rolling stone

One Word Sunday: Roll/Role hosted by Debbie at TravelWithIntent got me thinking about things that roll. And the role they play in our lives.

The Swiss Granite Fountain in the Singapore Botanic Gardens, sculptured by Ueli Fausch (2005), is a gift from the Swiss Community in Singapore. Both the ball (measuring 80 cm in diameter, weighing 700 kg) and the 3-tonne basal block on which it sits, are both made from granite from Switzerland.

The ball is constantly spinning, rolling, kept afloat by water pressure directed through the basal block. The role of the ball in perpetual motion is to represent people striving for excellence.

When the girls were toddlers, we would bring them to this sculpture. They would climb up the base and try to stop the ball with their tiny little hands. If you apply sufficient force in the appropriate places, you can change the direction of the spin.

Through the years, we would smile indulgently when we walked/ran past, to see little (and not so little) people trying to do the same. During lockdown, the water was turned off and the spinning ceased. It has since been turned on but the sculpture is little visited these days.

waiting for Ipoh

Still thinking about Ipoh, Malaysia. Waiting for when we can return. Loving Husband spent many of his holidays here where his parents were from. We have done the same with our children, returning once a year at least, to catch up with family.

One of our favourite things to do is to explore earlier in the mornings while most of the town is waking up. We run through Old Town, through the river walk, taking advantage of the relative quiet & empty pavements.

We chanced upon these buildings in the heart of Ipoh old town. They look like they have been abandoned for a long time. I wonder what will happen to them.

Others are intentionally left distressed for effect. This was part of an abandoned furniture warehouse, until Plan b. breathed new life & converted it into dining, shopping, keeping the old world charm & warehouse ambience.

Plan b., June 2019

This is my contribution to CFFC: Urban Erosion hosted by Cee at Cee’s Photo Challenges.

reaching across: an Ipoh bridge

Thinking about what connects us these days: Zoom, Facebook, Instagram, phones. Travel used to allow us to connect to other parts of the world, to reach family & friends scattered across the globe.

In today’s craziness, we search our travel archives and our BlogFriendsโ€™ posts, hoping to catch a glimpse of other worlds.

This post is my contribution to CFFC (Cee’s Fun Foto Challnege: Bridges hosted by Cee at Cee’sPhotoChallenges

My Christmas Treat

I haven’t bought a book for myself in years.

Partly because I read my books online from the local library. Partly because Loving Husband & Older Daughter are resolute book procurers, and they take care of our family’s library.

My Generous & FarAway in London Aunt & Uncle (aka Godparents to my daughters) gifted us with a festive monetary present. We all went wild and got ourselves all sorts of exciting things which we may have hesitated over getting for ourselves (Christmas cake from Marks & Spencers, tipple to go with said Christmas cake, Moana lego, books, books and more books).

I ordered Laurie GravesThe Great Library Trilogy (the final book just hit the stands last month) as a treat for myself. They arrived a few days before Christmas, which was much faster than anticipated.

I will be enjoying this treat for a long while yet. Thank you, Shmee & Ton! Thank you, Laurie!

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This post is my contribution to One Word Sunday: Treat hosted by Debbie at TravelWithIntent.