Salaam, ‘ellow peoples. This entry was just going to be another photo series (of sky shots this time), but I then decided to stick in a few YouTube videos, so … now it’s not just about skies, ok? Just a heads up.
When I was a kid in school, I’ve always said my favourite colour was blue: specifically sky blue, more specifically the colour of the sky when you get super huge puffy white clouds. This was back in Malaysia, of course. Here, in the beginning, I only noticed sky-wise, the fact that it’s so frequently overcast (when the sky is either pure white or dull grey). It was really something that you needed to get used to (since it is actually quite depressing. Lack of sunlight, I suppose?). But when my brother Anas came to visit last Autumn, he kept taking photos of the sky. (He, unlike me, has a big ol’ fancy Nikon DSLR.) I asked on Facebook, later on:
Lain ke langit UK dengan langit Malaysia?
Is the UK sky different than Malaysia’s?
To which he answered:
(Clearly Anas is a one-word-answer kinda brother.)
Anyhow. These were some of the pics he took:
I realised that I, too, actually have been photographing skyscapes over these 3 years. Only when the sky is blue, though. I guess that’s what makes blue skies so precious — the fact that we barely get them, even in Spring or Summer. But every time you wake up in the morning to be greeted by a blue sky, it’s just indescribable. Immediate mood-booster. Oh, and I guess what makes the sky different here is the clouds and light. The sunlight is fairly boring when you’re near the Equator…
My stuff will just be in little thumbnails. A lot of these are cameraphone snaps. Ignore the funky image titles that show up when you click on them.
The YouTube bit is just to share some of the lessons that we can extract from the simplest videos. For me this has been part of “growing up” — trying to find benefits and lessons from anything I do, even watching stuff that’s meant to be for “entertainment” purposes.
This first one is from tonight’s episode of Britain’s Got Talent. Now I don’t normally watch TV shows at all here (because *cough* we-don’t-have-a-TV-nor-a-TV-license) but this clip is pretty cool:
What I found interesting, other than his obvious talent, was something he said:
Originally, I didn’t have a piano at home, so what I used to do: I used to imagine the music in my head, or hear the notes, and it got to the point that I actually drew the piano on a piece of paper and I used to play it.
Limitations can indeed be blessings. You see this all the time in different fields too, even art. (Eg. not wanting to spend money for expensive supplies, so you make your own or make do with what is available. Sometimes you get results that those pricey tools can never achieve.)
Next is the adorable Nina:
Throughout challenges; you may complain, you may whine, you may get very depressed after failing a million times, and chances are you may well end up with dozens of battle scars and bruises. But like Nina’s Papa pointed out: those marks say that you keep trying, that you are determined. And Nina is just the sweetest/smartest/most mature five-year-old ever! (If you have yet to watch the rest of her videos, please do. My particular favourite is this Fancy one.)
This last one… shows that… cats are awesome. Japanese cats in particular. And that little things (like watching a cat slide itself into a box and proceed to contently stay there while swishing its tail back and forth…) can be so, so amusing. God is Great.
Maru oh Maru!
I really should make a separate cat post one day…
Speaking of YouTube, other notable channels that I subscribe to (my YouTube life is not very old — I never used my account for subscribing to people before last year or so) are:
Feel free to share your latest YouTube finds. Gotta go drown myself in AutoCAD now, byes.