Month: December 2012

    My Analysis of the Ending

    A breathtaking film with stunning visual effects, Ang Lee brought the Man Booker Prize winning novel to life. It has one of those twist endings that will leave you wondering and debating… spoilers ahead if you haven’t read/seen it!

    In the end, Pi shares with us two versions of what happened out at sea.

    I find it interesting that it seems everyone assumes one story has to be real and one imagined.

    The question he asks is not which is true or false, it is “which do you prefer?”

    BOTH stories have truth.
    They are one and the same.

    As in many things in life, you can choose to understand with a rational mind, or you can understand from the heart, viewing with spiritual and emotional eyes.

    While logically speaking, it is likely that Pi was the one who killed the cook and saw the Japanese sailor and his mother cannibalized, it is also true that Richard Parker DID EXIST – within Pi. Richard Parker is an emotional aspect of Pi’s personality, the beast in him, the violent and animalistic side of human nature that we struggle with, and it has to be tamed. Richard Parker was very real to Pi in his 227 days out at sea. He was Pi’s companion and motivating force for survival. Just because Richard Parker was not present physically, does not negate his emotional truth.

    Remember, Pi was a profoundly spiritual person who took on three religions at the same time and reveled in God’s fiery thunderstorms. Needless to say, there is a spiritual depth and deep philosophical introspection to the way he interprets and gives meaning to events in his life.  By using allegories in his Richard Parker story, Pi could illustrate the complex ideas and symbolisms of things that happened, in an elegant (less horrific) story that people can pass on and relate to better – much akin to a parable.

    Like love (and arguably like God)… “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart” – Hellen Keller.

    Science is true, beyond a doubt. The purely rational will see science as just that – cold hard facts and proven theories about the world around us. Scientifically speaking, love is simply a heady concoction of chemical reactions in the brain. But if you view this fact with emotional/spiritual lens, you will understand love as a power far more magnificent than, well, mere brain juice. Yet, both are true are they not? Which version of love do you prefer?

    Likewise, when Pi remarks, “and so it goes with God”, I believe he is saying belief in a higher power that seems fantastical and impossible has to be intertwined with an embrace of faith in the spiritual and emotional side of life. Only then are we more likely to accept that science & God, like Richard Parker and Pi, are not really mutually exclusive. That perhaps science is also the creative language of a God we cannot fully comprehend. The name Pi itself- the famous irrational mathematical number 22/7 that never ends – makes him symbolic of the unfathomable, mysterious complexities of our human existence we will never fully grasp. 

    He isn’t insisting either story is right or wrong. Hey, if you prefer the story without the animals, it’s okay too. But it would be a pity because you’re missing out on something deeper, something more beautiful.

  • X’mas Retail Therapy

    I ♥ this series of shots because it was quite impromptu at the resort over Zoukout weekend (I hurriedly jumbled up my hair in a few seconds, and tada!) but thank God, everything came together so effortlessly for a really nice result. Really quick too! No photoshop was needed except for a bit of exposure adjustment :)

    I’m wearing / LUXE Angel Origami Satin Diamante Dress /



    Here’s another dress. 

    / LUXE Snow White Sheer Lace Maxi Dress /


    It’s a long or short dress, depending how you look at it! Part of the long lace skirt is sheer with a slit to show off those legs. Perfect when you want something a little formal and elegant but not still fashion-forward and chic.

    Want more style ideas for the festive season?

    Here are my recommendations:

    Count down in dazzling style. Shine under the party disco lights in glamorous embellishments and shiny stones.

    Attending a dinner soiree? You can play up your girly, feminine side with luxurious, soft textures and flowing silhouettes.

    Or of course, send some yuletide cheer to your Christmas gatherings in bright and bold festive colours!

    SHOP at

    Merry Christmas all, I can’t wait to celebrate with my loved ones! Bless you & your family too x

    ♥ Dawn

  • Retail Therapy

    All the chic and beautiful clothes a girl needs to look her best during December celebrations.

    And, some of you were asking about this dress in an earlier post about my Citizen L watch….

    It’s now launched and available in store!



