There are galaxies in my omlet!




“Why frown when you can SMILE?”

Here’s loads of quotes that will convince you why you should smile!

“A warm smile is the universal language of kindness ” ― William Arthur Ward

“It takes a lot of energy to be negative. You have to work at it. But smiling is painless. I’d rather spend my energy smiling” ― Eric Davis (former MLB star and cancer survivor)

Smile, it’s the key that fits the lock on everyone’s hearts.

“When I look out at the people and they look at me and they’re smiling, then I know that I’m loved. That is the time when I have no worries, no problems.” ― Etta James

“People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be.” ― Abraham Lincoln

“Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.” ― Mother Teresa

“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” ― Dalai Lama

“I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection.” ― Leonardo da Vinci

“I was smiling yesterday, I am smiling today and I will smile tomorrow. Simply because life is too short to cry for anything.”
― Santosh Kalwar, Quote Me Everyday

“Anyone who has a continuous smile on his face conceals a toughness that is almost frightening.”
― Greta Garbo

“You’ll find that life is still worthwhile, if you just smile.”
― Charles Chaplin

“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”
― Dr. Seuss

Smile photo link:

Hopelessly HIGH…on Optimism

Hey guys,

Here are some quotes and images to multiply your optimism 10 folds!

“Only those who attempt the absurd can achieve the impossible.”  – Albert Einstein

“The optimist lives on the peninsula of infinite possibilities; the pessimist is stranded on the island of perpetual indecision.” 
― William Arthur Ward

“Pessimists are usually right and optimists are usually wrong but all the great changes have been accomplished by optimists.” Thomas Friedman

“I’m a pessimist because of intelligence, but an optimist because of will.” Antonio Gramsci

“People who are too optimistic seem annoying. This is an unfortunate misinterpretation of what an optimist really is.

An optimist is neither naive, nor blind to the facts, nor in denial of grim reality. An optimist believes in the optimal usage of all options available, no matter how limited. As such, an optimist always sees the big picture. How else to keep track of all that’s out there? An optimist is simply a proactive realist.

An idealist focuses only on the best aspects of all things (sometimes in detriment to reality); an optimist strives to find an effective solution. A pessimist sees limited or no choices in dark times; an optimist makes choices.

When bobbing for apples, an idealist endlessly reaches for the best apple, a pessimist settles for the first one within reach, while an optimist drains the barrel, fishes out all the apples and makes pie.

Annoying? Yes. But, oh-so tasty!”
― Vera NazarianThe Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

What is THIS again?

This past Sunday, S. and I decided to drop in G.’s photography class.  I was expecting a small group of students but when I walked into the old elementary school classroom, where the lectures were held, I was wrong.  The windowed classroom with an old chalkboard and an overhead projector screen overlay, housed around 30 or more photography students.  In the front was a petite, Vietnamese man in his 70s, wearing a dark brown sweater with a simple crisscross white pattern and black trousers.   As we snuck in, I was a bit taken back by the words I overheard the teacher spoke.  It wasn’t the broken Vietnamese that I usually sputter out when I spoke to my parents.  It was fluent Vietnamese.  His spoke with poetic phrases and imagery that I could “see” the things he was explaining.  I was drawn to his monologue.  As I struggled to understand the new Vietnamese words, I would be thrown off course occasionally by the spontaneous English words that would be cleverly hidden in the Vietnamese sentences from time to time.  To show in reverse language, he would say something like, “to learn photography, you must “hieu” the basics.”   I would be like, wait, what?  Oh, that’s Vietnamese.  (By the way, “hieu” means “to understand.”)  Even though I could only understand about 2/3 of the lecture, my poor friend, S., had trouble understanding the ENTIRE lecture.  She’s not Vietnamese, but half British, half Irish.  🙂  ( G. and I didn’t leave her in the dark.  We explained to her what was going on from time to time. )

Occasionally, I would do a quick glance around the classroom.  These Asian photography students were twice our years in age and wisdom.  They filled the room with high spirits and zeal for learning.  This comfortable and enthusiastic atmosphere reminded me of how little enthusiasm I had when I was a college student.  I wondered if it’s the topic or maybe these students REALLY enjoyed learning…even on a Sunday?  Eh, possibly both?

From the lecture, I learned that Conceptual Photography is an effective method to convey an idea to the audience.  It is very powerful if used well.  One of the questions the professor asked was, “Should our photographs show what we took or what we feel from our hearts?”  We all quietly waited to hear his answer.  He explained, we should let our hearts guide us through taking the photographs and communicate the ideas or issues to the viewers.  He also said that the challenging parts in doing conceptual photography are picking a topic and coming up with ideas on how to take the photographs.  “If the audience doesn’t understand the photograph, then you fail to convey the idea to the audience.  Don’t just take a picture of a toilet and expect others to understand.” the professor stated.  Photography is like drawing,or painting, or writing, all need us to creatively and cleverly express ourselves to others.

One of the interesting images he showed us was this one beautiful, abstract looking photograph.  My first thought was silk cloth in water?  What do you guys think?
Can you guess what it is?

Believe it or not, it’s a plastic bag!!  If you take a second look, you can see that this is a ripped, and EXTREMELY old plastic bag.  Who knows how long it wandered aimlessly on this earth before this photographer rescued it?  Huang Xu, the photographer, had transformed this old, trash bag into a beautiful piece of art.  The teacher pointed out that this addressed the issue of pollution.  Something as permanent like this plastic bag can stay on this earth “forever.”   We can throw these plastic bags out in five seconds, and their existence seem to disappear from our lives, and yet, they are still here.  Perhaps I should reconsider throwing out plastic utensils and bags…and recycle them… ( my guilty conscience is now nagging me, thanks Huang Xu.  Just kidding. )

After this class, I want to take conceptual photographs of my own!  I will post my work up soon!

I hope that these images can inspire you to go out and create your own conceptual photographs!

Be positive?

I must admit, I’m addicted to Facebook.

What’s your interpretation of this image?