Return to the carnival

One of my recurring themes – not something I realised about myself until the last few years, mostly from this blog. The carnival is one of my slightly ‘unhealed’ childhood pains. As in, it was never of the intensity to cause me real harm, I always knew it didn’t really matter. But the carnival, orContinue reading “Return to the carnival”

Footprint in the sand

I love how footprints in the sand have an optical illusion quality – obviously they are imprints in the sand from someone walking – but I always do a double take because I am sure they are sculpted atop the sand. And of course footprints have so many magical, inspirational aspects – where we areContinue reading “Footprint in the sand”

Are you brave enough for Smith Street?

I love Singapore. I’ve actually lost track of how many times I’ve been there, because whenever I go travelling in Asia or Europe, I make sure I have a couple of days stopover on the way or returning home.  There’s a camera shop in Chinatown run by an Indian named Roy – we always stopContinue reading “Are you brave enough for Smith Street?”

Corny Planet Nelson

Was it only yesterday I said I liked outer space and liked putting things there in Photoshop – but they often looked dumb? OK – this is a reach, but I like this one! Apparently Nelson’s is huge in Malaysia and has been expanding world-wide, now with over 800 franchises in Australasia, Europe, Africa andContinue reading “Corny Planet Nelson”

Home Sweet Home

On our unexpectedly long walk to Bukit Nanas (the jungle in the city where I found the family of Silver Leaf monkeys) we came upon this crumbling street of flats which still bore an ornate plaque dated 1931 and the initials oEs. I am sure that when I was a little girl, this was anContinue reading “Home Sweet Home”

Indonesian Monkey Business

Surprise, surprise! My Indonesian jungle photos are not as bad as I thought. Sure, it would be nice if this were crisp and clean, but I think this world-weary Thomas Leaf monkey comes across quite well, don’t you think? Considering I walked a couple of hours into the jungle to find him, this makes meContinue reading “Indonesian Monkey Business”

The view from my window

This is my 4th visit to Kuala Lumpur. I wasn’t planning to come back and stay on this trip, but things in Medan, Indonesia were just too chaotic and the husband and I were on the verge of losing the plot. While I certainly wouldn’t describe my experience as typical of anything, I think IContinue reading “The view from my window”

A Delicate Moment

I love Vanuatu – 83 islands in the South Pacific, a tropical blend of Melanesian, Europeans and Asian cultures. I’ve visited twice and would do so again in a heartbeat. The people are friendly and generous and open and you feel very much that you are in a different world that runs at an entirelyContinue reading “A Delicate Moment”