Design Food Technology

Burn – Intense Energy

I rarely take energy drinks. And I doubt that I would want to try a new Coca-Cola product called Burn. Currently it’s only released in the Netherlands. The thing that caught my eye was it’s resealable top.

Graphic and info snippet from

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The can is opened by twisting the plastic seal. While doing this the pressure inside the can is released slowly through the smallest hole on the seal (see picture), thus preventing the soda to spray out if the can has been shaken. When you’ve had enough for a while you can close the seal with another simple twist, and you’re good to go.

Official site. I did a lot of clicking around but can’t seem to find more info. Not in English.

Speaking of cans, I saw some self-heating coffee in cans in a convenience store earlier today. A quick Google search and voila. It’s from Hot-Can. Seems like its a Made in Malaysia product.

Here is an extraction from the post on FriedChillies.

The can contains a heating catalyst at the bottom compartment containing a mixture of quicklime and water. What you need to do is to push the actuator button at the bottom of the can which crushes the seal separating the catalyst ingredients. Once mixed, the chemical reaction produces a non toxic reaction containing chalk, water and HEAT… which then heats up the aluminium can. And since aluminium is an excellent heat conductor, the heat is efficiently transferred to your cuppa as well.

And here’s more info from Wikipedia on self-heating can.
It’s not really a new technology but it’s certainly the first in Malaysia as far as I can tell. If not then it only proves the point that I have been living under the tempurung for too long. Expect a pricier tag compared to other can beverages. If not mistaken it’s around RM2.60.
Both of these products main attraction is the technology behind it. Wonder what other packaging ideas that will be unraveling real soon.


A-Z Drawers

I love this. I like alphabets. I like words. I like my A B C’s.
Saya teramat sayang pada abjad. Yang ini sudah sampai tahap mengarut.

This particular handmade furniture by Kent and London aptly named Alphabet Drawers has me drawn in like ants to something sweet, messy and sticky on the kitchen floor.
Look at the object. Drawing inspiration from vintage printing blocks, this hand crafted chest with 26 lovely drawers simply screams Take Me Home. I would be out of my mind if I decided to do that though. It’s priced at an insane price of £2700. That is a too much for me to handle even though it stands at my waist height.

I guess I will just add it into my To Lust For list. Or should it be renamed to To Lust Forever list.

Wait… it just struck me. Filthy rich parents could consider getting this if you have a baby on the way or already arrived. This is a good learning tool and you could get the little angel/devil to learn their A B C’s and also to keep things that starts with the alphabet stored in respective mini drawers. A precautionary note though, to childproof the drawer, please… I cannot stress this more, please have this drawer screwed on to the wall. The drawer at your waist height will crash boom and bang on your little one, forever making them your little one.

Climb Design

Active Furniture : Hanger

Active Furniture is a collaboration project by Cristina Guardiola and Virginia Pol.

Their concept explained.

Active furniture is a collection of three objects which try to keep users physically active by creating new relationships object-user-user-object.

These new relationships are not unidirectional anymore – relationships in which users are the ones who demand from the object and the object obeys.

The pieces of furniture in this collection do anything but facilitate what users want. They force users to perform a physical action in order to make them function. These actions keep users active.

Trying to find a way around the system also implies an effort. In this case, however, it implies a physiological effort.

They have three objects but I am interested to blog about their Hanger. I am sure that I do not need to tell you why.

The Hanger
Placed several meters above the floor, this hanger transforms the wall in a little mountain that needs to be climbed every time users have to get their jacket.

Bye bye pretty manicured nails.


Nike SFB Tactical Boots

I am not a fan of Nike. But I do like this pair of kicks.


Climb Design

Enschede Climbing Dormitory

The idea of adding functionality to a building wall is just great. Although they are not the first to come up with this idea, but an architect firm in Netherlands, Arons & Gelauff Architects has installed 2500 handholds on the University of Enschede 30m/9 stories dormitory building.
Me like.

This makes an enjoyable traverse. Me like again.

