Adri (far right) is now a proud owner of a Nixon watch, which looks like this but with a brown leather strap instead. We don’t seem to have a lot of them in Singapore, so I also brought back a nice white Nixon called “The Vega” for my then girlfriend. Obviously I still have it, and I am thinking of getting rid of it. It’s a damn pretty watch, but I can’t wear it unless there’s a hidden closet I’m supposed to be coming out of.
So yesterday I finally got to meet Adri (aka Popagandhi) in person. She’s that traveling photographer blogger we’ve all heard about, especially if you’re a traveling aficionado, photography geek or mac evangelist. While haggling over a black Nintendo DS Lite at Funan (a surprise for my brother since it was payday!), I got the call from Adri that her class was over around 3pm. Made my way to SMU where she introduced me to her friends sitting around TCC. The rest of the kids over there seemed to be the “loaded” kind. I even spotted a kid dropping his classy Acer laptop on the concrete floor and not batting an eye about it (he could probably afford ten more).
Adri, her gf (I keep forgetting names) and I left the scene cause we were too cool for school (or so I thought) and as we walked to Fortune Center for a late lunch, we chatted a little. I must admit that it felt weird, since unlike other bloggers I’ve met, we didn’t have an incredible lot in common. It was only when we talked about Blogs, Nokias and Macs that the conversation flowed smoothly.
Not before long, we reached her favorite foodie on the cheapie, Basil Alcove located at 190 Middle Road, #01-07, Fortune Center. Serving a chef recommended menu of Italian / French delights, prices were in the affordable range, which is why you’d find Adri there every other day. Basil Alcove’s chef (picture left) whipped up a tasty Cauliflower Garlic Puree Soup for starters, followed by an entree of aurora sauce pasta which consisted of clam and oyster bits.
As we chatted more, she talked to me about how she worked part-time at MrBrown’s studio. She painted a fascinating picture of an office filled with arcade machines, game consoles, pool tables, toys and comic books, literally a geek’s dream workplace come true. Sharing the place with other creative sorts, it sounded like an office back in the dot.com days… I remembered visiting SilkRoute Ventures (the most prominent web design agency back in the day) where project teams of four were made up of people from all walks of life, where passion was all you needed and where energy was pumped through a McDonalds-like loudspeaker announcing every sale the company would clinch, much to the cheer of these unorthodox workers.
Knowing the most popular question off the top of our heads, Adri started answering my question before I could finish: Does MrBrown actually make a living from all this… ?
The short answer was “yes”. There’s a whole untapped business in social media and apparently local companies are starting to open up to the idea of blogs and podcasts. I’m not surprised, and in fact I’m glad, that should anyone be pioneering the commercial aspects of social media, it should really be by people who live and breathe it. Perhaps I’ll get to visit the studio in future… perhaps more can be said then.