Snapshot – Gardens in Singapore
Apr22

Snapshot – Gardens in Singapore

I was in Singapore recently and, while I didn’t plan to, I ended up visiting two very different gardens the two days I was there. One was Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay. Beautifully designed and maintained gardens built on reclaimed land. It has quickly become a huge tourist attraction for the island nation. I was taken there around sunset so that I could catch the daily light show that takes places at the super trees....

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Snapshots – Como, Italy
Mar14

Snapshots – Como, Italy

Sunset on Lake Como in Italy. It’s a beautiful spot and I was lucky enough to go there two years ago. I understand why the rich and famous flock there. The crystal clear lake ringed by hills studded with beautiful houses,  is one reason. The magnificently landscaped gardens by the lake is another. Como was also the quietest, most peaceful and cleanest of all the Italian cities and towns I visited on that trip. It left an...

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Snapshots – Prambanan Indonesia
Mar08

Snapshots – Prambanan Indonesia

He’s happy the end of the work day is here. This grinning fellow can be found on one of the terraces of the Prambanan Temple in Central Java, Indonesia.  Prambanan is interesting as it’s an 8th century Hindu temple and evidence that Indian and Hindu influence had spread as far as Java during that time.  The temple complex is made up of numerous shrines and three large temples each dedicated to one of the deities...

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Snapshots – Borobudur in Central Java, Indonesia
Mar02

Snapshots – Borobudur in Central Java, Indonesia

Planning your next holiday? You should seriously consider Borobudur in Central Java, Indonesia. I went there a few years ago and I was blown away by the whole complex. I love exploring ancient historical places and Borobudur certainly qualifies.  Make sure to get there early in the morning. The sight of Borobudur emerging from the mists is one I wont forget and thankful to experience. I get a thrill from knowing this temple has...

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Snapshots – Mama Bird
Jan09

Snapshots – Mama Bird

This little bird has built her nest just outside our kitchen door and seems unfazed by people walking in and out, barking dogs and me using a zoom lens on her hideaway.  I hope I’ll be able to catch a glimpse of her hatchlings when they are...

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A spicy encounter
Apr02

A spicy encounter

I have been thinking about spice and all things green and nice after a visit to the Penang Spice Garden in Malaysia.  It was really interesting to see the herbs and spices, that I use everyday, in their natural element. I have a picture here of a cinnamon tree. The bark is used in cooking and the leaves are also supposed to be fragrant. These were too high for me to sniff. (The cinnamon tree is the little sapling on the left) And...

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