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Look Into My Eyes and Give Me a Treat

This week’s photo challenge, Eye Spy:

“This week, take “eye” as your inspiration. This is a great opportunity to photograph people or pets, but remember — eye has lots of other potential meanings, too”


Elliot, my pride and joy, is an adorable three pounds Yorkie. Elliot may be a teacup Yorkie, he barks without fears, runs around the house chasing after me with strong determination, and has a doberman’s huge personality to match.  

Elliot also has expressive eyes.  I melt every time when I see his almond shaped brown eyes trying to tell me something everyday.  Like in this picture, he is trying to tell me, “Dad, do you think I look cute with my new haircut?  If you do, go and get me a treat, because I deserve one.”

Of course, being a sucker for this adorable face and his expressive eyes, I can’t help it but give him a treat until he looks at me again with this animated look.

No Negativities Here

After tragedies happened from Paris to Beirut, many cities stand together in solidarity and refuse to be intimidated by terrorists and their horrific act disrupting peace around the world.

One perfect examples is this powerful image from Sydney tweeted by Mashable.  The iconic Opera House is decorated with blue, white and red lights as a symbol showing respect to Paris and its citizens after the tragedy.

I find this tweet uplifting, hopeful, and extremely dignified during this time of the year.  We live in a society that’s constantly bombarded with disheartening news from politics, religion, to social injustice and these negative messages spread quickly in the social media world.   Because of this, I prefer to write my blog, tweet and post my Facebook updates with positive, fun, truthful and light hearted messages.  This will be my pledge to stop any negativity here.

A Letter To Benjamin

Baby Benjamin, My Dear Nephew 

My Dear Benjamin:

I am so happy that you are finally home safely with your Mommy and Daddy this week.

It was so nice seeing you last week.  I cried immediately when I saw your chubby cheeks, your handsome face, your adorable little hands, and most importantly, your fighting spirit to be strong and healthy.  It was a magical moment when I hold you in my arms and watched you sleeping gently through out the whole process.  I didn’t even mind when you farted twice while I was holding you, because I love you so much and only want the best for you.

My dear Benjamin, I can’t wait to celebrate your first birthday with you, listen you uttering your first word, and watch you taking your first step in the playground.  I can’t wait to see how strong you will be and how smart you will become.

As my pledge to you, I will do my best to provide a safe, peaceful and loving environment for you in this world.  I will spoil you rotten with encouragements, positivities, respect and love.  You are a miracle to us, and I want to do better for you so you will have a great life in the future.

For the time being, my dear Benjamin, please get some rest and stay healthy.  I will talk and see you very soon.

With all my love, your adoring uncle, Charles



Computer on Desk
Computer on Desk

I truly wish that my office is set up directly in front of this beautiful beach.  However, it is not.

What I actually look at everyday in my office
What my view actually look at everyday in my office

I work from home so I look out directly to these endless buildings on a daily basis (see the image above) and trying to get things done.  I tried to work at coffee shop before like other hipsters, but I ended up people watching and wasn’t able to get any project done.

When I blog, I also prefer to do this at the comfort of my cozy home office, where I can listen to music of my choice, sipping coffee and fetching toy with Elliot in between paragraphs or head out for a walk with Elliot if I am having writer’s block.

My Sweet Elliot
My Sweet Elliot

In fact, I just created this post while playing with Elliot (that’s Elliot in the picture above), having TV playing on the background, and listened to raindrops in a cold New York City night.  Life is good.

Lost In History

Besides reading #MondayMotivation quotes from the Twitter-sphere, I also review useful tweets like “how to” tips and ideas from social media experts, checking out different advertising campaigns from companies, observing current trends from different fashionistas and simply laughing at funny shenanigans tweeted from ordinary peoples on my daily Twitter feed.

I also love looking at beautiful images such as this one from @SadHappyAmazing about the past, “Lost In History”, and reminded me about the beauty of history.

In this newly colorized photograph, you can see the same architectures still exist today in East Village with the same energy permeated in the air.    This image inspires me and made me truly appreciate what New York City has to offer, before Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest’s existence.

