3 Museums Worth Visiting in San Francisco (amongst many others)

Recently I have received invitations to exhibitions in museums, and one of which, despite my having lived over 20 years in San Francisco, I have never known its existence!

Here is a little tour:

Tian Tian is a comic character created by international artist Danny Yung originally from Hong Kong. In Chinese, the phrase “Tian Tian Xiang Shang”means working hard daily to achieve your goals. His Blank Boy Canvas collection is a cross cultural collaboration to create an individual approach of art on a blank canvas and was exhibited in the nostalgic Chinese Historical Society of America Museum in the San Francisco Chinatown (this was my new discovery) and many other metropolitan cities.Tian Tian

  
Another favourite San Francisco museum of mine is the Asian Art Museum located near the City Hall. Recently it has been exhibiting the beautiful lacquerware of historical Korea, a country that uses beautiful sea shells for many of their artworks. 

  The recently expanded San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is another flagship museum here showcasing many American artists’ works; with their highly interactive self-guided tour, you can hear and see the artwork coming alive.

   

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Pretty to your heart and eyes

A fellow blogger Nia (photographofnia.com) shared a delightful painting of this Denmark artist, Iwona Lifsches, and I immediately fell in love with her work. Now I have her painting in my home screen in my big and nice iPhone 6 plus.

Her paintings are the melting pot of naive art, bright colours, idiosyncratic scale, child-like perspective, daily experience and emotions, wry humor, love, and affection for her countryside. You can find more of her work here.

Isn’t it a cheerful way to start your week?

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Merry Christmas – Images from Hong Kong

Wishing you a wonderful holiday season!  Enjoy the spirit of Christmas from Hong Kong!

Paris in Hong Kong!  Lovely decorations in the Landmark Building, Hong Kong
Paris in Hong Kong! Lovely decorations in the Landmark Building, Hong Kong
Parisian Cafe - looks real?
Parisian Cafe – looks cute?
Church I was baptized - The Hong Kong Catholic Cathedral
Church where I was baptized – The Hong Kong Catholic Cathedral
Crib at the HK Catholic Cathedral
Crib at the HK Catholic Cathedral
Nice decorations at the Elements Mall
Nice decorations at the Elements Mall
Swarovski decoration at the HK International Airport!
Swarovski decoration at the HK International Airport!
People love to take photo with this welcoming tree at the HK Airport!
People love to take photo with this welcoming tree at the HK Airport!
My Dream Cottage - at the HK Regal Airport Hotel
My Dream Cottage – at the HK Regal Airport Hotel
Graffiti - local flavour
Graffiti – local flavour
A Hong Kong Government initiative to turn a previous policemen living quarters into a new art scene for local artists and cafes - called PMQ!
A Hong Kong Government initiative to turn a previous policemen living quarters into a new art scene for local artists and cafes – called PMQ!
Hong Kong's latest attraction - Ferris Wheel near the Central Financial District
Hong Kong’s latest attraction – Ferris Wheel near the Central Financial District (courtesy of timetable.com)

Turning the Corners

As I walked to my breakfast meeting at Union Square (downtown shopping district) via the financial district during one beautiful morning in San Francisco, I began to take notice of the different colours, architecture, and shapes of the buildings around me. What a mishmash of colours and styles. The camera in the phone is one of the best mobile ideas. You can’t help but notice more beauty (and carry them always with you) with the help of the lenses.  Walking also makes you to slow down and notice things.

The corners of these buildings fascinate me. They are not the end but an invitation for the passerby to notice their beauties!

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Doodle

A doodle is “a rough drawing made absentmindedly”.  The most famous modern-day doodles are the doodles you frequently see by Google when you enter Google search (more about its doodles here).

One of the Doodle 4 Google entries in 2013 by students in Florida for the theme “My Best Day Ever..”:

google doodle

The Doodle I really want to write about, however, is the Doodle that helps scheduling online with a group of people.

A few days ago, I found myself having to coordinate with 25 individuals to compete with 12 slots for coaching sessions, and I scratched my head that surely I can’t be going back and forth with 25 people by emails.  Doodle saved me.

Essentially, I create 12 time slots (different dates) of 30 minute each, force 1 choice per participant and also 1 check per slot.  Within an hour, all the slots are pretty much checked by all the individuals with no need for emailing (except to confirm the time zone as each individual’s doodle page is pre-set with the time zone the IP address is in.)  After you have created your event, you will receive a link for the event polling and another for the administrator’s view to monitor the results.

One can also schedule a meeting using the highest common denominator of free slots.

I hope you will find it useful as much as I do!

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What’s Wrong with This Picture?

Today, I read in a magazine an article on the do’s and don’ts of decoration with pictures on walls.  Walls frame the house and are the face of the entire living quarter. What you put on the walls will have bearings on the well-being of your family members.

Many people love the idea of hanging personal pictures or paintings on the walls in the living room especially above their sofa.  But from a Feng Shui point of view (Feng Shui is the balance of energies in spaces to bring about good health and fortune), the picture should never be larger than the sofa in the living room, larger than the table size in the dining room, larger than the working desk area in the study, or larger than the bed size in the bedroom.  If not, the young ones in the house will rule over the senior ones, and the staff will overpower the Master.

What’s wrong with this picture?

Living room large picture(picture courtesy of 3D House)

This decor seems to give better energy and happiness to the people living there.

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Also, square and rectangular picture frames are preferred to round frames to create a better energy flow.