I was waiting for my bus when I spotted this note. It turned out to be a beautiful writing on serendipity.
<Seeking for Someone in Black and White Striped Shirt>
To whom this message concerns,
At around 1pm on Friday the 13th (October) at that bus stop outside SMU.
Your eyes set on me who was wearing a black and maroon top with a pair of spectacles and lugging along a shoulder-strap laptop bag.
At first, I assumed you were probably staring at the billboard right behind me.
Then I realized something unusual yet oddly familiar as you walked closer to me in anticipation of the arrival of your bus.
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I’m excited to share that I’ll be directing a short film soon!
Titled “JUST BECAUSE WE’RE FRIENDS”, it follows a young woman who one night initiates sex with her prudish male best friend in the hope of starting romance. But things become complicated, putting their friendship at risk.
Can love come after sex? Or must love come first before sex?
The film is inspired by the common societal pressure to get married in your 20s, particularly for women. While some of my single friends have turned to Tinder, others have settled down with someone they’ve known since young or through school. This short film will explore the latter scenario, but with sex thrown in as a stumbling block.
Through a comedic, light-hearted approach, this project hopes to open up conversations and entertain at the same time.
If you like what you’ve read so far, please check out our Indiegogo campaign page (3 days left!) and consider backing our campaign!
Can’t wait to share more with you this filmmaking journey :)
I had one extra museum ticket in my hand.
I didn’t ask for it. The ticket counter staff gave it to me.
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It’s been a while since I last enjoyed a kid-centered film, let alone one that delves into an adult-centric topic with aplomb.
Continue reading The Girl Who Disguises Herself as a Boy: Celine Sciamma’s ‘Tomboy’ Review
“How many female film directors can you name?” asked my friend.
- Sofia Coppola
- Kathryn Bigelow
- Andrea Arnold
I was stuck. I had no problem rattling off names of famous male directors. Yet, I don’t even know enough female directors to count on one hand.
Continue reading How I Saw More Women-Directed Films in 2016 than in My Entire Life
I never thought that I’d be sharing a holiday with a typhoon. It was like having a crazy distant relative crash your wedding out of sheer boredom.
This happened on my recent solo holiday in Japan. The day Typhoon Mindulle landed in Tokyo was the day that I was supposed to be flying off to southern Japan.
The morning of the typhoon, the weather was still mild. It made me positive that my flight would go as per scheduled. Only when I started watching the LIVE weather report that I became worried.
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I had just come back from Kraftwerk concert in Singapore’s Esplanade, and boy, I was impressed! While the 3D visuals were rather disappointing, I did experience several goose-bump moments. That was a testimony to how much better their electronic music sound live.
My phone photography wouldn’t do justice to Kraftwerk’s concert. So, I’m posting two photographs taken in Singapore’s Tiong Bahru area instead. They are my little tributes to Kraftwerk. The top picture is for the song “Autobahn” (German for motorway), while the bottom picture is for “Tour de France” (LOL).
Although Kraftwerk does not produce new songs these days, I would still recommend seeing them live. Their music and show are art by themselves. Besides, the band is a major influence to many of today’s pop music, from Coldplay to Jay Z, from Daft Punk to Kanye West.
Tiong Bahru, Singapore
I quit my job last month, and for a while, it felt really nice to have a break. But, as some people would say, you can never have too much of a good thing. I have reached the stage where my weekdays just roll into weekends. Not a good sign.
When I was at my job, I kept thinking that once I had quit, I’d have more time for writing screenplays. Now that I’ve quit, my time usage has rather been sub-optimal. Yes, I am keeping myself busy as I apply for jobs. Yes, I’ve been taking free online courses on Coursera (highly recommended!), finishing my comedy web series (please ‘LIKE’ Facebook page for updates!), and learning how to edit videos on Adobe Premiere Pro. Yet, I still haven’t written much in the past month.
This makes me realise of the danger of looking at life with a short-term perspective. It’s like how Fridays are the only things people look forward to in their lives. At this rate, I’ll never get any writings done.
I am going to create a proper schedule, so that I could properly set time for writing, learning and getting creative. When 2013 is over, I do not want to regret not organizing my time better for the things I love.
Meanwhile, I’ve promised my Mom that I’ll get a job by the time she visits me again in Singapore. One month.
Asian Civilisation Museum, Singapore.
I have to admit: I have a certain fascination with park benches. Blame it on films such as “500 Days of Summer” and “Forrest Gump”.
It is the fantasy that, when you sit on an isolated bench by yourself, a (attractive) stranger of an opposite gender will come to take on the bench’s other half. As you start talking with the person, you realise that both of you get along really well. Some magical conversations ensue.
Of course, such things are called fantasies for a reason. These things don’t always happen in real life, but they can occur from time to time.
Of the bench encounters I’ve had, only one has been memorable thus far. It occurred two years ago in Prague, Czech Republic. The bench was on the hill of Schoenbornská Zahrada. I was resting after a long walk, while the man was taking a cigarette break. The park provided us with an escape from the urban life. We spoke for close to an hour about life in general. After our descent down the hill, we came back to the reality of Prague, and we parted ways. We didn’t even exchange names the whole time.
Here’s to many more interesting bench encounters in life.
Botanics Garden, Singapore.
“When the tides of time turn against you,
And the storms of life sink your boat,
Don’t cry and scream and holler,
Just turn on your back and float.”
Quoted from American sitcom ‘The Honeymooners’
Nha Trang, Vietnam.