But in Malaysia’s weather and the maintenance needed… I don’t think it will work well. After a while, the holds might get stolen or damaged due to constant exposure to the sun and the rain. Most of the time individuals in charge of taking care of the premise are unqualified or not knowledgeable enough to maintain the walls. Mmm… and I don’t think we would see much buildings like this in Malaysia. Most we have are straight ups. Just long 5Cs-6A+ climbs.

Ale! Ale!

(via Eikongraphia)


World’s First Camera Lens Calendar

I am so so so so sure a lot of people are lusting for these. Oh and clarification first. The World’s First Camera Lens Calendar is not my idea. It was what Sharad Haksar claim it to be. He is the guy who got it made. A professional photographer Sharad is.
Camera Lens Calendar
As you can see, it’s going to hurt your pocket big time though. USD2000. Ouch. And you could use it till year 2038. 29 years to go. Well if you pray hard enough for a cheaper counterfeit fake more affordable version am sure some business minded pirate would churning these babies hot out of hell.

Design Toys


What do you get when you mix Pantone® colors with the Rubik’s Cube.
You get Rubitone of course!
A concept by Ignacio Pilotto, an industrial designer. I have no idea where he is from, but he sure speaks Spanish. Correct me if I am wrong. I like the hybrid result but alas it is not intended to be a commercial product. Never fear or give up hope my dear friends, for all you know, some understaffed, child filled, illegal plastic factory with atrocious working environment smacked right in some Asia country may already be churning out original pirated versions of Rubitone. Such actions fails to take me by surprise anymore. Raised my eyebrows a little, admittedly yes.

He is rolling my man. Love to see more designs.

Design Food

Pepsi Throwback – Made With Real Sugar

Weird name to go by huh. Throwback…
Anyway, it’s a new gimmick Pepsi Co. is coming up with. It’s like going back into time when times were better. On the tagline issue, here is a snippet from

listing “inverted cane sugar” as the primary sweetener in the ingredients. This has sparked some conflict as well regarding just what is considered “sugar” these days. In the case of the Pepsi Throwback and Mountain Dew Throwback lines, is pure cane sugar going to be used (which is preferred by beverage enthusiasts)? Or will beet sugar, which is cheaper and pulled from sugar beets, not exactly on the same level as cane sugar. These questions remain to be answered…

My interest though is on the old school logo with the weathered label look. The design will go under the knife again as suggested at the bottom. All there is to do is just sit back and wait till it hit the shelves. Wonder if it will reach our shores.

A comment I read in a post was that each bottle contains 9 teaspoons of sugar. That’s a lot for such a small bottle.


The Choice Of A Newer Generation

Those of you who loves collecting soda cans and dust at home should consider stocking up some Pepsi now. Why?
Because they are heading in a brand new direction for their branding and packaging, that’s why. Breathing a new life into an old brand.

The brand new Pepsi logo is suppose to represent a smile. I see a smirk.
And I don’t like the new look. Too clean… too polished for my liking. Really “yat pek si” this time.

Do many of you collect these cans and bottles? I do know a few who collects Coca Cola bottles. The soda cans tend to spring a leak after a few years… the top or bottom would spew its content creating a sticky mess… be it in your cupboard or shelf or altar. It seems the irregularity in room heat and pressure over the years does that. Prolonged expansion and contraction finally made the aluminum cans give in huh. Air conditioned rooms help solve the problem. Yay… contribute to global warming just to preserve some not-so-limited Coke bottles. Smart. Mother Nature should spank those ignorant collectors. Not those who rummage through trashcans and drain.

For the kick of it… here’s a list of Pepsi’s slogans. I have no idea there were so many.

