Promises Unkept, Intentions Good


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As the title nudges at, I have not kept to my promise of being here more often. There was a time I felt so compelled to write. Every evening, I was there in front of the keyboard, fingers tap-tapping away at furious speed, only pausing to take a sip of coffee and inhale sense, hit backspace and clean up mistakes. What’s changed then? A lot of things, and most of them good. I shall not delve into the details, however there is no real excuse as to why I have not been writing other than the fact that I did not give it priority over other things in my life. And that, ladies and gentleman, is why I do not think a career as a travel blogger ever existed beyond the realm of my imagination – I simply lack the discipline.

To go back to the title however, it was not merely for the above stated lack of commitment to writing/blogging. A few months ago, perhaps it might have been a year, time seems to flow, each day following the next as one fresh ripple after the other, no seam or visible separation discernible. However, I digress. Let’s call it an even 7 months ago I embarked upon this personal journey of choice where I tried to wean myself off meat and partake of a vegetarian diet. I did not go cold turkey (accidental pun, I promise), I started off cutting out red meat, subsisting on vegetables and chicken, with a healthy dose of eggs thrown in gingerly cracked open.

Let me start by explaining my reasons, mainly it was for the animals, I felt like a hypocrite saying that I loved animals while munching on a perfectly roasted chicken wing. My second reason was that it’s better for the planet – along with recycling, reducing use of single use plastics and being careful with water, eating a vegan/vegetarian diet is right up there with those concerned with living sustainably. I’d like to say all my friends and family rallied around with support of my decision, but no, my decision was met with surprise, incredulity, debates and even jokes. I did not take offence at any of this, feeling that I was doing the right thing.

I did not stick to it beyond a few months though, there was too much temptation at every turn, I felt like I was never full or satiated eating only vegetables, and cooking became somewhat boring. These are all personal problems, things I could have worked on. However, being in the final semester of my master’s degree, I chose the easy route, bought a burger and ‘mmmm’ed in satisfaction at my first bite. None of this is to discount my earlier sentiments; I still believe that animals are treated with extreme cruelty in the meat, dairy, poultry industries. The thing that I do have trouble with, and this (if it ever gets read) will cause many people anger and frustration, especially those who believe that our lack of sharp pointy canine teeth is evidence of our inherent vegetarian diet, … the thing I have trouble with is that I do not believe humans are vegetarian by nature. There, I’ve said it. We are omnivores, not meant to be tearing flesh off dying animals with our bare hands (with a noticeable lack of claws) or latching on to their butts with our dagger-like teeth as we run them down. Evolution gave us the advantage of tools, to bring down animals bigger than us, faster than us and eat them for their meat, and fire to make both vegetables and meat palatable.

I do not agree at all with the way humans treat food production, vegetables, fruit, animals included. As with the many who also share this view, I can see that greed and convenience have bred the state things are in today. Growing more food than we need, stocking supermarket shelves to the rafters all the time lest there be a whiff of ‘not enough’, and then throwing away the un-purchased food once the expiry date hops around. Do not even get me started on all the food that doesn’t merit coming face to face with humans at all because it didn’t grow in the perfect shape we expected it to. A less than round tomato, heaven forbid! And all this while millions starve, and millions more scavenge waste piles looking for something to calm their rumbling stomachs.

This is of course a very big topic, and there is no way I have touched on anything in depth here, this has been more of a rant, an exploration of the thoughts about this subject that rattle around in my head. The problem with the ‘animals reared for or as food’ industry is not one that can be solved in one go. There is no one magical solution that will put an end to this –  it is a grand challenge, a global grand challenge. Will there ever be enough forward thinking amongst politicians, policy makers, leaders and regular Joes and Janes like you and me that will allow an overhaul such as the one we will need to end the food crisis? To mitigate the waste before it becomes too big to push out of sight into landfills? A weighty topic is this, but one I feel strongly about – from the producers to packagers to consumers, is there a way that all of them can work together? Must it be left to the money hungry to decide what becomes of our world, or can small changes we can all make herald changes, hopefully causing a positive domino effect?

