Date: June 30th, 2010 | Comments : none | Categories: Architecture, City Streets, Cultures, Design, Historic significance, Illinois, Summer, Travel, Travel USA, Trees, Unusual Interest, USA.

Marina City Building, Chicago, IllinoisThe Marina City Building in Chicago, IL

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Marina City Building occupies an entire city block, Chicago, ILMarina City Building occupies an entire city block, Chicago, IL

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Downtown Chicago, Illinois

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The old and the new; Chicago landmark, John Hancock Center in the background Warwick Allerton Hotel on the Magnificent Mile, Chicago, ILThe old and the new; the Chicago landmark, John Hancock Center in background, and the Warwick Allerton Hotel on the Magnificent Mile, Chicago, IL

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The historic Water Tower - right - Chicago, IllinoisThe historic Water Tower was built 1867-69 to house pipes that regulated water pressure in the city, Chicago, Illinois

 

Date: June 29th, 2010 | Comments : none | Categories: beach, City Streets, Flowers, Garden, orange, seascape, Seasonal, Shadows, Summer, Travel, Travel USA, Trees, Urban and State Parks, USA, Water, Wisconsin.

Lily, Milwaukee, WisconsinOrange Lily, and McKinley Beach, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Maple sapling, McKinley Beach, Milwaukee, WISeagull shadow, McKinley Beach, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

 

Date: June 28th, 2010 | Comments : none | Categories: Architecture, beach, City Streets, Cultures, Design, Flowers, Historic significance, Michigan, Seasonal, Summer, Travel, Travel USA, Trees, USA.

Outdoor Cafe downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan

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Robert E. Lee Showboat, Grand Rapids, MichiganThe Robert E. Lee Showboat is one of Lowell / Grand Rapids, Michigan’s tourist attractions in the downtown business district.

 

Date: June 27th, 2010 | Comments : none | Categories: City Streets, Michigan, Smile, Summer, Travel, Travel USA, Trees, Unusual Interest, USA.

One stop shop - Saginaw, MichiganOne stop shop in Saginaw, Michigan – gas, check cashing, hot pizza, liquor store, dollar store, cellular phone dealership, and law office.

 

Date: June 25th, 2010 | Comments : none | Categories: Canada, City Streets, Flowers, food, fruit and veggies, Ontario, Seasonal, Summer, Travel, travel Canada.

Parkdale Market in Canada's capital, Ottawa, OntarioParkdale Market in Canada’s capital, Ottawa, Ontario

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Parkdale Market in Canada's capital, Ottawa, OntarioParkdale Market in Canada's capital, Ottawa, Ontario

 

Date: June 13th, 2010 | Comments : none | Categories: City Streets, Cultures, Design, Flowers, Historic significance, Malaysia, Travel, Trees.

Bike taxis, the best way to see the historic sights in Malacca, Malaysia

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Bike taxis, Malacca, MalaysiaOur bike taxi, Malacca, MalaysiaBike taxi, Malacca, Malaysia

The Traveler's Palm, not a palm, but related to bananas and bird of paradise. The leaves and flowers collect rainwater that flows into the plant's stem base, ready to aid a thirsty traveler - hence the name.Outdoor pond, MalaccaCatholic church, Malacca, Malaysia

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Paduka, ancient wooden sandals and random objects in 2nd hand store, Malacca, Malaysia

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City streets, Malacca, MalaysiaStop sign, city streets, Malacca, MalaysiaCity streets, Malacca, Malaysia

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City streets, Malacca, Malaysia

 

Date: June 12th, 2010 | Comments : none | Categories: Architecture, City Streets, Cultures, Design, Historic significance, Malaysia, Travel.

Ornate architectural detail on The Cheng Hoon Teng temple, Malacca, MalaysiaOrnate architectural detail, exterior of Cheng Hoon Teng temple, Malacca, Malaysia. The temple was established in the 1600’s, with two halls added in 1704 and the bulk of it constructed in 1801 by craftsmen from China’s southern provinces. The architecture conforms strictly to the principles of feng shui, incorporating the fundamental belief that every aspect of life is closely related to attaining perfect harmony with nature. The interior is saturated with symbolism and intricate gold-covered carvings framing the walls and ceilings.

The Cheng Hoon Teng temple ministers to Malacca’s Chinese community, particularly those devoted to the order of San Chiao or the Three Doctrinal Systems of Taoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism. Photos here show various methods of prayer for the souls of the deceased, as in candles, photos of the deceased and messages on gold,  and offerings in the form of mass-produced objects mocking material items they might desire in afterlife.

