in the darkest of night, I stood amongst the bronze shoes of those who had fallen, for the freedom they cannot choose, nor gained, fall dead in the cold River Danube.
I also thought of many others who fought tremendously for the price of their freedom and sovereignty, while I was still standing amongst countless shoes, ashamed of the freedom I have and I taste, that I did not gain or choose.
– faa, 23 Nov 2012: Shoes Memorial along the River Danube, Budapest
*it was quite dark when I was finally there, at the bank of River Danube. Nobody was around as the temperature dipped to 10°C. The silence was too prominent with the glittering Chainsbridge not far away from me and the distance rumbled of traffic behind me. I was all alone by myself with only the shoes as companions. The Memorial was built in a memory of once-real shoes scattered on the same place many years ago. The shoes belonged to Jews who were executed cold bloodedly with close range shots from the Arrow Cross Militiamen back in 1944-45 when Jews were persecuted for just being Jews.
War is the greatest plague that can afflict humanity, it destroys religion, it destroys states, it destroys families. Any scourge is preferable to it. -Martin Luther
War always bring the worst and the best quality in human. Perhaps the honest moment of humanity can be found during war, where those faithful died in honour and those who are weak succumb to temptation of betrayal.
*Kanchanaburi War Cemetary in Kanchanaburi, Thailand.
We were completely lost amongst Prague’s hundreds narrow streets in Old Town when I spotted him hanging on to a pole like that. I went beserk for thinking he is a man in need of help. Fortunately for me and him, he is only a bronze statue, not a real suicidal middle age man hanging for dear life. Thank God!
*the adventure of a hanging man in Prague Old Town
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
-In Flanders Field, Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae
*Brussels commemorated their World War I warriors back in March this year, when I was literally sandwiched between the good looking bag pipes band gang and the maddening crowd. One of the most fiercest battlefield fought by the soldiers back then was in Flanders Field. Flanders Field situated in Ypres, Belgium witnessed five fierce battles, all known as Battle of Ypres. The casualties were beyond imagination and only few who survived. Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae was one of the survivor. Thus, he penned ‘In Flanders Field’ in memoriam to all of his fallen comrades. During the commemoration, I managed to glimpse quite a few warriors who must have been young, fierce and fought bravely in Flanders Field to defend their nation. The gentleman in this picture is one of them. I take my hat off to them, the warriors of World War I.
Love makes the world go round? Not at all. Whiskey makes it go round twice as fast. -Compton MacKenzie
I say, whiskey with snakes and scorpions and probably dragons-makes world go round non stop. Do you agree with me?
*these special concoctions of whiskey by Laotian was Laos’ Don Sao secret brew. The smell was pungent and it looked suspicious. I believe, the smell can raise the dead. Have I tried? Nah! I’m not deadly enough.. 😉
Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises. –Pedro Calderon de la Barca
When you’re green, your growing. When you’re ripe, you rot. -Ray Kroc
When the green woods laugh with the voice of joy, And the dimpling stream runs laughing by; When the air does laugh with our merry wit, And the green hill laughs with the noise of it. -William Blake
The future will either be green or not at all. –Bob Brown
For in the true nature of things, if we rightly consider, every green tree is far more glorious than if it were made of gold and silver. –Martin Luther
The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity… and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself. –William Blake
Nature always wears the colors of the spirit. -Ralph Waldo Emerson
I hold no preference among flowers, so long as they are wild, free, spontaneous. -Edward Abbey
Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. -Albert Einstein
The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep. -Robert Frost
Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books. -John Lubbock
Two dark shadows so immersed in the greenery of Marken village, that they forgot of the coming dusk. -faa
Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns. -George Eliot
The whole frames were taken in Zaanse Schans village, Zandaam and Marken in the Netherlands. I still remember the smell of grass, the chirping of birds on the sky, the quack of ducks on the pond, the cute way other ducks lazying on the edge of other ponds, the cold breeze of March wind and so many more of nature’s wonders. How I wish to be back on that same path and forgetting now. If only I can find such greenery here, in my tumultuous mind.
It was high time for us to have a break from our everyday jobs. So we went for a road trip to the Southern City of Johor Bahru in Malaysian Peninsular. The journey was amazing and the food was superb. This is my definition of summer lovin’ with a bunch of good friends, enjoying good laughs while sipping the best drinks and feasting with good foods. The photo captured while we were enjoying our early dinner; with Stulang famous fried rice, lala cooked with sour sauces and spicy squids. I could not ask for more. We are besties for life 🙂
It’s easy to impress me. I don’t need a fancy party to be happy. Just good friends, good food and good laughs. I’m happy. I’m satisfied. I’m content. -Maria Sharapova
* Johor Bahru situated in the southern part of Peninsular Malaysia with merely 5 kilometres away from Singapore.