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Buddha Faces at Angor Wat, Cambodia

Originally posted on retireediary:
This is a close up taken of the Buddha faces in Angkor Wat, Cambodia. I like the texture in the image. More than that, I was…

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Weekly Photo Challenge: “Inside” – Inside the Marcipan Museum in Szentendre, Hungary

This post is in response to the Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside. These photos were taken inside the Marcipan Museum in Szentendre, Hungary.  We were on our way to Budapest, the capital city … Continue reading

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My Three Books are now on iBookstore

I would like to introduce to my fellow bloggers and friends my three published books which are all on iBookstore. Two are free to download to your iPad , iPhone, … Continue reading

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Inner Mongolia – How does it look like living in a yurt?

This post is in response to the readers of  Retireediary’s recent post Inner Mongolia and Shanxi .  His pictures of the Yurts have attracted many readers who are curious how the inside looks … Continue reading

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My Eastern Europe trip #3 – Black Madonna of Czestochowa, Poland

The above picture is from the Wikimedia Commons When we left Warsaw on the way to Krakow, we went to Czestochowa, a place of worship visited by millions of tourists and … Continue reading

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How David Hockney sees the world, with the use of technology

David Hockney, Bigger Trees Nearer Warter, Winter 2008. Oil on nine canvases (36 x 48 in. each) 108 x 144 in. http://hockney.famsf.org/exhibition-preview-and-ecards © 2013 David Hockney. Photo:  Richard Schmidt San Franciscans are … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Window – “Along the Fifth Avenue, NYC”

This post is in responses to the Weekly Photo Challenge: Window This is my favorite subject!  I do have many choices in my collection of “windows”.  Remember I had some discussions … Continue reading

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Highlights of my recent trip to Eastern Europe

Dear  family and friends: Happy New Year! To wish you all a happy new year, I created this video with highlights of some of my photos taken in Eastern Europe. … Continue reading

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I just published my second book: Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Angkor Wat, Cambodia by Denise | Make Your Own Book Dear friends: Please join me to appreciate the architectural wonder of Angkor Wat, and the beautiful art and culture of … Continue reading

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I just published my first cookbook! a real book!

Dear fellow bloggers and friends, As many of you know, I am a very curious person,  and cannot stop learning.  I just found out a book making site :  www.Blurb.com, … Continue reading

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Eastern Europe 2013 #2 – St. Mary’s Altar, Krakow, Poland

If you ask me what impressed me most during this trip, without hesitation, I would say ” St. Mary’s Altar.”   It is called Altarpiece of Veit Stoss, at St. … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Infinite – Budapest by Night, My Eastern Europe Trip 2013 #1

This post is in response to the Weekly Photo Challenge: Infinite. This is also #1 post of my Eastern Europe Trip of 2013.  This trip was my second Eastern Europe Trip. … Continue reading

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Picasso’s Three Paintings of Women in MOMA

Originally posted on falling in love….with arts:
This was my fourth visit to MOMA, on October 7, 2013.  I went with my family to Eastern Europe for two weeks…

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Shilin or “Stone Fores”: My Yunnan Trip #20

The final destination of our Yunnan Trip is Shilin, or Stone Forest.  It is one of the “must see” sites,  if you go to Yunnan.  See the video and the … Continue reading

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A different interpretation of sound, noise and music in the making of videos

The first video includes two short clips of the Mendelsohn Falls.   Do you like the way that I piled these two video clips together using an app called “video … Continue reading

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The Ganges River – a Place of Life and Death

Thanks to my friend Rebecca’s recent post on  The River Goddess, I remember I did some exploration on the Ganges River a year ago.  I was helping my sister in … Continue reading

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Sharing with you my recent Learning Experience in Publishing an e-book

  A blogger friend Michael Lai in response to my last post My third e-book: An Unforgettable Trip: Angkor Wat, Cambodia on this Blog, asked if I could share my learning experience in writing … Continue reading

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My third e-book: An Unforgettable Trip: Angkor Wat, Cambodia

I am happy to present to you a complete e-book this time, instead of one chapter only as in my two previous post.  The pictures and contents of this e-book … Continue reading

