Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Water Taxis 3

Water taxies Brunei.

Swift messengers
Carry cargo and passengers
On watery highway

The Water Village is really made up of small villages linked together by more than 29,140 meters of foot-bridges, consisting of over 4200 structures including homes, mosques, restaurants, shops, schools, and a hospital. 36 kilometers of boardwalks connect the buildings. Private water taxis provide rapid transit. Most of these taxis resemble long wooden speed boats. ~ Bernard

Monday, May 30, 2016

Memorial Day

The sorrows of days past

Abide in the hearts
Of those still living

Photo Credit

♫ The Band Played Waltzing Matilida 
June Tabor

Sunday, May 29, 2016


Man’s efforts
To dust will crumble
Keep on the building

Temple near Chiso Mountain - Takeo Province ~ Karl

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Baldwin Street 2

Not quite on the level...

Whoa! Nelly!
Landslide? Myoptical illusion?
Are we on firm ground?

When asked, "What is the World's steepest street?", most people would reply, "The zig-zag one in San Francisco" or "The one Steve McQueen had a car chase on in the film Bullit". They would both be referring to Lombard St in San Francisco.

Lombard St is definitely zig-zaggy and is steep but, compared to Baldwin St in Dunedin, New Zealand, it is no more than a gentle slope.

Baldwin Street is just another hidden gem in Dunedin, which of itself, is one of the South Island's greatest hidden gems!

Some Facts and Figures

Baldwin Street is located in the suburb of North East Valley about 3.5 kilometres (2.2 miles) northeast of Dunedin's city centre.

It is a short straight street of a little under 350 metres in length, rising from 30 metres (98 ft) above sea level at its junction with North Road to 100 metres (330 ft) above sea level at the top, giving it an average slope of slightly more than 1:5. Its lower reaches are of only moderate steepness, and the surface is asphalt, but the upper reaches of this cul-de-sac are far steeper, and surfaced in concrete, for ease of maintenance (bitumen — in either chip seal or asphalt — would flow down the slope on a warm day) and for safety in

Dunedin's frosty winters. At its maximum, the slope of Baldwin Street is approximately 1:2.86 (19° or 35%) – that is, for every 2.86 metres traveled horizontally, the elevation rises by 1 metre. ~ Bernard

By John Owens NZ

Friday, May 27, 2016

Sausage Sandwich

Sausage and sauce in a sandwich.

Potato salad
Beans, coleslaw
Now we’re talkin

Sausage sandwich is a sandwich containing cooked sausage. It generally consists of an oblong bread roll such as a baguette or ciabatta roll, and sliced or whole links of sausage, such as hot or sweet Italian sausage, Polish sausage, German sausage (knackwurst, weisswurst, bratwurst, bockwurst), Mediterranean merguez, andouille or chorizo. Popular toppings include tomato sauce, mustard, brown sauce, ketchup, steak sauce, peppers, onions, sauerkraut, chili, and salsa. A sausage sandwich may also be sold as a hot dog. ~ Bernard

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Water Village 30

Water village Brunei.

Cities on stilts
Precarious walkways
Life as we know it

From a distance the water village looks like a slum. It actually enjoys modern amenities including air conditioning, satellite television, Internet access, plumbing, and electricity. Some of the residents keep potted plants and chickens. The district has a unique architectural heritage of wooden homes with ornate interiors. ~ Bernard

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Yellow Tulips

Yellow Tulips.

The lamps are lit
Warm light shows the way
To the heart

With all of the sentiments and meanings of tulips, it's not surprising that their popularity continues to endure. The wide range of colors and varieties available allows them to be used for many occasions. In addition to being a favorite for cut flower arrangements, tulips can also be given as a potted plant. ~ Bernard

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Naga 2

Besides the fangs
I’ve many sharp teeth
To rend the faithless

Monday, May 23, 2016

Village on the water Brunei.

A hardscrabble life
To live on the river
Do I hear laughter?

World’s Steepest Street

Worlds Steepest St. Dunedin.

Charlie, we need a level
Either the street is
Or the roof is. See?

Baldwin Street is recognized by the Guinness Book of Records as the steepest street in the world. The street runs up the northern side of Signal Hill, a prominent hill overlooking Otago Harbour, at slopes of up to 1:2.86 (for 2.86m horizontal distance, a rise of 1m).

The steepness was unintentional; grids were laid out by surveyor Charles Kettle without proper regard for the terrain. Indeed some of the streets he intended were unable to be laid.

Unlike most New Zealand Streets, the street is surfaced in concrete not asphalt, as the tar would flow down the slope on a warm day as well as to provide a better grip in Dunedin's frosty winters. Stairs lead up the curb-side instead of a footpath.

There are a couple of annual events held at Baldwin street, one being the Jaffa Race at the annual Cadbury Chocolate Carnival, where 30,000 Giant Jaffas, hard orange candies with a chocolate centre, are rolled down the street. Each Jaffa is numbered, and sponsorship is sold by various local and nationwide beneficiaries who get to keep the money raised. At the bottom of Baldwin St the Jaffas are funneled into the finishing chute to decide the winners.

