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Orchid Photo Week: Rosy

Photo Week “Beauties at Changi Airport Singapore” #5:

So for today, I’ve chosen this rose-coloured orchid. It’s a rather simple one compared to the other we’ve seen but I just really love its simplicity. I’m also somewhat satisfied with the angle I’ve chosen to take this photo and the way it presents the inside of the orchid. As you may have realised by now, I’m a great friend of close-ups and I’m quite happy that I managed to capture the tiny dots on the inside (considering I’m total amateur).

Oh and yeah, I know, I’ve missed out on a couple of days again – I’m sorry! But I’ve been away travelling with my family during the day and working like a mad woman (I mean “mad” as in “mad-because-I-haven’t-got-enough-sleep-the-past-weeks-but-I’ll-still-try-to-scribble-down-something-for-my-final-paper) at night. So… forgive me?

As always an alternate version will be found here.

Orchid Photo Week: Pale

Photo Week “Beauties at Changi Airport Singapore” #3:

Sorry guys, no comment today – I’m way too tired from writing on my final paper (I’ve been deleting and rewriting parts all day long… if any of you have got any tips against writer’s block – I’d be extremely thankful!) but there’s an alternate version to this which will be posted on my photo blog.

Orchid Photo Week: Diva

Photo Week “Beauties at Changi Airport Singapore” #2:

As I post the photos in chronological order, so in the exact order that I shot them, this beauty here would be the second one.  And a quite special one at that. I had never seen such a wildcat-like orchid until then! Somehow, with all her purple colourings and these leopard (or is it cheetah?) dots she reminds me of some Hollywood diva outfit…

Orchid Photo Week: Radiating

Photo Week “Beauties at Changi Airport Singapore” #1:

Oh, I guess it’s really been too long since I’ve set up a Photo Week that I even had to go through my earlier post to look what my previous layouts had been! But as you see, the Photo Week has started as of today and I think this time it will even be longer than a week. See, I only edit two or three photos per day and I haven’t counted them yet… so, we’ll see how that goes. All the same, I’m quite excited to be back on track and wanted to apologize shortly for not having updated sooner but my last school year is really taking a toll on me! (Writing final papers is really frustrating.)

As for the photo above, I’ve taken it, as the name of this series already says, at Changi Airport in Singapore where they had some plants exhibitions this summer (there were also a cactus exhibition, a sunflower exhibition and a few more). Since my mother is such an orchid lover we decided to visit that one while we were waiting for our flight to Surabaya and I got quite occupied with taking pictures of them! There were just so many different species and I don’t think I’ve captured them all (even after about 50 different takes from 30 different angles) because they were all around the famous fish pond. This lovely orange orchid above (I’m sorry but I forgot to get their names) was the first I’ve taken a photo of and I absolutely love its colours and tiny dots. What do you think? Some orchid lovers among you, as well?



PS: Did you see that I got myself a new logo? Everything tagged with ©boredmaiden is still my work, just to make that clear (the previous logo font belonged to a program that I no longer have, sadly)


a trip to lucerne, part 2: falling in love with lake lucerne

Sometimes I get really frustrated that there isn’t any sea surrounding Switzerland. Instead all we have are lakes. Lakes and mountains and forests – quite a lot different landscapes in one country if you ask me – but of course it’d be much nicer if we had a sea (Canada for example? They’ve got it all. Lucky Canadians.) with its fresh and salty sea air, the various sea living animals, the possibility to sail away and not seeing land on the other side even before you take off.

But that day, when we ran from the cog railway to the ship station in Alpnachstad, I got really exited. I think I’ve never went shipping on the Lake Lucerne before and therefore I was quite curious.

Let me tell  you that being on this lake, makes you forget all your dreams about a sea (well… almost forget). We went on board of the MS Unterwalden, which is a quite nice ship and stayed the one and a half hour there until we reached Lucerne. And the landscape around the sea? Beautiful. Sadly, the weather always changed from sunny to cloudy so I didn’t get as much nice photos as I intended.

But I also think that in the end the photographing didn’t matter much anymore but just enjoying the ride on our ship. It has something relaxing to it, letting your hair sway in the wind and listening to the sound of the waves and watching the seamen’s work: I felt really free at that moment – free and relaxed and happy and content. Is there anything more I could wish for? No, of course. Right there I decided that this lake would be my favourite Swiss lake ever (and I read in a newspaper that Swiss people mostly visit the Lake Lucerne) and actually, come to think of it, probably my favourite lake in the whole wide world ever.

 On board of the MS Unterwalden.

I love the orange-blue contrasts on this ship!

On the flag: the emblem of the Canton of Nidwalden & Obwalden.

The city of Lucerne seen from our ship…

… and again.

More information on Lake Lucerne here and alternate versions of the shots above will be posted this week on breaking out of the golden cage.
See you soon!

taking a break

Hi guys!

At the moment I’m on a journey to Berlin & Heidelberg! I’m sorry I won’t be able to write a real post for this week so I leave you with my three shots of Berlin 2011 (today’s the last the day in Berlin – we’ll be off tomorrow to Heidelberg): they’re unedited – the edited versions will be posted on breaking out of the golden cage soon.

Hope you enjoy!


Weekly Photo Challenge: Water

These are shots of the Tanah Lot Bay my dad & I made 2 years ago, when our family went on vacation to Bali. It was the most amazing summer I’ve ever had and I was so happy that this week’s photo challenge was about water, so I could reminisce in old memories back from that time.
And yeah, I know, it’s about water & water’s blue, but I “re-discovered” b/w photos and just couldn’t resist to edit these photos here…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Red

Hi guys!

