7 May 2020 – Over 10Days
Mon: continuing with this challenge (last 3days), nominated by cousin Yat-Soon for 10Days of favourite travel images. Every day I will choose an image from my travel photos that has had an impact on me, post without explanation and nominate somebody to take the challenge. 10travel photos, 10nominations, 0explanations – though I will say something about it the next day, for the curious. In the meantime feel free to guess&comment.
4May: Day8 – nominating Lynda. After surviving Lukla/LUAairport§ions of this EBC hike, Nepal (somewhere between Namche&Tengboche in this pix), blessed to still be alive. To see with my own eyes Sagarmatha /Everest, world’s highest mt is another bucket-list item done. Appreciations to Calvin, Sam of Campers&Lum for keeping me safe and tkx to Deepak, Sherpa-Kuma&Co who made this trip possible. Hello to Ulrik, young Norwegian solo hiker on this path. The way to Everest is not a Yellow Brick Road – Krakauer
Tue: having not gone out for a few days, took the elevator down to realize in shock when I got down that I forgot my mask upon seeing someone with a mask, rushed up to put it on. Grocery shopping day – do not get usually get a whole chicken, but decided that I would today cook this chicken to freeze for 4meals and to my surprised the head was still intact.
5May: Day9 – nominating Helen. All Roads Lead to Rome, including this peekhole@Villa del Priorato di Malta. Another memorable trip with my childhood friends – they do pick exciting places for our reunion rendezvous.
Princess Ann: At midnight, I’ll turn into a pumpkin and drive away in my glass slipper.
Joe Bradley: And that will be the end of the fairy tale – Roman Holiday movie
Wed: paying medical bill, no complains considering that it is actually S$40.81 after the S$600 paidout as part of the Solidarity Budget. Also doing my duty for the Census of Population 2020.
6May: Day10 – nominating Carmel. The Giant’s Causeway County Antrim N Ireland. Had wanted to make this trip since student days in Dublin and finally managed to follow the giants’ foot steps before turning 70. Appreciations to Ann Gibson (now Ann Kiely), 1st Irish friend from 1965 who invited me to her home and made me the most memorable scramble-eggs meal.
Blue-sky&map pix downloaded. Strange how places can strike the memory-chord. Jane, and I wish I could remember her last name, was my room-mate in boarding school and the only N Irish I knew then. Was driving into Port-Rush, N Ireland last year and suddenly recalled that she told me then that she was from Port-Rush. In 1965-67 she was more far advanced in her ways than I was, took me to some Dublin basement gigs where she was seeing this guy, Peter who introduced Mike Jagger to me. Of course had no idea who he was then, and had little interest in that kind of music then or now.
I can’t get no satisfaction
Cause I try and I try and I try and I try
I can’t get no, I can’t get no – The Rolling Stones
Thu: Happy Vesak Day to those celebrating. Has been quite a challenge to pick only 1pix from these 10trips (from my bucket list), good memories and even rather surprised at myself for some of the after-thoughts&reflections as I read thru’ these trips which were all 1st time to these places except for Rome/Italy. Tkx cousin YatSoon for the challenge&appreciations to all for your comments. Feeling blessed to have been able to have visited&seen so many spectacular places in this wonderful world. Agreeing with the ancient Egyptians and do hope that you too have found some joy in your life’s journey. As for joy to others, as long as I do not intentionally bring others harm, hurt or malice in actions, thoughts, words (spoken&written), joy subjective is up to each individual to find their own joy.
The ancient Egyptians had a beautiful belief about death. When their souls got to the entrance to heaven, the guards asked two questions. Their answers determined whether they were able to enter or not. ‘Have you found joy in your life?’ ‘Has your life brought joy to others?’