  • Interview & Recipe in Taste eMagazine 

    I’m wearing Riveria Crochet Lace Bandeau Dress from 

    I chat to Taste eMagazine about Christmas, food…. and I teach you how to bake my favorite ultimate sinful dessert – Millionaire’s Shortbread


    Read it here

    Online gourmet magazine Taste is by Purple Sage, a leading boutique caterer in Singapore that has won “Outstanding Caterer of the Year” for the World Gourmet Summit in both 2009 and 2010.

    For their December promotion, they’re giving away 5 boxes (4 cakes each) of FLOR patisserie’s cakes! Perfect for your Christmas parties :)


    FLOR patisserie is by Japanese Chef Yamashita, and their cakes are absolutely delightful and delicious! Take it from me, I’ve ordered them for my loved ones birthdays before.

    Here’s how to win:

    Step 1: Tell us what Dawn Yang is looking forward to most this December  (hint: you gotta read the magazine!)

    Step 2: Click ‘like’ on Purple Sage fan page here (

    Step 3: SUBSCRIBE to Taste eMagazine by emailing “SUBSCRIBE” to along with the answer from Step 1) and your Facebook display name.


    The contest ends 14th December 6pm. 


    ♥  Dawn


  • “Oppa Gangnam Style” PSY in Singapore

    Last Saturday, I attended an exclusive press conference with K-pop sensation PSY at the Art Science Museum in Marina Bay Sands, and got to enjoy his showcase at the Event Plaza after :)

    Park Jae Sang, 34, better known as PSY, entered the room to the deafening sound of a hundred cameras flashing away. I thought it rather cute that he stood there like a self-aware monkey in the zoo,  with a sheepish, almost awkward smile, giving us a glimpse of the little boy within who seemed to still be grappling with a mixture of excitement and unbelief at his meteoric rise to international fame.

    Here’s what we learnt about PSY during a short Q&A:

    He is proud to have achieved success despite his chubby physique. ”Usually K-pop is known for boy and girl bands and most of them are skinny. But I am not skinny.”

    What does PSY mean? Psy is short for “psycho”.  (yes that music video was a little insane!)

    Is he sick of his horse-riding dance?  “Sometimes, honestly, yes I get tired or I get sick of it because I got so many requests to teach them, you know, like average let me say 50 requests per city, per country,” he continued, “I already taught the dance to so many people, so many times but still the dance makes me here, to make a press conference in Singapore, so of course sometimes I’m tired about it, but I got to do it, it’s my job.” 

    He adds, “I really like the dance still.” Truly the professional artiste.

    About his chances of topping the “People’s Choice” category of Time magazine’s “Person of the Year 2012” contest, Psy has this to say - “I feel really strange and weird why I’m there. It’s not going to happen, I think, and I don’t deserve that much. I just did my job.”

    Psy has been nominated together with other newsmakers such as US President Barack Obama, China’s Communist Party head Xi Jinping and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, which is already a pretty big achievement. Congrats Psy!

    Psy says bye and leaves to prepare for his performance

    Students from Marina Bay Sands designated charity, O School, a performing arts centre for youth, participated as the opening act in the free public showcase at the Event Plaza. It was part of a special Marina Bay Sands initiative “Give Back to Singapore”.

    Psy with the students from O School


    Waiting in the special section and wondering whether I should practice my horse-riding dance in public.


    With the backdrop of the Singapore skyline, thousands of fans danced in rhythm with global sensation PSY, as he rocked the stage.

    The most in-demand artiste in the world right now – he talked about his 12 year long career and performed two of his previous songs- Champion, and Right Now. To my ears, they weren’t as catchy as the hit finale which everyone was waiting for…. Gangnam Style.

    “Gangnam Style” is the most watched item ever posted on YouTube with over 861 million views to date. It’s so popular it’s even spawned a sensational DIY Christmas light display by a home-owner in Perth, Australia!

    I view it as an amazing and a proud moment for us Asians, that an Asian artiste has achieved skyrocketing success on the global stage. Thanks to the internet, talent and creativity in all forms can be appreciated from all around the world. 

    The fascinating thing is Psy never set out to conquer the US market, much less go international, unlike many other artistes before him who tried so hard but failed. It’s perhaps testament to the power of “letting go and let God”; that the unorchestrated and spontaneous things in life can sometimes be the most brilliant.

    Do you think Psy is a one-hit wonder or no? Will he ever be able to top this?

    ♥ Dawn