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Monday, April 26, 2010

Pierre Hermé

A colleague of mine was on a business trip to Europe and couldn't return as scheduled due to the Icelandic volcanic ash; she was stuck in Paris for six extra days. I suppose if one has to choose a place to be stuck in, Paris is a good one. It also meant she wasn't able to contribute as much to a competition we were working on. Nevertheless, a crisis is also an opportunity.

Given that she had time to spare, I asked her to swing by Pierre Hermé to pick up something to bring back. She stayed on la rive droite so she only managed to go to the boutique on Rue Cambon and brought back a box of chocolates. They were great and reminded me of why I like Hermé so much.

Unfortunately Hermé doesn't have a store in Taipei. But why not? Some of his famous colleagues, namely, Eric Kayser, Joël Robuchon, and Sadaharu Aoki are already here. Therefore, I would like to make a plea to Chef Pierre Hermé. If you ever decide to open another boutique, please do it in Taipei.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Magic Piano

In a blog entry a while ago, I wrote about my disappointment with Lang Lang's performance in Taipei. However, I must say the video below of Lang Lang playing the Magic Piano on the iPad is pretty cool.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Plus Aoki

I recently went back to Sadaharu Aoki to pick up a goûter. This time I got the Chocolate and Salted Butter-Caramel Tart: pâte sucrée crust filled with caramel and topped with a soft chocolate mousse. The salt in the caramel enhanced and contrasted with the sweet flavors. The tart was excellent.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Quote | Money

Architecture is good work. But when you do your work with a lot of passion, you don't have a lot money in your pocket.

- Jean Nouvel answering Charlie Rose's question on whether he will buy one of the apartments in the building he designed in New York City.

Saturday, April 10, 2010


My project for 中和市 broke ground a few weeks ago. Below are some pictures from the ceremony.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Quote | Options

No, I will solve your problem for you and you will pay me. You don't have to use the solution. If you want options go talk to other people.

- Paul Rand's response to Steve Jobs' request to come up with a few options for NeXT.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Quote | New York

I’m from New York. I will kill to get what I need.

- Lady Gaga on being a New Yorker living in Los Angeles.