Puppy Photography in South Street Seaport

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Careful.”

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One fall Saturday this October, we took the kids to the dog park in South Street Seaport. Rice, the Westie in the picture, always enjoys running around and playing with other puppies, big or small. Cookie, Val, and Chase had a great time chasing each other as well.

In capturing this picture, we had to balance getting the puppies’ attention and making sure that they stay in their position. I’m very happy with how it turned out, as their poses showed a bit of their personalities!

Grids in Las Casas Filipinas

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Grid.”

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Bagac, Bataan, Philippines prides itself in its showcase of “Filipino talent, ingenuity and craftsmanship”. And
I was blown away by how beautiful this place is, and how the owner is able to preserve the past.

My family and I went to this place as part of our 3-day trip around Luzon, which I will write about in the succeeding blog posts. For this week’s photography inspiration, I have chosen this picture of the  Balanga Church replica in the Las Casas property.20150824_172959

Stay tuned for my posts about our travel adventure!

The Freedom Tower and The River

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Half and Half.”

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A few blocks away from work is the Hudson River Park, which is my favorite park in the city. Not only do you get a picturesque view of the Hudson River, downtown NYC, and Hoboken, but the park is also excellent for biking, running, or the simple joy of hanging out with friends.

Do you have a landscape or a particular place that you’d always love to come back to? This particular landscape is one of my favorites, and has been the subject of my many Instagram posts.

During summer, I sometime would spend lunch breaks on one of the benches there. There has been a time when Chris biked from 57th St. to W Houston St. to meet me for lunch (it took him around 15-20 mins to go downtown, and another 15-20 to get back. So that only left 20-30 mins for the “actual” meal!). I would also come here after work and wait for the sunset, as sunsets are very beautiful here.

Parks are one of the “luxuries” that every New Yorker gets to enjoy in the city, especially during the summer. The city gets crowded during the summer because of tourists, but I think there’s no better season to enjoy this beautiful city. There are a lot of free activities held at parks, too.

Hope you, too, are having a lovely summer! (Well, if you’re located in the Northern Hemisphere lol)

Endless open doors in Angkor Wat

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Door.”

Here are some of the photos from my Cambodia trip with my Dad and my younger brother. I went back home in December 2013, and we took a trip to Thailand and Cambodia.

These doors tell tourists and visitors the ancient and age-old stories that are forever embedded in them. It tells numerous stories of religion and deep-seated beliefs, of rulers and followers, of tradition and mystery. To me it was a story of fascination as we walked these paths of myths and wonders and it felt great that my brother and dad were there to experience it with me.

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New Orleans for my birthday

IMG_7944In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Muse.”

For my birthday this year, I decided to pack my bags and go to New Orleans for the weekend. I enjoyed the culture, sightseeing, the food (especially the food! did anyone mention happy hour?), and the company of friends.

Here’s a picture of Jackson Square – taken while we were on our way to get the famous beignets. Yummy!

Cherry blossoms and tulips in Brooklyn Botanic Garden

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Forces of Nature.”

Spring is my favorite season. And this calls to mind blooming flowers and life coming back to the city after a harsh and long winter. I always look forward to going to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden to go see the cherry blossoms and tulips. They have free admission (or donate-as-you-wish) on Saturdays from 10-12PM. However, if you have an NYC ID (which is free, by the way, and it’s a nice picture ID), you can get free one-year memberships to city museums, BBG included. Even though the city’s museums are mostly non-profit, which means that you can really donate and pay-as-you-wish (instead of paying the stated admission price), having this NYC ID perk is a great addition.

Here are some pictures I’ve taken today!

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Upper East Side

The exercise for today after work was to test out my new lens (I got 24mm f/2.8 STM – my very first wide angle lens!). I was so excited to take it out for a spin, and I just couldn’t wait to go home after I picked up my lens from B&H.

Here are some of my pictures – hope you like it as much as I do! Looks like my 50mm has competition…IMG_7364

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Bethesda Fountain in Central Park | Couch to 8K

Today, I woke up early again for a quick morning jog with my friends. The Vancouver marathon is exactly a week away, and I have not really been training for it.

Today, there was a lot of people and families in Central Park. A 3-mile run was scheduled this morning, and so we also ran with the participants to boost our energy and to keep moving forward. 

