March 13, 2017

Life Lately

Red Riding Hood @ Fluffed Cafe  Latte @ Fluffed Cafe
cafehopping last weekend

Can't believe it's mid March already. It's 2 weeks til our long waited Korea trip(I think we have waited for a year and more) while counting down to another 3 months plus til our big day. I have been so busy lately and I want to believe that it's a good thing. Ever since I come back from Saigon I haven't really got time to just sit down and refresh my memory.

The first 2 months of the year have been insane. We got even more busy since the day we brought home our adorable furkid whom we named Tofu. While being frustrated and stressed out with wedding preps, we got to learn to be patient and train her. She changed our lives completely and also in many ways. We are both new parent so it's so challenging yet so fun to train this lil girl. Most of all we're just so glad that she became a part of our family and brought so much joy to us more than we could ever imagine. This love and dedication is way out of my expectation, to the extent I think I may have love Joe lesser now.. Ha!

We have also started hunting for a bigger living space as we put family planning into our consideration. I still remembered how such a nightmare it was to move houses twice in a year. Now to think about packing stuff, even with our little studio apartment, it's still the scariest thing I want to refrain from thinking.

Sexyyyy babiesOn a side note, I have just downgraded switched from a Sony A6000 to an Olympus Pen-F. Olympus EP series have always been a dream camera in term of design instead of functionality. I ended up with a Sony A6000 few years back because it really is the best one available that time and after few years, it still is—which is why I managed to get all my gears sold out in one night.

The PEN-F is like a pint of craft beer: you drink it because it’s enjoyable, not because you’re looking for the most financially responsible way to increase your blood alcohol level.

When I first saw Pen-F, I knew it from the moment that I just have to bring him home. Well initially I thought maybe I can keep both, but think about the incompatibility of Sony and Olympus lens, and with financial condition being the core reason. I have come to the conclusion that if I really want another camera for my other lens, I will just get the past EPL series. So far, the results achieved by Pen-F have never fail to amaze me. I just can't wait to fully utilise it next 2 weeks!

The only downside is my outdated LR5 doesn't support ORF format from Pen-F. Even so the quality of JPG is good enough as processed by the camera itself so it's fine.

拍它多于用它拍 -_-*

February 24, 2017

The Dorm


Throwback to New Year's Eve, I was already laying on top of bunk bed at 10pm ready to call it a day. I was too tired both physically and mentally. This spontaneous getaway was meant for me to take a break and refresh my mind for the beginning of the year. But it turned out that my brain still couldn't stop thinking about everything and I miss home more than I could imagine.

I don't usually meet Asians in the same dorm but this time around we have 3—one from Malaysia and two from our neighbourhood country Singapore! It was such a shame I didn't get to talk and share so much with them as I'm in anti-social mode most of the time, struggling with myself.


My ideal NYE night started off with a good shower after a (really) long day of walking. Then I enjoyed my quiet time in bed watching videos over my tab with my earphones on while getting myself comfortable in my PJs where the fresh laundry scent still lingers around. My designated bed was facing the window where I got to see what's happening outside the street. The rooftop party was happening since evening and it's getting louder as it's getting late. It did not bother me much.

I was wide awake until 4 before I can finally fall asleep. Few hours later I woke up for breakfast and continue to explore as it will be my last day here before catching the night flight home.

lobby & bar

So long Saigon, thank you for the perfect weather 3 days continuously. Thank you for making it so easy to explore places on foot. I will see you when I see you.

