Crocodile and Hippoportamus

The crocodile
The crocodile

During the visit to the Zoo last week the kids and I got to see many animals which we haven’t seen in awhile. It was the first time that I brought the kids to the zoo solo.  They were not that keen on seeing all the animals at the zoo so we left after we had out lunch.

I didn’t manage to snap many pictures at the zoo as it was quite tricky managing the DSLR while pushing the pram and keeping an eye on the boys who were running here and there.

Here are the better pictures which I manage to capture of the Crocodile and the hippopotamus.

 

Hippo
Hippo

The hippo in the water with it’s reflection.

 

Snippets from the Chinese Culture

Door Guards
Door Guards

In the olden days many  Chinese houses use to have  Door Guards like the one in the picture above to protect their house from evil spirits which may be wandering around.

Lanterns outside the house
lanterns outside the house

 

The lanterns which hang outside the house indicate which family is residing within the house. The lantern above shows the family name “Chen/Chan” as the owner of the house.

 

Chinese Lion
Chinese Lion

Do you find this statue familiar? It can be seen in different versions outside commercial buildings all over Asia. They are suppose to be guardians which keep help the occupants of the house safe.

Stone Statues

The Fertility Statue in Jeju island
Dol Hareubang in Jeju island

It is really interesting to see stone statues by the roadside. We saw many while touring Jeju island, South Korea in June. The above statue was found in many places on the island. It is the God of Protection and Fertility and many newly wed couples can be seen stroking the nose  for a boy and the ear for a girl.

Hugging and Owl
Hugging and Owl

I saw this statue among others in a garden along the roadside. This person looks so happy hugging his owl.

Leaning on a rock
Leaning on a rock

This was another unusual statue in the garden. It looks like there is a crab on the top of the rock the statue is leaning against.

Lazing in the garden
Lazing in the garden

Sunbathing statue. This statue was made in June 2010. I can’t read Korean so not sure what is written on the name plate next to it.

Do you like looking at statues too?