Bia Saigon, broken rice, Ciao Cafe, Dong Khoi, Ho Chi Minh, lotus rice, Miss Saigon, Nguyen, pho, Pixlr Express Apps, Saigon, Sony Xperia, star cafe, summer rolls, Temple Club, The Opera House Saigon, Vietnam
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….
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.
So hauntingly quiet, I can’t help but sat down and hum a song to myself.
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.
”俺は 野良犬みたいに あちこちで 写真撮ってる” - 森山大道
like a stray dog,
here and there,
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。
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.
This rose has shrivelled petals in soft green hue, shyly budding.
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.
And how did the white cabbage get to this standing rocket? I called it the rocket cabbage.
And I always have tomatoes in my kitchen.
Live healthy, eat healthy! Have a healthy heart, eat tomato!
無くても 無くても 無くても
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.