Daily Prompt: Tattoo…. You?

1st Tattoo Show in Singapore

1st Tattoo Show in Singapore (Photo credit: williamcho)

Tattoos symbolize some milestone of life: a relationship, having a child, or an accident (good or bad). They can represent a personal philosophy, a rite of passage (usually into adulthood), or simply a desire to make one’s body a canvas/eye candy for others/conversation piece. Tattoos are intriguing; I’ll even admit to watching a handful of Miami Ink and Naked Vegas (full body painting) episodes for purely artistic reasons.


IMG_0116 (Photo credit: bankbryan)

Having said that, though, I have no tattoos — hidden or visible. But–and strictly as a sidebar–I think that it would be kind of cool to have a scar that looks like a lightning rod (a thousand apologies to J.K. Rowling!)

If I had to get a tattoo, it would be of the temporary airbrush variety. The wing of a phoenix with the Latin words ”Sui generis” underneath it, would be inscribed on the underside of my left forearm, so that it would only be visible in a certain position. Continue reading

Weekly Photo Challenge: Let There Be Light! (III)

A bustling metropolis by day or night! The most populous city in China, the busiest container port in the world, an international financial center, influential fashion hub, and a popular vacation spot, Shanghai is a study in dichotomy, a contrast of old and new, a collaboration of Eastern culture and Western civilization. My dad took this photo of Shanghai Harbour City last year.

Shanghai Harbour City

Even with multiple light sources, night photography can be a shaky proposition.

My Favourite Christmas Songs

red and white Christmas baubles (PublicDomainPictures, PixaBay)

red and white Christmas baubles (Photo credit: PublicDomainPictures / PixaBay)

Christmas is just around the corner. 24 days away, to be exact. Time to catalogue the madness that is Christmas shopping: overcrowded malls kitted out with season-appropriate decorations, and blasting holiday music; hot-to-trot (and out-of-stock) gifts; the headaches of being around hundreds of other people; the repeated loops around jam-packed parking lots; the long lineups of parents and children, waiting to have their photo taken with Santa; the traffic snarls that come with early surprises of the white stuff; and the need to don gloves, and dress in many layers of clothing. Continue reading