Archive

Personal

#nowplaying Jay-Z featuring Beyonce – Bonnie and Clyde


Twenty-first century, Asian, doing what we like to do our way.


Twenty-one. Young. Hungry. Chasing dreams and goals, discovering purposes. Making our marks in the world, leaving legacies behind for the future generations to come. Forces of nature, forces to be reckoned with. The world is our oyster, and we live openly and on ever-expanding levels. We want to learn, grow, develop. Evolve. Aspiring visionaries, with a strong desire to strive and change the world. We choose which doors to open, which waves to ride. It is a chase, a hunt, a pursuit, to discover and explore every facet of our imagination and our world. We want to live large, think and dream big, achieve big. Movers and shakers, we dislike wasting even a minute, choosing to be up and about. We live our lives to the fullest, right to the very brim, making the most of it and everything else. Carpe diem.

We do not settle for average. We want dynamics, flavour, diversity. Exceptionality. We are advocates of individuality, and personal style in every aspect of our lives. There is just a delicious wildness to it all, a sort of rush no drug can ever live up to, something that excites the senses to such an irresistible extent. Because if you have it, own it. And flaunt it as well, if you like. Open up your lives, live the way you want. Own your lives, own who you are. Live it, and with intent. Be bold, be fearless. Go for what you want, and hone your craft.

And the best thing is having someone beside you while you are at it, shooting for the stars together. It is a feeling beyond elation, one of which words can hardly describe, because today, I got my thoroughest boy with me. He rides with me, the new Beyonce and Jay-Z (simply because I like the way it rhymes).

I’m mashin’ the gas, he’s grabbin’ the wheel, it’s true to the heart. We complement each other, connecting and communicating on similar wavelengths. It is not about dominating, but elevating one another to higher levels, constantly pushing boundaries and challenging ourselves. He is my pillar, my rock, my guardian angel, my guiding light. He gives me that push when I need it, to fuel my drive. We have our respective, individual goals but when the time calls for it, I’m right back to being his soldier. Supporting, encouraging, loving. We work as a team, because we are a team. Partners in crime, cruising down the global highway, conquering the world bit by bit. Because I’m a rider, and he’s a roller. Put us together, how are they going to stop us?

I am incredibly thankful for him and for everything he has done for and with me so far on this voyage together, because whatever I lack, he’s right over my shoulder. And when he’s off track, I’ll be keeping him focused. So let’s lock this down like it’s supposed to be.

Well-behaved women rarely make history.
Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

A quote I picked up from the book I’m currently reading. Personally, I think this applies to both genders. There is something within all of us that wants to come out and play. So go, run wild, roam free. Let’s go get ’em.

Pictures taken at Vista at The Trafalgar in London. Lyrics from Bonnie and Clyde in italic.

@ Facebook | deviantART

xo

PS. I was actually planning to post this up for our sixth month (which is in about two weeks or so) but as they say, what better time than now?

#nowplaying #morningplaylist #summerplaylist Will.I.Am featuring Eva Simons – This is Love

If you love it like I love it,
and you feel what I feel inside.
If you want it like I want it,
then baby, let’s get it tonight.

This is love, this is love, this is love.

He makes me happy, to put it simply. We’ve come such a long way these past five years, ever since we first met in college. We’ve gone our different, separate ways then, to grow as individuals in our own respective lives, and here we are now, half a decade later – growing together, in sync on the same wavelength. Who knew we’d actually be in this very position now, at this point in time? Some already saw it coming, but to be completely honest, I didn’t. It was an incredibly delightful surprise indeed.

But on a highly personal level, to me, there was always something about him, about us. Something I had always kept hidden deep inside of me because I was too afraid to speak of it openly in the past. He had (and still has) always intrigued me, even from the very beginning, but there was this chemistry, this spark, this electricity whenever we danced together, as partners on stage – from the very first day we started choreographing our signature piece of sorts in the studio, to the final performance on the stage, when the audience and everyone around us apparently felt it as well. But nothing else mattered when I was dancing with him, nothing except our presence and our beings. Something hit me every single time we made eye contact, because it wasn’t just eye contact. It felt deeper, more connected, just.. more somehow. It felt like I was being taken into another world. It’s something words can hardly describe, but I craved for that fire again after it all, and relished how it ignited something so strong within me.

And the best thing about it?


It was mutual. I eventually found that out much later on.


Although we’ve only been in a relationship for about four months or so, because we’ve known each other for such a long time now, it feels like we’ve been together for much longer than that. And suffice to say, our relationship is unconventional at the very least, something the both of us have never experienced before. But I wouldn’t have it any other way, simply because it works for us. We take things day by day, and we make every day amazing – beyond that, even. Every day is a new experience when it comes to us, and we surpass expectations and leap over boundaries each time, overcoming any fears and obstacles standing in our way. He fills me up to the brim, with happiness, with love, with energy. And I want the best for him, for us. I want to make the best of everything we have together.

I enjoy, treasure, and cherish him. And us. Because I love us.

(You) got me walking on the ceiling all night.

