Nov 08, 2015 – [Sunday] WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Ornate

Toronto, Canada, taken on April 13, 2014

When the word “ornate” was mentioned, I immediately thought of my friend’s Indian wedding that I attended last year. From head to toe, the bride and groom were covered in graceful extravagance and elegance – so beautiful!

Nov 01, 2015 – [Sunday] WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Treat

Toronto, Canada, taken on February 8, 2014

The sister seemed to be addicted to frozen yogurt at Menchie’s, so that was the first thing she treated me (though it was a free one from her loyalty card, hah!) after I went back to Canada in 2014. Yes, froyo even in the winter! Let’s see what else she put in there…cheesecake bits, candy bits, mango and strawberry pearls, chocolate sprinkles, and…lots of other stuff. Not being a fan of sweets myself, she ended up eating most of it. What a treat…for her! 😛

Oct 25, 2015 – [Sunday] WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Careful

Zhangjiajie, China, taken on August 11, 2010

You can never be too careful while walking on a path made of wooden planks attached to the side of a cliff at 1400 metres above the ground. Such was the experience in Zhangjiajie when we stepped on a path known as the “Guigu Zhandao”, which literally translates to the “Ghost Valley Plank Way”. It really didn’t feel too scary at the time but looking back, that was a big drop, alright, and definitely not for one afraid of any sort of heights!

Oct 18, 2015 – [Sunday] WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Extra(ordinary)

Glasgow, Scotland, taken on various dates

For this week’s challenge, I decided to do what I did for a challenge a while back and post an image from my work with the atomic force microscope. It isn’t a typical optical image, but you can’t deny what the chemical instrument “sees” on the atomic scale, heh. In my work, experiments often fail and characterization becomes very mundane when you have to deal with plain, old, boring images of well…nothing. That’s why I always look forward to getting humourous images that resemble interesting objects, even if it meant that the experiment didn’t work. To me, at least that was a form of extraordinary “scientific art”, though I didn’t create it – I was discovering it. For example, the top image looks like a happy family of turtles that appeared after a failed solvent wash, and the bottom one is a top-down view of a volcano that is really a polycaprolactone film surface. My collection is growing – another proof that failure doesn’t have to be negative!

Oct 11, 2015 – [Sunday] WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Happy Place

Bordeaux, France, taken on December 23, 2012

There was one specific occasion engraved in my mind where I felt genuinely and completely happy. It was an evening in December 2012 at the Bordeaux Christmas market, with a friend alongside me strolling through the colourful booths in the light rain. For some reason the company and the atmosphere made me feel so content, so joyful, and from that day onward, that exact spot where the Christmas markets are held every year has become my happy place, somewhere only I know.