Friday, November 23, 2012

my focus your perspective

21ºC Partly Cloudy

This is my focus and perspective, where would yours be?
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two things we subconsciously act on every waking minute of our day
through our eyes and the things that we do.
no two persons will have the same.

In life we would hope that ours would always be the best but that may not always be the case,
sometimes we will get it spot on and then there are times when we just don't, that's just LIFE!
Live to Learn, Learn to Live.

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Monday, August 13, 2012

Dancing Matchstick

Cloudy then Sunny 18ºC

Macro Monday theme is "SMOKE".

A controversial theme or so a few thought, I thought I'd put a little fun to it and turn it into a little animation, just to lighten everyone's mood.

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Friday, August 3, 2012

Life Love & Death

Sunny 19ºC

To give life is selfless
To receive life is to receive the biggest gift of all

After two new additions and another on the way, our large extended family is ever growing...the joys of hearing the pitter patter of little feet and the pleasure of witnessing the many firsts in their lives as they take that precious gift and turn it into a growing life is priceless.

To Love or To Be Loved

Love at times cannot be equal, one will love more or one will be loved more...but when you can love equally and as equals then maybe just maybe it is true.

Merry-Go-Round of Life's Cycle

Death will exceptions
Life lived to the fullest
Dreams dreamed then realised
Loved Laughed and Lived
No regrets.

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Monday, July 23, 2012

You Are My Sunshine

Showers 18ºC

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Your Are My Sunshine, a song that always gives me a warm and fuzzy feeling, once you even just see the chorus lyrics you will no doubt have this tune playing in your head for the rest of the day. Until I finally saw the full lyrics of this song I had never realised it was really a very sad song...I had always just known the chorus. Here is but only one version of this songs lyrics but I am sure there are a few different versions, one of which has been declared as one of the state songs for the state of Louisiana...

                                                      The other night, dear, as I lay sleeping
                                                      I dreamed I held you in my arms
                                                      When I awoke, dear, I was mistaken
                                                      So I hung my head and cried

                                                      You are my sunshine, my only sunshine
                                                      You make me happy when skies are grey
                                                      You'll never know, dear, how much I love you
                                                      Please don't take my sunshine away

                                                      I'll always love you and make you happy
                                                      If you will only say the same
                                                      But if you leave me to love another
                                                      You'll regret it all someday

                                                      You are my sunshine, my only sunshine
                                                      You make me happy when skies are grey
                                                      You'll never know, dear, how much I love you
                                                      Please don't take my sunshine away

I'm sure you now will have this playing in your head for the rest of the day.

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Friday, July 6, 2012

Winter Break

Early rain / afternoon sunshine 16ºC

Having taken a week off from work for the kid's school Winter break I've secretly enjoyed the five days I've spent with them, no complaints, no tantrums, with Katy Perry's Firework constantly sung into my ear (both of them are currently obsessed with this song). 

We've taken in a movie, strolled through the museum, they went swimming with a friend while I sat by the pool, happily finishing off the last few pages of the last book in the Girl With A Dragon Tattoo trilogy (which I highly recommend by the way) for four hours. Then to top it off I sat at the ice skating rink for another four hours in near freezing temperatures, thankfully not on the same day, while they skated their way to sore feet and cold noses. 

Along the way we had a fish and chips lunch in the car on a rain and wind swept day by the beachside, sat at a local cafe, Teascapes, amongst movie star posters and images to indulge our tastebuds, with lots of homemade sandwiches in between all of that. All in all I think all three of us had a funfilled few days. Back to work next week while they have another week to while away before the next school term resumes. *Sigh* think these will be the days we will smile back on.

 Lunch at Teascapes Cafe.

Framed image of Marilyn Munroe at the Teascapes Cafe,
one amongst walls full of others.

