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[Photo Journal/A-Z Photo Challenge] O is for Oceanarium

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It’s Tuesday! Time for Frizztext’s A-Z Photo Challenge. Letter this week is O and I will be sharing photographs from Oceanarium, the World’s Largest Aquarium, here in Singapore.

Oceanarium: Life Under the Waters

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“It was the seahorses themselves that she wanted to see as soon as she took her eyes away, and that she wanted to see even when she was looking at them.” ― Marilynne Robinson, Housekeeping

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“It is life, I think, to watch the water. A man can learn so many things.” 
― Nicholas SparksThe Notebook

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“Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress. Water is not a solid wall, it will not stop you. But water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing in the end can stand against it. Water is patient. Dripping water wears away a stone. Remember that, my child. Remember you are half water. If you can’t go through an obstacle, go around it. Water does.” 
― Margaret AtwoodThe Penelopiad

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“Once we were blobs in the sea, and then fishes, and then lizards and rats, and then monkeys, and hundreds of things in between. This hand was once a fin, this hand once had claws! In my human mouth I have the pointy teeth of a wolf and the chisel teeth of a rabbit and the grinding teeth of a cow! Our blood is as salty as the sea we used to live in! When we’re frightened, the hair on our skin stands up, just like it did when we had fur. We ARE history!Everything we’ve ever been on the way to becoming us, we still are. Would you like the rest of the story?

I’m made up of the memories of my parents and my grandparents, all my ancestors. They’re in the way I look, in the color of my hair. And I’m made up of everyone I’ve ever met who’s changed the way I think. ” 
― Terry PratchettA Hat Full of Sky

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“Full fathom five thy father lies;
Of his bones are coral made;
Those are pearls that were his eyes:
Nothing of him that doth fade,
But doth suffer a sea-change
Into something rich and strange.
Sea-nymphs hourly ring his knell: Ding-dong 
Hark! now I hear them,—Ding-dong, bell.” 
― William ShakespeareThe Tempest

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“It is said by the Eldar that in water there lives yet the echo of the Music of the Ainur more than in any substance that is in this Earth; and many of the Children of Ilúvatar hearken still unsated to the voices of the Sea, and yet know not for what they listen.” 
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Silmarillion

Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

6 comments on “[Photo Journal/A-Z Photo Challenge] O is for Oceanarium

  1. Your pictures and quotes are wonderful. I like the Margaret Atwood quote
    “….If you can’t go through an obstacle, go around it. Water does.”

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  2. oceanariums are awesome! love those seahorses! 🙂

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  3. Catherine Johnson

    Thanks for these lovely pictures and quotes :0)

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  4. Beautiful! Love the Atwood and Shakespeare bits, especially. And the images, of course!

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  6. I like your reflections to the Oceanarium:
    “…water always goes where it wants to go,
    and nothing in the end can stand against it.
    Water is patient …” = a role model …

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