Archive for October, 2012

cherishing autumn

Took my first autumn shots today. In this part of China I can’t almost experience the fall season . Winter sneaks in too soon unknowingly.  Where I’ m in the wind is  strong so one moment the leaves are still on the trees and the next moment  the wind has blown them away. But this year seems different . It looks like  autumn is lingering  for me to enjoy its magnificent colors. My favorite is  this climbing ivy with a blueberry like seed. It is a beautiful sight as it changes colors slow enough for me to enjoy  its changing hues. Indeed coming from a tropical country autumn has become my favorite time of the year more so because of its color. I love it!

treasure in a bamboo

I had  a short trip to the south just this summer and visited the town of Suzhou near Shanghai. In one of  my street wanderings, I found this very exquisite bamboo lamp. I could  have bought one had it not been too bulky to carry back. I don’t know what is it with bamboos , I always find myself drawn to it whether it’s a dish , a painting or just anything made out of  it . I find its simplicity and versatility  simply alluring.


A home to a privilege few VIPs. The place overlooks a pristine view of an uninhabited rock island called Bang Chui Dao . Here government officials have their meetings and relaxation while on transient in the city. . We got a glimpse of it last holiday , the residences were mostly western -style town houses. The place is very nice but  the crowd of people ruined the experience for me, but I managed to take this shot from a nearby hill.

pretty n dainty legacy

Just  a month ago , a sister of mine shared  this photo…it is one of the garden flowers we had at my parents home. My sister who is not really into photography but more into flowers has managed to take this beautiful shot after a heavy downpour . My mother who passed  away six  years ago  was a green thumb, had left so many beautiful flowers to us .  My parents home were occupied now with other siblings so change is inevitable somehow,  just recently they wanted a bigger lawn for kids to run around so we lost some of the flowers that my mother had cared for  many years. But I am so happy to see that they saved this  beautiful shrub, one of my favorite.

Up close with a beauty

I finally got the  chance to visit the local zoo last week. Like most zoos here in China people are encouraged to feed the animals . Of  course I have to buy  the feed myself which means extra income for the zoo. What I enjoyed most is getting close to the animals, because they are used to people giving them  goodies the animals are not afraid to get near you. In the bird sanctuary I found this peacock roaming around freely waiting  for us to give it corns./ seeds…she even allowed me to pet her for a few seconds …thus I got this opportunity to get  this very close up shot! Awesome!


“a Chinese bride on her pre-wedding pictorial”

“I got one week holiday last week to commemorate  China’s foundation day. This is a common sight during the holidays , a large number of couples choose to get married on these days . All the beautiful parks and spots were filled with brides and grooms on different array of outfits. Such a peculiar part of the culture …a pictorial day way before the actual wedding ceremony.”

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