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My second e-book: My South America Trip: Torres del Paine – Pantagonian Chile

Thanks to my blogger friend Janet Williams‘ creation and posting of an e-book format, and her suggestions, and thanks to another blogger friend Clanmother‘s encouragement,  I have my second e-book ready … Continue reading

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Istanbul Attractions – Chapter 1 of my new e-book (coming soon) Exploring Turkey and Greece

After reading a fellow blogger Janet Williams’ post and her subsequent explanation to me how she published her e-book When Janet Met Tilly, I would like to give it a … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge – the world through your eyes – My Yunnan Trip #19 – Lijiang Old Town

This post is in response to the Weekly Photo Challenge: the World through your eyes. I wanted to visit Yunnan for a very long time. In April this year, my wish came … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Fleeting – My Yunnan Trip # 18 –Tiger Leaping Gorge

This is in response to the Weekly Photo Challenge: Fleeting. The above two pictures were taken inside the bus on our way from Lijiang to the Tiger Leaping Gorge,  The views … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: The Sign Says – My Yunnan Trip # 17 – The Ancient Writing or Drawing on the Walls of the Lijiang Old Town

This is in response to the Weekly Photo Challenge: the Sign Says In my Yunnan Trip series, I mentioned about the city Lijiang, which is the most impressive one.   I … Continue reading

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The Naxi Minority in Yunnan – My Yunnan Trip # 16

As I mentioned in my post “My Yunnan Trip #1″, there are many minorities in Yunnan. I am particularly interested in the Naxi or Nakhi minority, because of their matriarch … Continue reading

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Happy Anniversary to my “Initiation” into the Blogging World – my 100th post on “My Notebook”, and my 259th post on my 6 Blogs

Happy Anniversary! Today, there are reasons to celebrate.  It is the first anniversary of my first blog which is from “curiosita to…” As I was new to blogging, I went … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background – Daguan Park, Kunming – My Yunnan Trip # 14

         Daguan Park, Kunming, Yunnan, China This post is in response to the Weekly Photo Challenge: in the background The  picture was taken in Daguan Park in Kunming, … Continue reading

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The Longest Couplets in the World – Daguan Park, Kunming, My Yunnan Trip #15

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daguan Park “Daguan Park, located in the southwestern suburb of Kunming City, is a lakeside park. Today many locals come to sit, drink tea, fly kites, and go boating. Among shady walks and … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Pattern (2) – Colorful Transportation in Yunnan – My Yunnan Trip # 13

This is my second post  in response to the Weekly Photo Challenge – Pattern What are these colorful patterns?  They are patterns on the colorful fabrics which mount the “chairs” for … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Pattern – Dali Catholic Church, a Beautiful Combination of Western and Eastern Architecture – My Yunnan Trip # 11

This post is in response to the Weekly Photo Challenge – Pattern This post was already posted yesterday on my other Blog named Falling in Love with Arts.  I am re-posting it … Continue reading

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My Yunnan Trip #12 – Dali City, the Ancient Tea Route and the Bai Minority

“Dali City (Chinese: 大理市; pinyin: Dàlǐ shì; Bai: Darl•lit; Hani: Dafli) is a county-level city in the seat of the Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture, northwestern Yunnan province of Southwest China. Dali is the ancient capital of both the Bai kingdom Nanzhao, which flourished in the area during … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: From Above #2 – What is the Duckie? Why is it a Fad in Hong Kong?

This post is in response to the Weekly Photo Challenge – from above I just reblogged another post and thought I could add-on to it.  But WordPress messed up all the pictures … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: From Above — the Duckie in Hong Kong now …

Originally posted on A week in the World.:
So the Weekly photo challenge is from above. Take an image of something from above and show it in a different light.…

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Lijiang, the cute little bungalow where we lived – My Yunnan Trip #10

This is the cute little bungalow where we lived in Lijiang. There was an attendant who made breakfast for us every morning.  We were a party of six who occupied … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Culture #2 – My Yunnan Trip #9: What is the Totem Pole in Yunnan?

