For a few years now, I took great risks shooting in close proximity to exploding fire crackers – thinking back, it may have been too close for comfort and not something I want repeated. So this year while my dad continued the tradition of lighting the long string of firecrackers, to entertain the kids, I stayed on the first floor appreciating what’s happening downstairs from the balcony. And, each year my immediate neighbour would light the first blast and what followed simply dwarfed every other fireworks in our area — Gong Xi Fa Cai and happy holidays everyone! :)
This incredible breaking dawn moment was captured on Feb 14 2010 at 5.53am on the first day of Chinese New Year which happened to be also Valentine’s Day. With our flight leaving Brunei airport at around 4.10am most passengers were fast asleep following an exhausting reunion dinner just the night before. I can’t quite recall why I wasn’t sleeping but I would have most certainly kicked myself silly had some other passenger capture this and I didn’t. Quite an amazing first light of the Lunar “Tiger” New Year 2010 — I first shared this photo on Feb 19 on Facebook.
On the day I visited Taipei 101 the weather was pouring hard. According to my guide, there was a long line of visitors before our group all waiting to head up to the tower observatory but to no avail — no one was allowed up due to poor visibility. The weather had pretty much locked us indoor and since we’re already here at the world’s 2nd tallest building, explored the Taipei 101 Mall. These pictures were taken during Chinese New Year of 2010 just in case you wonder why the teddy bear in the photo below is dressed in a familiar auspicious red outfit and generally red overtones.