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My dear friends,

How are you doing?

The world is broken but we're still here. I'm still here. You're still here. It's tough all around. But our luck hasn't run out yet - we're still here.

It's nice to be here.

There's a lot to do - giving, taking, laughing, dreaming, crying, praying, grieving, celebrating, working, living. We'll do it all, but let's go at it day by day. Don't plan for too far ahead, because the world is changing so fast. When in doubt, remove and simplify. Be kind to yourself. And stay close to your inner compass - it knows best. Do micro-calibrations, daily adjustments. Don't fight against your emotions, surf them instead. Be contented. Enough is plenty.

I'm not dispensing advice but simply typing reminders for myself.

I've been busy helping a friend out with her cafe business. They are doing takeout now and need drivers, so I volunteered. Driving around Singapore is fun and I get to see parts of the island I'd normally not get to see. I also get to experience what it's like to be a delivery rider. It's not a glamorous job, and you get to see for yourself the rich-poor divide in Singapore. It's sobering. 

This period has brought some clarity to me in terms of how I should move forward with my photography, which includes going into uncomfortable new territories like documentary photography and solidifying my identity as a photographer-writer. I'm also working on a digital book about the craft of photography. I really want to finish it up and let it see light of day soon. But it feels good to be sure that this is the twin-path I want to be heading down for the foreseeable future, taking photos and writing at the same time.

As you might have noticed (or not), I have been writing regularly on my blog. Sometimes they are short updates, sometimes I write essays. The pace suits me well. I've been thinking about the role of this newsletter since I am writing directly at my blog now, and I realise I still want to continue to connect with you like this. So without being too strict about it, I'll continue to write and send this newsletter out about twice a month (and yet it's been three months since my last newsletter... my bad!), and I'll continue to fill it with life updates, thoughts, links to my essays (which now live on my blog), and interesting recommendations etc.

That's enough rambling for one newsletter yah? I'd like to know how you're doing. You can write me by hitting reply on this email. And I hope to be able to see you all in person one day soon. Till then, take care and I love you!

 

Some links

1. I wrote an essay about how "There is no reward".

2. The Book of Life.

3. Write like you talk.

4. An extremely fuss-free, minimalist way to start a blog.

5. For people who might be interested in improving their typing skills.

6. A few songs for your soul recommended by my soul: Diamonds, Surf, Tom's Diner

7. "It's almost impossible now to find a blog that's not on a focused theme because that's what search engines focus on and how websites profit. But you want the opposite, a blog that never tried to focus or even thought about it." Some thoughts on why blogs are missed.

8. Quote to think about: "Unloved people will hate. Hate creates more hate. It’s a vicious cycle. It takes people who are strong enough to love their haters to break this cycle." - Anonymous


About

I'm Rebecca Toh. I write on​ rebeccatoh.co.

I am a 
photographer who works around the world shooting for clients such as The New York Times, Facebook, Monocle, Conde Nast Traveler, etc (if you like my work you might even want to hire me!)

I am also half of the LITO Podcast.

This is where I am and what I'm doing now.
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