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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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.

Nha Trang, Vietnam.

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.

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 79: Regurgitation

Regurgitate is a nicer word for vomit. It means to bring food that has been swallowed back to and out of the mouth. That somewhat describes my process of studying for exams. I digest everything taught in class. Then, I vomit them out on exam papers (not literally, of course!). Just like what the creature above does everyday, spurting endless stream of water. The Singapore mascot never fails to amaze tourists.

Thank goodness I can finally stop doing what Merlion does. Bye bye university life!

Day 75: Faces in Little India

From the initial plan of joining the Tête-à-Tête language table in Dunlop Street (Singapore), I decided to drop by Little India earlier for a photowalk. Soon, I realized that 330 p.m. was too early for an afternoon shoot! Besides the scorching heat, the stark contrast between the street and the shade didn’t help at all.

Above are the only portraits that I took. One is of a shopkeeper; the other is of a magazine stall owner. These photos do leave rooms for improvement.

With the many visitors Little India has on Sundays, there are many moments that one could capture. Today, I’ve caught only two of the many.