These are answers I do not have. However, I am so open to hearing from you all though, ideas, thoughts, personal struggles, triumphs. What do you think about waste in today’s world?

Happy New Year!

Hello Blogosphere! I haven’t been here in a long while and there are several sloppy excuses, and actual reasons. I am now a postgraduate – yay! It’s been just over a month since I successfully completed my Master of Design degree, and what a journey it has been. As anyone who has been with me before the hiatus knows, I am in Australia – which was definitely a long time dream that became reality. I came here hoping I could continue to add to the travel content here on Oh! Fernweh because this beautiful country has so much to offer. The reality of that goal however was far from achievable for me. I have studied with people who had the same study load as me, who had part-time jobs like me, and still managed to travel, unlike me. I cannot answer for them and how they did it, but I know I used whatever free time I had to recharge, alone.

Fast forward almost two years and I finally went off on a holiday to replenish my soul so to speak, to that beautiful island that I fell in love with on my first visit – Bali. I returned from a 10 day break with another island to add to the ‘love list’ and also the feeling that I could not put off real life any longer. It’s great being a student in your late twenties, it gives you a breather from the rat race (should you choose to be a part of it), but for me, the anxiety of ‘What next?’, ‘What now?’ also crept in along the way. So during my visit to Bali and Gili Air I let it all go, hoping that the answer would come to me as I looked over the beautiful ocean and felt the salt breeze on my skin. In a way, it did, a small inkling of it.

A bit of background is required here. I am primarily a designer, and a very selective part-time artist. Having studied design for 7 years in total, it was shocking to me that sustainability was not an issue that was discussed enough, not at all in my undergradute education and just 1 course in my postgraduate degree out of 12. What I believe is that sustainability is a design imperative, that trash is a design side effect. If this is a confronting topic for you, please feel free to stop reading.

It has been so hard to come back here and start writing about the kind of topics I was writing about before because that is not how I feel anymore. This is what I want to talk about now, and I am aware that travel does not really fit comfortably within the sphere of living sustainably, but that is travel for the sake of travel, for likes, for followers and for all the brand endorsements. Hopefully along this journey, I will figure out that wonderful algorithm for sustainable travel that does not require a backpack and hostels.

So what does this mean for Oh! Fernweh? Possibly a name change, if I can think of one clever enough that I’d like to pay to own, haha! Otherwise, I still hope to bring to life the beauty I find as I wander around (not aimlessly), but also have a strong focus on how we, as individuals, can help build a stronger tomorrow. As the top species on this planet, we have a moral responsibility to care for it, and its inhabitants either directly or indirectly. This will include opinion pieces, well researched pieces and also just my own little tips, tricks and hacks. If you would like to join me on this path, hit the Follow button, and also feel free to check out my Instagram: @ohfernweh where I will be adding content related to the blog along with the randomness *ahem* curated content that I already post. I sincerely hope you stick with me. See you soon!

An Eating Guide for UNSW (COFA) Students


I won’t even start on why there has been silence on here for three months. Too much and not enough space to regale you with details – let’s leave it at that.

I have just completed my first year at UNSW and am a little bit wiser and lot happier now that summer vacation (yes, summer, we’re the land down under, remember?) has begun. Let me tell you though, I still don’t know exactly how to feel about a Christmas in shorts. More on that later. So what follows is a modified version of a draft I made three months (!!) ago and did not finish.

Without further ado, my picks for The Top 10 Meals Under $10 for fellow UNSW A&D peeps.

