I've been having a case of Artist block lately. It's a terminal disease we artist get once in a while. Symptoms include, insomnia, lost of appetite, desaturation of your surrounding. Everything seems so unexciting. So I did abit of google on how to beat the Artist block and here is what i've got.
Monday, October 4, 2010
This year has been filled with a series of unexpected events and much spontaneous moments. A phone call in April from a friend got me slogging day and night at the dog shelter for 4 months, leaving me physically exhausted but soulfully recharged. It was a project that has changed me in many little ways and saw things differently. I saw the ugliest and the most beautiful side of human beings. I saw the selflessness of the fellow volunteers, the sacrifices everyone has made, and how hard everyone has worked towards a common goal. Thou tiring, it has been a wonderful 4 months.
I've been whining to my friends oh how tired i was and how much i needed a break, and Pearly has been "forcing" me to take the break, to get away and rejuvenate....休息是为了走更长远的路。(U need a rest for longer roads ahead) I was all set for a vacation..but to where? I made plans for Bhutan, Manado, Taiwan and decided on Korea in the end. Life has a weird way of twisting around and leading you to places, to new experiences. You don't quite know why you're there at this moment, but later down the road you'll always discover a reason for the choices you make.
Korea proved to be the most amazing trip by far, made wonderful new friends, almost eat myself to death. Had the best travel companion i can ask for. And truly experience Korea for what it is. A trip i will always hold close to heart.
The ending of summer, slow withering of the once proud and beautiful sunflowers. I imagine a simple and lovely family living in that house, 2 little children prancing around the gardens in summer amongst the once beautiful and proud sun flowers.
If this was the last meal i have to eat....i will die happy. Best Galbi ever!! Real cheap too. My mouth waters thinking of it.
The shimmering lights in the city like a precious jewel from Namsan Tower. I felt like i was at the top of the world at that moment.
Ahh...the most sinful indulgence....Samgeopsal with a big bottle of Makgeoli...what else can a gal ask for?
Sitting infront of a million promises made by lovers feel so surreal. I wish for all their wishes to come true.
A little note, a little promise, a little prayer made at the top of the world. I wonder why there...perhaps it was as near to heaven as they could go.
The beautiful people i met on my trip in Daegu. :)
Shooting Moonlight Sonata was an exciting and one filled with much unexpected events. We had planned to do the shoot at a beautiful flower shop. All planned ready to go and it poured....it poured so bad. When we reached the makeup location, whole of orchard road was badly flooded...cars were stuck deep in waters at the same junction we managed to cross just 20mins before. The roads to our location was flooded as well. We had to think of a last minute contingency plan. And Thank God a friend of mine has an empty Loft i could use for this shoot. The song "Her Morning Elegance" kept replaying in the back of my mind the entire day. Thus this shoot was much inspired by this beautiful song and MTV of Oren Lavie.
Here are a couple of my favourite images from the shoot i'll share with you.
Sunday, August 22, 2010
This is my 2nd attempt in making an MTV. It was a pleasure working with Christian Bautista & Kewei. Whole production was smooth sailing and we managed to complete it in a day.
We thought for a long time on the story and location. In the end I decided, why not do something close to heart. So we did the shoot at Mutts & Mittens where our 85 dogs project's dogs were boarding at. The cute little thing Panda was part of our rescue project.
Panda was one of the dogs that flourished the most over the 2 months.
Special Thanks to Lucas Chiam & Sean Ng for making it possible.
Director - Monica Eng
AD/Edit - Lucas Chiam
DP - Sean Ng
Location Mutts & Mittens, Special Thanks to Cohen Ng
Saturday, August 21, 2010
This test shoot was done earlier this year, but i only managed to get around to it this month due to crazy schedules earlier part of the year.
Special Thanks to,
Model : Margaret Lee White
Makeup & Hair : Jyue huey of The Make Up room
Dress : Mel of Caramel
Asst : Erwin
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