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In the midst of procrastinating thesis-writing yet again, I decide to sign into my stock account. What I discover is an absolutely wonderful and wholly unexpected surprise! I have been fortunate enough to receive DDs in the past, but they never cease being special. Thank you ever so much to PirateLotus-Stock for featuring my photo yesterday. I hope it proves useful, and I can't wait to see what people create with it!

Yunnan05 by alais-stock
It has been approximately six billion years since I last uploaded anything here - my previous journal was from Christmas last year, for crying out loud! Unfortunately I have nothing to offer except the usual (but nevertheless true) excuses - work and university have consumed my life. Honours coursework is hard. The thesis is even harder, but I generally try to pretend that doesn't exist. .___.

I miss art. I miss creating, whether that involves flailing and failing in photoshop, or seeing the world through a lens. Although, to be honest, I think I miss photography more. Taking photos usually means I am out and about, seeing new sights and experiencing new things, as opposed to being cloistered in front of my laptop and surrounded by depressing academic texts for hours on end. I updated my much-neglected stock account earlier tonight with a few shots from the time I was fortunate enough to travel around Yunnan with my family. They are all hand-held shots, and mostly also taken whilst moving - either from horseback, out the window of a cable car, or aboard a rowing boat in terribly low (but beautiful) light. That's my disclaimer for the noise and occasionally questionable sharpness involved in said photos. Nevertheless, they testify to some of the amazing things I got to do and see on that trip, and I hope some of you will find them useful. 

On a different but related note; if you get the chance, seriously, visit Yunnan. It is an absolutely remarkable province with beautiful sights, and is home to twenty-five of China's fifty-six recognised ethnic minorities, each of which have an amazing and distinct culture and language. 

Anyway, this is just me checking in. I'm very active on Instagram for anyone who is interested in seeing more of my recent (iphone)ography. Well, I say 'recent'. I post a lot of photos from my trip to England and Paris (which I'm still not over, despite it having been almost two years since), China and pretty things I encounter in my daily life.

I hope you are all well. x

Yunnan03 by alais-stockYunnan07 by alais-stockYunnan08 by alais-stockYunnan04 by alais-stock

christmas wishes

Tue Dec 24, 2013, 5:33 PM
 Merry christmas everybody 

i am in china at the moment and thus haven't had the chance to make anything for christmas

not that i've been very active throughout the year regardless

but i did want to wish you all a very merry christmas! <3 
thank you so very much for all the support and encouragement you have given me over the years
both for my art
and for my life in general when things have been tough

i hope you all have the most magical of days, filled with food, gifts and loved ones
and wonderful 2014 to come.

xx much love


Journal Entry: Mon Apr 19, 2010, 11:01 PM
Hodgins: Harmless? I’m harmless?
Pickering: Yes, you do not pose a viable threat.
Hodgins: Well that’s just insulting.

- Bones

UPDATE: To give you all some extra incentive to follow me on my blog, I will be uploading some free resources that I won't be sharing on my DA stock account. The first of these is a RAW present for those of you who use Adobe Lightroom - I am still experimenting and learning my way around the program, but you can expect more of these, some photoshop actions and textures as well.

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explain to me this

Journal Entry: Sun Apr 4, 2010, 3:08 AM
I had a shoot today with a friend - she is beautiful and I love her, and the shoot itself (plus prints) are technically her birthday present, which is in June. It is the school holidays and a weekend, so yes, I have more time on my hands and my post-shoot euphoria almost always encourages me to enter into a frenzy of post processing and uploading onto facebook at least.

That said, my laptop is quite literally a pile of dog faeces incapable of handling RAW files, deciding to close Lightroom on me goes knows how many times, Photoshop twice and Firefox once. I should add that most of the crashes occured attempting to convert the files into jpegs, without even the slightest bit of tweaking. I am also currently being eaten by a migraine.

Having gotten seven shots up for her and friends to ooh and ahh over and what not, I decide I've had enough of pushing my laptop to its limits and tell her I will postpone further editing till tomorrow, that my head hurts and I shall be heading to bed. Her less than enthusiastic responses include, and I quote, "Gee these photos take a long time" and "Oh...ok." It has been four hours since the shoot finished.

I am nowhere near a professional photographer, and never will be, but is it irrational of me to find it frustrating that I am expected to be able to go through hundreds of photos and edit or resize them at least so that it doesn't take hours to upload them always on the same day/night of the shoot and be not so subtly reprimanded for not being able to do so? That I am not granted at least the professional courtesy of doing things in my own time, to the best of my ability, and not face disappointment when all of that doesn't occur on one day?

