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Just a little rundown of what I got from my trip to Australia. I didn't get much, as you can see, but it's definitely enough for me!

Colour Coded

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The best part about uploading an Instagram would have to be the post-editing for me. I love choosing a colour scheme and a filter to best suit the ~vibe~ of the photo. If the tone of the photo is going towards grunge and melancholy, I'd usually go for a higher contrast and a colder temperature. Whereas if the photo is more friendly and cheerful, I'd bump up the brightness and add a light overlay colour or warm filter over it. It's like editing editorial photos on photoshop, but far less complicated however do not necessarily take less time.

Lately I've been seeing a lot of curated Instagram feeds. They're the users that uploads images with a consistent theme. I've seen one which is all white, and then there's some which is very colourful and I know Michelle Phan's feed is incredibly beautiful too (dat gradation tho!). I for one couldn't be bothered about curating my own personal feed and I personally don't believe in putting so much pressure on yourself. Today I was clearing out my phone's memory and my VSCO gallery and then I realised how nice and cohesive when two or more photos with similar aesthetic appeals are arranged next to each other. Usually I don't edit photos in association with another, in fact, it was by sheer coincidence that these photos all line up. I didn't want to start something I know I can't continue on Instagram, so I decided to curate a few set of photos and share them on here instead!



Films that made me cry

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Now, I'm not the type to publicly advertise my momentary episodes of emotional breakdowns but when it comes to film, tears mean only one thing: that it is one hell of an amazing film. A movie can be about many splendid things and I think I've established on this blog that I'm quite the movie buff. I, like many others, enjoy watching films whether it be for the story, or for the creative quality or just for plain ol' kicks. If you've read my other film reviews (more like lists, really), you can see the variety of movie genres that I enjoy watching. In this instalment of favourite film lists, I'm gonna dedicate this entire post to a selection of emotionally stimulating films that made my eyes bawl with salty bittersweet tears. These films resonates deeply in my psyche and I hope that they evoke at least some form of similar feelings from you too!

No spoilers, so don't you worry (don't you worry child).

1. The Breakfast Club

I was pleasantly surprise with how this film left me feeling. I'm sure everyone have heard about this movie, it's one of those all time classic must watch films and I'm pretty sure half of you have not even watched this. I don't blame you. I went on with my life not watching it either but after watching Pitch Perfect for the 372nd time I was rather curious as to why the hell Beca bawled her eyes out when she finished watching this film. And now that I've watched it myself, I understood perfectly.

I'm a sucker for movies about friendships - and this film made no exception. It's a reflective piece which proves that everyone needs friends. Even the worst of the misbehaved kids, or the most misunderstood, or even the most popular of kids could benefit from having a truly kind friend. But the kicker to this film is, the undeniable truth that people come and that people go. Sharing an unforgettable evening doesn't necessarily constitute to a long lasting friendship. It's like summer camp. You spend a couple of days with a few people and find yourself bonding really well with them but come next month, you're strangers again. 

2. About Alex

Without giving too much away, About Alex is about a group of college friends reuniting after one of them had attempted suicide. In the days after, drama ensues, secrets unfold and old wounds are pried once again. What's left at the end of the film is the idealistic promise of reconciliation among old friends and the acceptance that they're no longer in college. I know that sounded cheesy as fuck, but I cried when this film ended and I had a lot of feels while watching this movie.

We all fear growing old but mostly I think we fear of peaking even more. Our lives are laid out ever since our birth and we're told to go to college to get a good job to earn enough money to raise a family and then what? Our lives are measured by our highs and lows and I was told - and Ibg believe myself - that your college years would be some of the best years you will ever have in your life. What happens next is that you grow old. And how you steer your ship is completely up to you. 

College is the time where you make some of the greatest friends you will ever make in your life and you will grow old with them. You may not see them all the time but they're always there on the other side of the telephone. This movie highlighted just that.

Some may steer their ship up the stream while some may get carried away by the tide. But the beauty of friendships is that they are there, and will always be there, to help you find your way back. 

3. Becoming Jane

I've mentioned this title before in my lists of favourite films but I've never explained why, or at least not enough, as to why it's in my list. The story is about the life or Jane Austen before she became a famous author and it's about how her own romance inspired her to write her most famed novel "Pride & Prejudice". Being a female author at that period time was not at all encouraged and that women rights was nothing but an idea. Jane Austen was under the many pressure of securing a future with a propertied husband and her whole life is thrown in shambles with the arrival of Tom Lefroy. Lefroy has a bad reputation and ultimately butt heads with the assertive Jane Austen and well, much to everyone's chagrin, they fell in love.

I first watched this film when I was 15 years old and immediately became obsessed with the film. I fell in love with their love story - two people were not meant to fell in love, did exactly that. This film taught me that you can't stop the wheels from turning once it starts. You can oppress your feelings for as long as you'd like, but you can never deny it was ever there. SPOILER ALERT: Ironically, the ones who tell the best love stories are often destined to live horrible ones. We can probably argue all day about the accuracy of this film but you need not bother. Films don't have to be accurate to be wonderful. 

4. Now Is Good

Based on a book called Before I Die, Now is Good centres around a dying girl and what she aims to achieve before she takes her last painful breath. As sombre and melancholic as it sounds, I found it to be quite a beautiful film. This aint no Fault In Our Stars because this time, the main girl actually dies. I read the novel during high school when I bought the book at a charity fair one day. It was a beautiful story and I cried at the end of the book and I cried at the end of this film.

This girl, Tessa, has a list, and she wants to cross as many off her list while she can. There's no sugar coating it - she has an expiry date and she knows it. She is perfectly aware that life would continue on after she dies and as painful as that truth is, she's making whatever time she has left worth her living.

If you're not into watching films about dying teenagers, do still give this film a whirl. It is beautifully captivating and not to mention the composition and cinematography is as on par as Dakota Fanning's acting. However, do be prepared to hear Dakota speak in a Brit accent for 2 hours!

5. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

It's odd to say that a Wes Anderson film made me cry but something about the final scene made my pathetic little tear glands shed a couple of drops of saline solution. Yeah, that was me trying to sound intelligent. I'm a big fan of Wes Anderson and at the moment I'm slowly, but surely going through his entire filmography. His films are often quirky, vibrant, and very much eclectic and Steve Zissou is entirely that.

The Aquatic Life of Steve Zissou is a documentary-like film of explorer-turn-director Steve Zissou and his vengeful expedition on finding the mysterious jaguar shark. The light blue clad Team Zissou underwent a whole lot of incidents that could only have occurred at sea in what I call, in true Wes Anderson fashion, the cutest, and the most quirkiest of submarines.

What about this film that made me cry was the entire realisation of Steve's struggle throughout the film. I don't know how to describe the film without giving away spoilers but basically he began the quest with fiery vengeance but ended as a changed man (Like all run of the mill films do). If you're up for mechanical dolphins and a cutaway tour of his ship, you're most prepared to watch this. I haven't watched the entire Wes Anderson filmography, but this is definitely one of his top films in my opinion.

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