Weekly Photo Challenge: Weightless ( Clouds )

This is my second interpretation of Weightless.

I felt somewhat surreal when watching clouds in the Inner Mongolian desert.

The clouds seemed floating in the air.DSCF2285B

The sand underneath my feet made me feel heavy; whereas in contrast, the string of colorful umbrellas on the horizon appeared as if they hung effortlessly from the air.

The Mongolian yurts on the left reminded me this place was surreal.


Wanaka Still

I like pictures with clouds – they lead my thoughts far and wild.

Here is a picture with stunning clouds; taken by my wife at Wanaka.IMG_1155

The wind was blowing very strong; creating ripples in the water.

Not only that, the sand on the right was blown up, creating heaps on the shore.

What a view!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Happy Place ( Langkawi 2)

My ideal place of a Happy Place is a place with blue sky, beach with fine white sand and a blue sea.

This is something easily tenable at Langkawi, Malaysia.DSC_0075

Better still, here are some boats ready for anyone who enjoy sea sports!

Langkawi – The Idyllic Island

We keep coming back to this island not just for the sun, sand and the sea but for the atmosphere and charms we have always enjoyed.  Langkawi is an archipelago of 104 islands in the Andaman Sea, some 30 km off the mainland coast of northwestern Malaysia. The islands are a part of the state of Kedah, which is adjacent to the Thai border.

We hired a car and drove round this Jewel of Kedah. No matter where we went, we found pristine beach with white sand, tropical trees, limestone islands on the horizon and blue sky. While on this beach outside the Four Seasons Hotel, we felt the scorching heat of the sun, the white sands were dazzling reflective when we were out there but the white pavilion looked interesting and inviting.

This island seems to have something for everybody. If you like water sports then it is an ideal place to go. Each single  beach on this island is beautiful and unique in its own way. We have always loved beaches. Perhaps it’s the way the soft sand feels against your bare feet as you walk  along the waves. The sound of the waves brings a feeling of calm and you can  feel the stress fall away. The beach always instills a sort of “getting away from it all” feel.

Listening to the music of the waves as they splash the land is like listening to the beat of nature. The beach at Tanjung Ru was great! What more can you ask, lazing on the beach under an umbrella, while seeping a cold drink as  you watched the blue sea and, with absolutely nothing on your mind.

It was interesting to see that as the tide recedes, a sand bar appeared right before your eyes. The sea water became so shallow that you could wade through it to reach the otherwise unreachable islands at high tides. Have always loved beaches. . . . .  you can swim, bake and even write or draw anything in the sand.

The coastline is dotted with fishing villages too. Each beach has its own characteristics and its charm. For a change, it was pleasing to see the fishing boats and actually talked to the fishermen. Langkawi is traditionally known to be cursed. . . . . . what will it be liked if it is not cursed? A paradise?

We were somewhat fascinated with beaches and drove on to yet other beaches. When dusk finally came, we found ourselves alone on a beach, astounded by the hues of colors around us. We only wished this moment would last forever, at least, forever in our memories.