The Essence of Heat
There’s something about seeing a huge crate of dried chilies. Or any fresh produce, really. The vibrancy and feel and the SMELLS!! The freshness and reality of these things just invade and take over your senses. The spices in particular take a hold of those taste buds and just never really let go, even after you’ve walked away. You’re left with - quite essentially - its essence.
A devotee takes some time to give a silent prayer at the Loyang Tua Pek Kong Temple. The temple is unique in that it actually houses deities from various religions. According to local history, the original temple was a simple zinc sheet and brick hut that housed Hindu, Buddhist and Taoist figurines; it even had a Muslim Kramat.
The temple in modern times is located just off Loyang Way and consists of 3 smaller temples - A Hindu temple containing a 2-metre Ganesha statue; the Tua Pek Kong (大伯宫) Temple and the Natoh Kong Temple. Natoh Kong is a unique Chinese-Malay deity apparently found only in parts of Indonesia and the Malay Peninsula.
“A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.”
~ Lao Tzu ~
As the sun rises over Jalan Profesor Doktor Ida Bagus Mantra, so does the heat and humidity. Runners of the Bali Marathon 2012 continue on their way, holding true to the mantra of mind over matter.
"All the efforts of the human mind cannot exhaust the essence of a single fly."
“How doth the little busy bee
Improve each shining hour,
And gather honey all the day
From every opening flower.”
Bathers at the Pura Tirta Empul purifying themselves in sacred spring water that is channeled into a long, rectangular stone pool. One man stands aside and observes the other bathers, as if contemplating whether or not to step into the cool waters for a second time.
The Times, They Are a’Changing
I totally forgot that I wanted to upload this photograph.
I took this photo way back in December 2011 for some amateur competition organised by Asian Geographic and OneAsia. The theme they gave was “Asia” - a little too broad for my taste.
I didn’t want to be too obvious either, so when I came across this old trishaw puller in the middle of the City Hall district, I started snapping away. Pure good luck had a brightly stickered bus roll up right behind him and voila! I had the new and the old Asia all in one shot.
I didn’t get selected for the top 25, but I quite like this old disgruntled man. Then again, I’m biased. :)
I’m going to try and restart this photo blog thing. I need a hobby and I just installed PS! So I need to learn how to use it.
Ok, I cheated. I mostly used the “Auto-correct” function here. For both layers and contrast. I had to start somewhere! Admittedly the cropping can be better, but it’s late and I have to work tomorrow. So we’ll try another photo tomorrow evening.
This was a Garuda statue in the hotel I stayed in for the Bali Marathon event (waaaaaaaaaay back in April).
Don’t get any ideas. I only ran the 10km event.
Yes, I know. What happened to one photo a day? It’s a lot harder than it seems ok! Anyway, here’s a slightly erm… “Philosophical(?)” one for you guys. I saw this broken phone strap charm thing on the road near my house. Actually I think it’s been there for quite a while now, I remember seeing it earlier this year as well. So it’s been driven over, stepped on, rained on… Just about everything, I guess. That little piece of red on the “i” is probably supposed to be some diamond-shaped arty thing that most likely made it a “cute” phone strap. But it just reminds me of a drop of blood.
Plenty of words ran through my mind while thinking of a caption. “Faith Unbroken (too obvious)”, “Road Kill (too morbid)”, “Faith On The Rocks (what the…)”, “Faith on the Road (…No.)”, etc, etc. In the end, I settled for what you see now. What do you guys think?
Hong Kong Nostalgia
Ok. The truth is I was very tempted to caption this photo “Two Balls”, but my conscience got the better of me. I couldn’t get a good shot of anything today; the rain definitely didn’t help. So I decided to browse through some old photos and found this one from a trip to Hong Kong in October 2010. Think this was the harbourfront, if I remember correctly. Despite the pollution, it made a good shot. :)