Papua New Guinea…

There is nothing quite as magical as the warm, humid, sun drenched days of the tropics. I am a child of the tropics; born to the raging sun and the full moon that glistens over the Pacific.

Live for..

Live for you art, for your passion, for what drives you and gets you up in the morning because sometimes people will disappoint you or hurt you and you them and you cannot live your life trying to satisfy everyone. Never measure your happiness on someone else or trying to please other people, all the time. Instead love all people and all things and live with passion and when you do this you will find that everything else will fall into place.

This is a big thank you to photography, for changing my life, for saving me when I needed saving. For making my life that much grander and full of wonder and discovery; for lighting up my little existence on this earth.  Not a day goes by that I am not grateful.

And this is a thank you to all the wondrous, glorious, passion filled people in my life. You are the beauty in all things.

sing the blues.

“A song is anything that can walk by itself. ” – Bob Dylan.

“But my big thing was always the blues.”
– luther Allison.

luminous

ode to my youth.

in honour of the sea & you.

I sing in honor of the sea & you–

the sea who defies all paintings
& all poems
& you
who defy
the sea. – erica jong

The Wedding.

My cousin, Leisa got married yesterday and she was a beautiful and amazing bride. It was such a perfect day. The whole Tjoeng family was in full force and it was such a glorious day spent in each others company. It made me realise how much I miss my cousins and how we don’t get to see each other enough. That is going to change. I am planning a trip back to the motherland; back to Wewak where all of our souls reveled in island life and being new beings in this big wide world.

Leisa and Wade’s wedding was really heart warming and was a reminder to what really matters in this life; to love and be loved.

Love is patient, love is kind.
It does not envy.
Love is never boastful, nor conceited, nor rude;
It is not self-seeking, nor easily angered.
It keeps no record of wrongdoing.
It does not delight in evil,
But rejoices in the truth.
It always protects, trusts, hopes, and preserves.
There is nothing love cannot face;
There is no limit to its faith, hope, and endurance.
In a word, there are three things that last forever:
Faith, hope, and love;
But the greatest of them all is love.
– Corinthians 13:4-7

Tennis.

So, I am pretty crap at tennis but I live in this new building that has an awesome tennis court combined with having awesome friends who are always up for a good time = we decided to have a tennis night which fell under the pseudonym of a ‘tennis tournament.’ It was a lot of fun and I think I laughed for an hour straight. And then after tennis we decided to drink a lot and talk about Hawaii and listen to Hawaiian music which then sent me into an emo/ I miss Hawaii mood but eventuated in a planned trip to Hawaii in December. Chee Hoo!

Australia.

After Hawaii, I wasn’t sure how I would fare out in the big wide world. But looking back on the last 9 months, I would have to say I am doing pretty well. Sure, I still really miss Hawaii every single waking moment but I am also finding happiness in other places.

I have found that once I changed my attitude and opened myself up to the world, the most wonderful and glorious things have been happening in my life. I have seen the world, I have made beautiful new friends, I found photography or maybe photography found me and every day is filled with light.

I am living on the Gold Coast right now and to be completely honest, I am really loving it. It’s really wonderful spending time with old friends, making new friends, being so close to my family and my home. Photography has opened my eyes in many ways to the things that are present and beautiful here. Moreover, I am spending time with some really inspiring, amazing people which makes me feel extremely blessed.

And now, I am remembering the reasons why I love Australia.

what really matters.

“And hopefully I will carry on, and develop it, because it is worthwhile. carry on because it matters when other things don’t seem to matter so much: the money job, the editorial assignment, the fashion shoot. Then one day it will be complete enough to believe it is finished. Made. Existing. Done. And in its own way: a contribution, and all that effort and frustration and time and money will fall away. It was worth it, because it is something real, that didn’t exist before you made it exist: a sentient work of art and power and sensitivity, that speaks of this world and your fellow human beings place within it. Isn’t that beautiful? ”

check out my wonderful friend’s (who are in this photo) blogs : www.dannyneilsen.com and www.mattneilsen.blogspot.com

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