Saturday, July 4, 2009

     

3 weeks worth of blogging condensed

The idea was initiated while talking with wen-m last year, to document how I pass a typical week of work. But the transit time in Incheon was long enough for me to write a whole 3 weeks worth.

It's kinda plain, and I really wish I could show more pictures. But even behind the scenes aren't allowed till publication's out so, I'm sorry T_T

And I promise not to do something so lame too often. XD

So here goes~ Starting from the day when I touched down back from Paris --

16th Jun, Tue
In Singapore. Tired, don't like long flights. Wanted to sleep, had to rush retouching for Orchard Central. (I think the ads are up at Somerset and Dhoby Ghaut stations)

17th Jun, Wed
More retouching into the morning.

18th Jun, Thur
Full day beauty shoot for Harper's Bazaar. Originally meant for Aug issue, but because there aren't enough pages it then got pushed back to Sept. Somehow one of my favourite shoots again.

Abby was in town (she assisted me in Tokyo and Kyoto), so I let her on set and we attended Steve McCurry's exhibition opening in the evening (and due to certain silliness on my part, Steve McCurry took a photo for us, hahaha). :3

19th Jun, Fri
Pre-production meeting/briefing for an ad job in the morning, to be shot in Jakarta. Quick interview for the Martell Rising Personalities Award nomination in the afternoon.

20th Jun, Sat
Worked on preparing my references for ad job as requested by client.

21st Jun, Sun
Finished up a 1800 word long article in Chinese for a photography mag in China. It sounds simple, only 1800 words, but I failed Chinese back in school okay, so it's quite a feat haha.

22nd Jun, Mon
Full day with the Harper's Bazaar team again, I was happy that I got to work with my fav Andrea Claire for makeup. Greg-O did the hair, singing and dancing with everyone along the way.

Funny bunch aren't they. Hahaha. My assistant Chenxi took this =3

Andrea just moved to Texas. /sad

23rd Jun, Tue
Half day shoot for Cleo in the morning. Self portrait session for another interview in the afternoon. Dashed for a meeting at Japan Embassy right after that to talk about the possibility of holding my exhibition at the Japan Creative Centre opening in Nov.

24th Jun, Wed
Flight to Tokyo~! Packed throughout the night before and had 2 hours of sleep, so I slept on the plane, felt terribly ill at one point of time due to the constant turbulence. Thought I was gonna throw up and die or get quarantined and panicked like I had never before because there were just way too many shoots lining up in the next 7 days.

Eventually after sitting bonelessly weak in the toilet and breaking out in cold sweat for like, half an hour. I somewhat recovered and made it down the plane safe and fine again.

Took forever to get to where I stay, it's one thing that annoys me quite a bit. Narita is so far away from Tokyo. T_T Then again, you can probably say that Singapore's too small thus it's so much faster to get home from the airport.

25th Jun, Thur
Hair salon in the morning. The roots were growing out so much it was reaching the point that I couldn't stand looking at myself in the mirror anymore.

Picked up my Intuos 4 in the early afternoon, rushed back to apartment, start rushing images for Bazaar.

Rushed out of the house at 6 for light-rental. Apparently while working I kept looking at my laptop's clock which was in Singapore time, and an hour later than Tokyo. This ALWAYS happens, and I don't know why I always think that I won't make the mistake of forgetting to calculate the time; and I always ending up doing just that, then always end up having to reluctantly change it to the local timezone eventually. /selfbish

Met up with assistant Chiaki around 6.45, rental place closes at 7, but was kind enough to wait for us before wrapping the day.

Took my 2 Profoto 500 Air and ran for Gothic Lolita Bible's office. Met Chiaki's ex-colleagues from Sony Pictures, who broke into some hysterical laughter upon me mentioning I'd came to Tokyo twice just to see X Japan. I don't know why it happened, it wasn't the first or second time either. Oh well, I entertained them somehow at least, I guess.

Meeting from 8-10pm, apparently everyone works there till the last train. -_-!!

Went back and continued on with the Bazaar pictures.

26th Jun, Fri
(sorry, I know the pic is from the previous entry ^^;)
First shoot was with the awesome duo Kokusyoku Sumire for GLB.

Attended some actress/model's birthday party at night because Sawaka was singing.

27th Jun, Sat
Sorta slept in, wanted to stay home and work, but had to leave the house because my Softbank phone ran out of credits and I couldn't afford having my team unable to contact me for the coming shoots.

