May 13, 2012

I believe that everything happens for a reason.
People change so that you can learn to let go,
things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right,
you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself,
and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.

- Marilyn Monroe
I've always loved sayings from Marilyn Monroe, incredibly inspiring to me. These beliefs made me a more positive person. Today, I finally, truly understand the 4th line of this quote. It takes lots of time to build trust, and only seconds to destroy it. Have you heard that trust is like a vase? once it's broken, though it can be fixed, it'll never be the same again, the cracks will always be there.

Maybelline New (York) Me Party

May 11, 2012

First of all I need to thank everyone in Facebook who was so kind to help my sis and I win these products and the invite to Maybelline New (York) Me party at Zouk. Neither my sis nor I had been to Zouk, yes we're very good girls, haha. I hadn't had the chance to attend any event like this, so when I realized it's quite easy to win the invite, "why not?" I thought. it's mainly because I have lots of very helpful friends in facebook, thank you! ;)

Then of course I have the responsibility to show you all how the event went! because I was there basically because of my friends. If you aren't 18 yet and haven't been to Zouk, yes this is how it looks like.
We literally had to queue to go in because there were lotssss of people.

my sister - make-up in progress.

Make up done by Maybelline makeup artists.

There were Forever 21 fashion show, free Soyato ice-cream (yum), makeovers, performances by local rapper - Kevin Lester, live demonstration of make up on the runway by the well-known makeup artist - Marcus, and even the co-founder of Nylon Magazine - Marvin Jarrett was there! too bad I was standing quite far away so I didn't take many photos of the show and performances.

More photos of my sis and I. hehe.

One of my favourite photos taken by my sister. loving the lights! But you can also see that I have very ugly finger nails, caused by my terribly bad habit of biting finger nails for many many years during my childhood.

We left after the event was over, obviously we're not party people. haha. Anyway it's good day! Thanks to Soyato for the chance to attend this event! And also my very lovely friendsssss :)


1.15am, everyone at home is asleep now, I definitely adore times like this, where everything is so peaceful, calm, quiet and the weather's nice. How many times do I need to repeat that I love love love the fresh air at night? I can only hear the sound of the keyboard while I'm typing. Best time to read, think, reply mails, and blog, maybe? In the afternoon it's too hot here, people will be talking and walking in and out all the time, facebook notifications pop every now and then that I couldn't concentrate doing other things. Sigh, facebook addict. How I wish it's healthy to stay late at night. So my sister wouldn't be nagging and I wouldn't be uglier. haha.

This post is random, just feel like typing something. Time has been flying incredibly fast these days. So many things to blog about! But no time. Came home every night with lots of photos but too exhausted to edit and post right away, then the next day I'd go out and come back with another hundred of photos and thoughts. And the thoughts of the previous day was long gone by then. sigh. wonder how the famous and busy bloggers manage to blog so often. But then again, why make blogging sound like a chore? Well it's actually not, it's just the want and urge to create and document the memories and beauties of my life.

Life has been good, I always say that, don't I? Even when life hasn't been quite good I always want to believe that everything that happens now is the best possible thing that can happen to me.

Lots of plans these days! Time to try making things happen.

Summer In The City

May 2, 2012

The assessment of the last term is officially over, yay! Say hi freedom!

For this term we were instructed to transform second-hand garments into something different and trendy at the same time. So we had to look at fashion shows, designers' latest works, magazines and all to analyse what's the current trend and translate them into our garments. Then we had to style the final garment onto a body and photograph in a way to support our original themes and researches. 

 So yes that's the final garment of mine, the blue sleeveless blazer is originally a long sleeve blazer with jacket lapel, and the skirt is from a dress. Trust me it's not as easy as it sounds like. didn't do a very good job, my workmanship is horrible :( This time I wasn't the one behind the camera, but the one in front of the camera. Felt sooooo weird.

I was planning to have a proper shoot, I sent out lots of emails, to model agencies, make up artists, some friends, models to ask for advice, look for models who want to do test shoots, make up artists who want to collaborate etc. I also went to a few places to choose the best location that suits my outfit. In the end, I got myself the make up artist/hair stylist and lighting artist, locations and everything were all set, except the most important person - the model. The deadline was too close so most of the models had already been booked, some models weren't free on weekdays, some never even replied... 

Was a little upset but it's alright, I'm quite happy that I finally gathered the courage to contact model agencies, models, make up artists and all to ask for collaboration, knowing these attempts might fail. The day before I went to my brother's wedding back in Penang on Saturday, I still couldn't get a model so I was thinking "urg I'll just do it by myself I don't care anymore." and threw the garment into my luggage.

We only stayed in Penang for one night, the next noon I'd be flying back to Singapore already. When we reached the hotel it was already noon, and we were tired because we didn't have enough sleep the previous night, our flight was quite early in the morning. Yet I pulled myself up, put the clothes on, and told my sister I needed her to help me shoot, then started doing the make up together with sister and started the shoot!

Have I mentioned that I'm actually camera-shy? That's why when I started off photography I did lots of self portraits. I'm not comfortable to pose in front of people. I didn't do a good job. My sister knows I'm a terrible model. I was already pushing myself and trying! We only spent 30-40 minutes shooting, lol because I was struggling with posing so I went in front of the mirror and stared at myself, trying to find out what pose/expression would look good, I guess my sister was already quite exhausted so she fell asleep. I wasn't satisfied with the photos, but I knew they were the only thing I could work on already.

Thank God they don't turn out to be THAT bad.

Here's a before and after for you all. haha.
Well I'm not a good model, but my sister is not a good photographer either! :p

On a lighter note, assessment is finally over!! My 3-month holidays officially kick off today! Am already writing down what I wanna do these months. Hopefully it'll be a fruitful 3-month. Need to create more things and read more books. Can't believe it's May already! April totally flew away, couldn't remember what I did this April. Time's passing too fast these days. Can I have a "slow down" button?

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