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 So long as you don’t stop.

Sydney, Australia, 2014.

"It does not matter how slowly you go, so long as you don’t stop." —Anonymous

Some people think they need to run as fast as they can, as if they will miss out on something good. Some people choose to withdraw, but they will miss out on what the world has for them. 

Us, we decide to take our first steps and keep walking, learning, being blessed and blessing others. And by the grace of God, we just keep walking, and walking, walking…

Leica X2 at f/2.8, 1/60s, ISO 3200.
Permalink Always walk in the light.

Sydney, Australia, 2014.

"Remember: Always walk in the light. And if you feel like you’re not walking in it, go find it. Love the light." —Roberta Flack

This parallels what is said in the bible:

"But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin." —1 John 1:7

Ergo, are we walking in the light?

Leica X2 at f/2.8, 1/60s, ISO 2000.
Permalink Walking in the Light.

Sydney, Australia, 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

It’s true we don’t always make the correct decisions. When we do, we can be thankful and satisfied. But when we didn’t, we’ll just have to get back up, ask for forgiveness, and keep on walking (in the light, of course).

Leica X2 at f/2.8, 1/125s, ISO 3200.
Permalink Keep Walking (in the Gym).

Fraser Suites Sydney, 2014.

"When real people fall down in life, they get right back up and keep walking." —Sarah Jessica Parker

When we think it’s impossible to keep going, there is always a way. Because, as they say: “What doesn’t kill us only makes us stronger”.

Leica X2 at f/2.8, 1/125s, ISO 200.
Permalink When Walking…

Fraser Suites Sydney, 2014.

"When walking, you see things that you miss in a motor car or on the train. You give your mind space to ponder." —Tom Hodgkinson

Why not take a walk alone and spend the time with God?

Leica X2 at f/2.8, 1/125s, ISO 500.
Permalink Without Looking Back.

Farm Tomita in Hokkaido, Japan, 2014.

"The things that have always been important: to be a good man, to try to live my life the way God would have me, to turn it over to Him that His will might be worked in my life, to do my work without looking back, to give it all I’ve got, and to take pride in my work…" —Johnny Cash

He has led a good life. How about you, when you do the same to look back upon your life — can you say the same?

Leica X2 at f/8, 1/125s, ISO 100.
Permalink Putting Off Living.

Manabe Garden in Hokkaido, Japan, 2014.

"One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today." —Dale Carnegie

This lady can’t enjoy the nature around her as she has to work. I must admit to being like her for much of my life.

Now, I try to live according to Ecclesiastes 3:1 — “There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens”. When it’s time to work, I shall work hard; when it’s time to play; I shall play hard. 

How about you?

Leica X2 at f/2.8, 1/100s, ISO 100.
Permalink Use your smile to change the world.

Banei Horse Racing Stadium in Hokkaido, Japan, 2014.

"Use your smile to change the world, but don’t let the world change your smile." —Anonymous

Be like a child, see the world as God had intended for us to see.

Leica X2 at f/2.8, 1/30s, ISO 160.
Permalink Laugh as much as I cry.

Otaru town in Hokkaido, Japan, 2014.

"My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry; to get my work done and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return." —Maya Angelou

In life, we don’t get to only laugh, we cry too. But if we get to laugh as much as we cry, then we are in pretty good shape!

Leica X2 at f/2.8, 1/30s, ISO 320.
Permalink Nobody, But Yourself.

Obihiro City in Hokkaido, Japan, 2014.

"To be nobody-but-yourself — in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else — means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting." —e. e. cummings

Yet the struggle to discover our identity and the meaning of life is the most rewarding endeavour that one can take part in. So keep on struggling!

Leica X2 at f/2.8, 1/30s, ISO 100.
Permalink Seven (Generations).

Akan in Hokkaido, Japan, 2014.

"One thing that was passed on from generation to generation in my family, over seven generations in 200 years, was never give up. That’s the way we live." —Nik Wallenda

While there are bad influences passed down through our family generations, there can often be good ones too. So take comfort in your provenance, and thank God for the blessings you have enjoyed because of your family!

Leica X2 at f/2.8, 1/15s, ISO 3200.
Permalink Waiting for the right moment to act.

Otaru town in Hokkaido, Japan, 2014.

"Life was always a matter of waiting for the right moment to act." —Paulo Coelho

The man is relaxed, knowing it is not yet time. But when his wife comes along with her shopping, he is ready to act!

We’re talking about shopping here, but to prepare ourselves to take advantage of the opportune time.

Just like it says in the bible: “The wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready.” —Revelation 19:7

When Jesus comes again, will he find us ready?

Leica X2 at f/2.8, 1/640s, ISO 100.
Permalink Let the earth sprout plants yielding seed…

Manabe Gardens in Hokkaido, Japan, 2014.

'Then God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees on the earth bearing fruit after their kind with seed in them”; and it was so. The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed after their kind, and trees bearing fruit with seed in them, after their kind; and God saw that it was good.' —Genesis 1:11-12

It’s amazing how nature is both orderly and disorderly at the same time. Not only that, it is beautiful and pleasing to the eye. Let’s give thanks to the God who made the heavens and the earth! 

Leica X2 at f/4, 1/60s, ISO 100.
Permalink Run the Day.

Sapporo, Japan, 2014.

"Either you run the day or the day runs you." —Jim Rohn

Enough said.

Leica X2 at f/2.8, 1/30s, ISO 160.
Permalink Shocked!

Sapporo, Japan, 2014.

"I never had a plan. I have to say, I’m very shocked when people start a company and say, ‘In five years I want to launch a perfume, or in 10 years I want to have this.’ How can you know?" —Christian Louboutin

MBAs have one way of running a business, and entrepreneurs like M’seur Louboutin have another. Which way is right? Both!

Leica X2 at f/2.8, 1/30s, ISO 160.