Photo Story – My Thailand
My Thailand -yes, one more ‘beyond’ story!- as I wrote in my previous blogs, wasn’t the Thailand you read about in the papers. It was much more; much better! After we travelled north from Bangkok to Chiang Mai by train and tricycle and were greeted by friendly chauffeurs and scary temple dragons, we were engulfed by a Thailand drenched with liveliness, religion and the color orange… (read more)
Portfolio – On The Road
Chinese roads are amazing. Some are new and hectic, others are ages old but quiet. Some wind across high passes, others cut through endless deserts and grasslands. But all have their own story to tell. All we need to do is travel them, listen, and learn. As Aldous Huxley said long ago: “To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.” (read more)
Photo Story – Baptism
My blog’s tagline explains the purpose of my blog: ‘show & tell’ about China and beyond. This photo story is then clearly a ‘beyond’. It is not taken in China -it took place in the center of The Netherlands. It is not about the Chinese: these are (Dutch) Indonesians. Nor is it about buddhism. This is a short impression of a Christian baptism that took place in a little pond in the gardens of De Hught, on a cold and very wet day… (read more)
Photo Story – Schools of Hope
Victor Hugo once said: “He who opens a school door, closes a prison“. This is surely true here, in the Land of the Yi, around Xichang. Long have the local people of the Yi ethnic minority lived in extreme poverty that lead many of previous generations into alcohol and drugs abuse, leaving deep scars in the younger generation. Here, a few determined teachers with small budgets but great hearts have started schools for the Yi children. Many students walk hours through the mountains each day to come to school, their school of hope… (read more)
Portfolio – Land of the 4 Seasons
I’ve always appreciated seasons. All seasons. Each season has its own particular beauty and drama. And just when you start getting bored with one, the other is knocking on your door or banging on the windows. Chengdu doesn’t really have this; it’s either hot or cold, with only a few transition days in between. But as soon as you reach the Tibetan mountains, the song ‘Four season in one day‘ comes true. Here are some impressions of these majestic and at times mysterious seasons…. (read more)
Photo Story – Chinese New Year, China
February 2013 (re-post from February 2011)
This is the second of 2 re-posts about Chunjie; Chinese New Year. Enjoy it!
Just like Christmas and New Year’ eve in Europe and Thanksgiving in the US, with its family visits and presents, for the Chinese, Chunjie is the big thing, turning all of China red with paper lanterns and firework … (more)
Portfolio – World of Wondering
People dream. People wonder. People stare. At times, we are lost in our thoughts. Moments when we find ourselves physically present but mentally in another world. Unconsciously staring out, but looking in. An impression of these moments… (read more).
Portfolio – Faces of China
Oscar Wilde once wrote: “A man’s face is his autobiography. A woman’s face is her work of fiction.” Each face is a work of art and a reflection of its history. But more specifically, it reflects how the face bearer stood -and stands- in life…. It is how we deal with these circumstances, that shapes us -and those around us!… (read more).
Portfolio – Ways of Worship
Although in recent history, opposite versions of modernization have erased many of China’s religious sites and practices, all across today’s China, a revival of Buddhist holy sites and rites can be seen, while permitting Muslims and Christians to practice in the shadows… (read more).
Photo Story – Chinese New Year, China
February 2011 (re-posted February 2013)
Just like Christmas and New Year’ eve in Europe and Thanksgiving in the US, with its family visits and presents, for the Chinese, Chunjie (Chinese New Year) is the big thing. It is the longest national holiday during which the world turns red with paper lanterns and firework … (more)