New York City finally got its small dose of snows yesterday. It was magical and whimsical for some New Yorkers like me because we haven’t had any snow so far for this winter. However, last year around this time we had back to back snow storms and the whole city was covered with blankets of white powders. Here are pictures from last year’s snow storms and how magical the city looked underneath them.
“Take us to school with your photos this week, and show us some ABCs.”
This picture is taken by my friend Diane, who lives in San Francisco for many years and a strong advocate for local arts and culture.
I think this graffiti with the letters “S.A.F.E” resonated with me so much because it gives me hope about our future. Currently we are facing chaotic political challenges ranged from uncertain refugees issues, diverse religious point of views, to unnecessary attacks in different regions. All of these negative activities have painted a bleak picture around the world.
But this graffiti sheds hope and reiterates the ideas that we can create a tolerant, understanding, hopeful and peaceful world. It tells me if we follow these simple steps, we are working on a “S.A.F.E” space for ourselves and for our futures.
S: Stand up for each other
A: Appreciate differences
F: Find common ground
E: Exercise kindness and respect
I love visiting Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. To me this is the place to get and be inspired by endless displays of stunning arts, magnificent sculptures, rich histories and diverse cultures.
I stumble upon this bronzed sculpture by the contemporary American artist, Kiki Smith, and immediately am mesmerized by its odd position and composition. This human sized sculpture is positioned high on the wall, and like Spider Man, it looks down on me in an upside down manner.
However, it is sculpture’s eyes that caught my attention. Looking at the glassy eyes directly, the sculpture is trying to convey messages to you with its intensive stares. You can’t help it but give it your full attention at this moment. To me, the eyes give this sculpture life and intensity.
This is Elliot, my sweet Elliot.
Elliot is a six years old yorkie with a HUGE personality.
He may be a teacup yorkie, but Elliot is fearless in life. One of his favorite activity is chasing after squeaky toys and playing fetch with me.
This blue rubber “bone” is one of Elliot’s favorite toy. The squeaky sounds get him all worked up and Elliot loves to chase after it repeatedly. He maybe small, but he is determined to catch the bone and bring it back to me for another round of fetching.
I melt every time when I see this face, my sweet Elliot.
“If you could return to the past to relive a part of your life, either to experience the wonderful bits again, or to do something over, which part of you life would you return to? Why?”
During my teens, I didn’t have a sense of myself and tried very hard to fit in with popular kids as a way to validate myself during this awkward period. I didn’t know who I was and desperately tried to fit in.
In my 20s, I continued and carried the same baggages from my teens with me. I was lost and didn’t have goals set up in my life. The best thing I did for myself around this time was moving from Los Angeles to San Francisco. This decision allowed me to be on my own for the first time and forced myself to grow up quickly and fast. Slowly and gradually, I was able to create my own footprint and creating an identify for myself.
Finally, I was on tracked with both my professional and personal lives in my 30s. I worked hard for my job and felt secure for the first time to enjoy the fruits of my success. However, this happiness didn’t last long and my peaceful life was shattered to pieces when I was around 38. I unexpected lost my partner due to unforeseen circumstances, and I had to be strong to deal with my loss.
Still grieving about my partner’s passing, I also had to take a close look at my career and made changes in my early 40s. Luckily I was able to move to New York City with my then job and it was the perfect opportunity to move on with my life and past.
I had to adjust my new life in New York City fast and it included re-evaluating my career situation, tried to figure out how to stay relevant in a dying industry.
Fast forward to 2015, this year became a turning point for me. I took the whole year off so I could focused on learning something completely different in order to stay competitive and relevant in this job market. I was happy with learning a new set of skills, building projects from the ground up and meeting good people through out this process to enrich my life.
If I could turn back time, I don’t think I would change anything differently. It is my chosen path to experience with love, success, sorrow and failure. Without facing them from the past, I would not be the person that I have become today. So onward with 2016 and I can feel that it will be an amazing year for me to grow and evolve into something better again.
“Show us the effects of gravity in your photo this week”
I think the clouds hanging above the skyline on my Boston trip from New York City is my interpretation of something being weight(less). I love how the clouds floated leisurely against the blue sky. To me, it looks effortless, free and light.
Meaning of oddball
noun – a person or thing that is atypical, bizarre, eccentric, or nonconforming
adjective – whimsically free-spirited; eccentric; atypical
You can’t miss this massive floral shaped lighting fixture hanging high from the ceiling when you walk into Restoration Hardware flagship store based in Boston.
With its unique shaped form and how it illuminates radiant lights through its pleated like glass texture, this “odd ball” exudes an uniqueness vibe to me.
Today, let a familiar shape inspire you.
This picture was taken at San Francisco Shopping Center underneath this massive glass dome inside the building.
This building, formally known as Emporium Capwell, was renamed San Francisco Shopping Center around 2006 after years of renovation. This iconic San Francisco fixture has a rich history and especially with this massive glass dome originally built under the Emporium reign. This dome was originally constructed after San Francisco earth quake and projected proudly through years of change.
Generations of families have shopped at this site years after years. I remember this was the must-visit attraction when I first moved to San Francisco many years ago. This building is massive, grand and packed with rich memories. So it is inspiring to me that San Francisco is able to preserve a part of history in the midst of rapid changes within the city and continued to show this dome’s beauty to the next generation.