all three idols have different singing styles and personalities which show in their music.

Sezairi said: "The three of us have distinctively very different styles, and we are completely very different people and we have really very different personalities as well.

"So if you see beyond that, and if you really take a listen and open your heart, your mind, and your ears, you will see the difference."

From Channel NewsAsia, "Sezairi Sezali's Singapore Idol win garners a mixed reaction".

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Tattoos have

Tattoos have been around for as long as anyone can remember. They are an art to themselves. Some people have dedicated their lives to doing the work of tattoos. Some call it skin art. Others have used their bodies as a canvas for tattoo artists.

In doing research for this topic I found four interesting facts from a Harris Survey.

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the biggest french tattoo convention

During three days, the biggest french tattoo convention, the Tattoo Art Fest, took place, for the third time, in the Parc Floral and gathered 7000 visitors around more than 150 world wide tattoo artists, featuring tattoo contests, burlesque shows, graffiti artists, photo exhibitions, and concerts

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"Pat Fish has long been renowned across the globe as one of the most talented Celtic tattoo artists.
Her personal connection with Irish culture and knowledge of its symbolism, as well as her steady hand
and talented artistry, make her a top choice for anyone wanting a Celtic tattoo." -about.com

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Tribal Tattoos : Tattoo Art: World's Most Popular Tattoo Designs ... Although some recent tribal art tattoos display colorful hues, most are still ..

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During three days, the biggest french tattoo convention, the Tattoo Art Fest, took place, for the third time, in the Parc Floral and gathered 7000 visitors around more than 150 world wide tattoo artists, featuring tattoo contests, burlesque shows, graffiti artists, photo exhibitions, and concerts

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Coded Messages


Comic from Sunday Times, Life Section, 6th December 2009 by Lee Chee Chew, creator of the comics strip CHEW ON IT.

I don't want to get into trouble for sprouting nonsense but I think most of you out there will know what I'm driving at here with this comic strip.

Who's Shooting What in 2010? Stefan Fanthome

Stefan on the right

Name of project
: Cubik
Brief Description of Project:
Newly initiated into her family's criminal organization, a young woman struggles to make her father proud by unearthing disloyalty and betrayal within his trusted circle of men.
Project Tagline:
In a society built on secrets it is difficult to trust even yourself.


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year-end entrepreneur notes and rants


it's been a long time since i've written a rant or business related post, so what better time than the last week of the year [i know from the emails and comments i get from the blog that many young entrepreneurs read/check in here for the evolving nooka story, and the past few months have read more like a press section than a real blog].

this year has been a very challenging one economically, though i must say, an exciting one for me and nooka. this of course is not "news" to anyone running a business and even more so to people who have found it difficult to find employment the past year. one thing that is different this recession, is the mood. i just don't feel the doom-and-gloom i felt when the economy tanked after george w stole the election in 2001, but then again, that was such a precipitous drop here in NYC with the addition of september 11th, i had to lay-off all my staff and take a job as creative director of a larger company [if i really go on rant mode, i'd write a lot more on how ridiculously structured SBA disaster loans were at that time to benefit only larger companies as they were for the most part based on the number of employees a company had at the time of application – isn't the "SB" in "SBA" supposed to mean "Small Business"?]. i must add though that the SBA [Small Business Administration] has failed the US economy this year even more and i totally encourage everyone and anyone with a business to blog their experience and more importantly send a letter to your congress people and senators to let them know how unacceptable it is to fund such a vast government agency with our tax money that has not one mechanism in place to ensure that their policies and programs are being followed or even made available in every locale where there is need – the SBA has no transparency whatsoever, they will not even give the guidelines that banks must follow to the small businesses being turned down for the loans to check against. they do not even have a person handling complaints. i was simply told to apply to different banks until i find one that would make the SBA money available! obviously, the SBA personnel have never filled out a business loan application before! after going through the process 2 times, i gave up and figured out another way to get through the rough spots presented to us this year. frustrating, yes, but i turned all that energy into being more creative and engaged in growing my business and cultivating my brand.

