Overtime

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I got off work late, but was able to enjoy the sunset and a beauty view of the city in Montreal. It was all worthwhile travelling here for the month. I am very happy to have find fulfillment here. This may be the city I want to live in. :)

Walking

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I walked 13km yesterday. Got a weekend metro pass to bus to the Jean-Talon Market to get some groceries. Came back, and then head out again on the metro and got off a station called Côte-des-Neiges and have a sighting of the Oratoire St. Joseph. Then I decided to go hiking at the Mont-Royal. The serenity of the trail really helped to relax me from the expectation at work. I listen to my music the entire walk in the afternoon, a mix collection of classical violin, Faroe island  folk music, and mandarin-pop ballad. It a great walk for a spiritual recharge. Next time I hike, I am not going to keep checking my location on the GPS. I am just going to let myself be free and walking all over the place until it's time to go home. :)

An Unplanned Montreal Adventure!

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So work sent me over to Montreal for a month in a hurry to get a project going. It was a wild adventure the first three days, but luckily, the adjustment into a new work environment has been going surprisingly well. 

 

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I have the luxury before/after after work to tour the city, and also during lunch time with my colleague exploring the local fare. I am having a great time so far! 

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Work also put me in a very nice (somewhat still under construction) building. It has a TV, a bed, dishwasher, washer/dryer and a Toaster. Everything that I don't have in Toronto. They give more that what I can ask for, and I am grateful with the arrangement.

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Procrastination ~

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It was supposed to be a day to clean up my closet and organize my spill-over clothes that I kept accumulating at the living space every time I do my laundry, but instead, I spent the day making lunch, take a slow tea time, and playing the violin. It's a great day of chilling and relaxation. ^^

Well, it is almost 10pm and I finally have the motivation to organize the pile of clothes I meant to clean it up weeks ago. (And instead, I am updating the blog, haha. ... and as I typed, I feel like updating my portfolio reel ...) Argh, stop procrastinating!  

Alright, time to get started before I get tired.  Get to work! 

Lively Spring

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So much going on around us in Spring. The positive life energy is making everything around me more pleasurable:

The geese are back from their winter migration and are having picnic under the warm sun with their newly borns.

The flowers are blooming beautiful for someone who don't usually have a green finger with plants. :D

Three kids in the subway are learning new languages from each other: French, Spanish, and Japanese.

And a baby dragonfly eagerly trying to get onto the other side of the grass through the glass window at the bus stop. It exhausted itself and suddenly collapsed onto the ground on its side - lifeless. About 30 seconds later, it regained strength and was able to make it to the grass. <3

How lovely life is in Spring. My favourite season. ^^

Almost 10 Years

 Back in the summer 2008, I quitted my first full-time job and decided to pursue my dream in becoming a 3d graphic artist, looking back, it was almost 10 years ago.  I didn’t have a clear vision of what I can do with being a 3d artist back then, but I always have a particular passion in doing architectural renderings.&nbsp;  I was very lucky to be able to find out about the 3d Game arts and Animation program 1.5 months before the new school year commence. I was even luckier to be able to get into the program 2 weeks before class starts when the portfolio review deadline was long overdue By 5 months prior.&nbsp;  This week I met up with the program coordinator, Dan, that took me into the program and led me to the world of 3d creations, along with my elementary school friend, Kenny, who we used to compete with each other in drawing. 😛 We chat over a meal about how obsolete the things we learn 10 years ago are with the new emerging software that replaced all the old school techniques, and how important it is to keep learning new technologies and keeping our skills sharp in order to stay in business.&nbsp;  It was wonderful to catch up with my mentor!   These 10 years have been really tough, but I am glad I am doing well in my chosen career path with some high-profiles projects credited in both architecture and in film. I hope to do more of those projects to keep my passion in the art going. I really enjoy the rush of adrenaline once I am into the work I am doing - the kind of irreplaceable satisfaction that I cannot find any where else. ❣️

Back in the summer 2008, I quitted my first full-time job and decided to pursue my dream in becoming a 3d graphic artist, looking back, it was almost 10 years ago.

I didn’t have a clear vision of what I can do with being a 3d artist back then, but I always have a particular passion in doing architectural renderings. 

I was very lucky to be able to find out about the 3d Game arts and Animation program 1.5 months before the new school year commence. I was even luckier to be able to get into the program 2 weeks before class starts when the portfolio review deadline was long overdue By 5 months prior. 

This week I met up with the program coordinator, Dan, that took me into the program and led me to the world of 3d creations, along with my elementary school friend, Kenny, who we used to compete with each other in drawing. 😛 We chat over a meal about how obsolete the things we learn 10 years ago are with the new emerging software that replaced all the old school techniques, and how important it is to keep learning new technologies and keeping our skills sharp in order to stay in business. 

It was wonderful to catch up with my mentor!

These 10 years have been really tough, but I am glad I am doing well in my chosen career path with some high-profiles projects credited in both architecture and in film. I hope to do more of those projects to keep my passion in the art going. I really enjoy the rush of adrenaline once I am into the work I am doing - the kind of irreplaceable satisfaction that I cannot find any where else. ❣️

Harvesting the good weather

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Here in my little oasis with a cup of kinoko kuromitsu latte from Tsujuri. I went out to bought some flowers back for visual reference. Also as a little pick-me-up treat for my unusually low energy level today. 

The UV rays is strong today. I can feel it though the windows from my apartment with the blinds down.

I got a new sunglasses! The last one without frame was burning my skin through the rim of the lenses. Hopefully, this one does a better job in blocking UV rays. :)

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Campfire

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One of the must have during camping is a camp fire. Listening to the cracking sound of fire with the crickets singing in between is always a sweet treat while breathing through the cold night air. 

The unreassuring fire, with smoke rotates in the direction according to the wind, reminds us all beauty in nature have a trade off. The beauty is very temporal, the after effects last longer, but if we learn to harvest the energy it takes to produce what is beautiful, then the beauty that passed by us is not wasted. 

Instead of just watching fire burn to keep us warm, we at times, boil water using its heat instead of the gas stove. It would have been perfect if we have brought some sweet potatoes to smoke in the fire, too! 

2018 Camping - Presqu'ile Provincial Park

Courtesy of Peter Lam

 That's our backyard view for the next two days!

That's our backyard view for the next two days!

More to come about this camping trip. :)

We arrived late on our first night at the Presqu'ile Provincial Park, the forecast predicted rain but we were lucky to have the sky cleared up for us as we setup our camping equipment for the night. 

The brightest star we saw that night was Jupiter, sitting in the constellation of Libra, follow by Arcturus, the Alpha star of the constellation Boötes above. and Spica in the constellation of Virgo to the right. 

The bright orangy-yellow light at the horizon you see from the high exposure photograph, it's light pollution from the city on the other side of the lake!

 Trying to make sense of what we saw.&nbsp;

Trying to make sense of what we saw.