Macau

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Quick update

Sorry for not posting for a month… I had been super busy again with shoots and post production.  I will be back on track pretty soon and would share some of the wonderful photos I took by backdating the blog post to where they chronologically belong.  Obviously I am poor at time-management.  >_<

Time really flies and the month of August has just begun!   I am again, taking a look at my 2009 resolution and it seems that my progress didn’t turn out as I intended.  One of my main resolution items is to serve at least 100 families via my Beautifulmoments Project.  7 months passed and I am not even 1/2 way there!!  This makes me feel bad.  If any of you are working at hospitals, elderly homes, NGOs, orphanage, or are social workers whom you think your organization can make use of my volunteering service, please contact me.    My Beautifulmoments project’s aim is to bring smiles and memories through my lens to the community.  If you know any families or clients who would value this little personal gift from me, please contact me for more information.   I just hope to give them some valuable memories on print that would one day bring a smile.  My target are those who otherwise cannot have a set of professional family pictures on their own due to physical conditions, health condition, financial conditions, or just wouldn’t have this thought in the first place on their own but would happily accept if offer such opportunity).  My information is also being posted on Ho-Sum.org’s Do Good Offers (ID: happymoments, DGN200810150911012).

There are so many things I want to do.. so little time.  Instead of prioritizing my to-do list, I actually spend a little time to re-prioritize my life recently!  Thus, please expect some changes coming!  My shift will be towards more community works and limit the quantity of commercial shoots I take.

Get into the twitter hype

I had heard about it for so long and never really know what it was about. Well, the other day I had decided to join Twitter. I must say that it is a great tool to pull us (i.e.: me and you) closer together. You can ‘follow’ the people that you are interested in and receive instant update that answers the question “What are you doing?” right now. It is somewhat similar to rss newsfeed but just that you get all the news on same page, and the news are from real people that you know. You can post pictures and links via tools such as Twitpic or TinyUrl instantly via your phone to keep your followers updated. I followed some best friends, some photographers, vendors, business partners, plus some people / ezines that I am interested in.

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I know at times I thought this seems like a pointless (or 無聊) habit… like why would someone care about what I do… like what I eat or who did I have lunch with. but actually, after joining nearly 2 weeks, it feels so good to have just few good friends up there that really cared. It is quite fun that I can check what they do everyday despite we are miles apart.

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Another photographer posted a video on how Twitter impacted his life. [B]ecker is one of my favorite wedding photographers. His website and portfolio is amazing, and elegantly inspirational.

Oprah Winfrey also mentioned Twitter on her show on April 17, 2009… Twitter’s server went down the next day due to sudden increase of new signups. She actually got 36,800+ new followers the next day.–> more details on this article “Oprah will kill Twitter, right?”

Happymoments Facebook Group

Twitter has its power, just like Facebook. As a daily Facebook user myself, I think these two are really good tools to connect with people. If you are on Facebook, please join my newly launched group “Happymoments | Modern Children’s Portraiture“. :) Some useful resources will be send to all members periodically about photography and children.


Hello Okinawa

During the Chinese New Year holiday, I went to Okinawa with my mom, sister and two aunts. Basically, every year I would have a family vocation during Chinese New Year times… it has became a yearly thing. This time, we went to Okinawa for 5 days! This place (IMO) doesn’t feels too much like Japan. It felt like Hawaii. Well, even Hawaii has more Japanese than this low populated Okinawa island. Besides stuffing ourselves with 3 buffet meals everyday (yes, we joined tour), the biggest highlight was that we have the opportunity to witness the whales. I will post a few photos up to share with you ’soon’. I should find time to update all pictures in my blog pretty soon.

Happy New Year!!! + some thoughts

I would like to take this day to wish everybody a SUPERB 2009, with everything that you dream of come true, flowing right at you like a stream this year! I think when it comes to life, the most important thing is happiness. What makes our life happy may seems to depends on some external factors such as someone, something, some experiences, or some expectations fulfilled. In life, many of us would try to seek for things that appeared to be missing and we would go searching for it all around, and hoping to finally find it in order for us to become happy. But in truth, the ultimate way to happiness and to bring in more happiness in your everyday life, I believe, is to seek no where and enjoy the moment of now. What we have today, at this moment is already happiness itself. Look inside, and take the moment to feel happiness from within, not without. I always forget to stop. I basically work non-stop, sometimes, quite stressed out with work, deadlines, and schedules. I hadn’t stop, occupying myself with doingness but not beingness. I was basically too busy to feel the moment. Only when I am at a relaxed state (usually very late at night, while volunteering, or photographing) would I truly feel my own self and soul. As I do and stop and feel the moment from my heart, I would be touched by my own life, grateful for what I am doing at this moment in time. I must remind myself to stop more frequently. A little secret is that I do remembered to feel the moment everytime while I am photographing children and families. I TRULY enjoyed each moments.

Tonight, I had take the moment to look back. I am very happy for the things that happened to me in year 2008. The people I met, the wonderful clients, the opportunities that was asked for, came in front of my eyes, and was able to grab hold of, the wonderful books that I came across, my lovely cats, the message and insights I received from the people I met, last but not least…the problems that came to me that made me think hard and improve my life. Thank you!

I believe everything happens for a reason, despite who and what came to my life. They are there to improve my journey. And I am grateful. I would like to sincerely thank that special someone up there who is always looking after me in ALL WAYS :) Thank you.

As a summary of my highest point in 2008, was my Easter trip to China with SRACP, visiting 5 village schools and doing volunteering service for the children. I was in total joy during those few days, and I would never forget the moments.

I had decided to have a break and relax from Jan 14- Feb 14, 2009 inclusive. I would not take in new shoots during this period. The post-processing, proofs, pre-booked photoshoots, and photos that are due would not be affected by this ‘holiday’.  Email inquiries would also be answered as usual (please allow slower response time during the official Chinese New Year holiday, which is Jan 25-Feb 6, as marked on my booking calendar on my website).

I believe I need some time off to think, seriously reorganize my workflow (so there would be less delays), and seeks a smarter way to deliver the beautiful photos I captured to my clients in a much more timely manner.

I am very proud of my dad!

My dad had just received the “2008 Hong Kong Jewelry Industry Outstanding Achievement Award” today, awarded by the HKJMA (Hong Kong Jewelry Manufacturers’ Association). I am so proud of my dad and my whole family went to HKCEC to cheer for him at the gala dinner. I will share some photos of the event and my daddy with you all soon!