Hi there, thank you for taking your time to read this.
My name is Lexi Ng, 23 and I am from Malaysia. My current occupation is a student, currently attending Uni in Singapore.
A little back story:
Growing up, I always know that my right brain works better. I have always done well in the art and language classes. My parents once sent me to a painting class when I was in Kinder Garden, and I remember I was so looking forward for that class on every specific weekday night. Though I was not really good at drawing or painting at that point but I loved it. However, not long after, my parents stopped sending me to that class. I remembered being quite sad, but I was young and I soon moved on. I wanted to go to music classes and learn ballet but I know that my family couldn't really afford those tuition fee and so I did not asked about it.
I have always love art, nature, learning languages, etc. So after I graduated high school, I have always wish to study about the environment/geography, design, or even film-making. I was not planning to take any mathematics-related course because I dislike math (I wanted to use the word 'hate', but maybe it's too strong of a word. haha.) But I did not held a high hope for actually taking any of these courses, part of it was because of my parents. I come from a very conservative thinking family, where they don't believe I could make a serious career if I take those courses in Uni. Each time when I tried to convinced them about it, they would try to make a stand of why I shouldn't take them. (I am currently taking a financing course.) I am saying all this is not because I blame them for this now, I really see the point of what they are saying, and I am grateful to them for giving me the chance of education. I was not aware or fully sure of what I wanted as well, I didn't know what path to choose, I guess I still don't.
Until a few years ago, I got a compact camera for my 20th birthday. It is a Canon G5x. I couldn't stop taking photos with it. Before that I have always liked taking photos with my phone, however taking photos with an actual camera is a whole other thing. I discovered the use of shutter, aperture, and other camera settings.(I learn most of the stuff online.) Taking photos now is more than just clicking the shutter. I don't know about other people, but I'll always feel trap in a way if I don't create.
After a few years of using the compact camera, I've found that sometimes it is just not enough for me. The lens isn't changeable. It is indeed very convenient to bring out due to the size of it, and I used to only shoot when I go on trips. However, as time goes on, the more I have learn, and the changing of my shooting style( I do more portrait and street photography nowadays), I realized the compact sometimes won't do it for me, though it is still a good one and I will continue using it.
My hope here is to raise some money to pursue my wish of buying a new/second-hand camera (DSLR/Mirrorless). I am currently considering a second-hand Canon 5D Mark iii.
My original plan was to take part time jobs and save up for the camera, however I found out International Student (in private institution) cannot work in Singapore. So, im currently saving up for a new camera as well, by doing some temporary jobs in Malaysia during my school break, even though it is not much.
I fully understand every penny does not come easy, so any amount donated is sincerely appreciated!
Thank you so much!!!