  1. Indian Home Diner, Oxford St – Though the food here is far from authentic, and not Indian in my book, it is cheap as! Special offer for COFA (previous name for UNSW A&D) students gets you a naan wrap that’s mildly satisfying taste wise, but calms an aggressively growling stomach for $5. (I’d stay away from the overly bright gravies though, they look radioactive to me.)
  2. Art House Kitchen, Cnr of Oxford St and Greens Rd– For mild hunger, try the $4 banana bread which comes with salted butter, for a delicious mingling of sweet and salty flavours in your mouth. Sandwiches and panini options abound too. Also, awesome and huge plate of fries for $6 and a plate of crispy potato wedges for $8 – these are huge enough to be meals, people.
  3. Origami Cafe, Flinders St. – a hole in the wall cafe that I walked past several times without noticing! Well, it was my loss because the food here is delicious, portions BIG and the prices perfectly suited for a student budget. It’s small but I have never had an issue finding a seat or a tummy pleaser.
  4. North Indian Cuisine, Oxford St – Yes, the name is uninspired but the food is authentic. This is comfort food, North Indian style. My favourites are the Channa Dal, Goat Curry and Palak Paneer which you can choose to devour with naan or very flavourful and rich rice.
  5. Don Don, Oxford St – On the opposite side of the road to the above, one block down Oxford Street is another Japanese hole in the wall. Good food, large servings again and pretty popular for lunch and dinner.
  6. About Life, Crown St – For your organic fix at an affordable price is About Place’s salad bar. Fear not, it isn’t just greens and beans, there’s substantial goodness too – both the vegetarian and meat variety. Pretty good selection too, with a variety of hot and cold drinks.
  7. Coco Cubano, Taylor Square – They’ve undergone a paint job and gone from black paint to cheery white and yellow but the food and drink remain as delicious as ever. The chicken burger wins every time! If you have morning class, go here for an early (or late) lunch and people watch from this great vantage point.
  8. South Dowling Sandwiches, South Dowling St – Not a place I can honestly say I’ve frequented but I did eat here once. Why it makes it on the list is because of all the people who rave about it, and the queues I have witnessed every time I’ve passed the place. Apparently the Chilli Chicken is the crowd pleaser here.
  9. Satang Thai, Quay St – Going a bit further afield, there’s this establishment in Haymarket. The lunch menu is considerable cheaper than the dinner and comes in pleasingly large servings. Pretty busy during lunch but they do have a lot of seating and you can never go wrong with the Pad Thai.
  10. Podomoro, Ultimo Rd – I am a firm believer of sharing so here is a place I had to dig around to find as most people are intently fixed on the opposite side of the road, namely, Market City. I go here for the Ayam Bakar and sambal as I have to stay away from coconut but the menu looks delectable.

I definitely need to put this out there that none of these places are the definition of luxury. Some are literally just a place to eat and leave, at others you can lounge about over your food. But there are two things that are universal – good food and student friendly prices. Go forth and enjoy, fellow students. 🙂

Eat It All – A Culinary Viewpoint


As the primal way of living starts to seem more appealing to increasing numbers, it begs the question, why not be conscious of something beyond the way we eat? Let’s look at what we miss out on eating. Our ancestors did it right, they generated very little waste, and this little was biodegradable as well.

The amount of food thrown away now, before it even gets cooked, is atrocious, not to mention what happens to leftovers.

With chefs bringing back the nose to tail approach when it comes to meat, the food revolution has been brewing for a while. This too, isn’t something new, as humans have been doing it for years before things like prime cuts and the coveted hanger steak became ways to mint money. With just a possible maximum of 1.5 lbs of hanger steak per steer possible, it makes no sense to base entire menus on it. The same is true when it comes to many fruits and vegetables; the possibilities of utilising the scraps that end up in the landfill nearest you are like the landfills themselves – endless!

If the idea of eating waste seems unappealing, let’s start with taking that word off the table. Much of what we throw away is, in fact, not waste at all. All it takes is a bit of awareness, an open mind and passion in the kitchen. Even things not classified as food can be delectable if treated right, take dandelions for example, every part of this plant is edible – root to flowers, raw or cooked. From making wine, salads, and frying the entire flowers, this weed is legal. And delicious. With a slightly bitter flavour reminiscent of radicchio or endive, it is low in calories and so good for you. Most likely, a delicious addition to your cooking repertoire lurks in your garden right now!

