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City light of Singapore

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Marina Bayfront at night

 

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Posted by on August 20, 2011 in Canada, photography, travel

 

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High Park, Toronto, Spring 2011

According to the official City of Toronto website ,  over one million visitors annually come to high park. High Park is the jewel of Toronto’s park system. The park, over one-third of which remains in a natural state, is home to many species of wildlife, including birds, fish and animals. Recognized as one of the most significant natural sites within the City of Toronto, the park contains an outstanding concentration of rare plant species. The park offers many popular attractions as well as activities for visitors to enjoy.

High Park’s 399 acres in the middle of Toronto is an excellent getaway for young and old people equally. There are many designated children’s playgrounds, sports facilities, 18 picnic areas, hiking trails, large green spaces, waterfront trails, benches galore and the list goes on and on.

High Park attracts many visitors in the spring to admire the beautiful cherry blossoms, and May is the best time to see the cherry trees in full bloom: Most of the Sakura cherry trees are located around Hillside Gardens and there are a few by the Duck Pond as well.

Sakura trees also known as cherry blossom trees are known for their elegance and beauty. Unfortunately they are also known for their short blooming periods. Approximately one week after the first blossoms appear, ‘kaika’, ‘full bloom’ or ‘mankai’ is achieved.

photograph by Michael Gunawan

photograph by Michael Gunawan

photograph by Michael Gunawan

 
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Posted by on July 16, 2011 in Canada, Flower, nature, photography, travel

 

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Gardens of Casa Loma Part 4 of 4

Photograph by Michael Gunawan

The garden of Casa Loma, one of the most stunning parts of the building, portrays a wide variety of specialty garden areas in a unique and balanced setting; the colour pattern when many flowers blossom with shrubs and tall trees give an impressive view of the garden.

Artistic displays of annuals find strength in their colour schemes while the many flowering shrubs and trees provide an impressive array of foliage, texture and form. The ever-changing colours of this brilliant floral mosaic allow visitors to enjoy the beauty of the Casa Loma Gardens all season long.

The Gardens: Renovated by the Garden Club of Toronto, the 5 acres surrounding the castle feature formal perennial borders, sculpture and fountains. The wooded hillside showcases wild flowers and ferns plus dramatic rhododendrons and decorative grasses. Enjoy the serene beauty and changing panorama of rainbow colours May through October as the gardens mirror the transition of the Canadian seasons.

The Secret Garden: The Secret Garden gets its name from the perimeter fieldstone walls and cedar hedge that surround it. The area has a cottage garden feel due to the mixed plantings of shrubs and perennials and lush roses cascading down from the Arbour.

Photograph by Michael Gunawan

photograph by Michael Gunawan

Photograph by Michael Gunawan

Photograph by Michael Gunawan

Photograph by Michael Gunawan

Thank you so much to Michael, who guide and take me to visit this Castle.Most beautiful picture in this article is photograph by Michael Gunawan. I wrote about Casa Loma in 4 parts:

  • 1st part, Main Entrance, Main floor,
  • 2nd part, The Second Floor,
  • 3rd part, The Third Floor, Lower Level, and The Stables
  • 4th part, Garden and it’s beautiful flowers
Source:
http://www.Casa Loma.Org
Lonely Planet, Canada
 
 
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Posted by on July 12, 2011 in Canada, photography, travel

 

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Casa Loma – Castle in the City part 3 of 4

Casa Loma photograph by Michael Gunawan

Hall, photograph by Michael Gunawan

Third Floor

From the second floor, we could go to the third floor by three ways, first, the main stair in the center of the building, or the servants’ stair, as most of the servants’ rooms are in the upper floor, and the last, we could use the elevator, which was renovated from the original one but still takes the same place and with the same design.

Servant's stair to third floor, photograph by Michael Gunawan

Stairs to Towers:  the highest point of the castle, from where we can see a scenic and beautiful view of the city.

