DISPOSABLE FILM: HOME

I always found film photography a struggle as I dislike not being in control of what I am shooting. In my desperation to finish the roll, I decided to give shooting spontaneously a try. The results were pretty encouraging,  I must say that I am starting to appreciate this unpredictable medium.

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love these old school egg shops in Tiong Bahru Market, reminds me of wet market trips with my grandma when I was young

took these shots in an industrial area while on a furniture hunt, I'm loving the light in this one

took these shots in an industrial area while on a furniture hunt, I'm loving the light in this one

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while some of the photos didn't quite turn out as I wished in terms of composition, I do enjoy how the medium is able to effortlessly capture the quiet moments

ending the series with my favourite photo of the lot : )

ending the series with my favourite photo of the lot : )

CLOUD FOREST

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"The Earth laughs in flowers." – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Hold that lovely thought and cover your ears while I rap an entire slew of bad puns in order to tickle Mother Nature pink with how hard I'm trying. My long overdue trip to Gardens by the Bay had me overwhelmed by how well-designed the Cloud Forest is, and had me swelling with pride as a Singaporean. Never mind that I had to race against the dimming evening light or having to jostle past hoards of tourists to get a good photo, the entire sensory experience was impressive by and large. Evidently playing the tourist card right in this get up with my Luna Half-Moon sling bag.  Also wearing the same wide grin whenever I'm surrounded by Nature. ☺︎

A Very Small Exhibition

As we ventured up to the second floor of Shaw Towers and navigated through the labyrinth of shops, we found ourselves in the woods in the middle of the mall. Pushing past the glass door with a beautifully hand-scripted welcome sign, we were first greeted by a scent of the leafy greens and Joanne's smile which brightened up the space.

Very Small Exhibition is a monthly curation project where Joanne and her friends take turns to fill the space with fresh concepts and experimental installations, to provide a place where people can enjoy as a form of respite. For the month of February, it has been transformed into a retail space where Joanne provides a customized hand-scripting service for Saint Valentine's Day.

It also has everything that I love – plants, flowers, glass bottles and colorful confetti! Needless to say, I got myself a message-in-a-bottle and had Joanne hand-script a line from one of my favourite poems You are Oceanic by Tapiwa Mugabe. I loved the idea of having part of the ocean in my bottle. Maybe someday the time will come when I can let this message return to the ocean and let the waves carry it to someone else who needs it more then me. ☺

I first met Joanne at The 3rd Space Christmas Pop-Up store last year and I'm glad to have found a friend in this lovely kindred soul. What I really love about her works is in the beauty of transforming words into pieces of artworks. Her passion for her art really rubs off in our conversations when Joanne shared how she took the leap to start The Letter J Supply in pursue of creating for a greater purpose. It is something that resonated strongly with me and it really made me think hard about my craft. 

For a Very Small Exhibition, there were actually Lots To Marvel At. So much so that I spent close to two hours every time I visit. The greatest success of this exhibition is that you leave with more than the bottle of flowers in your hand, or the scent of fresh greenery in your hair. You step out with a smile on your face and a new experience that cannot be found elsewhere. Here are some amazing pictures from the exhibition, captured mostly by Evie, my tiny friend with amazing photography skills. ☺

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Have a lovely weekend everyone! ☺

!!! HOLY CRAP !!!

Taking adventures during lunch time would be one of our favorite things to do on a weekday . This time we popped by Temporium for the "Google Translating Tokyoto" exhibition, presented by  Holycrap.sg. Now, this collective is an interesting one – Holycrap is made up of creative director Pann Lim, his wife Claire and two children Renn and Aira.

On our way up to the gallery space after lunch

On our way up to the gallery space after lunch

Got distracted by the cute Kewpie and ice cream sign from the cafe next door

Got distracted by the cute Kewpie and ice cream sign from the cafe next door

Temporium  on Dunlop Street

Temporium on Dunlop Street

Resident Temporium owl keeping watch

Resident Temporium owl keeping watch

Rubbish ??? Famzine??

Rubbish ??? Famzine??

Holy C -laire,  R -enn,  A -ira,  P -ann presents Rubbish Famzine

Holy C-laire, R-enn, A-ira, P-ann presents Rubbish Famzine

The big bosses behind the show

The big bosses behind the show

When we first stepped into the exhibition space we were told that the exhibits on the wall were placed at a height for kids to view and therefore, the adults have to bend a little in order to view the artworks at a closer range. No one seemed to mind, and we proceeded to explore the exhibition space in wide-eyed wonder. The afternoon sun decided to join in the fun, lifting everyone's mood and illuminating the exhibition space giving it a warm and cheerful vibe while the children's chatters can be heard echoing through the high ceiling.

