September 16, 2015

Where Heroes And Villains Collide

Last Sunday I dipped my toes into the weird and wonderful world of comics, toys and games at the STGCC held at the Marina Bay Expo. It was truly an eye-opening experience to say the least.

All sorts of Japanese anime and superhero cosplayers were present in full regalia and it was quite a sight. There were parents game enough to bring their children dressed as Batman and Jedis as well which I felt was sweet as the 'geek culture' still lives on through them. 

I was there to cover the event with a friend and I daresay I would definitely return for another dose of character spotting and soaking in the creativity all around. In between interviewing characters like Jigsaw and Homer Simpson, I shot a couple of clips and here they are to chronicle my first convention experience.

September 08, 2015

Every Vote Counts

Nothing says election fever like a good rally. I took the chance to attend one last weekend that was in the area but not in my constituency because I'm a rebel like that.

I didn't need any signs to help me find my way to the rally site. There was a steady stream of human traffic to the grounds that led me there. The opposition supporters are truly an exciting bunch to behold. The groundswell support was palpable as the field was packed when I arrived and tons of heads popped out from the overlooking HDB flats nearby.

I stayed for the early part of the rally and heard speeches in different languages, a lot of rhetorical questions and a whole lot more of jeering in response. It was quite a scene to hear Singaporeans collectively 'Boo' at something in public.

"This shouldn't be allowed right?

Won't we get arrested?" 

These thoughts would naturally come to any government-fearing citizen. But we were at a rally and all codes of decent conduct were thrown out in the name of being one with the masses.

It's only right that in getting to vote for the first time I go check out what the other side is offering. Here's a short clip of the sights and sounds at the rally.

August 30, 2015

Crazy Little Thing Called Love

For the past few months I've been helping out with the wedding of a very dear friend of mine. It has been most tiring and rewarding all the same. We've folded flowers, created some crazy tall structures and cut ribbons, all the while trying to maintain our sanity. This is the first wedding I've ever been a part of and now I know how much tireless effort goes into making everything look beautiful.

I'm incredibly blessed to know the couple as my friends and that they had given me so much trust in things from designing their wedding invitations to helping out with their set. This truly was a 4 day production and it was made better with an all-star team of friends who were just as on the ball and ready to make it work.

Amidst all the wedding craziness I was able to take some shots and I thought it would be nice to share how intricate and meaningful Hindu wedding rites are. I was moved to tears during the bride's thank you speech at the reception. Seeing how everything had come together nicely made me feel so darn happy.

August 09, 2015

What We Have Will Always Be

I had the great fortune of being able to catch the Golden Jubilee last week at the preview show and it was such an unforgettable experience. Sure the parade was a patriotic fest with all things Singaporean thrown into the mix, but I thoroughly enjoyed being there to witness key events like the aerial display and contingent parade segment live.

During the show segment, I especially loved the little kids in LED stick figure costumes. It was hilarious spotting the kids that couldn't get their suits to light up in the right colour and witnessing them scramble to blend in with the others. The segment by the Soka association was visually captivating as they had all the ladies dress in quick-change costumes to mimic butterfly wings.

There was also a tribute to the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew which was especially touching. All this was rounded up with some dazzling fireworks that never fail to disappoint. Being there you just couldn't help but sing along with the medley of National Day theme song favourites as the parade came to a close. Happy birthday Singapore!

August 06, 2015

Welcome To Shangri-La

A year's worth of planning finally came to fruition over two weeks spent in the city of Shangri-La on an overseas volunteering expedition. I was part of a team that helped to build furnaces for the locals and interacted with the warm people of Bulun village.

The time spent gave me the chance to see a very different part of the world and at the same time challenged me to capture the experience faithfully. I was behind the lens most of the time and enjoyed being able to fade into the background to witness some beautiful moments of nature and people alike.

One highlight was being involved in the design of the furnace walls. I drew up motifs and patterns I saw were common on Tibetan tapestry, much to the delight of our local guide who quickly approved the design.

I was very particular about how the team painted seeing as how this would be a tangible footprint we would leave behind for years to come. Even as the memories we shared with the locals gradually faded over time, we could take heart knowing we built something on solid foundation that would stay around for a long time.

There was just enough time for me to enjoy the perks of being a tourist while visiting some scenic spots around Lijiang. I had a fun time rediscovering the wonders of Chinese cuisine and having a go at preparing them for our daily meals as well. The trip had undoubtedly helped me find a way to disconnect and reminded me that I already have all I need to enjoy life. It's really in the simple things.