photography challenge

this is inspired by pinterest, which is my current favourite time-filler app. (yes i know, i’m such a technology straggler, hahaha!)

30 photos for 30 days, each meeting a different theme.

i’ve played cheat a little though, collecting photos from the past too, or else i would NEVER finish this challenge like ever. and since i’m still keen on keeping my blog alive, so yes, anything to keep the updates going, man.

anyhoo, enough explanation, that’s so uncool. here we go!

day 1: self portrait

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blast from the past, where i still had long hair, and was feeling damn fly about it.

day 2: what you wore

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drop of sunshine.

day 3: clouds

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with rainbow too.

day 4: something green

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though it was rather accidental.

day 5: after dark

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singapore’s skyline.

day 6: obsession

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i am not a crazy cat lady.

day 7: changes to come

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new ride, scarlet.

day 8: routine

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caffeine is evil.

day 9: someone you love

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now and forever.

day 10: childhood memory

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only from hong kong.

day 11: something blue

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for purity, love, and fidelity.

day 12: sunset

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or maybe sunrise?

day 13: cannot live without

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my better half.

day 14: eyes

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here’s looking at you.

day 15: silhouette

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looking forward.

day 16: a good habit

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something to work on.

day 17: technology

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six years.

day 18: your shoes

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most expensive ones i have, and worth every cent.

day 19: something you want

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a holiday, way overdue.

day 20: in your bag

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staple.

day 21: faceless portrait

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look me in the eye.

day 22: dream

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from yesteryear.

day 23: patterns

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round and round.

day 24: animal

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leader of the pack.

day 25: strangers

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still my favourite photo after all these years.

day 26: close-up

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that hair.

day 27: celebration

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of a new life together.

day 28: flowers

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arrival of spring.

day 29: black and white

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the safest place in the world.

day 30: self portrait

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hello, may, here we go!

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raining sakura

i must be the luckiest girl in the world because i got to go to…OSAKA!!! IN SAKURA SEASON!!! OMG JUST HOW UNBELIEVABLE!!!

you see, japan flights are like a precious commodity in our cabin crew community; it’s a good bargaining chip when we want to change for flights or offdays with one another, because hello…it’s japan, heaven for all girls (and boys, and families, and like basically everyone) given its almost endless galore of food, shopping, and all things kawaii. and since there are limited slots on each flight for local girls (because we have japanese stewardesses), all the more valuable such flights appear to be. okay i know some girls, including myself at first, are apprehensive about the hotel rooms (you know, casper and all that…) but ya…by and large, japan is still one of the most “trade-able” SQ stations, i would say, especially now in april, because…SAKURA!!!

anyhoo, i was initially rostered to do an osaka flight on friday, only to have it disrupted by a standby call-up on wednesday to…you’ll never guess…OSAKA!!! yeah i know, lame right? basically, i had to go on this other osaka flight two days ahead of my original schedule because either somebody on that flight reported sick (unlikely), or they had to make up the crew number because of higher passenger load bla bla bla.

in short, i still got to go to osaka, albeit on a different day, so whatever, all is good. having said this, however, the disruption did cause a rollover of my standby, which i don’t really like, but guess what i got called up for during my second standby?!?! drum roll please…I GOT OSAKA AGAIN!!!

TWO FLIGHTS TO OSAKA, BACK TO BACK!!! I COULD LIKE TOTALLY BE SHOWERED WITH SAKURA LEFT, RIGHT, CENTRE LOR!!! WAHAHAHAHA!!!

the first time round, i totally maxed out my stay, over exerting my body by rushing to the osaka castle park (commonly deemed the best place for sakura) after a red-eye flight and only one hour of sleep after checking into the hotel, over loading my bags with all sorts of incredible japanese products from skincare to food to ingenious household items, and over working my tummy by eating three FULL meals a day (i usually only have one or two meals).

the keyword is OVER, everything done in excess because IT’S JAPANNN!!! and i only have one day.

on the other hand, i didn’t do much on my second trip because one, timings of the flights were not that good, and two, i didn’t bring enough clothes with me to go far, while the temperature had dropped rather drastically. (yes, over a span of like two days. weather around the world is crazy nowadays.) so i abandoned my halfheartedly conceived plan to visit a cat cafe, and only spent the few free hours i had to overshop.

