Weekly Photo Challenge: Ephemeral ( Harbin 2)

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My first post on the ice carving seems to be well received.

Here are two more photos showing ice carvings.

In Harbin, China there is a ice carving festival which took place each year.10649518_1044598295557310_4412714127184489347_n

The exhibits are becoming more awesome each year.10997372_1044598495557290_6389248438027603653_n

The pictures, taken by my classmate YM Chan, will give you a scale of things.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Ephemeral

This week’s photo challenge is Ephemeral.

Not quite sure what Ephemeral means – something that last for a short time?

The image is part of an ice carving exhibition in Harbin, China.10426134_1044598345557305_3519087764837831658_n

Surely, the carving will melt with time.

The photo was taken by my classmate YM Chan.

One Foggy Day in Hong Kong

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I must declare this is not my photo; it is a recent photo taken from the South China Morning Post (SCMP).

I would like to show it to contrast it with a photo taken by me on a good day where you can see forever.

The photos show the tallest building in Hong Kong, the Pacific Club with the West Kowloon in the background.foghk-f

The first photo shows what you can see ( which is not much) earlier this month when there was heavy fog.

The second photo taken by me shows what you can actually see on a normal day.DSCF2033

Only when both pictures are put together, readers can appreciate what the fog can do!

Finding God in the Desert

There are times when I feel I am much closer to God.

That is when I walked in the wilderness, climbed mountains, facing an open sea or hiking alone.

In those moments, I would choose to pray, seeking God and hoping He will bring me through the desert of the soul.DSCF4407

“Oh God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you . . . in a dry and weary land where there is no water” (Psalm 63:1 NIV).

The picture was taken by my sister-in-law while travelling in the desert in Utah last year with my wife.


One Foggy Day in South Korea

Spring has brought with it many foggy days.

The temperature has been fluctuating. Warm air comes, bringing in moisture from the ocean.

Only a few days later, the temperature drops and the cooler air from the north penetrated.

This alternate warming and cooling has resulted in a lot of mist and low visibility.DSCF3417A

Have seen some fantastic pictures of this place with only the tops of high rises appearing above the fog but otherwise the whole place is covered.

This reminds me of my hike up the South Korean mountains a couple of years ago.

The picture, taken in South Korea, has been turned into a B&W so that it is more moody.

Please enjoy 🙂


Weekly Photo Challenge: Fresh (Flowers)

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I like fresh flowers scenting the air.

The picture of the yellow flowers was taken early in the morning at Koh Samui when there were still dew drops on the petals.DSC_0675

Flowers just come popping up from the ground; they are love’s truest language, they are indeed the music of the ground.DSCF3147A

This is a bouquet of small flowers in Koh Samui. They are so fresh that  you can see the tiny filaments reaching out from the flowers.DSC_0674

 In joy or sadness, flowers are our constant friends. Water lilies convey a special atmosphere of Zen; you feel fresh again on seeing the water lilies.DSC_0589A
The water lily was also photographed on the island of Koh Samui, Thailand, early in the morning before of the start of a fresh new day.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Fresh ( Morning Lotus)

The opening of the red lotus flowers at Angkor Wat, Cambodia marked the start of a fresh new day.IMGP1143A

The Lord has given us a new day.

We will take it gracefully as it arrives!


The Secrets of Old Age

I have not been writing anything on retirement or old age for a long time.

The recent surge in the number of readers reading my post ” Early Retirement= Early Death?”   https://retireediary.wordpress.com/2012/04/17/early-retirement-early-death/ urged me to write instead of only posting photos.

For sure, I am stepping into the Autumn of my life. But are we not just the Autumn foliage, colorful and beautiful, before Winter finally arrives?

For this I would like to share with you a photo taken two years ago in South Korea.DSCF3446

Here is also a Video passed to me by a friend – ” The Secrets of Old Age” which I found very meaningful and which I would like to share : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FgBF3sIPm4c In summary, the secrets of old age are:

Weekly Photo Challenge: Fresh ( Fish Eyes)

This week’s Daily Press WPC Challenge is Fresh.

I know some people eat fish eyes.DSC_0313

However, I have never seen them being sold on markets.

Here is a photo taken in a fish market in Okinawa.

The fish eyes on sale are fresh; not only these but there are octopuses and other sea food too!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Walls ( Okinawa, Langkawi, Chongqing)

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I am trying to put three unrelated photos together, this is an assortment of walls.DSC_0078

The first one was taken in a private property in Okinawa, Japan. I must admit my initial focus was on the red flowers. My attention was subsequently captured by the stone walls which when put together with the plants and flowers seem to make a good picture.DSC_0121A

The second photo was taken in a holiday resort in Langkawi, Malaysia. I was impressed by the architecture of the resort building. The slightly sloping stone walls add a lot to the elegance of the building.DSCF6299

The last one was taken in Chongqing, China. The wall was entirely covered by a mural depicting some history in the past. Apart from a door opening on the right hand bottom corner, it is  somewhat difficult to understand it is a building.

Please enjoy 🙂


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