Happy Halloween!

October 31, 2011

It's Halloween! To be honest, I have never celebrated Halloween, never. I only watched about Halloween in the movies and internet and cartoons and know a little about "trick or treat" and the craved pumpkins. I secretly wish people practise "trick or treat" here - where children in costumes travel from house to house in order to ask for treats like candy or tricks, which is really cool isn't it! But nah I don't think it's nice to do it here in Asia :( Well people here do wear different interesting costumes from different characters and go party and clubbing etc but I'm sure the meaning of this festival has slowly been changed these years.

Since my sister and I had no plans during the weekend, we decided to go to Clarke Quay to have a look because usually a lot of activities would be held over there. But hmm we don't have anything fancy to wear! (as usual haha) We checked online and realized the time for the event to start was about 9 to 10pm so we went somewhere else for dinner first.

We had salad buffet, my sis and I each had 3 full plates of different salads and nachos. heheh we loveeeee food!

It's the first time I went to Clarke Quay, but I knew that it's famous of all these bars and clubs and night life.
So when we reached Clarke Quay...

we met a nutcracker, a werewolf, and a...tree. hahah
Check out who we met afterwards!

And I also bumped into...

Davy Jones! haha I was actually scared to stand near him.

Apparently the bride didn't look so happy cuz you see, I'm so much taller than her >:D hahah

And this is epic! We were standing there watching the live band performing, the girl on stage shouted "Put your hands up!" and then people put their ... legs up too. haha 

It actually felt quite nice to occasionally come out to this kind of noisy and crowded places with the music banging all the time. Although I didn't really dress up or join those people dancing and jumping around, I still enjoyed myself (:

This morning during classes there were actually quite a number of students who dressed up really nicely, there're Alice in the wonderland, the little red riding hood, boxer, Black swan, Dora the explorer, some dead school girls and so on. Apparently my class is one of the most boring classes cuz we didn't dress up :P We're all nerds and geeks haha.

It was about 12am but it felt like it's during lunch hour cuz everyone was still walking and strolling around enthusiastically and Burger King was full! Mrt station was crowded too!

Some photos from my phone,

and Happy Halloween everyone!

We're cool right!

Collecting Thoughts

October 29, 2011

Everytime when I'm lying on my bed I think of so many things to post here, I actually wrote them down, the thoughts I have when I walk and eat and jog and talk, because I'm too afraid that I'd forget what I want to write down. It has become a habit to write my thoughts down these days, no matter how trivial or unimportant it is, I start questioning myself about those thoughts, for the past years I had always let these thoughts just come and go without trying to capture them. But when I'm finally here, sitting in front of my computer, I'd just stare at the blank screen, trying to figure out where should I start.

These months, I learned so much, so much more than any other year I have been through, although school has only started for 3 months. I don't know where to begin. Things that I thought was unnecessary last time turned out to be essential here. Things I never thought I'd be doing. Things I never thought I'd have to learn. Things I never thought I'd love. Honestly, the moment I came here I didn't know what to expect, I had absolutely no idea with what I'm going to learn, I had always been a science student - always. I didn't know what art schools would look like, I didn't know people here would be so different from the others, but so similar to me in some ways, that time I just knew that everytime when I stumbled upon a webpage full of drawings and photographs I'd stay there a little longer. Now I have a journal, it's not like a diary, it's more than a diary, it's a notebook, a quote-book, a book to doodle and a collection of random thoughts.

Life here has been good. I'm more inspired than ever, not by artworks, but the beautiful people around me, beautiful.. in terms of their mind, the way they think, their beliefs, their experiences and struggles that made them who they are today, and by different artists. Life has never been easy, but these ups and downs are the things that make life interesting. I learned that everyone you see, the one on street playing guitar, the one who just walked past you, the one who's eating alone, the one ... ah just everyone you see, has a very interesting life story, and they all have secrets no one knows, they're probably struggling about something too. Very often, those people who look confident to me, are actually not that confident after you know them, they might be admiring something about you too. Those people who look strong and tough and independent, could actually be as fragile as we all are after you get to know them. So don't judge. And be nice to everyone.

I find myself comparing myself to the other people and think that I'm not good enough sometimes. But I realize no matter what you do, how hard you try to be better and nicer, there'll always be people who dislike what you do. What Steve Jobs said is right - Live your life. Don't waste your life living someone else's life. The only person I need to please is myself, for I'll never be able to do things that everyone likes. That benefits no one, I'd just lose myself eventually. I need to care less about what people think.

I feel myself learning and growing.

p/s: I'm going for a short trip with my family few weeks later! I'm really looking forward to it! I have been craving to have a little getaway and just relax! so yay! I've just ordered a waterproof lomo camera too so I could take photos underwater. Am really excited (:

Sister was going back to Malaysia yesterday right after her work so I went to her workplace to have lunch with her. She talks a lot about her workplace, and always says that there are a lot of nice and expensive food over there so I went there to have a look. Well she's right, it felt so weird because it seemed like I was the only teenager walking around there, the hundreds of people passed by me were all in formal attire.

So we went to Din Tai Fung for lunch. The restaurant is quite spacious yet there were a lot of people queuing outside. We waited for about 20 minutes (and it's actually pretty fast because my sister said she and her colleagues waited for 40 mins the other day. And we only have 2 person so it's easier.)

