Author: Steve Q.M.

Book Review – Cost of Discipleship

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I think this might be the book that completely overturned my understanding of grace and discipleship, which are concepts so fundamental to the core of Christianity. Never has any other author explained with such clarity, conviction and rawness of the truth of Christ-following. In an age that individualism and Hedonism being so exalted in both the sacred and secular world, the sacrifice that is required to follow Christ seems distance, cold and unattractive. Even genuine […]

Book Review – Imitation of Christ

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Obtain a Kindle copy here: The Imitation of Christ (Penguin Classics) In this antiquated collection of essays by a 15th century monastic, there’s a seriousness in pursuing Christlikeness that is lacking in some contemporary Christian titles. John Wesley considered this to be the best summary of Christian life he had ever read. Instead of focusing on an elementary level of self-improvement, Kempis wrote in depth that the reality of a Christian life is to imitate […]

Death to Beguilement

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guile /gahyl/ noun: Insidious cunning in attaining a goal; crafty or artful deception; duplicity One of the meanings of beguile is ‘to charm or to divert’.     To comment on someone being ‘without guile’ is a great compliment on his character and morality.     Unfortunately for us, we live in a world today with an unprecedented amount of entertainment and distraction. Never has there been an age (I think) that we humans are subject to […]

Snippet #4 Non-chronic

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Last Wednesday I received the offer to the Master of Architecture course at Melbourne Uni. To be quite honest I had been waiting for this offer like a 5-year-old waiting to wake up on Christmas day morning. In my defence this is something I worked very hard for. Going through and redoing my bachelor years’ design late at night wasn’t the most leisurely business. The result is worth the while. Ultimately I know God has […]

Snippet #3 Few Changes

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I’m making a few adjustments to layout & design of this blog. As you can see currently things look a bit dis-organised, much like a construction site. But hopefully I will have it cleaned up soon. What I’m trying to add is a portfolio page. Putting together a physical portfolio for graduate school has got me thinking to have my work systematically presented online. Both what I do in architecture and photography. These are the […]

En Route

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Been revisiting my university works lately, and by revisiting, I mean more like starting from scratch again. As I don’t have much of those projects left, only fragmented files, images scattered in all sorts of places on my hard drive. After all, the earliest project was almost 5 years ago. It’s embarrassing to look back on my old works, there are so many flaws in design and as many mistakes that would make me jobless […]

Few Normal Weekends

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I recently found it hard to answer when someone courteously asks how my weekend was. It’d be fair to say this is a pointless question, unless the person labours on weekends, he/she has no reason not to enjoy two days off work, no matter how “plain” they were. There’s enough excitement just to keep the alarms silent for two days. Nonetheless this is a safe and sound way to start a small conversation with someone, […]

Working Away and Movements

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It’s been a while since I posted anything. Apart from work (which is a continuous rushing to deadlines), I’m also putting aside some time at night to work on my portfolio. Below is a snippet of something I’ve been working on. Revisiting works I did at university was pretty tough mentally – the quality of work I did back then was quite… poor. However, there was a sense of freedom and naivety in the design that […]

Snippet #2 Slow Film

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I thought Kodak and the film industry had died… apparently not, they are still making good money with that little roll of plastic covered in chemicals. And I just realised how slow people’s lives used to be. For example, I took a picture on the 3rd frame of this roll, then a week went by to finish the rest of the 33 frames so I can send it in for developing. Then I had to […]

Snippet #1 Esther Tummy Training

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Simple movements like lifting your head while on all-fours are easy for adults, but big efforts for babies. (Due to their bigger head to body ratio?) Esther is still too young to fully control her head. But we encourage her to crawl and train those neck muscles to prepare for rolling, sitting & ultimately walking. Note for nerds: I used VSCO Kodak Ektar film preset for these photos, with minimal editing. Ektar looks less saturated and […]