“Many a time, life is about self-discovery and it is a continuous learning process. I wanted to celebrate just that by capturing moments of my life approaching the BIG 3-0 this year. Looking back 10 years ago, I have perhaps been quite clueless about myself although I thought I knew what I was doing. I would let people shape me with their opinions. However, as time passes, I have grown more comfortable in my own skin, believed in myself and gained more confidence. Each one of us has our own strengths and flaws and we should all embrace these as that makes us unique. At the same time, I always believe in improving yourself and pushing your own boundaries. Like they say, the sky’s the limit.
My family also plays a monumental part of my life, especially my mom. She is one of the strongest women I know! Since the passing of my dad many years ago, she is the pillar that holds our family together. I know it has not been easy raising the 3 of us single-handedly. Even though we are all grown-up now she still worries about our everyday meals and safety when we are out. Therefore, celebrating my BIG 3-0 would also mean giving gratitude to my mom for all her years of love and patience.”
It was a good day out with Gladys and her family. She fed Nigel and I with home-baked pineapple tarts which made us really happy to keep on shooting. We were together for an hour, but at the end of the shoot, we felt as if we were long-lost friends. She is a kind person who has a really gentle spirit, yet someone whom I sense, is willing to try out new things and be slightly adventurous. Her family comes from East Malaysia (which reinforces my belief that all East Malaysians are super friendly and cool!). They brought some old photos, reminiscing the good old days when they were children. We even remade an old photo of Gladys’ mom that day! Such a fun day out for everyone.
Gladys, more fun and adventure comes your way, now that you’ve hit the big 3-0! In your 30s, you’ll have more confidence (and more money) to do other things in life that you couldn’t afford to do when you were in your 20s! Life is about discovery, and enjoying every day, step by step. Hugs!