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State of mind 5

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Siem Reap: Angkor Wat in photo installments 1

DSCN0081from the highest point in angkor wat
the splendour of

The Light Dam at iLight

The Light Dam at iLight...

the Light Dam sits
beyond the waters,
on the bay
absorbing the sun’s rays.

its panels with
stored harvested power
bursts with light the dam
responding to movements of man.

solar power “dammed” up

panel by panel.

The Light Dam at Marina Bay, Singapore, by Uno Lai, Taiwan

Garden of Light at iLight…

Garden of Light at iLight...

… Marina Bay Singapore. By Hexagon Solution, 3D digital mapping technology was used to light up the facade of the ArtScience Museum at the Bay. An animated projection, it journeys through a single day of the beauty of the natural world.

It was a grand projection of life in mammoth proportions. Not to take anything from it, the display of light and music was accessible and entertaining. Moving from dawn to dusk, the interplay of light and melding of different elements and life forms in pictorial and graphic representation were seamless. What a vision from the power of technology! …

Yet still … a 3D specter of the spectacle of life in the natural world…

Key Frames at iLight …

Key Frames at iLight Marina Bay

… Marina Bay, Singapore. I enjoyed Key Frames by Groupe LAPS, France. The description in the event brochure didn’t do it justice:

“20 stick-like figures come to life in a choreographed display of light and sound.”

The truth is I can’t do any better, on paper. I could describe the display better verbally but really it’s something you just have to see. It’s funny! 😀 This photo doesn’t do it justice either. The light was switching really quickly to create motion. It’s just something I enjoyed, for the record. Check out the breakdancers. 🙂

a state of mind…

You know how it is when you have a gzillion things in your mind that the heart cannot process? Or a million things in the heart, the mind cannot process? Pretty much sums it up for me.

What I saw when I was walking on the Helix bridge,  encapsulated exactly that state of mind.

   I saw droves of people reflected on the mirrored surface of the “roof” structure of the bridge. Unknown throngs, a mass of grey matter, triangulating in the prisms of each other’s space unknowingly.  It was like the myriad colliding thoughts in my head. Unprocessed.

The Nanyang Polytechnic display at “iLight” Marina Bay reflected that state too. At least in my mind.

    It was a “Picasso-ish” structure and the lights are “turned on” by the sound of voices. Impressive, guys and really cool! It was such a kaleidoscope of colours arising from all that noise. To me, it encapsulated the dissonance of life. Yet showing the harmony in dissonance. Structure in chaos. Rationality in the absurd.

  Almost like our theatre of the absurd, which we call life.

Faceless in a crowd.  

   Alien in our own home…Hard to fathom, pretty much like our racing thoughts. Unprocessed. Sometimes chaotic even. Yet we find some order in chaos. To cope.

PS: Pictures taken on the 4S. It’s quite decent. Honestly, didn’t expect to be able to capture the images as it was a very dark night and the structures were brightly lit, some against reflective surfaces. Though the Helix Bridge effect wasn’t exactly the same as what I saw in my mind. :p

PPS: More iLight pictures, maybe, another day.

in the ryokan in Hakone…

We did a one-way on the cruise (paid additional for first class which allowed us to get out on deck) and bused to Hoeiso, our Ryokan. Ryokans are not cheap in Japan but they come with room and board (kaiseki dinners and breakfasts). Some offer hot baths too. So it’s quite worth it. If you haven’t stayed in one before, you must. And after you do, there’s nothing like a ryokan stay when in Japan. 🙂 We stayed in Hoeiso, a family-run inn which has seen three generations run it, since 1956. This is the view from the balcony. It’s really awesome. On the right is the path that brings you to the open-air hot spring bath. The sound of the rippling brook and the mountain view with the colours of autumn, the nippy air and the hot spring add up to your oh-so-chill moments.

Enjoy ryokan moments. 8)

 Up on the roof. Literally, our second floor neighbour’s roof.

View from the living room window. We see the autumn-hued mountains!

This is the living area where we dine tatami style. That’s the first course of breakfast being served. Pictures following are our first courses for dinner. The camera got tucked away somewhere after that as its owner is engrossed tucking in to another pleasurable activity. 😆


Beyond the rice paper doors, (see at the top of the breakfast table picture) is the sleeping area, where we sleep tatami style. It’s really comfy and I had a fantastic night’s sleep! Came complete with sound effects, I’m afraid.

The visit was all too short, this is the turn towards the Hakone-Yumoto station again.

We took the Romance train back to Tokyo. It was about another 1.5 hours longer than if we’d taken a train directly back to Nagoya from Hakone. But what I call the “locomotion” package requires return journey to and from Tokyo and Hakone. It was quite a cost saver instead of paying for all the fares for the ride on the Tozan Ropeway, the cable car, the cruise and the bus rides in town. So here we are in Tokyo, “shinkansen-ing” back to Nagoya. 🙂 What can I say, I love trains.

  This is our train approaching… and here it is..