Category Life & Art

The (extended) Story of ‘String Story’

HOW MY ART & CREATIVE PROJECT STARTED… Waking up again the humdrum of everyday life is not exactly what I call living. Against the drivel of a 9 to 5 job, I began to dread waking up every morning. My inner soul weeps and demands that “we go back to being an artist and make […]

Tinder love on Valentine’s Day

A certain sense of vulnerability overwhelms me on Valentine’s Day. Being single, I kind of dread the on-slaughter of mainstream, mass market love. Everywhere you go, especially on Facebook, you’re being bombarded with love ads – instead of evoking “oh, it’s a special day for love” it can be roughly translated as “dude, you don’t […]

Suzie’s Sydney list

I’ve been living in Sydney for at least 18 months now and while I am based here, there’s a part of Melbourne that lingers within me. I still dress like I’m in winter sometimes. Sydney is known for their scenic beaches. Truthfully, I am not the biggest sand in my shoes fan but there’s plenty […]

Oh, How I Hate Writing

We were alone outside a hallway and a teacher disappointedly said to me; “if you don’t get your act together, you will fail English”. I hate writing. When I was younger, I found writing to be a tedious chore. Ironically, after school my sibling and I would often hang around the library. I found myself […]

Why Do You Do Art?

During the beginning of the year, I went on a road trip to Melbourne – Sydney – Brisbane, my younger sister ask me while we ride on Pacific Highway; “What made you want to become an artist?” I was a little stumped and I went down a little spiral of contemplation. On my last post, […]

A Cloud of Darkness Followed Me

You’re at a pitchfork in life and you have only two choices, do you turn to face reality or pretend it never happened. Neither, lessons can be learnt during dark times. Besides, alternatives pathways can be made all the time. I was around 21, when my blinkers slowly turned off and I found myself immersed […]

The dilemma of Facebook status: Tinder and Yellow Fever

As a regular Facebook contributor, I’ve been sharing my mundane, everyday experiences of being an Asian-Australian female. I noticed a pattern of ‘Yellow Fever (a fetish for Asian women)’, Tinder and everyday racism regularly comes to surface. Using humour has been a tool to gauge what has happened to me and allows me to laugh […]

Memory Maps [Griffith]

My first visit to Griffith A Griffith local and map lover named Johanna found me online and became one of my supporters of my art project, Memory Maps of Melbourne. We began to exchange emails and she told me about Griffith. I learnt that despite being in the middle of nowhere, the rural town has […]

Misadventures of a Story Collector

How to connect with ‘Strayans, buy them a VB? Illustrated by Suzanne Nguyen, 2014

Friendship and stories

On my personal Facebook today, I wrote: Friendship is so weird, you just pick a human you’ve met and you’re like “yup I like this one” and you just do stuff with them. And that’s what exactly happened today. I was returning to Sydney from my Easter break  and I was prepared to focus on my creative writing. But for the […]