I’m still attending my home economics course and on the weekends (when I’m home) I’m busy seeing family & friends and organizing stuff I couldn’t during the weekdays. So, I’m sorry that in the near future Weekly Photo Challenges will have to suffice.

Here again a teaser for my Hungary trip report (and the only photo I found with a significant red on it):

Weekly Photo Challenge: Wildlife


I’ve just been back from my Hungary trip of 8 days. First 2 days Budapest, then 5 days near Lake Balaton and finally 1 day in Budapest again. During traveling I made plans for a report from my trip, but due to my lack of time in the near future, I won’t be able to post it right away, I’m afraid. As a “teaser” for my report I brought you these shots of the Hungarian “wildlife” we saw:

Berlin, Berlin

When people ask me what my favourite city is, my answer’s most likely to be Berlin, nowadays. I’ve only been there once, last summer, but this one time was enough to make me fall in love with this gorgeous city. I went there with my family and we didn’t expect too much, we thought “Berlin’s surely cool, but of course it’d be much more exciting to go to Vienna or something like that.” We were wrong. The moment we arrived there and stepped out of the train, we were amazed – just by the sight of the train station; with its great class constructions and how they arranged the escalators (I can’t describe it to you, the architecture’s just too cool.) this train station reminded me a bit of Bern’s but it’s just a lot, a whole lot, bigger.

To get to our hotel we had to take the urban railway, which I consider as one of the best I’ve got to know so far. It’s modern, clean and well-arranged and I also especially like the old stations (as you saw in the WeeklyPhotoChallenge post). But the new ones are also not bad:

I like Berlin’s traffic very much anyway. Although I don’t like cars that much (because they’re not eco-friendly), I was quite impressed at the 10-lane streets I found in front of our hotel. And although Berlin’s really a big city, most of the people there still ride bikes, which I think is very cool. Everywhere I went there would be people with their bikes, and there are also city-trips for tourists by bike.

There are 2 places I liked best; the first one is the Tiergarten, Berlin’s city park, which is located in the center of the city (actually like the Central Park in NY) and became one of my favourite parks ever. It’s huge and you could just wander (literally wander) in there for hours and still won’t get enough; there are so many ways you can choose and little paths you’d discover by accident. Because my father and me once got on such a path, we discovered these cute little bunnies, which just live there on their own (at least, that’s what it seems like):

The second place I like best is the Berliner Trödelmarkt. I’ve already made a remark about it in my post about my owl-collection because it was on these market that I bought my owl-chain. I love this market over all. There would be accessories and clothes of course, but also antique sofas and doorknobs (weird!) and buttons and food. But Berlin has not only this flea market, but so many more; we went to the arts market as well (near the DHM museum, the German History Museum).

Generally speaking, shopping in Berlin’s pretty great. Next to the flea markets, there are also the shopping areas – the most famous of course around the Kurfürstendamm (also Ku’damm). But there are also other areas, for example around Hackeschermarkt, which is the place for young indie labels and rather smaller shops; or also around Friedrichstrasse (more luxurious stuff).

near Ku’damm; the left building’s called lipstick, the right one called powder box among citizens

Now, what’s left? I’m sure you all have heard of Berlin’s sightseeing, so there’s no need to tell you what belongs to it. Instead, a few photos:

The famous Brandenburger Tor by night; it’s hard to get a good shot with all the tourist around you (there was even a group of tourist singing loudly “Hey, Soul Sister”)

Also famous: Berlin’s television tower at Alexanderplatz. As you see it wasn’t very good weather; that’s the reason why we weren’t on top and why I can’t show you stunning top view photos of Berlin. Instead photos of the fountain on Alexanderplatz:

Checkpoint Charlie; maybe it’s because I know what happened there, but the place seems a bit cold (in spite of the many tourists posing with “fake” officers) and the old buildings show that in spite of the length of time that has passed since WWII the history of this place will never be forgotten…
Within spitting distance a very cool and modern museum… the Currywurst Museum!

First I was skeptical because of the very red, spicy sauce but Berlin’s most famous dish is really delicious!

One day we also took a boat trip on Berlin’s river, the Spree; definitely something you should try out as well. We took a route that took us mostly to the government district; we see a mix of old and new buildings. The best example for that is probably the Reichstag itself with the main building in neorenaissance style but with a modern dome.

The boat trip started at the Museum’s Island (Berlin has actually an island in the city). A reason why Berlin reminds me of Venice and Amsterdam as well, is the amount of bridges it has – Berlin’s got 2100 bridges, actually.

a bit of “Swissness”!

the Bundeskanzleramt (Federal Chancellery) in Berlin

All in all, as you see in the photos, it’s the variety of Berlin, that makes me like this city so much. Wherever you go, you’ll see past or present of future – it’s all there in this city, all mixed up in a very artistic, inspiring, unique way – Berlin’s way.

Songs about Berlin I found on my iPod:

Kreuzberg – Bloc Party
In Berlin – Sugarplum Fairy
Berlin – Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

ps: I’m sorry for the delay! I had a better, original draft of this post, but somewhere in the middle I got a writer’s block and gave up. This version is, I know, not a very good one, but I promised you one and I don’t like to break promises (in this case, actually I already broke it, grr…). Unless I’m not being caught between ironing clothes and taking care of a visa the next few weeks I’m going to correct this one for you, ok?

pps: These photos are not all of my own. My father did most of them.