Once upon a nighttime

During a musical fountain performance in Barcelona. September 2014.

As the last bit of sunlight vanished. Prague. October 2013.

Fire in the night. June 2013.

My friends enduring the cold winter night with me as I went out for night shots.

Somehow, it feels like ages ago.

Charles Bridge, Prague. 3 days before Christmas, 2012.

Make a wish on Charles Bridge. December 2012.

Blog post in response to Weekly Photo Challenge: Nighttime 

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Humility is the way

I will never forget that sentence my dad replied when I told him how hurt I felt, a couple of years ago. He said, “failure doesn’t hurt us, our pride does.”

I took a few seconds for this to sink in.

Why do I despair when I don’t achieve what I strive hard to achieve? Why do I cry in pain when failures strike and negligence felt? Why do I demand attention and rewards in everyday life?

Because I think I DESERVE them. Every cell in my brain cries out in pride for what they think they’re good enough to get! But the Bible is full of reminder for us to be humble, to dress ourselves in humility. By God’s standard, none of us should deserve anything, but He gives us everything we have.

Humility is a difficult trait to put on, and I’m not sure I’ve grasped the essence of it. But today I want to remind myself this hard fact, against the roaring voices of protest from my prideful and rebellious brain cells: “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” (see 1 Peter 5:5), so be humble… that’s what God wants to see in His beloved children. 

p/s I just realised that this photo was explored on Flickr on 23rd January 2013 as #278.  It might not be an extraordinary achievement but I praise God for this encouragement!

Waiting for Christmas

Christmas markets are opened, festive lights and decorations are put on, various Christmas events are coming and the Advent has started… Christmas is just around the corner! I planned to take some Christmas shots but hadn’t had much luck with it, thank God I still have about 2 weeks for that!

And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.
Luke 2:10

 

Discovering beauty in the ordinary

I once discovered a beautiful photo of the Muar River online and I shared it with friends. However, one friend told me, “it only looks nice in the photo, it’s actually dirty and smelly”. Undeniably, it’s very far from being a beautiful river – people don’t buy a bus or flight ticket to come to Muar for the view of the river. But beauty is very subjective. Even a half broken cup looks perfect from the other site. A “perfect” cup may have a small crack at the bottom. It is very true, that we should not turn a blind eye to the bad around us, but  do what we could to correct them. However, isn’t it important too that we stop being so critical at times and try to discover the beauty left in the seemingly boring surroundings?

Learning photography has taught me to focus on the beauty of things. It doesn’t mean to despise the “ugly” and only go for the pretty. It means to believe that we can discover the beauty in even the most ordinary objects, people or scenes. This reminds me of God, the Creator. All His creations are ingeniously beautiful, waiting for us to discover, if only we are willing to.

The Muar Bridge at night

Today, I still think the Muar Bridge and the river can be beautiful!