Queensland, June.

This is going to be a pretty long post about my trip to Queensland with my mom and family friends this summer. It’s September now, so it should be about three months ago. So, a little backstory on the people I went with. Irene Aunty and my mother have been friends since my mother was 19(or 17?) and she was 21. They have been friends ever since. My mom is 49 now. So I grew up with Marcus and Germaine.

Amazing friendship, my mom and Irene Aunty.

So we went to Queensland, Australia. We stayed in Gold Coast. For the first week we were at Surfer’s Paradise in the hotel, then we moved to an apartment in… I forgot where. Oops.

Irene Aunty, Germaine, Momma
Irene Aunty, Germaine, Momma

This was taken before we boarded Emirates at Changi Airport. It was a 7(ish) hour flight. It was ridiculously cold. We landed pretty late at night, so we had instant noodles for supper and went to sleep.

The next morning we went exploring around our hotel. Went to walk along the boulevard and the beach. It was really rainy at the time we were there. T_T But we got away from the haze!

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This was taken on the same day at the photo above, but the coat was WAY too thick for a sunny Australian winter day. So I borrowed my mom’s coat-thing.

P1050008This is surfer’s paradise at night. Behind us was the beach. TOO MANY SEAGULLSSSSSSS. SEAGULLS EVERYWHERE.

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The next day we went jet-boating. This is the wretched place where I dropped my camera’s lens cap. THANK GOD IT WAS THE LENS CAP. -sob- Anyway, it was fun but you get really nauseous after a while. T.T

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We went back to the beach. Where there were seagulls. Gulls are scary. But my hair was perfect and beach-waved. WHY ARE BIRDS EVIL?


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At some point we went to the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

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Khaleesi and Owl

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Saw some koalas. They were all sleeping but THEY’RE SO CUTE.

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And this is where we saw a lot of birds. Yeah, I don’t know what I’m wearing. But you know, on holiday you get to wear a lot of fashion crisis things because you’re a a tourist and you can be weird, RIGHT?

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And fed the kangaroos. THEY’RE SO CUTE. Did you know kangaroos can’t move backwards? Fun fact hey.

We met some other people from church that were living/studying in Brisbane at that time, too.

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Honestly, the 2 weeks were TOO long in a place that gets dark at 4.30PM and I get sleepy at 9PM and I get up at 7AM. Also, the shops close at 5PM almost every day. It’s a really different, laidback way of life that I was totally unaccustomed to. Really.

So this was my June Australia trip.

Songs for a New World

It’s been ridiculously long. I’m working on another update post, but here are some pictures from Songs.

It’s actually such a long time ago I don’t remember what happened. -kicks self-



But yes, this was the set design. My first full set design, that could not have been accomplished without the help and favors of a lot of people.

Now, I’m editing photos of the Queensland trip I took this May/June. Until next time!

22 Days

It’s 22 days to May 9, which is the final day of anything college related.

It’s about time I update ahhahha….

If you’ve been following me on Twitter/Instagram, you’d know that I’ve completed my thesis. It’s titled “The Smell of Truth” and explores the use of olfactory elements in the theatre.

So, some backlogged pictures.

 

More pictures of The Winter’s Tale lobby design! Fairylights in bottles. Fairylight anything.

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String installation.

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And a shameless picture of me with a bottle. So dreamy, right! Haha!

I also had a catch-up session with the awesome people I met from Harry Potter : The Exhibition at the ArtScience Museum. We went to Au Chocolat. BEST. PLACE. EVAR. Unfffffff their iced chocolate… #DirtyDirtyEats

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This was also the night that Nadia, Mina and I walked to Potong Pasir from Marina Bay Sands. I was in heeled boots. It got painful at the end but it was INSANELY fun walking with them. We should totally do that again. ^_^

In the food adventure department, have an omelette. It’s not exactly an omelette because it refused to close on itself. Honestly, how do you do it?! So it’s an open-faced omelette with steamed corn, cheese, and basil. Sooooo gooood.

In other news, we recently finished our grad show, Memorabilia. Thank you for coming if you saw it, and YOU MISSED OUT ON AN AWESOME SHOW if you didn’t. 😉 I really enjoyed the process and devising now that I think about it. It was a bit of a torture when I was in the moment, but it really was quite fun. Edith and Brian are geniuses. GENIUSES.