There is probably already a world of possibility in your refrigerator, especially if you shop at the farmer’s market where they retain the leaves, stalks and roots of the produce. Go have a look in your fridge, have broccoli in there? Next time, save what you usually throw,  peel the outer layer of the stalk, slice it up and take a bite. What you’ll find is a nutritious crunchy snack without the need for a dip even. Alternately you can add the sliced stalk, along with the leaves to your stir fry. The leaves can be treated the same way as kale, crisp them up in the oven, and you have a snack from what would have ended up of no use to anyone.

Most root vegetables, such as carrots, beets and radishes have green tops beckoning you from their roost at the market, yet they’re promptly snapped off and thrown into the compost heap once you get home. These greens are delicious additions to salads and pastas, and can even be used to make pesto. The thing to keep in mind is flavour, for example, turnip greens are probably best cooked, while you can munch on raw beet greens in a salad as you do some deep thinking.


Quinoa, fish and greens.

With so many cooks and chefs embracing vegetables and fruits in their entirety, inspiration is just a click away. Onion skins can be used for colour and flavour in stocks. Speaking of stock, it is the best way to get the maximum out of your meat and veggies in one go. Bung in the bones collected from a few sunday roasts (they can be frozen until you have enough), add in peels from vegetables, add roots of herbs, basically almost everything you’d have swept off the kitchen counter. Then just add water, as they say. What you have is a massive punch of flavour, any day of the week. A top tip is to freeze stock in ice cube trays to allow a meal for one to be as easy and accessible as it should be. Cook your quinoa in it, add a cube to a quick stir fry, be creative.


Chicken soup in a jiffy.

There are even options which may seem outrageous at the outset, such as egg shells. With a good scrub, crushed and baked in the oven, they can be your next source of calcium. Don’t worry though if it sounds unpalatable at this point, as with everything, it’s best to start somewhere. Try the broccoli stalks. The choices are astoundingly vast, all it takes is a healthy bit of research and you could be well on the way to eating much better for half the price!


A Gem in the Middle of Sydney City

I came across this most magical of places by accident, as I seem to do with the majority of the things I love in life. What can I say, except to lift Paulo Coelho’s romantic idea from The Alchemist: “Maktub”.

The Chinese Garden of Friendship!


Map of the Chinese Garden of Friendship

I set off one afternoon, stopping by at Emperor’s Puffs for a snack on my way. I thought it was apt – a Chinese snack before a Chinese garden. What are Emperor’s puffs you ask?


Well, only the most iconic little bonbon you can get in Sydney’s China Town. It’s an institution and the lines snaking around the narrow street are testament to the cream puff’s goodness. Served from 12pm to 9pm, be clever and pick a time when people are likely to be at work or school. Oh and don’t pop them in your mouth whole and chomp down – they’re frickin’ HOT!! My burned tongue has so many horror stories to tell.

So three cream puffs (and a couple of barbecue pork buns) down, I made my way to Darling Quarter where this little haven of a garden is situated. Right next to the bustling Darling Harbour and with new construction happening all around, it really is a bit of peace and quiet amidst the chaos.


Don’t tell me this doesn’t make you want to go in!

I find Far Eastern aesthetics fascinating, their attention to detail, the intricacy with which every element is gathered, joined, juxtaposed and displayed. It inspires me! This was what Bali did to me as well, if you remember. I was mesmerised there, as I was here. My mother back home, who has been saying she’ll visit someday suddenly declared that she wants to come here ASAP and go to this garden when I sent her some photos.

<<Warning>>: If you have ornithophibia, stay away. There are ibis everywhere, they have their nests in the trees all around. However, they are also harmless, only interested if you have any food. BUT there are small, over-protective birds that swoop down on your heads if it’s egg-hatching season. I kid you not, I nearly lost the hair off the top of my head.