@ Facebook | deviantART

xo

#nowplaying #summerplaylist Far East Movement featuring Cover Drive – Turn Up the Love

We are one tonight
and we’re breathing in the same air,
so turn up the love.

Fresh out from Far East Movement’s newly-released Dirty Bass album – which I was highly anticipating, this single is definitely one of my favourite summer 2012 songs so far. I’m a big fan of Far East Movement, swagger and Asians actually going out there and doing their thing, especially when they incorporate Western influences (although I do love the Eastern ones as well) – partly because I’m Asian, which goes without saying, and I’m proud to be one, but also because I’m all for diversity and embracing who we are and what we want to be regardless of where we come from, which brings me to why I enjoy fusion and mixing things up, collecting inspiration from everything I experience, anywhere the world over.

Summer nights in London town – when it only gets dark after half-past nine in the evening, when the Londoners suit and doll up to come out to play with cocktails and pints, when the cosmopolitan kingdom becomes all city lights and endless nights. It is a metropolis of charm, wonders and experiences, so magical and beautiful in its own right, where opportunities to indulge abound, just waiting for you to seize them.

With just around three whole weeks left in London before I board a thirteen-hour flight back home with the beau, I plan to take the city in and satiate my wanderlust palette as much as possible with what the sprawling capital has to offer, along with getting the tremendous number of things on my pre-departure to-do list over and done with so I can have a pleasant voyage back to South-East Asia – until my return in November for my much-awaited graduation ceremony, of course.

Time really does fly by in the blink of an eye. Days, weeks, months, years pass before we even know it, and at the end of it all, we are left standing at the forefront of a new stage in our lives, wondering what had happened to the previous one and whether we had achieved what we wanted to achieve, accomplished what we set to accomplish. Time is the most valuable thing we are bestowed with in this existence and it waits for no man, yet it is the number one thing people take for granted. So make it count, make it worth it.

As for me, I can still hardly believe I’ve completed university and my three years of living and studying here in the UK is coming to an end, but I know this definitely isn’t the last I’ll be seeing of the country and neither will it be the last it’ll be seeing of me. I look forward to the day I walk on these cobbled streets again years later, much more accomplished and closer to achieving my goals and fulfilling my purpose.

I was constantly pulled out of my comfort zone this weekend – courtesy of Mac Attram and Kurt Won of Sales Partners UK – but in turn, I learnt and grew so much in just a span of two days. I met fantastic people, forged amazing new relationships, and I’m now even more of a glass half-full, especially with regard to my future and what it holds for me. These two past weekends have been such an exponential learning curve for me, and I rediscovered something in me which hasn’t surfaced in quite a while now – and by a while, I mean years. Being in this incredibly supportive surrounding with people of a similar mindset changes you, your outlook, your self-concept, and I’m thankful beyond words. It is more about celebration and collaboration, rather than competition, which is what this world needs so much more of. There is an energy so powerfully positive here, it spreads like wildfire.

So burn, baby, burn.


I got nothing but love to give.

The Hippodrome Casino, taken at Leicester Square, London.

@ Facebook | deviantART

In the meantime, have a brilliant start to the week, everyone!

So much loving in the atmosphere,
good times roll with me right here.

xo

Morning, beautiful world. Yesterday, I woke up to the best news – I’m now a university graduate with an LLB behind my name, and my winter graduation now awaits. Come tomorrow morning, I’ll be leaving the Silver City for London.


Until November, Aberdeen. I had a wonderful three years with you, and you’ve opened my eyes to the world. I love you.

@ Facebook | deviantART

xo

Originally written: 15.05.12

#nowplaying Top of the World by The Cataracs featuring Dev



Bits of my latest spoils: Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill, a chunky gold bracelet with jewel charms from H&M, issue twenty-six of POP (a newfound love!).


I discovered POP just very recently on a trip to town and was immediately pulled in by its three hundred-over pages – if there’s anything better than an intelligent fashion magazine, it’s a thick, intelligent fashion magazine. Despite the fact that it’s a twice-yearly publication.

In a rapidly changing world, POP magazine is a leader, not a follower. With a bold, international perspective and an understanding that the cultural and business landscape is being dramatically rewritten, POP looks to join the dots and celebrate the world’s key creatives. POP has been touted as a ‘super glossy’, with an established reputation for visual innovation and splendour. Fashion and its related universe is a prism through which so much of contemporary creativity, as well as the evolving celebrity culture, ends up being refracted. But fashion also reflects many universal human desires and dreams that hold the key to making sense of a world where the only certainty now is change. POP is the magazine the international catwalk creatives look to for a fresh perspective on all that is new and truly exciting in work, leisure and travel. It celebrates art, design, retail, adventure, pop culture, pop music and much more in our rapidly shifting world. POP is smart and it looks to celebrate both interior spaces and outerspace. Change is good, change is inevitable, change is now.

How can you not love its manifesto?

