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Global dream destinations

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Many writers and artists use travel as their inspiration.

Catalan capital
Antoni Gaudi’s still-unfinished church the Sagrada Familia (
The Eixample district: a groundbreaking 19th-century urban layout where the bold bourgeoisie gave free rein to their avant-garde architects.
Eat the ubiquitous menu del dia (a lunchtime set menu).
Mediterranean Sea.

San Francisco
Gold Rush, Wells Fargo and Bank of America.
Transamerica Pyramid skyline by bay.
Grace Cathedral : Gothic Revival design
Leland Stanford and Collis P. Huntington: both railroad tycoons.
Visited and learned at Stanford. Want to do so at UCSSF and UC Berkeley.

Churchill, Canada
Polar Bear Capital of the World.
lies on the rim of Hudson Bay, Manitoba, Canada.
Northern lights.

Besides traveling in space, one can also travel in time through imagination.
Golden Age of travel between 1900 to 1940.

northern Syrian city.
has the longest covered suq in the Middle East.
What is suq? a teeming stretch of alley ways connecting mosques, inns, hammans.
See WHIRLING DERVISHES performances (originated in Turkey) at the restored (but not operational) 14th century psychiatric hospital of Bimaristan Arghan (itself worthy of a visit).

Byblos: (1) home to many Maronite Catholics, (2) was where our alphabet originated: a hieroglyphic version that read from right to left and which the Greeks reversed.

From Manhattan to Trollhattan

Northern Light

ARMENIA, a hot spot between Turkey and Iran, thus people are tough as nails and full of grit and determination. After our hot Turkey trip, should we consider visit Armenia? The Kite Runner.

2 weeks for Madrid – Toledo – Zaragoza – Barcelona – Montserrat – Pamplona – Burgo – Leon – Santiago – Porto – Fatima – Santarem – Avilla – Azpeitia.
Inspiration: St Teresa Sep11.

PS: beware of pickpockets in Spain. A friend of mine (EL) lost her wallet (Spain, winter 2011).

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December 1, 2011 at 2:04 pm

Tertiary education to cherish

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Recently, through God-given natural instinct for beautiful and big-dreaming people, I am so grateful to learn from this charming and generous lady TP.

She commented that many students do not cherish their opportunities to receive tertiary education.
Do you still remember when you were fighting just for a slot in your undergraduate university?
I am grateful that I made it (entering with hopes, exiting with even bigger hopes and determinations to give my best in this life to family, society, and the world)
A senior commented how colorful my undergraduate days.
He is right.
A junior student even openly admire my achievements.
I am touched.
Received scholarship.
Among top students, even I would say that there are many others who are more intellectual than me.
Completed a minor program in a year together with my major workload.
Succeeded to secure an exchange study and obtained good results.
Went to a summer program at the most prestigious university of a country.
Worked part-time.
A student leader, rubbed shoulder with nation leaders.A volunteer (a mentor, a first aider).

While these experiences seem prestigious and fanciful, it is the learning process that allow me to grow.
Counting these blessings, I could only thank God.
Re-searching my passion and leadership.

Other stuff learnt from TP:
3 (simple) rules of risk management:
1. do not risk more than you can afford to lose.
2. consider the odds.
3. do not risk a lot for a little.

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February 10, 2011 at 4:34 pm

What does courage mean?

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I am impressed!
Since I learnt about Antarctica, I dream of going there. Only recently when I met people who have been there, I became more determined.
When I was in Toronto, I watched a documentary about base jumping. Everyone in the base jumping community knows at least somebody who has lost their lives in base jumping, I think it is much more risky than skydiving, because you have only limited time to open your parachute.
Right now, I am pretty much contented with my experience of skydiving, to understand what free fall mean.
There are many dreams that I want to pursue, to be an agent of change.
To provide better lives for children who are less fortunate.

Valery Rozov, thank you for inspiring us (video)
Mt Ulvettanna base jumping. Hero.

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January 30, 2011 at 3:26 pm

We are what we think

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Thoughts, goals and ideas work the same way, and we can increase our brain’s considerable input on them if we learn to ask our brain nicely and deliberately to get involved.

Good things need to be noticed. We generally have to be more deliberate about the positive. Our brain will help us find innovative ways to do it. Just prime it, and it will be there for us.

How to make OUR THOUGHTS work for us?
1. Keep a sleep journal. Every night before we go to bed, write a few pressing questions in a notebook. It worked for Edison; it can work for us too!
2. Play and Travel. Innovative and creative Google is famous for its play areas. Play allows us to see new things.
3. Incubate. When you have a big question–like “How am I going to be successful?”–the worst thing you can do is to try to solve it immediately. Research shows that the “aha moment” comes after we have worked a problem from every angle without coming up with an answer.
4. Open our brain up to ideas everywhere, not just in our industry or service area.

Tell our brain about the life I am looking for. Let our subconscious do its magic. Put good things in our head, be open to success showing up in unlikely places. And then get out of the way. Aha! We knew that already.

