Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Bangkok Flower Power

If all the flowers in Bangkok filled my home, I would need a house the size of Wat Pho (the Temple of the Reclining Buddha). I would choose blooms representing all the colours of the rainbow – red and yellow and pink and green, purple and orange and blue – and I would set up an extra long table in my living room where I would host an oriental tea party. My guests and I would drink lemongrass chai and eat sticky rice and egg custard parcels from banana leaves. We would chatter and smile a lot.

The Bangkok flower markets are filled with local blooms such as jasmine,
chrysanthemum, gerbera, orchid, lily and rose. 
Photographs by Susan Redman.

Photographs by Susan Redman.

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Thai Gold

If I could be a statue, I would live in a temple in Thailand and be covered in glittering gold leaf.
I would shine all day and glitter all night.

Temples in Bangkok, Thailand.
Temple of Emerald Buddha or Wat Phra Kaew, Temple of the Golden Buddha or Wat Traimit,
Temple of the Reclining Buddha or Wat Pho. Photographs by Susan Redman.

Friday, 4 January 2013

Happy New Year 2013: Fireworks around the world

If I wasn't so lucky as to live on the most beautiful harbour in the world, I wouldn't see the spectacular Sydney fireworks every year from my neighbourhood. Sometimes I am on my verandah, sometimes I am in a boat, sometimes I am on an island in the harbour, sometimes I am on a friend's rooftop and sometimes I am with thousands of other happy souls celebrating in a waterfront park.

New Year's Eve celebrations are a construct I know, but it is still great to feel the camaraderie of so much goodwill coming from so many all at once.

1. Fireworks explode over Big Ben in London; via emirates247.com
2. Fireworks in Japan; via wondrouspics.com
3. Fireworks over the statue of liberty; via happynewyear2013.co.uk
4. Fireworks over the Sydney Harbour bridge; via sbs.com.au
5. Fireworks illuminate the Parthenon temple atop the Acropolis hill during new year’s celebrations in Athens, Greece; via Alexandros @Alexandrosparta Xponia polla-and pic.twitter.com/uoqiqPCh  and via proxy.storify.com
6. Fireworks compete for star position with the Eiffel Tower in Paris; via tumblr at happynewyear2013.co.uk
7. Happy New Year from Red Square in Moscow; via @OnTheGo_Sam #vodkadiet #NewYear http-//pic.twitter.com or via proxy.storify.com
8. Happy New Year from Cairo, Egypt; via Always loved you @Wd2080 and via http-//pic.twitter.com/owO0t64A or proxy.storify.com
9. Happy New Year 2013 fireworks, via  iStock photo