Temple of Skate by Tuck Wai








If you’ve attended the Sole Superior bash, you’ll already be au fait with the work of Illustrator/Designer Tuck Wai. Yup, that’s correct … he designed this year’s event poster.

Tuck works from his home studio – Hoyeah – and his illustrations are motivated by his love for skating. “To me, skateboarding is like a form of martial arts and my weapon is my board.”

Tuck’s dream … to expand his studio, install a mini ramp and turn his workplace into a veritable playground of around-the-clock skating and illustrating.

Today we are previewing his new work, the Temple of Skate. Tuck: “The Temple of Skate is a place filled with ancient Chinese monks and skeletal warriors riding skateboards. It’s a place where cultures collide and everyone skates.”


Spotted! Stanley Xu Ruiyang

Introducing 22-year-old Stanley Xu Ruiyang, a Ngee Ann Polytechnic graduate with a Diploma in Film, Sound and Video. “My journey in moving images started when I was 15. I was watching an NBA highlight video on my PSP, and was amazed at how the combination of visuals and music could get me so excited. I started to learn video editing using the internet. I then went on to study Digital Audio at Video Production at ITE College East and I completed my Diploma in Film, Sound and Video at Ngee Ann Polytechnic.”

Intrigued by family dynamics and inspired by Japanese philosophy and aesthetics, Stanley concentrates on “exploring the depth of the human condition from an objective perspective, with subtle and unobtrusive beauty. Reflecting on the universal truth about our existence, the sad yet beautiful transience of life.” 

In 2015, he directed his first short titled “BLK 401” for the ciNE65 III short film competition. “The film was nominated for multiple categories including Best Film and Audience Favourite. I eventually received the Best Editing award in the student category.”

Soon after, he directed two more films, Mother and Lullaby“Mother was part of the Temasek 20/20 Short Film Project in collaboration with mm2 entertainment, which premiered at the 20th Vancouver Asian Film Festival and was selected to compete at the 22nd Caminhos Film Festival in Portugal. I made Lullaby in collaboration with Honour Singapore as part of a school project when I was at Ngee Ann Polytechnic. The film toured several international film festivals, including the 36th Hawaii International Film Festival, and was selected to compete at the 4th SalaMindanaw Asian Film Festival.”


Unbox! The BooksActually Box




Dear Santa,

Seeing as I’ve been so well behaved, I think I deserve something unique under my tree this year … something that would get me yelping … a BooksActually Box maybe?

This is how it works dear Santa …

– Choose a BooksActually Elf based on recommendations and reading profiles
– Pick a 3, 6, or 12 month membership
– Ship the box including a little gift to complement my reading experience

PS: Don’t forget to throw in a roaring fire and a case of wine. After all, I’m totally worth it!

Thank you Santa.

Michèle Adriaens

Animated Sundays: Show and Tell

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Show and Tell
Script & Story by Omnom Production, Directed by Lee Min Ru, Produced by Chen JinMei
Singapore Polytechnic

“Charlie has a timid demeanour where he is afraid of the judgemental stares from others. He tries to avoid interactions from his classmates. However, he was tasked to perform for “Show and Tell” which made his fear for public presentation become his worse nightmare.”

Bag It! The GIOVARE Clutch



When it comes to finding a Christmas-worthy accessory for your boo, you can’t go wrong with this unerringly appealing clutch bag. Splash and scratch proof and crafted from supple Nappa leather, the RFID blocking GIOVARE is finished with a pocketed interior that’s spacious enough to stow his toys and keep his cards, pens and cables organised.

The designers behind the Singapore made GIOVARE are Teddy Fernando and Febrian Pottanobu. “We both love traveling and usually carry a lot of things. We realised that we were carrying our things around the wrong way. Our stuff was always tangled and disorganised inside our bag, and even little things like grabbing our earphones was troublesome.”

The clutch bag comes in a variety of color options and is funding on Kickstarter.

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