You are invited to make some noise

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I was tempted to take part in Noise Singapore when I learnt of it a few years ago!

Noise Singapore is a youth arts festival initiated by the National Arts Council to create noise around the creative talents of youths.

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Basically, anyone under the age of 35, regardless of skill level, background or occupation, can submit their art, design, photography and music and have it chosen for display or performance at Noise Singapore events and platforms around Singapore.

Well, I don’t want to bombard you with a long list of excuses why I never took part. So, let’s just leave it at that and talk about the people who did take part, because they are the ones we should celebrate!

I attended the Noise Singapore media preview last week to check out all the selected entries and to meet their creators. A nice, artistic space has been created on the third level of Raffles City Shopping Centre to house all this creativity.

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Pretending to be a part of it…

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Drawing and colouring materials are provided in the space for anyone to sit down and create an artistic masterpiece!

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Spot the Nanny Wen

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With Esther.

While they were busy being budding artists, I was busy going around taking photos!!!

The media crowd:

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The space has been divided into different segments for music, art and design, and photography, to simulate the actual working spaces of artists.

For example, a photography studio!

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And a music studio!

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This year, merchandise is being sold for the first time at Noise Singapore due to popular demand. You can find t-shirts, tote bags and shoes bearing the designs of this year’s participants.

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This monster eating an SBS Transit bus is so cute right?!!!

The other side:

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Okay, let’s meet some people now!!

Nicky Soh, an artist under the Apprentice Programme, showing us his portfolio:

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The Apprentice Programme matches promising young artists in Singapore with accomplished field practitioners for seven weeks of hands-on guidance, culminating in works displayed at Noise Singapore!

Nicky is working on a comic book:

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Rachel Wong, a property agent, talking about her photographs:

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Lim Seng Tiong, a former ST photojournalist and Rachel’s mentor:

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Me:

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LOL. I sneaked a photo of myself in!

Gillian Toh, an up-and-coming artist also under the Apprentice Programme:

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This is what it’s like to face the media:

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Yu Jie, winner of the Noise Singapore – Photography prize, posing with his winning entries:

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Amos Lu and Sarah Yap, winners of the Noise Singapore Celebration Theme:

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I was very impressed by this duo when I heard them perform their winning song. Sarah, particularly, has a beautiful, melodious voice that belies the cute, impish styling on her small frame. You just can’t get enough of listening to her!

Calling themselves In Finite Flight, both are NUS undergraduates, Sarah in third-year Communications and New Media, and Amos in first-year Chemical Engineering.

It’s quite a story how they paired and up eventually won this prestigious award at Noise Singapore.

Amos and Sarah first met as band members in Anderson Junior College. They were asked to write a song for the school’s annual orientation programme. Then a trio, they wrote the song “We Will Make It” together with ex-member Harry.

The response to the song was great, so when Noise Singapore offered an opportunity last year, Sarah and Amos decided to re-record the song and submit it for the competition. A few months later, they received a call to tell them they had won!

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You can hear the winning song here. Just scroll down or do a search for In Finite Flight.

Sarah recalls the time when they had to climb up neverending stairs to Amos’ flat in Bishan to practise their music (because Amos’ flat didn’t have lifts). Thus came the name for their group, “In Finite Flight”, a play on the words “in finite” and “infinite”.

Sarah plays guitar and sings lead vocals while Amos plays bass and provides backup vocals. It looks like the two of them are comfortable with the size of their band, with no plans to expand.

I think they sound good enough as they are. You can hear more of their songs on their MySpace page here.

It’s so nice to hear success stories, always! =)

Of course, In Finite Flight isn’t the only talented team to emerge from Noise Singapore. Why not check out more of such promising musicians at the Noise Singapore concerts? They’re happening at the Esplanade between March 5 and 7. Check this page for the schedule!

If you’re more interested in visual art, then Raffles Place Shopping Centre is the place for you! The art exhibition on Level 3 (which I have been blogging about) will be open to the public till March 10.

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Ahh… who is this mysterious hunk walking out from the exhibition?!!

I have no idea, sorry. Was just randomly taking photos all day!

Some random pieces of art I was attracted to:

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crows by jakejake

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Joy by Phyo Myat Thu

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Bipolar by origamidreamer

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holly by alvelyn alko

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RED by Chou-Tac

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The Stare by Hanin

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Deskchild by c00ki3

There are a lot more I like which I shan’t include here or there will be too much scrolling!! You should just head down to Raffles City Shopping Centre to see for yourself. =P

Or, better yet, why not take part in next year’s Noise Singapore?!

There’s an artist in most of us. Never mind if you’re stuck in a non-creative job because you need to pay the bills and haven’t visited your art in ages.

Don’t give up your talent! Get into the swing of things! To get inspired, you can attend a series of Noise Talks by industry leaders.

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Zee Avi, Rob Campbell and Kelley Cheng will share their personal stories and inspire you into creativity. Happening on March 18! More details here.

Let’s all make some noise together, shall we? =)

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And congratulations to all the winners of this year’s Noise Singapore!

The joy of dressing up

I have created a brand new category in my blog for the sole, encompassing purpose of cam whoring myself to lure more trolls to my blog!

How cool am I?!

(No, I’m kidding. Really. Trolls, keep away. You’re stupid enough already, so don’t make yourself look even more stupid by wasting your time trolling blogs you don’t even like. lol.)

Anyway, my fashion philosophy has taken a drastic turn these days.

In the past, I advocated subtle, understated beauty. I tried to dress to look like I wasn’t trying at all. I wore tame looking clothes from socially approved fashion outlets. My philosophy was: People won’t give me a second look because I’m just another girl next door, but when they do look at me, they won’t think I’m ugly and unfashionable. I want to look good but I also make sure I blend in safely.

Well, I’m sick and tired of that. (And also sick and tired of being oppressed by the need for approval and conformity, forced upon us by our oppressive society.)

I remember once people-watching outside a shopping mall and thinking to myself, “Singaporeans dress so tamely and unimaginatively.” Out of 100 people, I saw maybe one person wearing something bold and exciting. I looked at myself, eew-ed at my own tame dressing, and kind of resolved to dress more creatively the next time.

But the next time never happened because I was always afraid. Afraid to stand out, afraid of disapproving stares. Sometimes it was because I was just plain lazy to dress up. Why go through all the trouble when you can just slap on a t-shirt and a pair of jeans and be out of the house in five minutes flat? And sometimes I just plain didn’t have money to buy clothes.

No more of that, though, because it’s annoying the hell out of me to be so conscious of public opinion. Maybe I’m going through a phase, but it’s a fun phase and I’m so totally going to be vain and not apologise for it. I’m tired of denying myself in order to please society.

Today, my philosophy is: I’m going to wear what I want to wear, dammit.

And you’ll get to see me push boundaries in my Fashion Diary as I go on more cheap shopping trips, keeping in mind that I push boundaries not for the sake of pushing boundaries, but purely for the sake of buying and wearing clothes that appeal to me.

Aren’t you so very excited?