Friday, December 30, 2011

32 ;)

Thats gonna sound scandalicious in a few years heheh. So here i am awake for my 6 am flight only to find out its been delayed 3 hours. So i thought might as well post the birthday post. A month ago i discovered that my passport photo today looks much younger than the one taken 5 years back. Illusion? Nah being at peace with urself n being able to make urself happy without wanting someone else to make u happy sure helps. Travelling on the bday is one of those things ive decided to do as what more can give myself than the joy of doing what i love ;)) Life is To be lived as fully as possible. Be proud of your choices, stand up for your rights and most importantly live your life. ;))) V-Eyez Imagery My photography blog V-Eyez Imagery on Facebook

Friday, December 16, 2011

Sacrifice

People often tell me the silliest things. Oh you’ve got so much money, no responsibilities and you can do whatever you want whenever you want.

Sometimes I smile sometimes I get annoyed truth us I want to tell them.

All I want to tell them is I challenge you to live one day of my life in each of my 31years! For only then you’ll know what all I’ve done to achieve and be someone.

To be a dancer and singer I sacrificed every single Saturday Sunday of my life since I was 8 till 25 years old to go for classes. When we were old enough to take the bus we used to sit 3 hours in a bus to get to class every weekend!

To be the writer and employee in the position I am today, I’ve spent countless of hours working late, working weekends, working to hit my deadlines just so I can go on holiday and gone through the craziest people and situations.

To become the artist/photographer I am today I have sacrificed so much time, money, health and more just to become good at what I do.

Its 2 in the morning and I’ve just finished my own work for the day after working the whole day at the office till 8pm. I don’t have weekends, I work most of them, either I’m editing or shooting. To go for one of my holidays I have to work non stop so I can finish all my deadlines.

So it amazes me when ppl think my life is easy. Yes it is much more easier financially now but work wise this is the busiest ive ever been and the most tired I’ve gotten.
No one gets living in your means, everyone wants the latest gadjet, the branded clothes this and that but no one wants to work for it. I have only lived within the boundaries of my own financial limits. I used the same old phone for 6 years before I finally change it. I now use the cheapest phone on the market simply because smart phones are too expensive and not worth the money and the packages are daylight robbery. Instead because I needed to be in constant contact with people, I got the ipad which I saved money for and got the cheapest 3g package.

I am a bloody proud cheapskate, I buy stuff on bargains, I know the best deals and would have done enough research to get them. I upgraded my pc in stages using the same monitor for some 7, 8 years till it finally died on me and only upgrading the hardware and software when ever needed. I don’t believe in brands unless its electronics that too I wouldn’t buy a brand if they’re overpriced no matter what the fanboys say.

I started working in the height of recession in 2001 for a super small salary and I still managed to make ends meet and no I did not live off my parents. Heck I’ve been supporting myself and more since then even after my dad passed on. I never got a bonus in my life till 2004 that too it was a basic one. Every single thing ive purchased or spent has been in cash so that I don’t have to borrow from anyone. I used to say every single sen I could to get them and that’s how I bought my first camera.

I saved money to go on holidays. I don’t drink not just coz I don’t like the taste, simply because its such a waste of money. I don’t gamble, I don’t smoke, I eat when needed, I buy whats necessary.

I’ve lived a frugal, hardworking but happy and wonderful life for I posses the most important thing I am satisfied with whatever I have at that moment. I aspire to be more but I have never wanted what others have and that has made all the difference.
Stop spending on unnecessary stuff, don’t buy big amounts on credit, pay up your credit card bills but not if it means you don’t eat but party like crazy. Have a balanced life.
So stop telling people oh you have so much and learn to live in your means.

I never was crazy rich and still am not but I am one bloody hardworking person who knows how to live within her means.

