Friday 20 November 2009

"I won't be making much from this photo fair.
Just come and see, and bring a print home you just might!"

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hello family and friends and other secret readers,

i will be selling a selection of my work at the Affordable Photo Fair at Objectifs (56A Arab St) this saturday 21st nov from 11am to 7pm. most will be from the i would be happy to see you guys around so do come by if you can!

if you are unable to come by on saturday or would like a preview of the works that will be on sale, do let me know and I'll send a pdf catalogue over to you.

there will be 13 photographers selling work at this fair and all prints will be priced at $300 and below so it's a good chance to be inspired by a wide range of fresh works and perhaps even collect some!

do send some generous and interested eyes over too if you know any. :]

thanks and hope to see you this saturday!

and yep, i should really stop overdosing on the "i don't remember much about that holiday. just you and me, and that beautiful dappled light" sentence structure.

see you tomorrow!

yan wei


You are invited to The 4th Affordable Photo Fair!

Look, learn and leave with local art!

Whether you are starting as a new collector or buying a gift for someone, the wide range of works you will find at the Affordable Photo Fair are original and unique. Best of all, it's a great chance to speak to the artist about his inspiration and how to care for the artwork.

Carefully selected by Objectifs, this small but exciting event promises a diverse variety of photography styles, from conceptual photography, to travel, documentary and fine art by both established and emerging photographers.

Participating Photographers include:
Angeline Tng // Phua Boon Wah // Dennis Ng // Jean Qingwen Loo // Choo Meng Foo // Nurul Huda // Philipp Aldrup // Sophie Jarry // Shaun Tan // Lim Swee Cheng // Ulla Gratton // Chia Yan Wei

. Date: Nov 21, Sat
. Time: 11am - 7pm
. Venue: Objectifs - Centre for Photography and Filmmaking (56A Arab Street, corner of Arab Street and Baghdad Street)

For more information, visit

Hope to see you then!

Saturday 31 October 2009

colour pencils in a hotel room // 15th to 18th june 2009.

my eyes are melting and i have been thinking of malacca.

some drawings made with a big old box of colour pencils while staring at the sea//straits//蓝天白云微浪 earlier this year...






i'll be off travelling again very soon in december and then january for work and work, these two trips suddenly came in just as i was wondering not long ago if i'd ever get to travel for work.

"want come, don't come. one come, all come."

(some vague saying i remember from my childhood about waiting for buses. )

there's definitely someone listening in to all my thoughts.

Friday 23 October 2009

i work seasonally

from Spring to Summer

i am a photographer

from Autumn to Winter

i am a designer

and whenever i have the chance,

i dance!

(lines in my mind from the same night of 突发新闻)

(hrmm and i guess it would be more accurate to add a 'mostly' after the photographer and designer lines)

(and perhaps a bit of 'at least for this year' at the end)

(or more accurate to refer to the previous post below)

sunlight, moonlight & starlight

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又 sunlight

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又 moonlight

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还 starlight

sooner or later 一定 chaotar 。

Thursday 10 September 2009


今天突然发现, 好友都在国外。

数来数去数不清, 数到不开心。 : (

( 当然,这个城市里还是藏有









还有家人。 )



一个永远不会遗弃我的 良 友

Friday 28 August 2009

fishing in the sky and flying in the lake

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* * *

august 2009, marina barrage.

august 2009, marina barrage.

june 2007, lake by a sommarhus in sweden.

* * *

how time flies, while waiting.

