Weekly Photo Challenge: Monument

In this week’s challenge, show us your take on a monument (broadly defined). It could be a fresh angle on a well-known tourist site, or a place nobody knows outside your community. It doesn’t even have to be an official monument…anything can be monumental as long as it’s imbued with a shared sense of importance.- Weekly Photo Challenge: Monument

As the days close in on my vacation to Hong Kong and the most crazy time of the year at the office is stressing me out, I can’t help but to wander back to my vacation photos (since I barely have time to leave the office to go take pictures). I flipped through some of my photos and found a few.

First up is the Tsim Sha Tsui Clock Tower.

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Tsim Sha Tsui Clock Tower in Hong Kong

Why is this Clock Tower a monument because its one of the few original Hong Kong landmarks that remain.  I’m not a big fan of having landmarks that show the history of Hong Kong especially when they were a colony to be ripped away and revamped.  Its hard to preserve history as it is and going back to Hong Kong is kind of a trip down my own family’s place which I love to learn about.

Next is the Bank of China Tower.

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Bank of China Tower, Hong Kong

This is a monument to me because I can remember this being how I remembered Hong Kong even when I was a little girl. The towering high building that was oddly shaped and an obvious skyscraper that stands out.

Third monument is actually the first that I thought of when I read about this challenge: Big Buddha (Tian Tan Buddha) on Lantau Island.

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Big Buddha in Lantau Island

I’m not much of a believer in religions.  I follow any particular rituals on my own but I do respect all religions, I guess that makes me agnostic? I believe there is a higher force and that life is ruled by something.  My family is split between Christianity and Buddhism.  As I said, I respect both but Buddhism (aside the rituals) holds a great philosophy of life and I can’t help to feel a little bit safe and sound when I’m looking up at Big Buddha in Lantau as I walk up those neverending flights of stairs to go up.  That makes this a monument.  Plus, its huge and definitely a landmark.

Next and last is the Ruins of St. Paul’s situated in Macau.

Ruins of St. Paul's, Macau

Ruins of St. Paul’s, Macau

This is possibly one of the newest place since I only visited Ruins of St. Paul’s on my 2009  trip to Hong Kong and took a day out to visit Macau. The Ruins of St. Paul’s is the most important landmark in Macau.  Everyone who visits goes and I never quite understood visiting ruins (despite my respect for history) but something about this is monumental.  Its high for one and standing in the back panels and looking out of the face of a broken church is just a pretty odd but incredible feeling.  And just look at how many people are there.  This isn’t even high season when I went.  It was sometime in November.

What places are monuments to you?

This is my response to this past week’s photo challenge: monument. You can find more entries HERE!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Family

As usual, I’m putting in a last minute entry for Weekly Photo Challenge. This past week’s theme is FAMILY.  You can join in or see other entries HERE.

Family means a whole lot to me.  I may not have a whole lot of people in my direct family but I do have a few that I consider equally awesome people who I love.

When I look at any of them, I remember just how lucky I am to have them in my life.  My happiness really does come from seeing them happy and most importantly, healthy 🙂

What does family make you think of?

Weekly Photo Challenge: Infinite

Infinity can produce contrasting effects on (and in) us: it might make us feel dwarfed or amplified, afraid or empowered. It might take the form of a wide panorama or a zoomed-in fraction of an object. A starry sky? A sea of commuters on a train platform? Rows of corn in a field? No pun intended, but the possibilities really are endless.- Weekly Photo Challenge: Infinite

Long winding roads, paths, trails always look infinite.  Large bodies of waters, like the sea, ocean, or even just a big lake can seem infinite and neverending as well!

First up are some shots from my trail from this past weekend in Magog on the Marais de la Riviere aux Cerises.

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Marais de la Riviere aux Cerises

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Marais de la Riviere des Cerises

Marais de la Riviere aux Cerises Magog Quebec

Marais de la Riviere aux Cerises

Full post on this trail coming up tomorrow! 🙂

As a little bonus, I added in one from my Maine trip this summer when we were on the water to see lighthouses and puffins 🙂

Maine, USA

Maine, USA

The fog on the water really gives it that infinite and mysterious feeling.

This is my response to Weekly Photo Challenge: Infinite!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Companionship

Most would agree that one of the best companions we have in life are our awesome pets.

I’ve always been the type who really love my cat.  My cat right now is just an absolute sweetheart and she’s always my companion.

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She’s always there in her own way watching over me.  When I’m in the shower, she will come in and wait for me outside the shower. Sometimes, she’ll sit at the ledge. When I’m playing piano, she’ll always sit by me either on the piano seat and (as annoying as this sounds and is at times), she swooshes her tails and sits there, then jumps down and sits next to the bench.

My bed now..I can sleep in the middle if I want!

My bed now..I can sleep in the middle if I want!

I'm definitely not moving!

I’m definitely not moving!

The best (or worst?) is how she determines her spot in my room.  In the winter, it was always at a certain time of day that my chair was actually her chair.  Other times, it would be her spot at the foot of my bed (or right down the middle) because obviously she’s the master or princess or queen.

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How can you resist my cute look?

How can you resist my cute look?

You're not in bed before me? Tough luck!

You’re not in bed before me? Tough luck!

Overdose of my little girl but she’s my companion and that makes her the perfect candidate for my learning about lighting today with my camera.

She’s my companion and every day when I get home, she always makes me smile 🙂

This is my response to the Weekly Photo Challenge: Companionship.  Check out other responses HERE!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Change

Change is inevitable and is essentially everywhere. From ourselves, the people around us, our surroundings, and our environment and most recently, the weather…

Last week, the weather started dropping a bit and sat below average through the whole week. On Thursday, everywhere calmed down at night. It was the calm before the storm. On Friday morning, we started seeing some small bits of white stuff drifting around.

