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People Watching

I think people watching can be an endangered leisure soon.

With many of us getting more glued to the so called smart gadgets on our hands, we don’t just sit and watching others pass by.  They get so focus with their cellphones, pay no attention with the surroundings. Playing with cellphones or the latest tablets has been a new way of killing time while they are alone or even when in a group. Surfing the net, updating status or checking others’ life on the social media has become a daily habit. A must thing to do, if I must say. Instead of pick up the phone and say “Hello, how you doing?”, now people pick up the phone and type “Woke up at 7. Now I’m sipping my best frappucino in the world.”. 

And all is being done in silent way. Yes, they still can smile, puzzled or frown as part of their reaction of whatever event shown on their gadgets’ display. But they don’t utter words, they just write words. Back and forth.

As for me, I don’t have cellphone and I still enjoy people watching when I get a chance after my eyes get sore for reading a book. For a quick or a long time. I still find people watching is a fun leisure to do. By the beach, in the a café, in a library, in a store, by the sidewalk, in a commuter train, in a long que, in a waiting room, in the airport….

Because people are unique, thus is always interesting to watch them.
Even for only a glimpse.
That too to rejoice diversity.

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Through My Viewfinder: People

By trade, I was supposed to be an anthropologist. In high school, I knew so well that dealing with numbers is not my cup of tea. Instead, I always so in love with history and culture. Which then led me to choose Anthropology as my major in university. Interestingly, after I graduated, my later resume showed how I had spent many years in the advertising world as part of the creative team. The crazy bunch of kids, according to the account and media departments. Oh what can I say? It was fun and rewarding yet stressful working environment. It was kind of work hard-play hard department in an advertising agency.

Did I waste my education? Oh not at all. There is a strong connection between what I studied and worked for. People. Yes, it’s about observing and understanding people. I feel like I will always be a constant learner, a lifetime student when it comes about people. And it always be an eye opener for me on what I could learn after observing people, wherever and whenever.

Now, being a homebody who is living in a neck of woods on the foothills of Canadian Rockies, I don’t see much people. I live in a small town where everybody almost know everybody. So it’s not really fun to observe them on daily basis. Less intriguing, I might concluded.

The only good chance for me to wear back my observer hat is when I go travelling. Little bit different than what I did back then, now I observe people only through my viewfinder.

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Passing Time: Between cellphones and playing chess (Jakarta, Indonesia)

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Picnic Time: It’s about how to take everybody in one go (Jakarta, Indonesia)

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Somebody has to do the job (Jakarta, Indonesia)

Two ladies wearing Javanese traditional dresses while selling their batik cloths (Yogyakarta, Indonesia)

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Yogyakarta used to be famous as the city of bikes. This funky lady is still reliving it. (Yogyakarta, Indonesia)

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The Culture Keepers: Gamelan players in The Palace (Yogyakarta, Indonesia)

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The becak driver with his stylish white leather shoes (Yogyakarta, Indonesia)

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Traditional morning offering ritual in a famous crafts store (Yogyakarta, Indonesia)

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Good Visit: the tempe (soybeans fermented cake) seller and her buyer in traditional market (Yogyakarta, Indonesia)

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Just pick one: When traditional and modern transportation crowd the street (Yogyakarta, Indonesia)

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Showing Off: an old guy lit his cigarette with the natural gas (Garut, Indonesia)

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Waving coconut leaves to be used for making compressed cooked rice before the Eid Day at a traditional market (Cikunir, Indonesia)

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Meat section at a traditional market (Cikunir, Indonesia)

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A fresh veggies seller at traditional market (Cikunir, Indonesia)

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A busy traditional food street seller and his buyers (Jakarta, Indonesia)

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A traditional street performer in trance stage (Jakarta, Indonesia)

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Need your jeans to be altered? He will come to your house with his sewing machine attached on the bike (Bekasi, Indonesia)

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Chinese stamp maker at work (Guangzhou, China)

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Perfect position, full dedication (Osaka, Japan)

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Field trip for kindergarten kids (Osaka, Japan)

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Men at work (Kobe, Japan)

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A lady monk stood still in the bustling tourists destination (Kyoto, Japan)

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Time to go home: two pairs elementary students walking home happily (Kyoto, Japan)

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They wanted to feed the deer, but they got so shocked when the deer suddenly surrounded them this close (Nara, Japan)

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Things to do when you are in a commuter line (Nara, Japan)

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Happy Moment: Young mothers and their toddlers (Osaka, Japan)

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Passion and Pride: A speciality chef in a Japanese restaurant (Osaka, Japan)

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Have to stay stylish while riding your bicycle (Osaka, Japan)

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“Me Time”: Quiet time in a park (Osaka, Japan)

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Rush hour in a main train station (Osaka, Japan)

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Strike a pose: Young ladies in their yukata (Kyoto, Japan)

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A rickshaw driver checking out his cellphone (Nara, Japan)

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School trip (Nara, Japan)

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National Identity: Vietnamese flight attendant in her ao dai(Osaka, Japan)

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Mighty mom picking up the kid from school (Osaka, Japan)

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It’s a man’s bag (Osaka, Japan)

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Taking a bow, saying goodbye (Osaka, Japan)

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Just Us!

I confess. I enjoy observing people.

For instance, I find it interesting to be able to capture how the lovebirds enjoy their moments together. It seems, for them, the world is theirs, only belong to them. The other people, ah…. they are just passing by.

Less that they know, watching this kind of view, somehow always brings smile and happiness to myself. It gives me an uplifting feeling. Simply nice to know here  is the time when you see and feel love is in the air. I hope they will always find their time together in their busy life. By just doing a simple things together, like these moments I managed to capture.

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A couple at the Kitsilano Beach, Vancouver.

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Two couples in between tall buildings in Osaka, Japan

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A couple cruising the Sarawak River, Malaysia.

Would you agree with me that seeing how two people in love also could spread peacefulness around us?

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Who Could Guess

I just love to sit on the beach with a view like this.

Doing nothing.

Taking my time to enjoy the moment.


Later on, along with my moment of enjoyment, I would always remember about one of the famous Indonesian sayings that has a meaning like this:

We can assume the depth of the sea, but we cannot assume what is in people’s hearts

When we think more about people’s hearts around us, little that we know actually. Some are sincere to us, some are who knows what are their true intentions. Some might accept us with all our flaws. Some might despise us for whatever reasons only they could justify. Should we worry? Should that affect our quality of life? I say not. Just remember what the saying above. The best thing we can do: let’s think positive towards people just like we should strive to be a sincere person as well.

Life, definitely, will be simpler as we live worry free.

Have a happy midweek, everyone!

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What would you do…

… when you are facing this?

‎”Some people you can afford to spend a few minutes with, but not a few hours.”

Jim Rohn

I wonder if this  kind of people know that they’re actually only worth few minutes to be with?

On the second thought, I think it’s always better to make sure yourself first that you are a somebody that worth hours to be spent with.

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