A journey to remember

Avenue of Stars & Symphony of Light

Posted on: May 16, 2011

Salah satu tourist attraction yang cukup terkenal di Hongkong adalah Victoria Harbor, daerah pinggir laut Hongkong dengan view gedung-gedung pencakar langit yang spektakuler. Kemudian setiap hari jam 7 malam waktu setempat, ada pertujunkan lampu yang diberi nama Symphony of Light. Pada pertunjukan ini, seluruh gedung yang terletak di pinggir laut akan ikut ambil bagian. Permainan lampu dari gedung-gedung itu selalu seirama dengan alunan musik yang mengiringinya.

Kalo menurut gue sih ya, pertunjukan lampu ini enggak sehebat yang gue kira. Victoria Harbor itu kan panjang, jadi agak susah ngikutin gedung di sebelah mana aja yang sedang memainkan lampunya. Jadi idealnya, nonton pertunjukan ini harus di posisi tengah.

Selain Symphony of Light, keberadaan Avenue of Stars juga jadi daya tarik sendiri dari Victoria Harbor. Tahu kan, Avenue of Stars? Tempat deretan cap tangan dari selebritis itu loh… Cap tangan artis-artis ini tersebar dari ujung sampai ke ujung di Victoria Harbor. Dan pastinya, di sana itu cuma ada cap tangan artis-artis Cina dan Hongkong aja. Bakal sia-sia kalo kamu cari cap tangan artis Hollywood di sini.

Hal menarik yang jangan sampai dilewatkan kalo mampir ke sini apa lagi kalo bukan foto-foto. Coba datang dari waktu masih sore, saat gedung-gedung di seberang laut masih terlihat jelas. Lalu ambil foto lagi saat mulai gelap dan lampu-lampu gedung mulai dinyalakan. Tapi untuk foto malam ini, diperlukan kamera canggih untuk hasil foto yang ciamik. Soalnya kamera digital biasa aja kurang mampu mengambil detail dari panorama gedung di malam hari. Nggak heran kalo jasa fotografer komersil lumayan laris di Victoria Harbor.

Victoria Harbor at Noon

Victoria Harbor at Night

Avenue of Stars

Untuk sampai ke Victoria Harbor, naik MTR sampai stasiun East Tsim Tha Tsui, lalu cari exit J, kemudian tinggal ikuti papan petunjuk menuju Avenue of Star. Ada banyak spot bagus buat foto-foto di sepanjang perjalanan menuju Avenue of Star. Jadi pastikan kamera digital kamu enggak ketinggalan di hotel ya, hehehehehe.


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I used to read a quote written by my former lecture saying that even a bad decision would always be much better than no decision at all. It reminded me of the decisions I put on hold and I asked myself, “What prevents me from making all those decisions?” I could instantly listed down many personal reasons that didn’t even sound good to myself. So there I made a couple of decisions; the good ones and the bad ones, and apparently it was so true: even bad decision was still better than no decision at all. First of all, it helped me to move on. I no longer waited for this and that; I made decisions and I started to make the actions. It also gave me a peace of mind knowing that I owed nothing to anyone, not even to myself. And most importantly, all those decisions made me learn, notably the bad ones. It’s not that I intentionally made a bad one, but well, how did I know my decision was bad until I gave it a try? Ever since the day I decided to stop putting my decisions on hold, my life felt a lot lighter and I have never been more proud of myself. Other people might not be happy with my decisions, but I only do what I’ve got to do and they can’t blame me for having courage to do the things they’re not willing to do. If it holds me back and nobody wants to make the call, then let me do the honor. It’s actually that simple, and again, it sets me free.
My biggest career goal is always running my own business. I have been an entrepreneur even since I was a seven years old. I was never hesitate everytime I saw an opportunity to earn some cash to buy toys and comic books. Graduating from college and starting my first corporate job has stopped me from doing my own business. I was too busy to do something else beside my main job. I tried to run a small jewelry business but then I got bored. I came to learn that if I want to start a business, I have to do something bigger. But of course, a bigger scale own business will also require a bigger effort! The comfort of corporate job made me decide to postpone starting a new business until at some point, it was no longer comforting to me. I still remember one night I went home feeling extremely upset with my boss and I just told myself, “I can’t do this forever. I can do much better than working for a jerk.” Right at that moment, I decided to start my biggest dream: starting my own business. Not so long after that, @thelenstory was born.
There is this one little secret about @thelenstory. There was one particular guy who made me fall deeper with photography. He was so talented he could make an old dirty lamp look beautifully glow in his pictures. I still remember that day on a boat, he took pictures of me and he smiled behind his lens. That kind of smile that made me feel the prettiest girl on earth. I didn’t know why but I just loved seeing this guy holding his camera. I even still loved it when he took pictures of me with his grumpy face! At the end of the day, The Lens Story is way more than just a girl who fell in love. The ups and downs, and all lifetime savings that I’ve spent have been the greatest leap of faith I’ve ever taken in my entire life. That one guy from my past was just a starting point. He was my inspiration, he made me believe that there were many hidden talents like him out there and I would be more than happy to help them start their professional career in photography. That was the very beginning story on how my start-up was born, and to me, that will always be one of my favorite stories to tell.

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