The Tower from outside

Some of the rooms in the third floor were never completed, and now become Queen’s own rifles museum. Sir Henry was a dedicated supporter of the Queen’s Own Rifles, achieving the rank of Major General. The regiment’s band was often engaged to entertain guests at the castle. In 1910 Sir Henry took the entire 600-man regiment to England for military games at his expense. In the rooms, there are some medals, uniforms, old photos, and even equipment that Sir Henry used to use.

photograph by Michael Gunawan

World War Room photograph by Michael Gunawan

Medals1 photograph by Michael Gunawan

Medals2, photograph by Michael Gunawan

Photograph by Michael Gunawan

Painting about War photograph by Michael Gunawan

Coronation Chair

Coronation Chair: showing stone of scone reminding us of queens scottish ancestry , This is an exact replica of coronation chain in Westminster Abbey and shows names carved by the westminster scoolboys in 18th century

The Kiwanis Room: This room tells the remarkable story of the Kiwanis Club’s restoration and operation of Casa Loma since 1937. Proceeds from the castle go to the Kiwanis’ charitable projects

Photograph by Michael Gunawan

Kiwani Room, photograph by Michael Gunawan

photograph by Michael Gunawan

Photograph by Michael Gunawan

Pellatt The Plunger

Casa Loma and its rich former owner have had a less-than-savoury reputation in the press at times; ever since its construction in 1914, Casa Loma was criticized for its size and castle-like demeanour, and Pellatt was accused of having delusions of grandeur. Judith Robinson wrote in a 1931 issue of The Globe and Mail that she felt it was a “humorous commentary on the state of civilization in this city in the early 20th Century…it should be kept intact as an awful example of local artistic immaturity. It should be stuffed and mounted like a five-legged elephant.”

Notably, while Casa Loma may be the largest house ever built in Canada, it pales in comparison to the houses constructed by wealthy American Industrialists, such as Marble House – which needed a budget of 11 million dollars to construct (Casa Loma needed “only” 3.5 million).

In the meantime, Pellatt did not fare too well either. Eventually to fall to financial ruin, Pellatt was nicknamed The Plunger early on, and it was written in a 1920s MacLeans that “he was looking for it…so there was no use shedding tears over his probable fate”. His massive art and furniture collection was also (falsely) touted as being nothing more than a collection of fakes.

After Pellatt went bankrupt, plans were made successively to make the structure a home for war veterens, a war museum, a high school, a convent, a monastery, a hq for the Orange Order , a club for wealthy men, and even a home for the Dionne Quintuplets. It became a night club for a short while and then a luxurious hotel for a shorter while, before it finally became a tourist spot.

The Garden Room: View the gardens from this 3rd floor vantage point.

Servant’s Room: Up a few steps from the landing is a typical servant’s room.

Servant's Room Photograph by Michael Gunawan

The Lower Level

Gift Shop: The three arches in this room were laneways for Sir Henry’s proposed bowling alleys. A shooting range was to have been installed on the other side of the wall but was never completed.

Sir Henry’s Cafe: Originally designed to be Sir Henry’s private exercise room, it was to be filled with the latest of the turn-of-the-century equipment.

photograph by Michael Gunawan

Swimming Pool: The pool beneath the Conservatory was also never properly finished. The original plans called for the pool to be surrounded by cloisters, marble arches and gold swans around the edge. In fact, the pool and the entire basement of Casa Loma were used mainly for storage.

unfinished Swimming Pool, photograph by Michael Gunawan

Wine Cellar: Ammonia and brine-filled pipes chilled the collection of nearly 1800 bottles of wine and champagne, Sir Henry’s drink of preference. It is interesting to note that the cellar is directly connected to Sir Henry’s study by a secret passage.

Wine Cellar

Photograph by Michael Gunawan

Tunnel to Stables: The stables are connected to the castle by an 800-ft. tunnel which runs 18′ below the ground.

The Stables: The horse stalls are constructed of mahogany while the floors are covered with Spanish tiles. The stables were made to store Sir Henry’s private horses that he used to ride them to hunt or even in war.

