Love it or hate it, 2016 is definitely a year to remember. It was when I felt the wind getting knocked out of myself, as it seemed that one by one, the world seemed to veto the principles I thought were universal. It was the year when I realized, more than ever, that there is much to the world that I have yet to know, more perspectives that I have yet to comprehend, more life experiences that I have yet to open my heart to. Continue reading What a year! Top 12 Highlights from the Rollercoaster Ride of 2016
After several months of not having a single photo together, I’d say my family and I finally got to declare sweet revenge. Two hours, three albums, and 200+ pictures later, we could say that revenge was best served in a myriad of poses.
Continue reading Rethinking the Family Portrait: Our Day at the Trick Eye Museum
For me, Singapore is at its prettiest during the night. All the neons are bright, and the light shows are plenty.
As much as I love hopping on a plane and zipping off somewhere, I also love days when I just stroll around Singapore itself. Somehow, I almost always stumble upon something interesting, like a free concert, a flea market, or a bunch of ingenious buskers.
Hopefully, this vid will make people think of the city-state as not just another layover spot (although our airport is indeed king!), but as the bustling Lion City where surprises await to pounce on the curious wanderer.
Song: Sun Models by Odesza ft. Madelyn Grant
Six-thousand people signing up to get their heads shaved — now that’s something you don’t see everyday.
I’ve bungeed off ledges and jumped off cliffs — but on the subject of allowing someone to clip off all my hair, I’m afraid I’ll have to wimp out, thank you. Going for something less-thrilling-but-still-relevant instead, I volunteered to be a stage sweeper in this year’s Hair for Hope fundraising event, organized by Singapore’s Children’s Cancer Foundation. Continue reading Six-Thousand Close Shaves
Bangarang (as defined in urbandictionary.com)
1. Battle cry of the Lost Boys in the movie Hook.
2. Jamaican slang defined as a hubbub, uproar, disorder, or disturbance.
3. General exclamation meant to signify approval or amazement.
When almost everything in your entire country fits in one tiny island, you don’t get a lot of chances to go out to sea. That’s one of the main reasons why I love to head out to the Punggol Marina to don on those wakeboard boots — just to jump on a speedboat and feel the wind slap against my face as we zip to the vast open water — ah, this is the life! For a moment, the busy urban jungle that is Singapore feels like worlds away.
This is for Yuvraj, Parvind, Lawrence, Cecily and Dai Lin — our brave first-timers for this round, and for Gaurav, who seemed to have banished all anxieties of open water. Til next time!
Song: Bangarang by Skrillex
2012-03, Wakeboarding at Punggol Marina Country Club, Singapore
I belong to the church of Ye-Does-Not-Have-To-Travel-Far-to-Explore. It’s a good thing that Singapore is one of those places that always has something brewing, whether it’s an event for the arts or a good old flea sale.
When I caught whiff of Oh! Occupy Tiong Bahru in the Honeycombers newsletter (one of my most dependable sources for choice weekend jaunts), I immediately jumped on the chance. I mean, a day spent enjoying art while poking around other people’s houses, especially in one of the more interesting boroughs in the Red Dot? Sounds like a brilliant day to me. Continue reading Occupy Tiong Bahru
The last thing I expected from my jog was an elephant stampede, but then again, it’s the weekend, so I guess anything goes. The adorable bedecked sculptures were spotted frolicking the Botanic Gardens for the Singapore leg of the Elephant Parade Project. Continue reading What do you do when you get a white elephant?
It was one of the most original things I’ve seen in a long, long time.
Even if I’m running late, I’m the type who always stops to watch street performers — waiting if they have a nice surprise in store, or at least a nice story worth sharing. A lot of them were amusing, some of them were worth applauding, but this one really made me excited to capture the moment to share with everyone.
Romi made his own prop, which wowed me all the more. It must have taken a lot of time, thought and patience to get just the right weight and form, and to master just the right moves. Yey for triumphs of brilliance and creativity.
It was a nice reminder that sometimes, you don’t have to go very far to be astounded. How about you, when did you last get wowed?
Location: Helix Bridge, Singapore
Song: “Night Owl” by Broke For Free (brokeforfree.com)
When I can’t wipe the silly smile off my face, that’s when I know I’ve made a good discovery.
Based on my past entries, I think that it’s a well-established fact that I raid flea markets with a fervor of a spendthrift scorned. It was my first time to get wind of the MAAD (Market of Artists and Designers) fetes at Red Dot Design Museum, and boy, was I glad I took time to check out this month’s shindig. Continue reading Inspiringly MAAD