Wednesday, November 05, 2008
20 Sep 2008: Solo walk about Melbourne
My stay in Melbourne was intended to be short. I was to leave Melbourne to return to Singapore by about 3 p.m. on 20 Sep 2008. Effectively, that means that I spent slightly more than 24 hours in Melbourne. The stay was short. Afterall, I had to be back to work by a specified date. More essentially, I prefer to spend as much time as I could in Sydney.
The night before when I met up with SG, she was very kind to offer to be my breakfast companion for 20 Sep 2008. I hope she didn't find me rude when I earnestly declined her offer in the end. While I like her company, my need for time alone by myself was too strong that day. I wonder if it was through taking solo walks about places that gave me the solitude and space that I greatly need? The paradox would be that there is an equal intensity in me to wish to connect with the people around me too.
Anyway, the choice for 20 Sep 2008 was to walk about Melbourne in the morning, on my own. I woke up early because the first thing on my mind was to make sure I get enough postage to post a couple of items. When I travel overseas, the postal services became one of my favourite services to use. It usually brings me delight to post something seemingly simple, across the miles, from a foreign place, to the people whom I treasure.
I was too early and the post ofice had yet to open for the day, so I simply walked about to enjoy the sights of the streets of Melbourne. The Saturday morning out alone was pleasant and recharging.
I like the composition, and the contrast between the shadows and the light areas of this photo, against the cloudy blue skies.
When it was nearing the opening hours of the post-office, I headed for the post-office. I was its first customer for the day. I made sure that the postage was correct and then headed for breakfast.