Photograph by Michael Gunawan


Carriage Room: Much of the carriage collection on display is on loan from the Powell family of Kettleby, Ontario.

Garage:   Near the stalls, there is garage, where electric cars stored

Photograph by Michael Gunawan
 

Potting shed: is placed where plants in the beautiful garden came from, a large room where past and present Casa Loma gardeners plant material for use throughout the gardens

Photograph by Michael Gunawan
 

Thank you so much to Michael, who guide and take me to visit this Castle.Most beautiful picture in this article is photograph by Michael Gunawan, on February 2011 and May 2011.I wrote about Casa Loma in 4 parts:

  • 1st part, Main Entrance, Main floor,
  • 2nd part, The Second Floor,
  • 3rd part, The Third Floor, Lower Level, and The Stables
  • 4th part, Garden and it’s beautiful flowers
Source:
http://www.Casa Loma.Org
Lonely Planet, Canada
 
 
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Posted by on July 8, 2011 in Canada, photography, travel

 

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Casa Loma- Castle in the City part 2 of 4

Casa Loma, February 2011, photograph by Michael Gunawan

View from second floor, photograph by Michael Gunawan

Second Floor

Sir Henry’s Suite: The walls are mahogany and walnut. A secret storage area beside the fireplace was used to store confidential documents.

Sir Pellatt's Suite

Sir Pellatt's suite

Sir Pellat's Suite

Sir Pellatt's Suite, photograph by Michael Gunawan

Sir Pellatt's bathroom :The shower was structured to completely surround the body with spray, by using 6 taps that controlled 3 levels of pipes. All the walls are outfitted with white carrara marble.photograph by Michael Gunawan

Sir Pellatt's Bathroom

Sir Pellatt's Bathroom, photograph by Michael Gunawan

Shower photograph by Michael Gunawan

bidet in Lady Pellatt's bathroom, a rare feature in Canadian homes at the time



Lady Pellatt's Suite, the walls are painted in Lady Pellatt's favourite colour: Wedgwood blue. photograprh by Michael Gunawan

Lady Pellatt's Suite

Lady's Pellatt's Suite

Lady Pellatt's Suite

Girl Guides Exhibit: Placed in the castle as a tribute to the support Lady Pellatt provided to the Guides when the organization was in its infancy, photograph by Michael Gunawan

photograph by Michael Gunawan

photograph by Michael Gunawan

Guest Suite: One of several such elegant rooms, photograph by Michael Gunawan

Guest Room

Guest Room

Round Room: Designed to fit the space below the tower, this Adams-style room has custom shaped doors to fit the curved walls, photograph by Michael Gunawan

Round Room

Piano

Windsor Room, Sir Henry hoped to have the Royal Family as guests in this room, photograph by Michael Gunawan


Windsor Room

I really enjoy to visit Casa Loma. Visiting  Casa Loma,  as I  traveled step back in time, feel the way Sir Henry Pellatt and his family used to live in such a luxurious and modern house in that era. Thank you so much to Michael, who guide and take me to visit this Castle.

Most beautiful picture in this article is photograph by Michael Gunawan, on February 2011 and May 2011.

I wrote about Casa Loma in 4 parts:
      • 1st part, Main Entrance, Main floor,
      • 2nd part, The Second Floor,
      • 3rd part, The Third Floor, Lower Level, and The Stables
      • 4th part, Garden and it’s beautiful flowers
Source:
http://www.Casa Loma.Org
Lonely Planet, Canada
 
 
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Posted by on June 9, 2011 in Canada, photography, travel

 

Casa Loma – Castle In the City Part 1 of 4


Located deep in the heart of Toronto, this is a majestic European style castle fully equipped with its luxury furniture and beautiful ornaments. It is called Casa Loma (Spanish for Hill House).

The Canada’s Majestic Castle, Casa Loma, an  eccentric 98-room mansion- was build over 3 years since 1911, architected by E.J. Lenox, who also designed several of city’s landmarks. the former was Sir Henry Pellatt, an industrialist, military man, and a wealthy financier who make bags of cash to provide Toronto with electricity.He later lost everything in land speculation, and this misfortune forced him to abandon his castle home.

