For Sparky and myself, curiosity drives passion which in turn fuels our life's engine. Our passion was capturing the story of both unbuilding the Grace (1929 - 2007) and Pearman (1966 - 2007) Bridges and discovering the unbuilders. It takes a lot of passion to track a project from July 2005 until April 2007 - rain, shine, hurricanes or moving to Singapore. We discovered the joy of discovery learning. Ken Canty opened the front door for us - then Steve Testa, Ponch Billingsley and Mickey Rogers opened many side doors. Below are the highlights of what we discovered, who we met and what we learned.
And a reminder from T.S. Eliot (East Coker from the Four Quartets)
Home is where one starts from. As we grow older The world becomes stranger, the pattern more complicated Of dead and living. Not the intense moment Isolated, with no before and after, But a lifetime burning in every moment And not the lifetime of one man only But of old stones that cannot be deciphered.
On Friday nights, Ellen and I meet about 7 or 7:30 for a small church service. Chinatown is only a short walk from my office - about 2 km - but the color, people and entertainment is worth twice the walk. Tonight I had to get a few photos enlarged and found a shop that would do it in 20 min. So what to do for 20 min. I wandered around the Chinatown MRT (subway) station where the evening entertainment was just starting.
Here, there is a quartet in the left corner and a juggler in the middle
A quartet with 2 Erhu, Harmonica and Pipa (I think - sort of like a lute).
If you want a tasty treat - Chinatown is the place to be
Fresh fruit and spring rolls in addition to usual soups, noodles and stuff
But the ensemble simply captured my interest
as did the juggler. Here he is playing the harmonica, dancing and juggling all at the same time
Evening traffic - a perfect opportunity to test my new camera next week
Across the pedestrian overpass is an alley filled with wall-to-wall markets
Next week - maybe a better presentation and who knows what we'll find.
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C. Frank Starmer