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Cee’s fun foto challenge: feathers

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peacock feathers in Malaysia

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a feather duster seller in Bangkok

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birds of a feather in Singapore’s Jurong bird park

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the new hairdo

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fifty shades of pink

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the aptly named ‘superb’ starling

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“shake a tail feather, baby”

Cee’s fun foto challenge

travel theme: abstract

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building in Koln

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modern architecture in Dusseldorf

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modern batik in Singapore

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knotted rope in Thailand

sharing abstract with Ailsa & co.

travel theme: yellow

Most of my “yellow” photos seem to be of flowers so it was a challenge to find some yellow photos that weren’t of flowers and yet I still had to include at least one of those.

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arch of yellow orchids in Singpore’s botanical gardens

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gilding shop, Singapore

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do these sun conurs, photographed in Singapore’s bird park, count as yellow or orange?

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bananas, temple offerings, Singapore

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Singapore aquarium

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yellow lichen in Luxembourg

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yellow shrine in Denpasar market, Bali

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Klung-Kung temple gate, Bali

Visit Where’s my backpack to see more ‘yellow’ inspired photos

Travel theme: Birds

Ailsa’s theme this week is Birds.

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Easter chickens in Cyprus

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Singapore has a wonderful bird park

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painted ceiling, Temple of the sacred tooth relic, Kandy, Sri Lanka,

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bird painted on fabric, Sri Lanka

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bee eater in Yala safari park, Sri Lanka

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peacock door, city palace museum, Jaipur, India

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sunbirds that nested outside our bathroom window in Thailand

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concrete bird in the magic garden, Koh Samui, Thailand

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peacock at Arlington Court, UK

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mallard surveys the scenery in Lynmouth, UK

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garden ornaments

a word a week challenge: high

Sue’s dictionary fell open at the word HIGH this week.

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high up in the mountains in France, close to the Italian border

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Siena rooftop view

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view from the top of St Patrick’s well in Orvieto, Italy, where my glasses fell to the bottom ….

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the waterfall at Terni, Italy

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view from the castle of Haut Koenigsberg in Alsace, France

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city of lights, Kuala Lumpur

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Petronas towers, Kuala Lumpur

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La Sagrada familia, Barcelona

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Barcelona’s cable car

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Singapore’s cable car

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view from the top of a hilltop temple in Cambodia

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she holds her baby up on high

Do you like heights or are you afraid of them? Do they inspire you?

Visit some other high places here.

Travel theme: delicate

Ailsa was feeling a little delicate this week so she chose the word ‘delicate’ for her travel theme.

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a leaf dragon sea horse photographed in Singapore’s aquarium

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traditional Balinese head dress

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delicate Balinese floral offerings

Singapore city

Of course, no visit to Singapore would be complete without ….


and so we dutifully forced ourselves to drink a couple, sitting in the courtyard. Our friend, with whom we were staying, had lived in the Raffles Hotel many years ago. Then it was on the seafront, now the sea is a long way away and other buildings have been constructed on the reclaimed land in between. She said that it has changed beyond recognition although it still has an air of olde worlde charm about it, with its graceful wrought ironwork, cool gardens and afternoon tea.

The roads everywhere are tree-lined which means that they are attractive to look at as well as providing a degree of shade.

Approaching the Arab street area, with its hand made perfume and dress fabric shops, you  catch sight of the golden dome of the Sultan mosque with its Moorish-influenced architecture

and you would have to be told by someone-in-the-know or have read your guidebook to know that the dark green layer below the golden dome is actually made from hundreds and hundreds of bottles!!

Arab Street is home to some of the best dress fabric shops I have ever seen. No guessing where I would like to go shopping if ever I get the chance to go back again.

In the nearby cultural centre visitors can try their hand at the centuries old crafts of wood block printing or making batiks.

modern batik of dancing girls

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The end to a perfect day would be a cold drink and dinner in one of the many small restaurants by the river with the sun setting behind the skyscrapers as you watch the world go by

Singapore introduction

Changi airport is more like a village. If you have to spend much time in transit there is quite a lot to see and do or you can take a quick trip into town between flights, which we did the first time we flew to Singapore.  We went to reconnoitre the hotel we were booked to stay in 3  weeks later. Of course, it was one of those huge, characterless places on Orchard road. Fortunately we discovered we had a long lost friend living in Singapore and she invited us to stay with her – an altogether much better proposition as she had a lovely duplex 10 mins away from the airport and out of town.

After Thailand and Bali, Singapore was incredibly hot and humid and the high humidity makes it feel much hotter than it actually is. First impressions were that it was green (lots of tree-lined roads), clean, no car exhaust fumes, no mosquitos – mosquito police*, few flies, no crime, very organised, cheap taxis, no road rage, but sterile.

* Our friend had a visit from the mosquito police – they come round regularly to check that there is no stagnant water anywhere.

Because of the heat we had to revise our sightseeing programme and eventually only went sightseeing every two days allowing ourselves a day of respite in between.

Our first trip was by cable car over to Sentosa Island which is in the process of being made into a giant amusement park.

We watched a pink dolphin show (first time I’d ever seen pink dolphins; apparently they go even pinker as they get older.

and then visited the aquarium where you walk through an underwater tunnel with huge mantas floating overhead and groupers nudge against the glass.

In separate, smaller tanks, they had leaf dragon sea horses

and horse fish and angel fish – really difficult to photograph.

the most interesting exhibit were the transparent jellyfish whose tank had constantly changing coloured lights

Our next excursion was into the area of Singapore town known as Little India – a colourful, noisy area with some wonderful smells emanating from the many little restaurants. The biggest attraction here was the Sri Veeramakaliamman temple on Serangoon Road with lots of exotic and colourful statuary and silver animals.

silver drainpipe spout

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a silver cow having the final touches put to its floral decorations

On the other side of the road from the temple was the inevitable flower seller

items in a gilding shop window

rows and rows of glass bangles for sale. The photo looks as if it’s a bit out of focus but that’s because the bangles were wrapped in plastic which reflected the flash

colourful shop houses

watching TV Singapore style. The colourful house in the background belonged to a famous local architect called Tan Teng Niah and is one of the stops on the heritage walk.

another colourful facade