Feb 25, 2011


a piece of paradise: koh phi phi ley, or the filming location of 2000's the beach, starring leonardo di caprio

the actual island is part of the same cluster of islands i visited, off the south coast of thailand

so getaways are always great to have-- be they through flights to another part of the world, or a more metaphysical flight of fancy. Music, poetry, theatre and art form the basis for the latter, in my opinion, and constitute an escapism from the harried concerns of Life. In addition, there is sometimes no better, or more eloquent, way of expressing one's thoughts and feelings.
While i much prefer beholding the work of other artists, plumbing the depths of my own soul can be a medium so rewarding it results in the creation of a piece of work I dare to call my own.

Internal Monologue


“Because I like you”: a fearless declaration in the morning sunlight,

And my eye catches the glint from both ray and word.

It takes me 5 minutes of swirling soaring dumbstruck replay before I smile

And respond in kind.


“Why don't you talk about yourself?”—innocuous,

imploring, an open invitation.

A pause, before I leap.

So I spoke and you listened, and I spoke and you listened, and the space between us melted as you pulled me in tight and didn't let go.


I caress your face, you touch my back,

Rough/smooth: a contrast. Your prodding makes me laugh like

A child, and while my mouth says no

My everything else’s wish is yes,

Unconditionally unendingly unerringly—Yes.


“Come here? It’ll be amazing.” I vascillate,

But only because I’m scared

To want it too much too fast too Now.

Predictably when I do arrive I disappoint myself and forget how

Time has a knack of flying by.


In the meantime I will myself to forget the Bad

Because I want to deny all of that existed: it mars the image of you,

Reveals that

You just didn't give a shit, did you now?


Pardon me, I obviously faltered there for a bit.

Give me some time,

And I will forget it all.


(You always kissed me on the cheek.)

Feb 19, 2011

South India Sights

welcome to INDIA!!!
I visited the southern state of Kerala; interestingly, it is the most literate of all the Indian states--a staggering 98% of the people are literate there
a riot of color, filled with a cacophony of sounds, a melee of smells and a new sensory experience every corner that you turn...
typical roadside stall selling dailies, traditional indian sweets, and the ubiquitous chai, a frothy milky tea that is made a la minute with fresh cow's milk as you watch amazed...
a famous temple, where we found...
an extremely adorable and clever elephant--clearly i was amused by something...
seaside at pondicherry...not quite Malibu, given its rocky coast and grey palette, but the seaside is still the seaside, and the mood there was upbeat...
more sights in the French quarter in pondicherry...
stunning architecture in an old cathedral, yet another colonial remnant...
a typical bus station: hot, sunny, crowded, and in some need of cleaning...
at alleppey, we lived for a night on a private houseboat, definitely an indulgence...
but tell me how you can put a price on waking up to a view like that: serene blue waters, other rustic-looking houseboats like yours, the sun unflinchingly in your eye, trees swaying in the cool breeze...
and the ever-present tuktuks--you hear them before you see them, speedily zipping about the city; a quick and inexpensive way to get around.
Especially when you're wearing flipflops and carrying a 7kg backpack (even though it is cute and purple...)

Feb 10, 2011

on the topic of 14 February

some hate it because they think love's been commercially appropriated to churn industries. others hate it because they get reminded of their own lack of love when surrounded by sickeningly sweet couples. as for me, the last time i celebrated v-day was years ago, and come to think of it, i don't even remember why or how, nor if i even enjoyed the time very much. unlike the people with reasons for their disgust, i possess a regretfully irrational disdain for a day specially set aside for lovers.
still, i am not one to be unappreciative of aesthetic beauty when its staring me in the face, and so in commemoration of the day, and all the rest of the romantics/idealists/blissful/lovedup folks out there, here are some images from Gallery Stock's v-day series. the photographers are all named.
dougie wallace
jennifer cox
the rest of the pictures below are part of a series called, appropriately, 'YOUNG LOVE'. The images were shot by laura pannack, a fast-rising photographer who has won a slew of prestigious awards from 2008 till now.
i REALLY like how she's chosen to capture her subjects in very ordinary natural, almost nondescript surroundings-- as if to say that love isnt all fireworks and sparks;
love can be an ordinary everyday occurrence, if only we look out for it enough.



whether or not you see this, i miss you. x

Feb 5, 2011

opening ceremony x chloe sevigny

About 2 months back, Chloe Sevigny's collaboration with the ever-cool folks at Opening Ceremony went on sale. All the travelling just meant that 1) i had no time to blog about it, and 2) neither did i manage to get my hands of any of the items.
Nonetheless, the collection features 5 prints: leopard, paisley, houndstooth, polka dot, and floral—to encourage just the right amount of pattern clashing. Just the way Chloe does it. Main clothing trends of the collection:
  • Cropped tees
  • microshorts
  • Cable knit sweaters
  • Flirty teadresses

Of course, she's never seen without to-die-for footwear (I remember reading once that she said the shoes are to show off her legs, which she deems as her best asset). Nineties shoe label NaNa re-released some of her favourite styles, including combat boots and clogs.

more picks from the good people at WWWD...
good job if you got your hands on any of these, and if not, the current deluge of "_____ x _____" fashion collaborations should ensure that the next big thing will come along in no time.
in other news, it is chinese new year , a time of year which brings together food, family, gambling and money. All of which are very Asian elements i suppose. Have a happy Lunar New Year!