Tuesday, April 10, 2012



Now, here is one of the saddest movie I have ever seen, Albert Nobbs... A tale of a woman posing as a man in 19th-century Ireland, and it is an amazing, incredible story of humanity: how cruel we can be, how we will do anything including totally losing our sense of self in order to survive. 

Albert Nobbs is not in every way a man. She works as a butler and waiter in a 19th century Dublin hotel, where she dresses and passes as a man because a woman would not be hired for the job, and she needs the economic security and primarily because, years earlier, he, as a she, was raped. But the pain she lives in isn't worth the money. Many people pass as members of the other sex for many reasons, but and my impression is that for most of them, and in ways for Albert Nobbs, it answers a genuine emotional need.

Albert Nobbs isn't always happy being a man. But he is especially happy when fantasizing about the tobacconist’s shop he plans to open and about the emotional life he intends to have there. There is something stiff and genderless and traumatized about him. His entire life is focused on economic security and on an emotionally warm and safe life spent both industriously and basking in the radiant glow of the hearth, and she lives in terror of being exposed. Regard her his body language: shy, repressed, reclusive, trying to fade in and become invisible, and how awkwardly he stumbles (and looks), dressed as a woman running along the beach.

The hotel is a Dublin crossroads for people of some means but of no great distinction. It's run by the ebullient Mrs. Baker, who sails a jolly ship but as an employer is no paragon. Employees come and go, and although Albert is considered by everyone an odd fellow, she's still there. Homosexuality is not unknown in this establishment; Viscount Yarrell checks in with a free-drinking crew and specifies an adjoining room for his friend. But Albert Nobbs isn't a homosexual of any description except to those of you who see her only as a woman, and, as a woman, one who lusts after at least one other woman, life would be simpler if she were.

This is such a brave performance by Glenn Close, who in making Albert so real, makes the character as pathetic and unlikable as she must have been in life. The film is based on a story by George Moore (1852-1933), an Irish realist writer who may have known some real-life parallels in Dublin. Close never breaks reality. My heart went out to Albert Nobbs, the depth of whose fears are unimaginable. But it is Janet McTeer who brings the film such happiness and, with Close, the life as that it this film has., because tThe tragedy of Albert Nobbs is that there can be notoo little happiness in her his life. The conditions she has had thrust upon him chosen make it impossible. have made his life complex and too-often lonely.

I hope you enjoy the movie as much as I am! Oh ya, remember to pause the song tracks below before you watch the slides! 

Good day.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Shammy and Carlsson, Swayyyy!

Before you lay eyes on this next engagement session I suggest you have an icey drink or cold shower handy.... because it is so sizzling hot you’ll need to instantly cool down! Put together by the extraordinarily talented Jon Low it is a breathtaking shoot full of ravishing images. The knock out looking couple Shammy and Carlsson, capture their love for each other with so much passion and style, they have literally taken my breath away. That’s why chemistry is the key! But of course, with chemistry like that, there are many more gorgeous images to choose from…

Fascinator always goes well on simple and elegant dress.

The beautiful black sand beach...

Shammy & Carlsson

The Inspiration
Shammy and Carlsson are both from the creative line. They wanted a memorable engagement session that truly reflects their personality. Being the visual type, I REALLY appreciate "Vision". Shammy shared her vision of a cool wedding dress and it somehow reminded me of Nicole Richie and Rebecca Twigley! A wedding dress that could transform from long to short kind of idea is totally not my style as I thought a wedding dress should be a proper wedding dress. After meeting Shammy, we decided to transform a classic wedding dress to a more glamorous one instead!

The Bride wore
The dress was a classic elegant lace and mermaid cut. then, I made a detachable tulle skirt for her next style. When the skirt is attached to the original mermaid dress, it turned out to be a dramatic ball gown as I expected! It was perfect. During the fitting, Shammy brought a bikini top that she bought and try it with the tulle skirt. Seriously, awesome!

The Photographer
Jon Low, my all time favorite photographer continues to WOW me with this collection. I just can't stop adding in more pictures!


