Wander Seoul... Leeum Art Gallery

Wander | Seoul

Wander Seoul... Leeum Art Gallery

It is hard to believe that it has been a whole 2 years since our toes first touched down on the Korean peninsula. In that strange and mysterious way that time has of expanding and contracting it has felt simultaneously much longer, yet somehow contained in the blink of an eye. I love those beginning days in a new place when Continue reading

Yellow Mountains- Huangshan - Anhui Region, China

Poetry of the Yellow Mountain

Yellow Mountains- Huangshan - Anhui Region, China

Thirty six strange peaks,
Immortals with black top knots.
Morning sun strikes the tree tops,
Here in this sky mountain world.
Chinese people, raise your faces!
For a thousand years cranes come and go.
Far off I spy a firewood gatherer,
Plucking sticks from stone crevices.

-Li Bai “Dawn Vista On Huangshan”

There are some places in the world that just seem to inspire gushing wellsprings of poetry. Metaphors woven together to create tapestries that reveal glimpses of those inner workings that lie just below the surface. Meaning layered upon meaning until everything is saturated and more than the sum of its parts. Huangshan in China’s Anhui region is one of those places. Continue reading

Admiring the architecture of Tunxi Old Street, China

Discovering Tunxi

Admiring the architecture of Tunxi Old Street, China

A wall of gold has been mounted on Shu brocade.
Craftsmen from Wu collect spare change
To pay tribute to the abundance of a myriad of families.
The watchtowers of the city rise to great heights.
The bustling scene is truly impressive.
It is a chance to explore vestiges of bygone days.

-excerpt from a poem on the Qing Dynasty remake of Qīngmíng Shànghé Tú

Located in the foothills of the Yellow Mountains, Tunxi is Continue reading

Qinghefang Ancient Street- Hangzhou, China

Qinghefang Ancient Street: A Feast for the Senses

Qinghefang Ancient Street- Hangzhou, China

just before the crowds…

We emerged from the narrow street where our little guest house sat nestled into a row of white washed buildings. It was quiet, and the essence of another era lingered between the walls and the cobbles. Then, as we rounded the corner and stood at the opening of Qinghefang Ancient Street we saw it: a throng of humans stretching as far as the eye could see. I am not going to lie- Continue reading

West Lake walkabout: scenes from Hangzhou, China

West Lake Walkabout

West Lake walkabout: scenes from Hangzhou, China

We woke on our first morning in Hangzhou to the sound of birds chirping in the courtyard. I kept my eyes squeezed shut and listened intently to their song, not yet wanting to break the spell, and tried to imagine what words the ancient Chinese poets would use to describe the moment. Is it possible that there was a proverb somewhere in their early morning music?
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Little guardians of Quinghefang Ancient Street... Hangzhou, China

Hangzhou, we arrive.

Little guardians of Quinghefang Ancient Street... Hangzhou, China

little guardians of Quinghefang Ancient Street…

 

The bus hurdled westward until Shanghai was just a collection of faded grey shapes.  I watched through the window as the suburbs rolled by: groups of colourful housing complexes creeping their way across green.  Power lines, train tracks, industry.  Even in the mystical land of the red dragon Continue reading

Scenes from Malapascua Island, Philippines

The Magic of Malapascua (part 2)

Scenes from Malapascua Island, Philippines

As we surveyed the rubble through the barbed-wire fence, the whole while nursing our warm beers, Josephine recounted the story of how her house was lost to a massive storm. Continue reading

Idyllic beach scene...Malapascua Island, Philippines

The Magic of Malapascua (part 1)

Idyllic beach scene...Malapascua Island, Philippines

Sometimes when you arrive at a place, you find that it is full of magic.  It is not necessarily filled with ancient structures to be revered, or dazzling skylines as a testament to the clever engineering capabilities of its humans.  The place may not be studded with snow topped mountains, awe inspiring waterfalls, or pristine beaches.  Yet, when you arrive, you can feel Continue reading

Street Scenes...Tokyo, Japan

Postcards from Tokyo…

Street Scenes...Tokyo, Japan

Godzilla is coming!

Tokyo:

It is a whirl, a twirl, a blur.

Facades of steel and glass make angles against the blue sky.  Mind boggling crowds of humans move like liquid across wide intersections, down shopping streets, and through perfectly manicured parks.  Kitchy pop music finds my ears as I stand on a corner. Continue reading