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Monday, December 12, 2011

Thank you

A fore note – I wrote this weeks before during Thanksgiving after reading the letter by Joe. The wonder of this note is I’ve had more amazing opportunities and experiences in the last few weeks and once again I am thankful to everyone ;)

Joe Mcnally one of the world famous photographers I’ve had the rare opportunity to meet wrote a beautiful post on the things he was thankful for. It echoes my own sentiments as I’ve written many times, notes of thanks for the many things in life be it good or bad and I think it’s long overdue that I write another one.

Thank you for all the opportunities I’ve had in photography, the people I’ve met, the amazing opportunities to meet extraordinary photographers who are even more outstanding as people, the friends I’ve made, the photos that have moved me, the experiences I’ve learnt and many more than comes my way.

Thank you to all the friends and the people who have loved my work and continue to spread the joy to their circles of friends. Thank you for letting me be a part of your memory and treating me like family. Thank you for believing in me. Years down the line I want those photos to represent you as person and most importantly a cherished memory of love and happiness.

Thank you to everyone who thought of me when they saw an opportunity present itself. Regardless of the outcome your positive thoughts and actions have been a great encouragement for me. I am forever grateful and indebted to your kindness.

Thank you for all the wonderful travel opportunities I’ve had this year and the one’s to come. Travel is an addiction I inherited from my father and I am ever grateful for the experiences it has taught me.

Thank you to my IT experts and Equipment experts, yes I do like being poisoned and your advices and help has been an amazing support.

Thank you for the never-ending work, it’s a boon to a workaholic like me.

Thank you to everyone who has loved my work enough to drop me emails or personally found me to tell me, the million likes, favourites and words of appreciation. I truly cherish all of them. It’s an amazing feeling to wake up to all this everyday ;)  

Thank you for showing the light in the weirdest situations.

Thank you for the setback that put into perspective life’s priorities.

Thank you for teaching me to forgive but not forget.

Thank you to the worlds greatest artist - nature for your inspiring beauty and magical art work.

Thanks you for the bounty of rain and sun although I do have a preference for rain ;p

Thank you for all the choice of food we have, for there are many who have no choice.

Thank god I was born here for there is no where I would rather live or be a citizen of.

Thank you to all those people who are neither friends nor family who have shown me kindness and care. For all the times I was walked back to my car in my parking lot, my ever supportive and scary mechanics ;p, the various waiters and waitresses of the restaurants I frequent who treat me with extra care and provide me with entertainment, my dr’s who have taken the time to hear me out; drivers, middle people, coordinators who have been a helpful lot; the ever helpful hotel staffs, the awesome masseurs I’ve met this year, my tailors who create my whims and fancies, my printers who print and give me outstanding work every time, the stores who bring in essential stuff that I need and want, the service industry lot who get asked silly questions coz I want silly things ;p, Canon’s awesome service and ability to calm anxious me, Airasia for the cheap flights and lovely stewardess who don’t think they’re queens and you’re their subjects; Thank you everyone.

Thank you for all the wonderful music and dance I’ve had the opportunity to listen and watch. Music and dance moves me like nothing else and I’m grateful for the opportunities I’ve had to experience them.

Thank you for all my friends good and bad. The good for being such supportive shoulders and for the fun and laughter, the bad for proving to me my actions are correct and I’m better off without you. Peace is not underrated.

Thank you for all the criticism, back stabbing, brick bats and unkind words for you are my biggest encouragement. I work best in the face of adversity, for your actions and words will only fuel me to do better and for that I am ever grateful. I am where I am today because of you.

Thank you for the undying inspirations that drive me to do the craziest things. Thank you to the people who have learnt to trust me in my craziness. You have no idea how much it means to me.

Thank you for filling my soul with dance and music. Thank you for that opportunity to not only perform but to present one of those million ideas in my head that would have never had seen the light if it hadn’t been for such opportunities.

Thank you for all the sadness, fears, problems, blocks, disappointments and more for without them I wouldn’t be me. I am stronger only because of this.

Thank you for all the love for life is nothing without it.

Mostly thank you to god for always being there, in my tears and laughter. You have always been a strong support and I’m not sure whose faith in who is much stronger for everytime I think this is just too much you lift me up with your little miracles. 

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