At a soon to be un-abandoned pre-war building, Singapore
Found this sign at a rather strange location, I wonder why this signage was plastered here. The building was a semi abandoned pre-war era, awaiting for its new occupants. In Singapore, vacant buildings are never vacant for more than a few months since land is expensive and scarce.
Cat Socrates, Bras Basah Complex, Singapore
This shop in Singapore mimicks the 798 Artist Community (798艺术区) Dashanzi Art District at Chaoyang District of Beijing, China.
The Post of the Future is where you can post date a letter and send it to yourself to receive somewhere in the Future of 2011.
Would you send something to me via snail mail too? Perhaps an airmail /aeromail from your respective country or a country you are visiting. With all that nice stamp and touristy postcard or envelope with a photo of your country or a funky nice photo of a country you have visited? The world of the Internet has become too digital and impersonal, I love to receive a physical organic paper product!
Would you do that?
send me a email, I will pass you my snail mail address!
Looking Forward to it!
The Travel Lust
Yo Yo competition in a Singapore Mall
Everything in Singapore seems to be so serious, even my childhood toy, the Yo-Yo has become such a professional sports. These toys are no longer that $1 toy you buy from the local Ma-Ma (Mum Pop Shops) but seriously expensive toys worth $100 or more, I saw a few sg$250 ones on the shelves!
Can’t just kids play for for fun these days?
I am starting a little short project, its call the Erratic Daily Photo Project, its about home in Singapore, inspired by a few people who created their own little project. I have been constantly travelling to new places and making images of these places, however I seldom do that when I am home in Singapore. Perhaps I should focus more on it. It will force me to take notice around the daily mundane world we are living in, maybe it is not so mundane afterall.
You can see from your own life experiences how the environment can affect you. When you’re among peaceful, generous, happy people, you’re inclined to feel happy and peaceful yourself. When you’re among angry, aggressive people, you tend to become like them. The human mind is like a mirror. Therefore, it is very important to be conscious of your surroundings and how they affect your mind. –Lama Thubten Yeshe
Somewhere in Singapore
It was a great meet with a bunch of OLD friends in Singapore. Imagine that… we have all lived or going to pass that middle mark of our lives, that big 35. In Singapore where you can’t buy your own property before the age of 35, this is quite a significant year for us. For some warped obscure reasoning, if you are single you can’t buy your own property, (of course if you are a multi-millionaire, you can do anything you want, that’s a different story all together). The property is on a 99 year lease, but in reality its only 40 years, so you really don’t own your property, just paying the land owners the right for you to live in a tiny expensive apartment up in the sky for the next 40 years… or until they chase you out on an compulsory ‘En Bloc’ (I do get a tad political when it affects my life directly)
I shall await for my turn soon! I can’t wait to take up that 30 year house loan to live in my very inflated public housing property too.
Here’s my advise to myself (really it is, you may wish to read along with me too) :
We don’t have much time on this earth, so better start taking care of our precious time and live like we never live before, intensely, to the fullest, and do whatever we want to do, travel where we wanna go, take advantage of the many privileges we have, and be eternally grateful to everyone who have been supporting us throughout our lives. Be in gratitude always, be humble, be everything you ever wanna be, for life is indeed short, make no excuses at all. Don’t waste your time, cherish every second of it. Blah blah blah… I’m getting on with my life, see you soon.
Pablo’s workshop from Singapore International Photography Festival
Pablo Bartholomew is one of the few photographers I truly secretly admire but not dare to approach him to tell him that. Humble and cheeky at the same times, insightful and very engaging. He produces such beautiful lingering images that really strikes me, poignant to the core. I love his images on the Nagas, really spur me to visit the place, after all, I had been dreaming about Nagaland for years. Just needed a few kicks to visit the land of the long cloudy serpent.
Quite an intensive workshop, lack of sleep might have made him a little ‘blurry’ maybe its because of the no smoking rule in the workshop room
Website of his works from his teens
and so I leave you with a litte ditty by Lewis Carroll,
a favorite of mine and it does link me to this image.
The blue tank and Me
Found this old photo, taken during the Singapore Biennale Arts Festival 2008
Attempted to create a side portrait of me reading a book in the blue tank, alas the floating book had its own mind. If you do look carefully that book is sorta on my forehead.
Supper at Orchard Towers, Singapore
If you happen to be feeling a little peckish along Orchard Road at 3am in the wee mornings.
Orchard Towers has one of the best supper places for good authentic Thai Food and erm.. ‘Thai Gers’. These ‘ladies’ are seen often cruising around for clients.
This area is well-known to all ‘Ang Mohs’ (caucasians) and tokways (chinese business men) who go for these exotic ladies.