Sunday, March 9, 2014
Three Blind Mice's Raid My Wardrobe Extended continues this weekend!
This is your last chance to grab the clothes on display! Also, stand to win an outfit of your choice from Static Fumes's newly launched collection when you spend above $30 this weekend! One winner will be announced per day. It's as good as it gets! :D I'm honoured to be a part of this, so please drop by Ferris to continue raiding. Lots of pretty clothes, even brand new ones, from the other pretty bloggers that are going at really really cheap prices.
The winner will get to choose form either one of the four outfits posted!
Paya Lebar, Cityplaza #03-130 Ferris
Friday, March 7, 2014
These days, I've been indulging in a number of reads with the time I have shuffling to and fro work. I like how reading seems to let time come to a standstill, and allows me the time to get engrossed and forget about the world Certain books didn't need to be philosophical but it was enough for me to relate it to my own life.
I remembered the days when I was in secondary 1, and my friends and I would scramble to sit on the last row of the bus when we head out for excursions because sitting on the last row was cool and we would sing loudly to F4 and 5566 songs that we knew like the back of our hands. We did all we can to anger our teachers, we wore our uniforms in the most ridiculous ways ever and got suspended for the silliest things. When the time came for us to split at the end of secondary two, we cried our hearts out together. I'm glad it hadn't changed a thing between us throughout the upper secondary years even though we've tamed our hearts and did what good students should do. When the time came for separation, I think I cried my heart out because I couldn't believe the people I lived with for four years are going separate ways now. Little did I know that I would experience a tremendous heartache of my life in 4 years' time and meet even more people in the polytechnic that I found hard to part with as well.
Needless to say, the woes of growing up hit as I hit 21 and it made me rethink about all the silly problems in the past I thought I had but were in fact, nothing compared to what I have experienced these years. In my head, I replayed over and over the memories and scenes of past joy and sadness. Every now and then, feeling like this right now, is a worse that's far too huge. In retrospect, there are some mistakes I should never have made. But I also should have known that time really does heal certain things. Maybe not fully, maybe not in the short run, but eventually it will. Humans forget and they move on. I am human too. Tonnes of things have changed, some friends left, and new ones came onboard.
"Things change, friends leave. Life doesn't stop for anybody."
I remembered how I started taking my first paid photoshoot and I was all jittery, I couldn't sleep the day before and I didn't even dare to go alone. The first shoot that I took on was kind of forced upon me, and I did it out of favour and I doubted my own work. Over time, I took on more and more jobs and it was then that I grew more certain that this is my destiny. It's been almost 2 years thus far. How time flies, and this scares me. When shoots got so hectic last year, I basically did not allow myself to have a single rest day and worked my ass off. The reason why I got to go on trips that people perceive as "often" because, I work every day of my life that no one else sees. People see the pictures I posted on my trips and think that I lead a good life. It is a good life, because I am blessed to have been able to travel to all destinations on my list for 2013. If you were to break it down, most people have the weekends off weekly, and I utilise them by going on a short trip once every 2 months which really isn't too much since I slog my guts out the rest of the days I am in Singapore. No complaints because I'd rather have it this way. It gives me a million reasons to give thanks for my trips and really feeling the gratitude right down to my toes.
However, it has also caused an imbalanced lifestyle for me because I barely had time for myself and the people around me. Every dinner I had, I'm worrying about the paid backlogs I needed to clear and the deadlines after deadlines thrown at me. I had no time to read, which I've been yearning to do all year long. I had the wakeup call I needed and finally readjusted my life for the ones I love, and to learn to love myself more. When it's the time to rest, rest. This has made me a happier person overall, because I finally felt like I was in control of my life and my wellbeing was improving. I dare not say it's a vast improvement now, but things are looking up for me. I'm going to make a conscious effort to keep this space updated on time. Keyword: on time. Now it's time to declare that no frustration will rob me of my joy and life. I need to breathe and fix my gaze on the route to victory that's like the light at the end of the tunnel. Keep chasing and keep believing, and I will get there one day.
The time has also come for me to move on to bigger and better things and I feel it right down to every fibre of my being that the change is happening now and I'm glad I'm moving with the flow. This is my year and I will make it good.
Last night, I received a really long and encouraging text from a friend who has watched me take my first baby steps in this industry and stuck with me throughout. Through and through, she witnessed every bit of effort I've placed in this industry.
"I don't know if it's just me or the rest of the people don't understand photography? Or maybe because I like photography so I will usually take extra notice to photos. These two recent series you did really surprised me, and you know I am very particular about colours, mood and how clean the photos are. You really have the eye for angles, the angles you took were fucking good, I could imagine a bride with her flying veil. The lines, the stairs and the concrete, the silverish ambience and if it were a real bride, I'm sure you can send in for competition.
What a pity Fiona, a pity that you are still young and not convincing enough because of your age. Pity that some clients make you do so much and are unappreciative. It's okay Fee. Someday, someone will recognise you. Your hard work and efforts will pay off. People will come to you for your style instead of you having to accommodate people. One day you will stand out and shine brighter than the others. It's just a matter of time before we get to the finishing line. Happiness is wealth okay Fiona. You must always remember not to be so hard on yourself.
You are brave enough to take a step and enter this industry, now you must learn to take another step back and find your own identity. You are not spending enough time with yourself. Take a break and ideas/inspirations/reflections don't come overnight. Once you have rested enough and found your new identity, opportunities will come knocking and people will love you for your style."
