Sunday, March 01, 2015

Beijing: Day 3.



We ended our last day in Beijing touring the Temple of Heaven and the Summer Palace. It was cloudy and a little icy, so much so that even droplets of water on the ground would freeze up. The Summer Palace would be so beautiful (and crowded) during the warmer seasons; you can even kayak or paddle-boat on the lake. The lake was near frozen when we were there.

The intricate details in every structure in China will never cease to amaze me. All the elderly exercising and playing games in public parks was also one of my favourite things—talk about #fitspo.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Beijing: Day 2.


I've been looking forward to sharing this photo story with you: our day at none other than the Great Wall of China. Again, for some reason, The Great Wall was never high on my list of places to visit. Maybe it's because I'm usually drawn to places of extraordinary natural wonder, as opposed to extraordinary feats of man, but now that I've been, I have no regrets. I've always loved mountain ranges—in fact, one of my very first paintings as a kid was of snow-capped mountains in New Zealand—so I guess standing on something impressively man-made amongst something impressively nature-made ticked all the right boxes. I can only imagine how beautiful it would have been had it been snowing, or had it been spring and summertime.

We were there for about 4 hours, but I wish we had time to stay longer so that we could've climbed the 20th & 21st watchtowers, which had quite a steep incline. Perhaps I'll come back and trek the Wall next time (clearly hadn't had enough of trekking in 2014).

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Beijing: Day 1.



We didn't arrive in Beijing until about 5:30pm. When we met our guide at the airport, he let us know that he had double-checked our hotel's address and drove past it, only to discover it had been closed for renovations for months. We had trouble accessing our booking confirmations and emails because you can't use public wifi in China unless you have a Chinese phone number. Cue a couple of hours of distress and sitting in some pretty terrible Beijing peak hour traffic before everything got sorted and we got to our hotel (thankfully we booked with one that was part of a small chain of hotels), after which we promptly landed face-first into our beds.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Hong Kong: Day 3.



Our third and final day in Hong Kong was spent travelling to Ngong Ping, the little town on the mountain, via cable car. When we got there, we visited the Po Lin monastery and the Tian Tan Buddha (which was kind of perfect, I thought, as this year I will begin yoga teacher training).

It was so deeply peaceful up in the mountains. There were so many people who swarmed to see the Buddha, rushing about, cameras to faces, phones up, pulling each other this way or that to see the next sight; I just wanted to find a minute to be all there, so I did, hiding myself away in the quietest part of the giant circular altar, admiring the expanse before me and the way the light looked from up here. I pretended I was completely and utterly alone and enjoyed that little second of still, silent bliss all to myself. Our trip had been rushed and chaotic in the days since we arrived (and it would continue to be chaotic for many weeks still), so to find even just a second to be completely present, to appreciate everything I had amongst the mountains, meant everything to me.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Hong Kong: Day 1-2.



Finally, five weeks after coming home, I've finished editing photos from the Hong Kong & Beijing portions of my trip. It seems so long ago now, but once more I am glad that my calling was photography, because I get to remember it all so vividly through this: the art of visual storytelling.

I wrote plenty while I was away but there's not a lot I feel like sharing from this first chapter of the trip, so I'll let the photos do what they do best.

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Month-By-Month: January 2015.



Life: blink and you'll miss it. By now, you've probably already had a conversation about how crazy it is that it's already February, and soon it will be March, and on it goes.

Do you remember all those things you told yourself you'd do by this year, or this age? I do; I've achieved a lot and pursued many of my dreams, but what's even better is that there are so many things I never thought I would do that I am now doing. Sometimes you get so caught up in the cycle of dreaming, planning, and doing, you don't get many chances to appreciate what you truly love to do, what you've already accomplished, and all the little things that make your life what it is.

This year, one of my aims is to be more active on this blog. I've always enjoyed writing from a deeper point of view, but I don't often get to share as much as I'd like here between everything else I do outside of the blog, and so I usually only post when I have work to share.

Starting now, I'll be sharing little snaps (from my iPhone, my best friend when it comes to shooting the everyday) in a series called Month-By-Month: a visual way to reconnect with the weeks just passed. Regular reflection is a big part of who I am, but to purposefully document it here will mean that I am forced to take the time to be brought back to the present, to appreciate the past, instead of constantly, hurriedly gunning for the future.

The magic of photos is that they remind you of lots of little things you may have otherwise forgotten, like that really wonderful day you may have had even though there was nothing particularly extraordinary about it. That's life: a brilliant, beautiful summary of all these little things. It's worth remembering, it's worth documenting, and it's worth reflecting on.

If you have a blog, or even an Instagram, I'd love for you to join in and share your monthly memories—please feel free to send me the link to the post or to the photos when you're done so I can see!

Here are some little moments from my January, 2015.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

iPhone Travel Diaries: Beijing.

Beijing via iPhone.





iPhone Travel Diaries: Hong Kong.

A few Hong Kong snaps until I edit the photos from my "big camera".




Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The year to explore: 2014.



Adventure; a thirst to be closer to nature; a ceaseless lust to see more of my city, my home, my world; saying yes to new things; exploring beyond what I believed I could do: all these things were my 2014.

2013 reminded me that I needed to take care of myself; that also meant giving myself space and time to grow, to explore and stay close to all the things that make me glad to be alive. 2014 was about putting all that into practice.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Your Typism 2015 photographer is...

Brush-type by the lovely Jasmine. Photo by yours truly.
In case you missed my announcement on Facebook a month back, I will be the official photographer for Typism Creative Conferences once more! If you didn't attend in 2013, 2015's lineup is a must-see, with talented folk like Jasmine Dowling, Jess Wong, Luke Lucas and more speaking next year. Best of all, this time I won't just be shooting stills, I will also be filming video, so you can relive the day in motion forevermore.

Earlybird tickets are still on sale until December 1. You get a goodie bag and Typism Book 2 with your earlybird ticket (no goodies if you're a late ticket holder!), and there's a $5 discount when you use the code "INSTAGRAM".

If you're crazy about type, you may just want to attend some masterclasses. There's no shortage of inspiration and type-loving with Typism!

I've been lucky enough to work with some of these talented typographers & designers in the past, so if you can't wait until next year, take a look at these creatives behind the scenes.


Type By Hand: Hand-lettering Workshops with Wayne Thompson (Typism 2013 Speaker, founder of Australian Type Foundry).


Behind the scenes with Jasmine Dowling (Typism 2015 Speaker).

Behind the scenes with Aurelie Maron (Typism 2013 Speaker)


Behind the scenes with Dominique Falla (Typism Founder).