Sunday, May 12, 2013

On Mother's Day

I was listening to the radio recently and was completely caught up with the lyrics to Lonestar's hit song, "I'm already there". It's so visually beautiful and I didn't want to forget it.  Here's a little bit of it:

I'm already there
Take a look around
I'm the sunshine in your hair
I'm the shadow on the ground
I'm the whisper in the wind
I'm your imaginary friend
And I know I'm in your prayers
Oh I'm already there.

And I thought of the special lady who raised me with so much love. She's all the song croons about. I just know it.

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Monday, May 06, 2013

Singapore's Chinatown

Earlier this year, I had an unscheduled visit to Singapore. With about 3 hours to explore the city, I decided to check out Chinatown which is a short walk from the Clarke Quay neighborhood where I was ensconced at the Novotel. It was a week before Chinese New Year, the Year of the Snake, so Chinatown was festooned with colorful lanterns and streamers to welcome the arrival of the lunar new year.

 Painted Ladies

The shophouses that line the streets of Chinatown were built in the style of the painted ladies (Victorian architecture painted in three or more colors) and restored in recent years. These buildings are painted predominantly in pastel and the windows are highlighted in darker hues providing a rich contrast of colors.

Beef jerky

Nowhere is food more celebrated than in Chinatown especially during the new year. I couldn’t help but stop and stare at these neatly arranged, paper thin beef jerkys and be satisfied with the come hither aroma that pervaded the air.

 Lucky charms

Souvenir shops entice visitors with bright displays and bold signs of bargain prices. These good luck charms will ensure a bountiful and joyous new year. 

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Images by Charie