Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The Crocodile

“Crocodiles are easy. They try to kill and eat you. 
People are harder. Sometimes they pretend to be your friend first.” 
― Steve Irwin

“An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile - 
hoping it will eat him last”
 -Winston Churchill

The Windmill

Windmill or no windmill, he said, life would go on as it had always gone on--that is, badly.
-George Orwell

Patience The windmill never strays in search of the wind.
-Andy J. Sklivis

“When the winds of change blow, some people build walls and others build windmills.”
-Chinese Proverb

Monday, June 29, 2015

The Coffee

“It doesn't matter where you're from - or how you feel... 
There's always peace in a strong cup of coffee.” 
― Gabriel Bá

“Coffee is a way of stealing time that should by rights 
belong to your older self.” 
― Terry Pratchett

“Go sip on gossip, and leave the coffee talk for me to chug. 
I’ll be in the kitchen, giggling like a schoolgirl if you need me.” 
― Jarod Kintz

Summer Palace: the Largest Royal Park in China

The Summer Palace is a vast ensemble of lakes, gardens and palaces in Beijing, China. The Summer Palace is mainly dominated by Longevity Hill and the Kunming Lake. It covers an expanse of 2.9 square kilometres, three-quarters of which is water. *Wikipedia

The Summer Palace is one of the beautiful spots in Beijing. I even want to describe it as divinest place in China.
The Summer Palace was included on the World Heritage List by the UNESCO in 1998.

UNESCO states that " Summer Palace is a masterpiece of Chinese landscape garden design. The natural landscape of hills and open water is combined with artificial features such as pavilions, halls, palaces, temples and bridges to form a harmonious ensemble of outstanding aesthetic value."

My big brother and I spent almost a day in Summer Palace. There were so much attraction to see in this side of Beijing. We admired the arched bridges, explored numerous attractive gardens.  We also adored several buildings with striking architecture and witnessed magnificent rivers and streams.

We did a lot of walking for hours. I managed to do photo snapshots and found myself stopping and pausing because there were so much wonderful views which amazed me. Everything around it was a pleasure to see and behold.

with GARY, my big bro

The Skyscrapers

“I kiss like a skyscraper meets the sky, 
only with less scraping and more vertigo.” 
― Jarod Kintz

“A man in the skyscraper needs to feed a pigeon from 
his window to remember 
what great thing missing in his life:
 The touch of nature!” 
― Mehmet Murat ildan

“My advice for a person who's just fallen out of a skyscraper window is, Flap your arms...faster.” 
― Jarod Kintz

Sunday, June 28, 2015

The Old House

“Houses are like people - some you like and some you don't like - and once in a while there is one you love.” 

―L.M. Montgomery

“In life, a person will come and go from many homes. We may leave a house, a town, a room, but that does not mean those places leave us. Once entered, we never entirely depart the homes we make for ourselves in the world. They follow us, like shadows, until we come upon them again, waiting for us in the mist.”

―Ari Berk

“Abandoned and forgotten houses often hide the greatest stories!” 
―Mehmet Murat ildan

HUTONG: Where Real Beijing People Belong

Hutong in a common term is a neighborhood with narrow streets and alleyway. People say that the real culture of Beijing is the culture of the Hutong and Courtyards.

My big brother and I visited Hutong by renting a rickshaw. 

I noticed that most houses I saw were gray colored tiled houses and alleys intersecting with one another. 

They all looked the same to me. They had Identical designs which made me hard to distinquish one from the other. 

I felt like I was a mouse trapped inside a maze and definitely, it will be hard for me to get out of it. I will surely get lost in the process.

The community in Hutong was so small. The lanes are adjacent and the houses were all interconnected. 

GARY, my big bro

We went from one alley to the next and I noticed group of old Chinese people talking to each other, more like gossiping.   

Hutong gave me a walk in the past life of ancient Beijing people. I noticed the public bathrooms and toilets along the twisted lanes. 

There were countless distinctive and well decorated shops which sell different kinds of goods.  

We went inside a tea house and witness how teas are being prepared for social drinking. Then we sipped it like a real Beijing locals.

with Gary, my big brother