I think my dad will like the food here. Next time when my parents come we'll definitely bring them here. The dish of the first photo doesn't look nice but trust me it is nice! (:

Our obsession - bubble milk tea!
Sister said it's her enemy because it's really fattening. But we just can't help it. hehehe.

My sister and I used to have the same hairstyle - long straight hair with fringe. (but she also had a short bob like what I'm having now last time) and same clothing style (now she's working so...yeah. haha). Finally we both don't look so same now! :p

The scarily huge art school in Singapore.

Was walking back home alone and I came across this very interesting and pretty scene. I think it's beautiful.

You know what, I just realize all the social websites sometimes create a lot of stress to me. I literally can't believe what I'm saying now but yes they really do. All in a sudden I feel like to deactivate my facebook, formspring and email. I'm stuck in something negative in the past - what people said and did, and my mind is constantly working and trying to make them up. They cause me to fail directing my focus to the present moment and something better instead. At least now, neither of these sites is open (usually they are ALWAYS always there. I never close them.) All the tabs are now some incredible illustrators' blogs, am so amazed and inspired by people's works, and it feels nice to be completely focused on reading what they say, studying their artworks, observing etc. Usually I'd be too busy facebooking so I'd tend to read the other things vaguely. Now it feels really nice to get rid of all these.
And stay focused.

This week is gonna be a really tiring week I suppose, because my group would be the first for a group presentation, and really a lot a lot a lot of homework to be doneeeeee! It's scary solely thinking about how much I have to do.

Ah I can do it i can do it i can do it! (:

A Day At The Art Museum

October 8, 2011

Yesterday was such an exhausting but joyful day. Friends were planning to visit Dali - Mind of a Genius - the art exhibition of Salvador Dali's works because they might be talking about this exhibition for the coming group presentation. I wrote about one of Dali's most famous works for my assignment that day but I didn't know too much about him, actually.

Originally I wasn't going because my group isn't doing about this artist's works. Windy put a huge smile on her face and said "Come, kahying comeeee, pleaseeeeee" with her puppy eyes. Oh how can I resist this! I gave in. "Urg alright. You. Force me to waste my money and time." And we both smiled.
Now I'm so glad that I went there with them, it's really really good! We had tons of fun!

It's held at ArtScience Museum, the lotus-shaped building at the left. 

The signature melting clock of Dali's works outside the museum.

I like this, because I saw my birth date. Haha honestly I see 84 or 48 nearly everyday, everywhere.

"Woman aflame"
The flame seems to have a life of their own and represents the concealed intensity of unconscious desires, while the drawers represents the unknown of hidden secrets. The faceless female symbolizes all women as though a woman's beauty laid in her mystery. 

His works are full of symbolism and hidden meanings. I thought Dali's only a surrealist painter, didn't know that he did sculpture and was so good in using all kinds of mediums. There are over 250 works of his, mostly paintings and sculpture, I only took photos of the sculptures.

"Space Venus"

The clock is draped over the neck to give us two opposing messages: the beauty of the flesh is temporary and will vanish, while beauty of art is timeless and eternal. Dali often referred to dual themes such as hard and soft - like the melting clock, eternal and temporary, dream and reality.

"Homage to Fashion"

What is her hair made from? The surreal figure is the symbol of fashion, while the man kneeling in front in front of her is paying homage to her beauty and elegance. The feminine figure is like a muse, a source of inspiration.

"Woman of Time"

Everytime I stand very close to these sculptures or statues, I'd feel something like... fear, because they are so real that I start imagining them moving. But I like to experience this feeling so much that I purposely stand and look at them very closely, knowing that they actually won't move. Don't you think they look like they're just posing, like they can actually move. Or maybe it's because I watched too much movies. lol

"Man with Butterfly"

"Alice in Wonderland" on left.  

On left it's "Dali & Gala", he and his wife. How sweet!

"Leda Chair"
I really like this set of furniture! so artistic.

"Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings."

Ahh these distorting mirrors are so fun to play with! :p

Went for dinner afterwards. Friends were so inspired that they just wanted to start drawing and painting and creating. While we were eating they started taking out whatever they had - drawing sketchbook, color pencils, pens etc and start drawing random things. Windy and I started joining them after eating. Random to the max.

Haha doing this was fun. Each of us chose a color pencil with different colors, four of us drew each corner for 10 seconds and we rotated the book and continued drawing the other corners with whatever we feel like to draw. Can you find our names inside? Haha. Doesn't look very nice but it's really fun. Epic.

And then we saw 3 men playing guitars,walking around so the 2 guys decided to draw them. Gab and Kevin have very different styles in drawing, indeed. The colors and everything else don't make sense though. We just couldn't stop drawing and coloring. Haha.

The color pencils that died for us.

Went to BurgerKing afterwards to eat, again. And went home at about 10.30pm. The very crowded Mrt.

We had so much fun! Well the moment we say "yes" to having fun outside, we're saying "no" to homework. Ahh and tonight I'll be meeting friends from hometown for dinner and movie. I need to start working now. And yay sister is coming back home tomorrow, which also means 5 weeks have past! hmm life's gooood (:

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