Every month JUICE hurls a spade at a jetsetting, trendspotting type and asks them to unearth their favourite people, places and things. This month Urban Archeologist Lim Kok Kean aka Twilight Actiongirl’s DJ Bunga rolls up his sleeves, and shares his buried treasure.
1. Weaver Moccasin Duckling Shoes
Weaver Moccasin is a footwear brand from Japanese designer Hiroshi Takahashi. Based on the original Clarks Wallabee designs from the late 60s (when they were still hand-made by Padmore & Barnes in Ireland) its hand finished in Portugal, and are made from genuine moccasin construction uppers and hand-stitched to a doubled layered crepe sole. Available from www.oipolloi.com.
2. Oishinbo (Viz)
There’s all sorts of manga but a food manga? Written by Tetsu Kariya and illustrated by Akira Hanasaki, Oishinbo have sold over 100 million copies since its debut in 1983. Chronicling the culinary adventures of food critic Yamaoka Shiro and his quest for the “Ultimate Menu”, the series have now been released in the English language by Viz Publications. Each volume focuses on different Japanese food culture, Sake, Ramen, Gyoza, Fish, Sushi and Sashimi amongst others. Read and whet your appetite.
If there’s a favorite place for me to unwind, that place would be Roost. Located in a double-storey pre-WW II shophouse on Jalan Ohoby in JB since 2005, owner Sea Wong has painstakingly remodeled and redecorated this restaurant/bar into one of those rare places with style and substance but devoid of pretension. The 2nd floor also houses The Girl Next Door, a boutique that carries 2nd hand vintage clothes, interesting knick knacks, custom made items and a small saloon.
Opening hours are 12nn to 4pm and 6pm to 12mn from Monday to Saturdays while on Sundays it’s from 6pm to 12mn. For more info go to http://roostjuicebar.blogspot.com.
4. The Beatles Mono Box Set
Beatles-mania is once again upon us with the recent release of The Beatles’ Rock Band. But what the centerpiece of the entire campaing is the Mono Box Set. All 10 UK Beatles studio albums mixed in mono (from 1963’s Please Please Me through 1968’s The White Album) are contained here along with a collection titled Mono Masters which includes the mono mixes for all of The Beatles non-album tracks during this period. It marks the 1st time that these mono mixes have been released on CD. Only 10,000 sets available and sold out within hours, good luck hunting for a set on ebay.
5. Bandai Soul Of Chogokin GX-45 Mazinger Z
If you grew up in the 70s or early 80s, chances are you would have probably seen Mazinger Z aka Tempe Asuka. To mark the 35th anniversary of the release of the first Mazinger Z chogokin toy, Bandai has pulled out all stops on this latest reincarnation, giving the toy much more articulation, more accessories (including the super cool Jet Scramber) and extra die-cast metal!
You might not heard of Mr. Backsounds but this rising new talent has played some dancefloor destroying sets, most notably at the Barsonic tent during Urbanscapes, attracting a horde of punters with his seamless mix of fidget, electro house and harder minimal techno, he’s also been playing with KBnL and TAG, most notably at the last annual TAG’s Merdeka Massacre session on Merdeka Eve in Barsonic.
7. Quick Gun Murugan
With a South Indian Tamil cowboy as an unlikely superhero, this hilarious western spoof started life as a character created by director Shasanka Ghosh for a series of TV promos for the launch of Channel [V] India. Shot in super saturated tones, Quick Gun Murugan has plenty of outlandish melodrama, songs and crazy action sequences that will appeal if you’re to those looking for something quirky and fun. www.quickgunmurugan.com.