February 4, 2016 – Little Monk


Little Monk

A long long time ago, I bought a set of little monks because they look so cute (this is before the craze of the mini action figurines (I don’t even know what it’s called) and they have followed me (and usually on display somewhere throughout several countries, states and cities.  Through it all, though worse for wear some has tiny missing parts – is still part of a fleeting past.

Although I have several of them (a set of 8 – of course) all different pose and actions, this one seems to be most interesting one.  I think it is the sunglasses it was wearing that fascinates me – the juxtaposition of the monk and the sunglasses.


Selfie – this was taken yesterday

February 3, 2016 – Shell


hm – pointy

I don’t remember where or when we got this sea shell.  This is the only one we have and yet it seems quite ubiquitous.  (Yes, I checked and No there is no hermit crab hiding inside.  It is probably not possessed by some hermit crab ghost either – but who knows.  It is not like it will start telling me.) So I decided to take a photo of it and now it will live forever on the internet.


Eye See You Selfie

February 2, 2016 – Bellevue


Bellevue Partial Skyline

More than half the states in the union has a place, city or communities named “Bellevue”.  There is Bellevue in Washington and in Washington DC – talk about confusing.  It is also a popular name in probably more than 10 countries.  The most popular is of course in the United States and it’s not an even an English word.  It is French for “Beautiful Place”.  I couldn’t really pick a bone with the French because this is indeed a beautiful place.


Not a Selfie – March 2013 at The Niagara Glen

February 1, 2016 – It is Better to Light a Candle


It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness

Over the years I have taken and posted quite a few photos of candles.  It would seem like I am big on candles but I really am not.  I seldom have candles at home but when I do, I have this unexplained urge to take a picture of them and then at some point, invariably, I will be compelled to quote “it is better to light a candle than curse the darkness” – weird!

By the way, I don’t know if you have noticed that the quote has been attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt, Confucius, the bible, someone name Adlai Stevenson and a plain-old-catch-all Chinese proverb.  I am too lazy to track down the origin so whomever you think it’s right, is fine by me.  It does sound like something Confucius would say.

On that note, do you realize that you can preface any saying with “Confucius say” and suddenly you sound wiser?  try it – “Confucius say: Man who tell one too many light bulb jokes will soon burn out!”  very wise indeed.



January 31, 2016 – After Rain


Carpe Diem

Wow – day 31 of the project and I am still here.  Anyway one of the first thing I do after I got my coffee in the morning is to look outside of my window – I really like the view.  Rain or shine – it always make me feels good about living in the pacific northwest.  I don’t have the view of the mountains like a lot of people with a better standard of living – but I got it alright.

This morning after an overnight rain, you can see the sun is just peeking out behind the clouds and through the wet window – promising a day to be seized.  Some people would complain about it and some would cherish it.  If you think about it, the day is quite agnostic.  It doesn’t try to be good or bad.  It doesn’t try to be anything – it just be.  It is us that decide whether today is going to be great day or a hump day.  It is all within us, our choice.  Choose wisely.



January 30, 2016 – Vibrant (Weekly Photo Challenge)


To the towers

It has been a while since I participated in this weekly photo challenge, and I think it is a good idea for me to restart this too – This week’s topic for the weekly photo challenge by “The Daily Post” is “Vibrant”

I was taking a walk downtown Seattle around the King Street Station.  My original intent was to try to photograph the Centurylink stadium (I did take some pictures) but I ended choosing this random street photo because the three vibrant red cars caught my eyes so here it is.

Obviously I cheated on the selfie photo below.  I am not a Dalek and even though that Dalek may have taken Manhattan, there is no Dalek in Seattle.  The shape of this gate looks very much like a Dalek and I can’t help myself – so I photoshopped my other selfie (from yesterday’s post) – onto the shape here.

By the way, the sign that says “No Motorized Vehicles Allowed on Plaza” just perfect for the Dalek pun.  Exterminate!  Exterminate!


Selfie Dalek

January 29, 2016 – Green


New Growth

Today I went to Mercer Island Community Center to take some pictures.  You know, they don’t call this place “emerald city” for no reason.  Everywhere you see, almost any time of the year, you can see evergreen scenery all around you.  Even in the deep dark winter – you can always find your spot of green to hold on to.  A promise that a new hope, new growth is waiting just around the corner.




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