Ladies & gentlemen. Blog readers, commentors and silent stalkers.  Fellow wearers of spectacles.  Hear me, hear me. Like choosing a good wife, choosing a good pair of specs is never easy. Choose the wrong one, and you could end up regretting it terribly. Well chosen glasses look good on you – and can even become a trademark look. The right glasses can spark buying waves – see this article about the popularity of ‘Sarah Palin glasses’ being sold out in Malaysia. It can be part of your identity, like the Horn Rimmed Glasses Man from Heroes. They can also make you pretty damn cute and hot at the same time  – see ‘Tina Fey Glasses’. So as you can see, this is not a decision to be taken lightly.

Sarah Palin

Above: Sarah Palin, ‘Noah Bennet’, Tina Fey

Sometimes also, if you’re used to seeing people with their glasses, they can be almost unrecognizable without it. Who do you think this is?

Let me guess, you couldn’t guess who it was. Scroll below for the answer…

It’s Bono from U2! Couldn’t recognise him without the glasses right? So, back to the topic…

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Josh Lim, 2004-2009. Different hairstyles & colors, different body weight...but the spectacles have remained the same. Yes, I was damn skinny in 2004.

For the past 5 years, I have been wearing the same pair of spectacles, as you can see from the montage at the left. All the way, over the years, in sickness and in health – from after dropping out of college,  to the years of Josh Lim & Associates, then, starting Advertlets, all the way until today. From when I was damn light – only 55kg(!) until now, at a more normal weight.

Through short hair, long hair, Korean style hair, good boy style hair, dyed hair, streaked hair, and more – the spectacles, have remained the same. The story goes as this: Cursed with hereditary bad eyesight (my whole family wears glasses), I have been wearing spectacles for a large portion of my life, since I was in primary school. Starting with large plastic ‘uncle’ glasses, they slowly became more presentable, as I started choosing them myself instead of letting my mother choose for me…

As you can see, she's a lot hotter without the glasses. Yes, those are my specs she's wearing. For some reason, girls like to wear my specs to see how it looks like.

As amazing as the spectacles are, they are not for everyone. As you can see, she's a lot hotter without the glasses. Yes, those are my specs she's wearing. For some reason, some girls like to wear my specs to see how it looks like.

And in 2004, one fateful day in Desa Sri Hartamas, I saw the perfect pair. They called out to me from the window of an optometry centre. And I knew had to have it. So I bought it. And the pair I bought that day, the pair I have until today is a handcrafted Mikli, by Alain Mikli

From what I can see, (because its blur when I take my spectacles off) it appears to be a captivating mix of metal, plastic, screws, string (to hold up the lenses as it is a half frame design), and rubber nosepads. Shiny in front, with a black metal toning. The legs have a curved detailing,  and a carbon fibre pattern. The lenses automatically get darker when the sun is too bright, thanks to UV activated photo grey technology. This pair rocks extremely hard indeed.

Spectacles are hot.

This picture is hot because the girl is wearing spectacles.

These spectacles have remained on my head as I bleached and dyed my hair over the years (not recommended – the dye will gunk up and you have to scrape it off). It has been showered with, daily. It has been sat on. It has gotten lost in my bedsheets and I have rolled over it.

It has been taken off wildly by lustful beauties in sexual frenzy as they ravished me, removing also the rest of my clothes as well. It has been knocked off my face at clubs by drunk people as they stumbled around.

But it has remained intact, thanks to fine craftsmanship, and some luck. I didn’t know this until recently, but Alain Mikli, the same guy who designed my specs,  is also the guy who custom made Kanye West’s custom ‘shutter shades’ in the video for ‘Stronger’.

Below is Kanye about to be attacked by  some flying, glowing shutter shades.

That’s how shutter shades (well, the Made In China version at least) look like on me…don’t know whose hand is that.

but they look a lot better on hot chicks…

Pictures at a Twilight Action Girl night at the old Loft @ Zouk from Sherve

The current pair I have is cool, but after 5 years, I think I should get a new one. Apparently, my large nose and its shape, and largeness is very conducive to wearing glasses. However, there’s still the issue of face shape & aesthetics. Also, because I have high astigmatism, thin lenses are out of the question, so thin or rimless frames can’t be used. Quality materials are definitely of concern, as I’ll like this to last me for a while too. But of course, the design of the frame is very important. Which brings me to the question…

Dear readers, which is the best pair for me? Help me make the right decision, see the montage below. Please comment on your favourites using the A-F/1-5 grid, for example, C3 would mean the bright blue pair. Best if you can suggest a few, okay? Click to view larger version.

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Let me know in the comments, thanks!



Reader's Comments

  1. Blueglory | February 4th, 2009 at 12:43 am

    Okie~Here i comes…
    first of all i cannot tahan keep laughing of all these photos!! wuahhaha~
    but then, from what i absorbed….
    if wanna look like a nice cute handsome guy…2D, 4B…
    2C, 2F seems not bad tough…
    other than that….i’ve no idea…hahaha

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  2. Vanessa | February 4th, 2009 at 12:56 am

    B1, E4, A5, F5

    hope it helps! i vote b1 strongly =D

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  3. Josh Lim | February 4th, 2009 at 1:11 am

    Thanks girls! :)

    Another vote came in via a Female from MSN for D2 & C2. Just compiling it here to make it easier to track.

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  4. curryegg | February 4th, 2009 at 1:29 am

    Lol.. what a post with lot of choices. Haha.. And thank for reminding me on my specs too. Need to change it d.

