Same same but different again?

There was an article published on Business Insider titled “The 12 most absurd Soviet-era buildings that are still standing

The article talked about some bizarre and amazing-looking structures located in former communist countries of Europe and Central Asia that the architects have a free reign in their design. It was a “nothing interesting to read but this” moment for me when I click on the article and I was intrigued by some of the buildings built. They are quite a architectural feat considering that they are all built in mid 19th century – pre fall of the Berlin Wall.

I also spotted some buildings that looked suspiciously like some of the buildings in Singapore. Mainly these:

(Left) Building in Georgia originally housed the Ministry of Highways. Now occupied by the country's central bank. (Right) Interlace - Residential development designed by OMA
(Left) Building in Georgia originally housed the Ministry of Highways. Now occupied by the country’s central bank.
(Right) Interlace – Residential development designed by OMA
(Left) The enormous UFO-like spiritual home of the Bulgarian communist party stands on a peak in Buzludzha, a mountainous part of the country. (Right) Supreme Court Singapore. Designed by Norman Forster
(Left) The enormous UFO-like spiritual home of the Bulgarian communist party stands on a peak in Buzludzha, a mountainous part of the country.
(Right) Supreme Court Singapore. Government Building. Designed by Norman Forster
(Left) The Forum Hotel in Krakow, Poland. (Right) Holiday Inn Clarke Quay hotel  by RSP Architects
(Left) The Forum Hotel in Krakow, Poland.
(Right) Holiday Inn Clarke Quay hotel by RSP Architects

“Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery – celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: “It’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to.”

― Jim Jarmusch

I thought some of the buildings featured are really interesting. One of my personal favorite that I have yet to see in Singapore or in this region will be the one below, all rooms come with a view. Ha.

This resort in Ukraine combines two late Soviet architectural trends: Constructing things off the ground, and buildings that look slightly like UFOs.
This resort in Ukraine combines two late Soviet architectural trends: Constructing things off the ground, and buildings that look slightly like UFOs.
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Triathlon – Strike off the to-do list please.

I was never particularly active or sporty growing up – I attribute it partly to my quiet character and partly to the way my mother brought us up – emphasis on reading habits and academic.

My earliest recollection of anything vaguely sporty was learning to ride a bicycle. Instead of learning to cycle at East Coast Park, or any park or open space, I picked up my bicycle riding certification in my own house (a 4 room HDB flat!!!) living room attempting to cycle up and down with my training wheels taken off.

So never in my wildest imagination that I will be physically and mental be able to do a triathlon one day.

Last Sunday, while The Girl was napping, Elliott, Moon  and myself trooped down to the nearby park. I cycled around the neighbourhood with Moon running alongside and ended with Elliott doing the swimming segment of the triathlon. So there you go, with my two trusty sidekicks ,we cycled, ran and swam – the full triathlon.

Now I can strike it off my to-do list.

Triathlon

The swimmer refuelling for his gruelling swim later on
The swimmer refuelling for his gruelling swim later on
Swimmer doing his warm up
Swimmer doing his warm up

#StarWars

I was reading my usual morning paper when I spotted this photo.

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Indeed, it was a good reminder that it has been a while since the last Star Wars movie, so much so that even Stormtrooper was enjoying his break too much. Think he needed some exercise.

#Chewiewerehome  #StarWars