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Archive for March, 2012


Daressalam University is built on lush green hills, the terrain undulates and leads to various buildings, crossing bridges, traversing slopes, and many tree-shrouded steps need to be climbed along the way….


very many steps...

climb we must!

blue-y sunny poolside morning

Not in the mood to swim, but just sit outdoors and study my new camera, I found my way to the hotel pool, there to potter about taking pictures of things and peruse the manual. No one there except me, blue sky and gorgeous East African clouds…

(click on image to enlarge)

why are East African clouds poofier than Southeast Asian ones? 😐

anything Masai catches my eye

It was fun setting the timer and dashing back and forth several times to get a ‘reasonably good’ shot of myself. I just hope no one was watching from their windows…..

creature comfort

Nothing like travelling thousands of miles across ocean and continent, weary from lack of sleep, dying for a shower and a snooze, to check into a hotel in a foreign country, travel some more in an elevator, walk down a carpet-muted corridor, slip a card into a slot in the door….open it, and find this…..

successful use of timer methinks

mandatory mug shot, more success with timer

I do confess I was a happy creature in Tanzania last March, exactly one year ago 🙂

looking at places from an aerial perspective~1

This post is for people like me who have only seen Dubai while descending and departing. I happen to be one of those geeky people who’re fascinated by geography, so (when on a plane) instead of watching a movie or reading a book or sleeping, I’d rather be sitting with my nose pressed against the window with eyes peeled for any glimpse of unusual topography. Even ordinary topography is fine, actually. Here’s what I saw while flying over the U.A.E…










(Pssst…..I had to heavily tweak the brightness and contrast to edit these photos. Otherwise they were crap)


the apple and the tree

the apple...

the tree....!

Solemn little skeptic

Encountered early Sunday morning, 25th March, at the Burhani Car Rally 2012. This little girl was NOT too impressed by all this festivity and refused to crack a smile despite her mother’s cajoling 🙂

Zahabiya and her pretty offshoot

'when in doubt, chew your finger'


Skepticism, y'know, is the first step on the road to philosophy 🙂

One Fine Moth

I had a visitor in my courtyard the other day, poor thing couldn’t quite seem to get up off the ground. Its legs were wet, or perhaps injured, I don’t really know. But it struggled to get up and away, futilely beating its wings every few minutes, or as it summoned up the energy.  Didn’t help that he/she was a tad on the heavy side…
I, of course, had to get really close to get these shots, seeing as I don’t have a macro lens…

But it was huge. And a beauty 🙂

it did try...

I hope it managed to fly off, because I hate the idea of such a pretty thing being devoured by the ants…those relentless soldiers of my courtyard, agents of disposal.