Teatime at The Wolseley

Monday, March 22, 2010

Been mad busy since I arrived in London. Location and model changes being made over and over and over. Sigh.

Managed to spend the afternoon with Heeseung at The Wolseley today though. Cheered me up so much. Man the scones, the clotted cream. The clotted cream!! I could've eaten a whole jar plain if you gave me one.

The place was so pretty too. Black and gold perfection.

Montblanc: A Story to Tell.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Art director: Ceres Chung
Photographer: Zhang Jingna
Stylist: Adriel Chiun
Hair: Joanna KohMake-up: Hannah Oh
Model: Alli/Mannequin
Wardrobe: Vaughn Tan
Photography Assistants: Hoong Weilong, Zeng Lin, Mandy Wu

Canon Be Empowered Seminar

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

In conjunction with International Women's Day, I was invited to speak at Canon's Be Empowered photography seminar for women on the 7th of March at Raffles Hotel.

It was a beautiful venue filled with wonderful people, the experience itself was something so exquisite, I feel I'm not entirely capable of putting it down in words.

Maye-e from The Associated Press did an amazing session with her super storytelling skills and epic photographs. We later found out that we were both Singapore Sports Award winners -- she was Sports Girl of the Year in 1995, and I '06. We also found out that her father knew my mother when I was in RGS, who he knew about me too and my air rifle shooting as well. And then we found out that my new assistant Valerie used to be under her care in the buddy-system they had in primary school, and they were thus suddenly reunited two decades later. Fate can be such a curious thing sometimes.

There was a break after Maye-e's talk. I was nervous when my turn came around, it was the first time I was speaking to almost 400 people.

Shaky voice and all, it still felt like I did alright thou. But when I was done and ready for my Q&A, when the emcee asked if anyone had any questions, there hung a deathly silence in the hall -- deathly.

I thought, well, I didn't think it was that bad, but maybe I really made a mistake with my contents for the wrong audience. At least I tried my best.

When the event was over, I got down the stage. Started having pictures taken with attendees and was eventually stuck there and never made it to the reception area outside for mingling around.

During the picture-taking I was told that my talk was good and touching, although still doubtful, I started to feel somewhat a little better.

Two girls then came up to me, one shook my hand as her friend was readying the camera for a picture. She told me she was actually just accompanying her sister to the seminar, but she found my talk touching, and inspirational.

Barely finishing that, she all but broke into tears whilst attempting to continue her sentences.

My mind pretty much went blank at that point.

I hugged her. Stunned that what I said could cause somebody to react so vehemently. It was something I'd never expected. It was a beautiful moment, one that I'll never forget.

That night I received emails from other women each with their own stories. Words can't convey how much they mean to me.

I really hope everyone who attended the seminar managed to gain a little something to bring home with them.

Thank you Canon for making such an event possible, and also your sincerity and efforts in supporting the arts for our society.

Ichi Soundtrack, I has it.

Monday, March 1, 2010

I really wanted to watch the movie when they screened it during the Japan Film Fest here in Singapore, but alas time didn't permit, so I was really happy to have the opportunity to see it a couple weeks back.

Totally fell in love with the scores during the show, this makes the first CD I'd bought in a very long time. I wouldn't say the movie's so incredible that I'd rave it as a must-watch, but it was enjoyable enough and Haruka Ayase was super badass, I think that more than makes it for me. :D :D :D

Here's the trailer:

While combing through pictures for my upcoming exhibitions I stumbled upon this really really old set of pictures I did with Arissa back in 2007. It was for my submission for the Liquid City anthology put together by Sonny Liew, but as life would have it, with my non-existent story-telling skills, it just didn't happen the way I wanted and I dropped out much to Sonny's dismay.

But for some reason, when I looked through the set again for the nth time yesterday, it suddenly dawned on me that Arissa was extremely beautiful in those pictures. Incredibly, breathtakingly beautiful.

Like, I mean, incredible.

So I tried processing the images a little, and it was like watching a miracle unfold.

I found it so unbelievable how I'd never seen those photographs before, and had a major wtf moment that lasted pretty much the whole day as I tried coming to terms with the discovery.

Point is, it makes me very happy to have wonderful unpublished images to add to the collection I'd be presenting for my show in June at the Japan Creative Center. I may include 1-2 of them as previews during the April show for Fashion Fest which has yet to be finalized as I'm not sure of the installation arrangements yet.

The whole episode really cheered me up from this minor depression I'd been having about my work. Now I'm just stressed out over whether to go to London for a job this month or not. Long flights really, really make me ill.