Hello there. I am Terry and I am a full-time undergraduate based in Singapore. I take photos, write a blog and design websites.

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That misty morning

One Litre of Tears OST

One Litre of Tears OST

Title: Sunadokei (from One Litre of Tears OST)
Artist: Susumu Ueda

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Today I chose this song as the post because I’ve recently finished watching both the film and the TV series (both of which I cried more than a litre of tears after watching them!), and I love the soundtrack to bits. Composed by Susumu Ueda, One Litre of Tears OST helps to portray the journey of Aya Kito, from her day of being diagnosed with a rare genetic and incurable degenerative disease to her death. Her struggles with life and people, he slurring speech and increasingly stiff movements, never fail to bring me to tears. And yet these never dampened her hope to continue to live every single day of her remaining life as if it was her last.

The serenity of this song suits this post a lot :) and so I’ve decided to dedicate it to everyone who is currently reading this entry. Plus, this post is for Aya-chan too – may you rest in peace. Your uplifting spirits has inspired thousands of others, including those who were diagnosed with the same disease as you, to appreciate life and to continue living.

Two weekends ago, my Saturday morning was free so I decided to take a tour around the campus and see if I can take some photos to share with you.

On that misty morning, mist filled the campus, shrouding everything in a cloud of mystery and surprise.

On that misty morning, mist filled the campus, shrouding everything in a cloud of mystery and surprise.

Waking up at 7am, I grabbed the chance of catching the gorgeous morning sun before it gets too fiery. I walked out of my room and along the road, to find that the whole campus was shrouded in mist. I thought I was in a dream – the feel of the morning breeze, the smell of the fresh grass and the serenity and quietness of trafficless lanes… they were too good to be true.

On the bus, on my way around campus.

On the bus, on my way around campus.

I hopped on the bus that came right after the previous photo was taken. Unlike the usual school days, the bus was empty except for a few passengers – students heading out of campus (who managed to take every single restraint from pressing the snooze button) and workers. The ride was quiet and peaceful, what I could hear was the soft conversations of the passengers, the muffled voices from the TV and the humming of the well oiled bus engine.

The empty walkway, devoid of human traffic.

The empty walkway, devoid of human traffic.

I walked pass the corridors and walkways devoid of human traffic – it was so different from the usual noisy walkways that people used to squeeze onto during school days. I have the whole corridor to myself, not needing to worry about bumping into anyone. It just felt so surreal – I was the only human in sight. The loneliness was a little unnerving, I quickened my footsteps.

White flowers bathing under the morning sun.

White flowers bathing in the morning sun.

Arriving outside the empty academic complex, I stumbled upon a bed of flowers in the midst of being tended by the faithful gardener. The sun was just right above the canopy, so the flowers just starting bathing in the morning sun.

Pink flowers on a sun-drenched morning

Pink flowers on a sun-drenched morning

The sun continues to rise above the canopy, drenching the flower bed with more sunlight. The pink little flower glistened under the rays, still raw from the frosty night.

Of smokey shadows and lights - tracing the shapes of the branches.

Of smokey shadows and lights - tracing the shapes of the branches.

I continue to trace my way towards the International Student Centre. Sunlight was filtering through the delicate network of branches, twigs and leaves, while the morning mist lingered to give the radiating rays you see above. A halo formed on the road surface (it wasn’t photoshopped in! It was already there!) from the refracted lights. How quaint!

Tree-lined avenue

Tree-lined avenue

The tree-lined avenues of my university looked gorgeous in the morning. Combined with the quietness of the surrounding and the lack of vehicular traffic, it felt like a dream. I thought I was in my own world, all by myself, bathing in the calming atmosphere of Mother Nature.

Before and After - Rise and Shine!

Before and After - Rise and Shine!

A little photoshop work does magic to the bland photo to the left ;) I just color burned the sky with a light blue and colour dodged the cement floor with light yellow. Pumped the contrast and saturation by a small amount – I didn’t want to overdo it. Click on the image above to view the final image.

The final goodbye…

So this is our final farewell to Huilin... sayonara!

So this is our final farewell to Huilin... sayonara!

Completely unrelated to the previous part of the post, Chongx and I rushed to the Lavender bus depot on Sunday evening to send Huilin off. We nearly couldn’t make it because we were already running late! I guess there must be some divine intervention :) thank you! So yep we made it in time and managed to send her off! The farewell wasn’t as teary as I’ve expected, probably because I’ve already cried so badly when she left NTU before that (she returned for the Merdeka Night celebration). She was a little sad though, but I hope she’s fine now!

Dear Huilin, thank you for being such a great friend! All the best to your future endeavours in Warwick ;) keep in touch!

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