and it's not only small businesses. yohji yamamoto of japan, escada of germany and even christian lacroix have all filed for bankruptcy protection this year! they of course are large companies with a huge value in their respective brand equities and i'm sure they will restructure and still be on the shelves in 2010 and beyond. it is small companies like nooka that need to be very creative and careful in years like these.

luckily this recession, i have not had to lay off any of our staff [though christmas bonuses will hardly qualify as a down-payment on a house or car]. to be honest, even with the few scattered problems of financing and stores going under, we're coming out of 2009 ahead! 2010 will be our 5th anniversary as 'nooka inc.' and i am very happy to enter this milestone with added vigor and determination to build a mindstyle brand bringing optimism for the future via design!

so for that, i really want to thank all the amazing partners i've worked with this year: our amazing PR staff at raw information group, all of the fabulous magazines who showed us love and support in print and online, BLOGGERS [you know who you are], purpose built for our fragrance launch, all our manufacturing partners, our wonderful distributors in foreign lands, our north american sales staff, our legal team, all the celebs, sports personalities, designers and musicians like lil wayne, semi precious weapons, michna, kate simko etc, who embrace nooka without any prodding from us [well, maybe a little], the one club for choosing us as their corporate design project, redbull, kidrobot, the KDU, – and most importantly – the fans of our designs who keep buying what we make! i also want to thank my staff and wonderful crop of interns we had from sweden and spain [we are currently looking for an adobe indesign wiz intern!].

so what words of wisdom can i offer up for other young businesses?
banks suck. none of the major banks that took government bailout money have made any overtures to make credit available to small businesses. moreover, they are returning the money so they can be free from any pressure to do anything that may benefit society and the small business community. it's an unfortunate reality that you have to even use them. but since you do need a bank, i can only recommend sovereign. i really like HSBC for my personal banking especially since i travel so much all over the world [there is an HSBC ATM EVERWHERE i travel to with the glaring exception of japan (japan is infamous for having a closed market to foreign banks)], they totally failed at being a good bank for business. they have high turnover of dedicated bankers and no mechanism in place to notify customers of personnel changes – they don't even bounce back emails when the person has left the company with an automated response! they lost loan applications on numerous occasions and seem to show no interest whatsoever in making their small business customer feel valued. we spent most of 2009 meeting with the small business agents for every bank you can name in NYC to find someone we would feel is actually interested in our business and the winner was sovereign! really amazing people who took the time to google search nooka and matthew waldman, visit our office, and make every process easy for us.

network your successes and your challenges. don't keep your problems to yourself. you share your successes on your blog and twitter feed right? so why hold back on your difficulties? there will be someone out there in your network with some helpful advice or an introduction to expand your network. remember, you're not complaining if you create a narrative about your challenges. in this way, you'll find more motivation for yourself and staff as well as the added value of engaging other people to help you further your goals.

as cliche as it sounds, read the business press. magazines like fortune, Inc., and fast company have good information in them for small businesses. read anything by malcom gladwell, especially what the dog saw. i found the insights and fresh views on statistical information help train my brain to continue to look past the emotional content we are continually fed as truth. there is beauty and clarity in logic too! the freakonomics sections of the nyt.com is also an amazing source of exercise for the brain.

be an optimist! embrace technology and new materials! follow your gut! be analytical! support universal standards! do not live in a city or a country – live on a planet – it is the only way towards a better future for all!

i think this is enough for now. what do you think?

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The artist is John Fitzgerald at Slave to the Needle in Seattle. I picked him based on his portfolio and the fact that he was one of the only artists at the site taking appointments back in July when I set this up. (The shop is super busy – most of the artists are booked 7 weeks out for consults and 12 weeks after that for tattoos, but there’s a good reason for that because all the artists do amazing work.) Anyway, it turns out that John’s favorite art style is Tibetan, which fits perfectly with what I’m getting done. It’s a great shop with fun people which made the whole thing a lot easier to sit through.

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