I can almost smell her looking at these <3
BTW she's all black except for a triangular patch of white fur on her lower belly.
Like she's wearing panties.


"A picture is something which requires as much knavery, trickery, and deceit as the perpetration of a perfect crime."

Did my photo in a vintage victorian style.

My VIntage Portrait
[Click to enlarge]
Done in less than 2 hours.
Integrated lotsa vintage layers, edited the colours, etc.

No Photoshop Original Image:

Rubbish bin behind me =s

Hope you like it =) 

I might be using it for a new header if i have the mojo to do so... been having a depressing week lately. 

Please cheer me up. Thks.


Handphone Bling! A little bit of pink in everything is a good thing.

Left column: After decorating 
Right: Original phone photos from softpedia.com
[Click to enlarge pic.]

Details of studs.

Got a new battery for my handphone recently since the old one has totally died and bloated in shape- to the extent that it bents out the battery cover and everyone fears that one day it may just explode. 

Gave it a well needed facelift as well: masked with metallic studded stickers in silver and pink, nail ribbon stickers and half-pearl stickers. 

And oh yeah... THE big kawaii polka-dotted ribbon with jewel attached to it is specifically a handphone accessory. 

Only spent about SGD$10 for those decor. Each piece/set of sticker is $2 from... Daiso =) 

I have been using this phone for 2 and a half years now and still pretty much like it since it serves me well and I don't see the urge to purchase those gadgety Blackberry or Iphone... yet.

All I need in a phone right now are the basics- calls and SMS... And looks is a top priority too. 

Materials for girly lookin phone. Pretty!

And I've finished 3 sets of adorable handicrafts too. Feel like making more variety of them since they're so cute... Maybe I'll reveal it when a proper launch is ready- with nice pics and stuff ;)


"For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move."- Robert Louis Stevenson.

Some of the pics taken while in the car, along Malaysia's highway en route to Kelantan...

I have a lot of stories to tell as they say, "no vacations go unpunished," but I'll save it for one on ones.

It was an experience, driving at night on a foreign winding road with no street lamps, literally S-coursing all the way through a 'shortcut' across two areas... for 6+ hours out of the 18 hours drive home.

It took such a long time mainly because we missed the main highway twice =x

Not to mention having to dramatically swerve while traveling at 140km/hr (speeding I know but I think it's reasonable to reach home a.s.a.p. considering everyone is wearing out) to avoid a huge animal carcass covering the fast lane- probably a wild dog/pig/young cow.

Close shave.

Seriously, Singapore's roads are godsend as compared to what I experienced.

The trip was a test of reflexes, stamina and much , much more... I'm just saying it's not for the faint hearted.

My advice if you wanna travel up North is to stay in a night at an 'in betweener' for a well needed break.

For example for my past road trip to Langkawi (which was much further than Kelantan from Singapore) we stayed a night at Kuala Lumpur. And it was the best road trip I had.

OK I've ranted enough and on to the good points about the trip:

  1. The vast padi fields are beautiful in their green galore of colour. Totally scenic with blue skies above them.
  2. Saw lots of rambutans in their natural abundance- bright red, juicily ripe & plentiful on the trees along the highway. It's like "OMG they can have free food like anywhere," whereas here in Singapore, I believe it's illegal to pick fruits from trees, the most common ones I see are mangoes. Is it a wonder why they are so laid back? We are working for the basic necessity of food while they have it naturally.
  3. Land, Land and LAND. So much land! So much potential whereas here we have 'fake' reclaimed land expanding our coastlines and every area is well utilized or is undergoing development. Thus with an endless supply of land i guess there is a sense of taking it for granted- looking at all the dilapidated, ruined, abandoned houses, building, resorts, chalets that are forgotten... which I find also adds to the area's (mainly in Terengganu) rustic appeal.
  4. No more turtle appeal in Terengganu - which used to be the main tourist attraction there. Their eggs have been over-poached for selling and consumption purposes til the turtles' population has dwindled drastically and close to extinction. They are now a protected species. This is a negative point but i can't help it but add it to the list =P
  5. Malaysian call roti prata as roti chanai- small fact but important if you're lookin for breakfast =) Sometimes they don't even know what 'prata' is. But theirs tastes good too.
Ok this is an abrupt end to my entry regarding my trip... I'm off to watch a DVD- Gu Gu the Cat =)


Yesterday Was Saturday

"After the day there cometh the derke night; For though the day be never so longe, At last the belles ringeth to evensonge."

