I have had the most insanely packed weeks ever! Just shoot after shoot, week in and week out, as well as meeting awesome people that make me smile with their amazing ideas and creativity. I feel like finally, I may just have found a place here in Singapore, an island I’ve been struggling to call ‘home’.
I never thought that something like blogging would make a strange place seem more familiar but I guess that’s what happens when you start committing to what you really love. Things start to fall into place.
I’m starting to plan my journey back to the place I really consider my home, London. With all the wonderful chaos that’s going on right now, it’s a really big priority of mine. I feel as if I will always be connected to that city in some way and an annual pilgrimage of sorts needs to happen. I have chosen a date inÂ November and fingers crossed that this really happens. Last year was amazing, I was almost thrilled to be freezing, it was such a forgotten familiarity.
Recently I’ve had quite a few visitors over from home in Singapore and even just a quick dinner and drinks at Keong Saik Street is enough to press the reset button and make me feel like myself again. When my best friend came over and we stayed at River Valley at an Airbnb, watching Made in Chelsea, eating chicken rice take away and gossiping non- stop, I realised during all of that fun that I had forgottenÂ that although I have changed in many ways, a lot of what I really want in life has not, regardless of where I am in the world.
The story behind how this beach series happened is actually quite comical. In the midst of recovering from the worst gastritis ever, ever, I decided to shoot four looks in a day.Â In my last four years of ‘habitual blogging’, I have actually never attempted this.
The major difference with this shoot was that I had no idea how anything would turn out.Â I am a firmÂ believer in the equation Satisfaction= Expectation – Reality. First of all, I actually had no idea that my photographer and friend, Yibin was actually this good with a camera.
Next, it was getting late when the patches of golden light finally hit through the clouds. With unrestrained excitement my photographer yelped at us (my friend Dorothy and I) to run over to the other side of the beach to catch the last rays. There were remnants of tourists, strewn about the beach and it was a perilous undertaking running through the sand, dodging people and scampering across the bridge in three- inch flatforms.
Such is the glamour of blogging!
Photography by Yibin Huang
Top and bikini all from Zara
Shoes (shop similarÂ at Celine)