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Sunday, June 3, 2012

Things I Love About Winter

Rain 18ºC

Winter is not for everyone but for people who love it, there are some things in life that makes us smile extra wide during the long cold Winter ... some of the things that make me smile ...

crackling wood fires ... toasted marshmallows ... hot chocolate ... a good book ... watching the last of the Autumn leaves fall with the wind ... ugg boots ... a hot cuppa soup ... well loved scarf ... snuggled indoors on a rainy Sunday afternoon ... 

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Goliath versus David

Sunny 21ºC

I LOVE BIKES ... when you're young, they can bring a child their first taste of freedom, that first ride around the block all by themselves must be the most scariest yet also the most exhilarating and liberating feeling ever ... when you're older, for some it can be a form of healthy activity, where they can be with their own thoughts, providing exercise to the body and to the mind.  And for some it could be a mode of transport, taking them from point A to point B and beyond ... but it is the latter that has me putting myself on the line here because I know there are a whole lot of people that do use this as a form of transport on the roads and they may not like my opinion.

A few days ago I approached the T intersection where my house is situated, stopped, looked to check for any cars on the left and the coast was clear, or so I thought, I made that right hand turn and pulled up in front of my garage ... a few seconds after I stopped my car I heard a hail of abuse come flying past me in the form of a bike rider going a hundred miles an hour (well ok the speed may have been a little exaggerated but let's just say it wasn't slow).  I'm just wondering, should something that weighs 10-20kg with the rider with no real means of protection, except maybe some lycra and a helmet, really be sharing the same space with something that weighs a hundred times or more and can travel many times the speed of a bike?  I'm not so sure.  I think roads are meant for cars, pathways for pedestrians and bike tracks for bikes.

In truth, after that day, it dawned on me I don't ever want to be in a situation where I could be responsible for another human being's wellbeing or even possibly life.  Operating a car is responsibility enough, looking out for other stressed out drivers, trying very hard to keep in my own lane, mind my own business and most important of all keep out of the way of 2 tonne trucks, without having to also watch out for riders on their bikes who at times have the visibility of a foot wide at the most from head on or behind, whilst also having to put into consideration the attitude of some (the key word here is "some", because I know not all riders have that atttiude) riders, I'm sure most drivers will know what I'm talking about so I won't go there.  I have nothing against riders, they must be lovely people too, but I just hope that they keep in mind when a situation like the one I experienced a few days ago happens to them next time with a car, the driver really didn't intend to put their massively overweighted car in their paths to try to knock them over and that the drivers also get a terrible fright, that a split second left or right, the outcome would've have been far worse than just some flying abuse.  If you as a rider demand respect from drivers then I think you need to also respect the drivers, their cars and most importantly the road first, in order to receive.

The universal thought is that the bike rider is the David in this road war, no matter what happens, the driver (Goliath in this case) is always the one in the wrong, but we all know as drivers that that may not necessarily always be the case.  

Is there a solution to this dilemma? 

I think not, but there is always a good debate in it, the line marking the for and against team will always remain clear and bold.  Just a few words (or should I say a few paragraphs) from a shaken yet at times quite frustrated road sharing driver.  

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Monday, March 26, 2012

Future is the Present

Sunny 23 ºC

I was doing a little thinking today, about a person, when a little thought popped into my head ... does the choices and actions we make today determine our future or does our future determine the choices and actions we make today?

If I'm not wrong I think a lot of people, including myself, have always thought the former to be true but  I am starting to think that maybe in some instances, the choices and actions made many years ago were determined by a future that nobody could forsee.

Just a little thought.

Just a note about why this image is upside down ... guess I'm just trying to show that in the end all the
 little paths and steps we take eventually will take us to one point in life in which pre-determined each
 and every little step we chose along the way... though the word chose may not be the right one to use...
maybe 'take' would be a more suitable "choice".
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Saturday, March 24, 2012


Sunny 23ºC

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Sometimes a whisper may not seem much but when it's heard only by you and nobody else then it becomes something special.

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But sometimes you may not want to overhear a whisper not meant for you ... then it would become a chinese whisper ... and we know what the outcome of that is.