The most enjoyable part of the exhibition was seeing things through Renn and Aira's artworks – for the same reason to why I enjoy working with children, their perspectives are typically unaltered and full of imagination. Plus these kids have an incredible sense of texture and colors! I also really liked Aira's collection of headless snapshots while on-the-go in Japan. ☺

We were really fortunate to get some time to speak with Pann as he took time to tell us the stories behind Renn and Aira's artworks, how some of the works were inspired by his collection of vinyls and he also shared with us their process of making artworks together as a family. When I asked about Renn's natural flair in picking colors, I was surprised that Pann was equally fascinated by it. It is amazing how everything feels so organic. What all these works actually translate into would be the parents' love for craft and their children.  ☺

I'm not too sure if it was intentional but the paper planes added a nice touch to the overall exhibition

I'm not too sure if it was intentional but the paper planes added a nice touch to the overall exhibition

PREACH

PREACH

A nice quiet moment shared by Daddy and his kids

A nice quiet moment shared by Daddy and his kids

I feel really happy (and admittedly envious) that both Pann and Claire are so supportive of their children's art and that they take great care in nurturing them and teaching them about life through the process of art-making. I personally feel that it is something very valuable but sadly lacking in Singapore's education system when the emphasis is all about success and academic excellence. I hope that this exhibition would inspire parents and parents-to-be.  It is not about beating the system, but making life with what you have and what you want it to be. ☺ 

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When I asked Aira what was her favourite thing to draw she told me she loves drawing girls. I shared with her that I used to draw a lot of mermaids when I was at her age and she seemed pretty tickled by that little nugget of information.

When I asked Aira what was her favourite thing to draw she told me she loves drawing girls. I shared with her that I used to draw a lot of mermaids when I was at her age and she seemed pretty tickled by that little nugget of information.

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Here are some pictures of Rubbish Famzine Issue 1 –

Here are some pictures of Rubbish Famzine Issue 1 –

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I thoroughly enjoyed the exhibition, so much so that I went back the second time which was well-worth. So if you have some time today you definitely don't want to miss this beautiful project ! It's the last day of Holycrap exhibition and they will be opened till 8 pm. ☺

Magic

There are some people who emanates a certain sense of warmth that touches the tenderness of your heart, the kind from whom you'd always have something special to take away with you after every meeting. ☺

When we stepped out of the elevator and peered down the corridor, an apartment immediately stood out. With a row of gardening tools hanging neatly by the wall, tending by the little nursery at the entrance of the house, you could tell that these people must care a lot for the world from the way they cared for their little green friends.

We let the chiming of the doorbell announce our arrival as we waited eagerly to be invited into this special space. 

 

Karen & Pao's dreamy apartment

Karen & Pao's dreamy apartment

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Kitchen invasion

Kitchen invasion

Sarah at work

Sarah at work

Py, the treehugger

Py, the treehugger

The door opened and we were greeted by Karen's beautiful smile, one that seemed to give the apartment an extra glow, and then Pao who shyly walked out from their studio. The last time I saw them was on their wedding day, and they still look as perfect together.

Soon enough, the air buzzed with excitement from three girls swooning over every detail of the house, disrupting its tranquillity. I thought I saw the rows of trees lining the hills across the road waver a little. But it was just impossible to stop ourselves when everything is just so perfect, as the humble owners looked on in amusement. After we were done helping out with Sarah's little project, we gathered around the dining table to catch up on each others' lives and talked about our dreams. It was very much like finding a spot in the middle of the forest,  just talking and munching on grapes while sitting on toadstools. The afternoon was splendid and magical.

Py and Karen having a grape time

Py and Karen having a grape time

When it was time for us to leave, we said our goodbyes reluctantly and conveniently made plans to invite ourselves back again (heeehee). Took a glance towards the door and was surprised to see that Pao has neatly arranged our shoes in a way that was most convenient for us to wear them. If my soles have eyes, they would be flooded with tears, it was such a terribly sweet gesture.

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A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.

– Yoko Ono 

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The perks about being a creative person is the limitless imagination we have in creating our own worlds, just like how Karen and Pao built their special treehouse in this urban jungle. Seeing this couple makes my heart gasp and sigh (and die) in a good way. Great things always happen when the stars align. ☺ Perhaps the magic in living is quite simple, treat everyone with genuine respect and humility, and the world will give you back in ten folds. If you are searching for magic, look no more, you create the magic. ☺

 

Only apt to wear these kitty stockings to the Treehouse (a gift from my bestfriend Jobyna) 

Only apt to wear these kitty stockings to the Treehouse (a gift from my bestfriend Jobyna)