Thursday, December 26, 2013


Just one little observation I've noticed over the time I've been doing design as a profession..

Would you ask your dentist friend to do free extraction/whitening/braces for you?
Because it's his profession.

Would you ask your doctor friend to operate on you for free and tell him you don't have the budget to pay for the fees but you're giving him exposure and experience anyway, so that's totally okay.
No, you wouldn't.

You understand the value in his work, and so you know its only right if you pay for his time and skills.
After all, you only pay for things that you think have a value.

So.. why would you think that its normal and fine to ask a graphic design to design your 'simple' collaterals for free?

'Oh you can just whip up a design in 10 mins, if I pay you $150 for it then won't you be cheating me off my money?'

Sure I could whip up a design in 10 mins, and a lawyer can send you his bill for 10 mins of his time.
What makes you think my 10 mins doesn't deserve a proper payment and the lawyer's does?

The thing that just irks me is the level of respect they give to good design and to designers.

If designing is that easy and deserves such a low budget, then why don't you save the money and do it yourself on Microsoft Word?

Because you know it is harder than it looks.

Way harder.

Designing involves a whole lot of planning, practice, concepts, late nights, deadlines, colour and type customization, time, and software proficiency.

So why would you, in the first place, want to approach a graphic designer to do your collaterals and what not?
Because you know the importance of a well-designed campaign.
Because humans are visual creatures, and because before you can even sell your products, your designs will represent you first.

So why aren't you willing to set aside some money if you understand its importance?

Angst-y designer rant aside, as I have this certain skill set in my hands, I definitely wouldn't mind helping a friend out if I really believe in their products/ideas.. but to those people who are just looking to get a free bargain or value deal because they don't value the work of a designer, then please don't waste your time cos I ain't running no charity organisation.

Thursday, September 19, 2013


The heart wants what the heart wants.

When a woman falls in love with a man, that's it. She's a goner. Nothing you say can ever taint the image of her perfect man.
A man may choose to forget about a girl who is not good for him, but he can't deny what he feels for her in his heart. 
I've seen so many friends go down a wrong path all because they can't deny their heart's desire.. only to realize that it was the wrong thing for them.
The main struggle today is always with our hearts. 
Once it wants something, all reason and logic can't seem to sway it.

But.. what if the heart doesn't know any better?

When your Mac laptop is spoilt, you bring it to the Apple workshop to get it fixed.
When your your samsung phone gets wonky, you bring it back to the samsung shop to repair it.
When you don't understand a certain chapter of the book, you'd want to ask the author to explain more.

Likewise.. why don't you bring your heart back to the one who created it;
so that you can know what your heart was originally designed and made for;

before all the hurts and heartbreaks that made you wary,
before all the disappointments that made you sick,

Your heart was whole. Your heart had purpose.
Your heart had a song to sing.

Your heart still has a beautiful song to sing.


When you spend a lot of time with a person, his desire gradually becomes your desire.
You will find yourself liking and having an interest in the things of his fancy too.
As the relationship strengthens, you will find that even your thoughts are in tune!

So its really no different when you spend time with the One who placed destiny into your heart.
His desires will slowly become your desires. The original and good plan He has for you will slowly be your plan as you spend even more time in His presence.

And that is finally how when your heart wants what the heart wants,

He will give you the desires of your heart.

Friday, September 13, 2013


"Grace what have you done?
Murdered for me on the cross
Accused in absence of wrong
My sin washed away by Your blood

Too much to make sense of it all
I know that Your love breaks my fall

The scandal of grace
You died in my place
So my soul will live.........."

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Beauty from ashes #musings

“Our life is full of brokenness—broken relationships, broken promises, broken expectations. How can we live with that brokenness without becoming bitter and resentful except by returning again and again to God’s faithful presence in our lives?”

You can make all things beautiful again. 

Tragedy may happen, but it certainly does not mean God made it happen. So often we are quick to raise at our fists at God when bad things happen to good people but I've come to understand that while God does not bring the tragedies to us, He loves us enough to help us grow and move on from it when disaster strikes.

He can just leave us there in the trainwreck.. He can just leave us alone in our hurt until we 'get over it'.

