Bengawan Solo

Posted on by Gwen Brydson

Where do I start? I've been in Asia for 20 days now, with 5 left to go. I've been staying in Singapore for most of it, but have been packing it with little day trips to Pulau Ubin, Sentosa and Johor Bahru. My family also held a wedding reception for myself and hubby and the last week was spent in Malaysia, Kuching [Borneo], Seremban and Kuala Lumpur visiting relatives.

Kuching was particularly special due to the fact that I had 70 people to meet, all immediate and from a range of senior relatives, aunties, uncles and cousins. My grandmother was born there and immigrated to Singapore when she married my grandfather. She lived through the Japanese Occupation and brought up 5 daughters by running her own business. I see where I get the wanderlust from. She told me about the slow boat ride over, how my grandpa refused to ride an airplane and nearly drowned when his ship capsized, while she herself happily skipped onto planes in her fancy sarong kebaya.

So many things touched me on that trip. I got in contact with my long lost cousins just in time, before we were all grown up and too jaded to care. I spent a night going out to 'shake' with them at Paragon, a favorite among locals for bringing their foreign guests. I also visited my uncle's chicken farm where he harvested bird's nest and grew pink dragon fruit indigenous to Borneo itself. Also, for the first time, I appreciated Kuching, the town where my grandma grew up, its murky river and its unique cuisine, heavy on the seafood. There was a hint of just how headstrong she was back in the day to leave her wealthy family for a life rich in travel instead.

Here is an awesome song that almost sums it up. Bengawan Solo, a song originally about the Solo river in Jakarta and one that my grandma loves is also a tune synonymous among Southeast Asians as a reminder of the 60s, World War II, the Japanese occupation and Singapore's independence.

I've already got the outfit for the shoot. All I need is a model.

In Singapore

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I am having the time of my life in Singapore. It is amazing to be back among family and friends and the food is ever so good in this little country. I've been trying to keep in touch with Canada for the last two weeks but my family isn't letting up. I have had cousins who have grown up, friends who barely recognize me and I am spending as much time as possible with the people here.

I even feel I should just let everything go to seed since my family reunion has been long overdue. However, I feel obligated to show you guys awesome pool pictures.

This pool was my teenage haunt. 5 minutes away from my home, I used to be there every single day.


Occupy Toronto Market Exchange

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Occupy Toronto was quite a show. It took up most of my Saturday with Melissa [the other editor at Toronto Social Review] and myself to get ourselves downtown, film and experience the thing and get back to process, edit and clip our shots together for this video. I'm pretty happy, we were the first ones with an edited video out among all the other media there. Sure, the news crews had clips out right away. But I daresay if we had a media truck with a giant satellite, data runners, sound crew and automatic SD cards that wire images as they are taken...

Haha I am just jealous. Here is the video.

Veronika Swartz - Courage

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Here is a shot of Veronika Swartz with her new tattoo, "I'd rather die on my feet than live on my knees" Hers was the first shoot hosted at my new studio at 1266 Queen St West @ Noble.

Party People!

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Happy Autumn! Just in case I haven't sent you an invite, here it is! 

Greetings to you, oh sparky, talented person. It would be amazing to have you come to my studio opening bash on OCT 21. Come and meet other like-minded souls in the space of 36 Chambers Art Collective. Feel free to bring friends as well! DJ Hali from Harvest Festival 2011 is playing and there will be a cash bar. Entrance is free, just come ready to party! If you like art, feel like mingling with a bunch of people in the creative industry, cool music or playing a round of pool, come by! You're the nearest and dear, because all of you helped make this possible.

Costumes also encouraged :) Come by to fuel up for the night ahead, or hit the after party after 3AM. 

Can't wait to see you there! 

Golden Pan with Olive-or-Oliver

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A triumph of talent, support and an idea. This is in frame with no editing. I am desperately waiting for my trip to Asia and the 24 hour flight when I will edit this and a couple of other shoots.

Thanks goes out to the extremely talented people, without you, I am truly short of a shoot.

Model: Olive-or-Oliver
Makeup: Melissa Johnston