Posts Tagged ‘greetings’

Happy New Year 2015

Friday, January 1st, 2016

A new dawn to a new day. A new year for a new beginning.

I hope this sunrise is symbolic of the hope that the new year brings to those looking for a new beginning in their lives. Taken handheld using a Nikon D750 with AF-S Nikkor 24-120mm f/4G ED VR lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

I hope this sunrise is symbolic of the hope that the new year brings to those looking for a new beginning in their lives. Taken handheld using a Nikon D750 with AF-S Nikkor 24-120mm f/4G ED VR lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

Here’s wishing everyone a fantastic 2016, a new year that will bring new aspirations and immense fulfillment.

About the photo

Snapped this shot while strolling on the beach in Thailand a few weeks ago in pre-dawn darkness.

It was a rare shot for me in that the horizon was clear of the usual haze and layer of clouds so the rising sun could be seen emerging from the horizon itself.

It was breathtaking how the nascent sun lit up the sky with golden and red hues as it tore itself from the horizon.

Holiday greetings: Good Friday 2015

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

Good Friday commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ at Calvary. It is a religious holiday observed primarily by Christians, and is a public holiday in many countries, including Singapore.

We were trekking from the Salzburg Fortress to the Nonnberg Abbey one evening on vacation when we came upon these beautiful altarpieces set into the rock surface of the hill upon which the fortress was built. It even had a shelter above it to protect it from the elements. Photo taken with a Sony A7 with 24-70mm lens. Photo credit: John Tan, 2014.

We were trekking from the Salzburg Fortress to the Nonnberg Abbey one evening on vacation when we came upon these beautiful altarpieces set into the rock surface of the hill upon which the fortress was built. There was even a shelter built above the altarpieces to protect them from the elements. Photo taken with a Sony A7 with 24-70mm lens. Photo credit: John Tan, 2014.

The year of the crucifixion is estimated to have occurred in AD 33.

Here’s wishing our Christian friends a peaceful and reflective Easter Weekend.

POTD: Happy New Year 2015

Thursday, January 1st, 2015

A new day … in a new year … has begun …

A little wild yellow flower in the old city of Jakobstad (also known as Pietarsaari in Finnish) on the coast of Finland. Taken with a Nikon D600 with 24-120mm lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

A little wild yellow flower in the old city of Jakobstad (also known as Pietarsaari in Finnish) on the coast of Finland. June 2011. Taken with a Nikon D600 with 24-120mm lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

Here’s wishing everyone a fantastic year ahead in 2015.

Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 25th, 2014

Here’s wishing everyone who celebrates Christmas a very Happy Christmas!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

This photo was taken with a Sony α7 II full-frame ILCE camera, and FE 70-200mm F4 G OSS Full-frame E-mount Zoom Lens (SEL70200G).

POTD: Happy New Year 2014

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

I was just chatting with an Indian friend who works for an MNC yesterday and I remarked that New Year’s Day must be the most prolifically declared public holiday in the world – even more so than Christmas Day.

As we step into the first day of 2014, here's wishing everyone a great year ahead! Taken with a Nikon D600 with 24-120mm lens, at Suomenlinna, Finland.

As we step into the first day of 2014, here’s wishing everyone a great year ahead! Taken with a Nikon D600 with 24-120mm lens, at Suomenlinna, Finland.

He agreed but duly informed me that in India, it was not a public holiday since the country observes the New Year at different times of the year, depending on the local calendar.

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POTD: Greetings from Santa Claus – Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 25th, 2013

Merry Christmas to all who celebrates X’mas!

Santa had a chat with Justin on his lap when we visited his

Santa had a chat with Justin on his lap when we visited his “hometown” in Rovaniemi over Summer. He gave Justin this little toy at the end of the chat and it’s become one of Justin’s most prized possessions.

This is a little toy car that Santa gave to Justin when we visited Santa in Rovaniemi, Finland during Summer.

Now it’s the children’s most cherished ornament on our little Christmas tree at home.

POTD: Selamat Hari Raya Haji

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

Here’s wishing all Muslim friends: “Selamat Hari Raya Haji”!

Masjid Sultan, or Sultan Mosque, in the Kampong Glam district of Singapore. Shot handheld at f/1.8, 1/100 sec, ISO800. Photo taken with a Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II compact camera. Photo credit: John Tan.

Masjid Sultan, or Sultan Mosque, in the Kampong Glam district of Singapore. Shot handheld at f/1.8, 1/100 sec, ISO800. Photo taken with a Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II compact camera. Photo credit: John Tan.

It’s Hari Raya Haji. The festival is also known as Eid al-Adha in Arabic, which means Feast/Festival of the Sacrifice.

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Have a restful but reflective Labour Day

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

“International Workers’ Day (also known as May Day) is a celebration of the international labour movement. May 1 is a national holiday in more than 80 countries and celebrated unofficially in many other countries.” – Wikipedia.

What is the origin of the Labour Day?

What is the origin of the Labour Day?

In Singapore, today is celebrated as Labour Day and it is a public holiday.

As we take a break from the workplace, let’s take a moment to reflect on the sacrifice to those that had come before us to fight for the rights that we now enjoy as basic entitlements.

According to Wikipedia, International Workers’ Day is the commemoration of the 1886 Haymarket affair in Chicago.

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Happy Christmas!

Tuesday, December 25th, 2012

Here’s wishing everyone a Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

I hope everybody has had a fabulous 2012.

 

Selamat Hari Raya Haji

Friday, October 26th, 2012

It’s Hari Raya Haji (or Eid al-Adha) today.

Here's wishing all Muslims "Selamat Hari Raya Haji".

Here’s wishing all Muslims “Selamat Hari Raya Haji”.

Here’s wishing all Muslims “Selamat Hari Raya Haji”!