Weekly Photo Challenge: Collage

Catching up on my blog after a very long week!

Meant to do another photo collage but as Wednesday had past, this was slightly overdue 😛

Decided to do a tiled gallery theme for this entry – as versus to my usual combining of photos into a Photo Collage app such as Instamag, PhotoGrid.

The theme here is – Colours of Arab Street.  Snapped this on a random Sunday afternoon walk after lunch. Despite having gone to Arab Street before, this is actually my 1st time spotting these beautiful wall murals that give Arab Street a more colourful feel.

The original challenge entry:

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/collage/

 

May Reminiscence: Bali 2017

2 mins to the end of May and here I go to log in a blog entry (in order not to leave the month of May ‘completely blank) ……

Now where did ALL the time in May go?

Ended April & Started May in Bali – my only holiday for year 2017 so far (with plans for another one in the works). Came back to Singapore, came down with food poisoning / stomach virus (because it could be airborne as well), and spent pretty much the remaining 3-4 weeks of May (ironically the month of May is a 5 week month by itself) getting back my footing (and struggling quite a bit along the way) …… and experiencing quite a roller coaster of emotions. Somewhere along the way – had wanted to do 1 photo challenge as well but life got in the way.

And that sums up May for me!

And now for the highlights of my Bali Trip – the main title of this blog entry!

For this trip, we were based primarily in Ubud, and did not venture out to other areas (i.e. Seminyak, Canggur, Kuta etc.)

Very ‘quotable’ quotes that we spotted along the streets of Ubud

 

Not forgetting the delicious local Balinese cuisine we had throughout our 4 days stay ……

Starting right from the top – Bali Guling (balinese suckling pig) from Ibu Oka

2nd row, from the right side – Fried Duck from Bedek Bengali (which was only 5 min walk from our hotel!), Balinese style Paella from Casa Luna (easily one of the best meals we had, and fantastic blend of flavours and ingredients), Ribs from Pundi Pundi (within vicinity of our hotel as well)

3rd row, from right side – Seafood Skewers with Mash Potato from Pundi Pundi as well, Ayam Betutu (Balinese style steamed/roast chicken which looked very unassuming and took the kitchen rather long to prepare, but it was really delicious as well), Tomato Omelette & Fish from Run’s Warung (looked unassuming too but was really really delicious as well).

Weather was generally great save for 1 rainy day (3rd day of our trip). Even managed to capture a beautiful moon picture (with no headlights obstructing) after Yin Class on my walk back to the hotel.

Not forgetting the main objective of this trip – DIY Yoga Retreat. Ubud is literally yoga heaven. Which means Yoga Barn (of Eat Pray Love fame) was a must-visit!

Both myself and Z have very different objectives and ideas about our individual practices. For myself, I didn’t feel strong enough to do 2-3 classes in a day, and was intending to do like 1 physical asana class per day. Did end up having 3 days of 2 classes (out of which for 1 day i.e the rainy day we mixed 1 morning flow class together with a roll and release class, while I did a meditation & pranayama class on my last day). In the end, we were able to compromise and come to a common understanding on class scheduling and it worked out well.

Also visited Radiantly Alive – another major yoga studio in Ubud as well. Have heard about the stones that were given to ‘mark’ your attendance when attending class …… and I was really looking forward to receive them.

Below are the ones that I got for the 4 classes I attended at Radiantly Alive. Notice the pattern – prosperity (X3) + good luck (which was the last stone I got on my final day). Definitely a manifestation of my innermost consciousness as having a abundance vs scarcity mindset was consistently on my mind ….. while good luck was obvious as I had a challenging follow up to do at work.

The yoga itself deserves a separate entry of its own. Will blog if I can get over my acute writer’s block.

