Singapore Skyscapes #SkywatchFriday

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I love holidays. So does my small family of three. This is something we live for. Every couple of months we take a break. There is nothing quite as energizing as a holiday. Our recent family trip to Singapore did just that.

You are not going to believe this but, I’ve always had this sterile image of Singapore all these years which, thankfully, got shattered after my first-hand encounter of the city last month. I was actually quite surprised to find that it has been slowly emerging as an eco-friendly green city, with the concrete jungles that once dominated Singapore’s skyline giving way to green skyscrapers, which look more like living ecosystems than business hubs.

In fact, besides the usual attractions, such as the museums, the art galleries, the shopping malls (Orchard, namely!) and bustling markets, where you could go crazy indulging in retail therapy of every kind, we were pleasantly surprised to find that Singapore offered plenty of walking trails, treetop jungle bridges, wildlife galore and the city’s green jewel, the Unesco World Heritage–listed Singapore Botanic Gardens, and some of the most amazing views from what is said to be the World’s largest ferris wheels – the Singapore Flyer, to name a few attractions in the city. Whizzing around Singapore was easy, thanks to an efficient and widespread public transport system, and the sparkling MRT that one got used to, in no time! Food was almost guaranteed to be scrumptious, whether one went for the humble hawker fare or Michelin-starred fine dining, as every food-enamoured Singaporean will vouch for, and every tourist will agree!

The weather was one of the best that one could hope for, despite whatever people say about the heat and humidity of Singapore. We did manage to see quite a few places of tourist interest but what I loved the most were some of the stunning sky views of this amazing city. Sharing a few selected shots from my collection for Skywatch today.

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I hope you liked the pictures. If you’re recovering from post-travel blues like me, or thinking of a great holiday destination for your next, then look no further. I hope my post inspires you to leave everything else and head out to this beautiful country, if you still haven’t been. After all, there’s no better magic than the one that comes to you first hand! And, we’re right in time for the holiday season. So, grab the tickets, pack your bags and leave!

“Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.”  – Jack Kerouac 

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Linking this with #Skywatch Friday, where people post beautiful sky shots from different parts of the world.) In case you’re interested, here are my previous #SkywatchFriday posts. Thank you for stopping by. Hope to see you again.

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Watching over the Graves #TreeLove 19

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One from my #SriLankaDiaries, this one is a capture of a beautiful tree next to the tombstones, inside the compounds of the Groote Kerk or the Dutch Reformed Church of 1755, located inside the Galle Fort, in the Southern part of the country.

After a tour of the interiors of the church, I came out to see these tombstones and the beautiful tree caught my eye. I read the epitaphs and wondered how the lives of each of these people had been. Did they live long enough or were the lives suddenly cut short? It is strange that when a loved one has been laid to rest in a cemetery the final stage of closure involves the placement of a tombstone or grave marker identifying their grave. It is here that we are given one final occasion to communicate to the world the significance of our loved one.

One cannot help but notice how the tree had added to the beauty of what would have been a bare stretch of memorials. This was indeed a beautiful place for a final rest.

P1090608.JPGThursday Tree love is a photo feature on Parul’s blog and is hosted on 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month. The next edition will be live on December 28, 2017. If you would like to play along, post a picture of a tree on your blog and link it back to her post.

If you don’t see the pingback, please leave a link to your post in her comments section. She will link your posts on her blog in the next edition and spread some love. Let’s come together to appreciate the beautiful nature around us. 

Before you go, don’t forget to check the lovely trees shared on #ThursdayTreeLove – 28

Sail Boats #WordlessWednesday 48

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“Home is where the waves are!”

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A line up of miniature boats up for sale by the sea-side, on the ramparts of the Galle Fort, Sri Lanka.

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Hide or Seek? #Skywatch Friday

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One of those days when the Sun played hide and seek.

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Spicy or Colourful? #WordlessWednesday 47

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Hot and spicy? Or just colourful?

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Another Year Older #MondayMusings

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And, just like that, without my realising, my blog quietly turned 3 yesterday! When I saw the notification from WordPress, I admit I was a bit surprised but thank God for that. I couldn’t have let the day go by, without acknowledging what Soul Talk and its’ readers have meant to me all this time.

Since the day I registered on WordPress and came up with my very first blogpost, which was a travel story on Chittorgarh, a lot has happened in life, and the first thoughts that come to mind are those of gratitude – to my family, my blogger friends, my readers and everyone else who has been around to cheer me on to keep writing and generously showering me with so much love and appreciation.

To each of you, my heartfelt thanks and gratitude! I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for you all, fighting my inner demons at every step of the way through the trying times I’ve been through, over these three years, nearly giving up on writing and blogging. It is a marvel how much a kind word or an appreciation from a reader has gone in helping me pick myself up from the slump every time I’ve been knocked out, (which I admit, has been far too many for my liking)and yet, I’ve survived and come back to opening my heart out before you all through my posts, all over again.

Over the last three years, my blog, Soul Talk has become an inseparable part of my being, a creative outlet to my inner world of thoughts, dreams, memories and rants.  But, even more than, it has become like a dear friend to me whose company I cherish, whose presence fills me up with joy and something I dearly look forward to spending my time with, over a hot cup of tea every day!

Writing for Soul Talk has helped me heal and get past many a hurt. It has also helped me survive hospital stays and bitter arguments and get over depressive thoughts. It has helped me connect with the poet and the philosopher in me who were both about to die a silent death. It has been nothing short of therapeutic to have poured myself, sometimes all of it into the paper or the screen and let it bleed!

To the veterans of blogging it might seem like baby steps, but, three years back, I was led by the belief that the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

And, so, in all humility, let me admit, I owe it to you all, my dear readers, my coming this far, and continuing to write, with you by my side, a bond which I hope we’ll continue to share in the years to come. I leave you with a few favourite lines from a poet that I admire very dearly.

“Had I the heaven’s embroidered cloths,

Enwrought with golden and silver light,

The blue and the dim and the dark cloths

Of night and light and the half-light;

I would spread the cloths under your feet:

But I, being poor, have only my dreams;

I have spread my dreams under your feet;

Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.”

W. B. Yeats in The Cloths Of Heaven’.

(Linking this with #MondayMusings hosted by Corinne.)

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And gently comes the Dawn #SkywatchFriday

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“With a bound, the sun of a molten fiery red came above the horizon, and immediately thousands of little birds sang out for joy, and a soft chorus of mysterious, glad murmurs came forth from the earth; the low whispering wind left its’ hiding-place among the clefts and hollows of the hills, and wandered among the rustling herbs and trees, waking the flower-buds to the life of another day.”
― Elizabeth Gaskell Continue reading

Life #WordlessWednesday 46

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“When things do not go your way, remember that every challenge — every adversity — contains within it the seeds of opportunity and growth.” 
― Roy T. Bennett

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Singapore Skies #Skywatch Friday 59

This week, for SkywatchFriday, it’s going to be travel shots again from our last month’s Singapore trip. We had an amazing holiday, during the much-needed break. The only thing that kept us worried was to see our teen struggle to cope with the fluctuating temperatures, between the soaring heat outside and the chilling aircon inside, which happened pretty much everywhere we went. Continue reading

The Unfamiliar Tree #TreeLove 18

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One of the joys of travelling to unfamiliar places and seeing new things is to understand how people live in the different parts of the world and to appreciate them for who they are and why they do what they do. Continue reading