30 January 2015

A Beautiful Mess



Let’s grant ourselves the permission
to be a beautiful mess every now and then.

Know that it’s absolutely okay
to be perfectly imperfect.

Beautiful-mess-(1)

28 January 2015

The Sky Is Everywhere



Once in a while, I love to check out Young Adult books.  After this one that I just finished, I think I might do that more often.  I don’t remember from where, how or when I first heard about The Sky Is Everywhere (by Jandy Nelson). I don’t even remember reserving it at the library, but apparently I did, because I’d received a collection notice for the book.  As soon as I started it, I was hooked.  I brought it along with me wherever I went and would pull it out to read whenever I had the chance –while waiting in the car to pick up the kids, while on the train, while on the bus.  I didn’t care that others would see me chuckle to myself or wipe tears from my face.  I love the quirky little poems and also how they’re scattered and “found” throughout the book.  I love the cool dorkiness.  If you want a great read, definitely check out The Sky Is Everywhere .

Cyclist-(1)

 

27 January 2015

Standing Still



Sometimes life seems to just flash by.
Everything is just boom-boom-boom, let’s-go, next!
Most days, that’s me.
That’s part of the reason why I love Hong Kong,
where everything moves at a frenetic pace, it seems.
I like that. I like efficiency.
But
Sometimes we just need to stand still…
and feel.

MTR-flash-(1)

23 January 2015

Impromptu Hike



I got out of the train, saw a couple looking at their phone and their tablet, obviously tourists.  I walked up to them asking if I could help.  It turned out that they were looking for the War Veterans Cemetery.  Right before I got off the train, I was thinking to myself that I should walk around and take some pictures, seeing that I already had the camera out with me.  I offered to lead them to the cemetery myself and once there I decided to walk the hiking trail all the way home –in my high-heeled boots, up and down the trail, let me add. If I’d taken the minibus, I could’ve been home in less than 10 minutes.  Instead, it took me 1.5 hours.  Painful though my feet are now, I’m glad I did what I did.  Because…. look what I found!

Grass-(1)

21 January 2015

Acknowledge



When someone lets me cut in on their lane, I make it a point to raise my hand to acknowledge their kind gesture.  I appreciate it, too, when they do same when I let them in.  A favor deserves a thank you –in whatever form one can manage.  It really does make my day when I see bus drivers raise (or wave) their hands when another lets them in.  There’s nothing like a little road courtesy and kindness to keep the good vibes going.

Mural
 
 


19 January 2015

He Is 10!



A very special boy turned 10 today.
A boy from whom I’ve learned much --
about being a parent, about myself,
my capacity for loving,
about kindness,
about being big-hearted.
I've also learned about Minecraft,
Match Attax cards,
techno music,
and some pretty cool songs.

Bday-card-(1)

He makes me so proud,
yet at the same time, humbles me.

Josh collage

Happy birthday, Josh.

16 January 2015

Brrr!



I wish that just by looking at this picture, I can feel the warmth of the fire.  It’s been pretty cold here the last few days.  I know it’s nowhere near as cold as where most of you are, where it’s snowing and all, but 11oC is pretty cold for here. 

Fire-(1)

14 January 2015

I used to shy away from shooting in the too-bright sun, but now I actually love what it gives me.  Especially when there are objects to partially block it, giving me some great shadows to offset the brightness.

Street-(1cr)

 
 
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