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The Watchful Eyes of a Sandstone Dvarapala

by Rosemarie John February 10, 2012

Carved from volcanic sandstone, a compacted combination of ash and dust that contains a mixture of sand and clay, Dvarapala’s are a common island feature in Bali. These fearsome warriors stand guard at the entrance of most Hindu temples and any site of holy significance. The Balinese Dvarapala’s are often made from andesite or volcanic sandstone found throughout the island, […]

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It’s a Village Life on the Tiny Island of Ubin

by Rosemarie John February 3, 2012

Just some ten kilometres north east of Singapore, lies the country’s last rural corner. Called Pulau Ubin that translates to “Granite Island”, this boomerang shaped land mass portrays a nostalgic 1960s feel when modern and public utilities were non-existent. There are about a hundred villages who still make the island their home. Depending on wells for water and noisy diesel […]

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“My 7 Links” Project

by Rosemarie John February 2, 2012

Here’s a dandy project spun out of the ingenious mind of Katie from Tripbase Travel Blog, an effort to unite bloggers (from all sectors) in a joint endeavour to share lessons learned and create a bank of long but not forgotten blog posts that deserve to see the light of day again. The rules are simple and participation in My […]

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Chopsticks – Traditional Chinese Dining Culture

by Rosemarie John January 27, 2012

Considered an ancient Chinese invention, chopsticks were used as traditional eating utensils in the orient. A staple item in any household in China, Mongolia, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, Laos and Myanmar, these “nimble ones” are often made out of unfinished wood, bamboo or lacquer. Chopsticks or “Kuaizi” as it is called can be found in most countries that are home […]

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The Scarlet Omen – A Travel Read for Your 2012 Journey?

by Rosemarie John January 16, 2012

A Début Novel of Myth and Legend As a writer, I read a lot of books. Most of which that fall in the genre’s of history and culture. Not forgetting the many travel guide books along the way. The Scarlet Omen however, is a début novel of myth and legend by Cinthia Koeksal that takes place in the country where […]

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The Upper East Side of Manhattan – A Photo Story

by Rosemarie John January 10, 2012

This photo story features street scenes and artistic buildings of uptown Manhattan. Located in the northern region of the island, the upper east-side is considered the wealthiest zip code in America with beautiful mansions, apartments buildings and monuments of the movers and shakers of New York City. Walking around the Upper East Side offers a chance to admire the intricate […]

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The Onion-Shaped Dome of the Central Synagogue in New York

by Rosemarie John January 6, 2012

Designed by Henry Fernbach, the exterior of the Central Synagogue is dominated by two octagonal towers rising 122 feet that are meant to be reminiscences of Solomon’s Temple. The towers are topped with onion-shaped, green copper domes and has one large window accompanied by many smaller arched windows. The Central Synagogue is the oldest synagogue in continual usage in New […]

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One World Trade Center Basking in the Sun

by Rosemarie John January 6, 2012

Formerly known as the Freedom Tower, the 105-storey One World Trade Center will be America’s tallest building – and an indelible New York landmark. Located in lower Manhattan, the 2.6-million-square-foot building will soar above the city at 1,776 feet. Still under construction the tower’s steel currently remains at the 92nd floor (1,145 ft), while glass panels have reached the 69th […]

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A Balinese Perspective

by Rosemarie John December 17, 2011

As 2011 comes to an end, I reflect on the many places that I have travelled to. The one place that constantly comes to mind is the island of Bali. It’s one of those places that has permanently left an imprint in my heart. Though it is an island that has been tainted by extreme commercialization and a never-ending influx […]

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Postcard: NYC’s Beacon to the World

by Rosemarie John December 9, 2011

Located on the Upper West Side, on the edge of the Morningside and Harlem communities of New York City, the Riverside Church’s edifice is modeled after the 13th Century gothic cathedral in Chartres, France. It’s gothic tower stands as a beacon to the world!

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