Attempted to shop at Harajuku. Pre-shoot anxieties refused me any desires to spend.

Met up with Chris and had dinner together. Discussed about the following day's shoot a little.

First Kitchen = love.

During dinner we also pondered upon whether one would take Nutella with rice, so I posted the poll on my dA, see results here.

28th Jun, Sun
Special feature for GLB. I just LOVE the dresses so much (not that I can wear any).

29th Jun, Mon
Morning flight to Jakarta, transit in Incheon, did nothing but walk around (and shop) for 4 hours at the airport, which was surprisingly not that bad.

Someone from the production house picked me up at the airport, took only about an hour or so to reach the hotel.

30th Jun, Tue
My assistant Eric and I were both tired, couldn't sleep well. The pillow was too small and high, my head kept slipping off it every other hour.

Had pre-production meeting at Ogilvy. Then to the client's office in the afternoon.

Under the insistence of our producer we were moved to a much much better hotel in Kemang. *hearts*

1st Jul, Wed
Full day shoot for Pond's.

Eric and I played the piano while waiting for the set to get ready. It was so much fun. (We both played X Japan stuff, haha)

2nd Jul, Thur
Finished up 2 interviews, in English and Chinese (epic, yet again).
Flight back to Tokyo.

3rd Jul, Fri
Touch down in Tokyo, take forever to get back to the apartment again. Crash.

4th Jul, Sat
Kagetsuki is in town~~!!!

We're so awesome that we only hang out when we're overseas (Tokyo mostly, actually). I think the last time I actually saw her in Singapore was like, last year, but that was for a shoot, not hang out D:

So we went shopping =X

Saw this along the way in Shibuya station. Pretty awesome stuff~

Anyway, onto shopping.

I managed to get yun to buy her first pieces of Gadget Grow and Yohji Yamamoto *is proud of self* and she talked me into trying on pieces from Moi meme Moitie for the first time too. =3

Alas, the price tag is not meant for Jingna.

Did buy a simple jacket from Black Peace Now, which she hated, which I loved. Didn't have much time to do anything else since she had to rush back to Narita.


Lastly, new work is up:

Uncropped version (nudity warning) is available on deviantArt and Flickr. Thanks for everyone who commented so far. :3


I finished reading The Sorrows of Young Werther by J. W. Goethe. Awesomeness. Will try to find time to blog about some of the really inspiring (to me anyway) stuff I'd been reading.


Glad to finally have the coming 2 days off (I think). I can probably even sleep in tomorrow. Hope I'll be able to squeeze my way in to see the Fujitsu Cup Finals at Nihon Ki-in on Monday. *crosses fingers* Hope everyone's been good~ =D

13 comments :

Fiona Jane said...

wow you have such an exciting life! you are such a great amazing inspiration. your work is truly fastastic. loved reading this blog post :) xx

Chenxi said...

Wow what a busy life, never a dull moment! Such a lifestyle makes those days off that much more relaxing. Enjoy!!

(PS I feel stupid for jumping up at the mention of my name even though I know it was another person -__-)

©Sherly said...

E-eh?! You went to Jakarta!? D':

Daaarn, if only I knew LOL

I live in Jakarta, will soon move to Singapore due to my college-to-be being there ^^U

Looking forward for more of your works! :D

(http://sora-h.deviantart.com)

riverstyx said...

wow @ the hair :)

Michele Yong said...

that is quite a schedule, how do you keep up? :o

Dy said...

You work so hard ! And your life is so busy *_______* . But your art is so wonderful . So , plz keep it up :)


Ps : The dress is lovely :")

Amanda said...

freaking incredible. :|

Cobalt Paladin said...

I've seen the Orchard Central ads in Somerset MRT station. The panels are located in the underground tunnel leading to the Somerset MRT stations fare gates. They are 6 panels of wall to wall ads and they were epic. And they were beautiful!

Suka said...

The Moi meme Moitie picture.



get it.
i think its absolute criminal that you dont own it.
price tag not meant for Jing Na? BAH! The style IS.

stefan said...

I need friends like the one in that second photo. They seem fun to be with!

nash_design said...

WOW, blondie !! :D awesome look ^^

dantedirenc said...

*salutes you*
That is a lot of work.
And who *are* the price tags at Moitie meant for, anyway? XD
(I think you're fine wearing GLB stuff. :D )

whimsical said...

I think you're taking really good pictures that I sometimes want to print at 2meters paper and hang on the wall like a masterpiece :] seriously, you're just good.