January 23, 2017

莫忘初衷

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不知不覺中又踏入新的一年。還沒來得及整理前一年的記憶,每一天又開始製造著新的回憶。

這一年來不算有很大突破,可是生活中卻發生了很值得記錄的大小事:例如搬新家、在潤年的29號給刺了個MATCHING TATTOO、告訴雙方家長我們要結婚了,開始了籌備婚禮的節奏、生日旅行期間意外地被補上了求婚、然後於上個月在親朋好友的見證下完成了註冊手續,成為合法夫妻、買了部新車取代為我們家服務了15年的阿ENG(T__T)⋯⋯去了好多地方走走和旅行、也去了好多的演唱會:Richard Marx、鄭秀文、張敬軒、五月天(就差我杰倫哥了,因為放票那天我還在環島嗚嗚)

總結來說,整年都是在忙著做自己想要/喜歡做的事情。

值得一提的是,我實現了去年設下的RESOLUTIONS(標記)。而其中一項就是拍多一點照片記錄生活(數碼和底片兼顧)。由於我不是什麼專業人士,所以「攝影」這字會有點太嚴肅。在寫這篇文前的這幾天,我在FLICKR上略看了這年來拍的照片,WOW,我真的什麼狗屎垃圾都拍,也把花心思處理照片養成一個習慣。雖然有些照片背後真的沒有實際的含義和目的,可是很慶幸我至少有把按下快門當下的感覺給抓住了,之後還可以時不時拿來回味。

後來也持續了「一年一部機」的習俗,幾個月前了部舊底片機OLYMPUS XA1來玩玩。(心虛中)因為希望三個月內能成功敗下那夢寐以求的微單寶貝回家玩。相機控的掙扎痛苦,應該就只有好攝之徒才能明白。加上今年壞了兩個不怎麼便宜的腳架,應該是時候忍痛投資品質好一點的旅行腳架了吧?

就這樣,對我來說算是很不錯的突破,至少實踐了些事,絕對是一個好的開始。今年將會是很忙碌的一年,所以不會定下什麼目標,一切 #順琪自燃(很有梗的說)。當然希望能夠和去年一樣,繼續做自己想要和喜歡做的事情;也希望自己可以一直保持著逆來順受的心態,見招拆招。💃

January 12, 2017

Wanderlust

Flying with AirAsia
light leak surprise

It always give me mixed feeling being at the airport. I wouldn't call it my favourite place, but I like the excitement where I get butterflies in stomach every time I'm about to visit a new place or going back to an old place with different people, or better yet, alone by myself. I also like the feeling of being cut off and unreachable. It pretty much feels like I'm off from the world we all know and it's so good to have that feeling once in a while.

I'm not even halfway through posts about family trip to Bangkok yet. I really just need to jot everything down so that I remember how this particular place and situation made me feel before I forgot, especially when there's no visual evidences of the event.

Flying with AirAsia

Looking back through the past years made me realised how often I travelled. I guess it's the wanderlust in me, everytime a trip ends I will start planning and look forward to next one. Sometimes I can't help but ask myself, am I all set to settle down just yet? To think about it, I owed AirAsia gratitude for making it affordable for people like me, who hardly has any savings, to travel in Southeast Asia with limited budgets. Evon & I are really into being super spontaneous, whenever I have a place to go in mind I will pop the question to her and she'll mostly reply with a "yes let's go!" because why not if the tix rate is within our budget?

Flying09

I happened to have a lot of airplane wing photos taken from the window seat. It's a love and hate thingy. I used to like window seat a lot, just to make sure I get enough sunlight for my food photos and whatever I'm going to do. Recently I always get the aisle seat, which is good because I don't have to bother anyone to get up so I can use the washroom.

Anyway, back to that question again—am I ready to settle down? I can tell you for sure–HELL YES! I want to believe even with being married and growing our own family, I'll still be able to do what I love. No one knows me better than Joe. I'm 101% sure he will allow me to do and pursue whatever I want. But of course I'm aware that I need to have sense of responsibility because I'm no longer by myself.

Well time is ticking, it's just another 134 days until our big day and we have so much to follow up and it's just so worrying and scary to think of! Joe is trying to calm myself all the time and tell me things will be solve eventually, let's just face it with an open mind. Last few days we had our first ever problem. One of our Airbnb stays in Jeju have been rejected and fully refunded, which really hit me like heart attack. Not only it's one place we were so thrilled to stay at but it will be one of the scenes for our pre-wedding shoot. I actually booked everything last September and innocently thinking we're only waiting for the day to come.

Wedding Preparation Tips #1: Always have a Plan B in your pocket.
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