Ubud is also known for having lots of clean eating options, however the local Balinese cuisine (see earlier photo collage) was relatively inexpensive and too delicious to miss 😛 …… Do miss having the fresh cold pressed juices from Garden Kafe (part of Yoga Barn). It was not only fresh, but really cheap at 45,000 IDR (rupiah) – which is around SGD 4.70! A similar sized bottle from Juice Junkie goes for SGD 10 to 11 *gasp*

As much as this was meant to be retreat to rest/recharge/refresh and do lots of yoga – by the 3rd day, my mid back was starting to feel strained/tired simply by just holding downward facing dog. And so it was pretty much it, no more asana-based flow classes for the remaining 1.5 days in Bali.

Unfortunately too, immediately after touching down in Singapore, started to get the runs (which interrupted my sleep completely – when I didn’t sleep that well in Ubud) and it was full blown food poisoning post trip for the next 2-3 days that completely drained me and lost my appetite totally.

Instead of feeling refreshed and recharged …… I ended up in a really dark and negative state and being unhappy/frustrated at every single thing post trip and post food poisoning. It didn’t help also that I suddenly felt regretful of not enjoying much scenery (be it the scenic Bukit Campuhan Ridge walk or a gorgeous beach / sunset view) during the trip as well. Thankfully, I’m pretty much out of this negative state after some reflection and self-adjustment. After taking a yoga ‘break’ post trip, and despite having to rebuild my strength and flexibility again post food poisoning – am happy to say I’m getting the ‘mojo’ and enthusiasm back in my practice again, and with a stronger focus 🙂

In fact, I am thinking of a return trip next year. Hopefully by then, I will be a much stronger yogi than I am now. And if I were to return – will definitely have mountain/ridge/beach/sunset time incorporated in as well.

Weekly Photo Challenge: It IS Easy Being Green!

A good 4 + months since the last photo challenge and so, its time for another one!

Although I’m late by a week, this challenge really speaks out to me as 2017 has been pretty much a ‘GREEN’ year for me!

Starting from Li Chun 2017 where the lucky colour for my zodiac is green, and I wore green to bank in my money. In terms of money inflow for this year, so far so good. Customs aside, more important is to keep an abundance mindset.

And of course, when I finally decided to use some of my shopping vouchers to get a yoga towel (i.e. got a Manduka eQua Yoga Mat Towel eventually) – it was co-incidentally green as well. Together with my Yoga Inc umbrella (free gift from package purchase) – that was also green!

So we have 2 different shades of green here 😛

Still on Yoga Inc. Always love practicing at Gulliemard Branch where it feels more rustic, calm and serene. Especially when I go for Sunday morning YIN class.

Spotted this cute little swing (also in green) when I left the studio after class to go towards the same gate to get to Old Airport Road Food Centre.

Finally non-yoga related. A bowl of healthy and hearty bibimbap with lots of greens from Paik’s Bibim (a franchise outlet of Baek Jong Won’s Food Empire from South Korea).

The original challenge entry here: https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/it-is-easy-being-green/

Weekly Photo Challenge: Chaos

1st Photo Challenge in a long long while.

Finally managed to find some photos that fit into this week’s theme – Chaos.

As documented on this blog, around this time last year (1st half of November 2015), I had my 11 day vacation to Japan. Had intended to do a summary/round-up of day trip to Karuizawa (from Tokyo) but it came to nil as I’m blogging a lot lesser these days.  And so, this will serve in part as part walk down memory lane / reminiscence of my trip last year 🙂

This was on the early part of our walk/hike around the Kyu-Karuizawa Area.

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Withered trees and a-almost deserted road ……

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Deserted houses covered up by overgrown trees/autumn leaves ……

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Another ‘deserted’ house we came across later along the hike to the pond.

I would term this as peace amongst chaos. While the walking/hiking trail looked messy due to the overgrown trees …… however it felt very peaceful walking through while enjoying the crisp clean air (as Karuizawa is a mountain resort in Nagano Prefecture).

The original challenge entry here

Weekly Photo Challenge – Rule of Thirds

Back with yet another photo challenge entry. And this time round, I managed to get a photo whilst doing my outdoor run on Tues evening ……

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This is a sculpture located at a block of stairs out the Asian Civilisation Museum. There used to be an Indochine Outlet right above the steps but looks like it has closed down, thus rather empty surroundings.

