Sunday, May 30, 2010

China Town Singapore





















The expression "the grass is always greener on the other side" describes me quite well. I tend to miss and long for all other places except for the one I live it at the time... that is of course very bad, and I do try to enjoy every moment and live in the present but sometimes my mind just wonders off and starts dreaming! Now, after almost two years away from Singapore, I find myself missing this remarkable little island with its mixture of Malay, Chinese, Indian, Buddhist, Muslim, Hindu cultures and religions. The food, the "Makan" places, the Singlish, the Hawker Centers and their great food. I miss the tropical rain storms (we get more water from the sprinklers than from the sky here in the desert..) and the green and lush surroundings. Ah well, good thing one can remember through photos! Here are a few from China Town during Chinese New Year, a feast in colours and food, joyful for all people, Chinese or not!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

It's sad

...when we don't appreciate people and treat them like disposable items that can be exchanged anytime.

Friday, May 14, 2010

The tenth photo

I have been challenged by Katarina! This is my tenth photo in my folder, a very old phone, hanging from a tree at KAIA (Kabul International Airport). We were waiting for our helicopter to take off for Jalalabad and I was walking around taking pictures of pretty much anything I could see, to everybody's amusement...It was one of those cold mornings in Kabul and walking around was also a way of trying to keep warm!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Dubai Ice Rink

Not only can one go skiing in Dubai (Ski Dubai in Mall of the Emirates) but one can also do a bit of skating! Dubai Mall has an ice rink, smack in the middle of shops and restaurants where they play hockey games, offer skating school and also "free skating". We brought our son and his two friends for some fun time on the ice, this being the first time Elias ever entered an ice with a pair of skates on! He did look like Bambi in the beginning but slowly, slowly he got a grip of the technique and managed to get some speed without falling all the time.
I haven't been skating since I was in Junior High School, about 20 years ago... So I also felt like Bambi when I entered the ice but soon discovered that it is a bit like riding a bike, you will never forget! I had a very good time, trying to remember how to break, how to go backwards, how to twirl around... My stubborn Joli refused to even put her mini skates on. She was just sitting in the cafeteria, watching her brother and his friends. After two hours of skating and falling and skating again, we were all starving and ended up in the Food Court with two huge pizzas and soft drinks. It was a really good day!