If you were given this bicycle as a gift, would you be thankful? I probably won’t… appreciate it as much as the local pastors working in remote villages of China. This is how they travel from one house church to the next among the hundreds they are serving. Instead of walking for 6 hours, they can ride their bicycle and get there in less than 2 hours. Are they thankful for this bicycle? You bet!
No, this is not taken in the sixties on the flower child; it’s the year 2012 in China! Could this be an expression of a free spirit? Where have the girl gone? Gone to swim everyone. When will they ever learn? When will they ever learn? A spirit can only be free in Jesus!
I was traveling; I was tired; I was brought into this hotel; I was not given a choice. I flopped down in the lobby lounge area waiting to be check-in. As I looked up, lo and behold, there is this humongous wall mural of a Chinese idol painted 5 stories high on one side of the building. I was impressed by the artwork, yet overwhelmed by a sense of powerful superstition in this city of Dali. If you look closely at the picture, you will see a lady leaning against the balcony of the 4th floor. You can have sense of the scale how big, really big this mural is!
This girl’s everyday life is working in this small shop, displaying herself for the tourists walking by. I am so glad my life everyday is a bit different, no routine, no set office hours… some said I am living it up. Yes, I am grateful for the variety of my everyday life!
It’s easy to pick a photo that is unfocused since my tiny camera cannot focus anything close up and I have plenty of those photos, but I decided on this one taken at dust somewhere in China where people are gathered in a plaza exercising together. It is impossible for me to focus since they are moving faster than my shutter.
Mahjong is a very popular game among Chinese, it takes four to play together. People usually play at someone’s house because most of the time it involves money and it can go on and on for a long time. A friendly game of Mahjong can provide an opportunity for the elderly to passed their time as well as to gossip. I took this photo because it was the first time I saw it played outdoors in a park in China. Notice how these ladies came prepared!
I am submitting a second photo taken at a shopping mall in Hong Kong today because it depicts together in a very different way. Young and old in any cosmopolitan city might feel like they are together with others or themselves in front of a monitor.
I wasn’t thinking about textures, patterns, or framing when I took this picture maybe I wanted to tell a story with it. As I search for a photo to depict celebration I’ve chosen this one because of the symbolic meanings behind it. The cross that Jesus crucified on was constructed out of trees and the craved heart is the reason for it. It’s a celebration of love, death, and resurrection. It’s a celebration of eternal life pass down from generations to you and me!