Tuesday, November 27, 2012

A hunka hunka burnin' North Korean love

The People's Daily have somehow read The Onion literally. And, barely containing their excitement that a Western media outlet named Kim Jong-Un the Sexiest Man Alive, went off and produced a celebratory 55-PAGE photo slideshow of him. The link is here

Here's the text:
Edited and translated by Zhang Qian, People's Daily Online

U.S. website The Onion has named North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong Un as the "Sexiest Man Alive for the year 2012".

"With his devastatingly handsome, round face, his boyish charm, and his strong, sturdy frame, this Pyongyang-bred heartthrob is every woman's dream come true. Blessed with an air of power that masks an unmistakable cute, cuddly side, Kim made this newspaper's editorial board swoon with his impeccable fashion sense, chic short hairstyle, and, of course, that famous smile," it said.

"He has that rare ability to somehow be completely adorable and completely macho at the same time," said Marissa Blake-Zweiber, editor of The Onion Style and Entertainment.

And better yet, the photos

On a horse, no less. Why, he's practically Vladimir Putin!

 The handsome leader to the common man, posing with some (frankly terrified looking) villagers

Oooh. Inspecting machinery. Hot, hot, hot.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Please mind the gap. Songs inspired by the MTR

 Steve James's fun sing-along YouTube sensation, "The MTR Song." Too bad Hong Kong doesn't have its own national anthem (SAR-anthem?) because this could be it. It's totally us: Practical, catchy, and features a combination of Cantonese street names and ridiculously plummy British accent not found anywhere else on earth.

And for the artsy among you, "Monolake - Mass Transit Railway." Written & Produced By Robert Henke And Gerhard Behles. HQ Audio in 1997. Remember 1997? Patten weeping as the rain poured down outside?

Saturday, November 3, 2012

What to wear to work: Autumn edition

Do you know what I do when I feel overwhelmed? When I'm balancing editing, work travel and a baby -- and also feeling guilty about my many unfulfilled goals: losing weight, going to the gym, bettering my Chinese, finishing my novel? I wait for both baby and husband to be asleep, and I Polyvore. The mindlessness of it soothes me.  

What to wear to work: Autumn

So here we go. We can break out all our wooly fall clothes now that it's "autumn" (which in Hong Kong means that it's finally only 20 C, or 70 F, and everyone is running around in windbreakers while still blasting the air con). I saw these three outfits in my office recently, which is noteworthy because a) newsrooms are not exactly known for their high fashion; b) at least in print media, nobody dresses up unless they have to go out for an interview; and c) usually everyone just wears head-to-toe black and denim.

These are comfortable, modest outfits -- soft trousers, comfortable footwear, no designer labels -- but not boring. That's due to splashes of color as well as surprisingly funky shoes. You can turn a dull green sweater and plain black pants into something cool when you pair it with animal-print pumps.

One woman had a Chanel-esque boxy jacket with just a hint of a silver thread woven in, paired with a grey shell, and silvery flats. (To be fair, they were more of a shimmery dove shade than the disco-ball pair found here on Polyvore). As you can probably guess, this was worn by a slightly older woman who had let her hair color its natural way. (I'm not going crazy. Even Corporette is blogging about silver in the office).

Whereas the middle outfit was worn by someone quite younger. Those are proportions that I used to wear while in college or in my early 20s. Advice columns always tell you to avoid cutting the torso in half, or wearing horizontal stripes. But this particular mix of cropped military jacket, long stripey shirt-dress worn over black leggings and chunky boots -- for some reason, it is slimming.

For actual fashion blogger advice, from when autumn actually started in the non-tropical world, Privilege has written all about sweater dresses, cashmere sweaters and button-front shirts.