Here’s a lovely picture of the Bethesda fountains. Spring is really in tbe city!!!

A first look at spring in NYC

We all remember how the official first day of Spring in NYC was. It looked something like this:   But when I had a jog early afternoon today, the weather was very pleasant!  See those petals floating? Those are cherry blossoms and boy, they’re ready to be in full bloom in a matter of days!      

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Motion.”

Motion and Action in Frozen Lake George

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FROZEN LAKE GEORGE. Imagine stepping on this huge lake in upstate New York. Chris surprised me with a little weekend in Lake George for our anniversary. Mind you, winter this year was very brutal and it was very chilly in upstate NY.

I remember stepping on the lake, and I was filled with excitement because I’ve never set foot on a frozen lake before. There were activities for families, as there was a festival there in February. I’ve heard that Lake George is very beautiful during the summer and I hope to be back soon!

Here are other pictures from our trip:

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Imagine diving in such brutal temperatures!

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Motion.”

Paragliding in Pattaya

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Pattaya, Thailand in December 2013

This week’s photo challenge is “Afloat”, and what better photo to post than this picture that my dad took during our brief vacation in Thailand & Cambodia back in December 2013. I think it costs around $10 per person, which isn’t bad (my brother and I thought that it could be one of those once-in-a-lifetime things, so why not do it while we’re there). My dad, of course, stayed behind as we went flying around.

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I remember waking up early to ride a boat close to the beach to do paragliding. Here’s a photo of me and my brother as we await our turn 🙂

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Small fish in a Big Pond

Alas, after almost three years, I find myself in the same black hole that I was trying to escape from. There it is again – the feeling of of the familiar, the feeling of being a small fish in a big pond.

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Frozen Lake George in February 2015

Malcom Gladwell posed a very interesting question in his book “David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants” – would you be better off being a small fish in a big pond or big fish in a small pond? We base our judgments based on those in proximity to us. There are times that I catch myself comparing myself and what I’ve accomplished to the people around me, to my colleagues, and my batchmates from college. And this leads to a very poor self-concept and can be very dangerous.

New York City is a very competitive pond that I’ve chosen to swim at and to grow up with. There are questions like, how are they able to get that job, and not me? I have the same abilities (and maybe better skilled), but why didn’t I get that job? Sometimes, I feel very much overwhelmed and pressured (but mostly pressured) to succeed and to get ahead in terms of my career. At this point in my life, I am an underdog, I am an outsider – the only way to get ahead would be to do what the Goliaths of this world refuse to do.

A very wise man once told me that people are different, and so there cannot be agreements in the absolute sense. We’re bombarded with ideas of uniqueness, of setting ourselves apart from the crowd, and of being successful at a very young age. But to what end?

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Lanterns in Lake George

Success, then, depends on how you define it. It can be in monetary terms, or in terms of being able to help others or bringing smiles to the faces of underprivileged. This definition is something that I grapple with – what do I want out of life? What do I want to do in the future? These are questions that I still seek an answer to. These are the questions that I also had three years ago.

I am but a small fish in a big pond called New York City. I am an even smaller fish in the sea of finance, where everyone is aggressive and very much eager to beat the next person. In this journey of transition, I hope that I won’t lose touch with what I hold dear and to not lose sight of what’s more important.

I am a small fish with nothing but my dreams – all I need is an opportunity to translate my potential into something concrete and real. I find hope in the knowledge that better things are yet to come, and that some things are withheld from us since we are better placed in situations where we can grow the most.

Spring

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Spring is my favorite season. I would always equate spring with cherry blossoms and I always look forward to this time of the year.

This year, I was able to go to DC to go see the cherry trees that line up the Tidal Basin and the Roosevelt Memorial.

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It really was a sight to behold. My heart was full of joy and my eyes filled with wonder with the beauty of spring and the blossoms that the gentle wind carries with it. Funny how being able to see is one of the things that we take for granted. Seeing the wonderful cherry blossoms together with all the families, the couples, the people who were there just made me appreciate this precious gift of sight.

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I’m thankful too, that at that point in time, I was able to witness it with the person I love, whose heart was also full of joy and eyes filled with wonder.