Monday, November 23, 2009


Hey moved to new digs. You know you want to check it out. Hope to see you over there.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

steez biting

Jack London has always been one of my favorite authors. I still remember the first time I read Call of the Wild. Not only did it mesmerize me, I wanted to be Buck. I think I was around 11 or 12. I became obsessed with sled dogs and the Iditarod. I remember telling my family that one day, 'when I was old enough' I'd enter the race. While that hasn't happened, I'm still enthralled by Mr. London's writing.

Of course, White Fang made me want to adopt a wolf. That didn't happen either, but I kept up with the reading. Although I loved the novels, I think London was really a master of the short form. His short stories are amazing. To Build a Fire is a true classic, and to this day my heart quickens alongside the man's as he struggles with the cold. London is able to turn nature into not just a force to be reckoned with, but also another character. A cunning, cruel character that forgives no mistake. The cold is never more palpable than in this struggle.

While I am given to verbosity, London's best work hovers around 7,500 words or less. He described savagery and nature economically. Yet few could write as evocatively.

With winter on its way, light a fire and grab a few of London's tales. Don't have a decent used bookstore near you? Go here. 

Saturday, November 7, 2009

my stuff

Jacket:UNIQLO Shirt:Koto/UrbanOutfitters Denim:A.P.C.
I know, this place's been all about photo safaris and my stuff lately, but I'm on a mountain in the middle of China, give me a break. I've been feeling UNIQLO lately. This jacket is a perfect transitional jacket. It's got a removable quilted liner-which extends its use as a light rain shell to a fairly decent Fall and early Winter jacket. With the right layers, it's apropos for quite a few occasions. I found the chambray buried in a rack of flannels and skittle flavored hoodies one day wandering through the local Urban Outfitters this summer. I've never heard of Koto, but I like the shirt and the pocket details. Don't worry, I only have 2 chambray shirts.


Doesn't it look like I'm thoughtfully considering the beauty of nature and how small a speck in this great universe I really am? Yeah, too bad I just misjudged the ten second timer on my camera.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Photo Safari

My only question is: wolf or rabbit ladies?

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Class Election!

Mr. Davis is holding a little survey, of sorts. He wants to know your top 3 men's style blogs/sites. (Is it just me, or does 'blog' still sound weird?) Anyways, head on over to Jake Davis and throw in your two cents. Personally, I'm happy(and super surprised) that my crappy logo even made the graphic. Voting ends on Monday folks. 

my stuff

Jacket: Uniqlo Shirt: Ralph Lauren Tie:The Hill-Side Trousers:Uniqlo Hat:GraceHats Shoes:Camper PocketSquare:The Hill-Side

Today is Halloween on Moganshan. Not that this is really a costume at all. Actually, it's my best impression of Thom Browne. This is the other jacket I bought in Hong Kong a few weeks back (has it really been 2 months?) from Uniqlo. I picked the trousers up in Osaka after drooling over similar styles at BEAMS and Ciaopanic. I never was the biggest fan of cropped trousers, but the Japanese won me over. I'm still not sure how girls feel about them, but I doubt that feelings are too negative, right?

I can't really say how much I like, no strike that, love my gear from The Hill-Side. The tie is amazing and has held up to 2 plus months of travel and my not always so delicate packing style. It works with jeans and an untucked shirt as well as a blazer/trouser combo for more formal moments. The bandanna, which I've folded into a pocket square here, is great. Still haven't seen a shade quite like the plum chambray. Plus, whenever I get the urge to rob a bank, I have the perfect mask. If you're going to steal someone's money, you should at least be well dressed. 

Happy Halloween kids. 

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

my stuff

Today, my sister took us out on a little hike. She showed us this cool abandoned building (what abandoned buildings aren't cool?) that was once owned by a family of Russian ex-pats here on the mountain.

After exploring for a few minutes, we noticed some items scattered in the debris inside. "Those are cool bottles..." we all said. After a few moments, I went for them. I know, I know, not so kosher to take from an abandoned house, but still, I figure we can call it 'salvaging' and it's okay, right? I'll show you the bottle I snagged when it's cleaned up and on display in my apartment.

Oh, the clothes. Rogues Gallery shirt, A.P.C. new standards, and Camper shoes.


Any good Halloween plans guys?