    Emm.. I personally like 4C. Cool at the same time gentleman. Good luck on the ‘wife searching’.. ;)

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  5. MeiQ | February 4th, 2009 at 3:34 am

    C4 your face! Hahaha

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  6. sherve | February 4th, 2009 at 5:05 am

    4C all the way! ;)
    xx

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  7. Friedbeef | February 4th, 2009 at 7:04 am

    C4!

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  8. Renee | February 4th, 2009 at 9:41 am

    Either C4 / D2. :)

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  9. Min Li | February 4th, 2009 at 9:42 am

    I think C2, D2, B4 and C4 looks good. :D

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  10. Esther N | February 4th, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    LOL!! man…you’re cute! hahahahahahahahaha
    well..I guess I’ll go for…5A..or 5C maybe?
    wait…why not contact lenses? -,-

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  11. EVo | February 4th, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    ‘SPECtacular’ decision. well put bro haha.

    c4 b4 e2 looks good. I think c4′s the best, but is it because of ur facial expression eh? b4 makes u look younger though. e2 abit big ahah.

    Don’t go for full frames la. all except for f2 but it looks mature.

    Go for b2 and c3 if you really wanna stand out. from Everyone else.

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  12. aronil | February 4th, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    Man you actually took TIME to make that grid. since I’m at it. C2 looks pretty good. All the best in a decision :)

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  13. bryanlyt | February 4th, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    my vote would go to C4!

    do i get some commission for voting ahaha xD

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  14. peachy | February 4th, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    C4 to F4 look fine. And B3. I suggest avoiding the brightly coloured ones haha.

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  15. Kylie | February 4th, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    Hello Josh!:) wonder if u still remember me. Help along with Jiashin and friends during the movie screening? haha

    Im also a specky girl! tho i hate to wear specs so much cuz it make me look less pretty. sobs sobs. But i had to so i just got mine recently. :D

    I think u look good in frame-less and Bold frame. which is…A3 and D2. Just like mine, bold frame are young and stylish? i guess

    hope i helped u out on this! :):):) hear from u in me bloggie :D

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  16. Faddy | February 5th, 2009 at 6:05 am

    C1 or B4!

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  17. Faddy | February 5th, 2009 at 6:05 am

    eh terbalik hahah! B1 or C4 I mean!

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  18. Sonia | February 5th, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    listen to me, get 2D !
    lol.

    no seriously.
    get 2d

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  19. Adrian | February 5th, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    I think B4, A5, and A3. Just my 3 minutes decision ;)

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  20. Kim Ong | February 6th, 2009 at 8:32 am

    My choice: C2, D2, F2 with short hairstyle like the last two lines. I also think you look better with red-hair colour tones instead of copper.

    Josiah’s choice: F2 and A3 with short hairstyle. He thinks you look better having short hair.

    I think you would look better off not having the “double-eyebrows” specs because they make one look…. hmm… hmmm. :P

    5 yrs ago, you wanted to look older so it’s better for biz prospects. 5 yrs now, it’s better to look younger.

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  21. Celine | February 6th, 2009 at 11:47 am

    I like A4 and B4. :)

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  22. Celine | February 6th, 2009 at 11:49 am

    Oops. I mean, B4 and C4.

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  23. yanz | February 6th, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    Cool! I think you looked really good in D4 & B4… =D
    B1 is quite dashing too ;D

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  24. Jessica | February 6th, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    eh why your pics some short hair some long hair! hairstyle must be constant then only can decide mar… :P

    anyhoo i think 4e & 4f looks the best on you (not too flamboyant la, elton john meh?) HAHA.

    sorry i like decent boy look **innocent**

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  25. Maine | February 6th, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    A3!!

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  26. Stanley | February 6th, 2009 at 11:23 pm

    You should go with the Noah Bennett look =) You both look alike anyway. Btw, glad to know that the pioneer of blog advertising has a blog xP

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  27. Ashleyteng | February 9th, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    C4!!!!!!!
    i still think u look the best with black half frame! heehee!!!

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  28. Ashleyteng | February 9th, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    the 2004-2009 pic right… u look soooooo cool in the 3rd pic (1st row from left)

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  30. Alysabeth | April 7th, 2009 at 3:42 am

    C4 is a better choice, it makes Josh look sexy and smart.

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  31. A DUDE | April 7th, 2009 at 11:49 am

    DUde…its not the shade..its the hair! keep it short n groomed and you’re all set!

    ..u can go kanye all you want and look good with short tidy hair.. fer sho man…try it..cut it short

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  32. A DUDE | April 7th, 2009 at 11:57 am

    oh btw..what’s with he C4 guys…come on guys, Josh said HELP HIM!…NOT scar his life.

    C2 = if you want to lure mui mui chais

    B2 = if u wanna be a “wannabe” artsy fartsy “I so called work in an agency look.

    C3 = if u feel like u need to get out of the closet.

    c4 = if u want to look like rest of the folks in KL.

    F4 = to camo your eyebrowns with your spec frame.

    E1 = if you’re planning to be featured on the next star trek movie.

    F1 = For help.

    you know what…stick to kanye..

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  33. Daniel Jeyachristi Jude-Valentine Anthony | February 8th, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    I’mma go with C4, E2 or B3 because they look alot like your old spectacles. You’ve been wearing the same spectacles for 5 years and it’s a miracle that you can still wear it without your power fluctuating (or lenses getting scratched lol). So keep the style you’ve had for the last 5 years! Don’t break the streak!

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