Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Brocante?

Not your French brocante, that's for sure. Mornings in Jaffa can be spent checking out housewares at an open market in downtown, just minutes walk away from Tel Aviv. Its right next to the waterfront, the Mediterranean sea. This is the Levant, of ancient days. Travel is so incredible.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Temple mount, Jerusalem

New research says the Jewish temples were not built on the temple mount as has been long postulated. In the Old Testament, the temple was in the city of David. The city of David is a little lower down from the temple mount where there was a spring, the pool of Siloam, where the High Priests could do their ablutions before worship. Today the city of David is being excavated. They may very well find remnants of the old temple here in the city of David. The Jewish people wants to rebuild the temple. It wouldn't be possible on the temple mount but it could be definitely possible if it was at the city of David. The search continues in the Holy land.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

A love letter

 I was checking some illustrated letters on the Internet when I came across something called the Cuban letters. During the Cuban crisis, a burlesque dancer was writing some graphic letters to JFK in the White House. JFK is known for his philandering and this dancer's name was 'Blaze' and here is one of those letters. Imagine getting a letter like this!
 Before I set out to visit Charleston this last May I did this page and after looking at it for a while, I thought to myself 'would it be fun if this was like 100 pages and there are more illustrations and writing. This was what I've been doing the past few weeks and I'm almost finishing the project.
 My dining table is just inundated with all my work.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Tagong grassland, China

'Do not disturb, dreamer at work'.
Here I was 2 years ago in China, sitting on the Tagong grassland and writing. It was an amazing trip, there was nothing there, just a few Tibetans caught in a country, China, which was not theirs and practicing a form of Buddhism not found anywhere in the Buddhist world. I feel their pain for I myself have no country to call my own. Born as Chinese in Malaysia which was then under the British and today lives in the USA. Who am I?

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Old Jaffa







To the south of Tel Aviv, a mostly Arab neighborhood, quiet and peaceful, no rockets, no Hamas. Just Jews and Arabs coexisting peacefully together.

Sunday, October 05, 2014

Doodling

Years ago I was in Bologna, Italy at a museum and discovered this Italian artist, Antonio Basoli. I so admired his journal which I photographed. I have always thought about returning to spend more time learning more about him.

Thursday, October 02, 2014

The Sinai desert






The starkness of the Sinai desert but little Bedouin families are able to eke out a living. There's usually well water, they raise their own animals. Behind this stark landscape there are canyons that are so beautiful and distinct that lots of Europeans do find their way here and these families takes tourists into these canyons.