Monday, November 03, 2008

...from both sides now

The first thing that struck me when I stepped out of the tube station at South Ealing was the sky. "The Simpsons..." tune kept playing in my head everytime I looked up. After several comments about how wonderful the sky was, my brother simply stated, "But it's the same sky in Malaysia."

Skyscape, somewhere in England.

Skyscape, somewhere in Malaysia.

My brother's statement reminded me of the time I had spent with S'ya Mang Sian & S'yama Ning when they came over to Malaysia sometime in August.
It was S'yama Ning's first time outside Myanmar and I had asked her what her observations were of our country. One of the comments she made in Burmese made me laugh - that the Malaysian sun is so bright and hot! The couple laughed at my reply (in broken burmese): "Malasia-yeh-nei neh Myanmar-yeh-nei atudu naw?" "The Malaysia sun and the Myanmar sun is the same sun, isn't it?"

Sunrise at Bagan, Myanmar.

Sunset at Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia.

Gives one pause doesn't it? --realizing how we can perceive something as a totally separate entity when we look at it from different angles.

It also just dawned on me that it's been a year since my 2-week trip to Myanmar when we had an extended time with this wonderful couple of great faith. =) hahahh - we had an interesting exchange of sorts - they looked after us on our crazy cross-shaped journey across Myanmar while we taught them how to feel comfortable on camera!

S'ya Mang Sian & S'yama En Ning.

Our 2nd week route minus Sagaing & Pindaya Caves.

Shots from the Goh & Lam DSLRs of the various modes of tranportation we took.

Later: Shots of the land and people of Myanmar. (Post-2007-monk-uprising period)

Of course, a lot more has happened in Myanmar since then. Below is a video I edited a few months back to help in raising funds under the Myanmar Christian Coalition for Cyclone Relief (MCCCR).

"I've looked at clouds from both sides now
From up and down and still somehow
It's cloud illusions I recall
I really don't know clouds at all."
- Joni Mitchell

Skyscape, Bagan.

Skyscape, London.

Yet He gave a command to the skies above and opened the doors of the heaven; He rained down manna for the people to eat, He gave them the grain of heaven. (Psalm 78:23-24)


YC said...

you are a true and through visual and verbal artist! the pics are awesome, and that stanza by joni mitchell... it just lingers...

mah super buddy!