@ Fort Canning Park.

There was probably a wedding which just ended.

And me... wearing my new fav pair of high-waisted shorts and bowler's bag, among others.

Earlier that day:

My bf's beautiful mom & sis. Wearing their baju kurung, back from a relative's event.


Fruits In Love

And the cherry said to the berry, "I love you ... you complete me."

Camera Model Canon EOS 500D. Shooting Date/Time 07/15/09 22:48:04. Shooting Mode. Manual Exposure Tv( Shutter Speed ) 1/100. Av( Aperture Value ) 1.8. Metering Mode Spot Metering. ISO Speed 1600. Auto ISO Speed OFF. Lens EF50mm f/1.8 II. Focal Length 50.0mm


Strength in Struggle

Camera Model Canon EOS 500D 
Shooting Date/Time 06/25/09 17:03:32
Shooting Mode Macro( Close Up )
Tv( Shutter Speed ) 1/200
Av( Aperture Value ) 11.0
ISO Speed 400
Lens EF50mm f/1.8 II

For every beauty, there are imperfections... many things that i can't help to change but i try to remind myself that there is probably a reason for it being so. 

I found the following to be very inspiring and uplifting and makes me view struggles and problems a new perspective:

"A man found a cocoon for a butterfly. One day a small opening appeared, he sat and watched the butterfly for several hours as it struggled to force its body through the little hole.

Then it seemed to stop making any progress. It appeared as if it had gotten as far as it could and could go no farther. Then the man decided to help the butterfly.

He took a pair of scissors and snipped the remaining bit of the cocoon. The butterfly then emerged easily.

Something was strange. The butterfly had a swollen body and shriveled wings. The man continued to watch the butterfly because he expected at any moment, the wings would enlarge and expand to be able to support the body, which would contract in time.

Neither happened. In fact, the butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around with a swollen body and deformed wings. It was never able to fly.

What the man in his kindness and haste did not understand, was that the restricting cocoon and the struggle required for the butterfly to get through the small opening of the cocoon are God's way of forcing fluid from the body of the butterfly into its wings so that it would be ready for flight once it achieved its freedom from the cocoon.

Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in our life.

If God allowed us to go through all our life without any obstacles, that would cripple us. We would not be as strong as what we could have been.

Not only that, we could never fly."

Everything comes from God- good things and bad things as well be it problems, flaws, misfortunes, etc. So i try to diminish the feeling of hate for anything... Hating something God created is like hating God himself.

It's just like loving a person: love not only his good side but his flaws as well cos that's what makes him who he is. 


Lovely DeArt Shop

Went to Causeway Point earlier this evening and saw a lovely shop filled with Victorian styled furniture, clocks, purses, teacup sets, etc- all eye candies! 

Photos credit to ~✽ Yen ♪ ✽~

I've been to my bf's friend's house which was fully decorated with such stuff, even the antique dial phones, clock, white cage and even their cutlery matches the theme. 

Pretty pretty quaint house decorated by his mom who is a designer- so i guess it's no wonder it everything looks well put together. 

It was a really interesting home to have visited for Hari Raya which stands out because it simply looks unique and has a strikingly strong theme just like this shop.  

Anyway, I've bought some fabrics and stuff today so I'll be working on some projects of my own.