Friday morning waiting for the bus

Friday morning waiting for the bus

It was so light that you can’t even see it in the picture above. It started getting a bit heavier during the day and eventually when noon approached, it was getting heavy. By the time we got out of work, it looked like this…

At 5:45pm on Friday

At 5:45pm on Friday

Over the weekend, the weather got better and the snow pretty much melted by Saturday evening. Yesterday at lunch  it was looking beautiful with lots of sun.  It gave us a wonderful reflection on the waterfront. The gloomy weather up there is now gone 🙂

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Blue skies and nice orange hue reflecting on the water from the boat with the help of the beautiful sunlight…yesterday was a gorgeous day! I even got to crack out my “new” sunglasses (that I got in Hong Kong last year and never had the chance to use it in Canada yet).

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Actually, my sunglasses are also change for me.  These are the first time I’ve had changed to such big frames and alarmingly, I’m starting to like this cool look 😉

One of the best things is to get off work and take a walk home with the warm sun beams as it slowly sets behind the houses in the distance 🙂

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Thats definitely a change from just a few days ago on Friday! Spring is here and the seasons have finally changed! 🙂

Although today, we know spring is also here because its one of those windy and rainy days, but as long as the snow holds up. I`m happy with the seasonal change..before we know it summer will be on its way as well!

This is my response to this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge with theme: CHANGE!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Love

Back in last November, I did this same challenge over at Sue’s blog called A Word in Your Ear.  It had one of my favorite pictures that portrayed this. You can check it of out HERE!

However, I will still put out my submission for this topic.  Love keeps me going into each and every day.

LOVE FOR MY FAMILY:

Christmas 2010 Family Photo

Christmas 2011 Family Photo

Our Christmas photo from last year with the help of the self timer on my camera.  We do this every year now.  This one showed my mom’s love her for closest thing to a granddaughter (my cat) at this current moment.  Also showed me and my boyfriend’s love.

LOVE FOR OUR BABY CAT:

My boyfriend and our cat

My boyfriend and our cat

I’m a typical mom, okay? My cat may be over 2 years old, almost 3 in March and still, she’s my baby girl all the time. Isn’t it sweet though? The love to our wonderful pets 🙂

LOVE FOR MY BEST FRIENDS:

Me and my best friends

Me and my best friends

These girls are my best friends and they are like my sisters! I don’t usually get all touchy and hugs and stuff.  I’m just not like that, but with these girls, for a self timer picture and a lot of fun and memorable times, I would! Especially posting us kissing our youngest sister in our sisterhood and also was the one who had the most courage and ran out of province to study and work.  Every time she comes back to visit, this is how we show our love: with lots of hugs (and kisses at time)!

FINALLY, THE BEST ONE:

Trying to make a heart!

Trying to make a heart!

What represents LOVE more than me and my best friend trying to make a heart with our arms in a tiny shed-like shelter thing!

If you’d like to join this challenge or see other entries, please head over HERE!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Illumination

I love it when what I wanted to post up matches up with the topics.  Totally LOVE it!

Today after work, I went to do some photo shooting for an outdoor night exhibit called Iceberg.  Its part of a bigger concept called Luminotherapy, which I learned is on its 3rd annual event.  I’ll have a full on post tomorrow with videos. As we’re speaking those videos are going on of the actual experience of the exhibit.  I’ll post up a link HERE tomorrow, when that post goes up.

So less talk, more pictures as a little teaser of whats going up and reflects ILLUMINATION!

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ICEBERG is separated into 4 parts which is reflected in these pictures! Aren’t they just so beautifully illuminated?

Be sure to drop by tomorrow to see the full exhibit walkthrough!

To join this photo challenge or see more entries, visit HERE!

Where are you, Photo Challenge?

I don’t know where the Weekly Photo Challenge went and I’m guessing it’ll come up eventually…I don’t know.  Its alright, because another awesome fellow blogger, thirdeyemom took the matters into her own hands and gave us a topic–COLOURS.

We definitely need some of that with Fall kicking into gear over here in Montreal.  Its been rainy and gloomy for starters.  Where are you, sun? Where are you, moon? Clouds, can we have a discussion about you moving out of the way?  Its Moon/Mid-autumn Festival today and I’d really like to admire the full moon to fully enjoy the Chinese tradition.

What to do but to add some colors by past photos:

We’ll start this COLOURS theme with the Ottawa Tulip Festival (taken in 2010):

Then we jump over to the Ocean Park in Hong Kong featuring hot air balloons in 2009:

Last I’m bringing you all back home to Montreal at the Biodome for these beautiful colorful parrots from August 2012:

Join into this challenge by linking back to thirdeyemom‘s blog!  A big THANKS to her for doing thinking this up!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth

As you saw in the last week’s challenge, Weekly Photo Challenge: Purple, my garden has a lot of flowers.  Flowers may change every once in a while in my garden especially the seasonal ones, but every year for as long as I remember, my mom had her vegetable garden area just to herself.  This year was no exception so the star of this week’s photo challenge is my mom’s vegetable garden to see how some vegetables are growing as summer gradually comes to an end.

Tomatoes: We can see the transition of growth from not ripe (green) to ripe (red)

Squash (not sure which kind)

Its a type of asian melon; something like a hairy melon of sorts.  You can see the flower that led to its growth bit by bit every day.

This stuff is amazing in soup.

The next star is the bitter melon.  This one is slightly deformed, usually its more elongated.

With some, the growth is hidden from us as this sweet potato plant.

We can only witness the growth of sweet potatoes when we dig it up at the end of the season

Of the most abundant ones right now is the prune tree.

With just a little portion of the tree in this shot, we already see a lot of prunes growing on every branch