This was such a packed day, as it always seems to be whenever I go on excursions with Shamis. Which is AWESOME. The both of us had always wanted to visit the Stanley Kubrick exhibit at LACMA, and since it was due to end in a week, we decided that there was no time like the present to finally get down to it. The trouble was, I got so hungover from Angie’s birthday house party the previous night that the bumpy bus ride to LACMA took all I had not to regurgitate whatever I had in my stomach. Ah, life in Los Angeles, city of sin.
Shamis was running late, and I did get there a bit early, so I had a lot of time to occupy myself with my tripod at the iconic Urban Light installation at LACMA:
This was the first time I wore my new Shop Notice necklace out. I redeemed it from Chictopia with my points; the first I’d ever done throughout my time at the style website. It was so exciting to receive the package literally the next day, when I’d expected it to arrive in a week. Not that surprising when I found out that Shop Notice operates from Los Angeles as well. Since then, I’ve been checking Chictopia religiously for awesome stuff both in their redeem section and shop. It’s still a little bit crazy when I think about how I got this statement necklace.
I also had time to munch on this free burger they were giving out at Chick-fil-A‘s new branch near UCLA. I really am going to miss all the freebies I get in this country when I leave.
Stanley Kubrick Exhibit at LACMA
I was delighted when I saw the letter describing what looked to be the prototype of the Steadicam. I’m no film major though, but it sounds like it to me.
Reading the critique penciled onto the various concept designs for the poster of The Shining was actually pretty amusing. A lot of hard work was put into pre-production, and the sheer amount of thought put into just this aspect showed it.
Favourite Eateries at Sawtelle
Our trip to the museum over, I introduced Shamis to some good food over at ‘Little Osaka’ Sawtelle. First off was Tsujita LA Artisan Noodles Annex (not to be confused with the other Tsujita branch opposite the road). Ela, Lilli, Ssen, Andrew and I headed there for dinner one night, but the wait was so long that we had dinner somewhere else instead. This time, Shamis and I didn’t have to wait for a table at all:
We took a hunch and decided to split one bowl of Ramen with soft-boiled egg (adding an extra egg so that we each had one). It was a good call, since the bowl was humongous. Also, this is the first Japanese ramen place I’ve been to in LA that had soft-boiled egg! I was so excited that I could have cried out of joy. If only my tear ducts were that receptive…
And then I dragged him to try the delicious that is the strawberry shortcake from Beard Papa’s. I wish the branches in Singapore had them too.
And finally to CoCo where we had legit bubble tea. Mine was milk tea with pudding. Their pudding is amazing. Nothing I’ve had so far in LA even comes close.
Soliloquy at Copro Gallery
After that it was off to find Copro Gallery out of the many in the cluster in Culver City, where Shamis’ friend, Peter Chan, had a solo show, Soliloquy. Another group also had an opening show, Raw Kingdom, the same night next door:
He had a strong cabbage motif going on, and everyone was asking him what it all meant. Apparently he had also commissioned a paint company to create a shade of purple that he had used in some of his pieces. It was interesting to hear his conversations with the group of friends that Shamis was part of.
Following that, my favourite pieces from Raw Kingdom next door, by Rob Sato and Kris Chau:
Reflekt Mag Launch Party
Finally, it was a trip downtown for the Reflekt Mag Launch Party. I was feeling much better from my hangover, though I avoided the sangria like the plague. All the photos below were taken by Camay:
It was an absolutely great day.