Friday, December 4, 2009


This bird's eye-view shot of the Alhambra complex was taken on 25 Nov. The sky was a clear azure blue.

Technology has come a long way since 1975 when I made my first trip abroad. It's so convenient now to snap hundreds of holiday photos and upload them to your pc in a jiffy. I remember a time when we had to buy rolls of film - Kodak 100, 200, 400 - to slot into our camera. Each roll could take only 12, 24 or 36 pictures. Then we had to take the film to the photo shop (not the software program) to be processed into colour prints at 25-30 cents a piece.

Hey, we were still doing this only a few years ago!

Today I have nothing left to help me remember that maiden trip to India. The photos that I took then have either turned mouldy or lost all the colours. All that's left are hazy memories of my 'coming-of-age' holiday backpacking alone all across northern India and Nepal. What an adventure that was. If only I still had the photos to show my grandchildren!

Well, here are a few more random shots from my Spain vacation.

Hill slopes planted with rows upon rows of olive trees.

Ladies, be more sensible about the shoes you wear on a walking tour, or the excess weight you carry.

Would you believe our tour bus had to cut across the runway at the airport in Gibraltar?

Taxi drivers refer to their copy of the fares listed before they charge you. It's all standardized.

The trains are gleaming clean. Note the handle on the head-rest of the seat for a standing passenger to hold on to.

On the AirAsiaX flight back from London, I paid a whopping RM36 for a 350 ml bottle of mineral water and a meal consisting of some rice with chickpea curry, a few tiny mushrooms, a thin slice of red capsicum and three florets of broccoli that were steamed to a yellowish death.

Tomorrow it's over to Phuket for the weekend. More blue skies and blue seas. It'll be almost like the Costa del Sol in Spain all over again.


foodbin said...

the food does not look appealing.

seniorsaloud said...

You are right. But I ate all of it - too expensive to waste even one grain of rice or one chickpea. After that meal, I didn't want to order anything for my second meal. A tip: pre-order your meals when you book your flight. It's cheaper by 20%. I didn't do so for the return flight as I wanted to try other options. Lesson learned!

Starmandala said...

What a pro blogger you are! When was the last time we went on holiday together, my dear? Feeling a touch of nostalgia! xox

P.S. Analog photos and negatives can last more than 150 years in a cool, dry climate. Digital images stored on CDs or DVDs could theoretically last as long as 10-15 years, so you have to keep transferring to the latest media and backing up. Hypothetically, once an image is digitized it becomes imperishable - unless you accidentally delete it!

seniorsaloud said...

Thanks for the info. Will be making a trip to Magick River with the girls and the little ones come Christmas.

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