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

And no, I'm not a teddy bear.

Over a cuppa

This is a scheduled post. Teddy is currently on vacation and will have limited access to the Internet. You might want to check out his Twitter feed though – he’s still tweeting through phone.

I’ve typed around 500+ words before this paragraph but it all got wiped out by dear Firefox who conveniently chose to abort abruptly a dozen of seconds before the first scheduled autosave takes place. Did some anger management on Twitter before I start all over again. I swear I’m going to start saving drafts in a paranoid manner from now one.

It’s Friday again! This is a scheduled post though – at the moment being I’m away from home and is vacationing at Genting Highlands1 again. At this hour today, I will most probably fulfill the responsibility of a shutter bug and snap madly away at virtually almost everything in the outdoor amusement park, if the weather permits. If Lady Luck decides to give me a cold shoulder and bless me with lots of fog, mist or rain, you will find me happily cooped up in the comfy sheets on the hotel bed or sucking on a honey stick at Coffee Bean downstairs.

I haven’t been updating my blog with photos lately – partly because I was stuck at home and not going anywhere else (and working on Claudia’s project), and also because there’s nothing much to shoot in my house . My grandparents came down last Sunday to stay with us for a week or so, my brother and I temporarily relinquished our occupancy of our royal beds to them, and slept on mattresses next door. We’re sleeping in a computer room, which didn’t turn out to be a bad thing because both of us get to use our computers and sleep a little later than usual. And ‘a little’ is a rather subjective term – to my parent it means… let’s skip that part.

I’m spending most of the gorgeous afternoons in the nearby pool working out (I prefer pools to gyms. The unavoidable, dreadful gun shows belittles me, or at least, makes me feel  belittled). Not totally hardcore about the tan and I still swim when it’s cloudy – I would rather take it as a ‘training’ for my oncoming trip to a tropical island, where snorkeling and swimming in the sea will be rather physically demanding.

Back to my grandparents’ visit, mom was busy making sure that they eat and sleep well, that they’re entertained (with daily 2-million-decibels karaoke sessions) and happy. On a sunny Wednesday afternoon, we packed lunched and visited my grandaunt (grandma’s sister) – I would say that she’s a wonderful, strong, humourous, caring and kind lady, a little mysterious at the same time. She has been through a lot in life, and despite all those hurdles in life, she is still very generous when it comes to smiles and acts of kindness and graciousness. I simply love her!

Old family photos

Old family photos

After lunch, grandaunt made tea for all of us and on a lazy Wednesday afternoon (I swear at that moment it felt like it’s Sunday!). We sipped on tea, browsed through old family photos that grandaunt brought us, watched some TV, took a short nap, chit-chatted before it’s dinner time and we had to leave. The photos above were taken decades ago – the kids in the photos are now all adults. In the middle photo, the cute, tall girl in blue blouse and who placed her hands on her hips was my aunt, and the ones next to her is my aunt, who appears in the photo right below, taken many years ater.

Mom and the Poang armchair

Mom and the POÄNG armchair

Here’s a photo of my mom on Ikea’s famous POÄNG armchair, reminiscing the good old times ingrained in photos. She called me over and pointed a picture – look, how much I wish I’m that slim now! She was referring to a photo of her younger self. Being very close to my two aunts and my grandaunt, she’d get invited to go on vacations with them, acting as a part-time babysitter during the many trips she’ve embarked on.

Credenza at the corridor - a HDRi

Credenza at the corridor - a HDRi

My aunt has a great taste of interior design and art – she handpicks everything when it came to furnishing this home. Recently, they’ve just completed renovating the dry and wet kitchen area at the lowest level, and I absolutely adore the tiles she used. From the photo of the credenza2 you can see how much effort she has invested in making her house looking like a showhome – when the students she tutor came to her house, they’d exclaim, complete with oooohs and aaaahs, about the beautiful, intricatly decorated interior. I guess her worst dream is to have a bull rummaging through her house!

For some reason, I totally dig the lamp she picked for the credenza. Cute with a whiff of childhood feel, the stylish support separates it from other normal, bland and ubiqituos table lamp. She picked a shallow dish to keep her keys – an excellent idea not to use a bulky key storage and yet keeping things organized.

My late uncle. I really miss him a lot.

My late uncle. I really miss him a lot.

On the ivory-white bookshelf, there’s a compartment where they placed a photo of my late uncle and his then girlfriend, and a small statue of Buddha. Everytime when I see his photos in albums and in their home, a tingling feeling rises up my heart. I still miss him, afterall. Although he has left us many years ago, memories of him playing and singing to the tune of his guitar and him tickling me with his long fingernails remains etched in my mind. When I talked to my brother about him, it’s surprising that both of us have the same impressions and memories of him – the guitar-player and tickler :) I feel so sad and sorry about his loss. Okay, my eyes are getting a little teary now.

