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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 Never Tire of Looking.

The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, 2014.

"All the birds have flown and gone;
A lonely cloud floats leisurely by.
We never tire of looking at each other;
Only the mountain and I.”
— Li Bai, renowned Chinese poet

One never really gets tired of looking at these dutch masterpieces hanging on the walls. Similarly, I do also hope that you will never tire of looking at and chatting with that someone that you love.

Leica M9 with 50mm Voigtlander Nokton at 1/16s, ISO 160, aperture unknown.
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Permalink A Certain Amount of Opposition.

The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, 2014.

"A certain amount of opposition is a great help to a man. Kites rise against, not with, the wind." —Lewis Mumford

Following up from yesterday, this museum warden is bravely facing up to strangers everyday of his working life. It is good training of those who need to overcome their shyness.

So if you’re thinking about whether to do something or not, you just have to do it!

Leica M9 with 50mm Voigtlander Nokton at 1/30s, ISO 160, aperture unknown.
Permalink The opposition (they) have encountered.

The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, 2014.

"Success is not measured by what you accomplish, but by the opposition you have encountered, and the courage with which you have maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds." —Orison Swett Marden

A throng of museum visitors are coming up against the single valiant warden of Rembrandt’s most renowned painting. 

The man in the suit is outnumbered but he shall maintain his struggle against overwhelming odds. If you will, come join me!

Leica M9 with 50mm Voigtlander Nokton at 1/30s, ISO 160, aperture unknown.
Permalink Blind Man in a Dark Room?

Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, 2014.

“A philosopher is a blind man in a dark room looking for a black cat that isn’t there. A theologian is the man who finds it.” ―H.L. Mencken

In this way, I suppose we’re all called to be theologians in that we have the capacity and capability to find solutions for our problems. 

Leica M9 with 50mm Voigtlander Nokton at 1/16s, ISO 160, aperture unknown.
Permalink Don’t Lead By Pointing.

The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, 2014.

"You don’t lead by pointing and telling people some place to go. You lead by going to that place and making a case." —Ken Kesey

Perhaps it is better that the tour guide lead this bunch of tourists up the stairs instead. This is the essence of leadership.

Leica M9 with 50mm Voigtlander Nokton at 1/3s, ISO 160, aperture unknown.
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Permalink Welcome (to the Rijksmusem).

Amsterdam, 2014.

"You must welcome change as the rule but not as your ruler." —Denis Waitley

This man stands outside the Rijksmusem, but am not sure if he’s a welcoming sort given his steely glaze and blackout glasses.

But even if you don’t welcome change, it will come regardless. So we shall prepare for and overcome it, for it shall not be our master.

Leica M9 with 50mm Voigtlander Nokton at 1/180s, ISO 160, aperture unknown.
Permalink They’ll Make Progress.

Amsterdam, 2014.

"If you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress." —Barack Obama

And it is also important to know where we are walking to. The destination is just as important as the journey.

Leica M9 with 50mm Voigtlander Nokton at 1/90s, ISO 160, aperture unknown.
Permalink Just Feed One.

Amsterdam, 2014.

"If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one." —Mother Teresa

And if you can make more than one ravioli, then the feed a hundred, or even thousands. All power to you!

Leica M9 with 50mm Voigtlander Nokton at 1/500s, ISO 160, aperture unknown.
Permalink Don’t Stop Walking.

Room Mate Aitana Hotel, Amsterdam, 2014.

"The wisdom of age: don’t stop walking." —Mason Cooley

It’s true, isn’t it? Because life is a journey, and when we’re walking through it, we have the opportunity to enjoy the joys (pun intended) and battle through the sorrows. How much richer is life because of our journeys.

And God’s promise goes with us: “The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore.” —Psalm 121:8

Leica M9 with 50mm Leica Summicron at 1/180s, ISO 160, aperture unknown.
Permalink Eating Together.

Room Mate Aitana Hotel, Amsterdam, 2014.

"Nothing—not a conversation, not a handshake or even a hug—establishes friendship so forcefully as eating together." —Jonathan Safran Foer

One way of surmising if a couple has a good relationship going is to see if they eat together in peace. Because lunching or dining takes time, it will say a lot if two people are willing to commit time to someone they value.

Time for a meal with loved ones, perhaps? :-)

Leica M9 with 50mm Voigtlander Nokton at 1/125s, ISO 160, aperture unknown.
Permalink Nobody.

Amsterdam, 2014.

“Nobody knows exactly what he’s capable of until he tries.” ―Nabil N. Jamal

There’s nobody at this outdoor cafe in Amsterdam, but somebody is going to try it and some time later today, especially with spring in the air.

While it is good say, “Heck it, I’m going to give this a try”, it is also wise to first count the cost of doing something to make sure it can get done. 

Which is what the bible reminds us in Luke 14:28 — “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it?”

Leica M9 with 50mm Voigtlander Nokton 1/250s, ISO 160, aperture unknown.
Permalink Waiting until that other is ready.

Balestier vicinity, Singapore, 2014.

"The (woman) who goes alone can start today; but (she) who travels with another must wait till that other is ready." —Henry David Thoreau

Indeed, this lady is awaiting her boyfriend to emerge from the apartment behind her. She had been standing there for at least 5 minutes and to her benefit, she has admirable patience.

Leica M9 with 50mm Voigtlander Nokton at f/1.1, 1/12s, ISO 160.
Permalink If you are not too long…

Balestier vicinity, Singapore, 2013.

"If you are not too long, I will wait here for you all my life." —Oscar Wilde

So thinks this husband who is patient with his wife’s grocery shopping inside. If we love someone, we will give him/her the time and space to do what needs to be done.

Leica M9 with 50mm Voigtlander Nokton at f/1.1, 1/90, ISO 160.