Scent of Floral

 

Bangkok

Siamese Jasmine

 

Walking inside a temple compound taking black & white photographs, capturing the play of light on architectural forms and textures; the sweet scent of Jasmine from intricate garlands fill the tropical air. I felt uplifted with the purity and sweetness of the fragrance.

Beijing

Lotus

On a hot summer afternoon, I took refuge under the shade of a willow tree inside the Summer Palace garden. The cool wind carries the scent of white lotus blooming majestically in the emerald lake tantalized all my senses. The pristine white lotus symbolizes purity and enlightenment that we all should aspire.

Chiangmai

Himalayas Magnolia

 

A classic story of a northern love story where a male suitor finds his true love by following the scent of magnolia blossoms adorned her long straight hair; has me looking for a beautiful girl every time I smell magnolia blossoms when I am in Chiangmai.

Mumbai

Mon Rose

 

Taking an early evening stroll before dinner, a small girl approached me with hands full of aromatic rose garlands. The fragrance is so intense and matches perfectly the beauty of Queen’s Necklace, the lighted shoreline of Mumbai.

Nanjing

Neroli

 

Wandering around admiring Thousand Buddha Rock that dates back from Southern dynasties at Qixia Temple northeast of Nanjing, clean refreshing scent of bitter orange blossoms fills the cool evening air.I could not help but to sit down and enjoy the natural uplifting aroma.

Singapore

Sandalwood & Orange Blossom

 

Walking around colorful colonial buildings of Chinatown and hearing merchants haggle with their customers in loud but humorous voices, I can smell a warm sweet scent of orange blossoms mixes with aromatic sandalwood coming from a traditional herbal medicine shop. This perfect blend symbolizes the harmonious blending of cultures on this small island.

 

Tokyo

Yuzu

 

The glowing lights and continuous flow of energy is typical for Tokyo at night. As I walked along a small side street, I could smell an amazing citrus fragrance from fresh Yuzu from nearby fruit stands. Unable to resist, I bought some back to the hotel for its stress-related pain relieving benefits.

Danang

Basil & Neroli

After a nightlong drizzle of rain, the morning air feels unusually cold sending chills deep inside.  A bowl of hot and steaming pho, a local Vietnamese noodle soup, help restores the warmth and soothing comfort.  The fragrance of fresh basil and citrus on top of the noodle brings back warm comforting memories of winter in Danang years ago.

Hong Kong

Lemon

 

The island city that never seems to sleep; bustling crowds rushing from one place to another as if ‘resting’ was not in their vocabulary. Siting in a brightly lit all-day café, I noticed that the locals’ favorite drink seemed to be lemon tea. Citric scent of Lemon has a sleep and relaxation inducing effect on me.

Phuket

Lemongrass & Lavender

 

Walking down a narrow trail toward a cliff overlooking the Andaman Sea, our jeans brushed against lemongrass releasing the tangy citrus scent that blended with my lavender cologne, creating a unique aromatic scent as we held hands and watched the dramatic sunset from the Pearl of the Orient.

Phu Quoc

Pepper & Lavender

The intense heat of summer is made bearable when soft breeze help evaporate perspiration caused by locally grown peppers in every dish during lunch.  The fragrant and warming Phu Quoc peppers is the local secret way to deal with summer heat in the tropical island paradise.

Shanghai

Orange & Jasmine

 

Strolling along after dinner admiring the historic buildings on the Bund, I remembered the scent of orange mixes with night blooming jasmine escaping from a private garden. The perfect balance of sweet and refreshing reminds me of the unique balance of European and Chinese culture along the Bund.

 

Scent of Citrus

Scent of Herral