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Not all that glitters is gold, not all who wander are lost

Strolling down Gion, the famous geisha district in Kyoto.

Train ride to Kyoto from Osaka, Japan

Took a train from Osaka and then a bus from Kyoto Station. Its kinda interesting what the mind remembers. In this case, I vividly recall falling asleep on the bus and woke up to find the bus fare I was holding in my hands missing.

Lesson learnt, always keep your bus fare in your pockets.

Anyway, we were at Kyoto in the day to check out Kinkaku-ji and only arrived at Gion in the evening when the sky was already dark.

Gion, Kyoto, Japan

Gion, Kyoto, Japan

A peek into the streets of Gion. We strolled down very briefly and found it to be filled with rather high end restaurants.

Gion, Kyoto, Japan

A few thousand origami paper cranes containing the wishes and blessings of those who left it there.

Paper cranes at a temple in Gion, Kyoto, Japan

Thinking back, our trip to Japan was really too short and we only managed to spend a couple of hours in Kyoto itself excluding the traveling time from Osaka.

We’ll be back Japan! XOXO.

Some of my favorite shots taken in Prague

In random order.

The walk down from Prague Castle to Charles Bridge, the colours of autumn.

Charles Bridge in Prague, Czech Republic

Charles Bridge in Prague, Czech Republic

Charles Bridge in Prague, Czech Republic

One of the 30 baroque (replica) statues.

Charles Bridge in Prague, Czech Republic

The view of the Vltava river from the bridge.

Charles Bridge in Prague, Czech Republic

Charles bridge in the background.

Charles Bridge in Prague, Czech Republic

Charles Bridge in Prague, Czech Republic

As the sky slowly turns dark. Interestingly, this shot brings about the memory of a bunch of rowdy teenagers who were saying hi to random people on the road as drove past in a limousine.

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Unfortunately, there isn’t a shot of the bridge itself that I’m happy and willing to post. Not when they are such a far cry from this. Photo taken off the internet.

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The Wieliczka Salt Mine in Poland

Where you’re welcome to lick the floors and walls any time throughout the tour. Hehehe.

On a random note, blessed is the one who is chain sneezing. ME.

It was a 2KM underground tour through the various chambers.

The Wieliczka Salt Mine, Poland

The Wieliczka Salt Mine, Poland

We were basically surrounded by salt, the walls, the ceiling and even the floors. And how would you know? This is what happens when you place your torch against the surface.

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Saint Kinga’s Chapel, the largest among the underground chapels found within the salt mine. Would have been a damn cool place to get married too.

Everything you see, is pretty much salt.

The Wieliczka Salt Mine, Poland

Probably the saltiest (last)supper ever.

The Wieliczka Salt Mine, Poland

Family shot under the salt crystal chandelier.

The Wieliczka Salt Mine, Poland

For a mine, it was certainly clean (hopefully not cause of people licking the place clean). Being my first visit to a mine of any kind, the size and depth of it was impressive! Not to mention the fact that there were multiple chapels, pulpits and even a lake all within the mine itself.

OH and awesome ice cream just outside the mine! If only it was this big.

The Wieliczka Salt Mine

Kamari, the black sand beach of Santorini

Darkness is the absence of light. Black is the darkest color, the result of the absence of or complete absorption of light.

Black sand beaches exist in areas with volcanic activities originating from ground lava that has evolved over centuries or created merely overnight through a large amount of lava flowing into the ocean.

On a random note, the opposite of love is not hate but indifference.

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Walking down the street to the beach. Here, you can get anything you need for a day by the beach. Towels, hats, sunblock, swimwear and what not. You name it and they’ll have it.

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An entire stretch of cafes and restaurants by the beach. Reminds me a little of Phuket but less crowded with lesser people calling out to you.

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Probably closed till summer.

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That does not look like a leisure stroll. I think we were walking purposefully to get our feet wet. Hahahaha.

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Then attempting to avoid the cold waves. The irony. Hahahhaha.

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Light up, light up
As if you have a choice
Even if you cannot hear my voice
I’ll be right beside you dear

Chasing the sunset at Meteora, Greece

Given that dinner in Greece is usually at 8pm, we had plenty of time to catch a glimpse of our destination the following day, chose our preferred spot to catch the sunset and of course take a ton of photos all before sunset.

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Weakening rays

Dimming lights

The end of the day

Before the night

 

The centre of the earth, the ancient site of Delphi

Located on the slopes of ancient Mount Parnassus, the Sanctuary of Apollo Pythios.

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Super curious about life as it was then. Without proper roads, without proper shoes, without cars and what not. How was it that they could build such majestic structures there and then amidst the mountains which withstood the harsh changes in weather for centuries?

The Tholos at the base of Mount Parnassus. Just 3 out of the original 20 + 10 columns left standing.

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Lunch at a little quiet town in Delphi before we made our way to the centre of the earth (determined by Zeus) .

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The reconstructed Athenian Treasury.

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Following in the footsteps of the pilgrams years ago, we made our way up the (now) slippery smooth marble steps  to check out the Temple of Apollo with the companionship of grasshoppers as seen in the shot below.

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What’s left of the Temple of Apollo where he spoke through his oracle at Delphi (who got high on the fumes coming out of the cracks in the basement of the temple).