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Sunday, March 11, 2012

Season Confusion

Sunny 25ºC

My garden is a little confused, flowers still blooming ... bees full of pollen still buzzing around.  My rose bush that we planted 4 years ago has never flowered (probably due to my lack of green fingers) has produced it's first bud ... it's not too pretty but it's a bud all the same.  Two weeks into Autumn and we are still enjoying a bit of Summer weather.

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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Happy Birthday to YOU!

Mini Tonado weather 21ºC

Oh my how these last nine years have flown by... like a blink of the eye... how you've changed...
Happy birthday Maddy! ... my hopes and dreams for you is the same as all the other mothers in this world ... grow with good health..happy mind..kind heart..and most of all never be afraid to chase your dreams.

Password: maddy

Publishing this a day after her actual birthday, as inspiration is a funny thing, when it hits the urge to get it done is instant ... felt this urge at 10.30pm yesterday so spent the next two hours creating it then uploading to Vimeo ... who took a while to start the conversion ... hence a day late.

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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Dreams over Fear?

Cloudy with a little sun 24ºC

This quote which was a PS brush that Carol Hart offered to her contacts for download provoked me to think "Would I?", well after some serious thought I think "no", no has been my answer for such a long long time, I'm not an adventurous person, not one to try something new or alien.  I realise now that for me, dreams and fear does go hand in hand, one does not go without the other, the uncertainty, the unknown, the expectation...all adds up to at least a little bit of fear whenever we want to venture into our dreams, well mine anyway.

Thank you Carol for inspiring this post ... have been a little lacking in the inspiration department of late, so any help is very much appreciated.

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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Images with Words

24º Rain

This blog was done for my Beyond Layers blog but thought I'd also post it here too, anyway just my interpretation of these quotes.

follow your bliss ~ my love of baking and food photography gives me the perfect mixture to give me the bliss I feel when I see my final results ...

hold a true friend in both your hands ~ you don't need many friends just a few that matter ... when you do find them hold them with all your might ...

we need never be afraid of our tears ~ crying tears of joy or sorrow is a way for us to release that joy or sorrow, if it is left brew inside us we will never feel joy to it's extent and never put that sorrow to rest...

wherever you go ... go with all your heart ~ if you never do, you will never know how far you can go.

there is no remedy for love, but to love more ~ what can I say, love is a complicated emotion, don't think many people have or ever will know how to grasp it properly ... for the ones that have, consider yourself lucky ...

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Summer's Finally Arrived

Sunny 27ºC

We had a beautiful Summer's day today, full on sunshine with a cool breeze, have missed it so much this Summer.  Today's sunset is the best one I've seen all Summer.

An Instagram creation.

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It's nice to sit in a quiet spot under the shade with a cool breeze blowing on a warm Summer's day and just blur out the world around us ... just a little ... not too much ... just enough to forget the day's rush to collect the kids ... do the groceries ... rush off to work ... all those things that we do to keep our little world turning. 

Zone out a little and keep dreaming ... 

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The Natural Progression of Life

25ºC {Gloriously} Beautiful

So here's how it's supposed to go ~

Have a happy childhood ... 

Boy meets Girl ... Girl meets Boy ...

Boy and Girl marry ...

They become a family ...

Raise their children and grow old together ...

Well that's how our road should be travelled, but inevitably, there will be some who run into road blocks and have to take detours to get where they want to go .... some that take a wrong turn and get terribly lost ... some that choose to turn instead of taking the road ahead ... and then there are some that just don't want to take the road everyone else travels on and build their own roads to get to their destination.  For the lucky ones that are able to travel a smooth and straight road, treasure it and be grateful.

We all hope to have the most colourful and fulfilling life we can, so whatever way you choose to travel this journey, hope yours is all that you have hoped for.

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Monday, February 13, 2012

So Far This Year

Cloudy 25ºC

Idyllic ...

Centennial Park on a sunny Sunday afternoon.

It's been a month since arriving back from my holidays and gradually I have continued my photography from where I left off last year with my last Project 365 post on 31st December ... and may I just say it has been an idyllic journey so far. Unlike the "must get the shot everyday" feeling, it has been "well if nothing gets shot or uploaded today there's always tomorrow", I am truly enjoying the process now.  

