Be kind



Frankly i just can’t take it when i see some people trying to make a living in the streets and have no customers. The purpose of writing this is just to share my thoughts on this and not as a boastful post or self righteous pump.
For some, earning is not that hard, decent jobs, a shelter to live in, a car or motorcycle and we could afford to splash once a while on gadgets. When walking on the streets, i often see some folks struggling to make a living, selling cakes, noodles, desaturated belts and other items.
These people need to eat too, have a family or kids to take care of and maybe due to lack of education or certs, unable to secure a moderate income.

I personally can’t take it, not because i am trying to sound like a pompous “holier than thou” asshole, but i believe its because i tried hard not to ignore or close my eyes. I believe everyone would feel the same. On the other hand realistically i can’t keep pretending i am actually helping when i know the truth is there is just not enuf $$$ to go giving around.
While i have not much sympathy for people who just beg for money or food being fully limbed and too lazy to work, i am totally defenseless for those who does work or tried to, but hard.

In the pictures above, i been observing the nice cafe that sells tea “jeju tea” instead of coffee but then i saw this aunty selling snacks and ramen outside. After 30 minutes while my wife still scours the cosmetic shops nearby, i noticed nobody really buy from this aunty.
I told my kid, do u want to eat ramen? actually we just had dinner like 30 minutes ago, but knowing that my kid loves ramen, its a way for me to help that aunty without being too obvious.

While she was cooking, wife joined in with the kid for the meal.
I took one of the skewered snacks that was boiling there and tried it too.

Ramen cost 3000 won, the skewer 700 won. U know how much was a cup of the jeju tea? 6000 won.

I wish there is a better world for everyone.

Busan & the traveling photographer

Sometimes when viewing photos of tours uploaded by good folks, i often feel disappointed that given such a beautiful location, the photos are taken in a bad way.

Three of the most common mistakes are :
1. There is a beautiful scene and the person, subject instead occupies the middle of the screen, effectively blocking the whole scene.
2. Putting the subject in front of a scene and back focused on the scene, creating an awkward blurry photo of the subject
3. Photos that are just repeatedly the same taken by everyone else.

Since photos are memories preserved for sharing and viewing, perhaps its best when traveling couples or friends hire a photographer to go with them instead, photographing the whole journey. This can be done without even posing.

Anyway i am in Busan as we speaks, i am still surprised that i am not able to find any models in Busan via modelmayhem for collaboration nor do i know the language here enuf to go around. But the good news is that i am with family, so some reluctant voluntary modeling by wife and kids are required wuahhahaha.

I don’t have my editing machine here, so these photos are as it is, jpeg out of camera, at most some quick tweaks via iphoto in ipad.

Arriving at busan, waiting at the bus stop just outside the airport. Bus no.1 will take us to Westin Chosun, a fantastic hotel.

Outside the hotel i saw some children walking towards a nearby park, the park is so near to the hotel and is good for 20 minutes of walk surrounded by green shrubs and breezy air.

Now did i mentioned breezy? I kinda like this kind of image,

One of the decoration inside the hotel that caught my attention.




Now Rodrigue of Xvario have been talking about “Cinematic” feel that the camera often produce. I am not sure i understand but i do feel some of the images here produces the “cinematic” feel that i like.



This is mr.Jang, is the name right ??, he is a senior citizen providing voluntary services of explaining to visitors at Beomeosa temple. It’s free, he is doing this just to burn time. Pls say hi to him if you visit this place.

A perculiar looking korean aunty in red clothing. Taken inside the subway, the Xvario is quite a stealthy tool.




A visit to the Cat cafe is a pleasing experience. The cats here are huge and docile.



This is just right outside the hotel. The light is pretty bad actually, bordering on flat and cloudy.

I notice a lot of elderly people walks around Westin Chosun hotel, this old lady saw my kid and wanted to talk to her just asking about where she is from and generally i feel that she is lonely. I offered to take a photo of her with my kid and she quickly agree. After we walked away i notice she left that place also, i do feel a bit sad for her and wonder if this is how she spend her morning walks, while her children are probably in Seoul.

You won’t miss this mermaid by the sea, its just a brief walk from the hotel.

I am not exactly a fan of shopping malls so there i didn’t take any, will be sharing more photos and maybe edit some for a more powerful feel later today.