My Lay-Flat Mondays (29)

Week 29 of my new series: My Lay Flat Mondays!!
The purpose: describe my past week in just one picture, boots my creativity vibes at the same time, and stop going through life one week at the time without even noticing it.

So here it is! Week 29: August 25 – August 31

– Palm Leaves: living tropical


– Flowers: pink Bougainvillea (from my balcony) and Anthurium


– Limes: my lime tree is back at work!

– Insta pictures: we bought the new school bags this week 🙂


– Black Board: for a nice afternoon at the beach doing sand castles, looking for shells, starring at boats, … at Paris Ris Park.


– Mask: still mandatory (the cute new one the hospital gave to my little princess)

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My Lay-Flat Mondays (13)

Week 13 of my new series: My Lay Flat Mondays!!
The purpose: describe my past week in just one picture, boots my creativity vibes at the same time, and stop going through life one week at the time without even noticing it.
So here it is!

My Lay-Flat Mondays © Catherine Houston
Personal weekly photography Challenge

– Palm tree branch: living tropical (yes, I know It’s getting old… looking forward to the plant shops to re-open!!)
 
– Mini-red roses:, from my balcony
 
– Mother’s Day Card: made by my big girl. All my kids made my mother’s Day yesterday just magical.
 
– Black board: I resumed my home school duties this week (it seems that I’m at the same time a kindergarten, 2nd grade and 4th grade teacher – they’re in bilingual classes so I have to teach both in french and english – and no I’m not even trying the Mandarin, they’re on their own for that!!)
 
– mask: made in Singapore and now mandatory to go out.
 
– Camera
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My Lay-Flat Mondays (12)

Week 12 of my new series: My Lay Flat Mondays!!
The purpose: describe my past week in just one picture, boots my creativity vibes at the same time, and stop going through life one week at the time without even noticing it.
So here it is!
Week 12: Apr 27 – May 03

My Lay-Flat Mondays © Catherine Houston

 
– Palm tree branch: living tropical
 
– Red Leaves: from my “Chinese Evergreen” (Aglaonema) plant, from my balcony
 
– Seeds: doing new plantations with the girls
 
– Insta Pictures: passion fruits and passion fruit fondant cake (yummy!!!)
 
– Medication: because I’ve been feeling quite under the weather this week
 
– Blue Nail polish: the girls opened a “feel good” salon at home, with nail services, hair brushing and massages!!! I love that game :-).
 
– Scissors and baby hair: because their little brother went to their beauty salon, and I said they could “take care” of his hair – meaning brush it, but it appears that you always have to be super specific with kids!!! (the result is quite good)
 
– mask: made in Singapore and now mandatory to go out.
 
– Camera
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My Lay-Flat Mondays (11)

Week 11 of my new series: My Lay Flat Mondays!!
The purpose: describe my past week in just one picture, boots my creativity vibes at the same time, and stop going through life one week at the time without even noticing it.
So here it is!
Week 11: Apr 19 – Apr 26

My Lay-Flat Mondays © Catherine Houston
Lay-Flat weekly photography challenge.

– Palm tree branch: living tropical
 
– Anthurium flowers: from my balcony
 
– Candles: 10, because this week my big girl turned 10 years old!!!
 
– Click Magazine: the new (spring) issue
 
– Black board: for one more week of homeschooling, and the bars on it because this week we learned that we will be confined one more month (until June)…. and even if now I’m okay with it, the first couple of days after the announcement I was pretty depressed.
 
– mask: made in Singapore and now mandatory to go out.
 
– Camera
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My Lay-Flat Mondays (10)

Week 10 of my new series: My Lay Flat Mondays!!
The purpose: describe my past week in just one picture, boots my creativity vibes at the same time, and stop going through life one week at the time without even noticing it.
So here it is!
Week 10: Apr 13 – Apr 19

My Lay-Flat Mondays © Catherine Houston
Lay-Flat weekly photography challenge.

– Palm tree branch: living tropical
 
– Orchids: same same as the weeks before (for the 5th week in a raw!!!)
 
– Limes: from my little lime tree, the second time this year that it gives me fruits
 
– Headset: being used a lot this week, between zoom meetings with the school teachers, skype with family and friends
 
– Fancy pink and shiny crayon box: homeschooling girls 😉
 
– Hibiscus flower: also from my balcony, it did not blown for the last two months, but several flowers coming out this week!!
 
– Doll: because mornings are for homeschooling but in the afternoon the Barbie Dolls take over the house
 
– mask: made in Singapore and now mandatory to go out.
 
– Camera

My Lay-Flat Mondays (8)

Week 8 of my new series: My Lay Flat Mondays!!
 
The purpose: describe my past week in just one picture, boots my creativity vibes at the same time, and stop going through life one week at the time without even noticing it.
 
I can’t believe I started this photography challenge already 8 weeks ago!! (feels like yesterday…)
 
So here it is!
Week 8: Mar 30 – Apr 05

 
 
– Palm tree branch: living tropical
 
– Orchids: same as last week, and still looking fresh (which I find amazing)
 
– Paper fishes: for the First of April (April’s Fool day). In France a tradition is to stick paper fished on other people back… my kids obviously love that tradition, but they made those fishes just for my Lay-Flat challenge. I love how much they like this weekly project and invested themselves in it.
 
