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One dress, 365 different looks

One dress, 365 different looks

Stumbled upon The Uniform Project while surfing the interwebs, and I just simply love the idea. One dress, 365 days, in the name of sustainable fashion.

I think I love this because I don’t have that many clothes so I tend to try to make them look different by layering/pairing them with different things just so I can fool people around me into thinking that I have a bigger wardrobe than I actually do. It’s one big con job, people! 😛

I’ve never heard of sustainable fashion before, though it does kinda remind me of those “1 dress, 6 ways” articles in Cleo (i think).

I like that she ties in the idea of a uniform so seamlessly (pun not intended, really!) with her charity organisation, the Akanksha Foundation, for its School Project. Proceeds will go to buying school uniforms and other educational expenses for the children who live in the slums in India.

And just in case someone’s wondering, yes she does wash the black dress that she’s wearing! Sheena (that’s her name) has 7 of the same dresses (like a uniform, see?) which she uses everyday.

I like looking at her different outfits everyday, and I like that because the dress is black she tends to accessorise with colourful socks and hats and shoes (I lovelovelove her pastel shoes in the 3rd photo!)

It really is inspirational, from the very simple idea behind the blog to her ability to spruce up the dress and make each outfit so pretty.

Hats off to you, Sheena!

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The Unguarded Moment [taken by Erfen]

As many of you (ok, the three of you that read this blog) know, I’ve been heavily involved in the Month of Photography Asia, being part of the media relations team, helping out with Facebook and Twitter as well (follow us @MOPAsia!) I’ve had the honour of meeting renowned photographers like Francoise Huguier, Bertrand Meunier and of course Steve McCurry, as well as local photographers like Jean Loo, Then Chih Wey and Deanna Ng.

The biggest thing I’ve learnt from this experience has been the importance in storytelling in photography. I have to say, I’ve taken a lot of photos but I can’t recall even one where my photo managed to tell a story or provoke a thought. Which is kinda sad if you think about it.

While viewing the Steve McCurry exhibition at the Asian Civilisations Museum (which is excellent, and I say this in a completely objective way, well as objective as a person could be), I stopped at a couple to think about the picture and what it could mean.

I guess it is this ability to draw the observer in, to invite a thought, a smile, an appreciation of something we often overlook, such as the colour of someone’s eyes (as in the case of the famed Afghan Girl), that has made Steve’s works so highly-regarded and yet highly relatable at the same time.

5 things you might not know about the Afghan Girl:

1. Her name literally means Rose Sherbet (so pretty!)

2. When National Geographic found Sharbat Gula, 17 years later, she was only 30 though she looked almost 10 years older, due to the harsh environment she had grown up in.

3. Steve McCurry’s encounter with her was the first time she had ever been photographed

4. As an adult she had no knowledge of how well-known her photo had become, eventhough there was a store near her home which had her poster hung on the front window.

5. The photo of the Afghan Girl was taken using Kodachrome film, which has been discontinued by Kodak as announced today. Steve McCurry will get one of the last rolls of the film to shoot with, having used Kodachrome for many of his colour photographs.

“I want to take (the last roll) with me and somehow make every frame count … just as a way to honor the memory and always be able to look back with fond memories at how it capped and ended my shooting Kodachrome,” McCurry said last week from Singapore, where he has an exhibition at the Asian Civilizations Museum.

As a parting shot, here’s a photo of me holding Steve’s camera, signed by the man himself. I feel very privileged to have met him, and I’m struck by how nice and humble he is. If anything, his photos have made me really really want to go to India.

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Btw, Steve has a blog!

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Last weekend was amazingly awesome. Besides getting to hang out with friends, I managed to catch two very different, yet very good arts events.

Etiquette by Rotozaza (UK) part of Singapore Arts Fest 2009

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I went for this with Erfen. Originally we were supposed to go with Sherms and our other friends, but we had to go for another timing because the 1pm slot was full. At first I thought that meant that they were all lot of people wanting to watch the play during that slot, but turns out, there are only 4 people in one slot. It’s experimental theatre, because basically you’re your own actors as well as audience, but I definitely find it very relatable and enjoyable as well (unlike some other kinds of experimental theatre).

Although I found the idea intriguing, I had no idea what we were in for. When we first came, we were told to take a seat at a table which had  some props on it and a glass of water for each of us. There were 2 sets of headphones, one for the ‘male’ character, and one for the ‘female’ character. You can also participate in the play with a stranger (could be exciting) if you come alone or in an odd number.

Once we put the headphones one, the performance started. A soothing, English woman told me to take a deep breath,  she knew I was nervous. I was now peeking from the wings of a stage at a packed theatre, waiting to take my cue in the performance in which I was the lead actress.

The voice gave me the lines I had to deliver, every move and facial expression dictated to me in that crisp, English accent. I was an actress.