Don't get me wrong Project 365 was totally amazing, a challenge every amateur photographer should do, the intensity and sense of achievement is almost enough to push you through.  I did say almost because you do also need a great support group to give you that extra push when you just don't feel like picking up the camera, to get you over that finish line. My support group consisted of many amazing photographers [and you all know who you are], some also on their very own 365 journey and others who are on journeys of their very own, thank you guys from the bottom of my heart.

Enjoying a leisurely stroll at the park ...

Take the time, have a stroll at your park and keep dreaming ...

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Sunday, January 29, 2012

old things new again

Cloudy 27ºC

Old iron found in the same place.

I am finding myself more and more drawn to old things that were such simple additions to peoples lives not so long ago (well maybe quite a few years ago, judging by the looks of these) ... but is it age or is it interests that make us start to see things differently ... these two objects, to some may be just old and ready to be trashed but to me they are an instant photography subject.  Maybe it just shows if we have been shown how they could look, we will realise once tweaked, you will see it in a total different light.

Hope you see it too...

Saturday, January 28, 2012

End of Summer break

Alas, time is so fleeting, six weeks of my children's Summer Holiday break is over in the blink of an eye, though this year we were overseas for half of that ... time to say goodbye to the lazy days and time to prepare for another year filled with schedules, school work, extra-curricular activities and a whole lot of busyness ... probably our last visit to the beach yesterday ...

A quiet moment ..

A sweet moment ...

A funny moment ...

"Rubiks Cube"
An artist's contribution to the beach.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Textures of life

Rain 23º

I love textures ... I love layers ... they can enhance an image any way you want ... brighter, dreamier, stronger, denser...the results are endless and it's all up to you to decide which way you want to go.

Just like in life, you can also enhance your life any way you want ... happier, darker, fuller, emptier, quieter, duller ... by making choices in the things you do and the things you see.  

But when processing images, we can always click the undo or delete key and start again... in LIFE, it is not that simple, we cannot just click undo to start again so careful consideration is required as we add each texture, each layer to our lives.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

six word memoirs

"plain as jane, that will change"

I am
inspired by Kim Klassen
who was
inspired by O Magazine
who was 
inspired by Smith Mag

WOW so much inspiration!

new year celebration

Family gathering for the Chinese New Year.

Lei See (red packet)...well the bw version anyway.

On the road heading to our place of celebration.

The red drop...what's a celebration without some.

Eating tool, the good old chopsticks...couldn't do without them either.

A good night had by all...Happy New Year everyone!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Happy New Year (Again?)!

Showers 24ºC

Yes it's Happy New Year again, for me and every other chinese person in the world...we say it again, even though I'm not living in an asian country and haven't been for the last 37 years our family still retains a small part of our original culture and celebrate with our extended families with a dinner and giving of red packets.

We are only celebrating in a small way, as opposed to the milliions of people in Asian countries that celebrate in a big way, some even have a three days across the board holiday, no exceptions, doesn't matter what industry, everything is closed.  And everyone will spend those three day holidays visiting family and friends bearing lots of lollies and red packets.

There are many traditions such as decorating their houses with red decors, flowers, sweets, chinese cakes of the savoury and sweet kinds.  All things red (symbolising good luck) are a go and everyone wears something new (symbolising a new year a new start) and preferably red would be the fashion of the day.

Just a little sneak peek into our Chinese New Year.

Lots of Reds to ring in the New Year of the Dragon ~

祝大家 新年快樂 花開富貴! 
While on my trip to Singapore we explored an antique store in Chinatown and found this Chinese Fortune Sticks set - usually found in temples where people shake the container until one of the stick fall out and take it to get their fortune told according to a few words corresponding to the number on the stick.

福 meaning blessings / good fortune

Good fortune to all who is reading this and of course we have to remember our fortunes are in our hands we can decide which path our lives take.