Sep 25, 2015 – [Friday] Anything Goes: Mirror of the heart

Glasgow, Scotland, taken on September 25, 2015

The church activity tonight, called “Mirror of the Heart”, had each of us choose two photo cards from a big deck, one to describe oneself before coming to Glasgow and the other to describe oneself after coming. Here were my choices. I wrote a summary in Chinese, but essentially, the “before” photo shows me as a bird trapped in the comforts of home and longing again to be free after indulging in 3 years of an European adventure. The tug-of-war between staying and flying away again escalated until I decided to leave – which brings me to the “after”. Within this year in Glasgow, I understood the significance of true, genuine relationships and how important it is to build them and maintain them. It takes a lot of time and energy, but most of all, it takes that one word: heart. I believe God put people around me so that meaningful relationships can be built, and I am willing to invest more effort into building these relationships so that I can be a source of help and comfort to those I love and care about ❤

Jul 07, 2015 – [Tuesday] Black & White: Miroir de Bordeaux

Bordeaux, France, taken on April 24, 2011

The first time I managed to take a decent photo of the reflection of la Place de la Bourse at the Miroir d’Eau was when I figured out that the “night scene” mode on my old point-and-shoot camera could do wonders. It was no high-tech DSLR, but the result was already better than what I had anticipated – and the black and white version looks even more stunning! (See the original photo in colour.)

May 18, 2015 – [Monday] The Places I Called Home: Foliage

Toronto, Canada, taken on October 16, 2014

For the first 10+ years that I had been a resident of Toronto, I had taken its autumn foliage for granted, not fulling immersing in its awe until 2014. And you really don’t have to go too far to enjoy the colour-changing scenery – a 15-minute drive from Scarborough takes you to Moccasin Trail Park, right by the DVP, where you could find the rainbow bridge. The hidden pond in the midst of the park is also a pleasant surprise as it reflects, with perfect symmetry, the stupendous colours of the foliage. What a treat!