May the moon light up our hearts forever

The very moment Ah Yan let out a heartbreaking wail, the kids in front of the stage broke into a chorus of laughter. It was excruciatingly inappropriate, and yet very amusing and liberating.

I had worried that Singing Under the Moonlight 月亮有歌 by Hongjiejie Work Station 红姐姐剧场 would be too naive and unsophisticated, for it is a theatre play for young audiences. The story took us back to several decades ago when Fung Bo Bo and Lin Feng-jiao were the then-popular movie stars. Six best friends from primary school spent all their time together studying and playing; their close friendship forged through bantering, game sessions, tikam, and a secret hideaway deep in the woods.

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Getting recognised

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We live in a world where cameras, Photoshop, and even mobile phones gain better attention than the photos. The photo itself seems to be the last thing people notice.

So I was tingling with excitement where I received an email informing me that my photo had been chosen as the daily winner for a campaign by Hong Kong tourism board #INEVERKNEW. Although I didn’t win the first prize, which I was secretly hoping for, the fact that this photo got chosen meant someone noticed my work. I was excited not for any other reasons, but simply because someone noticed, and liked, my photo.

 

Five interesting WeChat official accounts

WeChat is the only app a person truly needs in China. It is everything, with the functions of WhatsApp, Facebook, blog, e-wallet and more rolling into one amazing, powerful app.

The official accounts on WeChat are what I read when I ride in the subway and before bedtime. Here are five accounts that I adore:

1. Yi Tiao 一条

Yi Tiao is touted as the “most beautiful video channel in China.”  And it truly is. Fascinating people and places are featured in neat, captivating videos.

(WeChat ID: yitiaotv)

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Aprons

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Throughout my life, most of my important conversations with mum happened in the kitchen. While she plucked leaves from stems, chopped garlic, slipped chicken cutlets into the sizzling wok, sending droplets of hot oil everywhere, I would pad into the kitchen and try to get her attention. “Mum…”

Strangely, having this apron to call my own feels like a rite of passage, a coming of age; of having an item that I’d like to take with me into the future kitchens that I will be having.

It used to be a lot of requesting for something (permission to go out with friends), and then slowly evolved to discussing a question (should I be a Journalism or Chinese Studies major?), and arrived at informing her of a decision I’ve made (getting into grad school).

And in recent years, it’s largely just about being in her presence, exchanging random thoughts and getting updates on the newest members she added to our backyard garden.

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Petronas Twin Towers

My camera loves the Petronas Twin Towers. Actually, I did not realise that until I flipped through my repository recently, and was surprised at the amount of shots I’d taken of this national icon.

Over the years of working as a press photographer, I have had so many opportunities to see the Twin Towers from different angles. The higher you get, the better the shot. My favourite spot is the rooftop of a 15-storey condo – it is the perfect place to take in the structure’s majesty.

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Rings

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Over the years I have accumulated a variety of rings, mostly chunky, statement rings from craft markets, but recently I have developed a liking for handmade silver rings that are dainty and thin.

They are simple, modest, understated and versatile. I like to stack them together casually, and they get along with each other fairly well.

This mountain ring is from: Laugh Night