istanbul filtered

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these are just some of my favourite shots taken (and filtered) from my most recent trip to istanbul, one of the most exceptional cities i have visited in my life.

like its unique geological location between europe and asia, its culture, history, people and cityscape is one-of-a-kind.

i like its rich culture and deep history, which are totally different from what i am usually familiar with. though its people may appear conservative and reserved in some aspects, maybe due to their religious customs and restrictions, there are areas in which they are unapologetic in their bold and passionate ways too, like how they approach strangers (or pick up girls), or how they talk about their country, or how they make their demands onboard (as our passengers), hahaha. its streets are an interesting clash of old and new, with ancient mosques standing alongside modern shops and restaurants selling all kinds of the most curious merchandise; so vibrant with smells and colours.

having said all the above, i have to admit that istanbul is not the easiest city to navigate in, or even really safe, to be honest, but that is what an adventure is about – getting out of your comfort zone, experiencing the new and unfamiliar, taking calculated risks and all that, you know? and i know there are many, many more exhilarating activities and magnificent sights beyond this city; if only i have the chance to explore them all one day!

till then, i’m just glad i get a taster of what this beautiful country has to offer. ❤

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!

here’s to our first three months…

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and countless more to come.

nothing much has changed since we got married, probably because our new house is not ready, and our living arrangements are still pretty much the same.

i take it as a good thing, because that means for now, the only new thing i have to get used to is referring to D as my husband, and not my boyfriend, when i tell stories about him.

husband.

it was very strange at first, i have to admit, and usually, i still ended up calling him my boyfriend half way through the story. but it’s getting better, i promise. at least i no longer notice it every time i say the word husband, or worse, stumble over it, or surprise myself so much that i become momentarily lost for words, the way i did in the first few times i had to say it. true story, hahaha.

so yes, D has been my husband for three months now.

oh but not hubby hor, please. i still cringe when i hear people say that. the only word worse than hubby is wifey; i think i will punch D if he ever calls me that.

anyway, i’m rambling again.

i just want to take this opportunity to say, happy third month, dear dave. it’s been nothing short of the most incredible being so loved and well taken care of by you, no longer as your girlfriend, but as your wife.

wife.

not wifey, please remember, thank you very much.

anyway, i didn’t think it was possible for you to dote on me even more than how you already had, but as time goes by, you never fail to surprise me, and move me with your devotion, patience, honesty, tenderness, and selflessness. from you, i’ve learned so much about life, myself, and love.

three months may be nothing compared to the lifelong commitment we have to each other, but if what we have had so far is anything to go by, i know it will be the most amazing.

so dear D, here’s to us, and the life we have together ahead of us, there is nobody else i want to do this with more, love you.