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The rise and downfall of the Oracle, uplifted by humans and then felled also by the whims of humans. Sounds familiar, some things never change.

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I don’t think the Oracle was being purposefully cryptic nor were there answers to the questions asked. In all honesty, all gibberish can be interpreted as an answer which is in turn subjected to the biases of the one who posed the question.

Speaking of which, if you were sentence to death by poison (as in the past) and you are required to drink the poison. Given that it was your hand that lifted the cup of poison, is this then considered suicide?

The theatre at Delphi where drama and music competitions were held during the Pythian games.

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The stadium of Delphi which was also used for the Pythian games (what we now know as the Olympics). Was looking forward to racing my sister there, much to our disappointment, the stadium was now overgrown with weeds and of course, out of bounds to tourists.

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One day, when time travel is made possible, all shall be revealed.

On a side note, for those whom are interested in historical fiction, Nefertiti by Michelle Moran is an incredibly good read.

Only those who have the courage to the face the fiercest battles will receive the greatest rewards.

Do not step on the cirrus clouds

Some of you might have seen this sign at East Coast Park in Singapore.

Do not step on the cirrus clouds

And just below it is one of my favorite poems.

Why A Man Cannot Have Wings
Alfian bin Sa’at

Because he will crash land on his head, assuming it to be
The strongest part of his body.

Because someone will put up a sign that reads:
Do Not Step on the Cirrus Clouds.

Because it does not even take a man hundreds of feet above
Sea-level to learn contempt.

Because there will be new categories of handicaps: bow-wings,
Ostrich disease, scaly feathers, carousel flight syndrome,
Or at a freak show: The Amazing Wingless Wonder.

Because he will have a new weapon, gravity,
And everything he releases becomes a missile,
Even glass marbles, books, the fatal music box.

Because he is lonely enough without being able to
Frame the house he lives in between his forefinger and thumb.

Because then the sky will shed its metaphors of freedom
And become another path for him to carry his burdens.

Because there will be a popular form of suicide:
Flying into foreign airspace and being gunned down;
All it takes is a nose-tip to press an invisible blue button.

Because each death in mid-air, each comic comet plunge,
Will be another enactment of the fall of Man.

Because in concentration camps people will break wings
And use the feathers for quills to write sonnets
And pillow stuffing for innocent dreams.

Because he will have less to fantasize about, less of miracles
And the word ‘levitation’ will not exist.

Because there will be children who will empty their bladders
Under cloud cover in an attempt to make yellow snow.

And because he might get the wrong notion that he is closer
To heaven, when he has not even come to a mile
Within the presence of angels, despite the resemblance.

Some times I wonder, is mankind trying to hard to go against nature with their efforts for the greater good? Perhaps it was never meant to be this way.

The advancement of medicine, saving and prolonging lives leading to over population and thus taking a toll on our earth. Technology and television that teaches our young the wrong things, planting violence in their heads, increasing their knowledge and at the same time their wants. Resulting in discontentment with what they have.

We have so much more than what others used to have years ago. But are we happier? What happened to the simple joys in life?

Or perhaps, it was meant to be this way. Since everything happens for a reason.

 

Eat more shrimp, millions of fish can’t be wrong @ Pier 39

San Francisco, California, USA

Hear hear.

I’ve always had a thing for quotes and phrases, quotes in French and Latin and all kinds of random quotes. Unfortunately, none that I can remember now.

Oh and sarcasm. Something about sarcasm that attracts me. The intelligent kind of sarcasm. Probably why I’m such a huge fan of Friends and Big Bang Theory.

And words that rhymes. Like sister and dinner.

Strawberries and chocolate. The best combination ever! Especially the ones at Chocz!

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Colours.

San Francisco, California, USA

Flying flag(s) against the clear blue skies.

San Francisco, California, USA

Carousels.

Pier 39, San Francisco, California, USA

The taste of home. Its a plus point that all baristas at Starbucks are ever so friendly.

Pier 39, San Francisco, California, USA

This could easily be a post on my favorite things. Hurhur.

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, 
bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens, 
brown paper packages tied up with strings, 
these are a few of my favorite things

Alcatraz Island

I’m not quite sure if I believe in the laws of attraction (The Secret), but whatever works. If your beliefs make you a better person, why not?

I’ve always loved traveling and been wanting to give solo travel a shot. Well, travel I alone I did. And I have finally come to realize that traveling for work isn’t as glamorous as it seems and can get rather lonely at times. Especially so when I’m socially awkward. That said, I’m still grateful for every opportunity I get to travel! :D

While there are many pros of traveling alone (few which I appreciate), being more observant to the surroundings and people is definitely top on my list.

Finally got to visit Alcatraz! Failed to heed a friend’s advice of booking Alcatraz tickets in advance and ended up paying 100USD (which includes a bay cruise) when it should have been only 30USD. Still, it was totally worth it!

It was also one of those times when I felt less lonely with someone talking in my ear throughout – the audio guide. Hahahahaha.

Alcatraz, San Francisco

Alcatraz, San Francisco

Alcatraz, San Francisco

Alcatraz, San Francisco

Alcatraz, San Francisco

Alcatraz, San Francisco

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Alcatraz, San Francisco

My favorite state in USA. Looking forward to spending more time there next year. :)

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