Teatime at The Wolseley

Been mad busy since I arrived in London. Location and model changes being made over and over and over. Sigh.

Managed to spend the afternoon with Heeseung at The Wolseley today though. Cheered me up so much. Man the scones, the clotted cream. The clotted cream!! I could've eaten a whole jar plain if you gave me one.

The place was so pretty too. Black and gold perfection.

Lara.

RIP McQueen.

Managed to get together with the super gorgeous and talented Lara Jade during my short stay in London last October.

I personally don't like being in front of the camera for people and I don't think I'm the only one who feels this way. I guess it's because we're photographers, that we tend to get pretty conscious about how we'd be portrayed by somebody else.

It was really flattering for me when Lara agreed to pose for me, and in the usual bleakly cold weather I so like to torture my models in no less.

I'm sorry for the pain I put you through, thank you dear for putting up with me, and also to Skye who came by to assist. It was fun hanging out with you girls. <3

For those who're curious, Lara did take some photographs of me too, but seems like the files got lost before she had a chance to back them up. (The funny thing is this exact thing happened when I shot with seafairy a few years ago too, haha) So... I guess next time, if there's another opportunity for us to meet again. ^^;

P.S.: My L.A. meetup will be at the Griffith Observatory next Saturday the 20th. I'm doing it right before the CGHUB meetup, those who wanna hang around are welcomed to. More info later~

Holly.


I thought it's high time I made an attempt to update. At least to rid of the angst from being the first thing that greets you on this page.

The above is from my new postcard book which will be available for sale at the Singapore Toy & Comic Con next weekend (along with noah's). Model is Holly aka Ivory Flame. We're still finalizing some details, but the FA will go out tomorrow~

Events from the past week haven't been the most pleasant one can yearn for. But that nasty things and events always needing to crowd together because they're too afraid to confront someone on their own, just makes me reassure myself even more that when I overcome it all, I emerge stronger and happier.

Had a wonderful shoot with Margaret again last Friday. We had a 6am call-time which turned out to be absolutely worthy. For now I'll just try not to think about the pain of DI, and leave it for later...

At the moment I find myself finally reaching the end of Guy de Maupassant's short stories.

I'm so happy I feel like I deserve a good meal for the celebration.

Too realistic and satirized. I had to read ten fairytales for every one of his stories just to compensate for the ever-increasing angst I developed towards the world.

The only reason I put myself through the torture was because he's the first author I picked up as a child.

Weird. Yeah. I know.

Anyway, book-rant aside, I'm really looking forward to this month.

It's going to be maddeningly busy, but some of my favourite shoots from June/July are coming out so I can't wait~

Over the weekend I met up with a friend who is back in Singapore for his holidays, and marveled at the differences between a man of science and a man woman of art.

Well, our train of thoughts anyway.

The conversations were filled with so much science, experiments, illogicality of humans, and reality, that somehow I couldn't help but 感叹 a couple times that —— 做人好难.

Please do pardon the completely random Chinese, I just don't know how to explain it. I'd actually asked for suggestions on Twitter, but everyone who understood agreed that it's kinda hard to put across in English.

That's it for now, I ought to start packing for my trip tomorrow. (Yes, it's Tokyo, again)

If you're too bored, feel free to read through my Ask me anything and I'll answer post on deviantART. You'd need to be logged in to see my replies respective to each question though. ^^;

Backlog photos and stuff

Man. Lugging 2 lights+stands+17"MBP+1Ds MIII around in this weather, alone, is no freaking joke.

So tired my whole body aches so bad.

Thus, instead of heading down to Harajuku on a seemingly gorgeous Saturday, I'm gonna stay at home and emo, so I can rest up enough and repeat the above routine for tomorrow's shoot.

Cuz I'd been updating more on twitter than blogging, here's a random a mix of things from the past few months I'd been meaning to blog about. The pile is ever-growing but here's a start nonetheless.

Wacom Intuos4. Brand new from this trip.

This thing's so freaking gorgeous I wanna put it on display. Like, serously.

The one I'd been using for the past years had been a 9x12 which is just waaaaay too huge to carry around for travel. This new one's medium-sized and is so much easier to bring around. Now I can bring it on shoots to do quick demos on the spot for clients and my team. Yayness. Thou I'd still prefer the 9x12 for long-period usage since it's better for my wrist.

Post-shoot snap with Kokusyoku Sumire in their beautifully decorated cafe, stolen from their blog here.

I super love the figurines in the background. They're made by another Japanese artist who doesn't sell them anymore. /emo

This shoot was for Gothic Lolita Bible Aug issue (I think)

Okay, moving on to end Apr/early May photos:

With my lovely assistant Abby in Kyoto

With Kagetsuki at the Ghibli Museum.

Also, if I may, plug her new awesome fashion blog with Dawn - Monoxious.

More from the Ghibli Museum and cafe~

My X Japan concert guest pass. Shiny stuff *_*

Goban used in The Go Master movie filming. The go-kes here weren't inside, they're just in collection of the person I visited, designed personally by Honinbo Shuei.

Shuei

Ninja Jingna making okonomiyaki in awesome Junya coat. Chris looking very very skinny...

