{ 366 } 26.02.2012 . 3d

watched hugo in 3d
it was the best movie that i have watched in a long long time

{ 366 } 25.02.2012 . another E

{ 366 } 24.02.2012 . ipod nano

apple replaced my 1st generation ipod nano with the latest nano
it was definitely my best investment in music player

{ 366 } 23.02.2012 . carnevale

venice carnevale is happening in venice right now
remembering my time in venice
and the mask i bought (and carried around italy)

{ 366 } 22.02.2012 . E

{ 366 } 19.02.2012 . café latté

sometimes, i just need to sit at a cafe
doing nothing

{ 366 } 12.02.2012 . the leaping dog

Ponte Vecchio and the river Arno

{ May 2011 - Florence, Italy } 

With shops seemingly overflowing and suspended on the bridge above the river, and a passageway built above the haphazard shops, Ponte Vecchio looked like no other bridges in the world. And, if it looked charming from afar, you have got to walk along the bridge early in the morning when the shops are just opening, or late evening when they are closing. Each of the shops are like giant treasure chests that opened up to reveal one jewelry shop after another.

The Grand Duke of Florence ordered a corrider to be built in 1564, so that he would be able to move freely from his residence in Palazzo Pitti to the government palace in Palazzo Vecchio. Part of the Vasari Corridor was built above the bridge and the shops. When the corridor was built, butchers were prohibited from selling there due to the smell and the mess. Hence, several jewelry shops took over, where they remained until today.

Ponte Vecchio, which means the "Old Bridge", crossed the Arno river. One of the most important river in Central Italy, many bridges were built to bring pedestrians and traffic across it. Walking along the river, you would be able to see many locals and tourists spending time around the area, along with people engaging in water activities like kayaking.

During our trip, we crossed the river a few times, and each time, we were awarded with different views.

Ponte Vecchio

Arno River and it's people


{ 366 } 09.02.2012 . happy dragon year

it's never too late to wish everyone...
happy dragon year!

{ 366 } 08.02.2012 . hello moon

full moon!
a few days after the 15th day of the lunar new year,
the moon is still round and bright. 

and i can do bokeh on my iphone!
how cool is that?
no layers, no adjustments - directly from the phone

People of Florence

{ May 2011 - Florence, Italy }

The heart of the city of Florence is arguably Piazza del Duomo. It is where the Duomo is, and where, I am pretty sure, one of the most visited places in Italy. So, like many of the piazzas in Italy, it is a great place to people watch.

With locals trying to make a living from the tourists that flocked the piazza, ...


and locals going about their daily routines, trying to ignore the crowd.


To tourists trying to capture a piece of the beautiful Florence as keepsakes that will last a lifetime,


and those that just needed a break from a long day of sight-seeing. 

And, of course, the police of Florence, in their stylish uniform with white leather belt, holster and bags, making sure that everyone is safe and sound.

{ 366 } 06.02.2012 . sashimi salad

sashimi salad for dinner on the fifteenth day of the lunar calendar,
or, in my local dialect hokkien, chap goh meh
which can be literally translated as the fifteenth night. 

this is the last night of the chinese new year celebration!
so, happy chap goh meh, everyone!

{ 366 } 05.02.2012 . the monkeys

speak no evil
hear no evil
see no evil

The Duomo : from the inside

{ May 2011 - Florence, Italy } 

Staying just steps away from the Duomo in Florence on our three days there, means that we were never far away from the beautiful cathedral. It was the landmark that guided us when we first reached Florence, and ended up watching a sbandieratori right in front of the cathedral. We walked past it everyday when we started our days in Florence and had breakfasts (espresso and croissant, of course!) in the nearby cafes. The big brick dome also helped us to orientate ourselves when seeing Florence from afar.

We woke up early one day to climb the dome. The climb up the dome, or cupola in Italian, provided a close up view of the breathtaking frescoes. I would not even attempt to describe it as my level of vocabulary would not be able to give it enough credit. I mean, look at it! I fully expected one of the Roman gods (or were they mere mortals?) to jump down from the roof!

Continuing the upward climb up brought us right outside the Dome. We could walk around the Dome along a narrow corridor, together with the many tourists from all around the world that found their way up there. With the strong and cold wind, but sunny blue skies, it provided a great vantage point of the city of Florence. Of course, being right on the Dome means we could not see the Dome that is the most recognisable landmark of Florence.

Back on the ground, the cathedral is free to visit for all those who queued to get in. The high and white ceiling contrasted with the colourful marble floor. There were many work of arts, decorations and mosaics. Like most of the churches that I have been to in Italy, the number of masterpieces did not fail to amaze me.


The Duomo is definitely a must-go for any trip to Florence. Somehow, it still managed to be different from the churches that I had been in Italy. And boy, had I been to many churches in Italy.

::: Footnotes :::

{ Basilica di Santa Maria del FioreBetter known as the Duomo, the cathedral is free to visit, and is opened from 10am to 5pm on most days of the week. The Dome, on the other hand, costs €8 to climb and is worth it, just to get a closer look of the amazing frescoes above the cathedral. Of course, you would also get the view of Florence from above. The Dome is open for visits from 8.30am on Mondays to Saturdays, closing at 7pm except at 5.40pm on Saturdays. Check the website www.operaduomo.firenze.it for detailed opening hours before going!

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