Meeting Miss Saigon

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 Meeting Miss Saigon, a photo collection with my muses, while on foot with my Sony Xperia smartphone, my walking companion. Photos edited using Pixlr Express Apps.

Beautiful city, but I came back with mutual feelings .. almost empty. These photos record what I think, how i feel, momentuously …

Saigon is a city, quiet yet buzzling, rich in history yet mysterious ..

I returned with this feeling, for now.

Hope this photo collection is a good record of what I wish to express, but can’t in words.. at least not appropriately, for now….

where is chiru wet day

Good Morning, Saigon.

Good Morning, Saigon.

33 degree Celsius Saigon

33 degree Celsius
Saigon

stride and style in Saigon

stride and style in Saigon

simply pho

simply pho

street seller Nguyen park in the city saigon myth passion ciao cafe summer rolls lotus rice miss saigon dong khoi street dome citywelcome the opera house temple club simply pho again beer back alley coffee

start young rush hour ho chi minh broken rice

bikesstar cafe good bye airport

Why I adore Japanese films

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The Japanese Film Festival 2012 at The National Museum of Singapore, a yearly treat for filmgoers who love Japanese films and filmmakers. For me, this is a yearly retreat !!! for something which I cannot understand fully, yet feel wonderfully fulfilled.

Held at the Gallery Theate, National Museum of Singapore. A hauntingly appropriate place to host this event, it is like even the atmospheric air in the museum reaked of Japanese film essence.

So hauntingly quiet, I can’t help but sat down and hum a song to myself.

 This year’s festival showcased 2 tsunami documentaries, which has also been featured in other international film festivals in Pusan, Hong Kong and Berlin.

Day 1 at the Japanese Film Festival 2012, I chose『相馬看花 第一部 奪われた土地の記憶』. ( Fukushima – Memories Of The Lost Landscape ) A film about the people of Enei district of Minami Soma town which lies within the 20km exclusion site of the Fukushima Daiichi Nucleaer Power Plant meltdown following 11th March tsunami, how they strived, survived and stayed united as a community. A film that makes you smile with brimming tears. How in adversity, the Japanese remained cheerful and strong. How painful yet true … ”酒があれば何にも要らない。。”.

Day 2 at the Japanese Film Festival 2012, I chose the film <奇跡>。A very heartwarming film about the simple wishes of 12 years old Koichi, his brother Ryunosuke and their friends, and how they went on a journey to make their wishes come true. I finally understood why the Japanese are so resilient in nature … they are born so.

After watching the film, I finally understood why it is not translated simply as “Miracles”.

The third and final film which I have watched also happened to be my favourite.

It is <わが母の記> ( Chronicles of My Mother ). Everything about this film is all about why I adore Japanese films. Although I could not understand fully, yet I feel wonderfully fulfilled. This is the beauty of this film.

And yes, every day I was here, I sat on the same seat in the theatre.

And this final film left me with a sense of loss, and I can’t wait for the festival in 2013.

This sense of loss came with a joy of being with myself. Although I have watched these films alone, I felt it is another me in the theatre. And after the show ended, that me vanished, leaving me with this sense of loss.

And I can’t wait to meet me again, in 2013.

 

ごめんね、森山さん。

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”俺は 野良犬みたいに あちこちで 写真撮ってる” - 森山大道

I,

like a stray dog,

here and there,

taking photo.

moriyama daidou_stray dog

A friend of mine requested me for help for a proper translation of the above. And I have interpreted it as such, a simple and straightforward interpretation, word for word. To me, it is haiku-liked.

But how belittled am I to do it. And I only want to say, ごめんね、森山さん。

Joy in my kitchen

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I spend a hearty 1-3 hours in the kitchen everyday, depending on what’s in my head, the fridge and on the daily menu. Honestly, I don’t like to spend too much time in the kitchen because I either smell “oily” like the wok, or reak buttery after I bake.

I spend most of the time near the sink washing the dishes or on the chopping board. Yes, it is an everyday household chore which some turn their back to but I have learnt to like it. In the beginning, I can almost say I detest it! But I found joy in it. It is like a daily ritual now. I respect these characters in my kitchen. They are my companions. I adore them because they are beautiful in their own skin. They are the joy in my kitchen!

So I decided to bring my camera into the kitchen.

Welcome to my kitchen!