If you like, please follow @SadHappyAmazing on Twitter and check out its archive of beautiful pictures about the past.

PS:  You can also follow me @cw19577 on Twitter for useful social media tips, #MondayMotivation quotes, or funny quotes.

It Is All About Hope


This post is inspired from Writing 101, Day 3 Writing Assignment, One-Word Inspiration.

Our instructor gives us a list of six words and she wants us to pick one word from it that speaks to us the most.  Here are the choices from the assignment:

Hope, Regret, Home, Choice, Abundance and Secret

The word, “HOPE,”  resonates with me the most from this list because it gives us the power to aspire, to dream, and to create something positive in the future.

Hope can be small or grand.  Hope can be personal or shared among with people.  Hope can be the driving force for a better tomorrow, hope can keep us alive and thirsty for it more.

Without hope, I would be stuck in my old town and feeling miserable about my future.  Without hope, I would not have the courage to switch my profession this year and starting my career anew.  Without hope, my life journey would be dark and dull.

So let’s cheer for HOPE.

The New Geeky Chic: My List About Digital Marketing

Marketing Books

I decided to switch my career path from luxury retail to digital marketing early this year as a way to expand my professional skills.  This learning journey has been hard, difficult and challenging, but it is also one of the most rewarding and gratifying experience for me.

Before this year, I never thought that I would use WordPress and created my own website or believed in myself and launched an e-commerce site with Shopifty.  But I did.

My Mac Book
My Mac Book

Because of this experience, I have replaced words like silk matelasse, doubled-face cashmere, scuba fabrics to terminologies like impressions, demographics, and re-targeting. Most importantly, I am applying digital marketing theories into practice for couple projects and abled to produce results for the time being.  So for this Writing 101 assignment, I have created this list and liked to share with you what I have learned about “Digital Marketing”:

  1. Social Media Marketing:  You can actually measure outcomes from Facebook updates to Twitter tweets and see if your marketing campaign is successful, say what!
  2. Google Analytics:  I never thought analyzing number or stats is the new geeky chic.
  3. Google AdWords:  Again, I never thought analyzing numbers or stats is the new geeky chic.
  4. InBound Marketing:  With the right E-Mail format, it is a powerful tool to clientele and bring you sales if you do it right.
  5. Content Creation:  Without an informative content, it is hard to have users finding your site useful and drive traffic.
  6. SEO:  If you don’t want to pay Google for ads, you better have the right landing page, key words and contents to rank high during organic search.
  7. KPIs:  I trade in words like “Sales to Stock Ratio”, “Sell Through” with “Conversion”, “Click Through Rate” and “Cost Per Click” to sound more geeky.
  8. Re-Targeting (or Re-Marketing):  We aren’t stalking you in the digital space.  We just know when and how to sneak in to get your attentions.  We just want to remind you about what we have to say, again.
  9. Growth Hacking:  Growth Hacking is actually a good type of hacking, I promise.
  10. Lead Generation:  If you really like what I have created, please leave me with your e-mail address so you will receive more in the future.

Apps, Digital, Oh My

So what do you think about this list so far?  I do believe Digital Marketing is the new Geeky Chic.

Travel Tips | Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance

This is a great tip if you are a frequent traveller (especially if you travel overseas). Thank you Maggie, aka,Travel Magnolia.

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IMG_5659_0286 What’s Wrong with This Picture?

In a perfect world, all electronics would use a universal adaptor/cord (the EU is moving in this direction with the mandatory cellphone charger standard). In reality, as I survey the pile of cords for the things I can’t leave home without, I am overwhelmed.  Of course, this trip is a bit unusual in that I will be spending much of it in places where I might not easily find replacements, so there are some redundancies. Nonetheless, if I were in charge (pun intended), there would be one all purpose cord, the US would go metric and there would be peace on earth. Just saying.

A quick (virtual) trip to Flight001 solved my organizational dilemmas.  Luckily, I always pack at least 48 hours ahead, so I have time for those last minute purchases.  A shout out to my friend and fellow photographer Sue is warranted, as I waited…

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