New York State of Mind

View of the City from Flatiron District, New York City
View of the City from Flatiron District, New York City

Daily Post: State of Mind

This week, let your inner world and the outside one converge in a photo.

I took this picture right after my workshop in the Flatiron District one week ago in New York City before day time saving begins.  The class was done around five o’clock in the afternoon so it was nice to walk around the street and explored this neighborhood in the day light.

One amazing thing about living in New York City is the opportunity for us to experience the transition between seasons. Winter is fading away fast and spring is approaching quickly provided us with mild weather, bright sky view and longer day light.

My current state of mind mirrors to this transition between seasons.  Out with the old and in with the new in my life.  It is time to embrace changes and hopefully jumpstart my second phase of 2016 with new ideas, fresh attitude and great success.

Current Mood

View from Our Building
View from Our Building

Photo Challenge: Seasons

Share an image evocative of the weather or represent the current “season of your life” in metaphor.

This image was taken right after a mild snow storm that we had about a  month ago.  It was breathtaking seeing NYC streets under a white coat of snows.

However, winter in New York City this year has been intriguing. A week ago we had severe cold weather warning with temperature dropped below zero late one night.  Today, New York City was overcast in its mid-50s without sunlight.

Later this week the temperature fluctuates between 30’s and 40’s and my mood reflects to the unpredictable nature of this weather.  I feel gloom when it’s overcast and gray, I get excited when I see ray of light, and I simply want to hide when snows start to fall from the sky.

I can’t wait for spring’s arrival.  Hopefully my mood will be sunny and bright.

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.

Rise Up, #FridayFeeling

 

 

I have been listening to Andra Day’s “Rise Up” this morning non-stop.  I am in awe with her soulful voice and can’t get enough of this song’s haunting melody.  However, it is the powerful lyrics that resonated with me the most.  I can relate to how someone is going through a roller coaster ride in his or her life personally, and fighting desperately just trying to survive the day.

However, with Andra’s soothing voice and its uplifting message, she is reassuring us that it is okay to be exhausted and drained.  Somehow we will find the strength within us to rise up again.

So here’s the lyrics to the song and hopefully it will lift up your spirit:

You’re broken down and tired
Of living life on a merry-go-round
And you can’t find the fighter
But I see it in you so we gonna walk it out
And move mountains
We gonna walk it out
And move mountains

And I’ll rise up
I’ll rise like the day
I’ll rise up
I’ll rise unafraid
I’ll rise up
And I’ll do it a thousand times again
And I’ll rise up
High like the waves
I’ll rise up
In spite of the ache
I’ll rise up
And I’ll do it a thousands times again
For you

When the silence isn’t quiet
And it feels like it’s getting hard to breathe
And I know you feel like dying
But I promise we’ll take the world to it’s feet
And move mountains
We gonna walk it out
And move mountains
And I’ll rise up
I’ll rise like the day
I’ll rise up
I’ll rise unafraid
I’ll rise up
And I’ll do it a thousand times again
For you

All we need, all we need is hope
And for that we have each other
And for that we have each other
We will rise
We will rise
We’ll rise, ohh ohhh
We’ll rise

I’ll rise up
Rise like the day
I’ll rise up
In spite of the ache
I will rise a thousands times again
And we’ll rise up
Rise like the waves
We’ll rise up
In spite of the ache
We’ll rise up
And we’ll do it a thousands times again
For you

 

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Things That Are Cold

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Things That Are Cold

View from Our Building
View from Our Building

New York City had its first blizzard storm two weeks ago and it left us about 27 inches of snow.  New York City streets were covered with a thick white blanket and it was difficult to navigate through the neighborhood right after the storm.

Me in the snow
Me in the snow

We then had back to back flurries happened in the city but nothing significant like the previous blizzard before.  The first image was taken right after the flurry and the park looked stunning yet chilled with the right amount of snow.  For a moment, this beautiful image reminded me a scene directly from a move, a movie about majestic winter wonder land.

Time

Guest photo challenge host Lignum Draco asks us to show him the time.

Source: Time

This is a powerful quote from Matt Haig’s “Reasons to Stay Alive”, and this message resonated with me greatly at this moment.  So I have to share this image taken from Lignum Draco again, and practice what it is trying to teach me:

How to stop time:  Kiss

How to travel in time:  Read

How to escape time:  Music

How to feel time:  Write

How to release time:  Breath

Spectrum V

Paintings from MET
Paintings from MET
Paintings from MET
Paintings from MET
Art Exhibit at MET
Art Exhibit at MET

Photo Challenge: Vibrant

This week, share a photo of something vibrant. Let’s wash the web with a rainbow of colors to keep the winter gloom at bay.

I was truly in awe with this exhibition at Metropolitan Museum of Art.  This magnificent collection of vibrant colors by Ellsworth Kelly is called “Spectrum V” which consists of multi panels of single color painting carefully arranged like a rainbow against a plain wall.  “Spectrum V” definitely lights up my gloomy winter days with its simple bright idea.

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.

S.A.F.E

S.A.F.E Graffiti with Meaning
S.A.F.E
Graffiti with Meaning

Weekly Photo Challenge: Alphabet

“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

Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: These Eyes

 

Bronze with glass eyes, Kiki Smith, MET
Bronze with glass eyes, Kiki Smith, MET
Bronze with glass eyes by Kiki Smith, Metropolitan Museum
Bronze with glass eyes by Kiki Smith, Metropolitan Museum

Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: 2016 Week #3

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.

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