Thanks to Scott Halford from

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September 1, 2010 at 5:03 am

32 Discovery Projects

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32 Discovery Projects:

The 32 discovery projects aimed to be fulfilled by the time I reach 32.
The 32 discovery projects are part of 读万卷书,行万里路,圆万个梦。

# Project: Use OUR MIND as a cognitive camera. When we begin to learn to see like a photographer, we will notice arresting photos everywhere.
# Project: Do our homework. Spend time in a good bookstore / library, look through the work of some of the great photographers from different photographic traditions. AWARENESS of the work of others is of great importance to our own personal development. Choose fav photos, assess why we like them, what the strength of each photo, how the photographer achieved the end result.
# Project: Build a scrapbook / soft folders. Contains our fav photos, drawings, paintings.
# Project: Compile a series of leisure images. Contains people, places, abstract (chairs, colours, shapes, texture).
# Project: Practise capturing human interactions. Watch groups or pairs of people to see how they’re interacting before quickly taking a snapshot. People’s eyes and hands. Look out for juxtapositions and contrasts, funny, humourous images. PATIENCE is the main virtue with street photography.
# Project: Try the paradoxical approach. Set up a tripod on street.
# Project: The art of remaining unobserved. Shoot from the hip.
# Project: Build a makeshift studio.
# Project: Fashion shoot on an interesting location. Take full-length photos. Try tighter compositions. Experiment with natural sunlight and use reflectors.
# Project: Set up a professional shoot. Contact a model agency to see if they have any people who would like to work with us. Contact some young designers to borrow some clothes for a shoot.
# Project: Create fashion magazine mock-ups. Use the layout of any well-known fashion magazine. Ask others for an honest feedback.
# Project: Traditional still life. Use a great painting by an old master as a ref source. Arrange a table of fruit and food taking great care with every element of the process. Try to create the feeling of a Biblical-style table of food.
# Project: Create a low-budget still life. Use toy figures. Get down to the toys’ level and treat the shot as if they were actural people.
# Project: Small is beautiful! Macro shoot.
# Project: Visit well-known scenes depicted in art. E.g. famous waterlilies in Monet’s Japan-inspired garden in Giverny, France.
# Project: Photograph landscapes in black and white. f64 group: Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, Imogen Cunningham. Try using a red filter to darken the blue sky.
# Project: Use reflector.
# Project: Create an interesting self-portrait. The trick is to position our camera so the shot is not obviously a self portrait.
# Project: Shoot a photo essay.
# Project: Research photo essays. New York Times, Time, LIFE, Sunday TImes Magazine, Paris Match, Picture Post, National Geographic. Study the use of photography, the caption information, the narrative structure.
# Project: Write a synopsis on our next photo essay. Aim. Duration. budget.
# Project: Analyze the colours in magazine / advertising. Taking phots use the same color scheme.
# Project: Shooting film noir. Film noir (black film) is the genre of Hollywood film 40s and 50s. The subject is lit by narrow beam of light. Long, dark shadows create a menacing atmosphere. Watch great film-noir movies: (1) The Third Man, 1949, Carol Reed, (2) Touch of Evil, 1958, Orson Welles, (3) bunny Lake is Missing, 1965, Otto Preminger. See photo work by George Hurrell.
# Project: Portrait on an overcast day. There will be no direct light to cause unwanted shadows on our subjects’ face.
# Project: Same place, different time. 1. Daytime. 2. Sunset. 3. Dusk. 4. Night.
# Project: Reproduce the chiaroscuro effect.
# Project: Frame within a frame.
# Project: Photograph a blue-collar worker. Inspiration from Peruvian baker. What is the relationship of the person to their job, do they enjoy it or hate it?
# Project: Generate a concept for a series. E.g. global recession. Be creative and try to come-up with an unusual idea that will make sense to a wide range of people.
# Project: Be a collaborator. Find a partner from a different field to work with on a project. Learn how others might interpret the same idea. E.g. clothes designer. Typographer on a range of shirts that carry social message.
# Project: Create a multimedia piece using sound, text, and stills. Final Cut Pro, Flash, iMovie, Slide Show.
# Project: Practise identifying the end shot in a series. Blueroselady said “Every story has an ending, and another beginning.”

Other tips:
In art, still life photographers search for meaning, symbol, and metaphpor in their compositions.
The 45/45 is a classic lighting model in portraiture: the light source is at a 45-degree angle to the subject and 45-degree above them.
2 rules of the colour wheel: (1) Colours on the opposite sides of t whell build a sense of TENSION and drame (e.g. red vs green, orange vs purple), (2) Neighbouring colours create a sense of HARMONY and TRANQUILITY.
Midday light is worst to shoot in, as the light is harsh.

If we want to take portrait with detailed background with flash: underexpose by 1-to-2 stops to capture the colour and detail of the background and sky, then use fill flash to light up our subjects.
We can use a simple umbrella and light stand set-up to give a softer, more flattering light very easily.
Learn the rules, then break them. p96. The rule of thirds does not accommodate the idea of symmetry yet symmetry can make a composition very strong.
Black and white are the colours of photography. TO me they symbolize the alternatives of HOPE and DESPAIR to which mankind is forever subjected. Robert Frank (Legendary American photographer).
A good composition establishes a sense of HARMONY between light, lines, balance, framing, timing and the full range of photographic techniques.

Inspirations from book “150 workouts for student photographers” by John Easterby.

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August 9, 2010 at 4:11 am