Day Eight~ February 8th~ Lebanon

I left a part of me on this old street

Have you ever experienced going back to a place you lived after years have passed? Have you gone through the stirring deep emotion that goes with such an experience?

This little street in a little village in North Lebanon holds so many life changing memories for me. It was along this street that I walked day after day alone but for my thoughts and a little stone I used to kick along the whole way from home to the little shop that sold anything, everything and my favorite 5 pennies ice cream cone; a 15 minute walk that took me more than an hour to complete. I remember walking along that road and letting my mind drift and dream in Arabic save for a single word that kept resonating in my mind strangely in English: ‘determined’!

It remains one of those mysteries of life, unexplained, strange and precious…

walking back into the past~ photo by Shouly Khair

Day Two Hundred Seventy One, October 20, 2011

sampling the merchandise

Go to any Ikea store in China and you are guaranteed to find at least 10 people (I have once counted over 50 people) sleeping, lounging, chilling with shoes off, reading books, listening to music, on the sample furniture. They appear to come for their lunch breaks and just really shut down and take a rest ignoring all the noise of shoppers around them. I am still not sure how to process this behavior, but at the moment all I can say is that I wish I was that free 🙂

photo taken: man fast asleep, he wouldn’t have woken up if you sat on him, in the newly opened giant Ikea shop in Pudong, rumored to be largest in all Asia.

Day Sixty Two, March 25, 2011

The Barbie invasion

Shanghai is glitzy, shiny city that loves its sparkle, and ever since Barbie showed up with its huge flagship store on Huai Hai Lu, the Barbies are everywhere!

It is a Barbie revolution and they are winning. Hello Kitty has no choice but to step aside and give in to the Barbie street revolts.

I was at toys r us today and sure enough the Barbies were there taking up the main parts of the toy empire, armed with their flashy pink and their attack dogs.

I am amazed at the Barbie culture because Lea has never played with them, has had nothing to do with them whatsoever and would prefer a Luke Skywalker toy any day 🙂

Ok, so a silly post for today…

Day Forty One, March 4, 2011

film man and his cat

I walked and walked and walked today. I love walking the streets of Shanghai on sunny winter days taking in the alleys, the laundry hanging in the street, the meat drying in the winter sun next to people’s undergarments, the locals sunning on the curb on their lounge chairs, the board games, the millions of bicycles, the street food stalls, the workers… all of it.

Today I took so many shots and saw so many smiling faces and then I saw the odd dramatic face like that of film man and his cat who stared me down but not before the moment was captured.