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Another Turning Point

I like to think that I am an adventurer who likes challenges. It is a big change and I have embrace it and make it works. The transition is on the way and I am settling into it.

First of all, I have got rid of the job at the restaurant. Three and a half year working at Pancakes on the Rocks was not only physically demanding but also, as a Supervisor, it was a mental test. When managing a shift, I had to look over every aspects in the Restaurant: allocating staff, checking repairs, dealing with complaints, balancing the cash register and the list goes on plus a handful of documentation to wrap up the day. It taught me a lot about leadership and it was actually fun at some degree. However, when I got back home from work, I found that I was too tired to get the productivity in photography, let alone do some networking and socialising. It was really hard to manage time and energy to get things done when your body is exhausted and your emotion in unstable.

So it is time to move on and I do not let the Restaurant as the excuse not to put myself together and progress. The Farewell Party the other night was absolutely fun. I say no more hospitality. Let’s see how it goes.

The other big change is I am back to school. Early last year, I was applying for a place in Master of Digital Media (MDM), College of Fine Arts (COFA), University of New South Wales. I really did not have much hope to get in since it was a one of the most reputable art schools in Australia. Fortunately, they accepted my application. But I had to defer the offer to this year to sort the Proof of English Ability to show that I can communicate in the particular language properly and Australian Citizenship to obtain the Government loan, HECS-HELP. Along the way, my IELTS score was 7 overall, passed the threshold of 6.5, and I received that piece of paper from the Mayor of Marrickville. I was ready to rock ‘n’ roll in the Uni.

In this degree, we get to choose whether Computer Animation of Image. I do the later. On top of that, it accompanies with other three theory electives and two studio electives. According to the courses they offer, there are too many of very interesting classes to choose from, especially in School of Art History and Theory, so that it feels that you cannot do much in this one-and-a-half-year program. There are four classes enrolled this semester:

My ambitious plan is to blog about these courses as we go and try to get more of my photography out there. The future is still uncertain since I lost the main source of income. However, I will do my best to maintain my sanity here. You can help me by giving the feedbacks, questions or just a little note to keep me going on in this adventure. The new journey is going to a very fascinating one.

Farewell Pancakes

It has been about three and a half year since I start to run around at Pancakes on the Rocks. Now it’s time to move on. Although my new path is not so clear as a Media Artist, I have to feel positive on the future. Master of Digital Media (MDM) at College of Fine Arts (COFA), University of New South Wales is on the plate in the coming month. I am looking forward to it as I will try to blog and tweet about the course in order to share these practices to the world.

Where: Sumalee Thai, Bank Hotel, 324 King St, Newtown

When: Tuesday 29 July, around 7.30 pm

I am going to get smashed and try not worry about the next source of income. You are all welcomed to the party if you are around, either just for drinks or dinner or both. Sumalee Thai has the best reputation on their Thai cuisine and Bank Hotel is a funky pub at the same place in the centre of Newtown. Come along, this should be really fun.

The Long Lost Babies

One mission in Thailand trip was to retrieve my works in the past. When I decide to moved to Sydney, I was stupid to think that I could go back soon and left behind my art pieces that made me proud. Unfortunately, 6 six years on, the house I lived was sold, my belongings were stacked away in many places and I had no idea how they ended up. There were three items I missed the most: two artworks from high school and a film from university. However, they were found in the neighbour’s who was very generous to keep my stuff in their house.

Back in high school, I chose to study the program that taught both visual arts and science to aim for university entrance exams in architecture. (Do not ask me any chemistry now.) It was the best intuitive decision I had ever made because it cracked my vision potentials and also served my curiosity about how things worked.

Third Perspective Exploration

Third Point Perspective Exploration

Poster colour painting for the final mark in Composition class.

Hay Inspiration

Hay Inspiration

Mixed Media work for school art exhibition

It was a mixed feeling of joy and sadness when I rediscovered these long lost babies. Nevertheless, I decided not to bring these two works to Sydney and took pictures of them in their environment with the camera phone instead. It should have been enough to place them in my fond memories. Looking at the past, whether happy or painful, certainly helped guiding my lost soul to the future.

Lost in Transportation

Pub in Chatuchak
A pub in Chatuchak Weekend Market

I was not meant to document Stilgherrian’s first journey outside Australia but while looking through the Thailand trip archives, it was interesting enough to publish pictures of him in different back drops new to him. The trip was also my first visit back to my homeland in six years. So I needed time for my own and he joined me later. Admittedly, ten days in the Kingdom was surely not enough and I never stopped moving. The result was an extremely intense holiday for him. However, he gave very unique observations on Bangkok different from most tourists or even locals would consider.

Arriving Bangkok at Suvarnabhumi Airport
Arriving Bangkok at Suvarnabhumi Airport
Boat trip long Chao Phraya River
Boat trip long Chao Phraya River
Phran Nok Market Encounter
Phran Nok Market Encounter
Haircut in Tha Phra Chan
Haircut in Tha Phra Chan
Train to the city with the view of abandoned Hopewell Project
Train to the city with the view of abandoned Hopewell Project
A shop in Chinatown
A shop in Chinatown
Stick to the business on Silom Road
Stick to the business on Silom Road
Treasure hunt in Chatuchak Weekend Market
Treasure hunt in Chatuchak Weekend Market
Communication to the world in Chatuchak Weekend Market
Communication to the world in Chatuchak Weekend Market
After big lunch in Rayong
After big lunch in Rayong
Skytrain speculation
Skytrain speculation
Departing Bangkok at Suvarnabhumi Airport
Departing Bangkok at Suvarnabhumi Airport