Archive for the Study Abroad China 2009-2010 Category

Gulou Dajie LIVES!!!鼓楼大街不会死了!

Posted in Beijing, Beijing Yuantel Internship, Musing, Photo, Study Abroad China 2009-2010 with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 7, 2010 by foundmeinchina

This makes my day month year. I was in the early stages of writing a lament about how one of my most beloved places in Beijing, Gulou Dajie 鼓楼大街, was soon to be no more. Gulou Dajie is one of the oldest of the remaining traditional hutong 胡同 neighborhoods that made up imperial Beijing. It is named after the Drum Tower (pictured above), that along with the Bell Tower 100 meters north, looms over the neighborhood, due north of the Imperial City 故宫. The two buildings were originally used as instruments, and later to tell time in the city. Here’s a link to learn more about the Drum Tower and Bell Tower’s history. Gulou Dajie used to be the home of ministers and nobles in Beijing, though now it is home to both poor and very wealthy, the former who have no money to move out of their generation-old homes, and the latter who want to hold live in a chic, fashionably traditional space (with all of the modern 21st Century accoutrement, of course).

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Photos of My Weekends

Posted in Beijing Yuantel Internship, Photo with tags , , , , , , , on September 4, 2010 by foundmeinchina

I rarely get time to take out the Canon on the weekdays, so most of the photography I get to do is on the weekends or after work. Here’s a selection from the past few weekends/weeknights.

First, the view from the front porch of my aparthotel–yes, I live next to a smokestack; Welcome to China.

View from the Front Porch

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Some More iPhone Photos

Posted in Beijing Yuantel Internship, Photo with tags , , , , on September 2, 2010 by foundmeinchina

Like the last phone photo post, the post-processing on these is more for sun than for anything else. Though I personally tend towards more natural looking photography, it’s fun to mess around with the post-processing that iPhone apps have to offer.

All of these were taken on my walk home yesterday, except this first one, which was taken last week right before a lamb skewer dinner.

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Little Slices of Life

Posted in Beijing Yuantel Internship, Musing, Photo with tags , , , , , on September 2, 2010 by foundmeinchina

After a grueling battle, I finally beat my ailing macbook into submission and was able to get a few minutes of stuttering, 207°F CPU-temp OSX beachball editing in Lightroom before it started to freeze up. But it was enough to edit and convert some of the photos I’ve taken while here.
This post is a nostalgia post, and it is dedicated to Scott, Bob, Benny, Robert, and Lee, as these photos will mean the most by far to them. It is also in memory of my ‘son’ 烤串儿Kaochuanr,who thankfully was adopted yesterday by a milk-white lady from San Francisco who speaks fluent Mandarin. I’m so happy that he found a loving home. As of this morning, they’re doing great together, except for Kaochuanr, who doesn’t know he’s about to be neutered in a day or two.

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iPhone Photo 01

Posted in Beijing Yuantel Internship, Photo with tags , , , on September 1, 2010 by foundmeinchina

I’ve gotten sick of lugging around my dSLR everywhere I go, but I’ve discovered that with a little bit of ingenuity and a host of sometimes-hokey editing software, I can take some interesting photos with the iPhone. Granted, they definitely have this iPhone photo editing app look to them, but I appreciate them for what they are. Here’s one of my favorites so far–it was taken outside an Irvine apartment complex. One of the many wealthy brats’ cars. Made for an interesting snap, though.

The Final Paper for My Independent Study in Beijing

Posted in Beijing, Study Abroad China 2009-2010 with tags , , , , , on June 26, 2010 by foundmeinchina

As part of my Spring semester at BNU, I opted out of taking the class focusing on newspaper reading (which I probably should have taken as it is very useful but a complete drag in terms of the workload) and decided to do an independent study paper. I decided to focus on China’s economic rise. The paper is fairly informal, as I was given a lot of leeway from my advisor, who simply wanted us to show her that I had researched and learned something, but it did provide me with a great foundation of working knowledge regarding China and its economy, as well as US-Sino relations. It also proved to me that my interest in China has not waned; while writing the paper, even though I left it to the last few days before the deadline, I found myself researching because I enjoyed learning, not because I wanted to get the paper done. To me, this revelation meant more than the grade. This paper is a healthy ten pages double-spaced, so feel free to skim.

Grade Received: A

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Easiest Panoramas Ever.

Posted in Beijing, Photo, Study Abroad China 2009-2010 with tags , , , , , on June 5, 2010 by foundmeinchina

This is a shot of the tile art at 建国门 (Jian4guo2men2) subway stop on Beijing’s Line 2.
I wish I used my phone to take panoramas in Yunnan instead of my DSLR. The software on the phone stitches panoramas SO MUCH better than anything I’ve found on the computer thus far (that isn’t really expensive). Oh well–gives me an excuse to head back to Yunnan. Speaking of which, I will try and get thos photos up as soon as possible, but I honestly don’t think it’s going to happen till after I head back home.

Oh, and excuse that lame white border. The Autostitch panorama app makes great panoramas, but only if the photographer doesn’t suck so much that he doesn’t take wide enough photos to fill out the corners of a panorama.