I have spent a better part of the week thinking about what clever photo I could take to capture the idea of Dwarf, as featured by Debbie at TravewithIntent’s One Word Sunday Challenge. I’m was going to resort to my archives when I ran past a pair of Gatekeepers of the Hilton Hotel on Orchard Road a few nights ago. They were lit in a pretty sinister manner and I wondered then if they might qualify (referring to statuary, as opposed to stature).
Ran past them again this morning, and since I have had no joy with a clever interpretation of the challenge, here is Qin Shu Bao (1975) by Aw Eng Kwang. Qin Shu Bao was a Tang Dynasty general, whose image adorns many a door & gateway of homes, temples & businesses in China ( (and apparently, the Hilton Singapore)) as a Door God
Last night, I spent a rousing evening with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra who played from Balakiev, Borodin & Mussorgsky. The feature of the evening was Pictures from an Exhibition by Mussorgsky. I loved this piece as a teen, but what I only learnt from the programme notes last night is that Mussorgsky wrote this for piano. The version I have often listened to is an orchestral rendition by Ravel.
In the spirit of Debbie’s challenge, Part 2 of the piece is called Gnome. I know a gnome is not a dwarf, but in terms of statuary, maybe one can accept that they are not so different.
Pictures at an Exhibition: Part 2 Gnome, Piano version by Mussorgsky
Pictures at an Exhibition: Part 2 Gnome, Orchestrated by Ravel
One of my favorite cityscapes as I run the bicycle path between Lumpini and Benjakitty Parks in Bangkok this week.
My contribution to Debbie’s One Word Sunday, Afar.
We snapped a shot of this little guy at MacRitchie Reservoir after our morning run, in response to Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge, Danger
We are off to London today!
We will spend the next 7 weeks with our family, celebrating Christmas, New Year and then Chinese New Year before we head back to Singapore.
Some of the things we are looking forward to:
- revisiting Brick Lane & our fave food stalls there: Vegan Ethiopian cuisine at the Boiler House Food Hall , many many bagels & challah at Beigel Bake. Then to finally check out Dark Sugars, which up to now, we’ve only pressed our noses up to the glass
- oogling at the Lush Flagship Store
- slurping many many milkshakes at Gourmet Burger Kitchen
- spending time with friends & family in & around London
It will be a busy couple of months .. we fully intend to enjoy it all!
Blessed Christmas to you!
Photo taken on 20 Dec 2014, St Paul’s Cathedral, London
The skyline transmogrified: a necessary side-effect of progress.
Growing up with animal lovers was sometimes quite challenging: Continue reading “Kisses: the Love of a Dog”
Loving Husband and I love to run, and we love to eat! So, when we have a chance to run together we combine both: running to new & interesting places to eat! sometimes by design, sometimes by serendipity. Continue reading “Running to Eat”
Sometimes, when we take time to peer over the edge, we get to see things which we might not noticed.
Feature photo taken at the Singapore Quarry, Bukit Timah Nature Park.