The living area

The living area

This is the living area of my aunt’s home – gorgeous, isn’t it? She bought the complete set of ivory-white display cupbarods from Ikea, which complements the yellow-brown paint she used for the walls. On the shelves there were more photos, vases of flowers, nifty handicrafts and storage boxes. I like the way she organizes the thing! p/s: That’s my brother Adrian on the left, lounging on the sofa feeding contents off a comic book.

Fonty Friday!

Being on vacation doesn’t give me the excuse of halting the Fonty Friday feature. For this week, I’m featuring Colaborate, a fantastic slab serif3 typface designed by Ralph Oliver du Carrois. I’ve used it as the logo font in my theme’s (teddy-risation™ Theta) logo.

Fonty Friday - Colaborate

Have a great weekend, folks!

  1. Genting Highlands is a mountain peak within the Titiwangsa Mountains on the border between the states of Pahang and Selangor of Malaysia and is home to a famous mountain resort by the same name which can be reached by car from Kuala Lumpur in one hour – Wikipedia.
  2. A credenza is a piece of furniture that became very fashionable during the second half of the 19th century. Often made of a burnished and polished wood decorated with marquetry a central cupboard would be flanked by symmetrical quadrant glass display cabinets. The top would often be made of marble or other decorative stone or inlaid wood – Wikipedia.
  3. In typography, a slab serif (also called mechanistic, square serif or Egyptian) typeface is a type of serif typeface characterized by thick, block-like serifs. Serif terminals may be either blunt and angular (Rockwell), or rounded (Courier). Slab serif typefaces generally have no bracket (feature connecting the strokes to the serifs – Wikipedia.

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25 responses to “Over a cuppa” » Leave a response

  1. yong yong biaoyiResponse

    早知你要来拍我的家,我就先打理一下,哈哈~说实话,如果有一头疯牛冲过来我家,我大概会挡在大门外,哼哼不是你死就是我亡~

    玄关那张我太喜欢啦,我可从来没觉得那角落有什么漂亮。不过照相机居然可以拍到墙壁的质感,感觉旧旧的。赞!

    假期愉快!我等不及要去停泊岛了~

  2. med

    enjoy your holiday ;) zzzz

  3. LatrinaResponse

    Uhh, I hate it when your work gets erased. I’m glad you started over though! I very much enjoyed this entry. Your family get-together sounds a lot like mine. Reminiscing over family photos, lots of eating, and chatting! I adore going through photo albums. The ones of your aunts are so adorable! Btw, your mother looks so young! She’s very beautiful. Actually, your entire family is so lovely. How did y’all manage that!? :P

    My heart aches when you mention your uncle. I’m so terribly sorry, Teddy. It’s special that you and your brother have such fond memories of him though. Those will forever be with you. :) I lost my uncle last year and I sometimes forget he’s even gone. Okay, let me explain. For the past couple of years, he has lived an hour or so away and we have not seen him much. (He called all the time though) He was a horrible alcoholic but such a sweet and funny human being. Very handy as well! I would forget that he was no longer with us a lot.. as if he’s still at home hours away. I do miss him. He was such a goofy guy, lol.

    I also lost my uncle & grandfather when I was a baby. I hate that I don’t have many memories of them. Even though I don’t remember them, I still miss them. It’s weird having some one be a part of who you are, yet never really got the chance to meet them.

    Memories of our loved ones are so important! I’m really glad you guys keep your uncle in your hearts as well as your conversations. :)

    As for your aunt’s home: I LOVE IT! Such a beautiful place. I am in love with her bookshelf, hehe. I have always wanted something like that. And it’s all organized! I love your family, lol. Is she the aunt you hang out with a lot? You need to tell me their names, I get so confused! I only have one aunt, so. :P

    Have fun vacationing, Teddy! Be safe.

    Check out Latrina’s latest blog post » First two days of training.

  4. OridusarticResponse

    Wow I am awed by your aunt’s house interior. It looks really cozy, it must be nice living in there. =D

    And you’re right, the living room area is so gorgeous!

    Check out Oridusartic’s latest blog post » 20 Examples of Logo With Fusion

  5. lixResponse

    terry: is that you on the couch o.O? lol

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    looks very comfy.. nice fotos too

    Check out smashpOp’s latest blog post » Cakes, Cards n Presents

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    yo coussie…not yet..going next friday ;)

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