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Sep. 26th, 2011 | 09:40 pm

Recently, I decided to go on a quest to find somebody. We'll have to see how that turns out.

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blue lie

Aug. 26th, 2011 | 12:25 am

Ever since graduation till now, sometimes I get questions like "So have you been making work?" and I go like "yeah...somewhat" "oh..what kinda work?" and I go like"uhm..illustrations and stuff..". And this is where I take the opportunity to admit that well, that was a tiny white lie because I've only been sort of working in my head but not really creating anything I can hold in my hands (nor can they be held by my virtual hands, ie. computer, internet, etc.). I guess I went into a unmotivated slump (in terms of art-making) and I don't think I can say that I've completely gotten out of it.

However, recently I seem to be getting renewed interests in the arts and films, basically more inspired. This may or may not be attributed to school. Oh yeah, I am back in school as a student again which is kinda weird and kinda awesome. After being in school for so long and then getting the opportunity to work in school in a different role and now back on the other side again makes me feel like I've been given some kind of insight to a behind-the-scenes look at the system that I was under for basically half my life. Seen and met lots of different people, each one something to learn from and it's been exciting so far. I mean, throughout our lives we always meet new people but I feel like I've gotten a new pair of eyes which makes me look at the people I've known for forever in a new way as well.

So I stumbled upon this video while randomly hopping around the internet and I thought it was good advice to spread. For all you creatives out there in a slump like I am. Bet you feel relieved to know that it's normal and you just gotta Fight. Your. Way. Through. It.

Ira Glass on Storytelling from David Shiyang Liu on Vimeo.

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Jun. 25th, 2011 | 01:47 pm
music: ハンバートハンバート - おなじ話

The holidays are over and I'll start working again this Monday. I'm enjoying the calmness of this moment because I know once my job starts again there'll be storms and sunny days and all sorts of weather forecast. But it's okay because I can get through anything. The wind is blowing through the newly painted dining room, the sheer curtains dancing, the sunlight shining through the windows and I'm listening to soothing Japanese folk music and it's like...calmness. I love it.

I finally watched the Japanese film Kamome Shokudo, one film I've been wanting to see ever since watching Megane (another film by the same director (watch trailer)) and instantly fell in love with it. I think some people may find it boring but I think the seemingly "nothingness" of the plot is what I find exciting. I guess the characters were what attracted me the most. The 3 main ladies are all alone when they entered the story but they don't seem lonely at all. The fact that they're all able to stand alone simply backed by experience and bravery and willingness or readiness to explore the world is great. In the film Megane, one quote that left a big impression on me is this: "Freedom is the readiness to die". It may sound slightly morbid when I put it that way but I guess it's kinda true. I feel like you're really free ONLY when you're able to detached yourself from material possessions and emotional baggage and ready to surrender yourself to the divine powers above. Does that sound phony?

I want to grow up and be like Sachie. Sorry I can't find a trailer with subtitles. Anyway, recommending this film to people with patience and an appreciation for simplicity and into visually good food. Plus, I love some of the outfits these women were wearing. Some of which probably came from here.

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you need some spiritual intervention

May. 16th, 2011 | 10:47 pm

My love and fascination for Francesca Woodman's works is very much similar to the one I have for the late Korean model, Daul Kim. They're both so very similar; interesting, talented, driven and had so much potential for great things. It's just strange to think that their emotional sensibilities that made them so fascinating and relatable was probably what drove them to a point where nothing in this world is worth living for.

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i'll always find something wrong

May. 2nd, 2011 | 12:32 am

I've never been a big fan of Vanessa Beecroft or Kanye West but as this video has shown, they don't make too bad of a combination. I kinda love the short musical film Runaway. It's visually gorgeous and I like the songs too! Chekkit if you haven't.

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Together again

Apr. 11th, 2011 | 02:02 pm

Listen. Bob your heads and sway your body to this. It's been a good day.

Meeting my grandmother at her dialysis centre later. For the past few weeks I've been occupying my time reading Naruto comics while waiting for her to complete her dialysis. Don't judge. It's actually extremely entertaining and sometimes emotional. Slightly annoyed that I'll have to start waiting for a new chapter to come out every week now. Today, I'm starting on a new Ryu Murakami book. The last really good thriller novel I read was Natsuo Kirino's Out which was amazingly dark and gruesome and depressing but exciting and daring as well. Anyone into mystery literature that pushes the limits of violence and sex and challenges the Japanese women stereotype should give this book, Out a go. I hope Murakami's is just as good if not better.

