Saturday, November 21, 2009

unbearable?

Found out in some blogs about a top Korean model Daul Kim who just died, apparently of suicide. She's 20. Her last entry in her own blog 'say hi to forever'.



And one can't avoid wondering why?

While most would want to cling to life, others perhaps feel the unbearableness of it, its not worth all the trouble there is?

To each his/her own. Peace perhaps is what they've been longing for and maybe peace they've finally attained... and life goes on for the living..... and who got the best bargain?


I don't know.


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Monday, November 16, 2009

a fish with a fin

I have a new hobby! Well besides gardening (which is really means transferring a plant to another pot and watering them hah), I'm into fish now, yeah the ones that swim. So last weekend bought this black colored fish with a beer-belly who swims funny. Anyway, while staring at them my fishes (yes I can just look at them for some time while theyre swimming around ), I discovered something!



Me (in a loud surprise voice): Hey, this fat fella here has one fin missing! Come, look! How come I didn't noticed it in the shop.

Buddy came to look.

Me: So pity, he's handicapped.

Buddy (in a really concerned tone): Oh yeahh, nevermind we will take care of him. (erm, sounds like buddy's motherly instinct kicks in hah)

The fish with it's left pectoral fin missing (What Are You Looking At? Strike a pose. Strike a pose. Vogue, vogue, vogue.:)



(trivia: there are 5 types of fins in a fish: pectoral, pelvic, dorsal, caudal and anal.... oh my, fish also does anal? hah:p)


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Sunday, November 1, 2009

Bali Part 1: The Island of God

It wasn't planned really. Early October, we kind of impulsively booked a flight to Bali at the end of the month and stayed there for five days.

Bali is such a beautiful, fascinating island because of it's people and their culture and traditions which is still very much alive.



When we arrived, we saw these nuns. See even nuns need to have a break :)


The hotel we stayed, not bad and the price is reasonable.


They have their own small temple inside the compound, which is common in Bali. Everyday, we saw this guy putting offerings in the altar.


The rooftop of the hotel restaurant.


While having breakfast, we saw this small bird drinking water in the fountain.


Outside our room at night, so quite and peaceful.... that's my leg by the way:)


Legian Street


We had our first dinner of our trip here :)


Bali bomding memorial


Poolside dinner


Offerings put in the sidewalks


One of the temples we visited




Bali Part 2: The Island of God

Went to visit a gallery and admired the paintings and pretended we know art hah


Bali rice terraces


A procession we saw on our way to Kintamani to see Batur Volcano and Lake


Ladies carrying offerings in their head


Admiring the view of the volcano while nibbling Balinese satay :)


Various types coffee and teas


Barong and the man






Tampak Siring




The holy spring


A balinese dog :)


Goah Gaja / Elephant Cave

Bali Part 3: Barong Dance

We hired a car and a tour guide to bring us around the island.

First stop, Barong Dance.

Barong is a character in the mythology of Bali. He is the king of the spirits, leader of the hosts of good, and enemy of Rangda in the mythological traditions of Bali. Banas Pati Rajah is the fourth "brother" or spirit child that accompanies a child throughout life. Banas Pati Rajah is the spirit which animates Barong. A protector spirit, he is often represented by a lion, and traditional performances of his struggles against Rangda are popular parts of Balinese culture.

The lion barong is one of five traditional Barong. In Bali each region of the island has its own protective spirit for its forests and lands. Each Barong for each region is modeled after a different animal. There is a boar, a tiger, a dragon (or serpent) and the traditional lion. The lion is the popular one as it comes from the Gianyar region where Ubud (the home of tourist viewed ritual) is located. Within the calonarong, the dance drama in which the Barong appears, the barong responds to Rangda's use of magic to control and kill her to restore balance. (courtesy of wikipedia:)

and other characters (no idea who they were:)






and then 2 boys opened the door and watched the show




their brother and sister came


more brothers came


and their mom joined them


and she gave birth with more kids... kidding hehe

Bali Part 4: Monkey Business

And we went to this monkey sanctuary in Ubud


monkeys everywhere! oblivious to people passing by


and these fellas in the pathway were rubbing the leaves with stones. no idea why they were doing this... see the cute baby observing mommy doing it....


A monkey sad love story


and the forlorn Sam spent his days chewing on soiled roots while playing with his tiny dick...




Quality family time