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Sydney City from 820 Feet

Sydney City from 820 Feet

A bird’s eye view of Sydney city with the  Queen Victoria Building at the center captured from 820 feet above the city streets. With its stunning architecture and domed roof, the Queen Victoria Building was build in 1898 as a monument for the reigning monarch. Now, its home to jewellers, cafes, antique stores and international boutiques. The QVB is located at...

A Touch of Culture, Blessings and Wisdom in the Heart of the City

A Touch of Culture, Blessings and Wisdom in the Heart of the City

Spiritual calmness and a sense of serenity among the hustle and bustle of Singapore’s city life is what the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple is all about. Located as the nucleus of Chinatown, the temple houses many relics, one of which is a tooth that belonged to Buddha that was originally housed in a golden stupa at the Bandula Monastery in Myanmar back in 1980. The...

Postcard: A Balinese Dancer Performing the Kecak

Postcard: A Balinese Dancer Performing the Kecak

Dance and drama are an inseparable part of Balinese temple devotion and celebrations. Learning the art of dance from their mothers, Balinese dancers emphasize a dance’s delicate intricacies with hand gestures while incorporating eye and facial expressions. The main and essential ornaments usually used are the elaborate headpiece and armlets.

Postcard: Ethnic Dancer from Punjab, India

Postcard: Ethnic Dancer from Punjab, India

The Gidda is a very vigorous folk dance. The quick dance movements performed at the twink of an eye leaves the spell bound spectator asking for more. The colorfully embroidered dupattas (shawl) and heavy jewelery add to the grandeur of the spectacle that unfolds in front of your eyes. The dance steps translate into gestures and verses (bolis) of poetry that satirize...

The Hyderabad Biryani Hunt – Where to Savour Them

The Hyderabad Biryani Hunt – Where to Savour Them

It may seem odd to many that all I may pen about Hyderabadi cuisine is its biryani. Nevertheless my biryani quest was provoked by the unsatisfied and incomplete taste of the authentic Hyderabadi biryani that I have savoured all over town back home in Malaysia, across Indonesia and Singapore. That precise zest that I yearned for and undoubtedly recognized from past...

The Most Photographed Temple in Bali

The Most Photographed Temple in Bali

The Balinese Hindu religion comes from the Javanese Majapahit dynasty of Hindu-Buddhist heritage amalgamated with animistic belief of its indigenous people. Religion as it is practiced in Bali is a composite belief system that embraces Gods and demigods that are worshipped together with Buddhist heroes, the spirits of ancestors, indigenous agricultural deities and...