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This week has been a balancing act of work and play. After a weekend of holing up in my room binge watching Orange Is The New Black, never seeing the sunlight except to gather food, it was very much needed to get out of the house and work. I really do like being outside and creating good shots, but the heat will get to ya. Dreaming of chilly days in San Francisco on a daily basis. To beat the heat, I threw on my Forever 21 crop top and paired it off with a wraparound skirt I scored in Cambodia. I'm the epitome of clashing colours but after a week of head to toe black, I need it. My H&M sandals have been my go to footwear because screw socks and closed toe footwear, it's too hot for that.
*long heavy sigh*
The emotions that have resonated so well with this song could be linked to me leaving in a month's time. Leaving is always bittersweet, but knowing that there is nothing tying me down is absolutely liberating. There are factors that would make leaving so much tougher, such as my amazing support group (aka friends & family) and Third Culture. Ultimately, I know that this would only lead to better things and taking that leap of faith is what everyone needs in life from time to time.
Cheers to the unknown.
Day two in Langkawi was spent swimming with fishes, in particular baby sharks, and looking out for corals. Swimming in the sea is so therapeutic as you allow yourself to drift along. I spent most of my time following fishes that caught my interest, especially those baby sharks with hanger ons aka remoras. When we were done, we were sun kissed and had acquired beach hair.
Yearning for California.
As I was lost in the world of 60s fashion, Vogue and Alice In Wonderland inspired shoots due to Grace Coddington's memoir, this song abruptly pulled me out of everything. When you are deep into a book and it is playing smoothly in your head like a great film, it is tough for background music to lure you out so completely. Thus, when this song did just that, I had to pay attention.
Maybe you should to?
I saw the whole world lose control.
Good Worth and Co. cap (cop it here), Thrifted top, H&M high waist jeans,
Boots from Taipei.
One Friday morning, the Third Culture team assembled at our HQ along with two of my delightful friends who were oh-so-kind to oblige us taking photos of them for a movie inspired piece. You can peep it here. We made it through 4 wardrobe changes and darkening makeup in less than 2 hours. Props to Rathika, who played the crucial role of camerawoman as I bounced around the room taking behind the scenes Instagram shots.
Fashion tip of the day: For boxy/oversized men's shirts, chop off the bottom half for a boxy crop top. That's exactly what I did with this shirt and now it fits perfectly.
Thrifted top & skirt, Factorie backpack and Boots from Taipei.
After the otherworldliness of KLFW, I retreated back to where I truly feel at peace and that is all things literary. Cooler Lumpur, a literary festival, was held over the weekend. Without missing a beat, the girls and I decided to hit it up. The first night we missed the book sale happening in White Box, so we stuck around the Dispensable Stories area. It was such an interesting concept as all you had to do was pop in 50 cents and you get a short story. Ours were more of one liners but it was interesting nonetheless. Think of it as a fortune cookie but in a literary sense.
We also made plants sing. Hard to believe, but we did.
On Sunday, we made our way to Bok Tjuv held in Free Space, SS2 Mall. The zines available there were emptying wallets worthy but we had self control and stuck to our guns. The zines we got were from the Good to Know series in which people in the creative field shared their tips and experiences on time management as well as rituals and whatnots. When I read about someone's experience in being productive, it motivates me and so I thought, why the hell not?
Day 2 of Cooler Lumpur: Amanda and I hit up White Box. She got some books, I didn't because my wallet was down to singles. Thanks to the movable library though, I got some rad books that I can't wait to devour. We also went for a discussion on Reimagining Malaysian Cinema. The best quote of the day was most definitely, "I can't even imagine Malaysian cinema and you're asking me to reimagine it." The discussion was funny, thrilling and mind stirring. Looking forward to more creative discussions in the States.
Question art. Do it.
Forever 21 top & bag, Marsya's cardigan, H&M shorts and boots.
Kicked off Day 3 with an early morning shoot for Third Culture's Pasar Dalam Men's. Kyren, our model of the day, was an absolute gem to shoot thanks to his variety of poses. It's refreshing to not have to tell models what to do. Plus points for those who take the initiative to hold plank poses.
Thankfully, Shaq and I only had to attend one show at 3pm. Once it was over, we looked at one another and exclaimed, "We're done!" in unison. You know, great minds.
I headed back to Subang to meet up with the girls, mainly just laying on Marsya's cosy bed as she rearranges her glorious book collection. Steamboat awaited us and we sat at our table from 8 to 11 because conversations had a hold on us. Our conversation started from the advancement of technology (the movie Her and the low reproduction rate in Japan) to the fall of the Berlin Wall and ending with something rather odd like philosophy. I love having long dinners that consist of thought provoking conversations and good food.
For with much wisdom is much sorrow; as knowledge increases, grief increases.