Guangzhou, China, taken on April 6, 2015
The trip back to Guangzhou last month opened my eyes to a new side of my hometown that I had never seen before. Glittering skylines with tall skyscrapers resembling cities like Hong Kong and Shanghai – a Guangzhou that I had not known in my childhood. Among the new landmarks is the new Guangzhou Tower, which I have to admit looks pretty elegant and slick.
Bordeaux, France, taken on January 10, 2013
I’ve never been a fan of rain, but having lived in Bordeaux means that I’ve experienced a lot of it. Bordeaux is an elegant lady that loves to cry a little too much sometimes. Even so, when she glistens in her tears, so is still beautiful, especially during the lonely night. (See the original photo in colour.)
Paris, France, taken on December 28, 2010
I had never been a big fan of the Champs-Élysées nor of Paris, but this photo of the Champs-Élysées, taken at night on top of the Arc de Triomphe during my first ever trip to Paris, became one of my all-time favourite travel photos. The Ferris wheel at the other end – Place de la Concorde – isn’t always there, and I was lucky that it was there during the Christmas season. And the lanes of traffic on the self-proclaimed most beautiful avenue in the world – with the sidewalks lit in blue, the entire scene looks like a national flag stretched out from top to bottom (though interestingly, out of all the tri-coloured European flags, none of them are in the order of white, red, and blue, either horizontal or vertical.)
[Travel time] The Deák Ferenc tér (square) is an important public square in the city of Budapest. During Christmas season, it was booming with dazzling colours, fairgrounds, and markets.
This will be my last time seeing this view of the West End from this bedroom, as I am moving tomorrow. The cathedral glows a ghostly white (thanks to the condensation on the window), but the light diminishes silently shortly before midnight.