A thought a day

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Singapore’s Colorful Alkaff “ArtBridge”

For more photos and videos from Singapore’s colorful pedestrian bridge, visit the Alkaff Bridge location page.

The central business district of Singapore is home to the 55-meter, 230-ton Alkaff Bridge. Popularly called Singapore’s ArtBridge, the pedestrian bridge was designed to resemble a tongkang, a traditional boat common to the region.

Built in 1999, the bridge was painted in 2003-2004 by renowned Filipino artist Pacita Abad and a team of paintbrush-wielding rope specialists who transformed it into the vibrant landmark it is today.

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Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPmindtheclouds

Weekend Hashtag Project is a series featuring designated themes & hashtags chosen by Instagram’s Community Team. For a chance to be featured on the Instagram blog, follow @instagram and look for a photo announcing the weekend’s project every Friday.

We’re taking our inspiration from Italian Instagrammer @brahmino for this weekend’s hashtag project. The goal this weekend is to take creative and playful photos and videos of people or objects interacting with clouds. The goal this weekend is to take creative and playful photos and videos of people or objects interacting with clouds.

Some tips to get you started:

  • Take time to notice the shapes of clouds and what you think of when you see them, then use that inspiration as a starting point for the shot you put together.
  • Second, be patient and pay attention to perspective. It’s important to line your shot up well so others can understand what you’ve created.
  • Finally, have fun! Don’t be afraid to let your imagination run wild.

PROJECT RULES: Please only add the #WHPmindtheclouds hashtag to photos and videos taken over this weekend and only submit your own photographs and videos to the project. any image or video taken then tagged over the weekend is eligible to be featured right here Monday morning!

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Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPmindtheclouds

Weekend Hashtag Project is a series featuring designated themes & hashtags chosen by Instagram’s Community Team. For a chance to be featured on the Instagram blog, follow @instagram and look for a post announcing the weekend’s project every Friday.

This weekend’s tag was #WHPmindtheclouds, which asked participants to take creative and playful photos and videos of people or objects interacting with clouds. Every Monday we feature some of our favorite submissions from the project, but be sure to check out the rest here.

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Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPmylibrary

Weekend Hashtag Project is a series featuring designated themes & hashtags chosen by Instagram’s Community Team. For a chance to be featured on the Instagram blog, follow @instagram and look for a post announcing the weekend’s project every Friday.

This weekend’s tag was #WHPmylibrary, which asked participants to to share creative photos from their local libraries. Every Monday we feature some of our favorite submissions from the project, but be sure to check out the rest here.

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Snapping #petselfiez with @jermzlee & Norm

Since the advent of the digital camera, people have been snapping the one-handed self-portraits that the world has come to know as “selfies.”

As the popularity of the selfie has grown around the globe, it was only a matter of time before animals started getting in on the trend.

Enter Jeremy Veach (@jermzlee) and his adorable pug Norm. Norm snapped his first selfie a few months ago and posted it with a new #petselfiez tag, differentiating it from other selfies on Instagram. Says Jeremy, “my followers loved it so I kept it going!”

Since Norm’s first selfie, nearly 900 other animals have been inspired to share their own selfies with the #petselfiez hashtag.

Jeremy has some advice for humans that want to help their animals take the perfect selfie: “My best tip is to prop your pet up so one paw is on your leg while you hold the other paw towards your camera.”

"Our Instagram experience has been crazy and so much fun!" says Jeremy. Norm, himself, has become a bit of a celebrity in his hometown of Seattle. "I have been walking around the streets of Seattle and have had people recognize Norm and want a picture with him."

For more photos from Jeremy and Norm, follow @jermzlee on Instagram, and be sure to browse the #petselfiez hashtag to see selfies from animals around the world.

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旅行的意义

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#Bucketlist status

1. Go for a #Yoga workshop - Done 

2. Bake #bread - Done 

3. Be an #animal volunteer - Not exactly but currently a donor to 2 animal charities

4. Study a diploma - Done

5. Find a new job - “Done”

6. Go on a #solotrip - “Done”

7. Go to #Chengdu see #Moonbears - pending

8. Becoming full #vegetarian - slowly 

9. Learning #Photography - I guess all along I am? 

New #bucketlist items

1. Develop a #Yoga programme for kids 

2. Go for a #Yoga retreat

3. Attend #teachings from #DalaiLama 

4. Make #falafels at least once 

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A Solo Trip

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When I wrote my #bucketlist last year, I never knew that one of the items, which is to do a solo trip will be in #HongKong. 

I was here for a different reason but nevertheless, I should count it as an item to be completed under the #bucketlist. 

Perhaps it has something to do with age, but I have done without posting photos on FB as what many others do usually and to take it as easy and slow as possible in this busy and hustling city. I feel that my mind has quieten down apart from the fact that I have not travelled for the past 3 years. 

Someone told me to find strength from #joy and #loneliness. I think this is so true. Sitting in a cafe in the facing the street and looking at all walks of life in front of me, a #solopath can give certain joys in reminding us of how lucky we can be at times. 

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Went to Pink Dot 2013 for the first time last weekend. Met an old friend, aka my 77 friend. 

The last time I have been to such events would probably been more than a decade. Of course at that time, nothing of this sort even took place in Singapore. 

Overall, a hot and crowded experience, but nothing beats having to be able to see an old friend for that moment and just seeing that this friend is doing fine (you know who you are).

Went to Pink Dot 2013 for the first time last weekend. Met an old friend, aka my 77 friend.

The last time I have been to such events would probably been more than a decade. Of course at that time, nothing of this sort even took place in Singapore.

Overall, a hot and crowded experience, but nothing beats having to be able to see an old friend for that moment and just seeing that this friend is doing fine (you know who you are).

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Tracing back

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My brother, or rather my half brother, made a trip to China few days ago. This trip, personally was a trip he wished to fulfill always; to connect back to where we all came from.

Honestly, I never knew that I have relatives living in China, Xiamen. I know that I have some who were from my Grandparents’ generation residing in China, but to have distant aunties, uncles, cousins etc now still……………….

I admired my brother for making this trip. Lucky he is a man, of course, because it would always be much easier for a guy to make this trip than a female.

He was sending photos of what our distant relatives are doing for a living. As in how people in China live, they are farmers for a living. As he gave us more impressions, I realised that during my Grandparents’ time, they were farmers of a kind. Rearing poultry and also seafood, which is what they, our distant relatives are doing now. Running a prawn and crab farm.

This brought me to realise how far can one get karmically connected with one another. Although I am so much against prawning, crabbing, fishing etc, I still cannot escape from where my roots were, no matter how many generations long ago.

Being able to know Dharma teachings is a great gift one could have. For me, I probably have to thank not only the opportunity to learn yoga but the people around me who have taught me to be a better person. To be born of a human and have education, to be able to learn continuously, to have the chance of a wiser mind.

Today, I wrote an long awaited email to my bosses. Days of thinking on how it has been written were filled with anger, disappointment and disbelief. Self reflection told me not to grasp. To reason with skillful means is sufficient alone. The rest will follow.

Practise, practise, practise…….

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