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What good are wings without the courage to fly

Around a month ago, I had my first ever job interview. Once the interview was over, I knew I wasn't successful. There were so many things that could have gone a lot better...

So last week, I finally received the interview outcome and it confirmed my suspicions. To be honest, I'm not too upset by the results. At this stage, I'm still not sure what to do. But I know there's plenty of opportunities out there, and it's a matter of finding it. This result simply gives me more time to explore the other options and to figure out what I really want to do in life. Also, most importantly, at least I tried, and there's nothing to regret. I know what I did badly, and next time, I'll learn from these mistakes and improve.

Anyway, after the interview that day, I went to the Winter Lights Festival. There were 30 light installations throughout Canary Wharf. We only located a few; we gave up finding the rest as our hands were freezing and we decided to eat dinner instead. Here are the captures that I like from that day :)

"Each mistake teaches you something new about yourself. There is no failure, remember, except in no longer trying. It is the courage to continue that counts"

My angel :)

The year of the Rooster

The first time I went to see the Chinese New Year celebration in London China Town was three years ago with my university friends (check the post here). At the time, we only saw the lion dance and I thought that was it. Little did I know there was actually more to the Chinese New Year celebrations, and that the lion dance probably only consisted a quarter of it.

Last Sunday, my boyfriend and I went to see the full Chinese New Year celebrations in London China Town as volunteer photographers for LCCA. The celebration officially kick-started with the Grand Parade from Charing Cross Road to Shaftesbury Avenue. The parade featured international and local community acts, including Dragon and Lion dances, floats from China, and local musical and martial arts performances. Luckily, I was able to get a good position at the front to capture the whole parade, since I arrived slightly early before the scheduled time.

Afterward, we walked around China town and Trafalgar square, passing by craft and food stalls, mascots and stage performances. We also saw lion dances wishing good luck to restaurants by scattering lettuces - the Chinese word for "lettuce" sounds almost identical to the phase "to get rich".

Despite the rain that day, I enjoyed the celebrations and had fun capturing the event. It's not often that I go to China town to see the celebrations, purely because it's crazy that day with the number of people there. But it's definitely nice to go there once in a while because it really does adds to the Chinese New Year festive atmosphere.

"Keep your best wishes, close to your heart and watch what happens"

Courage is one step ahead of fear

After my exam last Tuesday, I wanted to do something fun and relaxing during the week before lectures officially start. So the next day, my boyfriend and I went to visit St Paul's Cathedral. Last time we were there was June 2015 and you can check out the post here. But last time, we didn't visit the inside since we passed the last entry time and we didn't really think about it then.

First, we climbed up the dome to The Whispering Gallery. It's interesting to learn how the name derived from a charming quirk in its construction, which makes a whisper against its walls audible on the opposite side. We didn't try it out since there was quite a lot of people there already, but we did see other people trying and it seemed to work. Next, we climbed to The Stone Gallery, which encircles the outside of the dome, followed by The Golden gallery, which runs around the highest point of the outer dome.

I definitely recommend visiting St Paul's Cathedral and to reserve at least 3 hours for exploring, learning and enjoying the visit. We made a huge mistake thinking 1-2 hours would be enough for the visit, and in the end, we didn't have enough time for the cathedral floor or the crypt. Another thing, you're not allowed to take photos inside. But trust me, the interior, as well as the atmosphere, is spectacular and it's worth checking out in person.

Finally, if you're not afraid of heights, definitely challenge yourself to climb all the way up to The Golden Gallery. From the cathedral floor to The Golden Gallery, it's a total of 528 steps. It's not easy because of the spiral steps, and especially as you go further up, space becomes more narrow. But it's definitely worth it because the panoramic view of London is beautiful :)

"The mind can go in a thousand directions, but on this beautiful path, I walk in peace. With each step, the wind blows. With each step, a flower blooms."