* 1939: “Twice as Much for a Nickel”
* 1950: “More Bounce to the Ounce”
* 1950: “Any Weather is Pepsi Weather”
* 1957: “The Light Refreshment”
* 1958: “Be Sociable, Have a Pepsi”
* 1961: “Now It’s Pepsi for Those Who Think Young”
* 1963: “Come Alive, You’re in the Pepsi Generation”.
* 1967: “(Taste that beats the others cold) Pepsi Pours It On”.
* 1969: “You’ve Got a Lot to Live, and Pepsi’s Got a Lot to Give”
* 1975: “Have a Pepsi Day”
* 1977: “Join the Pepsi People (Feeling Free)”
* 1980: “Catch That Pepsi Spirit” David Lucas composer
* 1981: “Pepsi’s got your taste for life”
* 1983: “Pepsi Now! Take the Challenge!”
* 1984: “Pepsi. The Choice of a New Generation” (Commercial with Michael Jackson, featuring Pepsi version of Billie Jean)
* 1986: “We’ve Got The Taste” (Commercial with Tina Turner)
* 1990: “You got the right one Baby UH HUH” ( sung by Ray Charles for Diet Pepsi )
* 1991: “Gotta Have It”/”Chill Out”
* 1992: “Be YoungER, Have Fun, Drink Pepsi”
* 1993: “Right Now”Van Halen Song for the Crystal Pepsi Ad
* 1995: “Nothing Else is a Pepsi”
* 1994: “Double Dutch Bus” Pepsi song sung by Brad Bentz.
* 1996: “Pepsi:There’s nothing official about it” (During the Wills World Cup(Cricket) held in India/Pakistan/Sri Lanka)
* 1997: “GeneratioNext”.” With the Spice Girls ”
* 1998: “Yeh Dil Mange More”(In Hindi/Urdu meaning “My heart wants more”)(India/Pakistan)
* 1999: “Ask for More”/”The Joy of Pepsi-Cola” (Commercial with Britney Spears/Commercial with Mary J. Blige)
* 2000: “Aazadi dil ki” (In Hindi meaning “Freedom of the Heart”)(India)
* 2003: “It’s the Cola”/”Dare for More” (100th Anniversary Commercial)
* 2003: “Yeh Pyas Hai Badi”(In Hindi meaning “This thirst is too much”)(India)
* 2005: “Wild Thing”/”Ask For More” (With Jennifer Lopez & Beyoncé Knowles)
* 2006: “Why You Doggin’ Me”/”Taste the one that’s forever young” Commercial featuring Mary J. Blige
* 2007: “More Happy”/”Taste the once that’s forever young” (Michael Alexander)
* 2008: “Yeh hai Youngistaan Meri Jaan!” (India)
* 2008: “Pepsi Stuff” Super Bowl Commercial (Justin Timberlake)
* 2008: “Рepsi is #1” Тv commercial (Luke Rosin)
* 2008: “Pepsify karo gai!” Commercial ( in Urdu meaning “Wanna Pepsify!”) (Pakistan)


Bin Bin Pen Pen

Found another product that’s interesting. Molded from hard polyethylene, this crumpled beauty would sit nicely with all the perfect, symmetrical objects in your living space. Designed by John Brauer for Essey, Bin Bin, that’s the name for wastebasket, dimension is Ø 331 x 330 mm and available in matt white, black, red and brown. It’s made to look like the contents that it would eventually contain.

As for Pen Pen the pencilholder, it’s a Mini Me version of Bin Bin. Identical replica befitting all surfaces making them extra cooler although standing at only a 10cm height.

If I would have a Bin Bin, I am sure it would be treated horribly and terrorized with flies and would be maggots. My housemates in particular has this habit of leaving their take-away leftovers in the bin. And are always attempting the Uno Stacko concept with a slight diversion from the original. Keep on piling. If the cat had ravaged the remaining Nando’s salad and whatever Peri Peri, having bits and pieces strewn scattered all over the kitchen floor, just sweep it up and put it back on top. The Nescafe spillage? Just leave it to dry. Murder!
Who says girls are supposed to be all clean and tidy. They are expected to be so, most of the time. I have experienced quite a few and am no longer surprised. Guys do get away with it more easily.  Mmm… I should do a Housemate Horror category. I have quite a collection from my decade of sharing a roof with different characters. Mmm… Housemate Horror might be too narrow. Not everything is that bad all the time.