Baroque era…

Baroque Era (1600-1700) – birth of the orchestra. Sounds of Baroque music remain iconic, poetic, ornate, emotive, enchanting. 

Defining attributes – origin of harpsichord, viola, emergence of modern harmony. Genius composers like Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Purcell, Monteverdi.

Religious music had an elaborate focus. Composers like PurcellHandel, Bach made brilliant, beautiful church music. Towering sacred Baroque canon – Bach’s St Matthew’s Passion, Handel’s Messiah.

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The Last Dance…

The Last Dance – American sports documentary miniseries co-produced by ESPN Films, Netflix. Series revolves around the career of legendary, charismatic NBA star Michael Jordan with laser focus on his last season with Chicago Bulls.

Series features exclusive footage from an all-access pass to the Bulls, intimate interviews of many NBA personalities including Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman, Steve Kerr, Phil Jackson.

The Last Dance – Netflix

An awesome experience, great for NBA & sports lovers. Watched it all in one go…

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Naturalness…

Pristine, peaceful walk in Singapore’s Orchid Gardens. Sometimes, forget we’re products of the natural world. As kids we’re perfectly attuned to nature. Jumping into muddy puddles, climbing mossy trees, diving into freshwater ponds. As years pass by, discover sights, sounds of the synthetic world. Momentarily dazzles but delightful memories of dirt, dust, naturalness remain. 

Orchid / Botanic Gardens

A belief re-enforced each time we’re rejuvenated by crisp air, warm sunlight, cool rain, gorgeous flowers. Awed by the magnificence, majesty, mystery of nature’s beauty. Re-discovering our natural world is incredibly inspiring. Simple wonders, wellness, whole-heartedness. Nature’s rhythm tells plants when to move outwards, when to go inwards. In touch with our rhythms, we connect with our own energy flows. Soaking in the exuberant, ethereal essence of our natural world.

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Mughlai cuisine…

Tranquil sleep…

Starting our day with a good night’s sleep feels good. Best essential oils for sleep.

– 10 Drops of Roman Chamomile
– 5 Drops Clary Sage
– 5 Drops Bergamot

Swirl 5-10 drops around:

  • Lavender
  • Valerian 
  • Sweet Marjoram
  • Roman Chamomile 
  • Bergamot
  • Vanilla

Inhale 5 drops of Vanilla, Clary SageJasmine, Rose Potpourri in the house promotes restful sleep. Add CedarwoodYlang Ylang to home diffusers 1 hour before bed, inhale rich aromas. Massage 10 drops of Geranium, Sandalwood on neck, shoulders, feet.

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Leaves…

Picking a lovely leaf off the ground, contemplating it as an object is inspiring. It’s shape, colour, the way it feels in the hand, delicate veins, stem that once held on to the branch of a tree. A miniature, mysterious work of natural art. One small but essential part of an eco-system that harnesses energy of the sun, plumbs depths of the ground. 

A leaf transforms elements of environment – sunlight, carbon-dioxide, rain into nourishment. This beautiful, weightless, humble, ephemeral piece of nature is a vital conduit to the branch, that is a conduit to the trunk, that is a conduit to the roots. 

Nature offers a clear demonstration of inter-dependence between all living things. Clouds that bring rain, sun that gives light, leaves that transform these into balanced, coherent sustenance. None could survive without being inter-related, integrated.

Our earth is home to a web of living things – inter-connected, inter-dependant.

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Hunger virus…

Coronavirus pandemic could kill more through hunger than the disease itself warns Oxfam. People in middle-income countries who were on the ‘bread-line’ are tipped over the edge. World Food Program estimates people experiencing crisis-level hunger will rise to 270 million in 2020, an 82% increase since 2019. 
Bleak scenario is outlined in Hunger Virus – Oxfam Report. Equates to almost 12,000 people dying per dayHunger hotspots – Afghanistan, Syria, Sudan, Yemen, Brazil, India where the situation is most severe. An estimated 122 million more people could be pushed to the brink of starvation due to declining aid, mass unemployment, disruption to food production & supplies. 
Please donate to help save lives: Help for the helpless – Covid-19 in India

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