Saturday, December 26, 2009

Twelve (This week's Photo Hunt theme)

Seeing as tnchick, the woman behind the Photo Hunt, is a Christian living in a predominantly Christian land, I don't think it purely coincidental that the inspired meme's theme this week is one that brings to mind the twelve days of Christmas (the song as well as festive period), Jesus' twelve apostles and such like.

As far as I am concerned though, this time of the year is less imbued with religious significance per se and more notable for it being spent with the family as well as on holiday -- and this is what my choice of photo for this blog entry is about. More specifically, the twelve pieces of footwear on view belong to my parents, my two siblings, one of my siblings' long time (more than twelve years, in fact!) significant other and myself.

Usually, the wearers of these six pairs of footwear are to be found in four different territories on three different continents. But for this festive period (and the first time in about four years), we're spending some -- though, actually, fewer than twelve -- nights under the same roof as well as a single part of the world. And hoping to have a generally good time while doing so! ;b


Anonymous said...

What a great family portrait! Clever and sweet. :)

YTSL said...

Hi duriandave --

Thanks for appreciating! :)

gengen said...

this is a great idea of the them good choice. Mine is up too.

Horsoon said...

A very crfeative post of 'Twelve' I'd say :)

You back in Msia for the holidays? Merry X'mas to u!

Eden said...

Wow, how original is that take on the theme! It is always great times for families or friends to get together!

Mine is up too, right here;

ipanema said...

now i see what you mean...very good idea indeed!

Colin Campbell said...

Great memories of our time in Singapore. Hope you have a lovely time.

YTSL said...

Hi gengen --

Thanks -- and yes, I did pay a return visit to your blog.

Hi Horsoon --

Thanks -- and yes, I'm (temporarily) back in Malaysia! Hope you're having good hols too. :)

Hi Eden --

Thanks for appreciating my efforts at creativity. :)

Hi Ipanema --

Glad you see what I mean. ;b

Hi Colin --

Singapore? Er... I'm actually north of the causeway! ;(

Carin said...

Oh how nice to have your family close to you! Enjoy! Great entry those twelve shoes. Funny you mentioned the song: The twelve days of Christmas for that's what my entry is about!

Irene said...

Great take. Thanks for dropping by. Happy new year in advance!

RJ Flamingo said...

Very creative and charming rendering of the theme! :-)

I actually posted! And I wish you a very Happy New Year!

Carver said...

What a creative idea for the theme. I hope that you and your family had a wonderful holiday and New Year to come.

A. said...

Hi, YTSL, I do hope you are having a great time with family. A perfect way to illustrate both the theme and the family. :)

YTSL said...

Hi Carin --

The twelve days of Christmas song is one that seems well known throughout much of the world -- seeing as it's English, you're Dutch and me Malaysian! ;O

Hi Irene --

Thanks and heheh re looking ahead to 2010 already but, yeah, it really isn't far away, is it?! :b

Hi RJ Flamingo --

Thanks and hooray re your also taking part in this week's Photo Hunt. For a while there, was wondering whether the number would reach 12... ;S

Hi Carver --

Thanks for the compliments and good wishes. And here's wishing you a happy new year too! :)

Hi A. --

Having a relaxing time. It takes me a while to get into a relaxed frame of mind post leaving Hong Kong but being in Penang helps in that regard! :)

Scott Law said...

Very Clever take! Guess we have to bypass tnchick this week, but I knew you'd have one up. Nice job on it.

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

~ and a partridge in a pear tree.

Annie said...

Very cool shot. I love your take on the holiday and on this theme. Hope you have a wonderful time with your family!

Kim said...

What a cute picture...great idea!! Mine is up too...not quite as creative though.

Lissa said...

they're so neatly arranged, I suppose you did that for the shot? I guessing yours is one of the sneakers

happy holidays!

Glennis said...

An unusual and nice way of showing your Christmas spirit, its so lovely you have family from so far away at your home to celebrate together. Have a great time over the festive season.

Anonymous said...

Nice take.

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YTSL said...

Hi Bull Rhino --

Yeah, last time I checked, tnchick looks to have been too busy to put up an entry herself. Thank goodness for her 2009 themes list -- and hope she'll assemble a 2010 one before 2010 comes along! ;S

Hi Sandi --

Only if I can eat them! ;b

Hi Annie --

Thank you and so far, not bad -- with highlights including games of mahjong with my mother and siblings! :)

Hi Kim --

Actually, thought your entry was pretty creative too! :)

Hi Lissa --

Yep, I arranged them for the shot... and sorry, you guessed wrong -- close but no cigar! :D

Hi Glennis --

Thank you -- and more than by the way, went and checked out your blogs, notably that for Langkawi. Glad you had such a great holiday in Malaysia! :)

Hi Azahar --


Hi sbk --

Glad you think so! :)

CRIZ LAI said...

Hmm... six pairs of shoes from the different generation. Cool!

Happy New Year!
May the New Year brings more happiness, health & wealth for you & your family. :)

Lisa said...

wonderfully creative display of this week's theme. Like you, my family is scattered about . . . unlike you, not so many territories are represented. :-)

hcpen said...

Wow, how meaningful! Which territories are they (besides malaysia and hk)??
PS: That's the exact same situation as me n my family..4 territories, 2 in Asia and 2 in the West..hehe..

Jason said...

This is a great travel blog you have here. I have one myself which I hope to be a top resource for those looking to travel. We have a lot to cover and not that much time to do it. I was wondering if we could exchange links to help spread some traffic around. Please let me know if this is possible.


Marites said...

I like your take on this week's theme. it's actually poignantly sweet. It's really good that you all were able to get together for this holiday. May you have more blessings and get-togethers like this in the future. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

YTSL said...

Hi Criz Lai --

Thanks -- and happy new year in advance to you too! :)

Hi Lisa --

Seems like many people have families which are scattered about quite a bit these days... and even more so with regards to friends.

Hi hcpen --

The two other territories are Britain and Australia -- I wonder: is that the case with you? ;b

Hi Jason --

Thanks for visiting but mine is not a travel blog. Also, I had a look at your blog and sorry but I think I'll pass on exchanging links -- at least for now with your blog having the content it currently does.

Hi Marites --

To be honest, I think it's pretty cool that my siblings and I are able to lead the lives we chose in the territories of our choice. It'd be nice if it could be in our home country but, at the same time, it's also nice that we've managed to feel at home in other parts of the world. But yes, it's nice to be together every once in a while. :)

Gattina said...

I never thought about the meaning of 12 in religion. For me too Christmas is rather a family get together and have fun if it's possible, lol ! this time it was !
Thanks for your Christmas wishes.

YTSL said...

Hi Gattina --

Good to know you had fun in Christmas. Hope you plenty of fun times in 2010 too. :)

hcpen said...

YTSL: Yes! wow..what a coincidence..malaysia, britain, australia,and even the last one, may be exactly the same depending on one's definition of 'China'..

YTSL said...

Hi again hcpen --

Don't think it's entirely coincidental -- rather, it's characteristic of a certain segment of the Chinese diasporic family. (OTOH, if you were a Hong Konger, would be more inclined to think that you'd have relatives in Canada than Australia -- Clara Law and such notwithstanding! ;b)

Anonymous said...

Fairly new to Photo Hunt, but I think your picture is very creative and does tell what Christmas is really all and family.

YTSL said...

Hi src --

Thanks for your kind comments. Re family: it's strange how we can belong to a group connected to one another by blood and yet often be so different in personality -- something that really hit home after spending more time with my family -- and when looking at the different shoewear of choice as shown in the photo! ;b