Friday, March 25, 2011

Picture book adaptation of Sylvia Plath's 'Tulips'

Something I did in a nick of time for my Literature class. I'm posting it here so that a friend could tell me what I can improve on - would love to hear what your thoughts are as well! It's a picture book adaptation of Sylvia Plath's Tulips through photography. If you'd like to read the entire poem, click here.

* All photos are original, with the exclusion of the photo of tulips (first and sixth photo).

Thursday, March 10, 2011


A good friend and I were just lying back, listening to music and just having a good time. The weather was lovely, and I must say, this was the first time ever that the weather actually wasn't too cold or too warm at a swimming carnival, which was a surprise to all of us. Now, I'm one of those people who can ponder all afternoon on one question because the world never fails to fascinate me.

Anyway, my friend asked me a question. She asked:
"Hey, do you prefer the clouds or the sky?"
"What do you mean?"
"If you had to choose between the clouds or the sky, which would you prefer?" 
And surprisingly, it didn't take me long to reach an answer. 
"Well, it wouldn't much of a sky without clouds, and clouds wouldn't be clouds without the sky," I said.
My answer actually surprised me a little. I never really thought about this, and it really got me thinking. There are so many things in this world that are inseparable. Peanut butter and jelly. Ham and eggs. Hot chocolate and marshmallows. (Hm, why am I only pointing out food?) And then there's the inseparability of love between a mother and her child.

When I think about my mum and I, I think about everything. I think about our afternoons sitting on the couch,  reading a book, sharing a hot cup of tea together. I think about our fun little teasing arguments that we have, and smile at the thought of that. I think about our shopping together on Saturday mornings. I think about our car rides together, listening to the music and the conversations we've had in the car. I think about the little time that we have together after her work. We might watch a bit of television, or talk, or we'd be doing completely different things, but are still in each other's company.

Writing this, I've just come to realisation of how much I enjoy and love spending time with my mum. She's an incredible mother to me, and I'm incredibly fortunate to have her in my life. There are many important things in life, and my mother is one of them. The thing is, we may argue and we have our differences, but we've always remained true to each other. Mum, if you're reading this, thank you. Thank you for being such a great mother to me. Thank you for letting me be me and always being supportive of me.

Looking back...

It is exactly a month to the my trip back to Malaysia. I'm really looking forward to see my family back home, and that excitement is mixed with a sense of myself not believing that it's only a month away.

Looking back at the photos from last year's trip, it really reminded me of the great memories I had. That trip was really special to me, not only because I got to see nature in it's rarest, and experience amazing views, but also because I got to spend a lot of my time there with my family.

I don't know it was, but I just had the kick in me to take photos of.. everything. Everything that amazed me, interested me, and it was just so wonderful. The photos featured in the post are ones I took during my stay at Kinabalu National Park, surrounding Mount Kinabalu - sitting at 4,095m - the world's 20th tallest mountain. And it's not just about the mountain, and the photos speak for itself. There is so much to be seen and felt there. So much nature, and so much beauty. I have been to the Kinabalu National Park many times throughout my whole life, and I'm always in awe every single time I'm there. It's really beautiful up there, and a great place to relax.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Cameras before our time

As a kid, I loved playing around with my grandpa's old Zenite. 

So you can imagine how awesome it was for me when I was walking around the city, just minding my own business, and came across this display of antique cameras. It felt kind of special to look at cameras way before my time, and I guess they are still working and may be of interest to camera and photography enthusiasts. Just looking at the display in awe, I can see that the development of the make of cameras have come a long, long way. And it's amazing how each and every one of the cameras have captured someone's memories once upon a time. It just is.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

An embarrassing moment

Funny thing happened in Health class today.

We're currently studying hormones and the teacher asked me list out the role of testosterone. Or so I thought. And so, there I was listing out the roles of testosterone. And she then asked me to repeat them. And I listed them out again. It was then she told me that she had actually asked for progesterone, and not testosterone.

And so I laughed it off and apologised.

I think what happened was that I went to sleep at 3am in the morning today due to the overload of work. And I should've known, going to sleep at a later time does funny things to your brain. And to add more to it, my dad asked me to hand him a fork today and I went and took out a pair of scissors, was about to hand it to him before my brain clicked, and realised, "Hey, a fork! Not scissors!"

Oh, in spite of making a total embarrassment out of myself today, it gave me a good laugh. It's just one of those things, isn't it? You don't know when it's going to happen, but when it does, you either laugh it off or wince every living moment over it. Today, I gave myself no choice but to just laugh it off; I wouldn't have it any other way. However, note to self: Try sleeping at an earlier time so your brain doesn't mess up!

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