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from when I lived in Zhuhai, China for just under a year, and this was one of the condominium common area pool. I had lived sitting at this bench to just absorb the view, despite there being a street just in behind it. So lush, my favorite colours

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📍Qina, Yunan, China. {4 pics}

A remote rice farming community nestled in between the Yunan mountains. I visited at the beginning of rice harvesting, photos here document the drying of bundled rice stalks, then when dried, the removal of grain with use of. Simple machine with a rotating correlated drum which helps to beat and pull the grains off. It looked so idyllic and romantic in a way, while it is back breaking work, from the repeatative work, scything, bundling bushels, set to dry, then harvesting the grains. Honest hard work, honest salt of the earth people.

The people there are diverse, a mix of upto 26 of the 50 something ethnic tribes of China, and are admirable examples of multiculturalism and coexistence. I found people there to be more accepting of others and are more laid back, gracious, hospitable, and spirited. Simply beautiful human beings.
I was fortunate enough to have been invited for a stay with family acquaintances, in their traditional home, given the best room, and they had so much empathy that they even had the shared communal outhouse of 5 households scrubbed down and bleached in preparation for our stay, as my bf at the time was deemed the foreigner’s foreigner, lol. I was so touched for their gestures and actions. More pics to follow in the days to come

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Fond memories from 8 years ago… The second time I left a piece of my heart on this lovely island full of ❤️
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. 📍 Varadero, Cuba
⏲️ January 2011

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Despite being inside a fog or grey days, you can still find beauty. Such is life. Some days are dark days for our souls, but all we need is to look up and outside to seek beauty, it’s there. I was 6-7 months into grieving for the passing of my father and the ending of my role as a caregiver and champion for his well being, feeling a bit lost. A road trip in a foreign land was exactly what I needed to process and grieve… Everyday was new and different, with many challenges and rewards. There were views that brought me to tears, and others that took my breath way and made me smile. Feeling all the emotion was so healing Solo Road Trip adventure in Iceland 2014

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When you feel a slight uncomfortableness and fear in something you want to do, it’s definitely a sign, look for the excitement that comes within your heart, no matter how small it seems. The returns you gain for going through with it, committing to it, multiplies that small excitement you first felt, you grow from that experience and move forward another step towards the dreams and goals you have. Go for it, face the fear, and go get what you want out of life. 📍: Northwest Iceland, along route 76 near Hofsós if I recall correctly. Taken in 2014 when I did a solo road trip circling the island of Iceland, a most amazing adventure that belongs to me alone… scary, joyful, reflective, empowering, and humbling

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This year I began to prepare an online store to share my art photography with everyone (store link in profile). Now I have a way to help fund this side passion of mine, so that I can keep capturing beautiful moments around beautiful British Columbia and globally when I’m not busy with photographing Cherished Moments or Special Events photo sessions with local families. (DM for more info & bookings)

Thank you to those who’ve been wonderful clients and supporters! And Thank You to those who are/will be new clients!

Happy Holidays ❤️
Kai xoxo
p.s. As a special holiday treat, here’s a 10% discount code you can use at my online store: AEHLZJ – Expires on 12/31/3018! 🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲 For this holiday season, consider gifting a beautiful and timeless, quality photography print or printed products to help bring extra colour and life into your friends’ or family’s lives. And while you’re at it, treat yourself to something too!

A view of the lush world outside while cozy and warm indoors is a great way to brighten up a living space, be visually inspired, bring a sense of wanderlust or nature inside, forget the dull winter days 🙂 Canvas Prints
Framed Prints
Carry-All Pouches
Shower Curtains
Throw Pillows
Spiral Notebooks
Phone Cases and many more… Store link is in my profile bio

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Ok, the NYC photos are uploaded and now available for purchase via my store 🙂 link is in my bio on my profile.

Thank you to Irene Taira for requesting to have them be made available for sale <3 ------- I'm grateful and I love it when I have folks making requests for certain images they remembered from my posts, ones where they'd like to have available to make product purchases from my online store! Knowing that my imageries speak to others in evoking memories or emotions is just wonderful. . . . All Images Copyrighted. Available for print orders (link on profile page) and reposting, please credit & tag @onelushlife. Thank you

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The beacon, ONE WTC beckons as the sun sets behind the clouds, giving a soft pink glow to the city that never sleeps. It looks and feels softer on this visit, the vibe of the city has changed for the better. I hadn’t been back since my first visit in 1994, and of course had to come back to the Empire State Building to see the same vistas, to get the birds eyes view and observe changes. This view had changed of course, post 9/11. .
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All Images Copyrighted. Available for print orders (link on profile page) and reposting, please credit & tag @onelushlife. Thank you

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ONE World Trade Center. NYC sure sparkles at night ❤️ making of it a dream.
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Lifetimes Remembered. (7 photos)
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A friends old family dwelling in Ucluelet, generations of Canadian Japanese fishermen. A glimpse at what once was and how his father and his father’s fathers lived. After his father’s passing, the dwelling was no longer lived in, standing still in time until the family would decide what to do with it

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