Posts tagged “Photo

[Photo] Guomao Bridge and CCTV Tower

It’s interesting to see that people here in China have many ways to keep themselves involved. I spotted a man playing with a batton over some fast paced trance music.

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[Development] Compassion for Migrant Children

This weekend is almost about to end but it was a rather fresh weekend for me in the ever cooling city of Beijing. Friday witnessed a rather early sleeping time and this was so that I could get up early at 6am. Saturday I woke up at 6am, got ready and headed out for 五元桥Wuyuan Bridge. Now, if you’re a local here you might be asking me WHAT THE HELL WERE YOU DOING IN WUYUAN QIAO!!? Wuyuan Bridge is all the way out in the 5th inner ring road which is pretty far from  the center of Beijing. It took me almost 2 hours to get out there: taking the metro, bus and by walking. Where was I headed for in Wuyuan Qiao? I made my way finally to a School in the middle of  no where. Starting this weekend, I have decided to make more use of my time here in Beijing than just the usual going out and wasting my time on the weekends recovering from the night before. I joined a NGO called Compassion for Migrant Children(CMC), which the organization stands to help migrant children in China by further expanding their education by means of using volunteers like me.

China has many social problems but as of now the massive migration of workers moving into larger cities, like Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, is one of the largest problems China faces. Here are the stats for Beijing according to CMC:

50,000,000 Migrant Workers in Beijing as of now

500,000 Migrant Children in Beijing.

These are overwhelming numbers and is continually growing at a rapid rate. The problem is that these Migrant children aren’t registered in Beijing since they come from other provinces in China so they do not have the proper access to public education in China.  They do go to school but these migrant schools have poorly educated teachers and overall, the children don’t receive the proper care and advise they require. Most of the migrant children face a reality where they watch their parents work day and night and some drop out of school and start working at a very young age. That’s the situation in a nutshell and I promise I will be back with more statistics and info for future posts.

As far as Saturday went, I realized that I haven’t taught English for almost 3 years when I taught for a private English institution in Wuhan, China for the summer. But this experience was quite different. I wasn’t teaching for money and I was just doing it for the pure enjoyment of wanting to make an impact and learn at the same time. The school was a very simple and even though it lacked many resources the joy of the students and the energy they brought to class took over any negativity in the environment or what the children were going through. I only taught for 2 hours, mainly to grade school students but I really enjoyed it. I will be doing this for the next couple weeks until Christmas. For now, this is all the time I have to update on my experience but I will have a photo essay dedicated to the status of Migrant Workers and their family members by the end of the year! Stay tuned.

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[Photos] Top 5 Photos from Seoul

I finally got around to posting my favorite shots from my Seoul trip from back in September. It was a nice get away from Beijing. The city reminded me mostly of Tokyo for its efficiency in transportation and access to many things that I was blocked from in Beijing, like internet and western food. Since I took 1,000 photos all together from this seven-day trip, choosing 5 photos was  a tough task. I tried to choose a photo from different genres. But as efficient and smooth Seoul was, I really missed Beijing for what it is. The more I travel outside of Beijing, the more thankful I am for what I have in Beijing. Seoul was delicious and it was interesting to see North Korea with my own eyes from the DMZ. Here are the top 5 photos. Enjoy!

Picture #1: I could not help but to take a photo of this little girl at Gyong Buk Gong Palace. Her facial expression shows how she was annoyed by her mother taking a picture of her over and over. This week was during Chuseok, the national holiday in Seoul and you could see many people dressed up in traditional Korean outfits. What distinguishes Japan and Korea in traditional wear was the bright colors that could be seen in Korea. During Chuseok, aka Korean thanksgiving, people go home to their hometown so some of the restaurants and shops in Seoul were closed.

Picture #2: I had a romantic afternoon with three of my guy friends where we witnessed where couples "lock" their love at Seoul tower. We took a cable car up the hill and we saw the sunset. This shot was taken from Seoul Tower and although I can't read Korean, I'm guessing it says something similar along the lines of "You are my destiny" or "We will be together forever" or something like that. But nonetheless it was a great place to overlook the entire city of Seoul.

Picture #3: By now I hope you have realized that I am a big fan of blue sky's in my photography. This one came out well because of the great contrast. This photo was taken at the Korean War Memorial, which is a must go if you are in Seoul. Seoul Tower is on the top right corner of this photo as well.

Picture #4: Also taken at Gyong Buk Gong Palace. During Chuseok, you could see many events going on around the city. Kids were painting masks and you just gotta love the creativity and the colors.

Picture #5: This was taken at a park right by City Hall in Seoul. The architecture of the traditional style buildings are quite similar to the ones in Beijing or Tokyo but I just like this photo because its chill and that was my goal for this trip. I just wanted to chill and relax and that's exactly what I did in Seoul.

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