– Ester eggs and paintbrushes: well, this one is pretty much self-explanatory. We started this week or traditional easter eggs painting.
 
– Picture: our family outing this week-end to the Tree Top Walk in MacRitchie Reservoir. Quite a serious walk in the Singapore’s heat (with 4 little kids in toe). Although lots of activities are slowly shutting down, parks are still an option (still need to think about social distancing though). And two good things out of this: 1- we got a lot of exercise, and 2-the kids were so exhausted they wont ask to go outside for a while :-).
 
– Playstation Controller: for some indoor fun.
 
– mask: sadly no need to introduce that one anymore, and yes I have been using the same exact mask for these pictures for the last 7 weeks (and to ride the bus when necessary), so no worries, no wasting here!
 
– Camera

 

 

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My Lay-Flat Mondays (7)

Week 7 of my new series: My Lay Flat Mondays!!

The purpose: describe my past week in just one picture, boots my creativity vibes at the same time, and stop going through life one week at the time without even noticing it. I will still have longer blog posts whenever I can, but also this mini weekly one picture posts :-).

So here it is!
Week 7: Mar 23 – Mar 29

My Lay-Flat Mondays © Catherine Houston
Lay-Flat weekly photography challenge.

 

– Palm tree branch: living tropical

– Orchids: same as last week, and still looking great

– mask: sadly no need to introduce that one anymore, and yes I have been using the same exact mask for these pictures for the last 7 weeks (and to ride the bus when necessary), so no worries, no wasting here!

tablet: more and more e-learning for the kids, but also for me (loving Creative Live!)

– ArtZen colouring book: for some low-key indoor fun time with my girls

– book: “Colomb de la Lune”, René Barjavel (my favourite author, I even named my first girl like a character of one of his books)

– Oranges: for a yummy juicy boost of Vitamin C

– Camera

 

 

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My Lay-Flat Mondays (6)

Week 6 of my new series: My Lay Flat Mondays!!

The purpose: describe my past week in just one picture, boots my creativity vibes at the same time, and stop going through life one week at the time without even noticing it. I will still have longer blog posts whenever I can, but also this mini weekly one picture posts :-).

So here it is!
Week 6: Mar 16 – Mar 22

My Lay-Flat Mondays © Catherine Houston
Lay-Flat weekly photography challenge.

 

– Palm tree branch: living tropical

– Orchids: love them, but somehow not able to grow one, so fresh from the store

– mask: sadly no need to introduce that one anymore 😦

kids pencil case: for a week of homeschooling!!

– Xbox controller: because it was not whole work, lots of playtime too 😉

– book: “Ni d’Eve ni d’Adam”, Amélie Nothomb, my third book from her in a month (big fan here!)

– Insta pictures of leaves: for a new series I’ve been working on this week, featuring lots of leaves

– Camera

 

 

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My Lay-Flat Mondays (5)

Week 5 of my new series: My Lay Flat Mondays!!

The purpose: describe my past week in just one picture, boots my creativity vibes at the same time, and stop going through life one week at the time without even noticing it. I will still have longer blog posts whenever I can, but also this mini weekly one picture posts :-).

So here it is!
Week 5: Mar 09 – Mar 15

My Lay-Flat Mondays © Catherine Houston
Lay-Flat weekly photography challenge.

 

– Eucalyptus branch: still smelling strong!!

– mask / french passport / picture of Italy:  because how not to think about all the people affected by the corona virus all around the world but right now particularly in Italy, and how not to worry about my family in France (I usually feel bad to be 14h flight away from them – not even talking about the train to and from the airport – but now there is almost no planes available and there would be 14 days quarantine both ways, so I feel so so so far away, when I wish I could just take my car, and buy groceries for them and keep them safe …)

swimming goggles: mine this time – I practise my social distancing at the pool doing laps, and it also helps me keep some sanity

– nectarines: to fill up my kids with healthy food

– Anthurium flower from my balcony

– Camera

 

 

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Singapore – a photowalk at the time: Chinatown

 

I started two weeks ago to organise and lead photowalks around Singapore, one per month (well actually two since I do one in French and one in English), each month being in a different part of Singapore.

A photowalk is kind of a photography class but less formal. Mine are 2 hours long, opened to all levels (with any kind of equipment) as we focus more on composition than on technique (although we talk about it too).

In any case the photowalk of January was in Chinatown.

I love this colourful part of the Red Dot. There is great street photography opportunities at every corner with lots of street shops, the market with its fair share of “exotic” food, street art on the walls, the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, a mix of tourists and locals.

A street-photographer paradise.

Early in the morning you can photograph the empty streets (yes, even Pagoda Street can be empty!!), the shops opening up as the sun rises high.

A closer look at the shops  gave us a chance to play with composition and colours, to do some fun still-life and close-up shots.

We walked toward the market and stopped at a durian’s shop, because food photography is, for me at least, a huge part of travel photography.

And finally we went to the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple.

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Chinatown Ⓒ Catherine Houston

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Chinatown 2019 Ⓒ Catherine Houston

To see the next Photowalks scheduled (next one will be held in Gardens by the Bay!!) and book your spot and/or to purchase a print, please check out my website: https://www.mermozinefineart.com/.