Masjid India Kuching

The newly built one and only floating Mosque in Kuching is located on the banks of the Sarawak River, close to the newly built Harmony bridge whose shape symbolizes the balance of cultures living together in harmony.“Harmony among our different religious traditions is essential for world peace”
Dalai Lama –This is the Old State Mosque, built in 1968 to replace an original wooden one built in 1852.
Its gilded cupolas make it one of the city’s most striking landmarks, particularly at sunset.

Memories from Kuching, Sarawak, Borneo Malaysia.
December 2019

A Day trip to Valletta

It’s not often that I visit Valletta but a few days ago I took the ferry to Malta’s capital. Here, most of the side streets are narrow and some also very steep. The best way to get around is on foot, which I did.The entire city of Valletta has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1980 and selected as the European Capital of Culture year 2018. The city became the capital on 18 March 1571.Valletta has many titles, all recalling its rich historical past. It’s the “modern” city built by the Knights of St John, a masterpiece of the Baroque. It’s also one of the most concentrated historic areas in the world.

More to come….

Which Way…

In Ta Qali National Park, there aren’t only lots of different kinds of plants, trees, birds, insects and picnic areas.There are also many stairs, leading to nowhere, except from where you came.Posted for Son of a Beach’s Which Way Photo Challenge

Angels & Lines

Yes, I’ve been away, again. This time I went to my hometown in Sweden for a few days. I had lots of ideas what to do and what to see, but in three days I didn’t make much of it. I met my three sisters and I met a blog friend that I never met before. Thank you Annette 💕we had much to talk about and time flew too fast.

The images above has nothing to do with the text except that they are two of very few I took during my visit in Stockholm and the fact that these are not to be found in Malta. What you see are two chimneys, lines, signs, a blue sky, colors and angles. No remarkable about that, all depending on how you look at the pictures.

Every picture tells a story…

…I walk, I look, I see, I stop, I photograph!

Every picture tells a story, even though the viewer doesn’t always know what lies behind.

Maltese Architecture

When I moved to Malta in 2000, there was no such modern architecture on the island.

The old houses are often well-preserved with a genuine Maltese architecture. Today, modern structures at Tigné Point strongly contrast with the buildings in Valletta as well as with most of the towns on the island. The only building that had a modern style when I moved here was the Portomaso Business Tower which opened in 2001. With its 97 meters it is still the tallest building in Malta.

The construction industry is currently booming here in Malta and new high-rise houses are being built almost everywhere. Hopefully they are also thinking of preserving as much as possible of the old houses, otherwise Malta will lose a lot of its charm.

Follow me to Valletta…

It’s not often that I visit Malta´s capital but last week I a took the ferry and spent some hours in the city. Valletta is designated as the European Capital of Culture in 2018.Some tourists and one of the public art installations depicting Maltese proverbs.To the left you see the new Parliament Building in Valletta.The architecture of Valletta’s streets and piazzas ranges from mid-16th century Baroque to Mondernism.And the entire city of Valletta has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1980.

Here are some more of the public art installations. You must click on an image to enlarge. It is an exciting city worth exploring. But after a couple of hours walking in the heat it’s time for an ice cream.Republic Street is the main street of Valletta. It is about 1 km long and extends from the City Gate towards the granaries at Fort St. Elmo. It is mostly dedicated to pedestrians, with highly limited vehicle use.Beyond the old Opera house, it’s often crowded with people due to large selection of small shops and cafes. Daphne Caruana Galizia, the journalist who was killed in a car bomb on 16th October 2017. The memorial located at the foot of the Great Siege Monument has been wiped out more than once. But as activist Pia Zammit said: “They can remove the flowers and candles but the truth remains.”Unlike the main street, most of the streets in the city are narrow, the houses are old in a typical Maltese style.Time to take the ferry back home to Sliema. It only takes a couple of minutes and I think I´ll return quite soon.

Favorite Place – Stockholm Sweden

My favorite place is where I live my daily life on the small island of Malta. But after almost eighteen years in this country, another favorite place is my former hometown of Stockholm in Sweden. It´s exiting to be like a tourist and explore what’s new and to visit old favorite places from where I have so many memories.Riddarholmen is an island in Mälaren and a district in central Stockholm, belonging to Södermalm’s district. The island, together with the Old Town, constitutes Stockholm’s historic center.It´s not easy to choose but The Old Town, Gamla Stan, is a favorite place I always try to visit.

Here the alleys are long, many and narrow. It has happened that I’ve almost got lost.A visit to one of Stockholm’s food markets is a must. This is from Östermalmshallarna.At Södermalm you´ll find many old well-preserved houses. You almost get a feeling of being moved to the countryside, though you are in the middle of the city.

