{ 366 } 31.12.2011 . new haircut

new haircut for the new year

{ 366 } 30.12.2011 . shopping finds

Wanderlust: Saint Basil's Cathedral

{ Photo by verygreen }

Saint Basil's Cathedral in Russia
Собор Василия Блаженного

That's the name in Russian. It looks like its a mouthful, isn't it?
The cathedral looks like something out of a candy store, and is so dreamy that it looks unreal.
I would have to stand right on the Red Square, to believe that it's real.

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{ 366 } 29.12.2011 . home sweet home

eating non-stop at home in penang

{ 366 } 28.12.2011 . audrey hepburn

audrey hepburn - the epitome of style and elegance - at madame tussauds hong kong, at the peak, hong kong

The Blind Men and the Elephant

{ Chiang Mai, Thailand - Feb 2011 }

It was six men of Indostan
 To learning much inclined,
Who went to see the Elephant
 (Though all of them were blind),
That each by observation
 Might satisfy his mind.

The First approached the Elephant,
And happening to fall
Against his broad and sturdy side,
At once began to bawl:
"God bless me!—but the Elephant
Is very like a wall!"

The Second, feeling of the tusk,
 Cried:"Ho!—what have we here
So very round and smooth and sharp?
 To me 't is mighty clear
This wonder of an Elephant
 Is very like a spear!"

The Third approached the animal,
 And happening to take
The squirming trunk within his hands,
 Thus boldly up and spake:
"I see," quoth he, "the Elephant
 Is very like a snake!"

The Fourth reached out his eager hand,
 And felt about the knee.
"What most this wondrous beast is like
 Is mighty plain," quoth he;
"'T is clear enough the Elephant
 Is very like a tree!"

The Fifth, who chanced to touch the ear,
 Said: "E'en the blindest man
Can tell what this resembles most;
 Deny the fact who can,
This marvel of an Elephant
 Is very like a fan!"

The Sixth no sooner had begun
 About the beast to grope,
Than, seizing on the swinging tail
 That fell within his scope,
"I see," quoth he, "the Elephant
 Is very like a rope!"

And so these men of Indostan
 Disputed loud and long,
Each in his own opinion
 Exceeding stiff and strong,
Though each was partly in the right,
 And all were in the wrong!

So, oft in theologic wars
 The disputants, I ween,
Rail on in utter ignorance
 Of what each other mean,
And prate about an Elephant
 Not one of them has seen!

{ 366 } 27.12.2011 . macao

ruinas de sao paulo, macao

{ 366 } 26.12.2011 . dim sum

dim sum at michelin-starred tim ho wan, hong kong

Project 366

A project to take a photo a day for the next year. Sounds like an ambitious undertaking? I felt so too! But I am intrigued by the idea. To think that a year later, I would be able to look back at the 366 photos taken over the year. Wonder what kind of memories it would evoke! By the way, it is 366 photos because 2012 is a leap year. 

Well, I will start documenting this journey here. If everything goes right, will take me all the way to 20.12.2012. 

Let's see how far it will go.

{ 366 } 25.12.2011 . happy giraffe

happy giraffe in lantau island, hong kong

{ 366 } 24.12.2011 . christmas eve

celebrating christmas eve in hong kong with thousands of people on the streets

{ 366 } 23.12.2011 . last working day

having a good lunch on the last working day of 2011

Have yourself a merry little Christmas!

Have a great Christmas with families and friends, wherever you are!
And have a Happy New Year, too!

I'm off to Hong Kong for Christmas, but I have lined up some posts for the week. Happy Holidays!

{ 366 } 22.12.2011 . vanilla latte

my colleague's cute and dreamy dog is in a christmas mood!

Time is Power

{ Movie : In Time }

Love this movie poster.
It has a great message.
A great face (of Justin Timberlake, of course!).
And easily summarises the movie. 

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{ 366 } 21.12.2011 . bell pepper

cute small bell pepper plant spotted on the way to work

Thinking of Proposing This Christmas? Do It in Style!

{ Sponsored Guest Post by BCP }

There is something about Christmas that brings out the romantic side of many people and it is for this reason that many people chose to get engaged at this time of year. What could be more romantic than asking your loved one to marry you on a snowy Christmas morning sat by an open fire?

Sadly here in the UK the chances of having a traditional Christmas scene when you open your curtains on Christmas morning is quite unlikely and it is more probable that it will rain on Christmas Day than snow.

If you want the traditional Christmas scene then you are better off going somewhere abroad where you are pretty much guaranteed to get snow. This of course means that you have to go away for Christmas. If you are thinking of asking your loved one to marry you then this could be the perfect trip and an engagement to remember.

New York or Lapland would both be fantastic choices for somewhere to pop the question.

If you are thinking about going for it in this way then you will want to make it a trip to remember, for all of the right reasons and this means that you will want to make your loved one feel special from the moment you set off for your time away.

If you are driving to airport then you might like to think about a spending a little extra cash and treating yourselves to valet parking. This will guarantee that your loved one will be made to feel like a VIP. There will be no waiting around for your shuttle bus to the airport with this service. All you need to do is drive up to the terminal from where you are flying and you will be met by your valet driver who will then hand you your bags so that you can make your way straight to check-in. They will then take the car and park it somewhere safe and secure for the duration of your trip.

