I am a huge fan of street art (you should know that by now for readers who have been following my blog). I have many pictures taken from hundreds of street art works, in dozens of cities/countries. I am always on the constant lookout for fascinating street art. Street art is proof that some of the best pieces of art, at least contemporary art, are not locked inside museums. Instead, they are out in the open for everyone to enjoy.
Singapore may not be associated with great street artwork compared to other Western countries, but there are hotspots that are (legally) tainted with unique and striking street art. Kampong Glam district (near Bugis shopping area) is a long-time creative art enclave and is one of the best places to wander around and discover the street art scene. Here are some places in Kampong Glam district in Singapore to admire these jaw-dropping works by both local and international street artists in this area.
Along Victoria Street between Jalan Klapa and Jalan Pisang:
Life is full; my writing life is full. I'm even awake fairly regularly at dawn, but generally admire the rising light of day through the windows. Still, feeling yourself enveloped by the air of a March dawn is not like anything else. I should get out early in body more often. I was in awe at seeing the lights against the pre-sunrise blue hour sky. A bit later, I was overjoyed as the sun peaked up over the horizon and I was trying my best to capture it.
There’s something beautiful about experiencing a sunrise. Watching a sunrise is just breathtaking. Many people say that seeing the sunrise is a spiritual experience. There is something special about a sunrise, even more so that a sunset. Perhaps it’s the promise of a new day. New hope. New adventures.
There’s a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they’re absolutely free. Don’t miss so many of them.
I was sorting my photos from my Japan trip last year and something struck me – cherry blossom season in Japan is EVERYTHING. The trees are omnipresent in over half of my photos, and there’s no denying that it gives the country a slightly romantic appeal, an ephemeral look that is quite difficult to resist.
Every spring time, the nation’s streets, gardens and public buildings and schools are decorated with the beautiful scents and colours of spring. Everything takes on a delicate pinkish hue as the symbolic cherry trees spring into blossom and carpet the ground below in delicate cherry blossom snowflakes.
Apart from being a stunning sight to behold, the significance of the cherry blossom tree in Japanese culture is as old as it is poignant. The beautiful cherry blossom and the shortness of its season is symbolic of life itself, a reminder of how bright and beautiful a life can shine, but also how tragically short it is. It is a reminder to enjoy life while you can, to appreciate both its beauty and its briefness.
I am going to Japan soon again next month, to Tokyo this time round. So i can't wait to see the Sakura season again!
My Photo Essay《牛车水壁画说故事 Street Art In Chinatown》Published in Lianhe Zaobao 联合早报副刊缤纷版 Dated 14 March 2016
For History Buffs: A World Heritage Site - The Infamous Fremantle Prison In Perth, Western Australia 探索西澳最古老的监狱: 弗里曼特尔监狱
History buffs will love this attraction. Fremantle Prison is the largest and most intact convict built prison in Australia and is Western Australia’s only World Heritage Listed Building. It was continuously used as a place of incarceration for almost 140 years. The prison was decommissioned as a maximum-security gaol in 1991. The Fremantle Prison is a seriously impressive piece of architecture. It has it’s own dramatic history.
The impressive building took eight years to to construct the limestone structures using convict labour, and housed some of the most dangerous prisoners Australia has seen. Built by convicts sent over from Britain, the prison’s closure in 1991 marked the end of its 136-year history. Daytime tours, tunnel tours and the infamous ghostly night-time tour at the prison are all available for tourists each offering a different experience.
The World Heritage Site also houses a museum containing all kinds of artefacts and artwork, and a great place to go and learn more about crime and punishment through history. This amazing prison is one of the best places to see in Australia. Its historic value and artifacts are a must see for every history lover. You will definitely have a nice time after visiting this prison.
百年前的澳大利亚仍是荒蛮流放之地，弗里曼特尔监狱(Fremantle Prison)曾经是西澳(Western Australia)最古老使用时间最久的监狱。近150年，弗里曼特尔监狱是一个关押囚犯，使其痛苦的地方。杀人犯、强奸犯、小偷和其他罪犯在这条长廊中游荡——这是他们一生中最后生活的地方。暴力是监狱历史最多的组成部分，常年的暴乱、鞭笞、死刑，更不用说被关在这里的人都是因为暴力犯罪。难怪坊间传说这里有幽灵游荡在空荡的囚室。