I <3 Architecture | SINGAPORE

Hey guys, how are you all doing!? I can’t believe I’m writing my very first 2015 post!

Here it’s actually early in the morning, so… happy breakfast!

Singapore breakfast

I know that it was in November 2014 that I was in Singapore, which is quite a long time back since it’s… last year! But there is something incredible about Singapore that I fell in love with and that I had meant to share here for everyone’s visual pleasure for a while now, but I guess I had been too lazy until now.

All right, so the purpose of this blog post is simply me sharing Singapore in its architectural beauty. Colonization and new technologies both often do produce many artistic wonders… and here is a photo gallery compilation of some of which I encountered during my vacation in Singapore.

Enjoy!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Culture

I wasn’t sure which photos to post for this week’s challenge, which is Culture, since there has been nothing in my life that has been photographically culturally interesting… (lol) but, browsing through this year’s photos, I found these:

chinese dragon dance

 

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The Chinese Moon Festival (O)

October has begun… already! For me it is the time of final big exams and piled up work… but fortunately we’ve ended September in a cheerer note with the Chinese Moon Festival, which my family and I celebrated on Sunday 30th September 🙂

To start, we go to our grandma’s place and we have dinner together… well like any day. It gets interesting only when the clock strikes 7.00 p.m (GMT+4h). Because when the clocks strikes 7, we pay attention to the sky, looking out for the full moon. We patiently wait for it to come up in its full glowing glory, after it no longer hides behind the clouds.

Can you see the little moon in the photograph?

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Happy Chinese New Year 2012!

Tomorrow is at last the most important festival of the Chinese tradition: the New Year! Even more important than the usual 1st Jan new year… My family and I have a lot to do… and enjoy!

This year will be the year of the Dragon – from the Chinese horoscope.

dragon horoscope

We’ve been busy ‘spring cleaning’ – yes because Chinese new year also symbolises the coming of spring time 🙂 – and buy new clothes! ^^ Then when the big day comes, we’ll first go to mass (here we’re almost all half-Catholic half-Chinese) and light firecrackers just like the ones I filmed on my New Year’s vid post. Hehe I can’t believe I’m still not deaf! And after a traditional lunch… We’re heading to the hotel!! Yeah! I’m going to stay for two nights thus I’ll return home on Wednesday (missing school I know lol but well every year’s it’s been like that!). I don’t know if I’m going to blog during my stay… Just to let you know. ^^

Happy Chinese New Year! Hope it brings good fortune 🙂 let loose the dragon inside of you!

An Evil Nymph.

Happy Chinese Moon Festival!

Hey! Just went back from a traditional family dinner we have every year, small dinner at my grandma’s, where we celebrated the day when the moon is closest to the Earth and is completely full.

moon purple planet painting digital

Moon Digital Painting by me 🙂 http://daphyin.deviantart.com

 

I don’t really know what the custom is in China, but here in my family, here’s what we do:

First we eat dinner… of course! lol! a rich dinner and great wine (yeah! my uncle really knows how to choose the best). We have to wait for the moon to appear, because it’s often cloudy. Meanwhile the parents have to light up the red chinese candles… in front of the window which opens up to a direct and clear view of the moon. We place three plates with moon cakes and three glasses of chinese tea next to the candles. It is believed that there are 3 Gods coming and therefore are eating and drinking these while we light up the candles. We pray to them.

Unfortunately we don’t usually take photos so I can’t really show you what happened… anyway I really love this festival. It’s so simple, it’s only among us, small family group…

So we wait for the candles to melt half of their heights – time when the gods are accepting our gifts, and believe me Chinese Gods love to eat! xP – before we open the window to start some sort of ‘ritual’: we have to give money to the gods.

The ‘money’ is some special yellow red papers we just burn then throw outside. My father is ready to splash water in case an accident happens… that’s so funny! The children always rush to watch and want to burn too, but it’s too dangerous.

What’s always stunning and fun is that every year, the sky is cloudy and every year the moment we light our first paper ‘money’ to give to the gods… the moon just shows up! Just like that! Due to superstitions we enjoy ourselves saying that we have to burn everything before it hides behind the clouds again.

Ritual is now almost done and the final stage is very easy: we do what Chinese people always love to do: EAT. 😀

Yeps we eat moon cakes! If ever you’re wondering how are these fascinating moon cakes I quickly took some photos at home for you:

chinese moon cakes

It’s not necessarily in such a beautiful box… usually they’re placed separately in small plastic bags but this box is so beautiful that I had to share this with you 🙂

chinese moon cakes

See? Separate in plastic bags 😀

Anyway I feel so tired now… going to go to sleep! I drank Chinese tea but although it should make me stay awake it doesn’t work on me lol! just like coffee… to me they’re just some nice drinks 😛 Only fizzy drinks can make me stay awake! ^^

Write to you next time!

Your Chinese Evil Nymph.