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.   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. ❣️

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. 

Trying to make sense of what we saw. 

Morning Fog

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I rarely do grocery early in the morning, so I rarely been to this grocery store with so little pedestrian traffic. 

But with this atmosphere fog and god-rays around the lighting fixtures, you can tell how busy all the employees are there to prepare us the food they are going to be serving to their customers for the day.

Thank-you for all your hard work and preparing the food for us so early in the morning! :)

Getting Ready for the Spring-Summer Routines

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A late morning breakfast - taro milkshake with sago - it was worth a 20 minutes walk just for this. A serene morning stroll around the neighbourhood helps clear my mind, I shall make this a new habit to acquire in my daily routine. 

It almost felt like shopping for an estate for the first time. It was very hard to decide which tent to get, but at the end, I decided on the MSR Hubba Hubba. It was lightweight enough for backpacking, and it felt sturdier than the other models they have in the store for a 2 person tent. Looking forward to upcoming camping trips!!

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May the 4th - The Force is Strong Today

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Perfect camping temperature in the morning, a glimpse of the summer sun in the afternoon, and powerful wind gust in the evening. We got almost every kind of weather here this week!

I have been watching this building being built the last one and a half year. Since it is right next to my workplace and I passed by it everyday, I am wondering how the lighting design is going to look like now that I finally see the main structure going up. The lighting work is done by Mulvey & Banani. I am looking forward to see it finally lit up. :)

Happy May Day!

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It a beautiful May Day today, and it’s the first day of the year that I walk to and from work! Spring is definitely here. ☘️🤗

To celebrate the occasion I bought myself the most expensive cookies that I ever gotten in my life. (*ouch*)

Biscotti with white chocolate ~ I’ll eat one as a reward when I feel like I have accomplished  one good work. 😊

Toronto

It was a very sad day on a beautiful sunny Monday. 
I just don't understand why would someone go on a rampage hurting random people who has nothing to do the attacker's life. 
It is even more unbelievable that it happens right at the area I pass by every time I go back to my hometown.

My heart goes out to the victims, my thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends affected by this tragedy. May everyday be a random act of kindness. Please donate, give hope, and help the families affected to rebuild their lives and giving them the emotional and spiritual supports they needed at this difficult time.

https://ca.gofundme.com/TorontoVanAttack

Spring colour

It's the first day here that actually feel like Spring has arrived. I am celebrating the occasion by adding colour to my black sofa bed. 

The custom order sofa cover set had arrived just in time for the weather, shipped to me from my birthplace.  
Thank-you Comfort Works for your fine handmade cover set. A true craftsmanship of the Hong Kong tailoring industry heritage! 

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