Travelling Without Moving

Big City Night. The beautiful city of Singapore at the Blue Hour (circa 2013)

“I know all we’re doing is travelling without moving…Can’t stop, no…Speed freak, faster than a speedin’ bullet…Slow down…If I don’t I just might lose it…”– Jamiroquai

This post title is actually a song (and an album title) written by a band called Jamiroquai.  The lead singer of that band created the album at a time when his love for sports cars eventually reached its peak.  I am not much different actually.  Like everyone these days, I have reached a peak (or a wall) in my travelling; at least temporarily I hope.  Seems like (or certain) there will be no travelling for the rest of the year for me and for many people.  I am turning 50 this year and I actually planned a commemorative birthday trip with my family to somewhere really spectacular.  I cancelled that one a few weeks ago.  After we slowly go back to the office next week, the rest of the year will be spent aggressively chasing those potential clients and making up for business losses made over the last 2 months.  The great Jack Ma suggested that we can forget all other personal plans for 2020 and just focus on staying healthy and alive.  He said if we are able to do that, then we should have profited already.  I think that’s good advice.  Indeed, the title of this post (and the song) reminded me that we are constantly moving and never really taking the time to think what’s more important and where we are all headed.  As bad as the current situation may seem, now all of us have the time to reflect and do just that.  🙂

The Esplanade Theaters and the Marina Bay Promenade at Night (circa 2017)

While I am still very busy working from home (or at least pretending to be), I still take the time to do other things I love aside from my architectural work.  In this case, writing down my thoughts and studying photography.  The good thing about living in a photogenic country is that there are lots of opportunities to create travel photos without having to travel outside.  As the saying goes:  “One person’s backyard is another person’s dream destination”.  I am currently based in the beautiful city of Singapore by the way.  Over the course of my photography journey and my long stay here, I have collected quite a number of images; some of which I already forgot.  In the process of going through these old photographs, I came across more forgotten travel images inside several memory cards that have remained unprocessed.  I suppose that at the time I took those photos, I was unhappy with the results for one reason or another (or thought some of them were simply excesses).  Overtime however, I learned how to shoot spontaneously and picked up a few post-processing skills.  Stumbling upon these old images now, I am able to salvage and view them in a different light.  So now I have a new collection of old and random travel photographs that take me back to those beautiful places I once enjoyed.  I have featured and posted them here in this very short post (in addition to some old Singapore photographs).  🙂

Into The Woods. Supertrees @ Gardens by the Bay in Singapore (circa 2014)

So you see?  You can still travel without moving.  I don’t mean to brag or boast about these modest travels.  Like most of you, I still look for inspiration and find hope in future planning and at the thought of being able to see the world again (it’s called faith).  And things are not as bad as they seem.  The things that we deem as excesses or setbacks now can become the ones that we benefit from later when viewed in a different light.  So you don’t throw (or delete) them right away.  I hope you are making the most of the current situation and learning a few things along the way.  I also suggest you compile your own set of memorable photographs to keep yourself inspired.  Enjoy the images below and stay grateful as always.  Stay safe everyone.  🙂

See you in my next post.  Cheers!!!

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