You have no idea how much these words mean to me especially when you told me that you will never give up on me the other time. Thank you for giving me renewed strength and for empathising with me when I get really grumpy because of the lack of sleep. Thank you for continually watching over me and protecting me like your little sister and best friend. We may bicker and get annoyed with one another, but I know that this sisterhood is here to stay. I'll always have your back, and I'll make sure that we make it to the end of the tunnel together.
Not forgetting, the best boyfriend on earth who taught me to love fiercely and fight for what I love. For tirelessly lending me support on days I am knackered and uninspired. Likewise, I'll be strong for you while you fight to carve a career for yourself now. It's all for better days ahead of us, for the both of us.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
(Elie Saab, current latest addition to the collection)
Imagine there is a bank account that credits your account each morning with $86.400. It carries over no balance from day to day. Every evening the bank deletes whatever part of the balance you failed to use during the day. What would you do? Draw out every cent, of course? Each of us has such a bank. Its name is time. Every morning, it credits you with 86, 400 seconds. Every night it writes off as lost, whatever of this you have failed to invest to a good purpose. It carries over no balance. It allows no over draft. Each day it opens a new account for you. Each night it burns the remains of the day. If you fail to use the day's deposits, the loss is yours. There's no drawing against "tomorrow". You must live in the present on today's deposits. Invest it so as to get from it the utmost in health, happiness and success. The clock is running. Make the most of today.
Today's Food For Thought.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
The other day, the sister from another mother- Winiline, and I met up for brunch and heart to heart talks. It's really rare that we get to meet, so as and when possible, we'd take the time out to have brunch and share about our lives. Winiline is a younger sister I've never had. We met through work a year ago under another photographer who hired us both. Initially I didn't think we would even click because of the difference in our age. Winiline is 5 years younger than I am and the unexpected happened. Within a span of 4 days of work, we were like long lost sisters and we were always looking out for one another.
Every now and then we still like to reminisce about how we've met. One year isn't a long time of course, but honestly it felt like we only knew for months. This year, Winiline has just turned legal on Valentine's Day.
Having heard of the yummy food and coffee Common Man Coffee Roasters serve, I had to bring Line here to try. I had the Organic Eggs Benedict (below) and it was yummy! Haven't had eggs benedict served with braised ox cheeks before so it was a very refreshing change for once.
Organic Eggs Benedict
Tender braised ox cheeks, two poached organic eggs & chive hollandaise, with artisanal sourdough toast.
Common Man Full Breakfast
Two free-range organic eggs in any style, bacon, sausage, tomato salsa, chorizo hash browns, mushrooms & pork cannellini beans, with artisanal sourdough toast
My pretty Line bb! ^^
Common Man Coffee Roasters
22 Martin Road #01-00 Singapore 239058
Mon - Sun: 08:00 - 19:00
The rest of the day was spent going around town doing gift shopping for our loved ones for Valentine's Day and that was also when I planned a major surprise for the boy with a pair of shoes that he had wanted for sometime. I almost died of excitement trying to be hush hush about the gifts. Truly a bad surprise keeper. The look on his face was priceless.
Over the weekends, my good friend Florence and i held a flea over at F1 Pit Building under Three Blind Mice and it was pretty much a success. I managed to clear quite a fair bit of my items and I'm glad I no longer face the space constrain issue at home. Thank God. A big Thank You to Aloysius, CZ, Kendrick and Heng Qi for being exceptionally nice and accommodating to all of my needs and requests and making it a good shopping experience for everyone. Now I can never understood how I used to flea in a place without air conditioning. Not forgetting the extra service that Three Blind Mice provides which is Courier Service! I no longer have to lug the heavy things on my own to the location and back home. That's an incredibly smart move by them. -thumbs up-
Now that the busy weekend is over, work shall resume for me. Prior to the flea, I spent DAYS packing my entire house to prep for it so I had neglected my work and this space quite a bit. I've removed the selling blogpost entirely already. Big THANK YOU to everyone who confirmed and paid promptly and facilitated the entire transaction. I truly appreciate it and hope you guys like the items you have received! (: I'll share a new series of images tomorrow!
Saturday, February 8, 2014
Here's a mini bite size post before I scoot off for my shoot. Thank you all for the incredible response for two of my precious cameras in the previous post. Both cameras are now sold, and I'm really thankful that the X100S is going to a good friend of mine whom I can trust to love the camera like I did. Sometimes I feel guilty, it's like I'm selling my children away.... I get very emotional when I have to let go of my prized possessions. I'd have kept it if I could. In a span of a month, I've sold 3 of my cameras away. Sorry to those that has expressed interest in the cameras, I have an upcoming camera giveaway in a month's time for everyone to participate. Yes, you heard me! I'm giving away a brand new camera along with other camera-related items. I'll keep you guys updated!
The main point of this post is to feature my newest acquisition- The Mini 90, which I've given thought to for over 3 months if I should get and I caved in. How not to..? It's such a beauty and it's a matchy twin to my X100S. It deserves a picture with it's brother before I hand it over to its new owner. Mehhhh. ):
And Hola my box of 6 Krispy Kreme donuts the best boyfriend on earth got me. This is the second time he has surprised me with it and it's worth the mention because he went the extra mile to put a smile on my face. Despite having an entire day of work and OT till 8pm, he went all the way down to queue for it and even got me 2 oreo ones cause it's my favourite and 3 original glazed (not pictured) before coming all the way to my doorstep to surprise me while I was terribly sick and working my night away. "Ya, I'm tired but while I was queuing, I was happy cause I could imagine how happy you'd be when you see this," he told me.
That, is the sweetest thing that I've heard in the entire week.
Thank you, Daniel. <3