30 October 2012
28 October 2012
25 October 2012
23 October 2012
Chris got himself a new phone and I inherited his old one. I don’t mind a hand-me-down phone. If it hadn’t been for Chris getting a new phone, I probably would still be hanging on to my old one until it conks out on me or until I lose it.
I’ve caught the Instragram bug. I love it. I love how fun it is. I can’t stop playing with it. Thing is, posting to Facebook is pretty hit-or-miss at the moment. Sometimes I get to post regular-size pictures; other times the photos come out as thumbnails.
These pictures here? I had to copy from my own Facebook page. I still have not figured out to download the Instagram pics to the computer as a jpg file. Is there any way I could do that?
Any other apps –whether or not photography-related, –that you absolutely love that you would recommend that I get? I’m so late to join the smartphone world that I wholeheartedly welcome guidance from all of you who have gone through several generations of smartphones and are light years ahead already.
21 October 2012
5) Stacked – The kids had a little pre-Halloween party and they had to hunt for these cute little plastic jack-o’-lanterns and cauldrons all over the place, sort of like an Easter egg hunt, but with a Halloween theme.
16 October 2012
“Taking care of one’s skin leads to a steady stream of compliments, just like hanging out with Grandma’s knitting group." – For a package of six lymphatic drainage massages / hot stone treatments.
“Creating a meal from scratch is both challenging and delicious, much like playing "Stairway to Heaven" on a clarinet made out of a candy cane.” – For a baking class
“From defeating potato stealing aliens to slicing through particularly solid lumps of cheese, lasers boast a range functional daily uses.” – For a laser hair removal package
…why some bugs are beautiful in a icky kind of way. There is no way you can make me touch them, but I will gladly get as close as I can to take pictures of them. Does that make me weird?
14 October 2012
12 October 2012
In keeping with The Creativity Project’s theme for this month, all of the pictures here are in black and white, with mostly darker tones. Some of these were taken during The Lion King show at Disneyland. We always take in this show whenever we’re there. Always. Even though we have seen it so many times, we still thoroughly enjoy it each and every time.
Zoë was a bit scared of Scar, Simba’s uncle. She was pretty much snuggling close to my husband and hiding her face during the angry, fighting parts.
The whole Disneyland has geared up for Halloween. Jack-o’-lanterns, witches’ hats, and spider webs everywhere. The stickers that they hand out to the kids? Halloween-themed, of course. They even have a mock cemetery with The Grim Reaper standing guard over the tombstones.
Just throwing this in for good measure… the picture below was taken during one of my photo walks with my friend. I’ve long wanted, but was always apprehensive, to get a shot of these delivery guys who sport LOTS of body ink and almost always seem to go shirtless to show them off. (Shameless request: I’d also entered this for the My Hong Kong Photo Contest. Would love to have your vote… http://bit.ly/PFN1xE, if you like it. You just have to click on the link and click on “Vote.” Thanks!)
Please go on and drop by Sharon’s blog (The Covert Lens) and check out her “The Dark Side” photos.
09 October 2012
Josh participated in his very first chess competition on Sunday. The competition was organized by the PTA and students from the other campuses joined as well. There were over 80 players, 48 of which were ‘Lower Primary’ (Years 1-4); the rest were ‘Upper Primary’ (Years 5-6). The Top 10 players in each group would get either a trophy (Top 3) or a medal.
It was a whole day affair, beginning with registration at 8:30am. Each player played seven rounds, beginning from 9am and ending at 4:30pm.
We all hung around at the school and waited for the tournament to finish. Zoë was a great sport. She found ways to entertain herself. She hula-hooped. (She’s actually gotten pretty good at it.)
We played a version of Pictionary…
She hopped around like a bunny.
Out of the seven rounds, Josh won four and lost three. The three games that he’d lost were to the eventual 1st, 4th, and 5th place winners. Josh placed 14th overall, out of 48. So, not bad for a first competition. He was a bit down that he didn’t get to win a medal, but he cheered up a bit when we pointed out that in his year level in his school, he’s actually in the Top 3.
I loved that the PTA organized this and I hope that they will continue to organize more of these. It was great to see all the families there in support of the children, to see all the children from the different schools compete against each other in such a gracious manner. In between games, while waiting for the rest to finish, they would go downstairs to the playground and shoot hoops, play soccer together or just hang out together and chat or talk chess.
After the awards ceremony, as we were leaving, one of his friends called out to him, “See you tomorrow! Let’s play chess during snack time, okay?”
07 October 2012
1) Smile – Zoë was reading when I asked her to put down her book and smile for me, because I needed a photo for my scavenger hunt. She obliges. I cannot get enough of this girl’s smile. Her smile? A whole-body smile. Totally lights up my world.
5) Unedited – Apart from adding a watermark, this picture below of the turtles is unedited. This was taken at Hong Kong Park earlier this week. There was a waterfall on the opposite side, but nothing of note, nothing that these turtles do not see every day, so it’s kind of curious what they were all looking at.