I ‘coloured’ his life rainbow..

Rainbow sighting earlier today right before sunset.

Rainbow always brings back a memory of an incident that happened many years ago. A good friend of mine said to me I brought colours into his life by teaching him how to dance salsa.Yes, I dance as a hobby. And a week after telling me that he passed away from cardiac arrest.On Christmas eve..Sigh…Life…

I was deeply saddened by his abrupt passing but knowing I had touched his life even in a simple way which meant a huge thing to him was a consolation. 

It really had put thing in a different perspective that I took time off to re-evaluate my life and its purpose.I came to a realisation that we will be remembered by our legacy, good or bad. The size  and impact of the deed is subject to the value placed on it by the recipient not us. It was just a small gesture on my side but yet it was huge to him and he brought that memory with him when he died…

 May his soul rest in peace and he is happily dancing with angels up there in heaven…

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The majestic Serfaus Alpen, Austria.

Serfaus Alpen, Austria is situated near the border of Switzerland and Italy. Well known as part of ‘Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis’ ski resort when it teamed up with Fiss and Ladis in 1999 covering a total area of 430 hectares. Serfaus is a municipality in the district of Landeck in Austrian state of Tyrol.

Majestic view of the slopes and rugged mountains. Credit: Jan Rindschwentner 

The ski resort offers fantastic view of nearby Swiss alps and Italian alps due to its close proximity to Switzerland and Italy. Sharing the border with the two countries,it has been rated as a very popular and preferred skiing destination in Austria and Europe.

View towards Switzerland.

Dreamy landscape of snow-covered, rugged and jagged mountains offers endless silence and stillness, it is very calming and soul-enriching. I can just sit outside there forever admiring the awe-inspiring view.Nevermind the freezing, numbing and bone-chilling temperature. There is something about spirits of the mountains…

View towards Italy.

Austria is just lucky and blessed with beautiful landscape which can be as diverse as it is jaw-dropping and also known for its world class ski slopes. Its scenery inspires exploration at every turn…

I am a WIP- Work In Progress…

Credit: Dreamstime.com

I have pledged  to be a better person today than yesterday.

I don’t know everything. Nobody does.

I am just a spec of dust in this whole universe.

I speak less, listen and observe more.

I seek to understand.

I embrace humility. 

I have discovered that detaching myself from worldly materials, surrounding myself with real people and getting closer with nature has heightened my senses.

Wisdom is a sign of maturity gained through life experiences.

I am still learning about everything every single day.Education is a life long process. It starts at home, enhanced in the classroom and strengthened by real life experiences.

-Psychologic philosopher-

Wishing for a dry Christmas…

Rain rain go away…Santa is here drenched on the sleigh… Christmas has always been a wet weather affair here on the equator because of the monsoon season. 

Credit: Halloween Wizard

Good thing Santa is from  Netherland  which snows in December not rainy like now on the equator where I currently am.If not he will be drenched while riding his sleigh pulled by the reindeers delivering gifts… Imagine climbing and scaling down the wet chimney to sneak in in an attempt to avoid being noticed,  covered in soot and drenched. Not a very pretty picture…. 

Lucky Santa, our homes in tropical countries don’t come with chimneys so he is spared from squeezing his squishy belly but he still has to figure his way out to drop in the gifts at midnight while the children are fast asleep..Oh how so magical and whimsical! I love fantasies..fairy tales..

Christmas means wet and rainy days over here accompanied by flood sometimes because of the monsoon season which is running its course now until February next year.The term ‘it rains cats and dogs’ wasnt simply invented for nothing. 

Check out this video. It is how heavy the rain is at my place these few days and it will last until early January as predicted by the weather forecast.

Christmas has a different meaning to different people. To me it’s a year end holiday to wrap up the whole year which has come to an end. It also means quality time with family and close friends gathering over great food,good laugh and wonderful time.

With the advent of fast moving technology soon Santa needs not to ride the sleigh at midnight delivering Christmas gifts anymore. No more animal cruelty either, the reindeers can be spared and in the near future Santa might have to retire altogether.

The drones will take up his place delivering gifts all over the world with the help of Amazon, my wishful thinking…

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all the readers, the other bloggers and my new friends here on WordPress.com!

