I welcome Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge for this week: In One Colour, as long as it is not black and white. The subtitle of my entry is: “All that glitters is not gold”. This is a visual illusion of gold coins showering from the sky in a show in a Macau casino. See how excited the audience is trying to catch them!
I took this picture when I was in Macau: the cycle rickshaw man lit his cigarette and he looked so relaxed in his cart. “How carefree, ” I thought.
So for this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge, I look through my photo album to find this image to share with you. Hope you are enjoying some carefree moments too.
There is an intrinsic beauty to circles and curves that I like. They also lend themselves to architectural designs throughout the ages. The most famous of those, in my opinion, is the Sydney Opera House, which essentially is a dissection of a sphere (a 3-D circle) and a re-arrangement the segments by its architect Jorn Utzon (see Footnotes below). Because of its curvature, I find it aesthetically more appealing than designs focusing on straight angles.
Since an arc is also part of a circle, there are so many examples of arc forms, and I just love the Gothic and neo-Gothic designs.
Moving closer to modern day designs, the spiral staircase inside the Louvre is a surprise element in the midst of sharp angles one encounter inside and outside the museum. The arcs of the glass ceiling also soften the lines of the overall architecture of the place.
Finally, I want to add this pretty paved walk in Macau, because it blends in so seamlessly with the architecture of the Portuguese style houses in this neighbourhood built during the time of colonization, now preserved as a cultural heritage site.
John Utzon writes,” After three years of intensive search for the a basic geometry for the front complex I arrived in October 1967 at the spherical solution shown here. I call this the “key to my shell” because it solves all the problems of construction by opening up for mass construction, precision in manufacturing and simple erection and with this geometrical system I attain fair harmony between all the shapes in this fantastic complex.”
Macau, a Special Administrative Region in southern China, was a Portuguese colony until from about the mid-16th century to 1999. Portuguese presence left a significant influence on what is known as Macanese cuisine, the local cuisine. Most characteristic is the use of spices. Popular cooking methods are roasting, grilling and baking. Just as seafood is famous in Portugal, Macanese cuisine also uses seafood a lot in its ingredients.
I spent a day in Macau on my recent visit to Asia and our group went to Restaurante Litoral. The setting was traditional, with wooden gabled ceiling and greenery on the wall. Decor was mainly artifacts from Portugal.
All of us like the vegetable soup. It came with warm, crusty garlic bread.
We also ordered the plate of clams, which arrived aromatic, spicy and fresh.
The baked stuffed crab had a lot of crab meat inside. It was flavorful and the salad was a great complement.
The baked duck rice was very delicious. Morsels of duck meat were embedded in the rice, topped with bacon and sausages and baked until the rice was cooked. It was the most tasty dish on that day.
The braised ox tail and the African chicken were also tasty, but they were too similar in taste.
In fact, I found the gravy of the African chicken too overwhelming. Our group also wondered why our previous experience of African chicken in another Macau restaurant was a grilled dish, hence the name African chicken.
On the other hand, the roast lamb was done to perfection. Tender and tasted delicate.
It was overall a hearty meal, and we had some authentic Macanese cuisine. Service was good and I gave this experience a three-and-a-half out of five.
Restaurante Litoral, ruo do Almarate, 261A, Macau