Random thought: Do you think meritocracy is biased?

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flight club

Apr. 4th, 2011 | 01:51 pm



I've decided to do less lurking and more posting. I've been contemplating on moving to a more trendy online space like tumblr or a blogspot but I like this space and moving just seems like a troublesome thing to do. Anyway, resuming my adventures in narcissism.


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Mar. 28th, 2011 | 01:51 pm

So yesterday, after an incredibly long hiatus, I met up with 2 of my favourite people in the world, my idols, but also my biggest fans and I feel all ready to face the world and not second guess myself because my posses are back. I hope they know this. In light of that, I'll be pimping my talented friend (not like this place has a lot of traffic to be worth to pimp anything) but I do whatever I want.

Tix are at $15 and $10. More info here.

Other than that, work is fine, my table is messy and the sky is blue. Monday mornings are my worst moments but once I get through that, life is good, that is until the next Monday morning.

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Mar. 17th, 2011 | 04:26 pm

Tomorrow!! tomorrow!!

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Mar. 11th, 2011 | 12:39 pm

I have no relief classes today and just a few hours ago I was having tea with the view of an empty school field in good weather and it was kinda nice. Now's not exactly a good time to write a journal entry mostly because today is the last day of the school term and I currently feel like I have all the time in the world with no classes and things-to-do which means I don't have much to whine about. Strange.

I was standing at the second storey bridge and looking down at the assembly plaza and I saw my boys chasing each other and being stupid and falling on the ground and laughing and l can't help but smile at the sight and it's strange coz then I ask myself, what is this feeling?! Happiness? It can't be. I'm conflicted coz there's times when I hate what I'm doing and felt like killing these kids but then when they're being cute and ridiculously adorable, I feel like killing them too, like Argh! You're so adorable and full of nonsense I want to strangle you!. My relationship with my job is going through a weird phase. It's like, it began as a fling but the more I get to know it the more I realise how interesting it could be and how I've been judging it unfairly based on other people's opinions of it. Everyday I seem to suffer contrasting emotions like agony and satisfaction with my job but it's weird coz at the end of the day I realise I like scaring myself and then be reminded that everything is alright and go through it all over again. I don't know what I'm talking about anymore. But it's okay, I'll probably delete this later.

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semi cynical

Mar. 8th, 2011 | 10:23 pm

Lately, occasionally, sometimes, when I read pretty, inspiring, positive entries on blogs/journals/whatever about how grateful they are about this amazing life, etc, I get somewhat...nauseated, slightly. Sometimes I think we are quite obsessed about being fine. "Hi I'm fine thank you and you." It's almost like an obligation which then turns into an illusion. I mean what is this pursuit of happiness? I don't know what exactly I'm trying to get at but it's more like I don't know how to go about getting to my point, typically. Anyway, it's not like I can't relate. Self-empowerment is great. But I guess I can relate more to the bitter, insecure souls out there and being honest about it.

There's quite a lot of amazing bands coming to Singapore to perform. The me a few years ago would've jump at every single one of them regardless the price. I think I've kinda lost my enthusiasm. I don't think it's a bad thing or otherwise. I'm just...growing. It's interesting to observe how my priorities have changed.

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blue key

Feb. 7th, 2011 | 10:37 am

Lina and I have been wanting to paint the walls of our room and the work room white (it is currently pale pink) for a fresh start. I've been relatively productive over the short Lunar New Year holidays and it would be nice to have some white wall space to put things up.

I was watching a Japanese movie yesterday and again, I noticed the theme of existence largely present in that and a lot of the Japanese movies I've seen. Interesting. A few days ago the question of 'what is the point of life' pops up again when I find the work room incredibly messy like it was before I spent a whole freaking day cleaning it. I mean, what is the point of cleaning when it's gonna get messy again. What is the freaking point. Anyway, I know best to not even go there.

Not new work; this is one of my illustrations I did for my Family Album book.

I got a new blue keypad cover for my macbook. It looks great but it's making typing quite a difficult task.

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Right place

Jan. 24th, 2011 | 10:36 am

Do humans have a right place too? I would think so. But sometimes it takes a while to get there or even to recognise that we're already at the right place.

I still have a backlog of photos and videos that have yet to be placed in the "right place" but I'm getting them there, eventually. On a good note, my productivity level has increased.

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