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Mexico by john cheng

 Photo by Melissa C.

Photo by Melissa C.

Back in July, I had the opportunity to go on vacation with my wife and some good friends. If I'm completely honest, I build up a lot of anxiety before leaving on a trip like this. The idea that I'll be gone for x amount of time not being able to check emails and respond to clients, knowing that I'll be sitting around without my computer rather than being productive working on a project, or other similar thoughts creep into my head and give me nightmares about missing my Geometry final back in high school (a common anxiety nightmare that I have). 

But in spite of that, once the trip starts, I'm able to unwind and relax like I ought to. I was able to spend quality time with my wife and friends, allow my mind to wander and think about nothing, and drink beer to my hearts content. Now that I'm back, I'm just counting the days until my next vacation.

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Nisei Week - Little Tokyo, Los Angeles by john cheng

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This past weekend I was able to attend the Nisei Week parade for the first time in the past 6-7 years that I've lived here. Why it's taken me so long to attend one? I have no excuse. But thanks Sean W. for inviting me to tag along with you.

With the little that I observed on Sunday, I was slapped pretty hard with a bout of nostalgia remembering the Taiwanese festivals that my parents used to take me to. They were no where near as large as Nisei Week's festivities and there was definitely no parade, but they both exuded the same feeling. A sense of identity and belonging in a country where, even though you were born and raised here, you didn't quite fit in. Not 100% American and not 100% (place ethnicity here) in my case Taiwanese.

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Watching my friend interact with his fellow Japanese-American friends whom he's grown up with attending Nisei Week, Obon, and other festivals really made me yearn for the days where I also had that connection and camaraderie. Why I feel it is currently missing from my life is a whole story on it's own that I'll save for another time. 

At the end of it all I can only say thank you to all of the people who realize the importance of keeping cultural traditions alive for all to witness. Without you, the 2nd generation and on would never have a grasp on where we came from and how far we've come. 

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Disneyland with Good Friends by john cheng

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Sometimes I get so caught up in what I assume my life should be like, such as working toward building a successful business/career, that I forget to enjoy life and the people around me. I forego hanging out with family and friends because I feel I should be working harder. 

Originally I was going to skip out on this Disney trip with my friends to work some more and catch up on much needed rest. But then I reminded myself that at this very moment in time, I'm the youngest that I'll ever be. I may be tired, but I'll just be more tired as time progresses. Why wait to enjoy life when I can enjoy the present?

I was tired the next day, but it was worth every minute.Here's to hanging out with my friends more and not worrying too much over what will happen tomorrow.

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Rethink Homelessness by john cheng

How do we explain homelessness to children? Have you ever thought about it? Do you tell them that it's because they're bad people? Do you tell them that it's because they didn't go to school and get an education? That they're all crazy? How many assumptions have we made about people that we have never talked to? How often do we really think about their stories and the hardships that they have gone through? Are you really as nice and compassionate as you think you are? I'm definitely guilty of this and everyday I hope that I can grow to be more compassionate and understanding.

Leica 45-min Ad: The Most Boring Ad Ever? by john cheng

This is a Leica ad that runs for 45 minutes. I can't tell if it's a genius concept, or completely ridiculous. I'm on the fence...but honestly I couldn't watch the whole thing.

But also, it's actually someones job to sit and polish all day! Think about it...kind of makes your job look less boring now doesn't it.

'Bliss' The Wallpaper of Windows XP by john cheng

The most viewed image, 'Bliss,' the wallpaper of Microsoft Windows XP was photographed and not photoshopped by Charles O’Rear. Amazing!

From today on Microsoft will no longer support Windows XP. The one thing everybody will always remember of Windows XP is desktop image 'Bliss', with it's green rolling hills and bluer than blue sky. Doesn't the most viewed picture of all times asks for a worthy goodbye? We certainly think so!

Irony in Ai Wei Wei's Vases by john cheng

Maximo Caminero, while visiting the Perez Art Museum in Miami, was charged with criminal mischief after breaking the $1m vase in the Ai Wei Wei exhibit. According to Caminero, the reason for his actions was to protest against the museum for not showing enough local artist work.

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The irony in this is that Chinese artist Ai Wei Wei has artwork up at the exhibition where he himself is dropping a Han Dynasty Urn. Wei Wei's justification of the entire scenario is that he owned the vases he smashed where as Caminero destroyed property of someone else.

This whole thing is quite funny to me and while I am a big fan of Ai Wei Wei, I would have thought him to applaud Caminero on his 'performance protest.'

What do you think?

JR Creates Large Scale Photo Installation of NYC Ballet Dancers by john cheng

NYCB (New York City Ballet) has French Street artist/photographer JR create a giant photo installation of the dancers of NYCB.

Time Traveling Photography by john cheng

Photographer Chino Otsuka has figured out how to travel through space and time! Well, through Photoshop that is. When i saw these images, they blew me away! The detail in her photo manipulation is impeccable as well as the composition. What a great way to remember the past while being in the present as well as juxtaposing the growth both physically and mentally between her younger self and present self. Brilliant!