Monday, April 23, 2012

胡思亂想: 框框之談

最近在推特上留言:“好累,何時能夠大膽跳出現有的框框?” 隨即,友人便開始聯絡,你在找工作嗎? 這似乎是一般的反應… 可是,你真的認為我指的,一定是工作方面的框框嗎?

或許吧?或許是,或許完全都不是!

所以,千萬不要認定我所指的框框,定是你想的框框。人生,其實有太多的框框需要突破,不僅限與工作上;在攝影、創作、生活當中,也有所謂的框框。然而,並非每一回都需突圍現有的框框。

不要局限於你心中設定的框框之中盤旋,而認定你的猜測即是對的。一框仍有一框框,是否需要突圍而出,那就請自行參透吧!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Official Opening of Gardens by the Bay

Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay will be officially opened in June with a series of activities, which include music concerts featuring Jason Mraz and Corrine May, a 3-day green fair, a photography contest, a free outdoor movie screening and contests giveaways. Named Rhythm with Nature, the activities will be held from 29 June to 1 July 2012.

Ticket Prices as followed:
Jason Mraz “Tour is a Four Letter Word”, 29 June 2012, 8P.M.
S$98 (Standard), or S$112 (If Purchased on day of show)

Corrinne May "Rhythm with Nature", 30 June 2012, 7.30P.M.
S$38 (Standard), or S$45 (If purchased on day of show)

For ANZ credit card holders:
Priority sale with 10% discount will be available from 18-19 April 2012 via SISTIC, 9am from SISTIC website and 10am from SISTIC counters.

For general public:
Sale of concert tickets commences on 20 Apr 12 via SISTIC, 9am from SISTIC website and 10am from SISTIC counters.

OMG, coincidentally, both Jason Mraz & Corrine May are my favourite singers, I so wanted to attend their concerts!  However, their concerts will clash with my business trip, so I need to forego this chance to attend their concerts!  Those who attend their concerts, do drop by and leave some comments to share your views!  I would love to hear how you feel about their concerts!

P/S: Picture and Info via ANZ.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

A Pleasant Surprise!

Woohoo!  I had a pleasant surprise when I logged in to my twitter account today.  My recent blog post has been featured as one of the top stories today on the The #valentine Daily.  In today's media world, one can be really amazed by the power of using hashtags #.  I've twitted about my blog post, hashtag with #valentine, I guessed this is how it got spotted!


Monthly ATC Swap


Decided to stop the International Swap at Swap-Bot for temporary, as I have too much commitment and too many deadlines to meet.  So I decided, for the time being, I will just concentrate on the Monthly ATC Swap with the Facebook group.

Most often, when I scrapped, the final piece goes to someone else, except for those projects that I did in classes, I hardly have anything for myself.  Reason why I love joining swaps, it is a chance for me to appreciate others' master pieces and to keep it for good.  These art pieces also serves as great reference to inspire me, especially when my mojo has gone somewhere hiding...

Also, joining swaps sometimes really squeeze me to the juice and drives me out of the box.  Due to the restriction of themes  / criteria set, I have a chance to hands on something that I've never tried before.  This allows me to learn something new after experimenting around.  So, every swap is a new lesson learnt!  I really do enjoy the monthly swap and do not hope to miss any of the months...

Here's my take for the past 3 months!

Jan's Theme: Friendship
I've used the decorative edge scissors to cut the patterned paper and inked the edges.  The image of the girls are actually full size standing tall, I have covered half of the rubber stamp with my double side tape so that only half image will be stamped / embossed.  Then I stamped / embossed the " 友 / Friend" lettering.  Last step is to color the little red flower, tadah.. so here's my completed piece!


Feb's Theme: Hearts
I first crumpled the gift wrapping tissue paper and stick it on a piece of card stock for backing.  Then I embossed  with the Autumn Leaves heart Image from the stamp set that I purchased 2nd hand from Sasha, I really love the stamp set.  As the tissue paper were crumpled, the embossing powder actually cracked and peeled off, I hope that eventually when it was passed to my swap partners, the embossed images will not fall apart.  Though different from what I originally intended, I rather like the end result...  


Mar's Theme: Yellow Color
This theme really "drives" my crazy as I hardly a "yellow" person and find it real hard, it took me a while to go through my paper stash again and again that I finally dig out this patterned paper from Graphic45 and use the Fawn Lawn "Hello Friend" stamp set to stamp the sentiments.  Finally step is to add on the butterfly punch out using my Martha Stewart Monarch butterfly punch.


As for Apr's Theme, it is my favorite theme - Distressed Technique!  And this is the first time I complete the ATCs on time and much earlier than expected (it is due 25/Apr only)!  My inspiration just come and I did it within less than 1 hour's time!  But I will not be show casing here yet as the Swap is not done yet.  Do come back and check it out next month!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Back to crafting again...