While wandering around, rather quickly as it was nearly closing time, I snapped over a hundred photos. I surprised myself too, except every little thing here is photo worthy. And I have vowed to go back better prepared, with more time to spare, so I can soak in some culture, slowly…, sipping on some Chinese tea in the Teahouse.

The really magical thing is that once you have crossed the threshold, it is very difficult to remember that you are in the middle of a very busy city. Time slows; the steel, glass and concrete monsters a few metres beyond the walls melt away. It’s just the beautiful trees, buildings, flowing streams, bubbling waterfalls and birds. Oh, and a few people, but you won’t really notice them either.

I shall leave my words here and let my pictures do the rest of the talking. If you’re in Sydney and haven’t been here yet, shame on you! And for those planning a visit soon, you MUST add this to your bucket list.


I was lucky it was a sunny winter evening – just look at the colours.


Symmetry, beauty, natural and manmade.


More beautiful colours and the Dragon Rock.


Red and black – quintessentially Chinese.


Poser pauses fishing to smile for me.


Another model.


“Do you think they’ll notice if we sneak in late to the meeting?” “Shhhh…”


Adjacent to the Teahouse.


As you can see, I can’t get enough of these trees and their drooping branches.


Hall of Clear Shade. I just fell in love with this gnarled grey tree with fuschia flowers!


10 Things I Wish I’d Known About Sydney

Preface: I really don’t know where the time flies in this country. And I am not even busy fighting off kangaroos for my burger or rescuing people from getting eaten by sharks. I genuinely have no reason or excuse for why it has been 21 days since my last post.

– Sincerely Shamefaced.


So I’ve been here in Australia for close to five months, almost half a year. Where does time fly when you’re having fun, eh? My Master of Design education is wonderful and stimulating, and hopefully continues to be challenging in the coming semesters. I have made some wonderful friends, watched my little sister bloom into a confident and beautiful young woman in a supportive environment, and pinched myself more times than I can count, at all the beautiful things I’m surrounded by.

While it’s easy to wax lyrical about all the great things about the city I’m calling home for some time, there are many that I wish I’d known before I moved here. Not because I woudn’t have still chosen to live and study here, only so that I could have been better prepared as an international student.

  1. The popular stance is that the winter here is unworthy of being considered winter. Cue *eyeroll* and a lot of *shivering*. Pack your thermals if you have them, bring your coats and throw in those extra socks and gloves too. If not, don’t worry, H&M is bound to have sales before you freeze to death.
  2. Crows in Australia, I’m forced to believe, didn’t get the memo on what noise they’re supposed to make. They sound like dying cats or someone retching violently after an alcohol fuelled night. Why do I wish I’d known this? So I could have slept through my jet lag the first few nights without feeling like I was an unwitting participant in a horror movie.
  3. The price of bread here is pretty ridiculous, that is if you want to eat anything other than the ubiquitous and nutrition deficient soft white variety. 5 dollars for multigrain bread. Really!?
  4. You can’t really watch the sunset from the famous beaches in Sydney – no, Siree, not from Bondi or Coogee or Maroubra. Because it’s the east coast. So if you’re like me and have no hope of ever catching a sunrise, you’re going to have to kick the ‘watching our big happy star go to bed in the sea’ habit.
  5. While I have not experienced peak summer here, let me tell you, the Tasman Sea is a chilly, chilly woman! I cannot, with complete confidence, say I will ever go swimming here if the water doesn’t heat up beyond 25 degree Celsius! Which isn’t likely either from what I can glean from the wise ol’ Internet.
  6. If you wear anything below AU size 6 shoes, your hopes for finding inexpensive shoes or even cute thongs (flip flops, for the uninitiated) are very narrow, my friend. Read: Bring all your shoes!
  7. Be prepared to get lost, quite literally. The road system here is tricky at best, as baffling as the Mad Hatter’s riddles at worst. If I had a dollar for every time I got lost in Sydney, I’d be cozying up to a glass of expensive bubbly as I relaxed in my very own hot tub.
  8. Which segues nicely into the activity of walking. If you no like, no come here. Seriously. I’m not saying there aren’t buses and trains to everywhere but you’ll still have to put your pins to good use. Upside though – great legs, come bikini weather!
  9. You will want to eat out very often. Even if you’re an avid cook like me, the temptations at literally every corner are sometimes too much to ignore. Heavily leaning towards, though not limited to, all things Far Eastern, the aromas are irresistible. This can also be interpreted as ‘work on your willpower, because your pockets may sometimes be threadbare’.
  10. And lastly, clothes shopping isn’t expensive enough to be prohibitory. Unless they’re that great, avoid stuffing your bags with excess clothes and instead bring all your teeny tiny shoes!

