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Tag : Asia

18 Apr 2013

Modern Architecture in Singapore, Marina Bay Sands Hotel

The Marina Bay Sands Hotel in Singapore struck me as odd and fascinating. Talk about conflicted. I mean, you can’t help but marvel at the genius behind the construction, but why is there a ship’s hull on top of a building? Incongruous? I think so. But then again, the structure is a casino-hotel and if Vegas is any guide, the more outlandish, the better. Maybe people bet more in quirky spaces? Or maybe, it symbolizes the casino sailing away with […]

16 Apr 2013

An Engagement Photo in Sri Lanka

As I wandered through the green expanse of Kandy’s Botanical Garden, I came across this lovely couple out for a shoot with their hired Sri Lankan wedding photographer. Being the interloper that I am (the basic nature of a photographer?), I asked if I could take their picture. They obliged and everyone, including their photographer, seemed happy with the request; their photographer took a picture of me taking a picture of them. My guess is that I am now in […]

12 Apr 2013

A Country of Tea Drinkers

In Sri Lanka, tea is a big deal. Sri Lanka is the fourth largest producer and the second largest exporter in the world. I had always thought that tea production had a really long history in Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon), but it was the British who introduced it and started cultivation in the mid-1800s. Previously, coffee had been the big deal (fueled by consumption in Europe), but a coffee blight pretty much wiped out the entire stock. Luckily, they had […]

11 Apr 2013

A Cambodian Dancer at Angkor Wat

A short post today, leaving you with a photo of a Khmer Dancer in Cambodia at the temple-ruins of Angkor Wat. I love how the dancer, with all her color, jumps out against the blue-grey stone. Have a great day. G

29 Mar 2013

Portrait of a Sinhalese Buddhist Monk, Sri Lanka

I took this shot just outside an old temple in central Sri Lanka. (Make sure you click on the blue, “Read More” button and then click on the image to get the full-frame version of the shot.) I love the light in the shade in the tropics at mid-day. Forget about shots in the direct sunlight during the harsh light of a tropical day. It’s just way to intense. The shade is where it’s at. We’ll be starting a travel […]

28 Mar 2013

The Holy of Holies— The Holy Tooth Relic Temple, Kandy, Sri Lanka

I shot this photo just after I had queued to catch a glimpse of the golden casket that allegedly holds one of the Buddha’s teeth. The monk is entering a chamber one floor below where the the tooth is located. As such, he must be a pretty important monk to get solitary access to such a special place. (Make sure you click on the image to get the full deal.) The Holy Tooth Relic Temple is the most important religious […]

09 Mar 2013

That's a Really Big Rock

Sigiriya, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a rock-fortress in central Sri Lanka that you can read more about here. Since I am writing on an iPhone with a spotty connection, I’ll keep it short. I’ll write more in the coming days, but I wanted to share an image of this more-than-cool chunk of rock. It’s a seriously wild climb to the top. Most basic safety standards for handling large crowds in high places were cast aside. It’s everyone for […]

23 Feb 2013

Laundry Lives the High Life in Singapore

In Singapore, this is how you dry your laundry and apparently it rarely falls. It it does, maybe you just forget about it. Can you imagine finding it on a windy day? But really this post is about how and where people live in Singapore. Pretty much everyone except a few very rich souls ( ~1%) live in units such as these. There are  just over 5 million people living in Singapore, and everyone owns their own residence; No one […]

23 Feb 2013

Now That's an Infinity Pool

Fifty-seven stories is a long way down – or up. But that’s where the pool is atop the Marina Sands Hotel in Singapore. So here’s a tip … if you want to go to the observation deck of this hotel, they’ll charge you 20 bucks for the privledge. However, if you say you want to go to the sky-bar called Ku-De-Ta (at the same level as the observation deck) and have a drink (beers start at $18 a pop … […]

22 Feb 2013

That Sure is One Big Buddha

This Buddha is located just around the corner from where I am staying. Unless you poke your head into places, you would never notice things, even ones this large. Oftentimes, the entrances are quite unremarkable but when you go in there is something spectacular such as this large Buddha. And there is the value of using local knowledge to find out where to go. Guide books are only so good, and really, all of them are quite limited in revealing […]