Singapore by night

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 A lot of people criticise Singapore because it is too uptight but it is still an interesting place to visit.

I would put it close to the top on my list of places I wouldn’t want to have to wear a suit to work however.  

 

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I took this close to my house.

Hanoi Train Line

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This photo is of the train line going south out of Hanoi. People just seem to wander up and down it without even watching for trains.

Here it is with a bit of neon added using a photoshop plugin. Its a bit tacky but I like it anyway.

Star Ferry

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This is the old Star Ferry on its way back to Kowloon from Hong Kong Island. It was a great way to watch the skyline while bobbing across.

The Horns of Lake Nam-Tso

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It makes me cold just looking at this photo from Tibet. I think the wind is the worst part when you are up that high (5000+ Metres above sea level)

I am currently reading the above book and I thought it deserved a recommendation.

The early stages of the book start off in post Mao China during the 80s in the slums of Chongqing.

It provides an interesting insight into a time and place that is not often covered in Chinese literature.

The book is an autobiography of a young Chinese girl who finds her life becoming increasingly politicised as she tries to escape the poverty of her surroundings.

I think I will go back and read some more of it now.

Zhao Gang, 32, from Chongqing city has persuaded his new wife to have plastic surgery to make her look like his first wife.

He lost his first wife Lu in a car smash three years ago..

“I recovered after staying in hospital for half a year and I wish I could have died with her,” he said.

About six months ago, under pressure from his parents, Zhao Gang got married to his new wife, Cai.

“I got married only because she looks a bit like her and I want to have a chance to make up for my mistakes,” says Zhao.

Now Cai has agreed to plastic surgery to look like Zhao’s former wife after a lot of persuading.

“I feel conflicted. I don’t want to become another’s shadow, but I also don’t want to lose the family. Now I only hope the surgery will not make me look ugly,” she said.

Zhao added: “Maybe it’s more or less unfair to her, but she has agreed and I will embrace her with all my love.”