Sunrise Over the Saigon River


(Ho Chi Minh City, 24 May 2018)

The Saigon River rises in southeastern Cambodia, flows south and south-southeast, passing by Ho Chi Minh City, where it is the main water supply and hosts the Saigon Port. It travels about 230 kilometres before emptying into the Mekong Delta.



Morning with Purple Golden Dewdrop

Duranta erecta, called golden dewdrop, belongs to the verbena family and have flowers that are light blue and lavender. (Why they’re called golden dewdrop I don’t know.}


The flowers form clusters near the end of its stems.


Nice to see them bloom in the garden. I find the lavender color quite relaxing.


A refuge in the city.


Place in the World

The World in a Place

No matter where I’ve been, there is something about this place that tugs at me.

Somehow watching the sunshine and the children playing on the beach with not a care… brings happy memories.

It’s nothing much to look at, just a simple fishing village on an island.


But it’s one that says “this place is yours” every time I visit.


I carry within me anywhere I go. Nice to know there’s a corner in the world waiting for you anytime.

Place in the World

The Friendly Deer of Nara

Nara in Japan is famous for its shrines and temples, among which is Todai-ji, a Buddhist temple. Nearby is Nara Park, where deer roam freely.


Local folklore considered deer in this area as sacred; today they are protected as national treasures.

(Deer in front of the Great South Gate of Todai-ji, itself a national treasure.)

They are friendly and don’t mind getting up close and personal.


They are not scared of humans — sometimes it’s actually the other way around when they get too “friendly” (asking to be fed).

They certainly know their way around, even crossing the street.


An interesting, if unusual, sight.


When You Wish Upon a Star

When you wish upon a star
Makes no difference who you are
Anything your heart desires
Will come to you


If your heart is in your dream
No request is too extreme
When you wish upon a star
As dreamers do*


When your heart’s desire comes true, and you do what you are meant to do — that moment is freedom.

No desire is stronger in the world that the desire to be free.

Photos of a performance by Kristel de Catalina