How I Stayed Sane during Typhoon

I never thought that I’d be sharing a holiday with a typhoon. It was like having a crazy distant relative crash your wedding out of sheer boredom.

This happened on my recent solo holiday in Japan. The day Typhoon Mindulle landed in Tokyo was the day that I was supposed to be flying off to southern Japan.

The morning of the typhoon, the weather was still mild. It made me positive that my flight would go as per scheduled. Only when I started watching the LIVE weather report that I became worried.

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Nha Trang, Vietnam. Photography by Olivia Griselda.

Day 123: Deep Blue

“When the tides of time turn against you,
And the storms of life sink your boat,
Don’t cry and scream and holler,
Just turn on your back and float.”

Quoted from American sitcom ‘The Honeymooners’

Nha Trang, Vietnam. Photography by Olivia Griselda.

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Nha Trang, Vietnam.

Chinese Chess in Nha Trang, Vietnam. Photography by Olivia Griselda.

Day 122: Quit Playing, It’s Tea Time

Time for you and time for me,
And time yet for a hundred indecisions,
And for a hundred visions and revisions,
Before the taking of toast and tea.
— T.S. Eliot

Nha Trang, Vietnam.

Day 121: Only God Forgives

It is interesting to see the different manifestations of divine powers that humans have come up with.

A week ago while in Vietnam, I visited the Cao Dai Temple in Tay Ninh, Vietnam. The Cao Dai religion is a culmination of a few religions, including Buddhism, Christianity and Confucianism. In their prayers, the worshipers faces the Divine Eye, which represents God.

I believe that most, if not all, religions lead towards the same path. The question of religion should then become whether one believes in the existence of God.

Happy Easter!

Photography by Olivia Griselda. Cao Dai Temple in Tay Ninh, Vietnam.
Photography by Olivia Griselda. Cao Dai Temple in Tay Ninh, Vietnam.

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Day 120: All At Sea

A few years ago, I came across a Japanese saying about water. It commented on how water could represent both life and death. One could not live without water. Yet, one could also easily lose his life to water. Such is a paradox of life.

RIP Prof Winston Koh 1963-2013

Nha Trang, Vietnam

Day 115: Beaming Bangkok


“Colors are the deeds and suffering of light” goes a quote by the German artist Johan Wolfgan von Goethe.

I first stumbled upon this quote while reading the photography book of Alex Webb titled “Suffering of Light’. The Magnum photographer commented of how he was mesmerized by the radiance of color photography, especially of photos taken in the tropical region.

While the streaking sun had bothered me much while I was in Bangkok, I am relieved of the slight tinge of vibrancy in my photos.

Day 114: Taming Death


There is something called the Terror Management Theory. No, this theory has nothing to do with horror movies! Rather, it proposes that human behavior is always motivated by their sub-conscious fear towards death. So, religions supposedly came about to help us mere mortals make sense of the world (and make peace with death).

This brings me to a point raised by a Thai friend of mine. She mentioned how, in a Buddhist perspective, an early, natural death may not necessarily be a negative thing. A person who dies young may have a pure soul and have completed what he or she is meant to do on Earth.

I may not be a Buddhist, but what she said resounded in my heart. At 23, I’m still making sense of the world, let alone death. Ironically, I’ve come to realize that the fear of death has somewhat made my life worth living.


Bangkok, Thailand