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March 17, 2015

Life is like a bed of roses

Flowerwall by Ektory, Photos by Monica Anne Lie, Accessories by The Ordinary Co, Clothes from AllwouldEnvy

This is one of my favourite photoshoot series that I have taken so far.  Thanks to Monica who's really put a lot of pride in her own work. I was down for the past few months over work and personal issues that got me really distracted and depressed. Not sure how or why, my senses have finally awakened. I realised life has so much to offer and I am thankful for all the freedom of choices that god has endowed me with. Don't be upset with things that you can't control and reflect on what you can do instead. Then put them into actions to help yourself. I am very inspired to write nowadays. Besides blogging, I am pitching for a feature and writing another one on my own now. Hopefully, everything will turn out well. Well, I keep reminding myself there is really no time to waste, three more years I will be hitting the three! Meanwhile, I feel great to work on my script in a yoga studio so whenever I get my writer's block, I go for yoga class to take a work break. How productive and fulfilling my day is! I love myself!

March 4, 2015

Shanghai Work Trip


All photos credit to Earl Foo 

I spent a few days in Shanghai with my crew to work on a recent project. There were some hiccups along the way but luckily, I managed to get them solved. Due to a last minute change in our flight schedule, we ended up with a free day in Shanghai, hence we decided to explore Shanghai a bit. The weather was between 10-14 degrees and we both love it especially Earl. (I admit sometimes the weather is so cold, it makes me so sleepy that I don't really want to get out of my house.)

I shall do a quick sum up of my day - we went to Xintiandi for brunch, visited a camera museum and then we took a cab to Yuyuan garden then we walked to the Bund at 5 plus to wait for sunset so that we could have a sight of both day and night scenery of the Bund. We took alot of pictures.  Earl suggested to take a ship across so we bought tickets to travel to the other side that only cost us a dollar each. We were surprised how cheap it was. Then when we were on the other side, the view wasn't what we expected to get so I came out with this logic and told Earl that - Beautiful thing only looks good when it is admired from afar ... Well, in real life we don't always get what we see sometimes. I wanted Shanghais food since it was our last day in Shanghai so we went into a very expensive looking restaurant. I thought it was funny how me and Earl were trying to choose something cheap from the menu and the serving was damn freaking small.

After dinner, the queue outside the shopping mall was so atrocious I don't know how to describe it. We waited for almost an hour to get a cab to head to our next meeting place with our Shanghai talents for a drink. We ended the day with good company and drinks. It was really an awesome trip at Shanghai I must say. I can't believe I spoke so much mandarin in those 5 days in Shanghai that I feel that like I was speaking like a shanghais and I was so glad that my chinese was finally in good use. I was really happy.

December 31, 2014

Prank videos at the supermarket and fashion retail store with love bonito girls


 I was pretty excited when WDA awarded us the pitch that onedash22 and I were working on for quite some time. The Love Bonito girls were really spontaneous and there wasn't much of directing to be honest, most work came from pre-planning. I planted some props beforehand to keep the prank running smoothly without getting us exposed and coming up with many alternative plans just in case the sale assistant we handled might be a poker face or a genius! Yes, all the sale assistants weren't aware that they were selected to be pranked by WDA. There were alot of what-ifs questions because I had never really met these 'Targets' before.

We built hidden cameras everywhere to make sure all the angles were covered. We also put a hidden camera in Rachel's shirt too to capture close-up expression! Enough of the technical part, watch the prank videos and tell me how you feel about it or write to me if you have any question! Once again, thank you Viola and Rachel for taking some time off their busy schedule to join us for the shoot and not forgetting the onedash22 crew (Kandice, Yating and Jason) and everyone who were also part of this videos! I couldn't have done these without you all.

On a side note, do visit http://bit.ly/retailwsq if you would like to be part of the Singapore's vibrant retail industry.

Filmmaking In Korea and Busan International Film Festival 2013

I know it is a bit abrupt since 2014 is coming to an end and before I know it,  2015 is going to be here in few hours time! I had been wanting to post this entry for the longest time and I finally managed to collect most of the photos from all the sources. AFA had made a great impact on my life in 2013 and I really wanted to write this down!

I learnt a lot from the film masters like Lee Chang Dong (He is one of the famous and well respected directors in Korea) and other asian filmmakers. Besides attending master class, I directed a short film called Black Mirror with other asian filmmakers. One of the challenges for many of us was language barrier and communication is an important key in filmmaking so we had a lot of miscommunication with the Korea crew, which turned out to be quite a beautiful mess also. But somehow everything still turned out well, we had many wrap parties and drinking sessions. It was so damn fun, I must say. I made many good friends from all over asian countries especially Tong from Thailand! She is such a wonderful and talented person! On a technical note, Singapore doesn't has a 'Lighting Director' on set,  we usually called a 'Lighting Director' a gaffer instead. But if you call a "Lighting Director' a gaffer instead in Korea, you are looking for trouble. Just a note to future Afa !

What was the most memorable part of AFA was actually walking the red carpet! Usually you saw those big celebrities walking on the red carpet, this feeling was just too surreal for me. The Koreans were very friendly. They cheered and clapped as we walk along the red carpet with our masters as if we were really some celebrities! This feeling was indescribable.

I wish I could write more about it but words can't really describe how AFA was kinda surreal for me . I can't. I also did a really funny interview with Sindie. If you want to find out more, you can read more from here .

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