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April 28, 2016

Hotel Jen Tanglin < Next Jen Discoveries>

This shoot was the most exciting one I ever had by far. The video was vfx (visual effect) driven thus most of the scenes were shot in greenscreen. With such a low budget to work with and tight deadline, I think we managed to pull off this really well within 17 hours non-stop of filming. I learnt so much in this shoot and this video was something that I'd always wanted to do, it was basically a dream came true together with the Creatives. After this video, I am super inspired to make even more of such videos on my own in the future. Directing Ken was a bit challenging at first because it was his first time in acting so I needed to cue him what to do exactly most of the time. Despite his first time in acting, he still endured and made it through 17 long hours of pains (maybe plus tad bit of fun too) ! We started from 12midnight and wrapped by 5pm the next day. Pretty insane but I was really proud of him.

I am so thankful to everyone(the crew, the LBi Creatives Team, Black Sheep Live Production house)who was part of this video and not forgetting Hotel Jen Tanglin (Juliana and Clifford) for believing in me.

Below is some of the questions posed by the Creatives that you may want to know:

How did you become a director and where do you get inspiration to tell stories? 
Directing is something I didn’t set out to do, my passion for it developed when I started making short films. It encouraged me to push on when one of my early works won the top prize in the 2013 Singapore Short Film Festival.

What do you find most challenging about being a creative professional in Singapore? 
It is hard to make a living at the start because as a director I needed to build my reel and fund it out of my own pocket– there was a time I had only $2 in my bank and I ate cup noodles almost everyday. But that experience has made me more resilient and creative. To fulfill my dream, I’ve had to take on side jobs like blogging, acting, and Styling!

Since the video is about finding inspiration, can you tell us how you find inspiration to be a great director?
 Sometimes I’ll just buy a ticket at random and fly off on my own. Other times, I explore Singapore. I find joy in discovering a deserted spot where public access is limited. I feel nostalgia in seeing its loneliness and I get excited when it comes to life again after our set guys transform it for a shoot.

Where did you get ideas for your work with Hotel Jen?
I definitely looked to movies for this particular shoot. I’m fond of Wes Anderson’s framing and color choices and I made sure to inject a feel of the, “Grand Budapest Hotel” in this video. For the pacing, I imagined the main character zipping through each scene like Leonardo DiCaprio in, “Catch Me If You Can.”

What did you enjoy most about shooting in Hotel Jen Tanglin? 
I have never worked with more awesome clients. Not only did they give me the freedom to express my creativity, they also made sure I always had delicious tea whenever I needed it. They were supportive of my vision and I am in turn supportive of their dream to make Hotel Jen Tanglin not just a hotel, but also a hub for creativity. I highly recommend exploring the new hotel and eating a healthy lunch buffet at J65.

August 27, 2015

How to get there

Top and bottom from Yacht21

I am not too sure if this year is moving too slowly for me, I have been ranting non-stop that I am not showing much results in terms of my work. Well, some say I need to be more patient and this year is definitely not that bad because I was awarded my 250k from MDA to make my first feature next year. In addition, I am working on my own feature script as well.
Maybe me just being me, I will never say enough when it comes to work. I always say I must 'chiong' more since I am still young. 

On the other hand, I am grateful A came to visit in Singapore and bought this book A book of Mentors by Gillian Zoe Segal for me just at the right time.  This is really a good motivational biography book of all successful people from all over industries to share their true stories. Let me share some of the good quotes which I am truly inspired by: 

David Boies (Lawyer)
p/s I love this quote most.
"In almost every major case that I've been in, and throughout my life, patience has served me well. To start, patience conserves time and energy. It is not true that a watched pot never boils, but it is true that a watched pot doesn't boil any faster because you're anxiously watching it. People who lack patience make all kinds of mistakes. Sometimes they'll tell you things they wish they hadn't because they just couldn't refrain from speaking. Sometimes they give up too early. I see that all the time: people not having the patience to stay with something that could have been successful. Before making a move, you should know as much as you can about your alternatives. Be clear about what you're trying to accomplish and how you're going to attempt it. Listen as much as you can before you speak. Give your opponent the opportunity to make the mistakes." 

