Friends, happy new year!
As mentioned in our last post of 2014, we were moving. Now, 2 weeks into 2015, I’m happy to announce that, despite the dust, we have officially moved to a place where both our website and blog are under one roof and more exciting work and features will be unveiled as we “unpack”.
So this will be our last post on WordPress. I thank you for being part of our growth in the last several years. Without you, I would not be able to continue sharing and growing at the same time. I’d say that you have shaped, in a way, how we are today. I’m sad to say good-bye and wished that you will not leave us.
While there, you’ll see what the “stride” is all about. See you at the new place!
*You know me, I will not sell or rent your email addresses.
Hi all! I know I’ve been MIA for a while.
First off, I’m working on a move, including my website and blog. I appreciate all your support over the years and would hope to continue seeing you around when the new blog is up and running. If you would take the one minute (not even) to fill out a short form in the link below, you will be the first to know of our “grand opening”:
Now, the fun stuff…
This year, I’ve been busy exploring the surface of this planet. 🙂 My “assistante” and I charted our way to Europe. You may know that we went to Italy. Do you know that we went to Italy twice? 🙂 We’ve been to where the God Father One was filmed, The Postman (In Italian “Il Postino”), Under the Tuscan Sun… The list went on…
We went to countless ruins and medieval villages that I can’t wait to share the stories demonstrating such richness of culture and the friendly cats (even though I got scratched), dogs, donkeys (and my “assistante” go bitten), the cows, the sheep…
The image in this card was made in Pisa. We all know the Leaning Tower. Yet, Pisa is so much more than that. As I was photographing the night scene of River Arno, I saw “Christmas lights effects” in October. And I wish that you find the spirit of Christmas and stay merry, jolly and happy in every day of your life!
As we all continue to learn and search the essence of ourselves, I realized that it has been a year that’s changed me profoundly on a spiritual and creative level. And this change will for sure flow into what and how I create.
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I look forward to sharing with and getting inspired by you in the years to come. See you next year!
Continue along the same line about something being “intrinsically” set with me creatively, this image is another proof (please see here for my other post). It was made a few years ago at the Suzhou Museum (苏州博物馆), which was designed by the world-renowned architect I.M. Pei. I didn’t realize at the time that my love to observe movement of lines and contrasts was already there.
This has been an opinion of mine for a long time:
We somehow got onto this train of modernization (let’s make it a bullet train) that grabbed us by the swift. Before we know it, we are in this foreign land that looks nothing like the place that we came from. Well, it could be good, and it could be bad. The problem is, while we are rushing in one direction, many want to take the other train heading back.
So many times, when I travel in foreign countries, I see things that remind me of the past. And inevitably, that made me miss the “good old days”.
This image was made when strolling the “old district” of Hanoi in Vietnam. It amazes me that in this day and age, there’s a barber shop right on the street, when all it takes is just a chair and a few tools in a box. Really, life can be so simple. And we manage to make it complex.
What do you miss about the past? If there’s a train to take you back, would you hop on it? Would you go to the days when the pace was slower. And in fact, when you drink coffee, it’s beyond serving the purpose of keeping you going through stress (remember the word “leisure”?)? Would you go back to the days when people actually talk to each other, face to face, and you receive hand-written notes in the mail?
If you haven’t found this train, give me a call. I don’t know where it is either. But I am the “middle-ground” where I do talk to my clients (not via text messages) and send hand-written notes. 🙂