This late morning, I was on a comfortably-packed train, wondering if I should drop by the poke bowl shop to pick up lunch before heading for the office. I had a small craving for it, but not enough to rule out a simple sandwich, or a bowl of noodles, completely.
Lost in thought over my first-world problem, my idle fingers found the folder of film-taken pictures on my phone. I should post something on the blog, I thought above my lunch thoughts.
I flipped through pictures of my Italy holiday, my multiple Taiwan escapades, and weekend walks, pleased to see them again. Then my finger hit a folder of experimental double-exposed (and somewhat failed) photos. I had connected with a stranger on the other side of the world for this little project, and for my part, I wandered into the streets off East Coast Road to complete it.
But as I looked at these photos, it wasn’t the stranger I thought of. Or the streets I could no longer name. Or the reason why I couldn’t take a proper double-exposed photo. My thoughts strayed onto the companion who’s absent, yet undeniably present in all the photos.
Strange how life could change the course of a friendship, how archives and archives of fond memories were not enough to keep it together. Not nearly enough.
Then the overhead sound system announced my stop. I barely heard it, but my body has learnt the routine, and I stepped out to join the rest of the working crowd.
A break from travel photos with these taken at a local cafe, Dutch Colony Coffee Co.
2016 was the year that didn’t record major, universally-recognised milestones, but gave me many small, personal ones that impacted my life just the same.
Travel-wise, it had been exhilarating with 14 cities across 5 countries and 4 continents. I was also fortunate to have met a lot of inspiring people along the way; some left a strong impression while others taught me new things. Family and friends too, remained solidly in my life – something I have learnt not to take for granted.
But 2016 was also the year that ran off on its own, and the year photography and blogging took a backseat. I want to change that. And it is just about time in 2017.