I'd love to know your opinions on the matter, whether you be professional photographers or not, because this attitude seems to face me after every single shoot I do. I understand that she is eager to see the shots, and it is hardly as though I am deliberately withholding them to taunt her. I just feel as though there is something not quite right about all this, and I'm not sure how to convey my point across without seeming aloof, bitchy and downright rude.

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Journal Entry: Wed Mar 31, 2010, 10:07 PM
I've been pretty terrible lately in regards to responding to comments and thanking you all for favouriting my work, voting in my polls, and just generally being awesome people supporting what I do. Year 12 has been pretty hectic, that is not to say I've spent much less time on this site as far as browsing art goes...but I've gotten lax in getting back to you guys who take the time to comment on my work.

However, as today was the last day of first term and I now have two weeks during which to reasonably relax (my next two breaks will be spent cramming for trial and final assessments), I shall be doing my best to do some catchup. I have a shoot planned for Sunday as well, so something new to share with you all!

Happy easter, hope you're all going well.
Much love. xx

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six point eight

Journal Entry: Wed Mar 10, 2010, 2:09 AM
In 2009, the estimated population for the world was 6.8 billion.
The aim is not to be just another one of those people.

six point eight

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what a wonderful world.

Journal Entry: Sun Feb 28, 2010, 10:30 PM
There are times when I want nothing more to have my license and be able to drive out at 4am and watch the sun come up. On the extremely rare occasion that I do manage to drag my parents out of bed and do, I realise I live in an incredibly beautiful part of the world.

Operatic V by leafinsectman

I see skies of blue and clouds of white
The bright blessed day, the dark sacred night
And I think to myself, what a wonderful world


I abuse my earphones and ipod by not spending a single day without music. These are a few of my current favourites.

No Tomorrow by Orson
Arise by E.S. Posthumus
Feel Good Inc. by Gorillaz
Legend of Elysia - Emergence by Mozzaratti
The Story by Temple Scene

Angel (Main Theme) by Darling Violetta - the most beautiful theme to any tv show I have ever heard

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Journal Entry: Sat Feb 27, 2010, 11:14 PM
EDIT: Well, my birthday is the 28th, so clearly when I posted this I forgot the time difference, haha. But thankyou to everyone for the birthday wishes regardless - I appreciate it!


Its my birthday today! :party:

I had the most beautiful party last night, including what is possibly the world's most amazing cake. No joke, my friends are brilliant.

I also look like a complete twat in the following photos, but that is irrelavent.
I am however, seventeen! =D

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Journal Entry: Sun Feb 7, 2010, 8:28 PM
I like to think that I am a patient person when it comes to big things. Things like waiting for the same person for four years, which judging by the multitude of week-long relationships in high school, is pretty rare. Course, that's as much as my never having a chance in the first place as being good at constancy. Somehow though, I chose to spend those four years waiting for someone who in the end didn't say yes, or even no - it was a case of the silence being louder than any stream of pretty phrases he could think of.

I thought I knew him well enough to expect otherwise.
I also never used to mind being single before.

So another Valentine's Day is coming up, coinciding with Chinese New Year, and a week before my birthday. I am determined to make it something worth celebrating, which involves making sure my day is occupied as much as possible. So far the itinerary includes a shift at work, then going to see a movie afterwards. I will also be eating copious amounts of chocolate, and so far, I am looking forward to it.

Now however is the time for me to start doubting a few things. The romantic in me believes that there is in fact someone for everyone, and that eventually, hopefully, you'll find them. The realist...not so much. Therefore, is my lack of success more a matter of my simply not having met someone who will feel the same way, or something else? And if I were honest with myself, would I honestly rather even just one failed relationship, versus none at all?

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Journal Entry: Wed Jan 27, 2010, 8:27 PM
freedom is a funny thing.

had my last first day of school today. i learnt that i have not not grown up much in comparison to the twelve year old me still new to alcohol and bitchfights, and how much i envy my old attitude and eager obliviousness. the prefects visit one year seven class for homegroup first term, composed of several siblings of people i know, thinking we are all grown up and know everything. it was nice for me in there, to be someone obeyed out of respect and i suppose, an element of fear. these year sevens are tiny.

my holidays were filled were nothing, and nothing is hard to drag yourself out of after you've been relishing it for six weeks. first thing my english teacher said to us was a reccomendation to a) work our butts off and b) say farewell to our social lives. also known as well, you're all screwed.

that's me.

