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.

Senior camp is over!

I think I’m suffering from some form of mental or cognitive constipation whenver I realize that I have got no photos to post for a blog update. I’m currently back at home to move more of my stuff back to Singapore, which means a painful separation from my dear lappie.

Note: I promise when I get my photos I’ll update! Okay, as promised, here are some of the photos. If you’re connected with me on Facebook, I would have at least one album ready by now :)

Along the pond at The Quad

Along the pond at The Quad

In the elevator. Look up!

In the elevator. Look up!

On the spiral staircase.

On the spiral staircase.

So, senior camp went quite well. There were  twelve photographers in total, eight of which are attached to four groups (two photographers each) and then the remaining four, of which I was one of them, will roam around freely to cover events that attached photographers can’t, or to help out when our services are required. I reckon that being a photographer is one of the best experiences around – not only I get to capture the joyful, fun-filled moments of an orientation camp that I am truly passionate about, but I get to hone my skills further too. Usually for such opportunities, one had to pay for it – say, a model photoshoot.

On the first day of the camp, we free-roaming photographers quickly settled into the four groups though. It wasn’t supposed to happen but then since it was senior camp, I guess it was okay. So I ended up working alongside with Gloria and Soo Chia, two female photographers who are terribly shy of getting into group photos – I’d make sure they’re in some of the group photos or else I won’t be doing my job right.

One thing I absolutely loathe about the camp though, is the long and absolutely unnecessary (not to mention torturous) debriefing sessions. Everyone had to sit for hours, well into 2am on the second night especially, to listen to opinion and suggestions of others. Of course, I applaud their effort to bring to the surface certain important, crucial issues – especially those that concern safety – but some of the discussions are downright uneventful, inconclusive and focused on the most insignificant, minute details that one could ever imagine. That reminds me so much of a person my friends and I generally try to avoid (and whose mouth we try to shut up every single time) during meetings in the past year.

What they fail to realize is that we have a forum where people can voice their views for the intended audience, so as not to hold back 100+ weary, tried souls that are craving for a warm bath and the sweet embrace of their beds. There were still meetings waiting ahead of many after the debriefs – the group leaders and their assistants, the programmers, and members of other portfolios too. I pity the group leaders (and their assistants) and the programmers the most – they are the ones who expend the most energy during the day and yet are one of the last few people to leave for their beds every night. And because of the long hours dedicated to debriefs, I ended up around 3 hours of sleep everyday, hah. I can’t believe how everyone survived it! Although some went down with fever and sore throat after the camp ended (I’m not spared too), so far everybody is doing okay, I think.

Just like other photographers, we spent the first night struggling to open a Picasa account and upload photos we took on the first day. Our opinions converged when it comes to how hard is it to make Picasa do exactly what we wanted to, teehee. It’s a little pain in the butt to use for the first time, with it tirelessly importing every single photo on my HDD. That’s not very typical of Google’s software to be so stubborn and impossible to use, but since I’ve got the hang on it, I shall let it off the hook.

Our leaders, Chong Yang and Yu Yuan are so competent and efficient :) I love it how they’ve managed to wrap up meetings in less than  10 minutes while the general debriefing took hours to complete. They were the ones who filtered through our photos and handpicked them for the slideshow. Thank you so much for the help! Not to mention the other photographers whom I’ve met during the camp, for being terribly kind and helpful!

Towards the end of the camp, there was a screening of the slideshows made of the photos we photographers had taken over the course of the camp. One of the songs, cleverly picked by Chong Yang, was Love Story by Taylor Swift. I always felt so happy, and yet so sad when I listen to the song. At the end of the song, the lyrics went something like this:

He knelt to the ground and pulled out a ring
And said

Marry me Juliet you’ll never have to be alone
I love you and that’s all I really know
I talked to your dad you’ll pick out a white dress
It’s a love story, baby just say yes

But do you really know the harsh, painful and cold truth behind the whole Romeo and Juliet play? Juliet ingested a potion give to her by Friar Laurence that placed her to a death-like state (but in fact, she’s still alive). Romeo learns about Juliet’s death from servant Balthasar, rushes over to her grave. Succumbed by grief, Romeo kills Paris and swallows the poison. Juliet awakens and discovered Romeo dead, stabs herself with Romeo’s dagger and dies shortly after.

I’ve read the play a few times, and it was always near the ending where it sent chills down my spine.

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