All posts tagged: Beijing

Scaling the Great Wall

“After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb”. ~ Nelson Mandela Scaling the Great Wall via Badaling Route This UNESCO World Heritage Site is very touristy and congested in the Badaling route from Beijing. It may be a little difficult to recognize from the serene pictures you see on the net and books. For a photographer, it becomes a feat trying to find a spot to capture its “zen-like” ruins, without being pushed or diverted by a shuffling crowd.  Not recommended for those suffering from vertigo and fear of heights. Then again, you will encounter a whole family gently holding on to a grandmother who looks to be a hundred, nimbly stepping on very steep stone pavements, while a throng of tourists are hyperventilating and waiting behind them.

Reload 025: Hand in Hand (Ma Li and Zhai Xiaowei with missing limbs)

RELOAD,  REFRESH, RESTART  025 –  It’s what we do in our computers.  So with life, we take a break.  If all else fails, reformat. Sit back, relax and enjoy my favorite video reposts. 🙂 What makes you ponder right after watching this beautiful piece of art, is that you will begin to run out of excuses on why you can’t pursue your own dreams and succeed. From a CCTV Dance Contest emerged a stunning performance by two persons with disabilities, Ma Li and Zhai Xiaowei, whose loss of limbs from separate car accidents didn’t stop them from shining.  She was a promising ballerina and he was a cyclist for the national special Olympics. She invited him to be her dance partner.  He has never danced before.  The training was very tough.  In 2007  they won the Silver Medal in China’s national dance competition — out of 7,000 competitors. Find their story here or anywhere on the net. But first, watch their moving and winning performance.

Water Cube in Beijing, China © Jojie Alcantara

The Water Cube

The Water Cube in Beijing, China National Aquatic Centre for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China The Beijing National Aquatics Center, also known as the Water Cube, was built alongside Beijing National Stadium (Bird’s Nest) in the Olympic Green for the swimming competitions of the 2008 Summer Olympics. Despite its nickname, the building is not an actual cube, but a cuboid (a rectangular box).

Self-portrait in Beijing

Capturing solitude

“People spend a lifetime searching for happiness; looking for peace. They chase idle dreams, addictions, religions, even other people, hoping to fill the emptiness that plagues them. The irony is the only place they ever needed to search was within”. ~ Ramona L. Anderson

The walls of wonder

“There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million.”~ Walt Streightiff En route to the Great Wall of China in Beijing, I noticed these mystical mountains where the manmade wonders are perched delicately, and thought about how beautiful the world has been long before we even decorated it. Shot from inside the moving van with a Panasonic Lumix point and shoot camera. The view was surreal, like a breathtaking illusion.

No points for McGrady

Back from an official event from another hotel, Kris and I were so tired and raring to have one of those foot massages when our companions met us in the lobby excitedly. What was the commotion about? An NBA basketball player is coming in town and checking into our hotel, was the buzz.  My ears perked. I stopped watching since Jordan so I wouldn’t know of anybody except for the names I heard being called on the Playstation game.  Oh, and of course, that Bryant boy. So who was this Tracy McGrady guy? No idea, except that I saw these boys waiting for him holding huge photos and placards. They were huge fans who were waiting to get a glimpse of him and I didn’t know for how long. My feet were aching and longing for a massage but I chatted with them for a bit, and told him my boys back home were NBA fans as well, but I wasn’t sure if McGrady was on their list, too. One particular boy caught my heart …