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explosions in the sky

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every breath you take, ill be watching

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wrap your arms around me my love

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there’s no place like home

Goofing around in Changi Airport terminal on our way home to the Philippines!

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love thy neighbor

My darling daughter enjoying a light moment with her neighbor and good buddy

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it’s a bird… it’s a plane… it’s a… Supertree

Partial view of a Supertree, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore

Partial view of a Supertree, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore

The main feature of the Gardens by the Bay, a new National Park in Singapore, are the ‘Supertrees’ which are actually metal, tree-like constructs planted with climbing vines and assorted other plants. Eventually they will become totally overgrown and look more like the real thing. But right now they look like giant high-tech Christmas Trees with all their lights. The funny thing is, despite all the money spent, I like going to the hundred-year-old, original Botanic Gardens than this shiny new thing. As is the case with a lot of new Singapore architecture, these Gardens are still seeking for their character and soul, which can only come in time.


a rose by any other name

“A rose by any other name
Would get the blame
For being what it is–
The colour of a kiss,
The shadow of a flame.”

― Tanith Lee, The Silver Metal Lover

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Was riding at a leisurely pace along the bike path at East Coast Park this morning with a good friend when these strange, flame-colored mushrooms or fungus really caught my eye…


ride till we run out of road

Went on an early morning ride in Phuket the day before the Ironman. It was hilly, windy and dangerous because of the twisting roads combined with unpredictable traffic. It was still a great experience though as you get to see so much more on a bike than you would on a car. Rode until the end of Surin Beach and couldn’t resist taking the bike all the way to the beach, even though I knew I would have to power-wash it afterwards.

Surin Beach, Phuket, Thailand, around 8am

Surin Beach, Phuket, Thailand, around 8am


sending our love to outer space

The entire family with the flying lantern

The entire family with the flying lantern

We have liftoff!

We have liftoff!

Looking good!

Looking good!

The launch is a success!

The launch is a success!

In orbit

In orbit

While having dinner at Surin Beach, we were approached by ‘flying lantern salesmen’ asking if we wanted to launch one ‘for good luck’. Since my Ironman was on the next day, we thought of getting one for its success. After bargaining down to half the original offered price, the guy patiently waited for us to finish dinner and lit four candles at the base of the lamp. It takes a few minutes for the lamp to ‘warm up’ and take shape. ‘This thing is gonna fly?’ I thought, because it basically looked like a sack of potatoes. But eventually it got going and floated slowly into the sky. The kids thought it would go all the way to the moon.


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Was walking around old Phuket town when we stumbled upon this old Thai typewriter in a streetside cafe. My daughters asked me what was that machine and then I realized that neither of them had ever seen one. They were both so curious about it that they came back to the cafe a couple of times to try to use it. They said the sound it made was ‘kinda cool’.

Found this ancient typewriter with Thai characters in old Phuket town

Found this ancient typewriter with Thai characters in old Phuket town