This Castle now is become a museum, landmark, and one of Toronto’s top attractions.

This Canada’s foremost castle is complete with decorated suites, secret passages, an 800-foot tunnel, towers, stables, The castle is open for visitors all year round, with the exception of its marvellous 5-acre gardens that only open in May through October.

photograph by Michael Gunawan

Main Entrance

With the entrance fee of 20.55 $, we were provided with a self-guided multimedia tour that available in 8 languages  English, French, Japanese, German, Italian, Spanish, Mandarin, Korean and American Sign Language, and a handy map that help us explore the castle by ourselves.

Main Entrance

Main entrance

Main entrance photograph by Michael Gunawan

Main Floor

Great Hall: With its 60′ high ceiling, this room is a focal point of the castle. With  the sculpted figures adorning the pillars.

Great Hall, photograph by Michael Gunawan

Great Hall 2

Keyboard at the Great Hall

sculpted figures adorning the pillars


Library, When I visited, it was closed for passengers due to a shooting for Local TV

Library: The herringbone oak floor pattern creates different shadings from each end of the room. On the ceiling is Pellatt's coat of arms. Photograph by Michael Gunawan

Books, photograph by Michael Gunawan

Dining Room Lined with circassian walnut, the dining room was originally separated from the library by unique panelling, with original Pellat’s furniture


Conservatory photograph by Michael Gunawan

The Conservatory: The floor marble is Italian but the side panels are of Ontario marble. Steam pipes kept the flower beds warm in the winter. photograph by Mchael Gunawan

Ceiling at conservatory, photograph by Michael Gunawan


Serving Room also used as a breakfast room, this room contains original Pellatt furniture

Peacock Alley: Modelled after a passageway in Windsor Castle. The walls are oak and the floor was teakwood.

Sir Henry’s Study: The mahogany panels conceal a secret door on either side of the fireplace.

Smoking Room: Quiet games of chess or cards were enjoyed here.

Billiard Room: Sir Henry and E.J.Lennox, the architect of Casa Loma, recorded a long running game of billiards in this room, we can see the films about the castle and its history..


photograph by Michael Gunawan

Study Room photograph by Michael Gunawan

Smoking Room Photograph by Michael Gunawan

Billiard Room photograph by Michael Gunawan

Wall Decoration

I really enjoy to visit Casa Loma. Visiting  Casa Loma,  as I  traveled step back in time, feel the way Sir Henry Pellatt and his family used to live in such a luxurious and modern house in that era. Thank you so much to Michael, who guide and take me to this Castle.

Most beautiful picture in this article is photograph by Michael Gunawan, on February 2011 and May 2011.

I wrote about Casa Loma in 4 parts:
      • 1st part, Main Entrance, Main floor,
      • 2nd part, The Second Floor,
      • 3rd part, The Third Floor, Lower Level, and The Stables
      • 4th part, Garden and it’s beautiful flowers
Source:
http://www.Casa Loma.Org
Lonely Planet, Canada
 

 
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Posted by on June 8, 2011 in Canada, photography, travel

 

Marilyn Monroe Tower

May,12th 2011

This Curvy residential condominium in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada Within days of the announcement, the building had been nicknamed the “Marilyn Monroe Tower” due to its curvaceous, and reference to her voluptuous figure hourglass,  figure likened to actress Marilyn Monroe  Standing at 50 and 56 storeys, these two skyscrapers will be the tallest of any built in a Canadian suburban city.

The two towers are also known as the ‘Condo Couple’.The residential towers fan out from a 30,000ft² private recreation centre. The tower turns 180° from the base to the top.

The Condo Couple will have a continuous balcony around the entire skyscraper in place of the commonly used vertical barriers. The building makes a different angle at different levels to provide a 360° view to each unit.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Posted by on June 3, 2011 in Canada, photography, travel

 

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