Xanadu. Man's latest. Guardian review. I think he really sets out to debunk the idea that Marco Polo didn't visit China...... which he does convincingly I think. Marco was only 17 years young when he left Venice for China with his father and uncle for whom this was a return visit. They came back to Venice 24 years later when Marco would have been about 41 years old. 5 or 6 years after that he was taken prisoner in the Venice/Genoa war and whilst a captive, an opportunist 'hack' writer ghosted Marco's 'stories', in few months. Well, what can I tell you? No surprise the book had a few blurring of facts with fictions then!!! A good read, of course. Still tracking down Attila the Hun.
Really annoying not to get decent pics, but the chick is being fed red meat. I think they are Grey Headed Fish Eagles. If they are, they are quite rare. Found a sound clip of their call at http://www.soundsnap.com/node/3852
The bay area is big. Tourist boats ply a fixed route(s) so you cannot avoid them. There are so many sightseers. This is a hawker's boat. Pulls up to your boat and tries to sell you fruit.
Very dreamy. A series of steep sided islands with mists that blurr and do give you a sense of depth. The Vietnamese fleet beat the Mongolian invading fleet in the bay by driving wooden stakes into the river bed for the chinese junks to impale themselves on as the tide went out. Dem Mongolians turn up all over the place!!!
These are not the original pair we saw visiting the nest a couple of months ago. Still to identify the type of raptor they are.
But these guys have produced a chick!!! Not very old in this picture. How cool is that. I have the camera on permanent station at the window, binoculars at the ready!!
This shot is with 75 mm. The close shots are at 300 mm. Zoom. The Cannon is 8.5 MPix. So a bit of a challenge to get a decent photo. I have the camera on a stable platform, using 100 ISO. Keep waiting for a clear atmosphere. Not often in Singapore!! Any other ideas?
Our stall at the Red Dot Museum MAAD Art Fair. The fair is held at the beginning of each month to help promote individuals artistic endeavours.
'Four Singaporeans and an Englishman' are raising funds for the Lotus Children's Centre in Ulaanbaatar through the sale of paintings, photographs, magnet coasters and other stuff. Over the two days we managed to take 1,400 SGD. So, a big thanks to all the familly members and friends who turned up to support Lotus. A great result. We will be at the Red Dot again on the weekend 5/6th December. If you cannot make it to MAAD and wish to help Lotus, please visit our blog at http://www.lotuschild2010.blogspot.com/.
Hanoi is a modernising city. Modernising very fast. All Cities are beginning to look and feel the same to me. But, hey, no McD or KFC......yet!!! But here are a few identifiers. The first is an opposite, an exception.....an empty road. You could actually see the tarmac and only one pedal cycalist!!!!
And these, so called rocket house Very distinctive. Some only 10/12 feet wide but 4 storey. And usually stand alone. There are also tube houses, not dissimilar to Singapore the Shop houses....thin and deep.
They are also found in the countryside where the same type of land titles apply, inspite of the availablity of land. Hope this contiues so that the productive fields are not concreted over. Food post later.
This is Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum. Does it look like a Lotus flower to you? Completely ignoring the poor man's request not to do......they did. This for a man who lived in a wooden house in the Pesidential Palace grounds! Go figure.
Built by the French, used by the Japanese during thier occupations of the country, some horrible things went on here. Not nice. So, I didn't feel comfortable taking pictures here, so I didn't. Then I went outside and realised that the place where we were staying was built on the grounds shown in the first picture above, - the Somerest Grand Serviced Appartments.
This is the accomodation today. What to think, what to say?