Balance: Nature vs Elevator

by FieryTree on April 11, 2014 · 2 comments

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Today, I submit my day of balance, riding 299 stories in an elevator, and photographing a gorgeous dilapidated set of shophouses, reclaimed by nature.

Where I was not in Dubai, for their 163 floors, I was having a very “challenged” day and ended up entering an elevator 8 different times, 6 of those within my own building. I kept failing at leaving. 198 floors later, with everything I thought I could possibly need for the day, I set out for concert tickets.

Where I thought I’d had enough of elevators for one day, I was wrong.

The tickets were not sold in the lobby. Instead, a gatekeeper on the 3rd floor gave a pass to the 53rd floor for the office. Once I found the elevator (no small feat), I naturally missed my floor and got off on the 54th, to walk down a flight.

There, the purchase of the tickets seemed anti-climatic with only a mildly unsocial lady to add spice to the transaction. I celebrated my tickets purchase though and took off to explore the neighborhood with my camera.

Naturally, the day needed some nature elements to balance all the technology, so I quickly found a fire burning on the street. The only unusual thing about that was that it didn’t really surprise me. We seem to constantly be passing fires in Penang.

My true balance came from the beautiful old building. The skeleton remained with nature working to reclaim it. Green seemed to sprout from every crevice and I took to photographing them all.

With my survey done, I headed back home to visit my elevator.

And so I am left to debate to leave for dinner (via the elevator) or remain up in our treehouse, enjoying the view of the nature that surrounds us.

"Come here often?" turns out yes.

“Come here often?” turns out yes.

So darn close...

So darn close…

SUCCESS!!!!

SUCCESS!!!!

Just a little fire on the street...

Just a little fire on the street…

Nature for the win!

Nature for the win!

Vines everywhere!

Vines everywhere!

Skeleton Shophouse

Skeleton Shophouse

Tree supporting the building.

Tree supporting the building.

Old shutters.

Old shutters.

Another building being reclaimed.

Another building being reclaimed.

One of these ones is not like the others...

One of these ones is not like the others…

Nature taking hold.

Nature taking hold.

I considered my attempt to escape my house my Groundhog’s day, ever have one?

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1 Karen April 16, 2014 at 6:38 am

Maria,
I don’t know how you handled the elevators. Do you have to use them daily? If so, you must have nerves of steel and plenty of patience. As for me, I get very claustrophobic.
I do love your photos of the crumbling walls and buildings where nature is taking over. This seems to be a reoccurring dream I have at times.
You are having such an amazing journey. Living here in America seem so humdrum in comparison.
Don’t stop looking around the corner to see what is on the other side!

Karen

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2 FieryTree April 18, 2014 at 8:08 pm

Hi Karen!
Yes, we use the elevator for at least 30 floors daily, they typically do not bother me.
Sounds like an interesting dream!
I have a funny story about looking around the corner of that abandoned building but it was also quite lewd, so I’ll say no more about it. 🙂

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