On your return journey (hopefully as an engaged couple!) you will be met at arrivals with your car so all you have to do is get into your vehicle and make your way home so that you can start to plan the wedding!

It does not matter which of the UK airports you are flying out of as many of them will offer the valet parking service and this includes valet parking Manchester airport and valet parking at Heathrow.
You will also be able to find great options of parking services with airport parking at Gatwick and Luton parking.

::: Footnotes :::

This is a sponsored guest post. While this post was not written by me, I only choose sponsored posts that are relevant and interesting.

Soak in the Christmas spirit

{ Singapore - December 2011 } 

While I do not celebrate Christmas, I love the idea that Christmas conjure up in my mind - beautiful golden balls, sparkling lights, powdery snow, crackling warm fireplace, Christmas trees, mistletoe, sharing of gifts, and of course, the big fat man with a long white beard. Well, these, I have to admit, are probably from all the American movies and TV series that I have seen, but I love it anyway.

So, to all of you who celebrate Christmas, have a beautiful bright and cheerful Christmas, and to those of you who just want to soak in the Christmas spirit, take a walk along Orchard Road. With the brightly lit up Christmas trees, with streets decked out in blue sparking lights and Christmas decorations, you can definitely feel that Christmas is just around the corner.

Merry Christmas!
And have a Happy New Year!

Brightly lit up Christmas trees

{ Singapore - December 2011 }

Singapore may be in the tropics, and the weather is hot and humid with lots of rain, but that does not stop this tiny red dot from going all out with Christmas decorations. You just need to take a walk down Orchard Road to soak in the atmosphere. There are so many beautifully decorated trees along the festive road, that I lost count after awhile. Love how each of them are so different, and yet unmistakably Christmassy!

The elephants are parading on the streets!

{ Singapore - December 2011 }

If you have been out in Singapore lately, you would have noticed brightly coloured elephants all around the city. They are part of the Elephant Parade's open-air exhibition dedicated to saving the Asian elephants from extinction. If you ask me, this is a brilliant concept to raise awareness, while raising funds! The elephants are uniquely painted by local and international artists, and will be auctioned off by Sotheby's in January 2012.

The first Elephant Parade was in Rotterdam in 2007, and has since been to Antwerp, Amsterdam, Emmen, London and Bergen. There were four exhibitions this year, starting from Heerlen, Copenhagen, Milan and finally, Singapore. Part of the proceeds are in aid of the Asian Elephant Foundation.

The Asian elephants are lovely animals. They are huge, and yet gentle. I learnt this first hand when I was in Chiang Mai, Thailand earlier this year. Will write about my amazing experience in the Elephant Nature Park next, but in the meantime, enjoy these brightly coloured elephants parading around the streets of Singapore.

Imagining Pompeii as it was

{ Pompeii, Italy - May 2011 }

Walking around the huge and well-preserved archeological site that was once Pompeii, it was easy to imagine the city that it once was...

Pompeii was an important port, and must have been a well-to-do city. The temples and the forum must have been a lively place where the Pompeiians met, traded and socialised with their family and friends. There were shops selling everyday items, such as wine and bread, with graffiti on the walls. There were brothels with erotic frescoes and public baths. The large amphitheatre must have provided entertainments to the residents.

The houses and villas were large, with many rooms and even gardens with water features. Some of the houses were right in the middle of the city, while others were further away, probably some holiday villas of rich Pompeiians. The rich pompeiian red that coloured the walls and the beautiful paintings showed that the houses must have been colourful. The bright gardens and water features, would have completed the homes. Some houses even have guard dogs, with mosaic signs to warn unwanted intruders!

Then came the eruption of Mount Vesuvius on 24 August 79 AD. The huge cloud of volcanic ash and the heat, caused many Pompeiians to run away from the city. Unfortunately, many did not manage to leave and perished when the thick layer of ashes buried them and their city. With the city covered and destroyed, the city was abandoned, and the names and locations forgotten.

::: Footnotes :::

{ Getting there from Naples } There are trains every half an hour for the 35 minutes journey from Circumvesuviana Napoli-Sorrento to Pompei Scavi-Villa dei Misteri. The entrance at Porta Marina is only a few minutes walk away. To go back to Naples, take the Circumvesuviana train from the Pompei Scavi-Villa dei Misteri stop to Naples Garibaldi station (direction Napoli). Note that there are two stops marked Napoli – you want the first one if you’re aiming for Garibaldi, the city’s main train station.

{ Pompeii } Pompeii is open everyday from 8.30 am to 7.30 pm, with the last admission at 6 pm. A single ticket is valid for one day, and costs €11. You can also buy the ticket that gives you access to five sites (Herculaneum, Pompeii, Oplontis, Stabiae, Boscoreale) for €20, and is valid for 3 days. The ticket price includes a map and small pocket guide, A Brief Guide to Pompeii. The guide is good, and remember to pick them up at the information window. Audio guide is also available, but we read that it is a recording of the pocket guide, and so we did not get it. It costs €6.50 for one, or €10 for 2 people.

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