Aug 7 2016

26th.

Decided to do something unusual this year and splurged on a birthday present for myself… It was a very impromptu moment and after it was all over, I was like “Omg, I spent $xxx just like that.”

But anyway, I used to have a Fujifilm Instax camera as well, which I sold it away cos I didn’t see the use for it back then. I like to look back at old photo albums and it’s such a pity that we don’t have the habit of developing photos anymore… Somehow I find that photos in hardcopy are more meaningful?

As I was taking photos using the instant camera… It made me realise something about life. Often in life, you do not know what the end result is… Just like the photos developing, it could turn out a good shot or a bad shot (depending on alot of other factors like surrounding lighting conditions, the angle you take at, the settings you use, etc.). Nothing is certain in life. And it’s not like digital photography where you can take as many shots as you want and get a perfect one. Once the photo is snapped, there’s nothing such as the delete button. That’s why every shot is so precious, and you would always ensure you’re at your best form because you know there’s only 1 try. That applies to life too, where not everything has a second chance. And maybe the result be it good or bad doesn’t matter that much because you already know that you’ve tried your very best. Everything else you leave it up to fate.

And this is something to take away with me as I turn a year older. :)

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Nov 15 2015

SK-II #changedestiny

Singer Anggun shares what her journey to success was like in this inspirational #changedestiny video. The key is never giving up, pushing boundaries, and seizing every opportunity. What is your key?

For me, I’ve gone through dark times in my life, and I always tell myself that if it’s not okay, it’s not the end. And true enough, every time I look back in life, all the pieces of the puzzle comes together to make me realise that those trials were all necessary for me to learn more about myself and what I really want in life. :)

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Mar 17 2015

Have courage and be kind.

“When there is kindness, there’s goodness, and when there is goodness, there’s magic”

Watched Cinderella over the weekends and to be honest, I wasn’t really interested in the movie. (But my friend wanted to, so ok loh) But throughout the show I kept crying because it was so touching at some parts hahahaha. I’ve watched the original Cinderella cartoon so many times, but it never occurred to me as a sad story. (Lost her mother and father, grew up with evil stepmother and stepsisters and had no one to talk to except mice and a goose) But maybe seeing it in real life settings, made it somehow a little more relatable?

I also liked that the movie was a little different from the original Cinderella. It wasn’t really a love at first sight kind of thing, at least they had some interaction before that.. And the ending where she was going to face the prince as just who she was with no beautiful gown and hair (no magic to help her anymore), and she wasn’t sure if the prince would accept her as who she really is. It’s like teaching us to face the world with courage even though we’re imperfect.

Love the animation, the blue dress, the glass slippers, the house… And the soundtrack too, especially the ending song:

In a perfect storybook the world is brave and good
A hero takes your hand, a sweet love will follow
But life’s a different game, the sorrow and the pain
Only you can change your world tomorrow

Let your smile light up the sky
Keep your spirit soaring high

Trust in your heart and your soul shines forever and ever
Hold fast to kindness, your light shines forever and ever
I believe in you and in me
We are strong

When once upon a time in stories and in rhyme
A moment you can shine and wear your own crown
Be the one that rescues you
Through the clouds you’ll see the blue

Trust in your heart and your soul shines forever and ever
Hold fast to kindness, your light shines forever and ever
I believe in you and in me
We are strong

A bird all alone on the wind can still be strong and sing
Sing

Trust in your heart and your soul shines forever and ever
Hold fast to kindness, your light shines forever and ever
I believe in you and in me
We are strong

The movie was way better than I’d expected and I’m so going to buy the DVD when it’s out!! The kind of movie I’ll re-watch again and again haha.

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Dec 7 2014

Enjoy Today.

Because today is the oldest you’ve ever been and the youngest you’ll ever be again.

How many of us really fully enjoy every present moment in our life? One bad habit of mine (which I’ve improved from a lot) is that when I see something nice, the first thing I’ll do is to scramble for my camera/phone to capture a shot of it. Yes photos help us to capture memories, but it’s different looking at something through a screen than fully being immersed in it. I remember trying to capture fireworks on my phone and all I did was to be so engrossed in getting a good shot that after the whole thing was over, it just felt that I didn’t enjoy the whole process than I would if I just kept my phone away. And sometimes certain moments in our lives are like fireworks – they come and go so quickly that before you have time to blink, it’s gone. Who knows when would be the next time you experience something like this again.

Here’s a reminder to all of us to enjoy every moment today. If there’s something you want to do or say, don’t leave it till tomorrow. Treat every moment like it’s the last because tomorrow things might change without any signs of warning. And if that day really comes, at least you’ll know that you’ve done your best… And there’ll be no regrets.

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