Light and Sign (#17)

Sign Up Venice (#17)

Another ornate street lantern and sign seen hanging from the walls of Venice’s narrow streets.

Old Is Gold (#3)

 

After exploring Chiang Rai town for three hours, I was ready to make my way back to the hotel. I was tired, couldn’t think straight and had lost my way. Instead of finding the main road, I somehow ended up in a dark, quiet back street where I came across this advertisement that attracted my attention.

Fresh Coconuts for Sale (#2)

"Processed" Coconuts

A common sight during the Muslim holy month of Ramadhan. Many temporary roadside stalls sell home-cooked food, local cakes and drinks for breaking fast after sunset.

The coconut vendor was tickled pink when he saw me photographing his stall and asked if I was from the press.

This photo is the result of  my first attempt at photo-processing using layers.

Porcelain Fit for Royalty

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In typical Peranakan households during days of old, a different type of porcelain is used for dinner during special occasions. These crockery are usually very colourful and are hand- painted with designs incorporating the rose and phoenix.  The colours come in turquoise green, fuchsia pink, cobalt blue, yellow and purple.

 

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Blue and White Peranakan Porcelain

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The very unique Peranakan porcelain originated from China. It was brought to South East Asia as a result of increased demand by the Peranakans.  Peranakans or Baba Nyonya are descendants of early Chinese immigrants who settled mainly in  Singapore, Malacca and Penang in the 15th and 16th centuries.  These Straits Settlement states were pit stops for the flourishing spice trade. These early Chinese settlers often married Malay or Indonesian women, and as a result a new local culture gradually emerged, creating a fushion of Chinese and Malay flavour.

I am not a true-bred Peranakan but my mother is.  Below are some images of blue and white porcelain that graced our dinner table when I was a young girl.

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