Doors Around the World

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February 9, 2016 – I just turned 36 and I rarely take bathroom selfies.

4 years from now, my life will begin. That’s what they say, life begins at 40 but for me life begins at 36. Right now, I feel like I am starting my life all over again.

I am starting to do what I have always wanted to do. However, nobody starts from the top (imagine Anne Hathaway in The Devil Wears Prada though not necessarily my boss is the Devil…haha). I would find myself saying, “I should have done this when I was younger.” Then, perhaps 15 years after I am now at the top doing the thing I love to do. Is it too late?

At the same time, I can’t just disregard what I used to do for the past 15 years. It pays very well but it’s not that easy to get into specially in this new territory. It’s a process. I am willing to do it but the question is, will it make me happier? I’ve cursed this profession from time to time in the past 15 years, you know.

In other words, I am confused at 36… haha!

Well, they say that if one door closes, another one opens.

I am 36 and I realized that I have a thing with doors.

Here are 9 of the doors around the world that I’ve been to.

1) Khasab, Oman

Khasab is one of the best place to stay when visiting the Musandam Peninsula. Now a museum, Khasab Castle was built by the Portuguese in 17th century.

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Khasab, Oman

2) Amsterdam, Netherlands

Rolex and I were looking for a short cut to get to our next destination and found this graffiti door along the way. The air definitely smells like teen spirit…you know, right?

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Amsterdam, Netherlands

3) Barcelona, Spain

If I remember it correctly, this structure is along La Rambla. Just translate what’s written at the top of the green door 🙂

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Barcelona, Spain

4) London, England

St. Paul’s Cathedral is one of the famous landmark in London.

My instruction to my ever dedicated photographer on this shoot : “Let the door meet the floor.”

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London, England

5) Budapest, Hungary

Blame it on amnesia but I can’t remember which spot is this in Budapest.

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Budapest, Hungary

6) Edinburgh, Scotland

You will not miss this red door along Royal Mile in Edinburgh. This is actually the door of St. Columba’s Free Church and there are two of these red doors, one on each end of the church.

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Edinburgh, Scotland

7) Nazareth, Israel

This is the front door of the Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth. It shows the highlights in the life of Jesus Christ.

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Nazareth, Israel

8) Jabal Al AKhdar, Oman

This metal door is quite typical in Oman. In fact, our house in Nizwa back then is similar to this minus the colorful paints.

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Jabal Al Akhdar, Oman

9) London, England

Who doesn’t love Julia Roberts and her movie Notting Hill with Hugh Grant? Oh my god I searched for this door when I came to London in 2008 but didn’t find it. I don’t give up easily and finally found it in 2014.

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London, England

In case you are looking for it, here’s the address: 280 Westboume Park Road, Notting Hill, London W11

PS. When one door closes, just ring the door bell or knock.


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