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Faith turned 1 last month and her family and friends came together to celebrate the milestone. Faith was dressed as Little Red Riding Hood and all the decorations had to do with things found in the woods. The reception and photo table were done by 47 Sixty while the balloon decorations were put up by Little Red Balloon. As for the elaborate dessert table featuring a woodlands theme, credit goes to Little House of Dreams. The play doh table was provided by Faith’s mum. I especially enjoyed capturing the kids at play and their interaction with the adults.

After the party, I took home a few small balloon sculptures as well as one of the huge red round balloons for my kids. My son, who is going to be 20 months old, loves balloons and always says ‘Boooooon!’ whenever he sees one. He was quite delighted with the giant red balloon and had lots of fun playing with it.

The following are a selection of photographs from Faith’s 1st birthday party.

Emmanuel & Su were married at a cosy ceremony at the Blue Ginger Restaurant earlier this month. It was attended by immediate family and close friends. The couple were extremely friendly and pleasant to work with. Emmanuel is a Filipino based in Melbourne, Australia. Su is Burmese and currently based in Singapore.

I have done quite a number of shoots for the Blue Ginger Restaurant in the past few years. The shoots were varied – food, interiors, wedding themes, and events at the restaurant or at other locations. They have a solid event planning team that customises each event’s decorations according to the theme selected by the client. Quite a number of their wedding themes that I photographed are featured on their Facebook page Soulmates at the Blue Ginger.

The following are some highlights from Emmanuel & Su’s wedding.

My maternal grandma passed away about a month ago and my granddad passed away in 2012. I spent the last week going through photographs that I had captured of them over the last 15 years and edited them down to around 50 photographs. Many of the earlier photographs were taken on B&W film when I first started dabbling in photography. There are still quite a lot of images of both of them on my filed negatives that have not been scanned in.

The task of going through and selecting images of my grandparents was quite an emotional experience. The photographs triggered many memories. Aging is a difficult process and many of the photographs show it.

Grandpa suffered a stroke in 2010 which totally changed his quality of life though his mind remained lucid right to the end. He loved to talk and the stroke left him speechless. He loved his food and the stroke stripped him of the ability to eat. He relished oysters and I remember my grandpa polishing off a whole load of raw oysters as his main during a lunch treat I gave him and Mama! Subsequently, I got a scolding from my aunt because my grandpa had the runs after the meal. But Grandpa and I thought it was worth it because he throughly enjoyed it and that was the last time he ever ate oysters. He was bedridden about a year after the stroke which must have been really hard on him because he had always enjoyed going out on his own.

Mama started showing symptoms of dementia in 2012. She had a bad fall which left her face badly bruised 2 months before my grandpa passed away in 2012. In 2014, the physiotherapist accidentally snapped her left thigh bone during a home therapy session and from then onwards, she was bedridden. Whenever we visited, she would be sleeping most of the time and it was always nice when she opened her eyes even though she gradually lost recognition of any of us.

I am glad that I took the effort to take the photographs. They are a good record for me of my grandparents and I find even the photographs of the more difficult times beautiful in their own way. It reminds me that life is made up of both happy and sad moments, how fleeting our lives are and how much I should treasure and be thankful for family.

Together with the 2 posts I did on their funerals (see Farewell Grandpa and Farewell Mama), this post is a tribute to my wonderful maternal grandparents. My family is part of the legacy that they have left behind. The following are a selection of photographs of them.