Asia: back to the future

Royal palace, Bangkok. 2018. Back to the future? In more ways than one, I guess. I was born in the East, in India under its Pakistani guise. (To me the names change, the land and the people not so much.) We then pushed further East to Vietnam, briefly, and Cambodia which we left in ’57.…

“La street c’est chic”

Talent. Singapore. 1917 “Restore coral. Save the ocean”. Tulum (the place of the turtles). Mexico. 2019. Florence, where statues come to life. 2014. Pale ale. Sawadee kraap. 🙏🏻 Bangkok. 2018. The adventures of Isabelle (the little girl) and her aunt, Calendula the witch (to the right.) By Will, aka Willy Maltaite (1927-2000). Will was one…

World street art

Fiat lux. Power plant, Bogotá, Colombia. Simba the lion. Singapore, 2017. Shere Kahn the tiger. San Francisco, 2016. Il a un poil dans la main. In French we say of a lazy person “s/he has a hair in the hand”. Obviously can’t work much with a hair in your hand, can you? Tulum, 2020. (Or…

Street art. Come on! Again?

Konny. Paris, 2013. No more landlord arson. San Francisco. 2016. Butte-aux-cailles. Paris. 2018. Klim, I gather? Liverpool. Or is Berlin? (Mexico city. 2019) I told you a hundred times, stop picking your nose. Butte-aux-cailles, Paris. Zabou. Near Mission St, San Francisco, 2016. Overtagged, alas. “Let’s go urgently to the House of buttons. In Polanco! Jules…

The street is Art. World tour.

“Black magic man”. Carlos Santana. San Francisco, California. 2016. Rue de Seine, Paris. c.2016. Bogotá, Colombia, 2017. More of this artist in a later post. Asunción, Paraguay. 2019. (c)ourtesy Alex. The saké man, Bangkok, Thailand. 2018. Mexico city, 2020. The divine dancers, Angkor, Cambodia, 2018. Around 9th-10th century AD.  I define street art as anything…

A morning walk, Bangkok

Royal palace, Bangkok. 2018. It’s already been two years since we went on our Asia trip. From Singapore to Malaysia to Thailand to Cambodia. I must say my feet are itching to  go back. Meanwhile, some views of Bangkok. Sawadeekraap… Klong or canal, facing the Artist’s house. Bangkok used to be a water city. Now…

A morning walk, Bangkok

Security guard at the Palace. The pay is good but the uniform heavy. Glamour. Commuting. Bangkok art and culture museum.   War. 1914. 1939. The centre has very fine modern art and had an expo with photos of the late King Bhumibol, who was a keen photographer. The delicacy of Wat Arun temple. The Jim…

Dreaming of Asia

Stolen kiss. Grandson G. at the Peranakan Museum, Singapore, 2017. Asia eluded me. I was born in the Far East but left too young to really remember. I was then raised in Africa. Spent the rest of my life between Europe and the Americas. And I’m sorry to say, the evolution of Africa and Latin…

My Lord Elephant

I’ve always liked elephants, lucky enough to see elephants from a very young age. Either in Asia or in Africa. West and East. They’re the strongest animal on earth. And though dangerous, are a peaceful bunch. On the verge of extinction. Above: a “rubbing” of a bas-relief in Angkor that we bought on site this…

La street (art) c’est chic.

Broussaille and Catherine by Frank Pé. Brussels. c. 2015. I don’t only break hearts. La street c’est chic. “Quail-hill”, Paris, 2018. Raffles Hotel, Singapore. 2018. The Raffles is a symbol of Singapore. Much to our dismay, it was closed for remodeling. Have to go back. 🙂 Stamped. Paris. 2018. How many stamps (real stamps, mind…