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The Authentic Defeat

Tessa Lin Wang

Tokyo nonetheless defeated Singapore’s attempts to romanticise the takoyaki,
keeping horrible ham flavours at bay with no reason for you to crave. Along with ten thousand other things.

Whilst trying to describe this Tokyo trip, one must note that I hadn't been programmed to ’take a break' in a while — staying away from school work was one hell of a workout (aptly cue: yoga-pant coordinates that worked). This post will additionally fail you in the trip advisor department, with scarce directions about where to buy fake tan or how to order rice beef bowls with less cheese. It just didn't happen.

Left: when yoga-pants actually work in 10 degrees, a la Topshop and the mom-jacket

Like every other year-end trip, Tokyo successfully eliminated the putrefying stench of any kind of stress. It was a family trip that required minimal conversation starters or garlic-related restraining orders (ramen! Ramen!) — way before I could even start to appreciate service beyond “welcome to uniqlo” pleasantries. Tell me how you wouldn't want to book the boyfriend’s arms to sob in, on the next flight home?


Above: Ichiran and the Otto Künzli Exhibition

Yet, it is with happiness that we proclaim another holiday down, keeping the streak of attempting to live like a local. Tokyo was nonetheless an authentic defeat on Singapore’s attempts to romanticise the takoyaki, keeping horrible ham flavours at bay with no reason for you to crave. Nobody boasts a lifestyle quite like this one, where coffee sipping comes in the form of unknown-to-this-fashion-student L’occitane cafes to quality brews worth carrying while on the way to see Otto Kunzli's work.

In the name of art, 7-11's range standards and everything in between, Tokyo represented what seemed like the best assignment-free memory in a while. And as I mesmerise over the incarnation of a foreign friend I wished I could bring home, it’s back to essays on the land of ham takoyaki.

Below, middle: Tsukiji fish market swarmed with individuals who dedicate their hearts to the pick of the day. This is what they don't teach you in moral education.


Lots of love and yoga pants,


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Tessa Lin Wang

While wallets testify countless expenditures to keep any possible malfunctions at bay, nothing really fuels a project quite like crazy, epic love.

Video Direction, Filming and Editing by Christian Bernard, Brendon and Kendra Tan, as a part of their Major Project

There is an urban myth that in filming anything fit for the internet, the presence of a ‘glam-squad’ has to be especially written all over your face. I violently disagree, with sympathy for the wallet and future denim-related expenses.

From a student perspective, projects often come costly in pursuit of professionalism ‘at every angle’. My wallet can testify that spending has even become an understated attempt at self-therapy — having met its waterloo in outlandish bottled-water tasting entertainment for the stressed-soul. It often takes a lot out of our generation to raise the stakes on traditional ways, in which I might go on to credit our instant-gratification culture. “Millennials,” I would write in my market-survey essay, “the ones who see bigger value in a glam-


squad than a future house."

To have been entrusted with an ex-seating partner’s (circa 2013, Secondary School) major project, however, put all spending different terms. Despite having nothing on the budget, Christian and his team simply forked out the priceless drive to make this one work. Putting all the demanding tasks aside to witness this project was a refreshing break in itself — I can easily see the pure love for what they do as their most powerful weapon.

Bravo to the team and to the ex-seating partner who’s got his own groove going - circa 2013, when dreams were first discussed at the back of a classroom. No bottled-water tastings had to be involved in the making of this project.

Lots of love and talking,

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Bringing Back The Bacon

Tessa Lin Wang

Working alongside a three-month plan can easily line up new versions of time-management horrors, accumulating an adequate supply of shrieking to last a lifetime. Nevertheless, here's some juice on the most recent mischief - freshly pressed from
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Racing against the clock in an effort to fill up the portfolio has become a daily routine. Some may claim portfolio-building skilful multitasking. I call it an attempt at self-therapy. Sweet satisfaction. Like finding the best damn vanilla jam and successfully transporting a jar back from Australia.

Working alongside a three-day plan can easily line up new versions of time-management horrors, accumulating an adequate supply of shrieking to last a lifetime. This, let’s not forget, might possibly cross-fade with visual horrors involving forgotten, moulding jams in colours you thought you’d only find on Pantone.

By now, you should realise that the idea of me working with a 'three-month plan' might just be an urban myth. Turning the myth into reality was far from easy, but eventually a bittersweet journey. While SuedeFingers may have been periodically silent, it’s been a good three months of an internship, producing the 6th NINTH and a few other spanking new projects. 

Regardless, thanks for waiting it out.






9th September: 
NINTH No.6, The Birthday Issue


16 September: 
The Secret Joo Chiat Map (By Choo Yilin Jewellery, Supported by Singapore Tourism Board)


The younger me was once told that as we grow older, it’s always important to stock up on a reasonable amount of SPF before hitting the zoo. Life lesson. Yet, along the way, we get taught the better ones. To list a few - how to spot the perfect boyfriend (likes burgers as much as you do), counter-attack your forgetfulness (nipple tape might just work better than a bra, anyway), or even survive in an office of amicably talented people (keep all those lame jokes to yourself in the first week).

Lessons like these have come jet-packed with blessings, fresh challenges, better jars of jam and new found projects to come. While the idea of moving on to a three-year plan next sounds pretty far-fetched, I’m glad we survived this one.

It’s been such a ride.

We're home, dear reader. 

16th September:
Chris for Noise (View)

11th October:
Coming up soon - keep your eyes peeled!

Lots of love and fresh projects (and jam),


To view the entire collection of past work, visit the official portfolio at 

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A year old

Tessa Lin Wang

Like every other issue, the most exciting part about fashion and food coming together in marriage has to be the space for absurd ideas. 

And you can actually get away with it.

"NINTH, oh NINTH. You've been such a pain. You can kill. You can stretch tolerance levels to the highest of the highest. You can make one cry at 4am. It's always between you and school work - why the love triangle, my dear? You've tested limitations. You've thrown us right smack in the middle of a road - becoming the 21st Century tourist attraction in Chinatown. Okay fine, that was my fault." 

In celebration of NINTH's birthday, here's an editorial shot by all-time-favourite Christopher Leow. Also featuring a special conversation with Dylan Ong, co-brainchild of Saveur and The SAVEUR Group, as shot by Sarah Tan.
Read up on the inspiration here

NINTH has always been like a love letter to fashion, my passions and for people who've been here since day one or along the way. Thank you for all that love, and cheers to blowing out its first ever candle!

Lots of love but no cakes,

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