The only time of year I try to avoid visiting Sweden is during the winter. But when you see these, you know that spring has arrived! The best time of the year to visit Sweden is in the summer.…and when you see this, you get another proof of Spring, or at least almost. As soon as there are degrees above zero and a blue sky, you’ll have to sit outside if you’re in Sweden, even if it’s only 10 degrees.

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge / Favorite Place
Photo Challenge by Frank/ Dutch Goes The Photo

Bye Bye Kuching…

Riverbank Suite, Hilton, Sarawak State Legislative Assembly and Kuching City Mosque. Not exactly in that order 😉

Goodbye to all the amazing people we meet in the market and on the streets.

Symbols, Culture and traditions.Kuching, a city in harmony, as written.

I almost forgot the amazing animals! Proboscis and OrangUtans are only found in Borneo, and there are lots of different kinds of birds. The rainforest in Sarawak is unique, these pics are from my last visit in Borneo.Hopefully our flowers look the same as when we left Malta five weeks ago.I’m not worried I just hope everything will go well. I’m looking forward to come back home to Malta. Then, after a week fly to Sweden and pick up our new family member Fanny, it will be fun and quite exiting!

WPC – Windows 2

Yesterday, when I went out for a walk with my camera, I thought about what really gives a city its character. How much can windows and architecture tell about a city. These are all from Kuching in Borneo, Malaysia. Sarawak has it all – diversity, nature and adventure, also called “The Land of Hornbills”.

This is my second entry in this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge. You’ll find my last post here.

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge  / Windows

Windows, windows…

Windows and reflections in Kuching, Sarawak.Windows in Kuala Lumpur.Windows and reflections in Kuching, Sarawak.

In my next post I will choose some more traditional windows.

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge  / Windows

Sunday Mix from Kuching

Kuching is divided by the Sarawak River where locals often catch fish and shellfish. There are plenty of fish in the river and fishing boats leave the nearby harbor early mornings so you can buy fresh fish in the local market.
The Sarawak River is listed as a location of the Crocodile Removal Zones, whereby the presence of crocodiles in this area pose serious human/crocodile conflicts. In July a 2.5 meter long Sarawak crocodile meet its end. This one was luckily behind bars at a rehabilitation center when I took the picture.Getting from one side to the other is easy with small primitive boats. It takes a few minutes and cost 50 cent. A footbridge will be finished at the end of the year. That´s great for me who love long brisk walks.Sunday stroll. Having a dog as a pet isn’t common here in Kuching because of the Muslims. For some reason, they don’t like dogs. In my thoughts I can see my funny little Fanny horsing around among the dismayed Muslims 😉 ..with all due respect!

Weekend pics from Malta

Click on an image to enlarge. To each image there’s a short text.Faith, a necessity whatever it is based on. Faith in the Mediterranean when the sea is calm. Or rent a bike. When I moved here seventeen years ago there were no bikes on the streets.And absolutely no apps either.

These are just a very few pics from another lovely weekend here sunny in Malta, where I chose the theme blue. More to come…

Malta pics..

Examples of Malta’s architecture.

Fun in the sun at the Mediterranean Sea.And finally, one of all the beautiful flowers that bloom here on the island.

Click on the small pictures to enlarge, enjoy Malta 🙂

Weekly Photo Challenge – Textures

In this weeks challenge we will focus on the tactile element of the objects we shoot, whether it’s one distinct quality, softness, smoothness, graininess or any other texture we find interesting or, a combination of several.

As usual, I couldn’t choose only one. All pics are taken in Italy, Sweden or Malta. It´s a mixture of walls in different shapes and textures. Walls made of bricks, stones or wood. Smooth, hard or painted in soft/strong colors. If you take your time and really look at all pictures, you will find one that is not a wall 😉 Enjoy!

You have to click on an image to enlarge!

Weekly Photo Challenge

Rabat, Victoria / Gozo.

Fler bilder från Gozo, den här gången från Victoria, öns största stad om än liten. Även här måste du nog klicka på bilderna för att de ska komma till sin fulla rätt. Till varje bild finns en kort text, ordningen är slumpvis. Enjoy 🙂

Here`s some more pictures from last weekend in Gozo, this time from Victoria, the largest city on the island. If you like, take your time and click on an image to enlarge, to each image there’s a short text. The order is random. Enjoy !

Enkelt men snyggt (154/365)

Enkelt men snyggt för jag tycker verkligen att det här är snyggt. Tegeltak, den fina takkupan, faluröd fasad och vita fönsterkarmar. Enkelt, för inte var det särskilt svårt att fotografera men det finns inte att hitta på Malta.

Gemytlig miljö (133/365)

Det blev många bilder under veckan i Stockholm där jag helst gick runt på Södermalm. Mariaberget och Bastugatan med utsikt över Riddarfjärden eller på andra sidan Götgatan, vid Mosebacke och Cornelispark. Känns som en gemytlig miljö att promenera runt i med kameran där nytt delar plats med äldre bevarade hus. Känns nästan svårt att föreställa sig att bakom det här huset sträcker stora delar av Stockholm ut sig. Från Stadsgårdskajen över vattnet på andra sidan där bl.a Djurgården med Gröna lund och Skeppsholmen syns.

