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Flowers and Us

"Just living is not enough, one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower"
Hans Christian Andersen

Flowers symbolise a lot of thing, life, love, beauty, purity, and other meaning that we attached to them. You'll see ton of them in many wedding party, many valentines, and many other occasions where words fail to capture the sentiment. They have, to some extent, allow us to be lazy in saying what we meant. It is easier to give a bouquet of flower to say you're sorry, than talk about it. Or to say you love your other half, without the needs of rearranging your thought in poem, well-written letters, or whispers before the two of you go to bed.

But ain't them pretty?

Hiroshima, Lest We Forget

IMG_7990 This is the eve before the bomb was dropped in Hiroshima, 71 years ago. The bomb was detonated mid air, just 150 meters from the Prefectural Industrial Promotional Hall, or now known as Genbaku (A-Bomb) Dome. The building, designed by Jan Etzel, maintain its structural integrity, even though the bomb itself incinerated an area of 1 mile radius, killing 70,000 to 80,000 people, almost a third of Hiroshima population at the time.

The event still incites debates today, with many people doubting the necessity of dropping such bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki to secure victory for the allies. The more important thing is to realise, that innocent people have always been the victim of war or act of terrorism. Here to world peace, a cry to save humanity, in hope we can accept everyone as they are, fellow human being. 

Welcoming a Little One

One day, my teacher posed the class with this question,"What would you do, should an alien race come to this world, to say that we welcome them with peace?". We were 14 or 15 years old, and at that age, we thought it was cooler to have a space fight a la Star Wars.

He continued on, "We should send a couple with their baby as our ambassadors, because baby is a symbol of love", and as an easily impressed kids, we were looking at him with awe. It was SO deep, (that Adele might roll in it).

Today, I know that it's not necessarily true, some babies arrived due to circumstances, some get the wrong gender, and risked getting hated (or terminated) by their own parents. It might make someone a bit cynical, especially in a world where over-population is a major concern.

But, here we are, finding some of our friends, great people who has been waiting for a little one all their life. We are so happy to know, that these babies will come into a loving family, even though the parents' eyes is tinged with blood colour due to all the loss of sleep. In this circumstances, a celebratory welcoming, is indeed fitting. We hope you, little one, and your parents, really live, laugh, and more importantly, love. 

Around Tokyo, Day 1, First time in Japan

Owl is a sign of good luck, that's why you will see a lot of Owl charm in Japan
I've never been to Japan before. For me the country was amazing, rich with folklore, cultural importance and such originality that shapes many things in our life, and it definitely in my country to visit list. However, admittedly the decision to visit the country is not something that come easily. Japan is well known as an expensive country to visit, and at the time 2 weeks seems inadequate to enjoy all the country has to offer. 

We got our first break when we found this cheap ticket, a return ticket for a fraction of its normal price, albeit with prolonged transit time in Hanoi. Next, E's insistence to assure me that everything won't really put a hole in our pocket (it kinda did, a bit) actually sway me, and here we go, enjoying 2 weeks at this beautiful country. At the end of our time here, I made a promise to visit this country again in the future. 

This post is a starting point of many more to come that documented of our 14 days journey. In this series some of the pictures are taken by E (from Everyday Edwina), so I would acknowledge that up front. 

The winter was not in full swing yet, this tree thought it was still autumn
This truck played a loud music "Vanilla, vanilla, vanilla!"
Change your perspective, there are a lot of unique things abound
An accordion shaped building
Takeshita Dori - too crowded to walk
The Japanese has it all thought out, this is their meaning of life :p
Asahi, perhaps number 1 beer in Japan?
Shibuya Crossing, not so crowded that day.
The promotion girl, bracing the element to invite us to come in

Happy New Year!

DSCF0512 Happy New Year for all my readers! Thank you for your visit to my website (by accident or otherwise, even though I suspect the former).

So here is a few new year resolution that I made in relation to my photography work.

1. Submit more pictures to Dreamstime, at least once a week.
2. Create a new project, at least once a month
3. Post more regularly to this blog. 

Well, that's that. I also want to be able to sell some of my pictures through my blog, however, I'm not sure that anyone would buy it. So if you feel like to get some prints, do let me know :)
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