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On relationships: Instagram vs Lightbox

11 May

I’ve been wanting to capture this skyline since I started attending NIE – this is what I see every time I arrive at and leave school.

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Chinese New Year

23 Jan


The oldest and youngest.

Luxuries

20 Jan

This still is from upcoming film The Hunger Games. It is based on the novel by Suzanne Collins, which I only just got down to reading. The novel is well-written enough for YA fiction. It is the themes that I find most gripping and can’t seem to get away from. Mainly, the idea of what you’d be pushed to do in a time of crisis when regular rules of ethics no longer seem to apply.

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Arrogance vs confidence

20 Nov

I came across Taufik Batisah’s first audition on Singapore Idol from back in 2004. The voice-over starts out by telling the audience it’s dangerous to be “overconfident” and “arrogant” when leaving a first impression.

What exactly did Taufik do to make the judges think he had a huge ego? Nothing much – he just walked and sang like he knew what he was doing. I can’t imagine an American Idol judge tearing into a contestant this way, especially in a competition where you’re supposed to sell yourself.

Maybe it’s simply an Asian trait to go the other extreme when it comes to modesty?

The new baby

1 Sep

I love extremely short poems

30 Jul

Even at this late date, sometimes I have to look up
the word “receive.” I received his deep
and interested gaze.

A bean plant flourishes under the rain of sweet words.
Tell what you think—I’m listening.

The story ruffled its twenty leaves.

*

Once my teacher set me on a high stool
for laughing. She thought the eyes
of my classmates would whittle me to size.
But they said otherwise.

We’d laugh too if we knew how.

I pinned my gaze out the window
on a ripe line of sky.

That’s where I was going.

Naomi Shihab Nye, “Fuel”

Shakespeare in the Park

30 Apr
Strawberry jelly and rainbow pebblesFreeflow toppings (from Yigloo)MelissaAdrian Pang as MacbethLady Macbeth rampaging offscreenWhy I miss RGS already
GlowIrene naps in the backgroundIrene

Shakespeare in the Park, a set on Flickr.