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Journal Entry: Thu Jan 21, 2010, 10:17 PM
  • Listening to: The Great Gatsby - F. Fitzgerald
  • Reading: Lost - Red
  • Watching: NCIS
This season in Australia is pure insanity, I swear. Currently Sydney is suffering from a heatwave with temperatures of high thirties and forties, and I am a person built for loving winter. Never ever underestimate my appreciation for my job in a shopping centre = eight hour shifts equal eight hours with blissfully free air conditioned surroundings. Also, those of you from the northern hemisphere who complain of the cold; I will happily trade places with you.

I am aching, literally, for autumn.

Anyway. Went for an outing this morning to catch the sunrise at Longreef then trekked it to Dee Why. I fail spectacularly at photography in low light situations but for the sake of seeing the beach at dawn (before the blistering heat settled in) was so worth it. Those who live near the beach and have the conviction to wake up at ungodly hours are some of the luckiest people on earth.

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Journal Entry: Sat Jan 16, 2010, 10:57 PM
Consider this another journal entry promoting what dasha-v-m is doing - until February 15th, she will be donating 100% of the profits for commissions to the Red Cross Haiti fund. If you want something more in return for donating to the fund than just warm fuzzies from contributing to the people who need it most at the moment, then please, commission her. cantabile-reaper is also offering a free simple manipulation to everyone who commissions dasha-v-m, just in case you needed any more encouragement.

All the info can be found here: journal

  • Listening to: Adrina Thorpe - Walk
  • Reading: Wizard's First Rule - Terry Goodkind


Journal Entry: Sun Jan 10, 2010, 9:13 PM
So er, I am dabbling in food photography, because macarons are photogenic and utterly delectable. Also impossible to make if your name is Yu-Jie Yu. *sigh* The ones I attempted today, despite following the receipe to the letter, turned out more like almond cigarettes russe, also known as curved biscuits. Intentional of course, when I took them out of the oven and realised they looked nothing close to macaron cookies. Anyway, my culinary fails are no surprise.

But the photos aren't too bad.
Lindt macarons. $2 each. Nom.

see more at flickr

  • Listening to: Adrina Thorpe - Walk
  • Reading: Wizard's First Rule - Terry Goodkind

christmas wishes

Journal Entry: Sat Dec 5, 2009, 10:46 PM

This year has honestly gone by soso quickly. I get the feeling that I'm still struggling to catch up, but then again, part of me is glad for the impending end, and the new beginning.

That said, I'm hoping you all are having a wonderful leadup to christmas and the new year. To all of you who've been going through some hard times, I truly hope they're slowly getting better for you. and I am honest to god so grateful for your neverending support, to be able to know some of you on a personal basis, and to be able to call you my friends.  

wishlist :.

1. Giftart always makes my day.
2. Anything off my DA wishlist
3. Bones seasons 1-5 (my own personal Booth will do too!)
4. Ipod classic and music off thesixtyone
5. My license...
6. Canon 50mm f/1.8 lense
7. Macbook Pro
8. Love
9. To improve as an artist, and as a person.
10. For you all to have a brilliant and safe 2010.

Post up your wishlists; I will be trying to grant a few wishes of my own this year. <3

  • Listening to: Adrina Thorpe - Walk
  • Reading: Wizard's First Rule - Terry Goodkind


Journal Entry: Tue Dec 1, 2009, 2:20 AM
  • Listening to: One Year Yesterday
  • Drinking: Milk
its not for want of trying that my work is so substandard lately, and its for this reason that i'm going on a kind of hiatus. i'll still be around to favourite and comment, because god knows i can't stay away from this place and the people, but that's about it. i might have the occasional photo upload too, but photomanipulation and writing have gone out the window. its starting to show in my schoolwork too, which worries me more than anything.

but yeah. most of my deviations have been stored, and i'm just going for a bit of a break. three more weeks of school, six assessments and a five day hike later, it'll be the holidays, and we'll see what happens.

to all my watchers and friends, i'm sorry.

