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07 November 2014

Sweet November

Reflections: celebratory tea

Skywatch: a bougainvillea roof

And then it's time to acknowledge the good of the week. Here are my high fives:

1. Progressive, transition lenses. After two years of neglecting, avoiding and hesitating, I finally set foot in an optical clinic and came to terms with a 'perk' of aging. My traditional books, here I come! Back.

2. BBC modern adaptation of Cinderella. That bit on university research was very appealing. It's fun when a fairy tale sounds intelligent and not just all charm and romance.

3. Free expert knowledge. Last week when I mentioned my Mom successfully battling pneumonia and enlargement of aorta, I meant she was already breathing on her own. But she's not totally out of the woods yet as she's having difficulty swallowing food. A friend in the medical profession shared keywords of possible causes. That helped me form my own questions to ask the physicians.  It's comforting when you have at least an idea of what's going on and what to do next. 

4. Cousin time. As an only child and now as an adult I realize how daunting it can be to make pivotal decisions alone when an elderly parent is sick. I appreciate this cousin's availability to talk things out with me. 

5. Celebratory tea. Hope is a good thing. Optimism helps. Celebrating them lifts the spirit.


03 November 2014

The Red Temple

Sri Digambar Jain Lal Mandir

Popularly known as Lal Mandir or Red Temple, and originally built in 1656, it is the 'oldest and best-known Jain temple in Delhi, India.'

Too hot that day, I only stayed a few minutes to take a couple of photos and ran back to the car. But then I did not need too long to be impressed by such structure. I loved the moment I took in the sight.


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31 October 2014

Walking by

Skywatch: west side of Taj Mahal

Sally's BluesReflections: by the blue lotus pond

Fave Five: Living to  Tell the Story  /  Shine the Divine

October has been very eventful. Stress and joys, adventures and challenges, you name it. It's wonderful to have the chance to express gratefulness for making it through this final week of a beautiful month.

i. Surviving a task at work on finance/statistics: not my expertise but I did it.
ii. Another world landmark off the bucket list. Taj Mahal is quite a love monument.
iii. Angel friends: geographically distant (Canada) but willing to stick it out in their iphones the whole night to give emotional support.
iv.  Kiddo in church with minimal adult supervision. The singing ministry does him good.  
v. Mom's back at home after fighting off inflammation of the lungs and heart successfully. Now I can breathe.
  

21 October 2014

No wifi

Opened in 1648, "the Taj displays its different moods through its varied shades... as any beauty can ever have." ~ tajmahal.gov.in


Wall of the Taj up close.


This is my world recently. A two-hour drive from Bangkok, it's all charming and nestled in a river jungle. No wifi. Did you just hear something shut down with a bang? But since I didn't have to cook and maids were around to fix the bed, I say it was still a nice life for a couple of days.



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07 October 2014

Mumtaz Mahal

(The rest of the photos are mine)

It must be a many-splendored thing to be a Mughal emperor's favorite wife.... You get to rest in peace in a marble mausoleum.

Some quick facts about Mumtaz: she had a 'deep and loving marriage' to Shah Jahan, was given an imperial seat, Muhr Uzah,  mothered fourteen children and died at the birth of the fourteenth.


Mumtaz Mahal is enshrined in magnificent structure.  The tombs inside are empty, cameras are not allowed, but I had what I call an archaeology moment - staring awed at the hole that leads to her actual body 21 meters below.


Now I can say I have really been to India!


29 August 2014

I will be entertaining...

Skywatch: on an expressway to Pratunam, that area in Bangkok where everything is cheap.

Reflections: history wings and things


I Heart Macro: floral tribute


Friday's Fave Five: Anticipation mode. My entrails are somersaulting. Come, September, come!

1 Teacher's day. It's that time of year when I'm so in love with my profession.

2 New apartment, new furniture. In the move I found a photo which I thought I had lost forever. It's of my parents, the last and only one with my rarely-seen-in-photos father in it a few years before he died. I was just thrilled with the discovery.

3 A change I don't mind. It was originally Bali in three weeks. Thanks to an unexpected problem with the travel agency, it's now New Delhi.  Hello Taj Mahal!

4 Re-entry permit and visa report sorted. Always a relief to get immigration stuff out of the way.

5 I will be entertaining. A friend from high school I haven't seen in 26 years is coming to visit September 18th. And then we're going to India.

26 August 2014

There's something in history...

Museums, ruins, historical sites, mostly anything old - they are what make me go on trips for. I love those ohs and ahs I get as I behold them. Like on this one inside a World War II train in a war museum. This is what I call my Jonah moment. I was inside the train. 

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But there's something in history that is depressing. At least in these finds I call train entrails or it could be due to having no idea what they are really. So while waiting for the rest of the tour group to assemble for the next stop I loitered in a nearby orchid shop for some cheer.

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