Matthew Einer (Mad Men Creator)
p/s This has the most impact on me because I used to be at very bad with names but now I am better (:
"Remember people's names and don't be insulted if they don't return the favour. If you know someone's name, you can own them. I read that Napoleon used this trick. He spent huge amounts of time committing his soldiers' names to memory- and they would die for him" 

John Paul Dejoria (John Paul Michell Systems/ Patron Spirits company Co- Founder)
"You don't have to be good at everything to be successful. Do what you do best and try to find others who can fill in by doing the things you are not good at. For instance, I am terrible at details - accounting especially, so i hire accountants to help me. This frees me up to four on the things i do excel at and I can run a more efficient operation."

Marina Abramovic (Artist)
"Life is temporary. Make everyday meaningful and don't spend time on bullshit"

"When artists reach a certain status, it's important for them to open themselves up to be generous and to help the younger generation of artists."

Leslie Moonves (CBS Preseident and CEO) 
"If you want to pursue a career in my industry, get in the door any way you can and then do the best you can at that job, even if it's sweeping the floor of a production office. If you do the best job you can, somebody will notice, and opportunity will present itself. Let people see that you are willing to do anything and that you have a good attitude. When I walk down the halls, I notice people who are upbeat. The number one thing is to let others think of you as a "can-do" person. My daughter Sara is like that. I could tell her, " I need an elephant on my lawn at six tomorrow morning," and she'll have it there. No questions asked. Those are the kind of people who get ahead, the kind who don't necessarily ask questions but instead find solution."

"When you have to say no, do it nicely."

Wendy Kopp ( Teach for America Founder)

"It's essential to strike the right balance between confidence and humility. If you don't have enough confidence in the rightness of your pursuit, you'll give up easily. But you must also have enough humility to recognise your own limitation and be receptive to learning from others. When I started Teach For America, I knew I didn't have any experience in what i was setting out to accomplish so I had a very open mind and looked for help and advice from all quarters. You have to have an ethic of continuous improvement. It's almost impossible to get anything perfect right out of the gate." 

Jeff Koons (Artist)

"When you go through dark moments in life, it is important to remain optimistic. There is usually a way to make something positive out of a negative experience" 

Jeff Kinney (Diary of a wimpy kid author) 

"You don't need a huge new idea to be a success. I think that the best and most humorous stories come from slice-of-life everyday experiences"

Gary Hirsheberg (Stonyfield farm Chairman and Co founder
"When you invest in an entrepreneurial venture, you're really investing in the people behind it. Take time to get to know their character. Look not at how they deal with success but at how they deal with adversity. When things are going well, everybody appears to be on top of their game. How they do when things are rough is the real question."

"Determination is the most important ingredient for success. A superior product, a good business plan, creativity, and good instincts only get you on the game board. It all comes down to the moments when you either wave a white flag and give up or say, " I am going to keep fighting." The successful people are those who got back up after being knocked down often repeatedly."

Frank Gehry (Architecture)
"Anger management is a serious and prevalent issue. I see so many people in various professions who should have made it but have fallen by the wayside because they weren't able to control their anger. I want to catch them and say. "Stop!" If you can look in the mirror and release your anger, you can help yourself. If not are not sure, ask a friend, " Am I angry?" If so figure out why and work to get rid of it. "

I am sure no one sails through life without encountering some rough waters. This book comes in really handy when I am experiencing the tension of in-betweens now. I'm really inspired. 

