31 December 2008

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.


2:20 PM;

26 December 2008

My first impressions of Shanghai.

对上海的第一个印象是它的繁忙和那中西合洴中的一份独特感。去了新天地和城黄庙之后, 就得上路往几个江南的城市去了。但是, 我们在旅程的最后三天还是会回到上海。走之前,吃了非常可口的小笼包和汤圆。不好意思, 全都一口直吞了下去,所以没有照片分享。

5:00 PM;

09 December 2008

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!

10:23 AM;

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

my melting jell-o cheesecake

L-O-V-E if that is not immediately obvious

the yummy brownie Adilah (or her mum) made

penning our well wishes

and the mini tree we got her

3:14 PM;

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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.

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