But no. He is there even in the confusion and anger and bitterness. He is there even when things don't make sense. He is there with you at your darkest moment. And guess what, He loves you even at your worst. He loves you so much that He will help you stand on your feet again and fight the battle with you until you get that victory.

Oh how He loves!

"The beautiful reality is God is present in heartbreak, and He heals our hearts in a way that makes us more than we would have been without the brokenness."

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Light up my path

"Wisdom means to  choose now what will make sense later. I am   learning everyday to allow the space between where I am and where I want to be, to inspire me and not terrify me."
Tracee Eliis Ross

Every day there seems to be some sort of apprehension as graduation draws nearer. Where to work, or who will hire me, and where will You lead me?

It's always so easy to feel insecure and let the negatives drown everything out but I'm learning that Your word speaks the loudest to me. 

And You've promised good to me, to magnify You wherever I go. So in Your word, my hope will be secured. 

It's the most terrifying kind of faith to trust in what you can't see or expect.. but I'm learning everyday that it will all make sense in due time. And to just keep going because I can trust You.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

A personal reminder

Hola people.
Finally updating this space after a long hiatus.
I've been so busy with different events recently that it feels weird to be this freed up now.
Been recuperating with lotsa rest and catching up on all my fave stuff to do (dramas, swimming, stayovers, outings with loved ones and just being able to breathe without worry).

I would have to say I'm generally quite a 'worrier' by nature. When things don't go well or things are out of my control, I lose hair and sleep over it. But then because of Amazing Grace, everything just falls back into place at the end. And I realize I never had to worry in the first place.
But then the process repeats all over again.
I get all hot and bothered about a certain issue that I can't fix, put all my strength into fixing it, get frustrated and upset at myself that I can't make it better, God comes in to save it, and I thank God.
But I never learn from the many times of being saved.

Why is it so easy to just forget the former victories and breakthroughs we had we God?
Why do I always try to save things until my own strength runs out and then realize I can't do it alone?

This time, though, I don't want to forget what it feels like what I reach the end of my rope in weariness and hopelessness.. And how God saved me in the end to make things beautiful again.

 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; 
for without Me you can do nothing
John 15:5

Monday, March 18, 2013

Paris: Travelogue

Ooh la la! 
It was only after church service that I remembered I still have all my Paris pictures with me. I went with the kinky & cheesy UK Ladies (lol) and it was a gr8 albeit short experience!

We went in October 2012 so my memory's a bit hazy now, but I'll try my best to recount my trip with ya! (Not gonna do a day-to-day account, but a rough summary of my thoughts on Paris, the city of love~)

1) Of course everyone HAS to visit the Eiffel Tower! Glad we went at night cos the lightshow was just spectacular! Pity it was drizzling before that so we got wet and cold but hey, we're in Paris!

2) Food. Food prices were pretty expensive (or maybe cos we dined at tourist-trap locations) but I can't remember how much exactly lol bad memory when it comes to numbers. However I did recall thinking that I had to watch my budget with the food cos I'd only changed a bit of Euros and still wanted to buy gifts back and all. Nevertheless, we still enjoyed all our crepes and bread meals and even had a late-night supper with some rosé wine and fries. 
Omg so sinful but so delicious! I'm missing it now. Haha

3) Almost everywhere is a Kodak moment. The architecture and view of the city is simply gorgeous. 
My eyes were definitely very happy on this trip.
We were blessed with a sunny day on our 2nd day, yay!

Mandatory tourist shot at the Louvre Museum! 
(It was crazy packed because it was a free admissions Sunday thing, so be prepared to to queue..)

4) We travelled from London St. Pancras to Paris by Eurostar
Gosh, the booking was crazy because the prices kept jumping higher every time we tried to book it! You must definitely book way in advance for seats and for affordable prices! 
The ride to Paris was about 2 hours ++ and was pretty interesting, since we don't have such big landscapes and railway tracks like these in Singapore. 
Getting on board the train was pretty fuss-free too. Just print the tickets, check-in and hop on board!

