Three stray thoughts and two observations

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#1: Watching the flights I wanted to book got sold out before my eyes felt like… being abandoned by a space ship that is taking people away from a doomed planet.

#2: Half of my time in the office was spent getting up to close the door (too much of the cold air from the hallway has come into the room!) and sitting down to continue my work and then getting up again to open the door (now it gets too stuffy!) and sitting down again to continue my work. Ahh winter, what should I do with you.

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The Power of Vulnerability

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“Courage,” said Brene Brown, “is from the Latin word cor, meaning heart. The original definition is to tell the story of who you are with your whole heart.”

A friend sent me a link to Brown’s Ted talk on the Power of Vulnerability last weekend when we were engaging in a conversation about doubtfulness and unworthiness. (We agreed that the cold, cold winter played its trick on us to some extent.) I watched the video and found these messages interesting:

“There is only one variable that separates people who have a a strong sense of love and belonging and the people who really struggle for it, and that is the people who have a a strong sense of love and belonging believe they are worthy of love and belonging. That’s it. They believe they are worthy.”

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Great Advice

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When I was whining about an upcoming, seemingly difficult task and my desire to just run away from it, my dear friend reminded me that “sometimes it is not a choice we can make.”

I guess I am too overwhelmed by all those motivational messages in the realm of social media that encourage us to just soldier on and tell us everything will turn out fine. I am just not that brave, you know? I am too scared to face the challenges squarely. Therefore, my friend’s straightforward advice that sometimes you just do not have another option is, strangely, liberating.

Because nope, there isn’t a way to back away from this unpleasant task, and so the only way to put it behind you is to tackle it and get it over and done with. And it’s okay to carry all the reluctance and fear in the world with you. I will not even strive for perfection. I just want to cross it off the list and declare “done.”

 

Petronas Twin Towers

My camera loves the Petronas Twin Towers. Actually, I did not realise that until I flipped through my repository recently, and was surprised at the amount of shots I’d taken of this national icon.

Over the years of working as a press photographer, I have had so many opportunities to see the Twin Towers from different angles. The higher you get, the better the shot. My favourite spot is the rooftop of a 15-storey condo – it is the perfect place to take in the structure’s majesty.

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Sad

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She was telling me painful stories from her past. She swam in a pool of memories and retrieved sad tales from the deepest region, while I concentrated on fishing for the vegetables and mushrooms in the pot of boiling, clear soup in front of me. The evening sun was setting, casting shadows on the succulents mounted on the wall. We were the only customers in this Chinese hot pot restaurant.

I just couldn’t look her in her eyes, because if I do, I would be the one who cried.

Rings

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Over the years I have accumulated a variety of rings, mostly chunky, statement rings from craft markets, but recently I have developed a liking for handmade silver rings that are dainty and thin.

They are simple, modest, understated and versatile. I like to stack them together casually, and they get along with each other fairly well.

This mountain ring is from: Laugh Night

Frozen Bubbles

It’s hypnotising to see the pretty patterns swimming into existence to the crisp tunes of an ice cube rattling in a glass.

Warsaw-based Photographer and videographer Pablo Zaluska wrote on Bored Panda that he produced this to convince his three-year-old daughter that winter is really cold and so she should put her jacket on.

“It wasn’t easy to capture those bubbles because only around 5-10% of them didn’t break instantly and as you can imagine it was a challenge to be patient at -15 Celsius. But it was worth it because now that my daughter has seen it, winter is magic for her,” he said.

Well, winter is magic for me, too, after watching this. 🙂