Weekly Photo Challenge – My 2012 in Pictures

This post is in response to the Weekly Photo Challenge: my 2012 in pictures. In 2012, I have adopted a new hobby and a new passion:  Blogging!  The slideshow below shows all the six active blogs that I created in 2012 on WordPress.  You can see the captions and a short description in each picture. In…

Weekly Photo Challenge – Happy #2 -Victoria, the City of Gardens

This is my second entry of this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Happy One of my recent “delights” was to re-visit Victoria, the capital city of British Columbia, during a cruise to Alaska.  This cruise was planned to be a family reunion.  Victoria was the last stop before we headed back to Seattle.  As there were only…

Weekly Travel Theme – Foliage

This picture was taken in September, 2012, when we took in an Alaska Cruise. It was an excursion on a forty-mile roundtrip train ride that climbed from tidewater at Skagway, Alaska, to the Summit of the White Pass, a 2,865 foot rise in elevation.  We experienced a breathtaking panorama of mountains, glaciers, gorges, waterfalls, tunnels, trestles, beautiful foliage and…

Weekly Photo Challenge – Solitary – A Solitary Singer

This is my second post on Solitary. The title of this picture is: The Solitary Singer The photo was taken in September 2012 on a cruise ship. The singer had a wonderful voice, and the music she chose was beautiful. The background was a big screen showing a video of beautiful places. Her singing attracted…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Solitary

Title of this picture: ” the backpack – the solitary traveler” Picture taken at Washington D.C. Why is this backpack here? Where is the owner of the backpack? Is he a traveler who travels by himself? Is he taking a photo of the Washington Monument and just putting down the backpack because it is heavy? But…

Naoya Hatakeyama: Natural Stories – Exhibition at SFMOMA

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art In my last post, I mentioned that I took my brother and sister-in-law to lunch and attend a historic tour at the San Francisco Palace Hotel – SF Palace Hotel Historic Tour and Lunch.  After lunch, I took them to San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.  My brother was an…

My Cambodia Trip, Part IV – Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat The modern name, Angkor Wat, means “Temple City” or “City of Temples” in Khmer; Angkor, meaning “city” or “capital city”. Angkor Wat is the largest Hindu temple complex in the world. The temple was built by King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century in Yasodharapura (present-day Angkor), the capital of the Khmer Empire, as his state temple and eventual mausoleum. Breaking from the Shaivism tradition…

My Cambodia Trip – Part III – Ta Prohm Temple

Our next destination was to visit Ta Prohm, a temple at Angkor, Siem Reap Province.  It was built in the Bayon style in the late 12th and early 13th centuries.  It was founded by the Khmer King Jayavarman VII as a Mahayana Buddhist monastery and university.  The most distinctive features about Ta Prohm have been…

My Cambodia Trip – Part I – Phnom Penh

One of my most unforgettable trips that I made in the past few years was my trip to Cambodia. My primary goal was to see Angkor Wat which was on my dream list when I learned about Angkor Wat from some lectures in a museum.  This trip has given me an opportunity to explore a bit more…