Seh Leng and Choon Yong, Luxe + Vintage! I ♥

This couple are so gorgeous and I love the vintage styling to this pre-wedding shoot. I particularly like the styling with the, lovely baby breaths, antique camera, antique bicycle and the ivory balloons. It suits the couple down to the ground. They're relaxed, earthy and their pre wedding shoot with Adam they really get to have some fun!

Adam's beloved antique prop! Yashica 124G

A beautiful mixture of baby breaths and eustoma  

A pair of simple classic shoes is all you need!

Seh Leng & Choon Yong

The Inspiration
I am a lover of all things vintage, rustic chic, so when this lovely couple shared their dream e-session boasting some serious rustic goodness (along with darling details and a sweet as can be ivory and vintage rose color scheme), I know I have to make her dream gown!

The Bride wore 
The gown is designed in a simple A line with a sweetheart cut on the top to give a total clean look on her. Again, the tulle is the main player in the design to soften the typical A line, many many layers of tulle! Lace aaplique are added from the top till the hip part, finished with Swarovski crystals and ivory pearls. 

The Photographer
A pre wedding shoot is a great way to relax in front of the camera and het to know your shooter, I'd highly recommend one, And with Adam Ong of Frames Studio on hand to capture all of the lovely, it means and entire day for you and me!


Monday, April 2, 2012

How Did I Spent My First Off Day (1st of April, 2012) Of The Year?

MONDAY RAMBLES, What a lovely weekend!
4 hours of cross stitching! 
Practice on making 15 boutonnierre and corsages.
I had a lovely weekend!

It's Been A Long Time... Farewell, my shining light!

I can’t believe I haven’t been on here for such a long time... I had to step away from my blog for a little while as a lot of things were happening and something had to take a back seat! I needed to sort my head out and now things have calmed down.

Farewell, my shining light..
Every so often we want to express our gratitude to and honour our parents, because if it were not for them, we would not have been who we are.

My mother passed away 2 months ago. I want to honour her for many reasons lately, mainly because it was her birthday and she was in my thoughts a lot in the last few weeks. My mother was a Superwoman. She was AMAZING. When she was in her 40s, she had a liver disorder, some surgery, some time in the hospital, and a recovery. After that, in her late 40s, she had a valve repair surgery. She had a lung infection during the second day of chinese new year last year, and followed by an angioplasty in the mid year. Imagine multiple operations, tubes in her side, morphine hallucinations. Modern-day feminists would have been horrified by Mom’s lifestyle. Her day-to-day world consisted primarily of cooking, shopping, keeping her home running smoothly and, above all, taking care of her children ( sending the three of us to school in  different schools and tuition centers). I think she just assumed that these were the most important things in every woman’s life. I have so much appreciation for my mom, now even more so after she had gone. Mainly for the things that she passed on to me – faith, values, hospitality, love for people, work ethics and my passion to create things. My mother was gifted in designing and although she never pursued it as a career, we still have her sketches to treasure. She always believed that we should be able to “show” what we have achieved at the end of the day. Maybe that is what motivated me to do what I am doing today – creating dresses.

My mother was not only creative, she cared deeply for people. She always had someone that she was reaching out to up to the end of her life and she lived a simple life and didn’t care much for material posessions. We sometimes had to tell her that she should be less frugal with her money – we tried to persuade her to travel, buy more decent food or to sometimes buy something new for herself, but it was hard for her not to be the person that she was – someone with simple tastes and a deep love for her Creator. 

When the phone rang at 6 a.m., first day of Chinese New Year, I knew before I answered it what it meant. After more than a decade of a life-threatening medical condition, I believe my mom, who never once talked about dying, finally decided it was time to go. At her advanced age, I never thought it would be difficult for me to accept her departure. How wrong I was. It’s hard for me to process the fact that I will never see her or hear her voice again. An integral part of my life is now gone forever. She passed away in her own bed, in her own home peacefully..

Farewell, my shining light.