All posts tagged: Spaces

Textures in Singapore Tiong Bahru edition

The part of Singapore my father is from is called Tiong Bahru. Now a historical protected heritage site in Singapore, Tiong Bahru is a neighbourhood full of pre-war two story apartment houses and a much slower pace of living. Growing up my sisters and I knew it as the place for extended family gatherings on holiday occasions. Somewhere in my teens it became a place of stillness, full of lazy afternoon napping and old food stalls. Returning now, three years from my last visit, Tiong Bahru is nursing a growing community of  independent and concept cafes and stores. These stores are not permitted to destroy parts of the architectural structures in order to preserve them for heritage. What this means is a host of spaces that are fusions of old and new aesthetic design, that sometimes work well and other times not quite. This trip I trekked back to Tiong Bahru a couple of times just to walk through and explore. There is so much about this neighbourhood that I know so well and at …

Textures of Taiwan: Alishan

For a brief 2 days and one night, we traveled two hours up the mountain into the heart of the mountain ranges facing West. High above sea level, the intersection of different colours and textures are fresh. The sky and the ground here do really meet. And i must say, there is nothing like the realization that up here, clouds walk among us.        Photos in order: 1 – 山上雲海 – Cloud seas on the Alishan mountain ranges 2 – 雨後的風景 – The view after mountaintop showers 3 – 奮起湖,瓜園 – FenQi Lake, growing gourds 4 – 奮起湖,舊房子- Old Residential places in FenQi Lake 5 – 阿里山遊樂區 – Alishan Recreational district 6 – 民宿和茶農場 – Residences and Tea Farms on the mountain 7 – 奮起湖 – FenQi Lake