Dubai trip 2015 in (very interesting) pictures…

Fireworks and a hotel on fire…

I spent the past few years collecting my writing materials so many of my photos are backdated but they are great materials. After all , I am only started writing recently so I am inundated with backlog.  The reason why I am featuring Dubai here is because it is nearing  year end and I am recollecting on my best and worst memory of ushering in a new year so Dubai came to mind as a perfect subject matter.

Burj Khalifa park view at night time.

The highlight of my trip to Dubai in December 2015 was to watch massive fireworks display at Burj Khalifa from my friend’s condo which was right in front of the imposing tower. It was her last year in Dubai and she was leaving for good to Australia. My friend and I made a plan to catch up and celebrate new year’s eve  in Dubai together with other friends and her guests. So, I made a transit in Dubai for a few days on my way up to London.

The dancing water fountain at Dubai Mall, Burj Khalifa Dubai.

Burj Khalifa at daytime. Stands at 828m, 830m to tip with 163 floors.

Burj Khalifa at night time.

Breathtaking sunset scenery.

Then a fire broke out at The Address Hotel adjacent to Dubai Mall opposite Burj Khalifa.

The evening started on a happy note as we were all gathering to catch up over great food, warm conversation and pleasant company whilst enjoying the fantastic view of Burj Khalifa and its surrounding  with cool December breeze. Then at around nine-ish a fire suddenly broke out at The Address Hotel adjacent to Dubai Mall opposite Burj Khalifa. It cut short our merriment.We were terrified the fire could spread to Dubai Mall and other buildings nearby. Some roads within the area were already closed for the countdown.We couldnt leave the building let alone helping the hotel guests and potential fire victims so we were left petrified and feeling helpless whilst watching in horror as the hotel was engulfed in fire. 

However, the party had to go on. The countdown fireworks display went on as planned with the hotel on fire in the background. Check out the video above.

Still smouldering in the morning the next day on 1 January 2016.

It was a sombre mood the next day, eerie and quiet. No fire engine was within sight until after 3 pm. Lucky the other side of the hotel was not affected. The side facing Burj Khalifa as in the photo was fully razed by the fire.

And still smouldering at sunset on 1 January 2016.

What a way to celebrate a new year’s eve. I got more than what I bargained for which I will never forget…

King of Fruits-Durian.

Disclaimer: Consume at your own risk. This thorny,spiky and notoriously stinky fruit can either turns you on or turns you off like blue cheese. It has a certain acquired taste only appeals to certain people. I do eat it but only once or twice a year during the season(it is a seasonal fruit) but in a very little amount to save myself from having gassy stomach and unpleasant breath.

This baby here is from my mother’s garden.

Native to South East Asia, durian is a fruit from several tree species belonging to genus Durio.There are 30 recognised Durio species and at least nine of which produce edible fruit. There are over 300 named varieties in Thailand, 102 in Indonesia and 100 in Malaysia. Creamy in texture, it has a  sweet taste and sometimes can be slightly bitter or rich. It has a consistency of custard and can be yoghurty as well depending on its type. To some people, the taste can be too overpowering, off-putting and pungent.By contrast, Alfred Russel Wallace, the reknown nineteeth century British naturalist described its flesh as “a rich custard highly flavoured with almonds”.

Yellow, orange and red durian. Credit: Dreamstime.com

High in monounsaturated fats, durian helps to lower harmful cholesterol and control high blood pressure. Good source of nutrient but also high in calories and carbohydrates and thus must be consumed in moderation. It is advisable not to have it with fizzy drinks and alcohol because it can cause indigestion and bloatedness.

Winter throwback…

London, January 2016.

I looked like an Eskimo girl here. Brrrr…It’s  winter now (not where I currently am.I can still walk around in my flip flop or stilettos, shorts and tank top) and Christmas is around the corner. The spirits is in the air. I love Christmas, the decors, food etc except for the consumerism part. 

I just want to comfort you that you don’t have to feel guilty if you don’t buy those gifts. We should give sincerely from the heart not just for the sake of giving to comform with tradition and the best gift we could ever give to our loved ones is our time. The time we spend with them worths more than all the Christmas gifts in the world combined.

Just my two-cent psychologic opinion…