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.

From the other side of the world

I remember that it was a balmy Friday night. I walked out of my room and headed for the letterbox located down the hallway. Stepping into the dark corridors with flickering lights, I probed the letterbox with my skinny hand sticking right though the hole. I felt something – ah, it’s the monthly bank and credit card statements. And then something felt foreign. I’ve never had it in my letterbox before, sans the loads of spam I get all the time (ranging from ferrying services to lorry rentals, out-of-campus room rentals to laptop repair services).

Overflowing with excitement, my heart started to pound. Slowly crawling up my throat, I thought it was going to fall out anytime soon. I fumbled for the keys in my pocket, frustrated by the repeated attempts to differentiate the cold hard metal of the letterbox key and the coins that I forgot to keep.

The letterbox squeaked open. I grabbed the stash of letters and ran back to my room. I didn’t want to see what’s in it until I get back. I struggled to open the card access door – I hate the new, techy feature because we can no longer make duplicates) – dashed for the bed and started sorting the letter immediately. Bank statements after one and another. It has been a long time since I last sorted by mail.

Oh, and here it is. Surprise!

Postcard from Trina, 9000 miles away.

Postcard from Trina, 9000 miles away.

It arrived! The postcard Trina mentioned some time ago about mailing to a special person finally arrived – and yea, I didn’t know I was the recepient until Trina asked me to check my mailbox to check of anything special had arrived :) I was jumping up and down on the bed with the postcard in hand. Thanks for the awesome surprise, Trina! This is the very first time in my life receiving sometimes from somebody overseas. How sweet of you to draw the doodle. I just love it.

I can’t believe it wasn’t smeared or folded in any way even after it travelled for 9000 air miles and was passed between so many hands. Except for the smoothened out corners, it feels as good as new. And here’s a photo showing the front and the back of the postcard:

Front and back view of Trina's postcard. Thank you again!

Front and back view of Trina's postcard. Thank you again!

I hereby dedicate this song by KT Tunstall to Trina – The Other Side of the World.

Eye to the Telescope, an album by KT Tunstall Title: The Other Side of the World (from the album Eye to the Telescope)
Artist: KT Tunstall

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Life is getting busier by the moment – my exams are due in less than 5 weeks, and I still have got reports to submit. Gah. But I’m taking it well. In fact, I realize I’ve became slightly healthier recently, as I went for swimming the first time out of so many months (and I returned with a body ache which lasted over the weekend, so much for not exercising!), starting eating better and healthier food and etc. It has been a long time since I last had instant noodles – I never liked the taste and the hassle of cleaning up. I’m now sticking to cookies and less candy bars.

Oh, and one final rant. It came to my attention that in the past few years several presentations on the architecture and design of Changi Airport Terminal 3 had been shamelessly plagiarising my photos (seen in this post). A few days ago, in my GN02 elective (where we had to pick a development and evaluate their design and environmental friendliness) presentation session, yet another group used my photos. When I asked one of the team members where they got their photos from, he told me that they took all of them themselves, and even had the guts to point out who took all of the photos.

I was very infuriated and disappointed that people actually disregard copyright, so much so that I had to put up a notice on that particular post. I license my photos under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License, in case you’re wondering. Feel free to use it but don’t modify my works (like remove the watermarks, the group just did that) and remember to give due credit to the original author/creator. It isn’t a very hard thing to do, is it?

And to that group of losers who shamelessly took my photos, you know who you are.

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