One of our neighbours in Auckland is a Korean Buddhist temple. The two female monks working there speaks little english. I speak no Korean. We communicate through food.
Mother trees colonize their kin with bigger mycorrhizal networks. They send them more carbon below ground. They even reduce their own root competition to make elbow room for their kids. When Mother Trees are injured or dying, they also send messages of wisdom on to the next generation of seedlings.
Like a bird that has escaped from a snare. It won’t itself be caught again. A Maori saying applied to a man who had escaped from general slaughter in a war situation. Today this saying could well be used for someone who resists being trapped by the snare of consumerism.
Untouched by the city's bustle and the traffic's heavy noise,
On a hill in the middle of the noise are the strangest joys.
Silence, missing from our life, exaggerates today's demands,
Here, where mother nature opens her house for rich and poor.
It was February, 1998. Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore's iconic leader, was quoted as saying that financial markets were "disturbed" by the criteria used for selecting a vice president by President Suharto of Indonesia. His judgement indirectly pointed at B.J. Habibie, who according to a close aide was "hurt" by the comment.
Later that year, after B.J. Habibie became President himself, he was interviewed by The Wall Street Journal.
Gesturing across the wood-paneled office, he points to a relief map of Indonesia and the surrounding region mounted on the far wall. "It's OK with me, but there are 211 million people [in Indonesia]," he says. "Look at that map. All the green [area] is Indonesia. And that red dot is Singapore. Look at that." President B.J. Habibie of Indonesia
No gun was ever fired. Since this duel of words, the "little red dot" has become embraced by Singapore and is today used as a loving nickname of the city-state.
This work is made up by the native Indonesia's cherry called Flacourtia inermis (Rukam Masam) which has been used extensively as a roadside and park tree in Singapore. These cherries are picked from the grounds of Istana Park, Orchard Road.
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Size: 188 cm x 124 cm
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