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Time

Winter Haven, Orlando, IL
Winter Haven, Orlando, IL

Photo Challenge: Time

New York City will reach a record “low” temperature tomorrow in the city.  The forecast is predicted to be uncomfortably cold through out the weekend.

Because of this, I decided to post this serene picture taken from last December when I was in Orlando for the holidays. The weather was around 70s, the air felt warm and the water was still.  At that precise moment, I took the time and enjoyed this peaceful moment in the midst of the hectic season.

For this cold weekend, I like to remember this bright image in the middle of our cold spill and keep myself mentally warm.

Snow Days In New York City

Snow Day In New York City, 2015
Snow Day In New York City, 2015
Snow Days in New York City, 2015
Snow Days in New York City, 2015
Snow Days in New York City, 2015
Snow Days in New York City, 2015

Sylvain Landry Week 29 Photo Challenge: Snow

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.

Bye Felicia, I Mean 2015 and Past

New York City Skyline View
New York City Skyline View

Daily Prompt: If I Could Turn Back Time

“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.

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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.

Hopeful

Weight(less)

Scenic View from New York City to Boston
Scenic View from New York City to Boston
Scenic View from NYC to Boston
Scenic View from NYC to Boston

Weekly Photo Challenge: Weight(less) 

“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.

I Am Older and I Have More Insurance

Young At Heart

What are your thoughts on aging? How will you stay young at heart as you get older?

Hopeful

Remember this scene from the movie, “Fried Green Tomatoes” where the “young” driver cuts off Kathy Bates’ character, Evelyn Couch, in the parking lot and proceeds to park in the space that Evelyn has been waiting for?  To avenge this rude behavior, Evelyn bashes this person’s car and gives us this famous quote, “Face it girls, I am older and I have more insurance,” as a way to remind them that being old has its advantage and it shouldn’t have a “negative” connotation in our youth obsessed society.

Marketing Books

I always consider myself having a “young heart” through out my 20s and 30s.  However, I become more sensitive about getting old after I turned 40.  This year, I also decided to head back to a trade school and took up digital marketing as a way to jumpstart my second phase of career.  It wasn’t easy in the beginning tried to transition into something completely foreign to me, especially surrounded myself with a group of 20 somethings in the same class.

I eventually watched, observed and learned from them in the class.  Besides the age difference, I finally realized that everyone in this class all shared one common goal; we all wanted to improve ourselves professionally and continued to learn and evolve into something better.  Despite being the oldest student in this group of millennials, I actually learned new ways of studying, analyzing, and thinking.

In the end, my age wasn’t a liability trying to start a second phase of my profession, instead, my extensive life and professional experiences made me more confident about making this choice at this age.

If you are passionate about life, yearning to learn something new everyday, and am not afraid of changes, then you are “young at heart”.

Apps, Digital, Oh My

A Sleepy Baby and His Faithful Companion

 

My adorable nephew, Benjamin, and his faithful dog, Mozart
My adorable nephew, Benjamin, and his faithful dog, Mozart

Photo Challenge, Now

Sometimes, we get caught up in nostalgia, future fantasy, or both, and we don’t embrace the “now.” For this week’s challenge, take a moment to notice your present, and share a photo of it.

I love this picture of my newborn nephew, Benjamin, and his faithful dog, Mozart, sharing a quiet nap together in a peaceful moment during the hectic holiday season.  We are truly blessed having Benjamin in our lives this year and appreciated every “now” moment with him, including watching him taking long sleeps, making sweet cooing sounds, and busting out loud cries when he’s hungry.

I am so grateful for this “now” moment with Benjamin and there will be more of this special time in the future with him, watching him grown into a healthy and happy young man.

Chasing Pavements

This post is about “Narrow”, Sylvan’s Landry’s Week 23 Photo Challenge.  

Narrow Street View from Beijing
Narrow Street View from Beijing

I had the opportunity of visiting Beijing in October and discovered the charm of this new old city in this old part of the town.

Narrow Street View from Beijing
Narrow Street View from Beijing

This classic part of the city still captures the charm of its old traditional architecture facade and looks in its building.  It is likely endured years of harsh weather elements, but still stand proudly in the midst of this fast growing city.

These streets are narrow and likely designed originally for horse carriages to pass through these stoned paved roads.  Is it functional for today’s transportation standards?  I am not 100% sure but am simply glad that this city decides to keep its history, its traditional feels and looks, and most importantly, its integrity.

Family Affair

 

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My brother’s wedding and family gathering in Hawaii

This post is about weekly photo challenge, Gathering.  This assignment wants us to “document a gathering and share your interpretation with us”.

I come from a big family and have extended family members who are like siblings to me.  With our busy lives and geographic distance, it is often difficult to gather together on a whim and spending quality family time together.  So it is great seeing everyone in this special occasion, my brother’s wedding, and celebrate this event with all the family members.

My cousins, my brother and I all grew up together in the same town, went to the same junior high school and spent many holidays as one big family.  After high school and college, we all headed different directions and started our own career and family in different cities.  With this occasion, it was nice seeing everyone smiling, and catching up with each other’s live.

So I feel this picture is appropriate for this occasion and it is always great looking at a happy image captured through this special gathering.

I Love You, Dad

 

Elliot is my co-pilot in my daily routine from fetching toys to walking the park  together as ways to bond with each other as much as we can.  We both have a lot of fun with this photo challenge, Eye Spy, we decided to update another “eye” telling story from Elliot.  Here is guideline for this week’s photo challenge:

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.

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Elliot, the Wonder Dog

I adore his beautiful brown eyes and they are trying to tell, “Dad, I know you have a bad headache, so I will cuddle next to you to make you feel better.”

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My handsome Elliot, the Wonder Dog 

My headache gradually went away by looking at this adorable being and thankful that he’s part of my life, day and night.  Woof!