A spaceman came travelling on his ship from afar,
‘Twas light years of time since his mission did start,
And over a city he halted his craft,
And it hung in the sky like a star, just like a star…
He followed a light and came down to a bank,
Where an old man and housewife were yelling to a staff,
A bright light of silver shone round their heads,
And they had the faces of a victim, and they were afraid…
Then the stranger spoke, he said “Do not fear,
I come from a planet a long way from here,
And I bring a message for mankind to hear,”
And suddenly the sweetest music filled the air…
“Sell, sell, sell … stop dreaming … back to work, back to what you’re best at …”
It’s really not easy.
May be I have not spent enough time in Beijing, or I simply didn’t know where to look for. It’s not that easy to find the old Beijing, in the post-Olympics days. But still there are lots of places that I wished I could spend more time and took more pictures. What I managed to do was to keep taking photos, and selected some to process it with Virtual Photographer plug-in … and here is my old Beijing.
Click the picture to jump to the gallery in Facebook, and hope you like it.
To prepare for the 2008 Olympics, Beijing has undergone some massive changes. Therefore, even though it’s not my first visit to Beijing but the modern Beijing is still very new to me.
What surpised and touched me most about the city was not the high-tech buildings, excellent highways, impressive Olympics games venues, and renovated tourist spots; but instead, it was how I felt about the people there – they are confident, happy, proud of themselves and their motherland. In addition, I can tell they are very determined to build a better country for their future and next generation. Isn’t it one of the reasons why we wanted to host the Olympic games ?
Click the photo to see some more Beijing photos, hosted in Facebook.
As blogged in one previous post, I was one of the 50 winners of the Bring Back That Brand New Blogging Event. To enter the contest, I submitted a screen shot of my first blog post back in 2002 and the following winning line was selected by the organizer – “I kinda believe that web blog is the future”. The organizer also compiled those 50 winning lines in a set of presentation slides titled “This is the story of why we blog…”.
Following is my part in the set:
Check out the whole set here in an interactive fashion.