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eos 450d vs eos 500d

Journal Entry: Sat Oct 24, 2009, 4:22 AM

i can safely say i'm feeling better since my last journal entry. i'm still nowhere near 100%, and there are plenty of unresolved issues that i'm not ready to sort out yet, but thankyou soso much to all my friends -- the fact that you all care makes an enormous difference.

on another note, as some of you know, i have been saving up for a dslr of my own. i am still shy of the target amount, though i honestly wouldn't be if i could control the spending on assorted birthday presents and prints and objects i don't really need...anyway. my original intentions had been to buy a canon eos 450d, though recently i have also been considering the eos 500d. higher megapixels, a better processor, hd video capabilities...i'm wondering if its worth saving up another $200 and upgrade to that? or just buy the 450d and spend any subsequent funds on lenses and filters and the like...any advice would be appreciated.

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its an acquired talent, self pity

Tue Oct 20, 2009, 12:24 AM

you've been missing this

Feature: rhetorical by crashcoursewomb

its illogical to think of the heart as the centre of love and strength of character. then again, its illogical to believe that heartbreak doesn't hurt as much as if the muscle actually fell apart.


i guess...don't read this because its just another rant from the teenage girl with so much she doesn't know how to appreciate, unlimited wells of self-pity and scorn for everyone who is better, because putting them down closes the distance just that little bit. a girl who is addicted to bones fanfiction and fairytale romances, trying to envision the happy endings everyone else deserves and usually, finds.

school feels more normal than it ever really should, leaving me wondering that as this is the beginning of the end, where i'll be 365 days from now. i figure if all else fails and i fall apart when the constant of my life leaves me for longer than just another six week holiday ((after i have physical proof that i am not another freakishly smart asian with the world at my feet)), i'll be able to melt into the scores of uni students without needing to still be the yu-jie i am now. or move to serbia, considering i spent these last holidays avoiding the people i thought i could quite happily never see again, like he who i crave for but still lets me sit in limbo, even as i can practically see twolettersoneword hanging off his lips.

and the friends i can't quite talk to anymore, because i know the first thing that will burst free is a tantrum of every little snub they've ever thrown my way. i collect those for a case to hate someone, knowing that even as i do so i am my own curse for loneliness.  

"He knew that every time they were within meters of each other his pulse doubled." is how i want someone to feel about me. i also know that chances are, it'll never happen, no matter how much my chest hurts hoping.

spring shower

Sun Oct 4, 2009, 11:15 PM

kissing your knees

Feature: 5 Stages of Grief by batmanonrobin

because you know what it feels like


Rainy days and school holidays equal my staying home with very little to do, so I figured I may as well throw in an attempt to revive my pathetic stock account, haha. If you're after some photos of the area around Mt Kosciusko and assorted other pieces, head over to alais-stock...though I will admit my resource skills fail.

I also uploaded one of my photoshop curves today - I use these when post processing my photos, so expect more in the future, as well as maybe a few actions. If you find them useful, please, drop me a line. I'd love to hear from you!

maple syrup + lemon juice + water

Tue Sep 29, 2009, 5:31 AM

maybe thatís why she fell for him instead of any of them.

Feature: The Perfect Boy by xoxoraybaybay

beautiful. underappreciated. love.

is yummy until you realise your stomach protests. And I'm in love with this css.


Now, for anyone not to have already seen this, I demand that you go asap. I'm a child at heart, still in love with Disney movies and animations, but even if you're into action and sci-fi, for the sake of making yourself smile, go watch it. Its the one movie that I've ever bothered paying for to see twice at the cinemas. Oh yeah, and the music is love. For anyone who has seen it, and knows the name of the piece that plays whilst Carl is descending his staircase - tell me. I want it, haha.


So far I've been fairly happy with the results I've gotten back from my exams, except for a few that I'd deluded myself into thinking I'd aced, and they've come back...erm, yes. Next year is when I swear I'll get my act together, so if any of you see me procrastinating on Deviantart ((which you know will happen)) feel free to give me a kick in the arse. Especially if I want to do well in extension english and history. Anyway. Academics aside, life is better. There're just a few things still hanging on edge that I want to have sorted out, but unfortunately I can't make someone else decide faster.

Basically, just another useless update about my ohsointeresting daytodays. Oh yeah. I have three days left till the holidays.


- manip collab with devils-horizon
- lit collab with perso-melodia
- lit collab with Freedom-Falling
- lit collab + birthday gift for PaintedJewel

...and everything else will be added soon


tres y uno by Eyliphca untitled II. by opaque-studios Strangers like me by Kazibum Never Ending Story by Esveeka Wildwood by Brashier Lamp in a bottle by wchild Phoenix v2 by TheJasmineDragon against all odds by theluckynine :thumb135101942: :thumb135082188: hedgehog II by saMb0neMFZB left behind by ClaraMaeStudios