Every month, we feature a Singapore food blog or instagram: (1) to cultivate goodwill and camaraderie among the online community; (2) to encourage more people to blog and instagram about food; and (3) to empower bloggers and instagrammers through an insight and understanding to their lives.
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So the saying goes; better to be over the hill than under it. – So monster is 30 now but you haven't seen the last of him yet. There's so much more coming. – More photos, more food, more selfies, more portraits, more puns, more muscles and more, more, more! – Monster 3.0 up and running – #hungryhungrymonster #thethinkingmonster #30
This month, I interview Cedric Lim who instagrams at @evanezer. As you probably know, I say what I think because I like straightforward people who say what they think; we should aspire to become people we like. And Cedric is like that. He is one of my favorite interviewees because he is candid and earnest.
Tell us something about yourself.
Hello, my real name is Cedric Lim. On Instagram, I am known as Evanezer or affectionately as Monster. Monster was a nickname given to me way back when I was playing soccer in Secondary School where I was known as the “Iron-leg” monster on the field.
I live a very private life on Instagram; away from all the drama queens, naysayers and gossipmongers. I live to eat so, if you’re not with me, you live a sad, sad life.
Your name is Cedric. So obviously not evanezer. How did your handle come about?
Evanezer means “Stone of help”, and it was my baptism name back in church. The name resonated with my personality strongly and therefore, it kind of stuck with me throughout the years. Whether it was my friend’s troubles or love issues; sourcing out the best char kway tiao stall; or even finding supper haunts and the lastest hipster cafes, just drop me a DM, I’ll be glad to help.
You take many kinds of photo: food, nature, scenery, shoes, fashion, architecture, portraits, etc. Which is your favorite and why?
I don’t really favour a specific photography subject. To me, photography is an expression of self; an extension of my adventures and journeys in life. However, I do enjoy taking food photos most because I get to eat my subject as an added bonus. As a hungry hungry monster and huge foodie, I do hope that my food photos translate that same hunger and cravings that I experience to any viewer looking at my photos. In an ideal world, I would love to do more portraiture/architectural shots because I feel that it conveys more emotional depth and story than just a bowl of Laksa.
Can you share any photography or editing tips for food photographers?
Being an amateur photographer, I find myself travelling on a journey of discovery and learning. It could be as simple as chancing upon new places or coming across new photos or being inspired to emulate the emotions evoked by a photo.
My advice to everyone is not to be bounded by rules; never be afraid to venture out and try new things. Try shooting in a different environment, try using a different subject or be adventurous and try film photography! Just one shot, one story with no automation, no try-overs. You’ll be surprised at how much a photo imperfections tell a different story compared to the perfectly manicured and filtered photos we see now.
What is your favorite eatery in Singapore?
I think Old Hen Coffee Bar is one of my go to cafes to chill, feel comfortable and be at home. Otherwise, I always go back to Brother Bird/Stateland Cafe. With Chicken Rice Risotto and Salmon Pho with Yuzu Broth on their menu, Stateland Cafe’s menu has evolved to doing familiar comfort foods with a twist. Their companion store, Brother Bird developed unique and highly anticipated flavoured soft serves like wintermelon, pumpkin and Tokyo banana.
I’m always waiting with bated breath for gossips about exciting new developments from cafes and eateries all around!
Thanks, Cedric, for the interview!