end of july / a roundup


You are most powerful when you are most silent. People never expect silence. They expect words, motion, defense, offense, back and forth. They expect to leap into the fray. They are ready, fists up, words hanging leaping from their mouths. Silence? No. -- Alison McGhee, All Rivers Flow To The Sea

^ photos via instagram throughout july

a quick post to summarize july, i've been home most of the time, trying to catch up on things and when i said i'm hitting that reset button, i really did. my perspectives are changing immensely and while i thrive to do the best, i'm feeling optimistic about things. we feasted on durian, twice (it's durian season here in Malaysia) and the king of druits has yet to disappoint me - not everyone's a fan, but i love it. day-to-day, i look forward to my workout sessions, i go for a run in the park when i could and i practice yoga, again and again, and i read my books. also, makeup-free days are the best isn't it? as someone who's been in her comfort zone for way too long, i'm in my 'figuring-things-out' zone - surprisingly i'm way more productive than ever!

some blogs i love and their recent ace posts -
WorshipBlues - Not an Ordinary Postman > such an inspiring story, as always.
Double Dipping - Arriving in Iceland
Claire Alice Young  - Sights of Budapest
Wander To Wonder - Homeslice > major pizza envy!

Ken and i are looking forward to some out-of-town trips in august, i can't wait to go on adventures with him (though yes, everyday's an adventure :) 

cheers, to new beginnings.

people - the pavillion


This world of ours is piled high with farewells and goodbyes of so many different kinds, like the evening sky renewing itself again and again from one instant to the next - and I didn’t want to forget a single one. 
-- Banana Yoshimoto, Goodbye Tsugumi

people-watching, admiring facades and happy lanterns hanged across the compound -- it was a perfect day to be out in the city, after a morning spent in a workshop fixing some problems we've had with the car. we had lots of fun and while looking for a few essentials for our upcoming adventure, i got a little snap-happy.

this guy in the white shirt is the best companion i could ever ask for. ^

^ no baby left behind in there, i checked!

what a week. this was the first time we're out shooting with a DSLR, and it's pretty darn exhilarating. regardless of the outcome (lots more to learn!) -- to say that i'm obsessed might be an understatement :)

p.s people are fascinating, don't you think?

happy Friday,

24 weeks of instax - the convergence / week 4


I am a product of long corridors, empty sunlit rooms, upstairs indoor silences, attics explored in solitude, distant noises of gurgling cisterns and pipes, and the noise of wind under the tiles. Also, of endless books. -- C.S. Lewis

week 4.

bought a Nikon D5500 a few days back and i have been cuddling it day and night, literally. i've waited for this to happen for as long as i can remember - so now i'm striking off one of my 2015's resolution with some dramatic tears of joy. my trusted iPad mini was all i had for all my posts and daily shooting (don't tell anyone), it's time for a change! my love for photography has reached a new level, if it wasn't crazy enough prior to this purchase. learning heaps of the manual controls and there's still a long way to go -- but here's an instax of me to commemorate this. a few photos from our first day out shooting will be posted soon, fingers crossed :)

my heart is bursting -- i'm working on a dream. 

klebang beach, melaka


He has forgotten to turn off his watch, which ticks like a metal pulse against his wrist. He does not hear it. He dreams of coral reefs and plankton. His fingers find the pillowcases, sailing masts, he turns on his side, opens his eyes once. He thinks that scuba divers must have the most wonderful job in the word- so much water to glide through. 
-- Sarah Kay, Astronaut

this was one of our early adventures together, back in february 2013. one weekend Ken told me to get ready and pack some things, out of the blue. we were out of town before noon. a little surprise road trip, he said. got a little lost looking for a beach and after driving around for hours, we stumbled across this man-made beauty out in a rather quaint side of Melaka. 

an old abandoned dock, reminded me of one in my hometown, Miri. it was pretty, undisturbed.

the fact there's few people on this beach at the time brought our attention elsewhere, Ken was bugged by mozzies and i got busy taking pictures. we came across an empty restaurant with no one at the bar, bought some drinks and continued our walk outside. the weather was perfect at some point, the clouds shifted every now and then and we found some shade before we decided to head back to the car.

we waited for sundown and watched groups of people started flocking the beach. days like these are worth remembering, i'm glad i came across these photos in an old hard drive. also, we've yet to find a legit beach in Melaka, this one is man-made, can you tell? though every trip we've made so far weren't for the beach, i'm thinking of the 'gula melaka' cendol right about now.

dim sum house - New Shanghai


the first thought that crossed my mind the moment we stepped into this dimly lit restaurant was that how 'not typical' it seems for a dim sum house. we were rushing for a movie that starts in half an hour and tempted by the smell of lotus leaves and fresh buns, i insisted that we have a quick breakfast. always, always, have time for food.

that panda bun is filled with red bean paste, how cute! these steamer baskets were lined up near the kitchen area, everything looks so good. i was more excited of taking a picture of the panda than taking a bite off it..

and then there's these Xiao Long Bao, Shanghai style. the best i've had to date - Ken and i both agreed that these are really good compared to other places we've been to. these are soup dumplings that will burst with hot, savory soup when punctured, i love mine with slices of ginger on top.