16 September 2014

Selfies, Food Porn, and Social Validation

One day last summer, I was invited to join a bunch of Berlin folks to an event in a local restaurant. There was a new restaurant that opened, and so as part of a social network centered around restaurants, services, and other providers, I was invited to this event. It was an event sponsored by the restaurant, which recently opened within the year. So about twenty or so people were gathered in this restaurant to sample and try the offerings of this restaurant. While overall, I liked the experience, there were actions of my fellow guests that sort of raised a question in my head. And it has something to do with selfies, as well as taking photos of food.

14 September 2014

Cavorting with the Companion: The Historic Centre of Florence

When my partner and I were in Florence, we walked around, a lot. We visited a few museums, but aside from that, we spent most days strolling around. And Florence is a good city to do this, because there are plenty of gems that one can easily see just by wandering around the old historic town.

12 September 2014

Closing my Facebook Account

A month ago, I mentioned that I minimized my Facebook use. Well, I was still thinking about that topic, and after some considerable deliberation, I have decided to close my Facebook account completely.

10 September 2014

Cavorting with the Companion: Clet Abraham's Artwork

While my partner and I were in Florence, we saw these weird yet interesting road signs all over the place. This turned out to be the work of Clet Abraham, and I would see them at every corner, turning mundane road signs into works of art. Hence, during the five nights we were in Florence, I would always look up and see whether there was another interesting piece of road sign that was hanging. And yes, I photographed them whenever I saw them.

08 September 2014

My Love-Hate Relationship with Amsterdam

It seems that I have a few love-hate relationships. I have one with IKEA, with New York City, and even with a piece of literature. And now I have a love-hate relationship with yet another city, that is, Amsterdam.