May 12, 2015

Lift me up

(Dress and Bracelet from The Dancing Jewels, Heel from Predro)

I always have a problem thinking of a caption for my blog entry. Anyway, how about naming it Tiramisu or the direct meaning of Tiramisu in English? Tiramisu (from Italian, spelled tiramisù[tiɾamiˈsu], meaning "pick me up" or "lift me up") is a popular coffee-flavoured Italian dessert. Sunkissed shades of coffee palettes that reminds us of Tiramsu, with ladydips of offshoulder topped and layered with flared out netting for the extra pouf that makes me feel so contented like a princess. Pair it with a silver bracelet to add a little edginess to the overall look. 

May is so packed with meetings, shoots and writings. All good, my friends. I am not complaining. Even though this year has even hardly ended, I am almost less or more planned with a full schedule for the early half of next year. It will be a big turning point of my life.

Well, I feel like ranting so much here but we all know this is for the public's eyes so filtering what-I-want-to-write here is probably part of growing up. It is about self-control. You can't always get what you want, but you can choose what you do not want. 

Friends advise me not to fall in love because I have so much ahead of me that is coming my way. They say I should not get distracted because I spent my last 9 years of my life wasting my youth and career opportunities away just for the name of love. But I never really totally agree with them because all relationship taught me something. Because of love, I have grown so much. Most importantly, I learn how to protect myself. 

While blogging about this dress, heavy craving for coffee just kicks in immediately. Going to get my fix at my usual hangout to stop feeling grouchy and off to interview potential staff for my upcoming setup for something new and exciting. Watch this space to find out more in my next blog posts. See you soon. X

May 2, 2015


Off Shoulder Crochet top from The Dancing Jewels, Shoes from Feiyue (Shanghai), Sunglasses from Rubi

I guess red is probably one of my favourite colours. More often or not, you'll see me style in either white or red outfit. Red will never go wrong with any monochrome look. When I am dressed in my most simple causal wear, I will more often match with my red accessories (bag, kitty cap or even earrings). A simple white crochet top marries perfectly with a red lipstick which pops up and simply gives more attention on the face. You can always wear that for your first date with a nude eye makeup. Wearing a red lipstick also proves to your partner that you are confident with your smile. Note that you should not over-do your eye makeup if you are putting on a red lipstick. Crochet has always been a favourite material of mine, it gives a feminine touch and keeps my whole outfit effortlessly stylish with any jean bottoms.

On a personal note, I've been writing more than usual to work towards my own feature film as Grandma's mental health is deteriorating and I am afraid I might not have enough time to show her my work on the big screen if I am still taking my own sweet time. I am glad to say that I finally complete my first draft! In case you are wondering if I am rushing my feature, I just give no reason to procrastinate anymore. I move back to Grandma's house to take care of her and I can't help feeling the way I feel while trying to balance between my work and being there for my Grandma. I guess this is part of growing up, learning how to deal with your own emotions and being responsible as a whole. Ask me how I feel, I will probably tell you I am afraid. I feel like I am racing with time, not knowing what to expect, afraid to lose and not sure how much I can deal with this. I am not ready for anything like this. It is painful to watch someone who is so close to you has changed so much overtime that you can barely recognise her. Then I realise I just have to accept the truth, be there for her and move on.

April 26, 2015

Tic Tac shoot with Rhesa and Endah


TIC TAC INDONESIA (ENDAH N RHESA) from ang geck geck priscilla on Vimeo.

This is another Tic Tac shoot I did with Rhesa and Endah from Indonesia. They are the coolest pair of  couple I ever met. They both share the same passion together and I am really envious of them. How wonderful to be able to breathe and live music together with someone you love. They explore African and Caribbean rhythm, put imagination and musical nuance about beach, jungle, mountain and tribal culture. Hence, don't be surprised if you walk into their cafe, EAR (Endah And Rhesa), decorated with such entities, you'll feel almost living in the nature and comfort with their soothing music they play live in their cafe. They were invited to perform in Malaysia, Singapore and Kazakhstan before and one of my crew was so glad to met them closer in person. If you want to get to know them a little more, just click the triangle button above. Have a great Sunday, folks.

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.

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