Yet at the same time as I listened to my own lines as well as the words Erfen was saying, I was piecing together the characters, setting and plot. I was a spectator.

It was kinda awkward, as you know the words are borrowed, not yours. Sometimes, it was hard to listen to what Erfen said above the directions being supplied into my own ear.

The props elevated the performance even higher, bringing to life our lines and there were even times where I had to use the props without knowing why. It turned out that Erfen was hearing a story during the same time, and my actions had made total sense to him. It was really, really cool.

The play runs till 13 June at Dome Marina Square. More details can be found here. It’s highly recommended by me!

The Politics of the Popular (POP) Station Kill Your Television (KYTV) Singapore

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After the play, we joined our friends to make our own music video at The POP Station at Jendela at the Esplanade. Sherms told us about this as her professor was part of the crew. When I first heard about it, I was a bit skeptical.

“Make your own music videos with Singapore’s most off-beat artist collective. Take the chance to sing and dance to a pop-song while being filmed in a fantasy world. Within 24 hours your very own music video will be uploaded on YouTube for the world to enjoy.” – KYTV (taken from the Esplanade website)

It sounded crazy.

And you know what? It was crazy. But it was crazily fun as well! I did a weird song with my friend Shal. Perhaps I might post our video when it’s uploaded onto Youtube. But we also took time out to do this. Wondergirls ain’t got nothing on us! 😛

(I’m the one in pink with the weird Nacho Libre-esque mask by the way)

Unfortunately, the music video-making segment of the event has ended on Sunday. But from 10 June – 5 July, you can view an exhibition of videos from “POP-tizens” in Singapore as well as Berlin, Jakarta, Bangkok, Vienna, London and Jogjakarta. It’s on at Jendela at Esplanade, and is free.

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Talk about a lesson on maintaining your online identity! Haha.

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For those of you who are thinking of running a marathon some time, don’t just think about your training.

Something which I think gets overlooked a lot is what you wear.

I’ve gotten chafed tons of times, yesterday while (trying to) run 22km I had to stop at about 15km because my shorts were rubbing abrasively against my inner thigh. Felt pretty bad about it too because we were actually going at a pretty good pace!

Chafing really sucks. Remember to do a “dress rehearsal” with what you’re gonna wear for the marathon, because something that feels comfortable after running 10km may not feel the same after 20km. This applies to shoes and socks too! I’ve gotten blisters from bad socks. Yes, socks!

Trust me, it sucks to stop running not because you feel tired, but because your shorts are painfully rubbing against your thighs.

Marathon in 25 days! *gulp*  :/

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on this post for about a week now, just because I fear that it’s kinda uncool to admit what I’m about to admit.

So here it goes:

I still don’t know how to use Twitter.

This is after using it for more than a year now (well ok less than that since I didn’t really use it in the 5 months that I was in Vienna)

Sure, I know how to write a tweet, to re-tweet something I find interesting/hilarious/meaningful, to reply to someone with an @ sign etc.

Technically-speaking, I know how it works.

But I haven’t found my voice with Twitter, you know what I mean?

If you compare how I use Facebook with how I use Twitter, you can see what I mean.

On Facebook, I update my status pretty regularly.

I post funny videos, post photos with witty captions, state my opinion about some topic pretty strongly.

I’m pretty much ME on Facebook.

But on Twitter, I haven’t found who I am.

Before sending out a tweet, I think way too hard about whether what I write will be of value.

After all, I don’t want someone to read my tweets, decide that my tweets are completely meaningless, and *GASP* hit the “Unfollow” button on the basis of my lack of interesting things to say.

As a result, I rarely tweet.

Why the difference between how I am on Facebook, and how I am on Twitter?

Am I a Social Media Schizophrenic?

A Facebook extrovert but a Twitter introvert?

I guess I know the reason for my Twitter-insecurity.

On Facebook, everyone pretty much knows what kind of personality I have.

On Facebook, I’m comfortable because I don’t have to impress anyone anymore.

On Twitter, 75% of people I’m following are people I wasn’t friends with previously.

People whom I still want to impress with my wit and intelligence (I know, I know, what wit and intelligence?)

Therein lies my problem.

Thing is, how come others don’t seem to share the same problem?

There are people who seem so comfortable on Twitter.

They curse, they post random lyrics, they get angsty.

You know the kind of people they are from their tweets.
I admire these people.

I know, I know.

I think too much don’t I?

Complicating the uncomplicated.

In other news, I went to Jakarta for the weekend.

That was good.

My mom missed her flight, so in the end it became a 3 day hang-out with my brother and Erfen.

All’s good (well, not all, but you know what I mean)

In other news, I’m looking forward to meeting 8 cats this week.

Updates soon.

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