Desolation x discofissh

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Never did I imagine that, when Min of discofissh and I collaborated, our first meet up would be on platforms five storeys above a pit of darkness, decaying remnants of an abandoned project that has collected dust and haunted rumours over the years. 

We had trekked through dilapidated alleyways and climbed up dark stairways, heel-clad feet crunching against mossy cigarette butts and grimy stones and pebbles, to meet the shadows that kiss the lone concrete at nine-fifty-seven in the morning. The location was an urban construction of scrapped stones and cracked cement, an oxymoronic delight I reveled in. One step out the unhinged doorway and one would be hit with the bustle of a metropolis. One step back and the world disappears.

Classical

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While the contemporary alludes to me, I seem to have the occasional love affair with classical looks, a phrase which here masks the blunt accuracy of more fitting lexis like "ancient" and "old-fashioned," or at least that was what my mother, who was used to my sartorial escapades with skin and legs, gushingly commented on as we shot the look.

Though not entirely sure what woman had their hair stained blue back in the day, I was quite fascinated with the aura of the photos taken and infinitely more thrilled when I realized that I could incorporate my classical music background into the look, putting my four-year-old companion Ophelia the violin and a delicately inscribed upright piano to good use. 

Alienated

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The sky was empty when she roused from slumber, a wilderness left barren by the stars that fell as her soul had been resting. She is a body of foreign vessels, blood the streams of nebular cells, heart the jewel in her intergalactic anatomy.

She had plunged, with the universe above her, into an abyss of vision where dreams have been exiled for fantastical reasons but have risen to every constellation etched on her skin. They breathe to the rhythm of the hum of the moon, a quiver in their breaths as human air kisses their host, a touch not of affection but of hostility -- one that threatens the extraneous inconnue.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY LILY HARITH [FLICKR / INSTAGRAM
MAKEUP BY MUIZ ZAMRI [YOUTUBE / INSTAGRAM]
MODELED WITH REBECCA [TWITTER / INSTAGRAM]

Lunar New Year 16

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Born of Chinese blood -- one quarter pure, three quarters Malaysian -- the Lunar New Year is a tradition my family, dressed in scarlet and gold, observes on a yearly basis, a nod to the ones who govern prosperity and happiness. 

Every year, the Chos fail not to dress in the auspicious hue of bright red on 大年初一 (dà nián chū yī), the first day of the new year, and this remains a chain unbroken for the year to come -- though perhaps it may have been dented slightly with my opting of a slightly grungier look this time around.

Monthly Merits: January


If this January were breakfast, it'd be a bowl of warm oatmeal drizzled in condensed milk on a chilly Sunday morning, saturated on the surface in the hues of fresh fruits and dried ones alike. 

Picking apart the kiwis and the mandarins and raisins, this post is the first of a monthly series I shall be writing, a revamp of the previous year's Round-Ups, except, this time, it'll be in merits.


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