Another major event is the Baldwin Street Gutbuster, a race to the top and back down again. Around 1000 people compete in different categories, but the record hasn't been beaten in over a decade. Both locals and people from all over the world come to compete.

If that sounds too much, walk up in your own time. It takes about ten minutes, just to walk about 350 metres! But don't worry, there's a drinking fountain at the top. ~ Bernard

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Puzzling World

Puzzling World Wanaka NZ

Dare we enter
This topsy-turvy world
Adventure the day

Puzzling World features "The Great Maze," the first of the world's modern-style great mazes. It's two storeys high and has 1.5 km of confusing passages.
Puzzling World is full of ecentric buildings and puzzling rooms.
Puzzling World is great family entertainment with enough illusion rooms, mazes and puzzles to keep you occupied for a good part of a day! ~ Bernard

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Along the Canal

Along the canal Brunei.

Take down the umbrellas
Storm’s a brewin’ yonder
Headed this way

In Brunei the list of things to do includes trekking, lazing on the beach, and marvelling at the impressive architecture of various mosques and public edifices. Take a trip to the famous water village Kampung Ayer. Shoppers can shop for souvenirs at the busy local markets or head to Arts and Handicrafts centre at the airport. Delve into the variety of South Asia’s popular cuisines here as you soak in the tranquil ambience of this laidback country. ~ Bernard

Friday, May 20, 2016

Tulips 37


Yellow flames
Burst upon the stage
Of the heart

Although tulips are often associated with the Netherlands, commercial cultivation of the flower began in early Persia probably somewhere in the 10th century. Early cultivars must have emerged from hybridisation in gardens from wild collected plants, which were then favoured, possibly due to flower size or growth vigour. ~ Bernard

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Naga 1

Comes the one
Comes them all
Mara, I see you

Nagas guard the entrances of most temples. Nagas are a race of semi divine serpent creatures in Hindu and Buddhist mythology. ~ Karl

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

DJ Class Locomotive

DJ Class Locomotive. Dunedin Station. NZ

With boldness we move
Carrying your cargo
Under a guiding hand

Type and origin
Power type Diesel-electric
Builder Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Japan
Build date 1968 - 1969
UIC classification Bo-Bo-Bo
Gauge 3 ft 6 in (1,067 mm)
Length 14.1 metres (46 ft 3 in)
Axle load 10.66 tonnes (10.49 long tons; 11.75 short tons)
Weight on drivers 64.0 tonnes (63.0 long tons; 70.5 short tons)
Locomotive weight 64.0 tonnes (63.0 long tons; 70.5 short tons)
Prime mover Caterpillar D398
Engine RPM range 1300 rpm
Engine type V12 Diesel engine
Traction motors Six
Cylinders 12
Cylinder size 159 mm × 203 mm (6.3 in × 8.0 in)
Performance figures
Maximum speed 97 km/h (60 mph)
Power output 672 kW (901 hp)
Tractive effort 128 kN (29,000 lbf)
Number in class 64
Number(s) 1200 - 1263 (original)
3009 - 3689 (TMS)
Locale South Island
First run 1968 - 1969
Retired 1986 - 1991
Current owner Dunedin Railways (8)
Mainline Steam Heritage Trust (2)
Disposition 54 scrapped
9 preserved ~ Bernard

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

The Red Bicycle

The Red Bicycle.

We do not take
That which is not offered
For it is not ours

A bicycle, often called a bike or cycle, is a human-powered, pedal-driven, single-track vehicle, having two wheels attached to a frame, one behind the other. A bicycle rider is called a cyclist, or bicyclist.

Bicycles were introduced in the 19th century in Europe and, as of 2003, number more than a billion worldwide, twice as many as automobiles. They are the principal means of transportation in many regions. They also provide a popular form of recreation, and have been adapted for use as children's toys, general fitness, military and police applications, courier services, and bicycle racing.

The basic shape and configuration of a typical upright, or safety bicycle, has changed little since the first chain-driven model was developed around 1885. But many details have been improved, especially since the advent of modern materials and computer-aided design. These have allowed for a proliferation of specialized designs for many types of cycling.

The bicycle's invention has had an enormous effect on society, both in terms of culture and of advancing modern industrial methods. Several components that eventually played a key role in the development of the automobile were initially invented for use in the bicycle, including ball bearings, pneumatic tires, chain-driven sprockets, and tension-spoked wheels. ~ Bernard

Monday, May 16, 2016

Suburban Brunei

Suburban Brunei

Laundry day sights
Smells of cooking and mud flats
The sounds of noisy neighbors

The homes beside the mosque are in mostly rough condition. It is jarring to see such dilapidated wooden shacks so close to one of the most majestic modern buildings in Southeast Asia, down the road from the Guinness World Record holder of the largest palace in the world. ~ Bernard

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Tulips Plus

Tulips plus..

