Christmas is arguably one of the most beautiful and magical times of year. Wherever you are in the world, and whoever you’re with, I wish you all a very Merry Christmas! Thank you for reading my blog this year; whether you’ve been around since the beginning or just started following last week, it’s been a joy to have you reading along, and I look forward to showcasing many more stories in 2016!
I wish each and every one of you, dear readers, a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
My Photo Essay《濒临消失的传统行业 磨刀》"A Vanishing Trade In Singapore - Knife & Scissor Knife Sharpener" Published in Lianhe Zaobao 联合早报副刊缤纷版 Dated 18 December 2015
A great start to a happy weekend! My photo essay on "濒临消失的传统行业 磨刀" (A Vanishing Trade In Singapore) is published in today's Lianhe Zaobao 联合早报副刊缤纷 newspapers dated 18 December 2015!
Thrilled to see it being featured nationwide in print! Special thanks to Lianhe Zaobao, zbNOW/早报现在, you have made my day! 感谢、感恩!
For more stories on the vanishing trades in Singapore Chinatown, please browse:
I love simply wandering around cities with my camera in hand, stopping whenever I want to take photos. During a trip in Perth, I wandered down unknown streets and laneways, which concealed magnificent street art pieces, often several meters in width and height, and behind skyscrapers, restaurants and small businesses. It was a wonderful way to really discover a new city and the creative side of its local artists. Street art is absolutely thriving in Perth.
Perth’s hip inner suburbs have been undergoing a transformation over the past few years. Increasingly, alongside the trendy venues — on walls once neglected and covered in graffiti — you’ll find street art. Perth street art is known to be bizarre, ranging from faces out of place in a sea of swirling colour, to a snake eating its own tail. These random depictions are eye-catching, surreal and rising in growth, leaving people curious as to what’s around the corner.
These are not tags. This is real art. And real artists are behind it. They are often really stunning pieces and they’re very popular additions to the streets cape. Communities are recognising that street art can enrich their neighbourhoods. There are really talented people and it makes sense to engage them to help make the country's neighbourhoods more interesting.
I must emphasize that there is a difference between graffiti and street art. The beauty in street art is liberty. Graffiti is just writing with a spray can. Street art is using the same tools for design, for artistic expression.
New Inspiring Book In Bookstores - Larger Than Life: Celebrating The Human Spirit By Singaporean Belinda Lee
Someone once said to me that the position we will find ourselves in our life in the next five years will be in direct relation to the people we associate with and the books we read.
Well I can’t introduce you personally to the wonderful people who have influenced my life in the past years, but I can certainly introduce you to a new book in stores that’s absolutely and completely inspiring — Larger Than Life: Celebrating The Human Spirit.
The co-author cum local travel host, Belinda Lee inspires her readers to find greater happiness and peace of mind. Collectively, the book is more than a series of inspiring mini-biographies — the stories are very uplifting. You’ll enjoy some of the profiles; others you’ll want to read twice.
The stories prove that you don’t need to be an intellectual or have innate talent to attain great success and satisfaction — but you do need to learn to have a big heart and appreciate every little pleasure in life because most of us are actually so much fortunate than the real underprivileged people living in other parts of the world.
Belinda Lee’s “Larger Than Life, Celebrating Human Spirit” has influenced me. It provides practical advice on opening your mind and making the most of your circumstances to find contentment in your own backyard. No book in the self-help category matters more than this one. Enjoy! :)