Thanks accepted in the form of cash or presents. Please contact me for address and bank details! :p 

Until next time! Which I can’t promise will be less than 21 days. 

I am back!

Who is back, you ask? Ah, I don’t blame you if it’s hard to remember. I have been away rather a long time.  And that would also answer the question of whether I have learned to manage time better. But I remain optimistic as always, and hope to be a way better keeper-upper with this blog that means so much to me.

Life has been filled with the usual and so many not so usual moments. If I feel a frown coming on, I think to myself, “You’re in Australia! Where you’ve dreamed of being since ’09!” That sure turns my smile back on. This country is not without its flaws, to imagine it as perfect would be a lie. But it is awesome in my eyes!

I will keep this one short, give you time to get used to me being back. I promise, however, to be back super soon with a post that I’ve wanted to write for months – What No-one Tells You About Sydney. So watch out for that one, my lovelies! Until then, look at all the gorgeousness I have captured in this beautiful city and let me know if you like!











Time Flies And I Can Hardly Keep Up

It has been so long since I last even opened up WordPress that I think I just saw a tumbleweed blow by! Where has the time gone?? This is clearly proof that I need to:
a) Learn to manage time better.
b) Prioritise my activities.
c) Get back into super-student mode that I had down pat back when I was a student last. *cue crickets*

I don’t know how successful I’m going to be with those goals, but I’m sure going to try. I think I need to break up with social media or at least take a break for a while. And even though I hate the getting-lazier-by-the-day-generation that needs to abbreviate everything, FOMO is real. Yuck. Can’t believe I wrote that. Forgive me. Let’s pretend I didn’t, and get to the point. I’m just afraid that I’ll log back in after a considerable break and find that 10 more of my friends have had babies, or gotten engaged, or married, or heaven forbid, have had something bad happen to them and I won’t know. Not a particular risk I want to take.

Seriously though, I’ve lost my juvenile mastery over mindfulness. My ‘living in the now’ philosophy has gone hiking, and didn’t invite me. I didn’t even know it had left me, that’s how mind-less I’ve been. Hopefully, being aware of it will be the first step in trying to win it back.

So, while I know you’ve all probably lost interest in anything I have to say anymore, I’ll try to win you back too.

What’s taking up my time? University, mostly. I haven’t been a student for a while, and getting back into it without losing all track of time and reason is taking some extra time. Assignments, research, reading, while super fun (ok, not all the time) and inspiring, are depriving me of a social life. And those with social lives in the neighbourhood are depriving me of sleep. See? Lose-lose.

Let me leave you with some nice photos to make up for my lengthy absence. See you soon(-ish).

Warning: The photos are fresh out of my phone; haven’t even had time to edit or watermark. Kindly, do not steal. Thanks!

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It Feels Like Love!

I cannot believe how long it’s been since I last wrote here! Apologies, to myself, and to the few people who look forward to my posts. I bet I’ve lost your interest too by now. Sorry!

So, for those who don’t follow me on Instagram, guess where I am?! Answer: AUSTRALIA!


