Day 9~ November 9th~ New York

Brooklyn Navy Yard

Below these cranes, so much history was written. The Brooklyn Navy Yard, first started functioning in 1806, was most active during world war II, when more than 70,000 people were employed to make the battle ships of the American navy. It was very impressive to look into this historical place and imagine what it would have been like during the time that the whole place was buzzing with workers burning the midnight oil.

Day Eighty Six, April 18, 2011

joy exchanged!

Don’t you love moments in life when you look at someone, a total stranger and without exchanging any words, a pure sense of joy is exchanged between you and them? It is almost a secret celebration of the fact of being human together. It really lifts me up when it happens, it brightens the heart and causes a lightness of being. These two workers were in the middle of their difficult task on top of a large construction site, they spotted me taking photos and they just burst with smiles and a contagious sense of joy, with their giggles echoing down the alley. They made my day 🙂

Day Forty Five, March 8, 2011

And Shanghai keeps on growing

上海 Shanghai, to literally mean the “upper sea”, perhaps due to its closeness to the ocean, is a city destined for growth and prosperity. As the most populated (about 20 million people) city in mainland China, it has become the economical and financial center of all China. Living in Shanghai meant being constantly aware of change. It develops at a very fast rate and does not give any sign of slowing down. During my walk today I saw through this door of a new construction site in Pudong the two landmark towers of Shanghai and realized that when we moved to Shanghai the taller building (SWFC), also called the bottle opener was a construction site…I wonder what Shanghai will look like a few years from now!

They say if something is not growing then it can only be dying. Shanghai is definitely growing…

Day nine, January 31, 2011

Shanghai drives China to new heights

Today, the last day of January, and the beginning of the New Year’s hype in Shanghai, I walked around the downtown financial area in Pudong, which happens to be our neighborhood. Pudong is home to the high rises that are the pride of modern China. When we first moved here in 2006, the Jin Mao building(on the left), was standing proud and towering over everything else around it, then very rapidly the way a mushroom sprouts overnight, the SWFC(on the right) appeared as if out of nowhere and it stood in competition with Taipei 101 in Taiwan. Now, the new giant of Shanghai is rising rapidly it is mind boggling. Shanghai tower which threatens to tower over 632 meters high in a spiraling glass design. It is just incredible to witness the explosion of a metropolis like Shanghai and to see it happening outside your window…