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Ornate architectural detail on The Cheng Hoon Teng temple, Malacca, MalaysiaOrnate architectural detail on The Cheng Hoon Teng temple, Malacca, Malaysia

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Chinese guardian lions, known in the West as Fu Dogs. This one represents the male energyChinese guardian lions, known in the West as Fu Dogs. This one represents the female energyChinese guardian lions, known in the West as Fu Dogs, represent male and female energies, or yin and yang in Chinese philosophical context, supporting the concept of harmony when displayed together. The lion statues are traditionally known in Chinese as Shi, and are usually depicted in pairs at a property entrance or gateway, as they are here at the front entrance to Cheng Hoon Teng temple. Though artistic interpretations and styles may vary, always the male leans his paw upon a ball or similar representation of strength and supremacy, and the female on the right restrains a playful cub representing nurture.

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Prayers for the deceased, Cheng Hoon Teng temple, Malacca, Malaysia

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Cheng Hoon Teng temple ceiling, Malacca, MalaysiaPrayers and offerings for the deceased, Cheng Hoon Teng temple, Malacca, MalaysiaPrayers for the deceased, Cheng Hoon Teng temple, Malacca, Malaysia
Prayers for the deceased, Cheng Hoon Teng temple, Malacca, MalaysiaRepresentations of material objects for the deceased, Malacca, MalaysiaRepresentations of material objects for the deceased, Malacca, Malaysia

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Prayers and offerings for the deceased, Cheng Hoon Teng temple, Malacca, Malaysia

 

Date: June 11th, 2010 | Comments : none | Categories: Design, Fruit, pink, Singapore, Travel, Unusual Interest.

Dragonfruit...refreshing, YUMMYAfter a few days of fatty chicken and rice platters I knew I had to find an alternative. Problem solved – Dragonfruit. White, fleshy interior with tiny black seeds, much like a kiwi – refreshing, YUMMY.

 

Date: June 6th, 2010 | Comments : none | Categories: beach, City Streets, Design, flowering trees, Flowers, food, Fruit, Seasonal, Singapore, Summer, Travel, Trees, Unusual Interest, Urban and State Parks.

Cannonball Tree, East Coast Beach, SingaporeThe very unusual Cannonball Tree Couroupita guianensis – a wonderfully unique flowering fruit tree growing on East Coast Beach, Singapore. The flowers are about 5″ wide and develop in massive 12 foot-long bunches. The fruit is about 8 – 10 inches across, and apparently has a very unpleasant odor. The tree has been regarded as sacred in India for thousands of years, and the bark, leaves and fruit have been used medicinally as a disinfectant; even believed to cure diseases like malaria.

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Cannonball Tree flowers, East Coast Beach, SingaporeCouroupita Guianensis- Cannonball Tree - flowering fruit tree on East Coast Beach, SingaporeCannonball Tree fruit, East Coast Beach, Singapore

Cannonball Tree, East Coast Beach, SingaporeCannonball Tree flowers, East Coast Beach, SingaporeCannonball Tree, East Coast Beach, Singapore

 

 

 

Date: June 4th, 2010 | Comments : none | Categories: Flowers, Garden, orange, Seasonal, Singapore, Summer, Travel, Urban and State Parks.

Honeysuckle at East Coast Beach, Singapore

Honeysuckle at East Coast Beach, Singapore

 

Date: June 3rd, 2010 | Comments : none | Categories: Architecture, City Streets, Cultures, Historic significance, Singapore, Travel.

Masjid Sultan roof of the Muslim Mosque in the historic Kampong Glam districtMasjid Sultan, Muslim Mosque in the historic Kampong Glam district.

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Masjid Sultan, Muslim Mosque in the historic Kampong Glam districtMasjid Sultan, Muslim Mosque in the historic Kampong Glam district

 

Date: June 2nd, 2010 | Comments : none | Categories: Architecture, City Streets, Cultures, Design, Landscape, Singapore, Sky, Summer, Travel.

Back Alley construction, SingaporeBack Alley construction, Parkview Square commercial office building with beautiful Art Deco style architecture, The Flyer, and view over the bay seen from our hotel room, Singapore

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Parkview Square commercial office building, Art Deco style architecture, SingaporeThe Flyer, SingaporeView from our hotel room, Singapore

 

Date: June 1st, 2010 | Comments : none | Categories: Cultures, Green, Leaves, Seasonal, Singapore, Summer, Travel, Trees, Urban and State Parks.

Palm Leaves at the Village Hotel, SingaporeBamboo at the Chinese Gardens, Singapore

Palm leaves and bamboo – Singapore

 


 

 
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