Weekly Photo Challenge: Heritage — Dutch Clogs (Klompen)

This post is in response to the Weekly Photo Challenge: Heritage. During our recent trip to Amsterdam,  we visited a clogs workshop. Take a look at these beautiful clogs.  Don’t you want to bring a pair home? To wear or not to wear?  That’s the question! Although clogs are worn in many cultures around the world:  the Dutch,  Japanese, Chinese, Swedes…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Pure

  This post is in response to the  Weekly Photo Challenge: Pure The SFMOMA has just reopened after three years of renovation.  As a member of SFMOMA for many years,  I am very excited of its new look and expansion. Due to work, I was only able to visit the museum twice on Thursday nights.  Both visits were…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Now

This post is in responses to the Weekly Photo Challenge:  Now Now is the time to approach the end of the year. Now is the time to reflect what I did this year. Now is the time to think of new year resolution. Now is the time to look out for opportunities. Now is the time…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Gathering

Weekly Photo Challenge: Gathering. This is the theme of this week. I found two travel photos to share. One of them shows a gathering of the actors after a show in Yunnan, China. The other one shows  group of ladies all dressed up to celebrate a festival in Valencia, Spain. Both are pictures of fun…

Apsaras in the Art and Architecture of Cambodia

  This post is inspired by a blogger friend Michael Lai.  I had been hibernating and tonight I suddenly wanted to post something.  Having seen Michael’s recent post on apsaras in Cambodia, I went back to my earlier post on this topic and found these.  Angkor Wat is still one of my most favorite travel destinations….

Weekly Photo Challenge: Converge — My Spain Trip #5 Montserrat

This post is in response to the Weekly Photo Challenge: Converge. “Photos are visual spaces where shapes and lines, objects, and people come together.” ~ Ben Huberman~ I really like this topic.  To me, it is not only a photo challenge but a philosophical one.  Let us look at these pictures I took at Montserrat,  a multi-peaked…

Weekly Photo Challenge – Angular _My Spain Trip #4 -Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao

This post is in response to the Weekly Photo Challenge- Angular.  The picture I posted here is the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, which I visited last month.  The museum was designed by the American-Canadian architect Frank Gehry. From the Museum’s website: “Hailed as the most important structure of its time when it opened in 1997, Frank Gehry’s…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Cover Art (1): Santorini, to dream, to relax and explore.

This is in response to this Week’s Photo Challenge:  http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/cover-art/.  There are so many choices in my mind!  This is one of the pictures that came to my mind immediately:  The cute island Santorini, in Greece.   I did visit this beautiful island with family and friends, and published a book named Turkey and Greece Delights,…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Endurance

This post is in response to the  Weekly Photo Challenge: Endurance It is not hard to find examples of “endurance” from my travel experience.  But I think this is the one that I really endured to the greatest extent up to my maximum limit. It was during my last trip to South America in December…

Travel Theme: Market

I was talking with another fellow blogger friend retireediary the other day about his self-created travel theme.  I then remember in my pre-blogging days, I did start a travel website which has different travel themes instead of categorizing my travel pictures by countries or destinations.  i wonder if anyone will respond to a travel theme I…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Humanity

This is in response to Thirdeyemom’s Photo Challenge: Humanity.  I have followed Thirdeyemom’s blog for a while, primarily of her “humanity” approach. I did not travel as much, but like Thirdeyemom, I love to study different cultures and connections with people.   For the purpose of this Challenge, I reviewed my travel websites and my blogs….

Weekly Photo Challenge- Dialogue

   In response to Frederic Biver’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Dialogue, this is my entry. Delightful desserts round in shape.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Extra, Extra

In response to the Weekly Photo Challenge:  Extra, Extra,  here are the two pictures I chose for the entries, The first picture was taken in front of the de young Museum in San Francisco.   A  young lady was walking towards the entrance of the museum. The poster is big, but she is small. The…

My fourth book has just been published: Turkey and Greece Delights

Turkey and Gre… Istanbul, Cappadoc… By Denise Lau, Link Lee Book Preview I co-authored this one with my friend Link who may be the next Ansel Adams! This book also has an ebook version. Download it for free now. We will charge when we post it on iBookstore in future. Most of the contents of…

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 stunned as to how the statues were constructed. Unlike many of the Buddhas I saw in China which were carved out in situ from a…

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, iPod touch or Mac  Please click this link to check out my newest addition on my Eastern Europe trip. There is a link to see…

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 like.  I had visited Inner Mongolia few years ago.  My friend Link’s pictures are nice and include the inside look of the yurts where we…

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 worshipers every year.  The reason why it attracted so many visitors is because of the Black Madonna of Częstochowa (Polish: Czarna Madonna or Matka Boska Częstochowska,  also known as Our Lady of…

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 with some of you about the windows of Belvedere Palace in Vienna?  Then everywhere I go, I always take pictures of windows which may be…

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. I did not have much time to write about this trip on my blogs, but hope that you would like the video and the music…

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 the Cambodian people. Sincerely, Denise

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, when I was reading another blogger friend ‘s post and her publications.  I cannot wait but to embark on a new project immediately.    As…

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. Mary’s Basilica in Krakow, Poland.  The altarpiece was carved between 1477 and 1489 by the Bavarian sculptor Veit Stoss.   If you google this title, all you can see…

Shilin or “Stone Forest”: 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 pictures I took, and you will agree with me. Here’s a short description of Shilin, from the Wikipedia: The Stone Forest or Shilin (Chinese: 石林;…

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 organizing her pictures in Shutterfly, and could not resist from going into an exploratory mood…to find out the importance of the Ganges River to the…

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 an e-book.  I am thrilled with this request, as Michael’s traveled everywhere around the world and his blog is always filled with high quality professional…

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 have been published on this blog . You may say, that is easy then.  Unfortunately this is not the case.   As this includes 5…

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 family structure, which is very different from the Han’s family structure in China. The Naxi people mostly live in the Naxi Autonomous County in Lijiang, Yunnan…

2014 Blogging Review

Originally posted on Healthy and Happy:
Dear Readers: Happy New Year! Each year WordPress did a very impressive job of giving each active blog an annual report for the performance last year.  As I only posted on 4 of my 6 Blogs in 2014, I got 4 reports this time.  As the reports are quite…