风筝飞,日落下 //( 天时、地利、人和 )

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a few weeks ago, it suddenly dawned upon me that... i am currently twenty something..when i am thirty something, my parents will be seventy something.... when i am forty something, God-willing, they will be eighty something!! and i thought that my dad is so blessed that at age sixty something, he still has his mother around.

and so the next day i decided to start making it a point to mai tu liao with regards to things that we say we want to do together. and so i took them to Henderson waves cos we've been talking about going there for yonks.

and it was a wonderful impromptu morning. : ]

haha and earlier this week was part two of the new mai tu liao mantra... after finishing up some work in the morning and spending the afternoon in my childhood neighbourhood with my lindy hop ensemble friends for an AEP assembly thingie, i found the afternoon super sunny, windy and absolutely favourable for kite-flying.

and so with the kites i've been buying with much secret hope in my heart from the toy shop at tan quee lan the past few times i've been running errands in the area, i carted my parents off to marina barrage to finally go fly kite (literally) together!

after a few days of "风筝已备,只欠东风" the wind finally came accompanied with glorious sunshine!

wah i think it was the first time in my life that i've flown a kite so high up that it took almost half an hour just winding it back down when we had to leave. it was a real struggle to get the kite really flying high cos as my father pointed out to me, i had bought a kite meant for 3 year olds haha. we even had to tumpang the kite string. i think that means join it up. anyway wah sunshine, wind, kite and laughing parents.

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song boh!!

Thursday 2 July 2009


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i was thinking about this picture i took about a year ago. with a little spectator boy and his oversized disposable shades for looking at the sunrise we were all sharing. wondering if it was really exactly a year ago, i went to check out my notebook from that trip and wow true enough, i really did take this picture exactly a year ago! 2nd july 2008. zhun until cannot zhun siah. wah my sudden moments of clear memory amidst my general lack of day to day memory do scare me a fair bit sometimes too.

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Saturday 13 June 2009






i think this must have been the first time i found a little friendlet lying on my lap to drink milk. it was so strangely calming and comforting and a real joy actually.

it reminded me of some lyrics i heard/read recently:

日子很短 只要是陪在孩子的身旁

i guess in that little pocket of time watching joash drinking milk i got a glimpse of what that might feel like. children are a blessing indeed. big joy in small packages.

i wonder how our friendlets would feel about all this facebooking and blogging and flickring and multiplying and whatnotting about them when they eventually do grow up and learn to start googling themselves. perhaps unlike us, they'd already be immune to all of this and find it perfectly natural.

photo by stanley cheong, from a time before i knew how to carry little kids.

time is flying.

i'm not sure if i'm on the same speed though. :]

Thursday 7 May 2009

the rain is so tempting

i've been watching the lightning out at sea from my living room window every few nights amidst these recent weeks of crazy winds and lightning storms.

the nonstop and silent lightning reminded me of the northern lights that i slept under once many seasons ago but could not see. (clouds!!)

so much lightning, so many flashes of maybes before the rain finally trickled and then tumbled crashing down tempting me to run right out into it.

and then there was finally thunder loud and clear and once again, hours after the first flicker in the sky.

i need to run in the rain again! it's been too long of a little while now!

Wednesday 15 April 2009

"I do set my bow in the cloud . . . "




* * *

Genesis 9 : 8 - 17

8 And God spake unto Noah, and to his sons with him, saying,

9 And I, behold, I establish my covenant with you, and with your seed after you;

10 And with every living creature that is with you, of the fowl, of the cattle, and of every beast of the earth with you; from all that go out of the ark, to every beast of the earth.

11 And I will establish my covenant with you, neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth.

12 And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations:

13 I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.

14 And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud:

15 And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh.

16 And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth.

17 And God said unto Noah, This is the token of the covenant, which I have established between me and all flesh that is upon the earth.

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i got an sms from my othermother yesterday that reminded me to look up in the sky, for there was a rainbow encircling the midday sun at that moment. i strained my neck a fair bit to see it before having to rush out for an assignment but wow it was worth it. it's been a while since i've seen a circular rainbow, maybe years. it seems like there have been quite a few rainbows this year though, don't know if it's really been more rainbows happening or have people around just been noticing them more.

later that night my bible reading led me to this passage quoted above about Noah and the first rainbow in the sky.

wow it was surely no coincidence.

let us all look up and remember more.

Friday 3 April 2009

here, there and everywhere.


friends coming home, friends and smallfriends going away.

i sure hope the world is as small as we always say it is and long haul transport becomes greener and cheaper!

