We only stayed a day in Suzhou - and the first stop was the Singapore industrial park there. What struck me was how pretty and tranquil the place was, with lots of greenery around. We also visited Ouyuan, the private residence of a court official which had been preserved to give visitors a glimpse of the architecture and gardens of the homes of ancient China. At Hansansi, a famous temple, we climbed steep stairs to the top of a tower to strike a massive gong three times, with our wishes in our hearts, for a chance to have them come true.
After a month or so of essay deadlines, exams, stress and guilt, the break is finally here. I'll be leaving with the family to Shanghai and the surrounding Jiangnan province today for a vacation. I'm hoping for good times with the family, some peace away from the laptop, beautiful scenery and just some much-needed rest and rejuvenation. Happy holidays!
07 December 2008
On Saturday, we hosted a picnic in belated honour of Meiling's 21st birthday. The venue was a secluded spot at the far end of Lower Pierce Reservoir.
floral frocks were the order of the day
Daryl's meticulously-prepared, perfectly-assembled sandwiches and garden salad
I lean my head slowly to the side, reflect on the camellia on the moss
of the temple, reflect on a cup of tea, while outside the wind is rustling
the foliage, the forward rush of life is crystallised in a brilliant jewel
of a moment that knows neither plans nor future, human destiny is rescued
from the pale succession of days, glows with light at last and, surpassing
time, warms my tranquil heart.