Books Actually (again) and a story of Absinthe;

I went with Etto to Books Actually again. I feel happy with the many, many intriguing titles and want to own every photobook they have on Goddard and Kurosawa. We ate at the random curry place around the corner.

There was this little cat we saw sitting on top of a car, evening-tanning. What a luxurious affair. And the old post-war homes, a different sort of architecture from what I am used to for Singapore homes.

Dined with the team in Absinthe, one of my top 3 favourite restaurants in Singapore. I love the place, every course is a delight, and to sit and patter guessing cheeses … and being entertained by the team’s critique of D’s planned marriage proposal in Mauritius (is it encouraged or discouraged for a guy to be extremely practical, discuss).

Also had the Pan-Fried Foie Gras with Warm Blinis and Morello Cherries not shown here, which was absolutely delicious.

The cheese plate is Absinthe’s medium selection of cheeses.

Discovered a new sort of camera, the Rolleiflex TLR, which is very, very cool. This is a friend of a friend’s version, he has 18 gorgeous cameras in his collection. Vintage cameras have became the boytoys of our generation again.

“Rolleiflex is the name of a long-running and diverse line of high-end cameras made by the German company Rollei. The “Rolleiflex” name is most commonly used to refer to Rollei’s premier line of medium format twin lens reflex (TLR) cameras. (A companion line intended for amateur photographers, Rolleicord, existed for several decades.) However, a variety of TLRs and SLRs in medium, 35 mm, and digital formats have also been produced under the Rolleiflex label. The Rolleiflex series is marketed primarily to professional photographers.

The Rolleiflex TLR film cameras were notable for their compact size, reduced weight, superior optics, durable and simple mechanics and bright viewfinders. They were popular and widely imitated, serving as the pattern for a whole class of mass-market cameras. An ingenious tapered mirror allowed the size of the viewing lens (the top lens) ‘internal compartment’ to be reduced, and this smaller compartment was dovetailed with the bottom taking lens ‘compartment’, which decreased the overall size and weight of the camera. The high-quality lenses, manufactured by Zeiss and Schneider, further differentiated the Rolleiflex TLR from many of its competitors. The mechanical wind mechanism was robust and clever, making film loading semi-automatic and quick. A wide range of accessories made this camera a more complete system, allowing close-ups, added filters and quick tripod attachment. Some art photographers still shoot with Rolleiflex TLR film cameras and black-and-white film, the later 2.8F and 3.5F models being very popular. Modern Rolleiflex TLRs are still being manufactured; available focal lengths include 50mm, 80mm, and 135mm. The late-model cameras are collectible, particularly in Japan.”

A frozen view from last week’s temporary office. N’s like my new best friend at work. It all started when he took the cubicle on my side and told me he had a Leica and was interested in photography. Next he told me he liked cats, and could play the guitar. Now we will be friends for life.

Etto and I made mushroom risotto and pork chops for dinner after watching Une Femme est Une Femme. We had so much fun and it was very tasty! It was so fun cooking at night with the french version of Les Miserables playing in the background.


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