Friday 13 March 2009

nothing would break my heart more than this.

lately for some reason i have been thinking a lot, too much about mortality with regard to the people around me. and the phrase "nothing would break my heart more than -" has been making its rounds in my mind. so if i look at you with a frown that is a mix of distraction with a dash of disturbance, yup i might just be mentally counting down. it's really morbid i know, but maybe it's a season i am meant to go through before i come to terms with some things.

"nothing would break my heart more than . . . "
"nothing would make me happier than . . . "
"nothing means more to me than . . . "

these are really all about the same things, or the loss of them. some friends say that i seem rather hardy and adaptable but i find that it's probably also rather noticeable in my past and ongoing works that i don't deal with changes and loss very well. that might be why i choose to face these struggles and understand them and myself better through photography instead. sometimes this shows up even in my design work too.

whenever i find a line stuck in my mind as i do this moment, it usually ends up becoming the title of my next series but i'm afraid this time i don't think i will do it. words will hold my fears for now.

my faith leads me to believe in eternity. yet this same faith also includes the inevitable realisation that not everyone will partake in the good part of this eternity.

i just hope you know that nothing matters more to me than seeing you all in eternity.

我只希望你知道, 对我而言,没有任何东西比能够在永生时看到你们更重要。

hopes are selfish in a way.

Monday 2 March 2009

The Photographers' Stories Redux
// 1st to 29th March 2009 at the National Library

1st – 29th March 2009
Level 7 & 8 Promenades at the National Library Building

Official Opening!
Saturday 7th March 2009, 4pm
Level 7 Promenade at the National Library Building

Curator’s Walk
21st March 2009, 4 – 5 pm
Level 7 Promenade at the National Library Building

Since January 2009, 24 photographers have been exhibiting in various public libraries around the island. “The Photographers’ Stories” now culminates in this special group show spanning over the Level 7 & 8 Promenades of the National Library Building. Chris Yap, the curator, recreates new stories from the images, bringing with them new contexts to be perceived and admired. This show is also part of “circa”, a photography outreach programme that takes place biennially, for students aged 13 to 19 years old.

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the little solo show that i had at pasir ris library is going to town!

it will be meeting up with the other 23 little solo shows and all 24 of our heartfelt solo stories will be brought together into one curated story in parts that unfold over the 7th and 8th levels of the national library building in town. be sure to check out both levels to catch the whole story!

yup, i know you can't read anything from those two panels so do come to the show to read - read the written stories and read the stories photographed.

enjoy! : ]

hope to see you on Saturday at the Opening then. 4pm on the 7th level hor!

Thursday 12 February 2009

(勿担心,我不难过, 只是被电影影响而已!)

今天看了一部电影,又勾起了我对于 回忆,时间 和 人生 的一些启发和感动。

回家的路上我突然间又想起了某个痛处, 一边开车一边哗啦哗啦地哭了。而今早我又感到了摸名的灵感,带了朋友送我的手帕插在裤子旁边的口带。


when i am happy i take photos. when i am sad i take photos. oddly enough, the photos quite often turn out happy when i am sad and sad when i am happy. whichever happens, the process and the outcome usually work together as a healing experience, making me really feel better as a result. photography heals.


在哗啦哗啦的当而, 我想起了数年前我也在回家的路途上感伤的事件,又想起了当时拍下的感觉,一到家后屏了命去寻找那一套画面, 在差一点放弃的时候然我找到了。感谢主,若我找不到我一定睡不安。




其实我看电影也蛮容易被感动到哭的。mamma-mia 也可以把我弄哭,我真的是赢了咯,哈。 (可是今天看的当然不是 mamma-mia 啦。。)


。 。 。 哦,现在真的跟零六年的那一天一样---突然下起倾盆大雨了!


Sunday 11 January 2009

days by the sea // 在海边吃风的日子。










i have always loved living near the sea/straits/coast and occasionally when quite far and quite away, the ocean.