Hong Kong Skyscrapers Share Holiday Cheer

877448_160_160Neighborhood homes and local stores are not the only buildings adorned with flashy holiday lights this year- in fact, some of the most intricate and flashy designs can be found on skyscrapers in Hong Kong!

The light-images displayed are complex and enormous, displaying Santa Claus in various scenarios, frolicking reindeer, snowmen, Christmas trees, colorful gifts and so much more. Created mostly by Terence Wong, the images are an expression of the former electrician’s calling.

“It is my passion,” Wong explained. “I never want to stop.”

He added, “Every day I think about Christmas- all year!”

He explained that his enlightened career began over three decades ago, when a property developer wanted stars suspended from the tops of his buildings. Since then, Wong has developed new styles and techniques for building light displays. He began setting the lights up with the help of window-cleaning platforms, eventually perfecting his work to create intricate, moving images.

Wong added that his business is hardly affected by economic changes. In fact, businesses and property owners actually focus more on display when financial times are rough.

Wong’s craft actually follows an ancient tradition in Chinese culture. The people love light displays, and they have incorporated them in their art and celebrations for centuries. Traditional light displays use breathtaking lanterns and fireworks instead of electric lights.

Oprah Discusses Lincoln with Spielberg, Day-Lewis

abraham-lincoln-movie-reviewRecently, onOprah’s Next Chapter,” Oprah Winfrey interviewed Academy Award-winning actor Daniel Day-Lewis about playing Lincoln in Steven Spielberg’s most recent movie.

Daniel Day-Lewis explained, during the interview, that he believes it’s important to take time off between projects. As he said,I would very soon become threadbare if I were only lurching from one film set to another without any nourishment.” Spielberg wanted to film the movie in three months time; Day-Lewis agreed to one year.

As Spielberg explained during the interview, “It was a conditional yes. It was, ‘Yes, I want to work with you. I want to play Abraham Lincoln in Tony Kushner’s script, but I want a year. Not just because I need a year to prepare for it, but I have a life. And I can do this in a year.’”

Interestingly, in the interview, Spielberg brought up Lincoln’s character flaw of favoring one child, Tad, over another, Robert. Many sources have pointed to this conflict and to this short falling of Lincoln’s. In one letter that President Abraham Lincoln wrote to General Grant, he asked Grant “as a friend” for Robert to serve as a member of Grant’s “military family with some nominal rank.” This is certainly a concession that Lincoln ended up making for the son who begged to be able to be of service during the war.

Day-Lewis explained how he saw the conflict between Lincoln and Robert. As Day-Lewis said to Oprah,

“When Robert, his first son, was born, Lincoln was on the judicial circuit in Illinois which took him away from home for six months at a time. He was an absentee father and absentee husband. It’s very hard to make that work. Something’s just occurred to me: A real character flaw is implicitly a flaw that we don’t recognize in ourselves.”

The movie “Lincoln” has become a powerful piece and a great way to offer a history lesson to today’s children about leadership, character flaw and forgiveness.

Kate Middleton- Pregnant!

News of Kate Middleton’s pregnancy has swept the world like a storm. Excitement, curiosity and concern are only a few of the raging emotions in Britain and beyond.

Here, ABC News explains the situation, enlisting a doctor and another hyperemesis gravidarum sufferer to provide accurate information regarding Kate’s condition and hospitalization.

As laws are changing, Kate and William’s child will be third in line to the throne, bumping Prince Harry down to fourth.

ABC’s Lama Hasan reports: