[9/9] NEW YOUTUBE VIDEO. Link in bio.
It tells the story of why I quit filmmaking, and the factors that led to my hiatus. This video is quite different from what I usually release.
And so, my personal entries come to an end. At least, for now. Thanks for reading. Peace and love.
[8/9] My first camera was a Canon point and shoot.
When it came time to upgrade to HD, I didn't have money to spend. For 5 years, I convinced my friends to lend me their cameras (@seanelder22, @danertons2, @freilianjayn, @jenny.bean, @robertduncangrant—thank you all). I didn't buy my own HD camera until the first year of university.
Soon after I bought it, however, I suddenly lost motivation to shoot films. It was as if the camera was a trampoline—you enjoy it the most when you don't own it.
I would eventually go into a creative hiatus that would last two years.
To be continued in my final personal entry.
[7/9] My life changed on October 4, 2012.
I was fifteen years old. I was invited to watch a movie with ten classmates I barely knew. I went, and I went home. ...That was it.
And it was special, because before then, I rarely attended such events. I was a shy kid that was way too comfortable playing video games at home. I was always afraid to leave my comfort zone. That day revealed to me the power of human connection.
I didn't post on Instagram yesterday because, for hours, I struggled to describe the impact that day had on me. I still can't describe it properly, but maybe that's the point.
We all have those moments that define our lives, but were meaningless to others. It's when these moments are indescribable, that's what makes them unique. We can't share them. No one is able to appreciate them. The moment is solely ours.
Shoutout to @justinongje for the invite.
[6/9] Jean-Michel Basquiat was a renowned African-American artist. He created pieces that critiqued social issues, such as race discrimination and social class structures.
He did not live to produce art. He produced art to live.
[5/9] We're all searching for who we are in life.
Many of us become lost when we discover that we don't match with society's ideals. Instead of embracement, we deceive ourselves to believe that, in fact, we are not who we are. This leads to confusion, which then leads to more searching. The cycle continues.
We need to search for who we are, and not for who we are expected to be.
[4/9] Today is the only day when Asian Spider-Man, Black Cinderella, and Latino Superman can all exist.
Today, anyone can be anyone. (unless you're putting paint on your skin, then I'd advise you to choose another costume)
I grew up idolizing Bruce Lee because he was the only badass actor that looked like me.
I hope that in the future, Asian kids will grow up idolizing an Asian Spider-Man. Or @childishgambino.
I'm happy with either. #HappyHalloween ! 🎃
[3/9] It's interesting how this album about family and love triumphed.
J. Cole didn't make it for the radio. Not for the charts. Unlike his previous work, he dedicated this album to himself. And it went to sell over 2 million copies.
When Jermaine finally decided to stop listening to the critics, he found his realest success.
[2/9] It's unexpected how quick adulthood hits.
I feel that I have not been living in the present, but rather in preparation for the future. Some think that's a positive, but I think it's all about the balance.
No matter what we achieve in the future, we can never buy back our youth.