I’ve also been attempting to kick my body clock back to human times, so I’m up at 9AM typing this, then I’m heading to the gym. #HealthyLifestyle

Things Due:

  1. Composition Assessment (The Tempest)
  2. Japanese Accent Assessment
  3. Intercultural Theatre Casebook

Then Showcase. Mark your calendars for May 8 and 9!

Until next time…

二姑 (Ee-gu)

"I never knew your name, but knowing it will taint your majesty in my eyes."
“I don’t know your name, but knowing it will taint your majesty in my eyes.”

My second aunt (dad’s older sister), taken during Chinese New Year this year, as part of tasks for my graduation show. Watching every one else’s presentations made me wonder as well..

I know/knew/have known her all my life. I see her the most twice every year. I know part of her story from what she has told me and the stories my father and brothers have told me. The stories that I do not know are written in her hands, her feet, her face. Love language of food. A whole story I do not know.

Doing the task of taking photographs this year made me realize how little I know her. It’s simple now, to give her a call now and say, “Eegu, how are you?”

But I don’t know what to say. She’ll be the Ee-gu I knew in primary school when she lived with us for a while, who taught me to read chapters before they were taught in school so I could get a leg up during classes. I don’t know what to say now.

Then I sort of realize…

I do not know what to say to a lot of people. I love them, truly, but what do I say? Will knowing you now make it harder for me to forget you when you’re gone?

I lost my train of thought.

Back to work…

S

Finding Art

Happy midweek, everyone. It’s been a long while since my last update. I’ve been really busy (what’s new?) rehearsing for our grad show –  MEMORABILIA, or the Magic Number Seven, Plus or Minus Two.

“Life without memory is no life at all. Our memory is our coherence, our reason, our feeling, even our action. Without it we are nothing.” Luis Bunuel

 

Rehearsals have been getting really fun and interesting, though really mind-warping and brain-messing at times, but I’m loving it! It’s going to be running from Mon 1 Apr – Thur 4 Apr 2013, so be there!

Other than that, I’ve also completed the first draft of my thesis, which was a very painful process. I’ve not read so much non-fiction in my life. But along the way I also discovered so many interesting reads, so as painful as the process was… You know. Life experience.

This was the poster/flyer design for the piece I did as part of my research. My thesis explores the relation between smell and memory making, and smell in the theatre. I got my first draft  back and it needs loads of reworking, but I’m meeting my supervisor on Friday to chat about that.

It’s a countdown of three weeks to show, and less than two months until we graduate. This week, Jean-Guy Lecat came to view our design. He’s so awesome and it’s really all “WHAT’S GOING ON IN HIS MIND HE’S A GENIUS” and he’s so brillant. Although he tore our design apart (not literally) there was so much truth. Got so re-inspired when he was having Q&A. He’s viewing composition class tomorrow and aaah… So nervous. Haha.

Selfie with a bottle hah.
Selfie with a bottle hah.

If you’ve been following me on Twitter/Instagram, you’d already know that the Level 3 Acting class (i.e. my class) did the lobby for the Level 2’s performance of The Winter’s Tale. We taped a string installation, cut up some CDS up, and stuffed fairylights into wine bottles and suspended them.

TADAH!!!!!!!! I have a lot more photos I really should edit.

Yep.

I also discovered the amazing world of preset/premade/downloadable photoshop curves and actions! Dug up an old photo of Echo and edited it:

 

Alright, I really should update a lot more. I promise to try.

S

2(ish) more months

Graduating class of 2013
Graduating class of 2013

We had our photoshoot today. I had some fun with this shot taken with an iphone.

We’re going to graduate soon.

Graduation show : First week of April
Industry showcase: First week of May

We keep on keeping on.

 

Design Class Dump

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This is King Lear and the day we suspended 300 needles from thread from a ceiling. We then used strobe lights of two speeds to light the needles. It really does look better in real life. It’s also by far my favourite design. This was by Aisyah, Sherri, Dex and myself.

This is in a rehearsal space and the design for our composition class for Death of a Salesman.  I don’t know how I feel about it yet, but naked light bulbs being suspended – always cool. This was by Gokul, Aisyah, Dex, Sherri, Wendy.

Alright, I’ll update again soon.

My artist also hates me now. I took her out on one date and never called her again. I’m a terrible person. 😦