Inside the Temple of Heaven

(Beijing, China. The Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests peeks in the distance.)

In ancient times, the Emperor of China would move from the Forbidden City into the Temple complex and personally pray to Heaven for good harvest.

The Emperor was regarded as the Son of Heaven, who administered earthly matters on behalf of heavenly authority.



The 200-Year-Old Cemetery Turned Paco Park

The Paco Park in Manila was originally built as a cemetery, started in 1807 during Spanish colonial times.


The cemetery was designed as a circle, surrounded by thick adobe walls, the top of which have become pathways for promenades.


It features a chapel, itself round in design.


Today it is a public park and a popular venue for weddings.


Rapunzel’s Window




Balance and Symmetry at Taipa Village, Macau

Taipa Village is one of the few places in Macau where one can see an authentic slice of this former Portuguese colony. Though casinos are sprouting in the main city, Taipa Village has been preserved for a step back in time.

I like this vantage point where the old is mixed with the new, it almost looks like a collage.


Just a few steps away and one can enjoy history preserved. East and west co-exist. This is where the locals go.


More information about Taipa Village here.



Tower Bridge Looking out to the Tower of London


London has been through a lot lately. But it is a historic city that has withstood more than this, not just this century but in centuries past.

I like its cosmopolitan character yet steeped in tradition. It looks back at the past yet moves forward.

The Bridge and Tower are icons, one speaking of tradition and history, the other of technology and progress.



Are We Closer to Solving the Mystery of Stonehenge?


Why was Stonehenge built?

This monument dates back 5,000 (!) years, though it is now established that it was built in phases over several thousand years up until 1600 BC.

Scientists have also determined that the stones were quarried as far away as 225 kilometers in present day Wales. This has led to a recent theory that it was built in Wales and transported to the present site.

There are varying versions of how it was built, some involving aliens. Even more theories abound on why it was built, the most common it being a burial ground. And yet new theories come up, such as it being a two-story concert hall. New discoveries reveal more information yet raises more questions.

It seems like the more we know about it, the more its mystery deepens.

Perhaps we will never know. What is clear is that people 5,000 years ago started putting order into a bunch of large stones lying around. Perhaps it is a primeval desire of man to seek order in his world and Stonehenge is a symbol of that.


Remnant of York Castle from the Time of the Vikings

York Castle was built on the orders of William I to dominate the Viking city of York in Northern England in the year 1068.


Clifford’s Tower, the keep (strongest and most secure part) of the castle, survives to this day and is one of the most distinguishable landmarks of the city.


It has gone through a tumultuous history involving massacres, fires, explosions and wars.


It has been used as an office, an armory, a prison, and even a cattle shed over the centuries.

The tower has a commanding view of the city, perhaps only matched by the more famous York Minster in the distance.


Going down the spiral staircase, one is reminded of how lonely it must have been for the guardsmen as they kept watch over Clifford’s Tower.


“Human says time goes by –
Time says human goes by.”
― Anonymous

Not quite Evanescent