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#design inspiration

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I Loving Taking Their Selfies

I want to believe i have future in photography. So I gathered this week’s selfies. I like portrait shots, especially when it looks candid.

1. Photo of my S-Bud. As my seat mate, I always look at Abby first to see if she’s busy or have earphones on before actually talking to her. This time, I took her selfie first before anything else. This is sort of candid, but I directly told her to just show her profile.

2. Gil. He has this passion for shoes like me but unlike me, he actually buys it. While I’m not the most frugal person, I usually spend on things after  10 days after seeing it… and thinking about it. Taken inside Onitsuka Tiger, I directed Gil to look at the blue shoes, then I click it.

3 & 4. Wendel and Gold. This is a sample on candid portrait photography. While I did say I’m going to take their pictures, I didn’t inform them when or how I’m going to take the winning shot. It’s a good thing they were so engrossed with the conversation that after awhile, they completely forgot I was shooting them.

I like playing with the water container, it gives me framings that sometimes is not available. I played with a bunch of other things in the table too and then I finally settled with these shots. 


5. Jag. With a hole-in-a-wall place at 11pm, you can only imagine how it’s so hard to find a source of light. But you have to be work around with what little you have (little as in the “We’re Open” sign lit by red and blue LED bulbs). The headrest created an illusion like it thinned out which eventually leads into Jag’s head, after a few shot I asked him look at me directly.

6. Zai. She reminds me of a 13 year old girl and needs to be sweet in the picture. This is taken at the sweetest place there is- a newly opened cupcake store in Greenhills.  I asked her to smile and face directly towards me like she’s taking a passport photo. Turned out great as she looked happy and cheeky.

7. Zel. Being in the most crowded place this season, you can only expect heavy foot traffic. Luckily, I find it awesome that when I took this shot, Greenhills Promenade looked like a ghost town. I got to give it to them, the stars look incredible on photographs.

I have to move farther as I feel like taking not only the face, but the environment of the subject. 

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Flight Plan (Singapore 1)

Flying is an amazing experience. You get to partake in one of best example of human ingenuities. I decided to blog my trip to let the world see what I saw. I wasn’t exactly a stranger in the place. I know the country like the back of my hand.

I tend to pack dark, like black everything. Hygienic, less hassle and slimming. I also notice my love for orange, it just gives a pop to a rather gloomy outfit. 

My choice is usually budget airlines, but right now I am just so happy and thankful that’s in Singapore Airlines. Really hassle free and you can tell the difference in service, aircraft and overall feel.

Whenever I leave the country, there’s always a downpour! It made leaving harder as it adds drama. However, I just think of it as an escape, because the place where I’m going has only one weather- Sunny.

I’ll start here and continue on later. :)

"Even if no one would miss me, even if I left no blank space in anyone’s life, even if no one noticed, I couldn’t leave willingly. Loss was not a skill, not a measure of life. And yet I still felt like I had something to lose."

— Haruki Murakami - Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World (via murakamistuff)

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Positivity is my Strength

Like turning the title from Negativity is my weakness to the new one on top.

I just want to share a quote I got from Forbes.com:

“ Self-distrust is the cause of most of our failures. In the assurance of strength, there is strength, and they are the weakest, however strong, who have no faith in themselves or their own powers. ”
— Christian Bovée

No Country too small, no baggage too big.

Life will take you places. Allow yourself to get lost on your journey. There was never a road too familiar, you’ll be surprised that a tiny details can make things look new. Look more closely and you’ll be surprised that a patch of green leaf sprout on the corner on the road which was once full of garbage. Ride a train and see that what was once an avenue that houses a residential block became a commercial lot full of eager buyers. Don’t get me started on your neighbourhood market, appreciate the reorganisation of fish display, familiar smell but visually different. 

The places you’ve been will never be too familiar. They will never be stale nor boring. Somehow, you’ll still feel the urge to look, to hunt or to find new things which will make the small look big. A street may be narrow but it will never be too narrow. A country may be small, but it will never be too small. 
The things you bring may be enough but the baggage you deal with will never be too big. Fold, put and squeeze, why can’t a luggage be too big. NO BAGGAGE IS TOO BIG!
You have the essentials, you are a basic guy with basic needs, you tried to limit with colour coding black and white, you declared understatement and somehow you are stressed out on how to pressed things. You packed, unpacked, changed then sat on it. Upon check in, “Sir, I’m afraid you need to take out things as you’re excess-baggage.” Now you have to wear 5 layers of clothing in 32 degrees celsius country with very high humidity. 
Get a map and pay the extra luggage. Just to be done with life’s drama. Only then will you begin to realise two things, you’ve never seen enough and never brought enough.

The Good Part in Waiting

I think the good part in waiting is that it let’s you experience internal desire to really have it. You wait because you hoped for something. Hope is overtly positive ideology.

Waiting does not make a person languish, instead it is a fuel that energizes his entire being. You do not wait for something you don’t like. You wait for something you adore, fantasize and dream about. 

We all wait for something in our lives… including me, who’s still waiting. 


I wonder how many people are willing to take it. The bigger the risk, the bigger the reward. So I’m going to take it. Decisions decisions. 

A colleague of mine said that any action has an appropriate consequence. Good or bad, it will come to you soon. So I’m just hoping for the better. 

Yeah, I’ll take it. No turning back. I maybe the biggest fool or the greatest person, either way, i can say myself soon that I did that. 

All these due to a bad coffee in the morning. Can’t think of anything worse than that. 

How would I describe myself.

1. I am a passionate person towards my goals and ambition in life. I have a short term and a long term plan for myself. It trickles down to my work being in financial industry and studying economics. 

2. I approach things with at least 3 options. Plan A & B is not enough and will never be. 

3. I am malleable. I went through a lot of changes career wise and personally. The strongest asset I have is that I easily adapt perfectly to situations and people. 

4. I am a team player embracing diversity and individuality of my colleagues and gaining mutual respect. 

5. I am a young leader. Evidenced on my leadership through my university years until my professional career as a deputy supervisor. 

6. I am pragmatist at work. 

7. I appreciate people and the work they do. Whether it will impact my own or not. 

Hong Kong Jump ‘13

I like floating shots in different countries. It’s so trippy.