Designaré Time: Departures by the hour - 24 hours in Lijiang according to fashion photographer Zhang Jingna

Departures by the hour, 24 hours in Lijiang according to fashion photographer Zhang Jingna
Designaré Time, 2010
Editors: Brian Kwek & Judy Cheong
Photography: Zhang Jingna

I surprised myself contributing a travel story for the inaugural issue of Designaré Time. Who'd have thought? XD

Designaré Time is an annual publication spun off from the main Designaré title, and seriously, the layout for this spread is so nice I almost couldn't recognize the images to be my photography when I first saw the PDF haha.

Isn't Lijiang so beautiful? The whole time this year I kept contemplating moving there to live for some months just to be away from the cities. But wanting to shoot in L.A. won out eventually, thou I stay faraway from L.A., enough that it's quiet too anyway hehe.

Anyway so if you run a travel magazine and need to fly someone for pictures please remember me~!!! :D :D

Talk at LCAD was great yesterday. The projector had some issues in the start but it was an enjoyable experience overall and the people and campus were wonderful.

Q&A was fun, I talked about the experience of shooting The Coldest Day and everyone had a good laugh at how stupid I was. XD They also have a small but awesome library with amazing selections, I met a girl who liked my work when we were there. She had a bunch of Yoshitaka Amano's artbooks in her hands so I related my experience of visiting Amano's home in Tokyo, it was amazing to relive those memories again.

My new editorial for Elle Singapore is out! 

PS: I also just realized my Lijiang Part II entry never came... /facepalm. One day...

Lijiang: Part I

I did a shoot with Sugizo today.

I still can't wrap my mind around the surreality of the events so I'll just do my previous travel posts first.

I'd almost forgotten how my blog looked like over the five days while in Lijiang. Almost.

I tried googling for ways to get onto all these banned sites (blogger/facebook/twitter) upon my arrival but it was just way too much work. Even when I did find ways to surf, I still couldn't login. Sighhh.

Well I guess it wasn't so bad for the blog since I would have needed to consolidate pictures anyway, just kinda annoying that I couldn't update fb and twitter as and when.

So anyway, Lijiang... I was there... on a friggin' real holiday.

It was so awesome it was kinda like, work-less (well for the most of it).

I'd been meaning to go on a holiday for a while now, but it just never really quite happened. I'm kinda glad that Abby reminded me of the supposed existence of such a intended trip one random day or I would have scheduled the whole of December for work otherwise. =_=;;

Okay anyway pictures~!

We stayed at Sleepy Inn for the first three nights. It's in Shuhe Old Town, the room's spacious, there's a skylight and we could see the moon through it in the morning.

Love the view~ :3

Went to the Liming Mountains on our first day.

Passed by the Yangtzu River First Turn (长江第一关) at Shigu mid-way. Apparently the flow of the river turns 180 degrees here, from south to north-bound.

Then to Liming Mountain~

Atop the Liming Mountain. Up and down the path we walked it supposedly totals up to some 10000 steps or so. Bad bad idea to do climbing on the first day. Reaaaallly bad. Our legs could barely move the second day onwards haha.

Ah well at least it was fun~ Headed to Lijiang Old Town for dinner.

They had so much awesome stuff but there's only so much two girls can order. Aiiiii. T_T

A whole pathway of wooden prayer plates. Really really beautiful.

I really wanna put Day 2 in this post too but I'm too sleepy. I'd just have do a very long Part II later! :D

Oh man, I'm so incredibly behind on my posts. I have like, the New York Part II, Yale Part II and all those ads and editorial and shoot posts which I'd been meaning to blog but have never got around to... I need to get over the feeling that I'm spamming my page if I update anything out of my system.

Hmm looking back, I really have a lot lesser entries this year than the last two.


It's been years since I came upon a day while it's snowing. It was so beautiful I almost cried.

No, I do not smoke, I do not usually wear other colours aside from black. But yes, I do a lot of things I don't for my photos. So there. XD

Beijing Part III: Christian Dior and Chinese Artists

This is one of the main reasons I went to Beijing this time. Quentin did a series of work for the show, if you remember my trip to Paris, that was to assist him for this project. XD

The exhibition is held at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in the 798 art district in Beijing till the 15th January.

