The Weekly Photo Diaries: the 5th week of 2014

By Adinda

The 5th week of 2014
Hi guys! Last week we started our first Chinese New Year celebration and it’s still going strong. Taipei is, what the locals call it, a ghost town at this moment and it will continue to be like this till Wednesday. Most people flew to holiday destinations or went out to visit families, so yep, it’s reaaaally quiet around here.

To be honest with you: there’s not much to do in Taipei during this holiday. And we expected lots of fireworks or other Asian craziness (??) on New Years Eve. Maybe it’s because of our neighborhood, not sure, but it was very umm, laid back around 0:00…

So nothing really exciting happened this week. I did cut my hair off course! And I’m working on my new logo and branding. But besides that it comes down to this:

Spring is here in Taipei
^^^ The good thing these last couple of days, is that spring has arrived in Taipei. I know that Taipei should be cold during this time of year so i’m not sure if we can expect some chilly days but for now it’s a ‘no jackets but t-shirts’ kinda weather! And all the pretty flowers are starting to come out again. ^^^

Spring in Taipei

Lulu and Bibi
^^^ So because we life in sleepy town now, we spend most of our days around the house enjoying the perfect weather and eating yummy food. We started our normal lives again today though, so this was our first Chinese New Year holiday. I think we’ll try to travel next year for some more excitement…^^^

How was your week?? Did you celebrate CNY? Hope you had a good one. Let’s see what brings us this week! Happy Monday -xadinda

Don’t care, short hair

By Adinda

Short hair!
I did it! I finally cut my hair! AND IT FEELS SO GOOD YA’LL *___* My head feels like 400 pounds lighter and i’m so much quicker in the shower and most important: GOODBYE tangled-bleached-deadish-looking-hair!

Short hair!

Short hair!
Wanted to share this enormous moment in my life with you :-)

Oh, and tonight is Chinese New Year and this will be our first in Taipei. So for everyone who is celebrating tonight: a very happy Chinese New Year filled with liberating short hair! X

‘her’ the movie

By Adinda

HER the movie <3
You guys, last weekend I went to see her, the latest Spike Jones movie and I have to say, I think this might be one of the best and most interesting movies I’ve ever seen.

'her' the movie
The story is about this guy called Theodore Twombly. He lives in the nearby future and works as a writer. One day he stumbles up on this super advanced operating system (that named herself Samantha). This OS is designed to meet his every need. Eventually he falls in love with this system. Like really in love.

Samantha from 'her'
^^^ Samantha, the operating system. ^^^

I have to say, at first I was not sure what to think about this idea. But knowing it’s directed by Spike Jones, the director of films like Where The Wild Things Are and Being John Malkovich and actors like Joaquin Phoenix, Scarlett Johanson (the voice of Samantha) and Amy Adams where playing in this movie, I had to check it out.

Her the movie
If you’re in to art direction, future tech design and fashion design you’re going to love how they handled things in this movie. I loved all these aspects in Her: the art direction had a retro/orang-y kinda feel and I loved how they designed things like computer desktops, they looked like large photo frames! And how they play video games: really spectacular and super detailed.

Curious? Watch the trailer here:

This movie was romantic, super intimate (don’t go watching this movie with your grandparent’s though), funny, beautiful, real and unique. The concept of the movie (a real person falling in love with a computer) is something I see happening in the future, especially after seeing her. And if you are a IMDB kinda person: her scores a solid 8.5 which is quite high! So if you haven’t seen her yet: go today and let me know what you think! -xadinda

images of the ‘her, the movie’ website

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