It's been a while since I last crafted, except for occasional CC events that require Make & Take Session or Demonstration Session. Ever since I've picked up photography, I have been busy with photo shooting and editing my photos. Less time is spent on crafting. New stash are piling up so I decide to start my International swapping @ Swap-Bot again.

I've always loved to do February Swap as it is always surrounded by the theme of Valentine / Love.  I believe most of us would love to be surrounded by loved from your partners/families/friends during the season of Love & I definitely love to share/spread some love around.

Here are my takes for the Feb Valentine Card Swap / Valentine ATC Swap / Victorian Style Altered Matchbox that need to have hearts shape in the design.  I'm glad that I finally make use of the mica flakes / Tim Holtz film strip that I've bought some time back.  Basically, I'm using Patterned Papers from Crafty Secrets "Heartwarming Vintage Collection" Pastel Paper Pad for all the creations, except for the ATC with orange background.  I'm actually using Hambly Studios Washi Tape on top of a colored card stock.  Hope you like my works and feel free to comment!

Random Thoughts

Came across the below phrase from Notebook of Love's twitter account, @Notebook.

Sometimes people say or do things to try & bring you down, but all it really does is make you more determined than ever. If they only knew...

At times, in life, it is unavoidable that you came across people who can't see eye to eye with you, or even jealous over your success, be it how minute it is.  They will simply say or do thing, just to bring your down.  Yes, I do encounter such people and get real affected by these people.... 

In the past, I would have dwell on it and be in a bad mood over a very long period.  For now, I still get affected, but I try to recover myself, holding myself firm to the ground!  The more you wanted to bring me down, the more determined I am! 

I have no wish to rebut you, whatever you believe in, is deeply rooted and impossible to change your thinking overnight just by saying a few words.  My way of retaliating will be, using action to prove you wrong!  You can speak anyhow behind my back, but time and truth will speak for itself!

I start to believe in, by reading more positive thinking books, does help me in controlling my EQ (Emotional Quotient) better and helps me to sustain myself in facing such obstacles in life.  And I'm glad to pick up reading again!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

A date with the main cast of "Absolute Boyfriend"!

If you are looking forward for a chance to see face to face, the main cast of "Absolute Boyfriend" 《绝对达令》, then do not miss this great opptunity by taking a photo of yourself with "Absolute Boyfriend's world premiere on your TV screen & post it to Channel U's Facebook wall between 9:30pm - 11:15pm.  Lucky winners will get a chance to attend a Romantic Cruise with Jiro(汪东城)& Gu Hye Sun (具惠善)on 14 Apr!

If you are too shy to post your photos and be scruntinized by the public, fear not, there will be a Meet & Greet autograph Session @ Square 2 (Near to Novena MRT) on 15 Apr 3:30pm.

Have you ever thought of having the stars drop by your house?  This is not a dream!  Stay Tune to Channel U on 15 Apr to find out how you can have Jiro(汪东城)& Gu Hye Sun (具惠善) delievered to your doorsteps!

If you have any questions for Jiro(汪东城)& Gu Hye Sun (具惠善), tweet to @channel_u and they might reply to you personally on TV, should your questions be picked!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

今日金玉良言



世上本无事 庸人自扰之——孔子
"Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated" -- Confucius

许多时候,周围的人都告诉我,我把事情想得太复杂,搞得自己喘不过气。或许我应该抱以平常心,减少对“万一”及一切“不知数”的顾虑,减除这些复杂的思想,生活便会简单些…目前,我正努力纠正这些不好的习惯,希望在短期内成功!给我加油吧,朋友!

小孩子之所以无忧无虑,是因为他们思想单纯,无杂念…

Many times I was told, I think too complicated, resulting in making my own life difficult.  Maybe if I'm more simple minded, think less of the "what if" scenarios, worry less of the "unforeseens / unpredictables", my life will be more simple and less complicated... I am now trying very hard to overcome these bad habits and hopefully will be able to do so in the near future! Wish me success, my dear friends!

The reason why a child is carefee, is because they are innocent and without any complicated thinking. 

Disclaimer:
Pls pardon me for my poor translation, this simple translation is for the benefit of visitors who have difficulty in reading & understanding my chinese blog post.
请不要见笑我的简陋翻译,这仅为了让不通晓华文的网友能够大略明白文中含义。如有翻译不当之处,竟请原谅。

Friday, April 6, 2012

World Premiere of Absolute Boyfriend 《绝对达令》

你是否观赏过日剧,《绝对男友》,并留下深刻的印象?这部电视剧乃改编自日本漫画家渡濑悠宇(Watase Yuu)的作品。如今台湾也拍摄了台湾版 -- 《绝对达令》,并于4月8日,晚上9点30分于U频道全球首播!究竟是速水重道(Mokimichi Hayami)饰演的奈特,还是由汪东城(Jiro)饰演的奈特较接近理想情人的指标呢?大家就拭目以待吧!请大家别忘了每逢星期天,晚上9点30分,守在U频道,观赏由汪东城与具惠善(Gu Hye Sun)主演的《绝对达令》!

