This photoblog documents the thoughts of Jonathan SC Yang – about living in a city, what it does to him, and how he responds to his surroundings. Jonathan resides in the sunny, and alternately rainy, tropical island of Singapore.

Permalink A Person Who Keeps Walking.

Dublin, Ireland, 2014.

"You have to find some way to not become a cynical or negative person, a person who keeps walking around and opening your eyes in the outside world but inside you close down, a person who stops expecting tomorrow to be better than today." —Richard Rohr

Leica M9 with 50mm Summicron at 1/360s, ISO 160, aperture unknown.
Permalink If We Walk in the Light.

Temple Bar in Dublin, Ireland, 2014.

"If we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin." —1 John 1:7

I’m going to get some cleansing today, how about you? :-)

Leica M9 with 50mm Summicron at 1/750s, ISO 160, aperture unknown, cropped.
Permalink Struts and Frets (before) the Stage.

Temple Bar in Dublin, Ireland, 2014.

"Out, out, brief candle! This life, which had been the tomb of his virtue and of his honour, is but a walking shadow; a poor player, that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more: it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing." —William Shakespeare

He is lamenting the shortness of life, but it needn’t be all bad, you know. The bible tells us how to live our short life rightly: “So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.” —Psalm 90:12

Are you ready to join me in leading this life?

Leica M9 with 50mm Summicron at 1/45s, ISO 400, aperture unknown, straightened.
Permalink Walking in the Light.

Dublin, Ireland, 2014.

"You make choices every day and almost every hour that keep you walking in the light or moving away toward darkness." —Henry B. Eyring

The key word here is “choices”. Yes, you can choose what you do, whether they are right, effective, productive, or not. Shall we let’s make the right choices?

Leica M9 with 50mm Summicron at 1/2000s, ISO 160, aperture unknown, cropped.
Permalink Enjoy Life With Your Wife.

Temple Bar in Dublin, Ireland, 2014.

"Enjoy life with the wife whom you love, all the days of your vain life that he has given you under the sun, because that is your portion in life…" —Ecclesiastes 9:9

Doesn’t matter what you and your partner do — it could be sitting down and chatting or out walking about —just make sure you devote time with your loved one.

Leica M9 with 50mm Summicron at 1/45s, ISO 500, aperture unknown, cropped.
Permalink Trying to Impress Others.

Temple Bar in Dublin, Ireland, 2014.

"The time men spend in trying to impress others they could spend in doing the things by which others would be impressed." —Frank Romer

Why be different just to be different? Sure it is better to be someone worthwhile first, then be different because of that?

Leica M9 with 50mm Summicron at 1/90s, ISO 160, aperture unknown, straightened.
Permalink Keep walking along and singing your song.

Dublin, Ireland, 2014.

"No matter what you step in, keep walking along and
singing your song. Because it’s all good.” ―Eric Litwin

Don’t let anything get you down, because the journey is as important as the destination. Some think the latter is more important, some the former. 

But to me, both are — you need to know where you’re headed, and you need to travel right!

Leica M9 with 50mm Summicron at 1/125s, ISO 160, aperture unknown, cropped.
Permalink Use Your Wings.

Otaru town in Hokkaido, Japan, 2014.

"Jump, and you will find out how to use your wings as you fall." —Ray Bradbury

If birds don’t use their wings, are they really birds? If we don’t use our faculties, talents and experience to solve new problems, do we deserve them in the first place?

Leica X2 at f/2.8, 1/500s, ISO 100.
Permalink Boy, Believe in Yourself!

Otaru town in Hokkaido, Japan, 2014.

"Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy…. Formulate and stamp indelibly on your mind a mental picture of yourself as succeeding. Hold this picture tenaciously. Never permit it to fade…. Do not build obstacles in your imagination." — Norman Vincent Peale  

No matter how old you are, the future is something that you can impact, not your past. So get up and change your destiny!

Leica X2 at f/2.8, 1/125s, ISO 100, cropped.
Permalink Dare to Jump.

Otaru, Japan, 2014.

"You cannot always wait for the perfect time. Sometimes you must dare to jump." —Anon

Is there something that you’ve been holding back on? We have to pray and jump. Jump is simply another word for faith. 

And when we jump, Jesus will say to us (like in Matthew 15:28), “You have great faith! Your request is granted.” Thus we have to first have faith, then realise our wishes. In the same way, we have to first jump, then land at our desired destination.

Ready to jump?

Leica X2 at f/2.8, 1/125s, ISO 100.
Permalink Walking Through This Life…

Otaru town in Hokkaido, Japan, 2014.

"Walking through this life really is walking through fire." —Chaka Khan

Before you think this is a bad thing, why not read what the bible says in 1 Peter 1:7: “Trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor…”

So because we can’t avoid the fire of life, we should take this to heart when we go through trials of any kind, knowing that we will come out even more refined and precious after them!

Leica X2 at f/4, 1/200s, ISO 100.
Permalink Walking Toward Me.

Otaru town in Hokkaido, Japan, 2014.

"Since the day of my birth, my death began its walk. It is walking toward me, without hurrying." —Jean Cocteau

While death is a certainty, we do not lose hope. Because when we believe in Father God’s plans for our lives, we can safely trust is Jesus’ promise: “you will be with me in paradise”. I look forward to my future here on earth, and then my future in paradise! 

How about you? 

Leica X2 at f/2.8, 1/640s, ISO 100.
Permalink You can be successful without walking over somebody.

Otaru town in Hokkaido, Japan, 2014.

"My father never was and isn’t a mean man. You know, he never was ruthless. And he succeeded in life without sticking it to anybody. And that’s a great example for a man, a strong man, a man’s man, to give to his children. You can succeed, you can be successful, without walking over somebody." —Maria Shriver

This is also my desire.

Leica X2 at f/2.8, 1/1250s, ISO 100.