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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

 

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.