This post is in response to the Weekly Photo Challenge: Culture. This is my second posting on this Challenge which is very interesting to me. I always thought that totem poles … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge – “from above”- My Yunnan Trip #8

Koi Good Fortune, Success, Prosperity, Longevity, Courage, Ambition, and Perseverance   This post is in response to the Weekly Photo Challenge – from above This picture was taken in a restaurant in Daly, Yunnan.  The restaurant had … Continue reading

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What did we eat in Yunnan? — My Yunnan Trip #7

Originally posted on food for thought:
I just returned from a 9 days’ trip to Yunnan, China.  The trip was great, but not the food!  In fact, none of my…

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Beautiful Art Design in the Lufeng World Dinosaur Valley – My Yunnan Trip # 6

Originally posted on falling in love….with arts:
What a beautiful wet day!  These pictures were taken at the Dinosaur Valley which I posted in my other blog: My Notebook. The…

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Where on earth will you find a TV inside the compartment of a public toilet? My Yunnan Trp #5

What is the most challenging experience traveling in China?  Unanimously:  public toilets!   I still remember the most challenging ones were during our trip to the Silk Road in 2006. … Continue reading

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Lufeng World Dinosaur Valley – Five Tops and Five Mysteries -My Yunnan Trip #4

There must be times when you or your kids were fascinated by the world of dinosaurs.  When the science fiction adventure film Jurassic Park was created by Steven Spielberg in … Continue reading

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“Dynamic Yunnan” – a beautiful ethnic minorities dance show in Kunming – My Yunnan Trip #1

Originally posted on falling in love….with arts:
I just came back from a 9 days’ trip to Yunnan.  The first post I would like to share with my readers…

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My Yunnan Trip #3 – Folk Dancing and Folk Music at Stone Forest (Shilin), Kunming

Stone Forest (Shilin) is one of the highlights of my Yunnan trip.  Before we talk about the natural rocks landscape in this UNESCO World Heritage site, I would like to … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Culture – My Yunnan Trip #2

This post is in response to the Weekly Photo Challenge: Culture. I just came back from a 9 days’ trip to Yunnan, which is  “a province of the People’s Republic of China, located in … Continue reading

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Five or Six Maidens? The Porch of the Maidens in Athens, Greece

Please refer to my previous post which is reblogged from my friend Clanmother’s post The Philosopher who loved numbers.  When I saw her picture, I asked her when and where she … Continue reading

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The Philosopher Who Loved Numbers

This is from my friend Clanmother ‘s recent post. I like this picture and all the philosopher’s quotes. But one thing that puzzled both of us is the number of … Continue reading

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My South America Trip #22 ; Weekly Photo Challenge – Lost in the Details; Iphoneography – Monday: Nature; Say Cheese! March is Phoneography Month

As you can see,  the posts of my South America trip seem never end!  Just when I wanted to stop and turn to the attention of other subject matter, I … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: “Forward” — My South America Trip #21 – The Metropolitan Cathedral in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

This post is in response to the Weekly Photo Challenge : Forward of WordPress. I thought I have concluded my South America trip, but I haven’t.   Churches, temples, mosques, are the … Continue reading

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My South America Trip #15 – Torres del Paine, Patagonian Chile

Torres del Paine, Chile – highlight of my trip to South America Photo Credit:  PC Torres del Paine is a national park in the Extreme South region of Patagonian Chile. It is located in the … Continue reading

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My South America Trip #14 -”Don’t cry for me, Argentina”, Eva Peron and more…Buenos Aires City Tour

How can we visit Argentina without talking and learning about the famous and most respected woman in Argentina, Eva Peron?  During the short stay in Buenos Aires, we were able … Continue reading

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My South America Trip # 8 – Christ the Redeemer Statue, One of the New Seven Wonders of the World

  I have been longing to see this Wonder of the World for a long time.  I am so glad that I had the chance to visit this important icon … Continue reading

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My South America Trip # 4 – El Calafate – Excursion at Lake Argentino

Happy New Year!  As this is my first post in 2013, I would like to wish all my readers and friends a very healthy and happy 2013! Last year, I … Continue reading

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