Takåsar (131/365)

Återvänder till mina bilder från besöket i Stockholm för någon vecka sen. Det här finns inte att hitta på Malta. Varken när det gäller färg, byggnadsmaterial eller arkitektur och därmed finns här inte heller några takåsar.

Eget tema 5: Takåsar

Snart så… (126/365)

…ska huset rustas upp, fasaden målas vit och balkongen i blått. Bougainvillean med sin mångfald av röda blomster kommer snart klänga utmed fasaden och den gamla lyktan putsas medan trassliga ledningar tas bort. Om det vore mitt hus, vilket det inte är 😉

Gömd (119/365)

Tröttnar nog aldrig på att vandra runt i de äldre bevarade kvarter som finns kvar i Stockholm. Bakom varje hörn ligger ofta ännu en gata gömd värd att upptäcka. Som här, vad finns att se utmed Långa gatan på Djurgården ?

Funkis (118/365)

Så här såg de flesta av bostadshusen ut i förorten söder om Stockholm där jag växte upp under åren 60-70 tal. Idag ser det på många platser ut precis likadant. Det renoveras medan funktionen som fått styra formen bevaras.

Eget tema 3/Funkis

I fred (72/365)

Masjid Bahagian, Kuching City Mosque.
En plats för muslimer att vara i fred liksom hela Sarawak är en delstat i fred där ett flertal religoner och etniska grupper samsas. På marken syns minnesmärken, gammal gravplats. Här vilar man i fred och istället för stenar användes bitar av träd som ser ut att fått vara i fred under en väldigt lång tid.

Eget tema 47: Skyskrapa (365/366)

Petronas Twin Towers, den så välkända tvillingskyskrapan i Kuala Lumpur är idag med sina 452 meter höga torn världens sjunde högsta skyskrapa, den högsta som är 828 m hög ligger i Dubai. Att hela bygget ägs av oljebolaget Petronas framgår av namnet men vanligtvis kallas den bara för Twin Towers. Som turist kan man som högst komma upp till gångbron som sammanbinder de två tornen.


Eget tema 45: Metropol (363/366)

img_4980-1Efter den dygnslånga flygresan från Malta tar vi ett Stopover i storstaden Kuala Lumpur innan vi flyger vidare till Borneo/Sarawak imorgon.
Min man har åkt på en dunderförkylning och ligger nedbäddad. Tror att  de flesta vet hur det är när män blir sjuka, de blir riktigt sjuka 😉

Eget tema 40: Atmosfär (357/366)

img_2747-0Ännu ett par bilder från besöket i Stockholm i september. Gick runt med kameran i Gamla stan i flera timmar bland alla gränder. img_2665-2En väldigt olik känsla i färgskala och arkitektur mot att gå runt i Maltas huvudstad Valletta. Var och en med sin egen speciella atmosfär och karaktär.


Insprängt (285/366)

img_2465-1-psPå Södermalm i Stockholm, inte alls långt från storstadens puls och den täta trafiken på Hornsgatan finner man än idag frodig grönska och ett flertal äldre men välbevarade hus. Som det här, ett gulmålat hus insprängt bland träden på Mariaberget ovanför Riddarfjärden inte särskilt långt ifrån de lite mer vanliga hyreshusen och bostadsrätterna på närliggande gator.


Ser inte skogen för alla träd (281/366)

img_2716-2-ps-jaAtt vara så absorberad i detaljerna att man inte ser helhetsbilden.
Det tycker jag stämmer in bra på känslan av att gå runt bland gränderna i Gamla stan. Så mycket att titta på, så många detaljer att lägga märke till, så mycket färg. Människor i vardagen blandat med turister. Konstnärsbutiker, caféer, ateljéer, ojämna gatustenar, roliga skyltar, husfasader, hattbutiker och fotografer. Ja, det finns mycket att upptäcka i den här delen av Stockholm och det är lätt att gå vilse för den som aldrig varit där. Lika lätt som att gå vilse bland alla träd i en skog som man tidigare aldrig besökt.


Höstmorgon (273/366)

img_2689-0-psTog tunnelbanan en morgon in till Gamla stan i Stockholm och gick runt bland gränderna i flera timmar med kameran som sällskap.
Att det är höst  framgår inte så tydligt men september är höstmånad, mannen ser lite frusen ut och trädens få gula blad får räcka som bevis.


Kal (272/366)

img_2536-psHåller mig kvar i Stockolm ett tag till, här syns en bild från Södermalm och Ivar Los park på Bastugatan uppe på Mariaberget.
I parken finns en byst av Ivar Lo-Johansson som här bara kan anas. Temat är kal vilket husfasaden med enbart två små fönster är.