Have you watched before the Japanese version of "Absolute Boyfriend" which is re-write to script from Japanese Cartoonist, Watase Yuu's work, and left with a deep impression?  The Taiwan version is now released and the World Premiere will be on Channel U this coming Sunday -- 8 Apr, 9:30pm.  Whether Mokimichi Hayami or Jiro fits more to the character of Knight, view it and decide it for yourself !   Remember to Stay Tune to Channel U every Sunday 9:30pm for "Abolute Boyfriend" which features both Jiro & Gu Hye Sun!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

CrazyWorld MusicFest 2012 - Ellen Loo

今天到疯狂世界(Crazyworld Cafe)出席了盧凱彤 Ellen Loo下午3点场的CrazyWorld MusicFest 2012演唱会。这是一场令人疯狂致High的演唱会,还好歌迷们都没有作出任何疯狂事件,哈哈…

这是第二次观赏盧凱彤 Ellen Loo 的表演。第一次,是在《暢玩星空下》(Under The Stars 2011);这一次虽然不再“星光熠熠”,可以一次欣赏一群出色歌手的演出,但,在疯狂世界(Crazyworld Cafe)小小的空间里,音响效果丝毫不逊,也更拉近了歌迷与凱彤的距离。


或许是冥冥中注定,这一次难得坐在第一排观赏演唱会,相机电池量却偏低,拍不到几张照片便死机,恰巧后备电池也不知怎的,掉落原本的包包,加上最近遗失手机,而目前所用的后备手机全无摄影功能,真是感到十分懊恼…

但,仔细一想,或许这是老天的意愿,要我好好观赏这一场演唱会… 于是,我细细聆听凱彤的演绎,入微观察凱彤的每个动作,每个表情及神情,善加利用我的双眼“摄下”整场演出。

凱彤拿起吉他,整个人完全不同,恍如Rocker上身,又弹又敲击吉他,并随即音乐摇摆。她弹吉它的手法,比起许多其他女歌手,出色得多… 真的是超赞!只有这次近距离的接触,才能够深深感受到!

经常,她唱着唱着,便会闭上双眸,陶醉在歌唱其中。Rock Mui在表现Rocker的一面时亦能感受到她柔情的一面。时而微咬下唇,展现她既感性,又性感的模样,丝毫不娇作。

原先,买不到傍晚5点场的演唱会票还感觉到有点失望。不过,塞翁失马,焉知非福;怎知凱彤带来《一个人回家》,并申明这首她用尽精力和经历所创作的歌曲,由于容易让她感触良多,而不大愿意在公开场合演绎,于是她选择在3点场演唱后不再5点场再度表演。这首歌,是她希望随着记忆沉封起来后,能够向前走;可见这首歌有着她很切身的故事。《一个人回家》真的很棒,好几次,听着听着便不禁落下泪来;有空听听这首歌吧,试着了解她的内心世界…

凱彤除了带来了她的佳作《不脱脂女生》, 《等等》,《Hey Boy》,《雀斑》等歌曲,也翻唱/重新演绎其他歌手的歌如,《Summer Time》,《完美孤独》,《Summer of Love》等…不论是华语或英语,都绝对难不倒她!

唱、作、弹、俱佳,凱彤的实力绝对不能忽视!

从凱彤的言论中,可以深深感受到她对音乐的热爱,更希望香港音乐获得大家的认同。音乐无国界,只要是好的音乐,就会有人认同,有人喜爱!

我爱好音乐,更欣赏好的创作;期待你带来下一个音乐震撼!你能做到的 -- 盧凱彤,Ellen Loo!You simply Rocks! Do you know?  Not only your music rocks, but you rocks our hearts too!


P/S:这是我有生以来观赏得最入微的一场演唱会!谢谢疯狂世界(Crazyworld Cafe)的牵引,带来如此出色的歌手与超赞的演出!这是我第一次踏入疯狂世界(Crazyworld Cafe),但,这绝对不会是我最后一次踏入此地!

4月1日…

又是4月1日的到来,这天不仅是愚人节,也是哥哥,张国荣逝世9周年。愿在天国的你安息...

在此,让我们再听一遍哥哥曾主演的电影《金枝玉叶》里面的一首曲目 -- 《追》,以追思他…

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