“I’d just say to aspiring journalists or writers—who I meet a lot of—do it now. Don’t wait for permission to make something that’s interesting or amusing to you. Just do it now. Don’t wait. Find a story idea, start making it, give yourself a deadline, show it to people who’ll give you notes to make it better. Don’t wait till you’re older, or in some better job than you have now. Don’t wait for anything. Don’t wait till some magical story idea drops into your lap. That’s not where ideas come from. Go looking for an idea and it’ll show up. Begin now. Be a fucking soldier about it and be tough.”

Two pilots on their way to board their flight at Kuala Lumpur International Airport #malaysia #mh17

Lonely balloon seller. #beijing #blackandwhite #china

A masterpiece in editing. Quite well-shot too. The footages and audio commentary are well-chosen and go along with the rhythm of the music. Great video!

(Music: ‘The Girl from Ipanema” Astrud Gilberto; ‘Run Boy Run’ Woodkid)

Today is the 1st video of AP’s series about the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen massacre. In “China Voices,” AP met with Zhang Xianlin, whose 19-year-old son was killed in the protest. She is at home and the police is monitoring her visitors but we managed to get in. She spoke of pain and loss: “the scars in my heart are eternal.” She said her determination to fight was stronger. Above, the picture of her son’s dead body, dug out in a schoolyard a few days after his death. Only on AP: http://bit.ly/1kPAo3M

“"Sometimes, as you’ve certainly experienced, the reality on the computer screen ends up miles shy of your original hopes. In times like these, it’s easy to be plagued by doubt and blame. I know I am. "
Me too.”

Early morning in Naypyidaw, Myanmar

A group of Burmese people are arranging fake flowers for display on a roundabout in Myanmar’s capital Naypyidaw, one day before the opening of the ASEAN summit which Myanmar is hosting for the first time. Naypyidaw, a city entirely planned by the then-ruling military junta and built from scratch a decade ago, became the country’s capital in 2005. Wide, empty avenues give it the feel of a phantom town. “Fake flowers for a fake city,” said a colleague. 

Sailing on Hong Kong’s oldest ketch. Spot the future sailor. #hongkong #latergram

Rooftop hopping at the start of the rainy season. Hong Kong, March 2014.

Street fashion at the National People’s Congress, Beijing Street fashion at the National People’s Congress, Beijing

Street fashion at the National People’s Congress, Beijing

龙潭公园, Dragon’s Pool garden. #nopollution #beijing #china #onassignment #latergram

First assignment in Beijing: air pollution. This is a view from the AP bureau on the thick haze that surrounded the capital today. It prompted the authorities to issue a yellow alert - the first one since Beijing launched in October its emergency plan to tackle air pollution. Many people were wearing face masks, but the thin kind. Not sure how effective they were. #china #beijing #air #pollution #video

On assignment, Feb. 15: A dragon dance.
About 11,000 people sat down inside Cheung Sha Wan playground to eat a Hong Kong traditional dish called Poon Choi. The event marked the Lantern festival, aka the end of the Chinese New Year celebrations.
Poon Choi is a dish which originates from the walled villages in the New Territories, and it consists of a giant basin inside which are layered several ingredients such as tofu, radish (bottom layer), pork and dried mushrooms (middle layer), abalone, seafood and other more expensive ingredients (top layer). People dip their chopsticks inside the pipping hot broth and eat layer after layer. The dish also became popular among the urban residents of Hong Kong in the 80s and 90s, as people felt the need to rediscover Hong Kong’s traditional culture and heritage, as deadline to the handover back to China, 1997, was approaching. #hongkong #china #AP #history #food

From Shatin Pass road, gazing over to Diamond Hill, Wong Tai Sin and Kowloon Tong. #HK #hiking #nature #china #Kowloon