Saturday, 20 July 2013

Life Goes on So As the Bombings

As I was making my daily phone call from Singapore to my family in Baghdad to make sure they are ok ( no bombings), and  to let them I am ok ( not sick, or having normal problem), two car bombs exploded near our neighbourhood, it interrupted my conversation with my mother, my mom's voice tuned so worried she said "there are bombings, then mortars", she does not know what's going on, mortars, bombings, at that moment I felt I have never left my house in Baghdad, and it did not seem that more than 10 years have passed since the war has started, it did not make any difference for me being in a peaceful Singapore for more than three years, may be I got far from home physically but being attached to my family and my home, it won't change anything to me
The US troops have left more than a year ago, Bush had gone and Obama second terms is going to end , time pass by, life goes on for the rest of the world on different  levels while in Iraq, the bombings are the only things that are still going on daily, non stop, the killers are anonymous, Iraq story became old, the world got busy with other new stories, some of them are even quite trivial, no international  committee, like the UN, questions seriously the events in Iraq, who is doing that? why? and try to put an end.

More Iraqis are fleeing the country everyday, that could be part of the plan and one of the reasons for  all this continuous violence. I miss my old country,  I think everyday of going back and join my family there and accept the fate of possible death by a bomb, but I do not miss hearing the sounds of the bombings, feeling insecure everywhere we go, thinking a bomb going to explode at any minute and anywhere . I wish I can bring my family to Singapore to live all together safely. All what we could do is  to keep praying, hoping for Iraq to be a safe country like other countries.
below are some of the pictures I took .

Monday, 12 November 2012

Diaries of Iraqi Girl: A day at Gardens by The Bay and Marina Sands- Fant...

Diaries of Iraqi Girl: A day at Gardens by The Bay and Marina Sands- Fant...: Marina Sands and the Gardens by the Bay are considered one of Singapore's landmarks, on Sunday I went there and I was amazed by the view, si...

A day at Gardens by The Bay and Marina Sands- Fantasy land

Marina Sands and the Gardens by the Bay are considered one of Singapore's landmarks, on Sunday I went there and I was amazed by the view, since I arrived there I have not stopped shooting pictures , the structures around that area are so neat,  the place turns into a fantasy land at night when the artificial  trees start to illuminate with various light colours every couples of mins, it was really wow.

A general view near Marina Sands, showing ArtScience museum which has the shape of a lotus

A general view of Singapore Flyer one of the country's landmark

Trees at Garends by the Bay park


Marina Sands, at the back, Trees at Gardens by the Bay
Trees and Singapore fly are seen reflected at a lake
A couple exchanging their vows at the park

A girl takes a picture of her self

Saturday, 3 November 2012

Night Patrol in Singapore- Day one

Last night I decided to go on a night patrol around the area where I live in Lavender street in Singapore, taking an advantage from the safe life here, just like when the soldiers used to do a night patrol in Baghdad's neighbourhoods, carrying my rifle (camera) to document the night life in the safest places in the whole world.
 I went out after midnight walking for almost two hours,  I was a bit hesitant but I just had to push myself that I should do it. the street was quite and empty despite it was Saturday night, my first shot was something I like a cat!, which was a good start.
A cat crosses an empty street in Laveder area after midnight,
a bicycle near a tree, I like the light here
young people hangout in a cafe while a woman checking her mobile.

A man sitting alone in a narrow alley checking his mobile phone while smoking a cigarette, I took few shots from faraway and kept walking.
I passed by a Buddhist temple which was still open for prayers.
candles lit outside the temple
A man taking his chihuahua for a walk

A man sitting alone in a restaurant
a loud music coming out from this place but I could not see any people outside so I kept walking

I have reached to the main street

A couple with a suitcase waiting to cross the street

people waiting for a night bus at the bus station

people checking their phones as they wait for the night bus.

Bicycles parked outside a building

A woman standing outside, near a bar

two men checking their phones

Mustafa shopping center in Little India

the same still checking his phone on my way back

the same bus station with different people

Bicycles parked outside a church

I have enjoyed this walk and I hope to get better shots next time.