Cameron Highlands Tea Plantation, Malaysia

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Skywatch - The Victor Emmanuel II monument, Rome

Like many ancient architectures in Rome, The Victor Emmanuel II monument is one of the best preserved structures we've seen and it is located at Capitoline Hill. It commemorates the achievements of Victor Emmanuel II of Savoia, the Italian king who was successful with the unification of the country in 1870.

The equestrian statue on the left represents King Victor Emmanuel II and on the right features the goddess Victoria riding on quadrigas.

While walking around, our eyes are attracted to these beautiful sculptures that frame the monument. I've no idea what they represent but they absolutely bring elegance to the surroundings and they look wonderful against the evening sky.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Wordless Wednesday - 'Urban People'


Public art installation in the heart of Orchard Road, Singapore

Wordless Wednesday

Monday, June 25, 2012

Macro Monday - Sweet treat

My sister and her hubby recently hosted a party to celebrate their son's first birthday.

With the Angry Birds craze going on these days, they organised an Angry Birds themed party.

The texture and detail on the cake is very eye popping and looks neat but of course, that didn’t stop anyone from eating it! :)

The kids went crazy over the cake and it's funny to see how they were fighting over who got to eat these little birdies. :)

Macro Monday

Saturday, June 23, 2012

PhotoHunt - Hot Fashion

A few common fashion styles spotted in Florence. Bold, beautiful and hot.


Sandi's PhotoHunt

Gattina's PhotoHunting

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Skywatch over Vivo City Singapore

Some afternoon views at the rooftop of VivoCity after the rain.

These elephant sculptures stand and watch the sky day and night, rain or shine without uttering a single complaint.

Here's one reaching for the sky or perhaps it's an elephant's gesture of a hi-five. :)

Skywatch Friday

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

WW - Old Customs House of Venice

Formerly an old customs house, the 17th century Punta della Dogana was redesigned by Japanese architect Tadao Ando to display works owned by French art collector Francois Pinault.

It became accessible to the public in 2009 when the building was reopened as a contemporary art museum.

Sitting atop the building are two Atlases holding up a bronze globe and weather vane representing goddess Fortuna.

Wordless Wednesday

Monday, June 18, 2012

Our World - Sigmund Freud Park, Vienna

Vienna is full of this type of unique art work but the only thing is that it takes time for one to understand them. We found this sculpture at Sigmund Freud Park and it certainly attracts the attention of many passers-by. I still can't figure out what it is but it is a popular subject for photos.

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We were greeted by yet another cool sculpture as we moved along. I do not have any information about them other than they are rather eye-catching.

Aside from the sculptures, there is a fascinating piece of marble table called ‘Partner of all nations’, a memorial with ten marble chairs. From what I read, each chair represents a country (Poland, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Malta, Hungary, Czech, Slovenia, and Slovakia). Quite a few people were posing in front of it and I was quite sad to leave this beautiful park where we met some wonderful friends.

Our World

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Skywatch - Cloudy sky

A cargo ship navigating the Penang harbour on a cloudy, moody day, as captured a few weeks ago.


Skywatch Friday

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Wordless Wednesday - Advertising Column


Vienna, Austria.

Wordless Wednesday

Monday, June 11, 2012

Our World - Faces of Istanbul

Photographing people is something I've always enjoyed doing when I traveled. While I love shooting landscapes and architectures, I love the fun and challenge of photographing people. Every time I look at these photos, it brings me back in time and reminds me of all the wonderful people I met during that day. I think at least half of the people I encountered are willing to let me take their photo.

I also enjoy the moment when I can capture people without them knowing I'm taking their photos. It's a challenge every time and a great way to capture the expressions or emotions they have in a particular moment.


Our World

Saturday, June 9, 2012

PhotoHunt - Clean graveyards

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My father in law's remains are buried at Unique Memorial Park in Kedah. We gathered here each year to offer prayers and to pay homage to him during the Qingming Festival.

The park is decorated with Chinese-inspired architecture and I enjoyed the beautiful views and tranquility here. The customer service has been great and the staff members have done a great job in keeping the place clean and bright. It doesn't feel like depression or spooky coming here.

Sandi's PhotoHunt

Gattina's PhotoHunting

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Skywatch - View from the plane

One of my greatest pleasures when boarding a plane are watching beautiful landscapes and clouds from the window. It feels good to see the world from a different perspective than we are used to every day!


Skywatch Friday

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Wordless Wednesday - The Lost World


Universal Studios Singapore

Wordless Wednesday

Saturday, June 2, 2012

PhotoHunt - Bridges, Taste

One of the best parts of Venice was wandering through all of the side streets and across the canals. And, where there are canals, you can find bridges. According to our guidebook, there are over 400 bridges and 150 canals in in the city. I guess that's the reason behind why Venice is also called the "City of Bridges."

Here are a few shots of the canals and bridges to enjoy.

The Rialto Bridge is the main pedestrian crossing over the Grand Canal. Rows of shops line each side of this magnificent bridge.

And here is a view of the famous Bridge of Sighs. The bridge was under restoration and covered with billboard advertising when we visited. Apparently, it was a bridge that prisoners would walk over just before they would be executed during Venice's heyday. As they crossed over the bridge, they would take one last look from the bridge at the view of beautiful Venice and sigh heavily as they proceed to their executions. A local legend says that lovers will get a real taste of eternal love and bliss if they kiss on a gondola at sunset under the Bridge Of Sighs.

We didn't kiss under the bridge but every beautiful day in Italy ends with a great taste of gelato. :)

Sandi's PhotoHunt

Gattina's PhotoHunting