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Couple Portrait: Eve & Kenny

There's nothing else i enjoy doing more than to help create memories for people, and to create some sense of permanence out of those memories in the form of photos. 

Eve and Kenny are the coolest couple ever! They love all things beautiful and creative, fresh and funky. It was such fun shooting with them over a hot yet memorable afternoon. And they just tied the knot a week ago! Congrats once again, Eve and Kenny! 

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I Have A Thing For Black and White Photos

Yeap, the title says it all.

Since young, i was very drawn to black and white photos mainly because it intensifies the feelings and emotions you get from looking at a photograph. I've always been amazed at how a black and white filter could make such a big difference to a photo. While i'm still a big fan of coloured filters, black and white ones will always have a special spot in my heart (and vsco). There are just certain stories that only a black and white photo can tell. 

Here's my black and white collection from my recent trip to Malmo and Copenhagen :)

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Of Leotards and Tutus

I had so much fun with this one. Shooting with kids for a kids label? Nothing could be more fun than this! The label is called Brio Boutique where they sell kids' dance and gymnastics leotards and shorts. Feel free to check em' out! These two sisters nailed the shoot almost immediately. They were so natural and cheeky with their poses that it really didn't require much effort from my end to direct them. Such naturals! 

Here are some photos from the shoot :) Enjoy!

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From The Balcony

Just moments ago I was sitting by the balcony, watching the sun set its place, while being hit by waves of extremely chilly and biting wind once every few seconds. It's a rather rare experience for me, really. Because back at home, there isn't such a thing as 'chilly and biting wind' neither is there a balcony in my house. LOL. So yeah, that explains why this is a moment worth documenting. 

This was my balcony view:

 

Overlooking the BT Tower.  

Overlooking the BT Tower.  

The left side.  

The left side.  

The right side.  

The right side.  

 

I sat on the chair and stared into space, enjoying doing - well, nothing. That's something I haven't done in a long time. But as much as I enjoy doing nothing, the enjoyment is only but for a short while. Because I'd soon come to a realization that I wanna do something else other than nothing. It's probably the working-Asian instinct of mine kickin' in. 

Hence, I look forward to getting back to my normal or shall I say, ordinary life of working, spending time with people and doing things that I love. While being away is a good rest from a busy and constantly preoccupied mind, I find greater pleasure in resting in my work. Having experienced both ends of the spectrum, I can testify that the latter leaves a greater impact and a sense of fulfillment. I've nothing against getaways, in fact - I love traveling! I just don't wanna create a life for myself where I constantly need a vacation from. I want a life where I'm pumped up for work, meeting up with people, spending time with my loved ones, equipping myself, and etc. WHILE feeling rested. Sure, there'll be low days where all I wanna do is to pack my bag and hop on the next flight to Iceland. But going on a vacation isn't my life goal. My goals are bigger than that. It has to be! 

So being here in London for the extra week, I was able to reset my goals for the rest of the year,  evaluating what was done right in the past 6 months, and changing what could have been done more/less in the remaining months of 2016. It's been a good progress thus far! 

7 days till I come home. That should give me enough time to refine whatever's written and rewrite whatever dreams that were lost along the first half of the year. Wish me luck! 

Everybody shouts, "LUCK!" LOL. Sorry I just had to. 

That's about my thoughts for now. This post was written from the balcony, to the living room and now - the bed. Oh my. It turned out to be longer than I thought it'd be. I guess I really enjoy writing because once I start, I can't stop! The bigger problem is me not starting at all. Hahaha. Forgive me. This shall be one of the things to improve in the next 6 months. 

Thanks for reading this one, too. It gives me great encouragement to know that I'm not writing in a dead space. Will blog more soon! Promise. 

 

 

Love,

Your consistently inconsistent blogger, G. 

 

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Stranded in London
Tower Bridge.  

Tower Bridge.  

I took this photo of the Tower Bridge on what was supposed to be our final day in London, thinking that it'll be quite some time more before I can get to enjoy this view again. But little did I know or expect that as I'm writing this, I'm still on the very land where the Tower Bridge is built. Stranded.  

Alexander was admitted to the hospital on that very night itself, suspected for Meningitis. We soon found out that the doctors need a few days to get the test results, and after that we'll need another minimum of 10 days for his follow-up treatment. This means we won't be able to fly back the next day. Many arrangements were made, messages sent & phone calls made to make sure that all is well back home. Everything happened so quickly and we were just trying to troubleshoot as we go along. It's been a pretty overwhelming, tiring (especially for Pastor & Esther) and stretching few days for us. Going to and fro the hospital, packing and unpacking, and with Esther having to stay in the hospital for the past 3 nights — it's really not easy!

Big brother Eitan wishing his brother would be well soon.  

Big brother Eitan wishing his brother would be well soon.  

Pastor reading a bedtime story to him as a distraction from the nail-cutting that's happening! Hahaha. It worked! Well, for awhile at least. 

Pastor reading a bedtime story to him as a distraction from the nail-cutting that's happening! Hahaha. It worked! Well, for awhile at least. 

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Fist bumpin' with papa!

Fist bumpin' with papa!

Chubby baby sound asleep on the hospital bed. We're so thankful his chubby cheeks are still there! 

Chubby baby sound asleep on the hospital bed. We're so thankful his chubby cheeks are still there! 

 

God is a good God, and He never fails. 

Alexander is now discharged from the hospital, he's tested negative for Meningitis and he's recovering so well! Now he just needs to go back to the hospital every day to get his dose of antibiotics for the next 6 days — then we're good to fly home! That explains why I mentioned earlier that I'm stranded, it's in no way a sad or bad thing. On the contrary, it's probably the best reason to be stranded - so that Alexander can get his full treatment and be totally healed in no time! I can't wait to fly home with him totally well and healthy. 

He came home last night, and we're all so comforted to see him smile and laugh again. He looks happier now than ever before; happy to be home with the family. Yesterday, we laid him down on a mattress at the living room for a good 40mins and he just laid there all by himself, smiling and self-entertaining. Hahaha. So good to have the happy Xanxan back with us again :) 

So, yes! I'll be stranded (figuratively speaking) in London for the next 13 days. It feels so weird to not be busy and occupied. Not that I'm doing absolutely nothing here. But compared to my schedule back home, this is simply just - rare. I figured this will be a good time for me to write more (both on this blog and my personal diary), read more and spend more time with Him, praying, thinking and planning for what's ahead — and maybe, just do nothing much. Which isn't such a bad thing after all, I suppose ;)

Here are some photos I took yesterday of Xanxan's homecoming! Yay!

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Isn't God amazing? 

I shall update more as I go along! Be back soon :) 

 

 

Stranded in London (by choice), 

G

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