In soft light
The goblets glow
As yonder comes the dawn

Tulips originated in Turkey getting their name from the Turkish word "tulbend" which means turban. Tulips were thought to look like the turbans. (Hats that were worn in Turkey at that time.) I have always mistakenly associated the origin of Tulips with Holland. Tulips were introduced to Holland from Persia. ~ Bernard

Saturday, May 14, 2016


Elegant design
Skillful building
Obscure meaning

Kandal Province, Chinese design ~ Karl

Friday, May 13, 2016

UO Clocktower

University of Otago Clocktower. NZ

Muscular edifice
From Victorian times
It’s the style we know

The University of Otago Registry Building, also known as the Clocktower Building, is a Victorian and later structure in the city of Dunedin, New Zealand. It stands next to the banks of the Water of Leith and is constructed from contrasting dark Leith Valley basalt and Oamaru stone, with a foundation of Port Chalmers breccia. The building houses the administrative centre of the university, and the office of the Vice-Chancellor. It has a Category I listing with the New Zealand Historic Places Trust. ~ Bernard

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Doggie in the Window

How much is the doggie in the window?

Lambs and owls
Doggies and kitties
Which one to choose?

How much is that doggie
In the window
The one with the waggily tail
How much is that doggie
In the window
I do hope that doggie is for sale ~ Bernard

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

The Haves

The haves and the have nots.

Yon golden dome
Shining in the day
Calling to worship

The homes beside the mosque are in mostly rough condition. It is jarring to see such dilapidated wooden shacks so close to one of the most majestic modern buildings in Southeast Asia, down the road from the Guinness World Record holder of the largest palace in the world. ~ Bernard

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Bed of Tulips

Bed of Tulips.

Rise up from your bed
Awaken to the senses
Spread the joy of life

Monday, May 9, 2016


Ferocious guardian
Terrorizes the timid
At the gate of nirvana

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Mothers Day

The advent of your birth
Gave rise to this generation
And those yet to come

Photo Credit

God could not be everywhere, 

and therefore he made mothers.
 - Hebrew proverb

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Eagle Square

Eagle Square Langkawi.

Affixed to the nest
With spread wings
Ready to soar away

Also known as Eagle Square, Dataran Lang is one of Langkawi’s best known man made attractions, a large sculpture of an eagle poised to take flight. A sight that greets visitors to the island via ferry, the 12 metre-tall statue is one of the island’s most instantly recognizable monuments. ~ Bernard

Friday, May 6, 2016

Water Village

Water taxies Brunei.

Need a lift?
We’re ready and willing
To take you there

Brunei's water taxi links the Bandar Seri Begawan's waterfront to the wonderful water village of Kampung Ayer

These water taxis ply along the Brunei River and can easily be hailed from different docking points along the river banks. You should be prepared to negotiate on the fares. The water taxis resemble wooden speed boats. These water taxis can take you around the water village.

Speedboats are available for travelling to Temburong, a district of Brunei. These speedboats can easily be distinguished because of their blue colour. Travelling in one of the Brunei's water taxis is a unique experience, one of its kinds. ~ Bernard

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Pink Tulips 2

A pair of pink Tulips.

Red goblets
Filled with love
To you, my dear

Wednesday, May 4, 2016


Warrior women
Stand tall and ready
To do what needs doing

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Central Fire Station

Central Fire Station Dunedin  1930.

Proper symmetry
Red brick, white paint
Ready for inspection, Sir!

Corner of Castle and St Andrew Streets, Dunedin.
A functional building, incorporating a large garage of fire engines, residential quarters, offices, and a yard at the back, it opened on 21 July 1931, and housed the firemen and their families as well as fire engines and equipment. Until 1938 it also housed the St John Ambulance Assn's ambulance. This central station is a visual reminder of the history of the fire service in Dunedin, of the growth of Dunedin as a major city, and of the importance of fire as one of the major hazards to New Zealand communities. It carries a NZHPT Cat.2 listing. The greasy "fireman's pole" is still in place! The present Central Fire Station is the sixth main Dunedin Fire Station. The first three stations were situated on various sites in and around the Exchange area. The fourth station was in the Octagon, 1879-1911, and the fifth in Cumberland Street, 1911-1931. ~ Bernard

Monday, May 2, 2016

March of the Kiwi

"March of the Kiwi".

Horizontal, diagonal
25 little kiwis
Yet there’s always one

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Water Village 14

The water village Brunei.

Our humble abode
Stairway to heaven?
Laundry is drying

For 1300 years, people have inhabited the stilted water village of Kampong Ayer. Since that time, it has been dubbed the Venice of the East, but in many ways its bizarre water structures are in a league of their own outside of comparison to the classic Italian city.Today, Kampong Ayer is not only still standing, but it is blossoming. More than 30,000 people live in the city, bringing the total population to 10% of the entire country of Brunei. Although it is classified as one village, it is actually a cluster of 42 smaller villages, interconnected by 18 miles of foot bridges. Although the buildings sit atop stilts on the water's surface, the village has electricity and even air conditioning. ~ Bernard