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You always thought I wouldn't see through your little white lies.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 @11:30 PM

So this is me, blogging from Japan. Yes, I brought my laptop along because I still had work I needed to do even while I'm away, and because it's easier to do any extra research for our trip if we need it.

It's my sixth day at Japan and I really love the culture and lifestyle here. Planning and making this dream trip a reality is probably one of the best decisions I have ever made, because otherwise I don't know when will I ever be able to visit a country as beautiful as this. The months of saving, working and doing lots of homework (on Japan) has certainly paid off!!

I really want to archive my entire trip to Japan this time round because it's my very first overseas venture without any parental guidance or support. Hahah ok maybe that's kinda lame but it still holds some significance to me since I really worked hard for this. Thus far, Trisha and I have encountered quite the amount of struggles (language barriers, getting lost because their subways are soooo complicated and being unable to read Japanese menus when ordering etc.) but these struggles has taught us quite a lot about the city, people and lifestyle. After 5 days, I can safely say we are able to somewhat able to communicate with the locals the most basic of conversations. We may not be able to reply sometimes but we somewhat understand?? 
Anyway thank god for animes and Jdramas since it gave us some prior knowledge to the Japanese language LOL.

As much as I want to pen down the details for my trip, the past 5 days proved to be rather exhausting so we kind of just crashed upon returning our hotel. But I'm going to make it a point to get them down soon before my memory of the past 5 days fades! It'll be nice to look back on my archives for Japan.

So you can look forward to or dread my bombardment of posts about my trip to Japan. Cherry blossoms are so pretty and I'd say we were so lucky to have arrived Japan when some of the cities had their first blooms and have our departure when the season comes to an end. Hehe this is tons of research on the season's forecast paid off!!
Meanwhile, here are some snapshots from my iPhone, covering some of the most scenic places we've been too or breathtaking sights while we're on foot. And of course, some food photos!!

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I'll cover more on the places we've been to and the stuff we ate pretty soon. Accompanied with pictures taken on my camera of course. Though my iPhone5 already captured the sceneries pretty beautifully, the camera is just a whole different mood altogether. Can't wait to get down to the editing and posting!!
Well then, till next time.


I should have recognised the bewitching spell.
Monday, March 23, 2015 @12:24 AM

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Ohvola's feature shoot - Spellbound Collective.
Photographer: Mirabelle Koh
Model: Che Shijia
Stylist/Wardrobe: Ohvola
Camera: EOS 550D + 50mm

Probably my very first photoshoot that's not a personal one with the help of friends, but rather, a professional model and an official business. I cannot be more thankful for this opportunity presented to me thanks to my lady boss.

Initially, I was all nerves about taking on the camera for the outdoor shoot. Though I have been doing a couple of outdoor shoots for quite some time now, they were all with close friends or relatives so I was definitely working in my own comfort zone.
However, this shoot was nothing like I was used to. Aside from feeling the need and pressure to deliver, I really didn't want to disappoint myself or anyone, especially when it's a project I've always longed to work on.

But my boss has always been motivating, and the model herself is really experienced, so the shoot went by without any hiccups with the exception of the sudden downpour.

Anyway, the dress featured in this shoot is one of their upcoming piece - one that got everyone raving over how dreamy and fairytale-like this piece is!! After the outdoor, the whole whimsy vibe driving this shoot eventually gave me the idea to call it the Spellbound Collective.

Keep yourself updated for the release of this piece on their site by liking them on Facebook or following them on Instagram @ohvola. Currently, there are also some works in progress so keep your eyes peeled!

In another 3 more days, I'll be leaving for Japan!! Omg it's starting to feel so surreal. All the homework, planning and booking done by the both of us is gonna pay off hehe. 


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Mirabelle Koh, 18. +65
Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Mass Communication. Year 2.
A pastry addict who tends to ramble on about her hectic school life, food trips and travels. You're welcome to relish in my musings and snapshots of my daily ventures while you're here.

I hope to travel to places, writing and photographing as I go. I also find joy in fiddling with Photoshop/Illustrator while sipping on sugar-free coffee or tea.

contact me at mirabelle.koh@gmail.com

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