Archive for May, 2010

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Gift of Time

May 29, 2010

For my birthday this year, the boyfriend gave me the most precious gift of all: the gift of Time.

We had an eventful two days at Resorts World Sentosa, with thrills at Universal Studios in the day and spills at the Casino for the rest of the night on his expense.

But I think these pictures say it all. The luxury of conversation over a glass of wine and sleeping in past noon on a Saturday.

Thank you for a most lovely weekend.

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That’s why He made diamonds

May 28, 2010

As I lay sulking in full blown during-menstrual grumpiness last night – paralyzing cramps, backaches, out-of-whack hormones and the works – I couldn’t help wondering about God’s design of a baby-making machine.

Just for the possibility of having one, maybe two, babies in their lifetime, girls have to go through the pain (for some more than others) of menstruation every month for thirty years. Then when they do get pregnant, they feel nauseous all the time, grow fat, get varicose veins, and apparently get calcium leeched out of them that they may even lose their teeth. Not to mention the 20 hours of intense labour pains during childbirth, followed by lactating and needing to breastfeed the baby every two hours after it is born. (Yes, I’ve been hanging out with too many pregnant women for my own good.)

And the men, they get all the fun. They enjoy the sex and then play with the baby when it pops out.

Seems a little lopsided in terms of delegation to me.

It’s my opinion that the men need to make it up to us somehow.

And that’s why God made diamonds. :p

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Behind the nut

May 17, 2010

Nuts abt a nut

Originally uploaded by dawnie-pooh

“Behind the scenes” of the shot in my previous post, by Dawnie Pooh.

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A lesson in patience

May 16, 2010

A lesson in patience

I have been told before that, in photography, if you find a subject with potential, don’t take just two or three shots and walk away. Stay, try different angles, exhaust the possibilities, and that is when you will get a keeper.

This advice never really worked for me in practice. I am not someone with much patience, especially it comes to the repetitive stuff. I believe this is the reason I did badly in Maths in school – I simply did not have the mettle to practice, much less check my work after I am done.

So when @hanshoots picked up a random nut during our Walkabout today and gave me a mini “assignment” to shoot it, I got bored really quickly.

The humble nut was not a particularly interesting subject, and I barely got three mundane shots in when I decided to call it a day.

@hanshoots on the other hand kept going. And then I saw for myself what a difference perseverance makes.

Granted, this is not the most fabulous shot, but it is a reminder to me of this lesson in patience I have experienced first-hand today.

There are no bad subjects, only poor photographers.

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Needing an Epiphanie… or four

May 13, 2010

Those who know me know that my one big retail weakness for years has been bags. It is the one thing I completely allow myself to splurge on. (*shushes sniggering from the sides*)

Since I picked up photography at the beginning of the year however, I have become increasingly vulnerable to photographic equipment and accessories as well.

It was quite difficult to reconcile the two – after all, it’s hard to look pretty and dainty when you are lugging around two kilograms of equipment.

Yes, I still shelled out good money for one of the best camera bags around and I’m not saying I’m not pleased with it. But to be honest, it’s like marrying the guy who is a safe and stable provider – you know in your mind it’s a good choice but not it’s not one that makes you giddy and giggly.

What happens when – being the diligent photography student that I am – I want to take my camera everywhere, but the camera bags I have just do not go with my wardrobe?

Being a girl – even one that some proclaim a ‘gadget girl’ – fashion wins out everytime. Recently, I have resorted to shoving my dSLR and 50mm Prime Lens into my Kate Spade Stevie completely unprotected. Ouch!

Then, the Little Sister sent me to Epiphanie Bags’ website and I’m head over heels!

Lola Red

Lola Red Interior

Belle

Belle Interior

Aren’t they just gorgeous? And just looking at all the gear fitting snugly (and well-protected) inside… *wipes away drool*

Bags + Photography = Double the Lust.

Now the only problem is, how do I choose among the four designs they have currently? I love them all!

Edit >> I heard from the D that they are currently out of stock and will only begin shipping mid-June. Darn, I was counting on it to look all chic traipsing around Norway.

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Inspiration Part II

May 9, 2010

It still amazes me how much talent you can find on the Internet.

I recently came across the absolutely lovely works of Gabrielle Kai. I love her colours and tones, vintage props, and most of all, the simplicity of her photographs.

Her “I ♥ Details” portfolio is candy for the eyes, and a great cure for Monday blues.

Sea Shells

Inspired by Vintage Books

Photos above copyright of Gabrielle Kai Photography, published with permission.

Pretty things aren’t usually my style, but right now I’m so inspired, I’m off with the Little Sister to get some roses and lilies to shoot at.

P/S: I am really tempted to get the “Inspired by Vintage Books” print through her shop. It would be perfect for the “book nook” in the house, don’t you think? But I need to get my own place first. :p

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Blessed

May 6, 2010

I woke up this morning – after collapsing from the exhaustion of commuting more than two hours on the bus and train yesterday – to this message:

I have set up the GPS for you. Just start your car and it will turn on, then touch the “Where to” icon and look for “Recently found”. The first entry is your office. Click on that, then touch “Go” after it calculates. It will direct you to take the PIE. According to your Dad, that’s the fastest way to get to the office so just follow it. Drive safe, and I love you.

I nearly died. The boyfriend had set it up for me after I had fallen asleep (or rather, K.O-ed) last night. I don’t even know how he found the postal code to my new office when I don’t know it myself.

Although he doesn’t always say or do the sweetest things, and he plays too much computer games :p, it’s stuff like this that blows me away. That, and him always taking my grumpiness, craziness and hysterics (oh, I can be quite over-the-top with those) with a smile.

I am so, utterly blessed.

P/S: Can I just say how much I respect all those people who travel from the East to the West (or vice versa) for work everyday? The distance is really not the worst part. The crowds are.

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