Sunday, March 26, 2006

If you bow at all, bow low!

Take a Bow

I took this shot of the drooping tiny pink flowers when I last visited the Singapore Botanical Gardens, and have kept it in my photo archive until inspiration struck yesterday. Browsing through quotationspage.com, I saw this Chinese Proverb. "If you bow at all, bow low." and it seemed so apt as a caption for the photo.

Trying to find the meaning of this proverb on the internet though was a thoroughly frustrating experience. Though quoted on many English-based websites, none gave any hint as to its meaning (and one begins to wonder whether this proverb is understood at all by one and many). Finally, I found the Mandarin phrase for this proverb, and all became clear:
一不做,二不休 {yi bu zuo, er bu xiu}
transliterated to mean "if you choose not to do [don't do it at all, but if you choose to do it], then do it without rest [until it is completed]"
That I think is truly something to remember from time to time, especially in the busy times we live in with demands coming in from every direction and not enough hours in a day to satisfy them all.

And with that, I leave you with another picture of delicate little white flowers with their lovely tendrils, taken off a high shrub at the botanical gardens - when nature decides to amaze, even the smallest of flowers does not escape its notice!

Tendrils

12 Comments:

Blogger boo_licious said...

That is a very nice proverb and so true. I always believe one must put all their effort in whatever they do or else no pt doing it.

The pixs are superb! I think when I upgrade my camera, I must consider getting the same one as yours as the pixs are lovely. Of course skill comes to play too as I have seen some people with the same camera but different results.

3/27/2006 04:35:00 AM  
Blogger fooDcrazEE said...

yeah, pic is good...boo_, camera is only a gadget....the skills is hard to come by....

what a proverb......thanx for the advise

3/27/2006 04:55:00 PM  
Blogger Piggy said...

Lovely pics! How i wish I can have a SLR too.. :-)

3/27/2006 10:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing the small wonders in nature which we tend to just pass by. Keep it up !

Heard an encouraging quotation today :

"In the end, it will be ok.
If it is not ok, it is not yet the end." So be patient and perserve for all things will work out for good.

Lazy Sue

3/27/2006 11:32:00 PM  
Anonymous slurp! said...

ha ... just like those inspirational posters :)
just a suggestions, i think it's more appropriate to say "to do it wholeheartly & sincerely" :)
nice bokeh & beautiful photos as usual!

3/27/2006 11:53:00 PM  
Blogger eatzycath said...

Thanks boo_licious! Playing around with a DSLR is incredibly fun, and since you don't waste film, just snap and experiment until you find the right pic - you may think I take good pictures but you haven't seen all the other blurred unfocused images which I have deleted :)

dear foodcrazee - glad you like the proverb!

hi piggy, with prices of DSLR coming down every few months, it's not that difficult to own one soon!

thanks LZ Sue for dropping by - will definitely remember your words of wisdom :)

dear slurp - you're right, your phrase is more succint than my long-winded explanation. Thanks :-)

3/28/2006 09:32:00 AM  
Blogger Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Waow, those flowers are incredible and the photographs very good!

3/28/2006 03:16:00 PM  
Blogger Mickell said...

Bowing low can be very painful and straining on the back ;p

3/28/2006 03:33:00 PM  
Blogger eatzycath said...

thanks, rosa, for the encouraging comments :)

hi michael and welcome! Yup, bowing low is very strenous indeed.. dun ask me why doing something well always entails more effort than usual???

3/28/2006 11:46:00 PM  
Anonymous pfong said...

Cath, lovely and striking flower shots. Amazing how the petals of the flowers in the last shot just trail on like aerial roots. I've never seen a flower like that before.

3/29/2006 08:26:00 AM  
Blogger Fran said...

Very beautiful post. Thank you.

3/30/2006 09:23:00 AM  
Blogger strawberry said...

Amazing post!
I love the pictures and the proverb :)

4/02/2006 08:34:00 AM  

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