Day 131 – One Year Ago

The South African side of our family is passionate about Highland Dancing. Stuart’s sister, Hayley, has her own dance studio in Cape Town – and the niece, Robyn, has won the SA Championship (under 15) several times – this year being no exeption. Therefore, the SA Championships in August is a major event, with the entire family descending on us.

The day is always a lot of fun, but due to travel, work and life in general, I was unable to join them for the event itself. However, it did get me going back to my photos from year before. And because these were better than any pictures I snapped on this date itself (by a long mile), I decided to make an exception and post pictures from exactly a year ago.

If everyone knows about it, it ain’t cheating.

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Day 127 – Eyes wide open

When Stuart and I started dating, he once told me how I made him see the nature in Johannesburg differently again. I was childishly excited how there are flowers blooming around the year – and commented on it non-stop. He had lived here long enough not to see it anymore.

We all need to be reminded sometimes to see what is around us. Luckily there are children aroud. Children and foreign visitors.

 

Day 125 – A Mistake

Today’s photo is not the best of the day. (My last day in Rome…). In fact, it was (and still is) a bad photo in many ways – overexposed, badly framed and lots of ‘noise’ in the picture (The cars really bother me). I am still not sure why I kept editing it over and over again, and trying to make it work. Something in it just spoke to me.

It’s still not the greatest of photos. But the story it tells is a story so very typical to Rome.

Day 121 – A Man and a Cigarette

In one aspect my trip to Rome has been a bit of a disappointment: I wanted to practise my people photography skills and maybe do some street photography. However, my patience ran out quickly. It is practically impossible to take a picture involving people, without everyone being glued into their phones, either taking photos or messaging – and this includes the nuns(!) Only today, as I strolled quite far from the tourist area into a local park, was my fate in humanity restored.

Day 120 – La Dolce Vita

Unlike Venice or even Paris, Rome has the feel of everyday life everywhere. Even in the most touristy center, tucked in the narrow lane between two monuments is someone’s laundry drying from the window, and someone’s grandmother keeping a careful eye of the comings and goings on her street. The pulse of real Rome.

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Note the grandmother of the street on the right…

INSEAD reunion

Group photo credits to Alexandre Halbardier

One weekend with 250 friends is not enough – but then again 1 year with 500 was not enough either. New memories were made.

  • Friday house party – which proved NOTHING has changed in 5 years – we still live on champagne, pizza and laughter
  • Doing another case in class – which proved something has changed, as the entire class actually read the case before the discussion
  • Celebrating in style in Fontainebleau chateau – which was definitely a change from all the nights spent in fliplops and shorts in Singapore
  • Hanging out in the lawn and cafeteria – which proved that even through many of us have moved, changed jobs, married and multiplied, nothing really has changed.

Let’s do many more mini-reunions before the next full-blown party 5 years from now.

PS. You can see the bigger pictures by clicking. If anyone wants the pictures in full size, send me a message.