Friday, May 29, 2009

Film and X-Process and Singapore

Just love the feel of film that digital photos will not be able to produce.


Cross-processed slide films. All shot on 24mm Sigma lens given to me by my uncle on EOS 100, also my uncle's film camera.

Monday, May 25, 2009

I love 創作女歌手 the indie female singer songwriters

From how I like 陳綺貞 (Cheer) I guess my taste is just biased towards more indie kinda music.

Number 1: 陳綺貞

Always is the number 1 in my heart.
Her voice, her singing, killing me softly. Although I have not much experience, but her lyrics just so simple and melancholy...
People gave her a nick of "Indie Diva" or "Indie Queen". Just a guitar and voice, that's all. Simple, yet meaningful and beautiful.

I am proud of her, secretly I am actually glad that I can have her songs to my own if she is not very popular among my friends.
I think I play her songs over and over, listen over and over. Everyday there are some new changes I found, I never get tired of her.

Number 2: 蔡健雅

Kinda almost totally different from Cheer. But Cheer still wrote her a song: 路口, which i like very very much.
Love the songs in "My Space" because of the unplugged versions of the songs she has been singing.
Of course, everyone loves her voice, which sings in a way that I feel she is tired out from the complexity of city life.

Number 3: 戴佩妮

A girl from Johor Bahru.
I think, I am really impressed by her talent in art. Photography, song writing, guitar, video direction.
I enjoy her ballads but I do not like her angst genre songs. There is this song 吹嗶嗶 in the new album which I will surely skip.

Number 4: 張懸

Scream... I'm screaming, I'm losing all of it.
My all time favourite song, "Scream". I guess many people would think that this is some angst-filled song but the song is but silent scream. Can listen to it repetitively for dunno how many times.
Another Taiwanese indie song writer. Love her lazy voice but again, not noisy songs.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

The First Ever Award

An entry I sent in to take part in "Speak Out for Red" contest.

The reason I chose this picture, which I like so much, is the terrific look and solitude of the lonely little flightless bird there, which really reflects patient with HIV.
If we accept how they are, well, the light of hope is there.

They are just the same with us.

Special thanks to Ivy for the edit and advices. Actually I was intending to use a crop version of this photo, but after her tweak I really do admire that her edit is so much more better!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Glósóli: Road Trip to seek the Glaciers

It was still dark, reluctantly we woke up from our dream at 6.30am. Simple breakfast and we left Vellir Farmhouse with our luggages and set out with the red Toyota Yaris from Hertz, under the snow storm.

During the 3 to 4 hours ride to Jökulsárlón, the weather turned even nastier but for the first time in my life, I experienced the beauty of whiteness. Snow storm transported me to the world of whites. We were driving in near-nothingness, tracking the reflectors lining along the Icelandic Ring Road. I winded down the window, the wind was whipping, silence was dominating.

Despite we tried to accelerate, the wheel skid and we moved at a steady speed of 40 km/h. Due to the short December daylight, we were losing out a lot of time driving. The white panic continued until a point, where suddenly yellow and the beautiful rugged Icelandic mountains and landscape came into view and we were able to accelerate again. Guess it must be the walls of mountain range that blocked the wind from the North. Despite tempted by views outside the car window, we did not stop, because we were running out of time.

The effort paid off, when we finally saw the sign, yes, the infamous Jökulsárlón! The lagoon was still covered in whites and rain. Not many visitors, only a Spanish couple that we exchanged a few words with before parting. No one would want to come here on such dreaded days.

Treading carefully along the thick snow and along the lagoon, we uncover the secret of Glaciers, up close. The surprises that we found here were the playful seals family submerged in the water and occasionally popped their heads to check on the visitors. They were a bit shy... a bit difficult to capture them.

The infamous Jökulsárlón, glacier lagoon of Iceland. This was where one of James Bond movie, Die Another Day was filmed.

It was fun stepping on the frozen ice and into the clear lagoon with a pair of waterproof shoes.

Reluctantly, we left Jökulsárlón with Jevon catching up after his crazy stunts of stripping on a block of glacier. We still had about 2 hours of sunlight.

The intention of having a break along the beautiful roadside scenery was put behind because light was fading fast... and after about an hour from Jökulsárlón headed back towards Vik... Glacier mountains loomed in the distance... the Skaftafell National Park and Svartifoss.

We had some fun at the Skaftafell National Park. Well, no one was there when we were there. I could imagine how beautiful and how well visited this beautiful national park is. I believe no one would be interested to come here in such deadly winter?

Finally... another Sigur Rós classic that resembles a bit of our experience of seeking glaciers in Iceland:

Sigur Rós - Glósóli from on Vimeo.

Skaftafell National Park

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