And Gullimer's (sp?) Village for Young People, with nary a soul in sight. With Rick, Chris, and Abby who's cropped off because my self-portrait skills aren't awesome enough. ;_;

Birthday dinner

Paris:

From my meetup~ That huge white book is my portfolio. XD

Gorgeous new Givenchy jacket

Awesome old mag store on rue de Temple

Not forgetting the inevitable stuff that break our banks...

There're a lot of other epicness, recorded in my iPhone, and all lost along with it during the Paris trip. T_T Oh well~ at least I have this:

Awesome food on Singapore Airlines. Hahahha.

Last but not least, a polaroid with Ivory Flame after the Lilith shoot. She's really really super stunning to photograph~

Sorry for the seemingly outdated/bland stuff. I'm working on trying to finding something interesting to blog about but being so busy everything seems like they'd just be too boring for a read. I'm so sorry!! T_T

Heading to Jakarta on Monday!!

Day 6-7: Manchester, London, and back home

Day 6: Dreamplace

Shot in Manchester. :3

Returned back to Derek's place from Hilton after 12am the night before. Packed till 3am and there was STILL no hot water, so I ended up going to sleep feeling filthy and totally wrecked. I'd only managed to get 3 hours of sleep the morning before.

Managed to sleep for almost 5 hours this time.

And I had this dream, there was this rg air rifle junior of mine, my mum, jun, lee sedol, and i. (Strange combination, then again, it's just a dream)

Turned out quite horrifying, it ended with me slashing myself. =_=

Forgot to upload this, think it was taken on the way from London to Newcastle.

Anyway, moving forward, my makeup artist Andrea picked me up from Manchester Piccadilly station and we went over to her place to wait for Maan, who flew into London from Netherlands in the morning and had to take a train from there. >.< Stuff that kept me occupied as I waited for makeup and hair to be done.

Reached back in London at 9+, Kiem picked me up and we headed for dinner at Hakkasan. The sea bass was really nice. *_*

*I was so damn tired I fell asleep typing at this point of time, and woke up to find the laptop fallen next to the bed. Argh.

Day 7: Last day!

Sick. Very very sick. Cancelled more shoots.

Did a few simple casual shots with Maan again, some nudes inside: 1, 2, 3.

Then Karin visited with a blueberry pie from PAUL.

Really awesome. *_*

Um, then, pack, and come home. Yay.

Think the weather in Newcastle and Manchester really got me. Now I'm really really sick, my nose won't stop running and I'm coughing so much I feel like my voice is gonna disappear tmr.

Argh~

London: Day2-4

London didn't turn out to be as bad as last time.

Good company makes such a big difference but my impression of the people here (in general) hasn't changed nor improved. (Hahaha sorry)

Day2: Charlene

This gorgeous is Charlene Dang, makeup by Michelle Webb and hair by Viktoria.

Reminds me of the shoot with Kozue in Tokyo – too little clothes, too freaking cold, and me trying to freeze my model to death.

Something a bit random and disgusting happened while we were packing up. I saw this dude under this huge tree (we were just a bit outside it where its branches kinda touch the grounds) jerking off in our direction.

I prodded Michelle and whispered, hey... is the dude like... um, uh...

She was like, huh?

And there was a moment of silence.

Then the shock of realization, in loud whispers she said to Charlene, something along the lines of, omfg the dude's wanking there~!

I mentioned this to a couple friends, they all said it's normal in London. D:

Day3


I fell kinda really sick on Thursday evening and ended up cancelling both shoots on Friday. Bleh.

Got better by the evening and went out with Annette Skye for a little bit, then met up with Karin (I modelled for her once, looooong long ago), had some really nice Sichuan food for dinner together with my aunt. It's funny how my first proper 川菜 dining experience was in London instead of anywhere in Asia. =.=

Day4: The London Meetup

The meetup happened at All Bar One, really nice place actually~ Karin who suggested the location ended up having to assist for a shoot. Boo.

There was a girl who came all the way from Cambridge and a boy from Surrey, so instead of the initial plan of just having a quick lunch I decided that we should hang out a bit more to make their trips worth it. So I suggested going to the Victoria & Albert Museum after one of the guys mentioned how nice it was.

In the end 4 of us headed over, and its really really cool~ I like it better than the British Museum.

Didn't take a lot of photos, but these are some of the awesomeness that was there.

View in the gardens.

Mega tapestries.

Instruments always = love.

Just imagine dining here.

We thought about sitting down for a drink, but were too rushed for time to do so. ;_;

The Melville bed.

Epic bed is epic~

My handphone photo's terrible, see it in its full glory here.

Think this carriage is used when the Queen is crowned. I wannnnnnn.


It was wonderful, I only wish I had more time... simply too much stuff to be seen~ T_T

*Updating with meetup photo~

Here, the piece you see us checking out in V&A has this beautiful beautiful passage/poem that struck me:

I
When the knell rung for the dying
soundeth for me
and my corse coldly is lying
neath the green tree

II
When the turf strangers are heaping
covers my breast
Come not to gaze on me weeping
I am at rest

III
All my life coldly and sadly
The days have gone by
I who dreamed wildly and madly
am happy to die

IV
Long since my heart has been breaking
Its pain is past
A time has been set to its aching
Peace comes at last

- Emily Georgiana

I actually attempted translating this into Chinese just to share with some friends. I really really love it. T_T

A sincere thank you to my dearests who travelled so far just to see me. I hope you'd enjoyed the day as much as I did, and that I'd answered your questions.

Go on, chase your dreams.