I like the way schools in Singapore proudly display students’ work. These modern paintings of different female attire drew my attention. In a multicultural, multireligious Asian society, the different roles of women give rise to many questions among us westerners.
Archive for April, 2010
Some of us were taken for lunch at Bollywood farm by the principal of our host school. It was an interesting place, built and developed by an eccentric Indian woman. She had her own villa on the grounds, too – strictly closed from nosy tourists by fences and gates, though. The gardens were wonderful, full of the most curious plants, all of which are used in the food in her popular restaurant, too.
I never knew that banana trees have got flowers – and this big and unusual as well! It was a very close afternoon, and soon after taking this picture a horrendous thunderstorm broke out. Luckily, it cleared the oppressive air a bit.
Changi airport, Singapore. Four students with butterflies in their tummies, a bit apprehensive to meet their Singaporean ‘buddies’ and host families.
Changi airport really deserved to have been voted the best airport in the world this year – and many previous years, too, I think. It is amazingly clean and the service is impeccable and friendly.
Changing planes at Frankfurt airport on our way to Singapore. The full moon lit our way – and everything went just fine. No sign of ash anywhere 🙂
Would have been nice to try Singapore Airlines, since I bet the service would be out of this world, but our reliable German Lufthansa flights were just fine, too.
Getting ready to travel abroad tomorrow, I emptied my purse of all the unnecessary cards (concerned about them being stolen again, as happenend once before!) While doing that, I remembered today’s Daily Shoot challenge:
Plastic is everywhere. Make a photograph that illustrates a use of plastic in your life today.
It’s amazing how many cards you acquire from different places. Money has been plastic for me for ages. It’s sometimes a bit embarrassing when somebody rings our bell with a good fund-raising cause, and I’ve got to turn them down because I only carry ‘plastic money’ with me.
The blurriness of the picture is a good reminder of how overspending, for example, is much easier, using a plastic card than with cash – at least for me. It may be because the plastic card doesn’t seem to be worth that much.
Today the scouts invaded the streets for their yearly parades although parades of any kind, especially ones in uniform, are very rare in our society.
I loved the way the little boys held each other’s hands. And how their brigade sign carrier looked rather pensive, maybe thinking of his responsibility for leading the group. Togetherness, group spirit and happy faces, but at the same time a rather militaristic feel backed up by drums.
This sight vividly reminded me of Singapore with their school uniforms and extracurricular brigades. I also remembered the dozens of parades we saw in the US during our one-year stay in Virginia, with Clinton’s second inauguration as the most spectacular one. So typical of me that my mind wanders to intercultural comparisons…
let me play among the stars
let me see what spring is like
on Jupiter and Mars…
I am not quite ‘over the moon’ about this picture. I should have had something spring-like in the foreground to give the picture some depth, but that will have to wait for another time.