If it does turn out successful, I'll update it here =)


Doe Deere Blogazine & Mini Bangkok Review

Love her conceptual photoshoots which has a vintage feel and is also quirky =) She's really superb in make-up and I simply admire how she's able to pull off all those outfits! And also the red hair... Red hair is just so ravishing but too bad red hair dyes fade off really easily.

And looking at all those hatties she wore, I'm kinda regretting that I didn't manage to grab some from Bangkok... There were several hatties being sold in Platinum Fashion Mall in a variety of sizes and designs from small clips to bigger head gears =s And I so wanted to get a bucket hat i saw in Suan Lum Night Market but it was kinda overpriced for something which has been used as a shop decor for some time and collected dirt =(

Anyway it was an awesome shopping trip with many great finds. Some places are seriously like hidden gems where a wide array vintage clothes at reasonable prices could be found... unlike Haji Lane here in Singapore which is sooooo expensive and has limited offerings I find it ridiculous after coming back from Bangkok =) Love love love shopping in Bangkok!

Outfit from Bangkok- Floral bag, dress & hair band (boots were from Hat Yai, belt my own). 
Too lazy to edit any pics so I don't care about the pink underwear being visible & vastly illuminated by the camera flash =p Haha. Shot taken by my sis when i came home.

Bought the dress from Pretty Lilly in Chatuchak- the shop/stall is pretty much the style i'm looking out for... cream colored floral fabrics, laces, etc. Very pretty and feminine.

Hope to take better pics of my new outfits... mostly high waisted demin pants, khaki dresses, pretty tube tops, etc! Excited to wear them out =)


The Garden Of Eye Candy Book/ Annie & Greg

My friends referred me to this book while we were at Basheer Bookstore at Bras Basah Complex cos they said tat it was my kind of style.

Indeed some of the illustrations I had seen before and simply idolize the artists- even bookmarked their websites!

Probably one of the illustrations I saw was Audrey Kawasaki's... at least in that particular surreal doll-like style.

Some doll-like images published in the book:

I have yet to purchase the book. It costs SGD 50+++ *Cries*
Once day I'll own you, oh dear book.

Probably why my friends know it's my style:

Greg, the Marionette boy. One of my book characters.

Screenshot of him in the making.
Love how he seems to stare back at me while I'm 'bringing him to life'.

Its been a long time since I'd worked on a character. It was really enjoyable coloring them, coming up with outfits for them, putting them in a scene for a story, choosing real textile images for their clothes' texture, even got them married in a wedding scene =)

I remembered my inspirations came from all sorts of random sources- surreal images for the toning of the faces, Poupee to get ideas for the girl's clothes, The Sartorialist for Greg's sophisticated men's wear, Tim Burton's corpse bride for the lanky body type, and probably even the vast height difference between me and my bf.

Some say the doll looks like me & and bf. Well artists create works that resemble themselves sometimes...

In the beginning for Annie's face, the girl marionette, I wanted her to have large eyes, rounded face and small lips, bangs for her hair. And a longer face with sharper features for Greg...

It's just like the contrast between me and my bf as well. I don't think i was really working towards a doll version of us and didn't want it to be about us but there seem to have a resemblance...

Annie & Greg.

Idea sketch for the first meeting =)
Love at first sight which follows through their obstacle ridden story.

Sneak peek of one page... when the tab is pulled or pushed, the boy's hand, Greg and the cat's paw will move as well =)

They are now chucked in my cupboard in a bubble wrapped envelope.

Many people wants a copy- and I'm haunted by the memory that i sorta agreed to give my teacher the original copy if I do make another improved version during this holiday- but realized that the first copy is the most precious:

The product of my sweat, blood (poked myself several times with a needle while making the movable mechanisms) and sleepless nights before the presentation so I'm gonna keep it with me =x And give other's the reproduced copy made by hand or published.

This one is too precious to let it go.


Time for work, yet take much holiday for art's and friendship's sake.

Jumpshot attempt. Lol!

I'll be flying off to Bangkok this Friday =) =) =)

So excited!



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