That’s right, after almost 9 years of dreaming about it, I’m finally here!! Sometimes I don’t believe it myself, and have to give myself a hard pinch. *ouch*

So, firstly, how is it going? Glad you asked! I love it here! Once I got over the jet lag (and even during), I was just so grateful to be here. Yes, the weather is unpredictable and mostly hot, but I’ve never loved the feel of the sun on my skin more. Secondly, what am I doing here? I’m also pursuing the Master’s program I’ve wanted to since ’09, at last. I’m so excited that I sometimes just spontaneously want to break into dance!

It’s orientation week at my university this week, so I’m usually on my feet, walking around all day. (Oh, and that’s one thing about Sydney I didn’t know before I got here. Sydneysiders love to walk everywhere, and you kind of tend to just do the same once you’re here.)


Next week, I start classes and then, hopefully I’ll be able to be a bit more organised. Ha! Wish me luck y’all! And until then, enjoy some of my pictures of Sydney!

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The beautiful Central Mall building

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My Penny’s Worth: Photography

Firstly, I know I have been terribly delayed with my posts. I have been unable to keep up with my schedule, and that is due to a variety of reasons. The Australian Open being just one of them. The meaty details will be let out in a matter of a couple of weeks, and then you, my dear readers, will completely understand.

Now, as someone who enjoys taking, and sharing, photos, there are a few things that I believe make a good photograph. Almost everyone today has access to a camera, be it in the form of their phone, a digital ‘point and shoot’ or a DSLR. For this mere mortal, fiddling about with buttons and settings, a degree here and then another there has never been anything to write home about. For the few months that I did have a DSLR, I  admit that I thoroughly enjoyed its power, but it is also true that I did not dedicate too much time to learning many settings.

If you are new to photography and want to up your game, I’d say, join Instagram. You will find tonnes of inspiration, and will be able to observe how the pros do it, and pick up tips. Read on if you want my penny’s worth of advice on what I believe are the golden rules to good pictures. But since they come from me, they might just be silver. I’ll let you decide.

What I’m about to share with you all is in no way an exhaustive guide, nor are they rules; do what makes you happy.

1. Lines: If the object/subject you are clicking has lines on/behind/under them, either vertical or horizontal, frame it in such a way that those lines are straight. Or at least fix the skew before you post it somewhere public. I find that it gives a more finished look to the photo, like you actually cared to spend more than a second to p&s.


Lines, lines, they need to be parallel, and perpendicular, unless you’re deliberately trying to piss people off.

2. The Horizon: When shooting a landscape, sunset and such, if you take the time to ensure that you frame it in such a manner that the horizon line is, well, horizontal, it will make a world of difference. It is one of my pet peeves to have a skewed horizon line in photos.


While this may still look skewed due to the colours, I assure you, that horizon is as straight as a ruler!

3. Editing: It is absolutely okay to touch up your photos a bit. Sometimes you just don’t have time to spend ages perfecting a shot, or what you’re clicking might be time sensitive. The above points can be achieved with a tiny bit of tweaking. However, bear in mind that you might lose the periphery of the image as the tilt is adjusted into a rectangle or square.


A tricky demo, this one, as I was standing on a ramp. See, my flip-flop clad feet were visible in the original. Then I had to adjust the image so that it’s straight, and lost out on the feet. Terrible business.

4. Focus: No matter what kind of hurry you’re in, taking a couple of seconds to check that the subject, say, a bunch of sunbathing turtles is what is in focus. And not, say, the abundance of foliage in the foreground, as can be seen below.


5. Over editing: Ugh, seriously, I hate this. When was the last time you saw cobalt blue trees or buildings that had halos around them? Some people just don’t know when to stop. However, having said that, if you mean to go for that effect, it can be stunning. But I’d still suggest you use that super power sparingly.


What’s not to like about purple clouds and ombré waves, I ask! Surreal? Yes. Just remember, the watchword is ‘sparingly’.

These are just the bare essentials, and I would like to share more of what I believe helps to make a great photo. So keep a look-out for that one. Also, comment below with your personal tips and tricks for great photos; let’s compare notes! 🙂