Binge watching in early 2017

Back then when TV series “LOST” started to be aired the first time in Germany, i liked it, but i lost interest along the way, because first, it took them a couple of years to produce all 6 seasons, and second, the commercial breaks are not helping. The original version in english is much better anyway. Now that on demand is possible via video streaming, it is the second time i gave LOST a full run. The first time i binge-watched i skipped boring parts, but this time i saw it basically from start to end, because i just wanted it to be done, and it was worth it.

Another TV series i binge-watched was “Stargate Atlantis”. I loved “Stargate SG-1”, because as a child born in 1986 i watched actor Richard Dean Anderson in “MacGyver” a lot, and he did a good job again, as main character Jack O’Neill. But Atlantis is without the cast of SG-1, so it took me some time to like it. “Stargate Universe” is another series of the franchise, which i liked much more, but sadly made it only to 2 seasons, till it got cancelled.

Recycled unbleached paper

Over a week ago i bought A4 sized 80 g/qm paper in a pack of 500. The special thing is that they are not white, because they are not bleached. This will make my origami cranes less bright and give them more depth, when captured in difficult light situations. The paper is not grey either. There is an yellow tone in white. A bright cream color to be exact. I like it a lot. And these are the specs of the recycled paper by manufacturer Xerox in german: “Bleichverfahren: ungebleicht, Weißegrad: 70% ± 2.5 D65/10, Opazität: 95 %, Dicke: 102 µm +/-6, Fasertyp: Recycled”

Crush on Jessica Clements

In late 2016 i surfed on YouTube through channels, and found this lady named Jessica Clements. I liked to watch her talking. She seems to be attractive and nice, almost funny. I do not care about the makeup chat. But the thing that got me hooked was her birds, it made me watch all videos, because of her voice. Hashtag Rabbit Hole.

In early 2017 i started an instagram account dedicated to edit her photos, to add a twist to them, as an outlet. Because she is out of my league. I still wanted to do more with her, and this was the way i went. I’m 3 decades old, shot over 100.000 photos, over 10.000 videos in my life, and probably just tired of my own photos and videos at the moment.

I even took more care of myself, by doing things like sit ups and crunches, to get me in a better shape. Thank you to Jessica Clements, for the motivation, although she has only contributed passively through her existence alone. Hashtag Girlfriend Goals.

Remotely related, in 2009 my weight was 110 kg, and after less than one year i got it down to around 65 kg, with a body height of 175 cm. I have never gone back up in weight, because i changed how i eat and i’m happy about it ever since.

Before 2009 my relationship with eating was not healthy. I had mood swings and tried to compensate them with junk food or fast food, which made it even worse. But at some point i realized i need to change everything, or i will die because of this. Since then i learned a lot to put my life back on track, and keep it that way.

Binge watching in mid 2016

As a child born in 1986 i watched TV series “The A-Team” quite frequently, but never got to watch all 5 seasons. In early 2016 i picked up a BitTorrent client for a month and downloaded my favorites from the past. I already had some of them in my archive, like Simpsons or Futurama. But i still wanted to have “Stargate SG-1”, “Married… with Children”, “Hogan’s Heroes” and The A-Team.

The final episode aired 30 years ago, it is really old, but i have a sentimental connection with the series, it gave me the urge for justice. I watched the last episodes of The A-Team in a hotel room while i was in Helsinki to fold origami cranes and i’m satisfied with it.

I grew up with “The Simpsons” and probably watched all episodes, back then when i had a dedicated TV. Now it’s not the case anymore, since i wait till the season is over and have the opportunity to get it all in one step on my hard drive. I never got to watch the newest episodes anyway, because they needed to be translated for the german audience, which takes a while. But now i enjoy the original version.

Another TV series i binge-watched was “Married… with Children”, which is quite similar with The Simpsons. Both are showing parents with two kids, where life was not always nice to them, but they can make it through in some way, because it was their passion, which is one of the reasons i like them so much.

My parents are on YouTube

I made a YouTube channel named “Cantonese Craft” where my mother is showing some of her cooking and sewing skills. She does the voice over in her first language Hong Kong-Chinese, also known as Cantonese. I’m doing the whole video recording and editing thing, because my parents are not deep into tech. My father is always tired after work, but i might get him sometimes on the channel. I’m just trying to develop another revenue stream for them, so that they do not have to perform physically demanding work anymore.

My parents have met the first time in Germany. Both came here alone from the British colony Hong Kong to work hard. At some point they have found each other and later i was born in 1986, in a city that is now no longer the capital of Germany. My first years weren’t that bad. Father made enough money as waiter in a chinese restaurant, with a lot of people working for governments as customers, while mother was there for me in my early stage. But then they decided to run their own restaurant and things changed.

Why my trail of origami cranes started in Paris

Back then in early 2013 i started to visit London and Paris because i wanted to cover street style photography during Fashion Week. I have some female fashion bloggers in my RSS Feed Reader since a long time and thought, i need to see them in real life.

But soon i realized this is not what i want anymore. My last time as photojournalist covering Fashion Week was in Paris early 2014. In late 2013 i have already prepared myself to fold origami cranes before and after the fashion show events of brands like Chanel and Valentino, just to fill the gaps when nothing is happening.

I researched places where i can sit down to fold a origami crane and documented everything with two cameras for two point of views, to be later combined into a video. I kept doing it, made a lot of them along my way, and this is why the trail of thousand origami cranes began in Paris.

Thousand Origami Cranes

I recommend watching my videos in fullscreen and not under 720p resolution. You can see me folding all origami cranes in high speed combined or one by one in real time separate. Since there is no background music, you are free to hear whatever you want.