It is  a joy to visit ION SKY, Singapore, on its 55th floor. It gives a panoramic view of the city. The view of cloud formation from a height ( or opened grassland) is always an amazement. One is always awed by the majesty and beauty of nature, and yet fearful of its powerful destruction.  For idlers who have time to spare, watching the passing and transience of cloud movement and formation is a joy forever.

There were writings  by VIPs etched on some of its glass window. There were verses written by romantic poets and other dreamy utopians. In my ignorance, I first read about Cloud Appreciation Society. A search in the web later, found such society was founded by Gavin Pretor-Dinney, UK, in 2005, and the movement has spread to 165 countries with huge membership. I was not aware that even clouds were given names, and there was at least ten major types. Fallstreak Hole,  Morning Glory, Ciirrus, Cumulus, Stratus etc were unheard of. It was indeed an amazement that humans liked to name things and formed societies. The very minute we named it, we lost the beauty in the naming. It returns to the understanding of what “appreciation” means to us. Is it about awareness, sensitivity or a judgement and value given by mortals?  It is not for me to answer for others. Enjoy! ( A beautiful word in English).


  1. The Emu

    As usual a great post full of interest, 55 stories is a bit high for me, but the view is outstanding, one could be standing between Heaven and Earth.
    Thanks for sharing parts of your world my friend.

  2. Kan

    I look at life ….. it’s clouds illusion I recall. From the song ‘Both sides now’,made popular by Peter Paul and Mary.

    1. wonkywizard Post author

      It points to the meaning of “appreciation” in each of us. The sensitivity to be aware? Just the perceiving without the naming or judgement. or, do we insert a value judgement? People get caught in the word, the naming, even for a simple three letter word, God or god. They fight and kill, due to the identity, don’t they?

  3. Kan

    Somehow i relate your comments to ‘Tao that can be named is not the true Tao’ and I impertinently extrapolate to a ‘god that can be named as not the true god’.Am i far out?

    1. wonkywizard Post author

      Thank you Kan. We can be trapped in concepts. The three lettered word, god or God, is not God. It is a word, but many people fight and kill over it. When Adam and Eve ate the apple, it is not the apple. It is the birth of words, of language, of great divide, and great creation. The Chinese said the same about wen, and culture.


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