OKAY! ENOUGH OF ALL THOSE BORING DETAILS! ARGH!!! what’s wrong with me these days, going on and on like an old woman, eek!

PICTURES!!!!!!!!! be ready to be showered with sakura left, right, centre, go go go!!!

welcome to…

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the osaka castle park.

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sakura…

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sakura…

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everywhere!!!

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both near…

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and far.

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above you…

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behind you…

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ALL AROUND YOU!!!

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college friends having a picnic…

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old lady sheltering her husband in the soft, gentle rain, as he tried to capture the beauty around them.

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i guess you cannot get more japanese than that…

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or this…

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or that, right? hahaha…

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cherry blossoms mixed with plum blossoms, painting the park all pink.

i say each new year should start with april, where sakura is in season; nobody will have a bad year ahead when they are surrounded by so much beauty.

many more photos to come, but i shall put them up in another entry, because they are not pink enough to be included here, hahaha. laterrr!

doge

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i spotted him from afar, and couldn’t help but run towards him to pet him, and gushed at how KAWAII he was. (actually come to think of it, i do that every time i see a dog.)

good thing the owner didn’t mind.

most dog owners don’t, because dog owners are usually good people, according to my dad at least.

shiba inu is like one of my favourite types of dogs in the world.

while they are rather rare in singapore, it is almost as if they are the only kind of dogs in japan. they totally own this place.

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OMG SO CUTE, CAN??????!!!!!! it took me everything not to grab him and run, hahaha.

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another one!!!

but this one like a bit fat hor? the owner is an old lady, so in my mind, i was thinking, ah…go figure.

it’s like kids being raised by their grandparents – they somehow tend to be chubbier, if not totally overweight, don’t you think?

maybe old people are soft-hearted, and have a harder time saying no to their love, be it their dog or grand kid. maybe they think dogs and children should be fat and jolly, so an extra treat here and there is no harm. maybe their eyesight is not too good, and they unknowingly put too much feed in the dog bowl or milk in the bottle. maybe given their age, they feel they have lived enough, so whatever lah, everything also just let go only, hahahaha!

ANYWAY, i’ve digressed.

my point is…i love shiba inus because they are so cute.

okay, that’s all, bye.

a piece of osaka a day

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enter these gateways and risk losing yourself in endless shopping madness.

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i remember having one or two of these masks at home when i was a kid. these look better in quality though, but then again, this is japan, so why am i surprised?

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at the risk of over using this word…kawaii. the sign says that the stall is selling osaka’s specialty; i didn’t know osaka specialises in cartoon socks.

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a stall, and vending machines selling only tobacco products.

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after every one or two kilometres or so, you will see rows of bicycles parked by the road. for such an organised city, i’m surprised that the pavements in osaka are not divided into footpaths and bicycle lanes, though bicycles are widely used.

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not a fan, but they make pretty pictures.

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i should hang one of these at my door too. in my house next time, i should throw together random things from all the places i’ve been to so as to show how well-travelled i am. hahahaha!

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huge slab of octopus bigger than my head.

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addressing the dogs directly, with a little cartoon no less, how polite! that’s the japanese for you, ever so courteous and respectful.

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stumbled upon this gem hidden in a back alley on the way back to the hotel.

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i can eat these every day. like really, EVERY SINGLE DAY.

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staring game. kids love to do that with me, maybe i’m good at it, i don’t know.

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i didn’t ask her to do this. i took out my camera and she posed for me, unprompted. i know i have used this word for like n times already, but really…KAWAII!!!

that’s all from osaka. i think it’s pretty obvious that i’ve loved it there, and all other parts of japan too, actually. you can click here to read all about it.