Wednesday, October 29, 2008

A Potpurri of Local Talent

To all art lovers in Bahrain or in the GCC, make time in your weekend calendar to visit the Art Exhibitions around Bahrain. Love them all!! Let yourself wander aimlessly around beautiful art works by local Bahrainis.. see how they have communicated their art to the audience..from paintings, to photography, to sculpture..I can't find the words to say it, how can you describe a melange of art thats colorful, emotional, and gives you a different perspective?!.. its never too late..go and enjoy! :)

From: October 23 to November 1 at the Banyan Tree Resort and Spa.
Artists: Nabeela Al Khair, Faika Al Hassan, Lobna Al Amin, Balqees Fakhroo, Kareema Taha, Ali Al Mahmeed, Fuad Falah, Khalil Hammad and Ali Al Koofi.

and also Ebrahim BuSaad's exhibition in Dar Albareh Art Gallery, Bahrain until October 30.

Temple in Thailand built out of 1.5 million recycled bottles!

Wow! 1.5 million recycled bottles building! The Wat Pa Maha Chedio Kaew Temple in Sisaket province, roughly 370 miles from Bangkok, is made out of an estimated 1.5 million recycled glass bottles!..From what has come from a bottle collection to building that has started since 1984, the monks see the stunning shining building attractive so that people would continue to donate more bottles so that they could create more buildings! BC!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

More shoes by Zaha!! Zaha Hadid's designing shoes!! She has expanded her brand into the fashion world. Ok, so she designed these shoes for Melissa ( a brazilian brand)..Maybe they're the new crocs ?!?! But now shes designing more shoes! She has lately collaborated with Lacoste on a new sport shoe that's available in Spring 2009.
Zaha Hadid describes the design in a press statement, “The design expression behind the collaboration with Lacoste footwear allows the evolution of dynamic fluid grids. When wrapped around the shape of a foot, these expand and contract to negotiate and adapt to the body ergonomically. In doing so a landscape emerges, undulating and radiating as it merges seamlessly with the body.”

Mercedes in Motor Sports 2025

Yahooo!! I can see myself whizzing away in this (just imagining!)..Hello eco-friendly Mercedes!!

Recently Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design Center of North America revealed images of this Formula Zero..tomorrows look into the next way of racing..Environmentally friendly! Taking its main elements from the thrill of Formula One cars, the grace and efficiency of yachts, and the track dynamics of bobsleds.

This zero-emissions racer is designed to extract the maximum force from the electric motor powered by renewable resources, with a high-tech wind catching sail, and an aero-efficient solar skin..The future of racing won't just be on the speed of the car, but also on how energy-efficient they are.

Glamour in the Bathroom

Love this bath collection by Hidra. Black & Gold..oozes luxe in a simple not overly intricate way! For those of you who love the grandeur and glamour in the bathroom with the luxury fixtures, this collection offers high design, simple, sleek and modern with curvilinear lines, then add the glossiness of the gold or black..reminds me of old hollywood in a way..

For more, check out Hidra

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Its Raining on a Sunday

Smile on a Rainy Day
Sing on a Rainy Day
Laugh on a Rainy Day
Cry on a Rainy Day
Dance on a Rainy Day
Love on a Rainy Day
Play on a Rainy Day


Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Automotive world of tomorrow..VW 2028

Volkswagen 2028 offers the brands vision of the automotive world in 20 years. With 4 concept cars: One (a compact personal mobility vehicle), Ego (a 2-seat coupé), Room (a living-room family car), and Up! (a mini car), all made and designed to suit different needs. What I love is that they're exploring new technologies and ideas, such as: Sustainability, Networked mobility, Custom-made cars at the touch of a button, and Accident free driving. Above all, these cars will be like a good friend that knows what you think about things, helps you with viable information, and cares about you automatically! Talk about A.I. (Artificial Intelligence) coming to life!

For more information, check out their website Volkswagen2028.

Top of Tirol...time to scream!

Yummaaaa! My heart sinks to ground level..
This is a mountain top viewing platform above a glacier recently completed in Tirol, Austria.. designed by Astearchitecture. A heart-stopping architectural edge walker in Mountain Isdor, its an interplay of construction and landscape. A 9-meter cantilever over the ridge of the glacier giving you a new perspective about beauty, and the essence of what we can do today that wasn't available yesterday. Yeah...I'd think at least 3 times before walking on a cantilever thats oh 3200-meters from the ground!!!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Microscopic Photography

Images from National Geographic

Chanel Art Pavilion NY

Insane architecture done by major architect Zaha Hadid..commissioned to design this handbag-inspired Chanel Art Pavilion in NY. Inside..there are works of art by international artists inspired by the elements of the quilted Chanel bag that shows its emblamatic status, along with a dark room where a water puddle shows the reflection of a parisian cityscape, complete with the Chanel boutique.. A video display showing naked people beating eachother up with chanel handbags, and a women shooting Chanel handbags from a rifle..Art could sometimes be delusional.

Chanel MobileArt

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Culinary Adventures

Being a gourmand foodie, I have to note some of the most interesting yet weird to bizarre places to dine around the world..For the fun of it.

1. Passionate about apples at Pomze, Paris. A gourmet restaurant devoted to apples! created by Daniel and Emmanuel Dayan. With more than 120 varieties, this innovative cuisine adds flavor to all its menu items by bringing out the best in apples. Treat yourself on the likes of gazpacho soup with granny smith juice ice cubes, or the swordfish skewer with grilled veg, with a light red apple curry sauce.

2. How about a chance to dine uh..blind?! Dans Le Noir offers just that. Made to increase awareness of the blind, you get surprise menus that come in four colors and themes: white for normal, red for no seafood, blue for no meat, and green for vegetarian. In other venues, you are being served by the blind.
3. For those of you who know Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck and Chef Ferran Adrià’s El Bulli, where food takes the form of weird science experiments: foams, liquid nitrogen, even an ultrasonic mixing technique used to create unique emulsions. The Clinic in Singapore has taken a bizarre step further. Designed like a hospital, the chefs “operate” on gourmet oddities in an open demo kitchen under the glow of operating room lights! Food is served on stainless steel surgical tables, and diners are seated in gleaming gold-plated wheelchairs.

4. One of the most difficult places to reserve a table is Fortezza Medicea. Why? that’s because, in addition to serving fluffy gnocchi and robust Chiantis, most chefs, waiters, and sommeliers are also serving 25 to life! Launched in 2006 in a 500-year-old prison outside Pisa, Fortezza Medicea is a kind of social experiment: can a restaurant staffed by some of Italy’s most hardened criminals provide viable job training? How about being served in a big room filled with plain benches, guards (no really) survey the crowd. Oh yea..NO CELLPHONES! and you have to eat with plastic cutlery..worth it?! me..maybe for the scary fun of it maybe not for the sake of my life!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008


I'm in awe at these truly deep colorful photography by fashion photographer Sølve Sundsbø. Born out of a long-life fascination of science photography and nature documentaries, Parroquet is the photographers' latest project. Different than other genres of photography, Parroquet is all about a small slender type of long-tailed parrot. Shown in such intensity and striking imagery, this possesses an almost sartorial quality, in a way relates to fashion.
Sundsbø sees this project as fashion on an evolutionary scale; compared to the fast-paced, demanding nature of the fashion industry with many trends and looks each season produces, one can just ooh and aah at this stunning bird of natural beauty.