These are my version of roses. Simple and natural, not red roses but still pretty.

green roses

This rose has shrivelled petals in soft green hue, shyly budding.

green rose

Another strong character in my kitchen which I cannot do without. Live with passion, fall madly in love, eat garlic! And I love them in cloves.

garlic

And how did the white cabbage get to this standing rocket? I called it the rocket cabbage.

rocket cabbage

hearty tomato

And I always have tomatoes in my kitchen.

Live healthy, eat healthy! Have a healthy heart, eat tomato!

I adore film photography

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Juggling between analog and the new digital photography era is really a love hate relationship for me. And with the smartphones era, it has turned into a triangular love relationship.

I adore film photography. But not as ardently as one who must work in a dark room.

I love walking with my analog camera. And I love the anticipation when I collect my photos from my favourite Fujifilm Photo Shop.

Here are some shots I made and like.

I am truly an amateur in this passion.

And I love being just a amateur.

Well …. maybe for now.

Bench

Broken Lines

bench

O-baba

Shelter

The Elephant Parade 2011@Singapore … The Town Episode

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29 Peek-A-Boo ( Artist : Diana Francis ) @Forum The Shopping Mall

What a delightful month! I try to avoid Orchard Road as much as I can but the elephants were in town!

Displayed along the busy shopping district Orchard Road, so come “walk” with me to spot them all.

30 Euraisy ( Artist : DAiS ( Frances Alleblas, Marcel Heijnen, Caroline Mars, Gonneke Verschoor, Monica Winnubst ) @Forum The Shopping Mall

32 Lacey ( Artist : Om Mee Ai ) @Wheelock Place

33 The Naughty And The Elephant ( Artist : Carrie Chau ) @Orchard Road

34 Bulan ( Artist : Memento Mori ( Sherman Ong, Agnes Christina, Bridget Tan, Catherine Chia ) @Orchard Road

35 Pavonia ( Artist : Rebecca Sutherland ) @Orchard Road

36 Signs Of Life ( Artist : John Van Hamersveld ) @Orchard Road

37 Incrediphant ( Artist : Justin Lee CK ) @ION Orchard

38 Paul Frank ( Artist : Mike Smith ) @ION Orchard

39 Princess Ellie ( Artist : Matthew Campbell Laurenza ) @ION Orchard

40 Sommar ( Artist : Prints ) @ION Orchard

45 Shivakari ( Artist : Katrina Reed ) @TANG Plaza

46 Harry ( Artist : Cat Keeley ) @TANG Plaza

47 Franny ( Artist : Emma Kemp ) @TANG Plaza

48 Let’s Play ( Artist : Peera Bangkae ) @TANG Plaza

49 Worth to be Dutch ( Artist : Hollandsche Waaren )@TANG Plaza

50 Yunnan ( Artist : Fifi Bijoux ) @Tang Plaza

52 E Happy ( Artist : Ratchakrit Wichaiyo ) @TANG Plaza

53 Uncle Elephant Bua-Joom ( Artist : Chor Boogie ) @TANG Plaza

54 Pretty & Pink ( Artist : Sabine Roemer )@Tang Plaza

55 Free Spirit ( Artist : Leona Lewis )@TANG Plaza

56 Christmas Baubles ( Artist : Tang )@Tang Plaza58 Starburst ( Artist : Paul Smith ) @Paragon

57 AllDressedUp ( Artist : Tina Tan-Leo )@Paragon

58 Starburst ( Artist : Paul Smith ) @Paragon

59 Raoul ( Artist : Odile & Douglas Benjamin ) @Paragon

60 Nong Mai ( Artist : Attasit Aniwatchon ) @Paragon

61 Baby Paragon ( Artist : Sun Yu-Li )@Paragon

62 Rebirth ( Artist : Noriko Suzuki-Bosco ) @Paragon

63 Singapore Ele-Dragon ( Artist : Jamie Paul ) @Vue Privee

70 Siegfried ( Artist : Andre Tempel )@313 Somerset

71 Dada, The Surrealist Elephant ( Artist : Rosihan Dahim )@313 Somerset

72 Zelda Zelliphant ( Artist : Dick Lee )@313 Somerset

73 Hellaphunt ( Aritst : Ricky Gervais )@313 Somerset

74 A Circle Of Life ( Artist : Noppawan Nuansiri )@313 Somerset

End of The Town Episode.