I still have yet to sink my teeth into it as I’ve been caught up with studying for my papers, but the features and editorials looked delectable enough to tempt me into a quick flip-through: Dior VS Art, Moon Portraits, POP China: Fast Lane, Report I: Beauty Orientalism, Report III: Fur China Pelted (as in the picture above), POP Chinatown: New York, Moon Rocks, Moon Dust is Icing Sugar, Crescent, Lunatique, Nitewalker, just to name (a little more than) a few. I simply adore their wordplay, and I love how they took the moon and Chinese influences as the inspiration behind this issue. ‘Marie Piovesan, super-smart Aquarius, in the age of Vuitton’s candy sex fairytales.’ Mm, it doesn’t get any better than that.

POP heavily reminds me of LOVE, another one of my favourite biannual fashion reads,

LOVE is a twice-yearly compendium of inspiration – for designers, for artists, for anyone looking for visual ideas; for anyone who loves fashion and design so much that they want to climb inside the heads of their heroes. Fashion is part of a creative cross-cultural dialogue and, for this reason, LOVE opens its readers to the most exciting developers in music and art as well as fashion to reveal the shape of tomorrow’s aesthetics in its purest form.


Explore the both of them here:

POP: Website | Facebook | Twitter
LOVE: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Oh, and Victoria’s Secret is finally coming to London this summer! The three-floor flagship store is set to be in Mayfair, while two or three other stores will be scattered throughout the city. I can hardly contain my excitement.

@ Facebook | deviantART

xo

#nowplaying Greyhound by Swedish House Mafia


(because this is the most techie shoot I’ve done so far)

Photography by Bruce Bell, 2011
Post-production by yours truly

I love it. I love the whole Generation Z (or late Generation Y), fast-paced, high-technology, hyperspeed world we live in. I love how we’re – more or less – in the vanguard of the digital world, being completely enveloped in its all-encompassing grasp. I love the creativity, the innovativity, the sharp intelligence. I love the progression, how fast-moving it is, and how we have to keep up with it to stay on top – because we all love a good challenge! Speed kills, to an extent – if we let it. And it can be a little overwhelming at times, but all the more for us to discover a good balance between our virtual world and our real one (although I think there’s actually no concrete distinction between the two as they’re both essentially a part of us, but that’s a different story altogether). I especially love how technology has also brought about advanced breakthroughs in art and culture, and not just science.

I love the sleek, sexy, stylish, avant-garde vibe it gives us. I love the information overload, because there’s just so much inspiration abound, everywhere. Ideas, concepts, notions. Every direction we look, every direction we turn our heads to, it’s there, in whatever form it manifests. I love the gadgetry we come up with, the modern, cosmopolitan cities we live in, contemporary and state of the art. I love technology, social networking, and how it makes us so much closer to each other even though we can be worlds and worlds apart. I even love electronic and house music – it does play a part, mm.

There are those who claim the internet is bad. To me, on a highly personal level, the internet isn’t bad. Technology isn’t bad. It’s us who make it bad or seem bad, or choose to look at it in a negative way. Nothing has meaning except the meaning we give it. We, ultimately have a choice. We’re given this beautiful thing, so don’t abuse it. Use it for the greater good – sharing, inspiring, empowering. So many incredible things beyond our wildest imaginations have happened and now exist because of technology and the internet. Don’t shy away from it, embrace it. Embrace change, embrace development, embrace the future.

Ride the wave, jump on the bandwagon, and yet still make your statement and mark in this world.

@ Facebook | deviantART

#inspiration #concepts

xo

PS. It’s about time I did an actual high-technology concept shoot, I reckon.

rap·ture
n.
1. The state of being transported by a lofty emotion; ecstasy.
2. An expression of ecstatic feeling. Often used in the plural.
3. The transporting of a person from one place to another, especially to heaven.
tr.v. rap·tured, rap·tur·ing, rap·tures
To enrapture.


Konnichi Bar, Aberdeen


It is that smile in your eyes, that little twinkle which lights your whole face up. It is that laugh – not just a giggle, not just a chuckle, but a hearty, full-out laugh of sheer, unadulterated expression. It is when you feel like you are at the top of the world, right at the pinnacle, feeling as though you can conquer anything and everything you set your heart and mind to. It is when you feel loved, so loved – by the world, by your loved one, by yourself. Self-acceptance at its very core, embracing yourself, your being and your existence because you are alive and living life to the fullest, no holds barred. It is when you truly love and enjoy life, and see the inexplicably mesmerising beauty of it. Regardless of where you are or where you might be, you are happy, thankful and grateful for being here, at this very moment, completely and utterly present – when you live with such passion, and not just exist. It is when you love – with honesty – who you are right now, the person whom you have grown to be, where you stand at this very point in time after everything you have done and been through. The achievements, the accomplishments, the experiences. Constantly learning, growing, evolving. It is this elation, this delirium, this rapture.

This is happiness at its very best, a place so wonderful that when you have once experienced it, you simply do not ever want to leave. It is the best feeling in the world, bar none.

‘I see that spark in you again. Don’t ever let it leave.’

Oh, darling. It’s here to stay.

@ Facebook | deviantART

xo