“Every act of perception is to some degree an act of creation, and every act of memory is to some dergree an act of imagination.“
– Oliver Sacks (neurologist, naturalist, historian of science, and author)
It is an accepted concept in psychology that the human brain seeks patterns. We see a face on the moon, a rabbit in the clouds, and we complete a semi-circle in our mind. Part of this may be related to our prehistoric survival, when it was important to identify a hidden predator or find partially hidden edible fruits. It is even believed that our superior pattern processing is the mark of an evolved brain.
But sometimes this pattern seeking can go overboard, and we see patterns even in coincidences.
It was by coincidence that I was browsing thumbnails of some photos I took sometime ago when I saw this pair side by side. They seemed to form two parts of a picture, waiting to be stitched together. Look closer to see if they are.
The human brain is a smart thing, but sometimes it can be too eager.
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.
“Come with me and you’ll be
In a world of pure imagination
Take a look and you’ll see
Into your imagination
We’ll begin with a spin
Traveling in the world
Of my creation
What we’ll see
Will defy explanation”
– Pure Imagination, from “Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory”
The Venetian in Macau is rightly described by Google search as a “Vegas-style Venice-themed casino and resort.”
It’s got the works, from the opulent ceilings and halls, right down to the perpetually sunny “sky” and gondola rides.
Like Charlie given a “golden ticket” to the Chocolate Factory, visitors are given a sensory overload, and one can easily get sucked in. “No one ever gets out,” Charlie is warned.
One can get trapped in here too, specially in the casino downstairs. But, like Charlie who had a pure heart, one can pass the test. One can enjoy the painted “sky” and the gondolas while remembering that it is all make-believe. Pure imagination.
Lit icons from a wall at the Galaxy in Macau are reflected on the floor, creating an illusion of a three-dimensional matrix of symbols and numbers.