5) I think the only thing I was surprised at was their Metro (underground train). 
Was pretty confusing at times cos some trains only went to half of their stops and we had to wait for the next train at a different platform?! Thank God for helpful locals who saw our lost faces and guided us along. Oh yeah, people say the French are snobbish people and all? But I didn't feel that at all! On the contrary, all the French people we met were friendly! 
Okay back to the Metro, the underground system was run-down and smelly at times. 
But ah well, it was efficient and thank God we stayed in a hotel that was near the attractions, so we didn't have to travel far.
(They have interesting decor in different stations tho! This is a mosaic ceiling art piece)

Double-decker train!!!

Notre-dame in all its glory! 

Overall it was an eye-opening trip! 
I just didn't get the whole l'amour Love vibe of Paris tho. Maybe cos I wasn't with my lover or it was too cold and wet to fully enjoy the whole experience. 
Paris is an awesome city with so much history that it's too much to take all in a few days. 
Would definitely love to go back to shop and sight-see some more!
But honestly, I don't think I'd want to have my honeymoon here. Lol just sayin'. 
Plus I enjoyed Paris comfortably with just about 150 euros! 
Hahaha achievement unlocked. Student trip at its best.

Thanks for reading and hope you enjoyed the pics! :D

Monday, March 4, 2013

Once in a lifetime love

Marina Abramovic and Ulay started an intense love story in the 70s, performing art out of the van they lived in. When they felt the relationship had run its course, they decided to walk the Great Wall of China, each from one end, meeting for one last big hug in the middle and never seeing each other again. In 2010, Marina performed ‘The Artist Is Present’, a minute of silence with each stranger who sat in front of her. Ulay arrived without her knowing it and this is what happened.

This is so moving. 

The emotions you can see in their eyes. 
After all the years of separation, a brief 1 minute meeting that reconnects them once again.
All the words that they've been wanting to say since they parted.. Are all spoken through their eyes. 
Was it joy? Was it loss? Was it longing? Was it relief?
This scene felt too private to watch, like I was intruding on a moment so personal and significant.
Then the 1 minute was up- and he left.  

Sunday, March 3, 2013


Top and boot are from UK, snakeskin pants from Osmose

Time goes so swiftly that in a few blinks, you're 22 years old this year. 
Still young, still young. 
But as age catches up to me, the responsibilities and the pressures of this world follow too.

So while I can, I want to enjoy myself while working hard. I want to stay up all night with my loved ones. I want to go crazy and go all out for a cause I believe in. I want to eat and not worry about my metabolism. I want to run with the strength of a young body. I want to learn new instruments and skills. I want to dream extraordinary dreams. 

I want to live my life serving and being an example to others by my words, action and love.
Of course, that means certain sacrifices have to be made.

But at the end of day, I know it is worth it because the joy is far greater. 
And I still live every day to the fullest. I've not been short-changed.

After all, you only live once......
Live it well.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

A bittersweet forever

“But this is touching, Severus,” said Dumbledore seriously. “Have you grown to care for the boy, after all?”

“For him?” shouted Snape. “Expecto Patronum!”

From the tip of his wand burst the silver doe. She landed on the office floor, bounded once across the office, and soared out of the window. Dumbledore watched her fly away, and as her silvery glow faded he turned back to Snape, and his eyes were full of tears.

“After all this time?”
Always,” said Snape.

'I love this line that Snape utters when asked if he still loves Lily, after all this time. I love everything it represents - enduring love, the permanence of the series, of books in general, how Hogwarts will always be there to welcome me home, and how I am, always, a writer.'

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Felt the jolts in my bones

Forgot to add in my pictures that the sparkly peplum skirt is from Bugis Street for their signature 10 bucks price!

Wore this frilly blouse and skirt to work and decided to bring my new Statement Muse Collar Chain Link thingy out to play. Looked in the mirror and decided I looked a little too corporate for my taste.
So I threw on a pearl & daisy tie-dye baseball cap & a bag pack to make the outfit more casual.
Slipped on my go-to sandals and I was off to work!

I'm glad that my office doesn't restrict us to a certain dress code- just to look presentable enough if we do meet clients or go out for presentations. So it gives me a wide berth to play with outfits and every morning it gives me a new challenge to see how I can mix my casual clothings with more business-y ones. 

It helps keep my creative juices flowing to create new outfits every day.
Some people use Sudoku, some people meditate, & I like to do dress-up! 

Every one has different ideas of fun.. What's yours? :)