Very cool passageway

A roomful of mirrors reflecting a video wall. During the time I was there taking this, more than just a few people couldn't find the exit, I almost walked into the mirrors too during my first round at the exhibits. ^^;

So beautiful even though they're just toiles. T_T

Mega huge lady dior bag made of fluorescent light tubes~ the tiny black silhouettes below are indeed actual people.

One of my favorites from the show. It's so cool can. *_*

Another angle

Large portrait of John Galliano composed of the artist's pseudonym AK-47.

Quentin's works.

This basically introduces an artist's work based on sensors when you're in the respective areas. I heart the shell.

There's a lot more but I didn't take photos of everything, I'm sure you can find well-taken ones online. The exhibition itself is such an experience, it's really so epic... to see everything up close and they're all soooo large. Do drop by if you're in Beijing, it's really worth it.

Was walking around in 国贸 and saw that the Dior boutique had Quentin's work on display as well. Well done and congrats dear~


That about sums up Beijing.

Been working since I came back to Singapore, stepped on a piece of broken glass during a shoot yesterday. =_=;;

Dropped by AFA today, a friend passed me a Gundam Wing Zero tshirt he bought me when he was at Asiagraph in Tokyo. It is omgsoniceyouhavenoideahowmuchiloveit. I'm so touched~ Thank you so much T___T

Beijing Part II

Short trip to Huainan.



Beef noodle soup one morning~


Attended a concept artist meetup with 阿花 in Beijing.

Most right holding my book is 透明人, next to him 李亚, and on the left 2 fanboys.

Saw wanbao as well, forgot to take picture...~ >_< It doesn't look like much here, but I think there were 70 or so people. Pretty epic *_*

Headed over to 李亚's place afterwards and we talked till 2+

ahua's friend (left), lee ya, me and ahua (right), discussing the concept of teams.


Went to the Chinese Qiyuan, saw Kong Jie playing with Zhou Rui Yang, some kids playing cards, and had lunch with a couple people I'd met back in Bangkok during the Ing Cup Semi-finals plus a guy from international chess who played a game with me that morning (go, not ichess haha). XD

Missed my sleepover with Kagetsuki in Beijing. T_T

Beijing Part I

Still alive, my apologies for the disappearance~

Before I start, no idea what overcame me, on impulse, I permed my hair before going to Beijing:

Waahhahaha~ *complete randomness*

Onto Beijing, just some photos.

korean barbecue with Quentin at 三千里. good food is good food. (quentin's like uber big now, one of the reasons I went back this time was to see his exhibited works at the Dior show. will blog more about this later)

random self portrait


noah's doodle of me while i worked on his book.

3 hours in a all-you-can-drink coffee place, i hate it when my hair stinks of smoke. way too many smokers there. gah~


Dinner at 河边涮肉. Pretty awesome. Talked about all sorts of random crap. The guys said noah needed to perfect his introduction of me which was absolutely below acceptable. I shook hands with everyone before he even begun his dramatic lines each time. XD

Someone also said I should 绑个6米6的床单,再一个人拿吹风机,亮丽登场,additional spotlights are optional. lawl



walked pass a whole population of people complaining about not seeing red leaves. It was really cool listening to them actually, funny slangs and lingos. :3



These are taken with my phone, I sorta regret not bringing my camera.

Restaurants there are a bit pricey, pretty steep for China imho.

Where we had lunch. Here it was about SGD7 for a milkshake, SGD29 for a plate of mushroom... roughly.

Watched Perfume, love love love love the cinematics so so much.


Shot with Alli. Went around chasing geese in the gardens. Hahaha.

Comical aren't they.

Inside the house.

We had dinner together, I was gonna get the bill since I forgot my wallet during lunch and her dad treated us... then her parents joined us just before we ordered and it was impossible with just 400RMB that I carried. =_= *heartbroken and embarrassed*

And Alli:
more to come~