Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Ruby Tuesday 2: Quilt

 

This quilt was on display in a museum a few months ago, during the National Day celebrations. Each piece was done by  young students and put together to form a quilt. Lots of red here as our national flag is red and white.

Friday, January 27, 2012

FMTSO: Delicate


" Delicate: Show us the delicate side of town! The dancers, the flowers, architectural ornaments..that is our subject this week. "

On Sunday, I went to Sentosa Island for the annual flower show  to welcome the Chinese New Year. Thousands of flowers blooming , with several animals from the Chinese zodiac were also being displayed, made entirely of flowers- very DELICATE works involved using the DELICATE Chrysanthemums and Carnations.


This is the year of the dragon- the animal is associated with good luck, longevity and wisdom. The symbol in between the dragons is the logo of the Resort World Sentosa.

 

 

 


And of course no garden would be completed without the beautiful butterflies with their DELICATE wings, too DELICATE, they are prone to being torn!



 


Another small and DELICATE animal in the garden.




 Chinese Paper Cutting or Jianzhi - the cut outs are  used to decorate doors and windows during the Chinese New Year which fell on the 23rd and 24th January.
There are two methods of manufacture: one use scissors, the other use knives. In the scissor method, several pieces of paper — up to eight — are fastened together. The motif is then cut with sharp, pointed scissors.
Knife cuttings are fashioned by putting several layers of paper on a relatively soft foundation consisting of a mixture of tallow and ashes. Following a pattern, the artist cuts the motif into the paper with a sharp knife which is usually held vertically. Skilled crafters can even cut out different drawings freely without stopping. Very intricate process and DELICATE outcome!

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Thursday Challenge: NEW

 

"NEW" (Baby, Snow, Clothing, Car,...)



The nephew's NEW teddy bear.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Friday, January 20, 2012

FMTSO: GLASS

 

Glass: Interesting Windows, Unique Displays, Beautiful Collections...what glassy things can you find to share from your town?

Glass exterior of LaSalle College of the Arts.

A glass bowl that have been with me for almost 33 years, it was a wedding gift from a relative.

Some of my glassware collection.

Beautifully decorated window display at Tangs during the Christmas sale.

Water droplets on my glass window.

 
Stained glass window on the dome of a museum.

 
I love this shot , the reflection of a street can be seen on one side of the glass window while what's being sold in the shop is clearly seen on another side.

ION Orchard, a very famous mall with glass exterior including the roof of the porch. The small glass enclosure on street level is the entry to the Mass Rapid Transit train which runs underground.



 
A cavernous glass dome on the enormous construction site of the Gardens by the Bay is set to become Singapore's newest tourist attraction. The 1.2ha dome - slightly larger than the size of two football fields - is 38m high, and its interior is cooled to temperatures of between 17 deg C and 25 deg C. It is slated to become 'the crown jewel of the downtown Marina Bay'.
This replicates the cool-dry climate of the Mediterranean and semi-arid subtropical regions such as South Africa and parts of Europe, and will house a variety of plants, ranging from olive and bottle trees to tulips and grape vines. The dome was open to visitors for the first time during the World Orchid Conference in November. Its official opening will be in June 2012, together with the Bay South Gardens, one of the Gardens by the Bay's three parts. It takes approximately 6 months for the plants to mature and settle into their new environment.

 
The two conservatories were designed with environmental sustainability in mind, applying cutting-edge technologies that provide energy-efficient solutions in cooling. The facade of the 1.2-hectare Flower Dome is made up of 3,300 special glass panels, which let in the sunlight while keeping the heat out. This allows the conservatory to mimic the cool-dry climate of the Mediterranean. To ensure energy efficiency, only areas occupied by plants and visitors will be cooled.

The conservatory is divided into smaller gardens featuring plants such as poppy flowers from California and Cat's Paw plants from Australia. One of the gardens - the Flower Field - will have changing displays including tulips and lavender. The conservatory will also have an event space which can be rented out for weddings and other functions. There will also be two restaurants within the conservatory - one serving Mediterranean cuisine and the other, Chinese.
This photo was taken in August 2011, still in the construction process, can't wait for it to open in June!

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