The dimmed lights all around did give the sculpture a nice spotlight effect, thus stopped my run a bit and took a picture to use for this photo challenge (entirely unplanned and spontaneous photo taking :P).

Weekly Photo Challenge: Cover Art – Japan Edition

Taking a break from my travel entries to do another weekly photo challenge entry. Time for some cover worthy pictures!

Was browsing through Japan Guide website yesterday and came across this Kyoto feature. Realised that I had a similar shot of Tenryuji Temple taken during my trip last year – taken from outside the temple where the room acts as a sort of ‘frame’ for the Koyo/Autumn Leaves. After some post-editing using Snapseed to submit this picture for a photo contest a couple month back, the colours looked pretty similar post-editing to the one highlighted in Japan Guide. Also mine was taken on 20th November 2013 …… just a few days apart. Nice co-incidence 🙂

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Another one of my favourite shots, also taken in Kyoto …… when I was leaving Kiyomizudera. Unlike the 1st picture, no filter for this.

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And also my favourite ‘egg-yolk’ sunset shot taken on top of the Tempozan Ferris Wheel in Osaka. Similarly, no filter. Used this as the cover photo for my personal facebook as well 🙂

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And one more …… this time from my 2012 Winter trip. One of my favourites as well of the Tokyo Metropolitian Government Building. Took this as we took the short walk from our hotel (Shinjuku Washington) to the observatory located in this building. The juxtaposition of the winter trees shorn of its leaves contrasted against the building was just perfect ……

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The original photo challenge entry here

Hong Kong & Macau 2014: Day 2 Clear Skies Part 6

DAY 2 (CON’T)

Night-time beckons! The sky only really starts to darken a little after 7pm …… and you can see the buildings (on the Hong Kong island side) stating to light up!

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Finally the sky turns red as it officially transitions into nightime!

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The office buildings in Central (you can see Bank of China Tower and IFC in the distance) lighted up.

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And one of my favourite shots as I start to walk back towards where I came from ……

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Managed yet another panorama shot as well ……

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Soon it was about time to make my way back to the MTR station (Tsim Sha Tsui). The beautifully lighted up Hong Kong Space Museum, and across the road – the majestic looking Peninsula Hotel.

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As much as Peninsula Hotel is right across the road (thus within distance to Tsim Sha Tsui MTR Station) …… However this is FAR from so as there is no traffic light leading to Peninsula Hotel. The nearest one is some distance away at Salisbury Road, which leads back to Star House and Harbour City. So there begins my long arduous walk down the underpass from the Space Museum back to the MTR Station.

Was really really tired when I finally reached Central MTR around 8-plus. Decided to pack dinner and make the slow walk up the Mid-Levels Escalator back to the apartment. Had Roast Goose rice in mind for dinner. Actually got down the escalator halfway to get onto Wellington Street (Where Mak’s Noodles and Tsim Chai Kee are located). Ended up walking all the way down to Yung Kee while not managing to find the shop that I was really looking for – Yat Lok. Stopped at the escalator once more to google for the exact address …… only to find out it is actually located at Stanley Street. And with the help of google maps – realised that Stanley Street is actually 1 street before Wellington Street itself.

And so walked back to Yat Lok and managed to pack the Roast Goose rice I wanted. And then after yet another long walk up the escalator, got back to the apartment early (a little after 9) …… and finally got to rest and enjoy my roast goose rice dinner (to local TVB Drama) after a long long day!

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Sidenote: The review of Yat Lok came from here – as they are touted to be a cheaper yet comparable (or even better) where roast goose is concerned. True enough, Yat Lok is very much favoured by locals as I saw a small quene at the entrance. And I must say, for HKD49, the roast goose rice is not expensive at all, lots of rice and sufficient amount of roast goose meat. Didn’t need a big portion as I already had dim sum at Harbour City earlier.