My Sinchew/ Photo story

Face in the sky

A large balloon of a face of ojisan (middle-aged man) floats in the sky above the grounds of Nishiki Elementary School in Utsunomiya abiout 100km north of Tokyo, in an art installation "The Day an Ojisan's Face Floated in the Sky."

1600 pandas

The Malaysian leg of the 1,600 Pandas World Tour, a collaboration between WWF and the papier mache pandas' creator Paulo Grangeon, was launched by Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Mah Siew Keong at Dataran Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday morning.

flower pickers

Afghan workers carry picked saffron flowers to be delivered to a farmer in the Ghoriyan District of Herat. Saffron cultivation needs a lot of land and labour, but the world's most expensive spice might be an economic lifeline for Afghanistan with international financial support set to fall in coming years. In Herat, about 6,000 people are employed in saffron farming on 325 hectares of land, with the product exported to India, Europe, the United States and China.

Victory over evil

Balinese celebrate Galungan Day in Jimbaran as a sign of victory of good over evil.


People looking at signs on figures, part of the installation "Invisible in Plain Sight" set up in central Kiev to raise awareness about human trafficking. The 120 silhouettes represent over 120,000 Ukrainians who have fallen prey to human trafficking since 1991.


Tourists taking a selfie from their lodge with polar bear Taiko in La Fleche Zoo in western France.

Christmas miracle

Christmas decorations on the 700 block of 34th Street in the Hampden community of Baltimore, Maryland. The display called "Miracle on 34th Street" dates back to 1947 and attracts thousands of tourists each year.

Christmas lights

Christmas lights set up in in Medellin, Colombia.


"ZooLights" set up in the National Zoo in Washington, DC., which is illuminated by over 500,000 LED lights from November 28 to January 1, 2015.

Santa run

Some 800 runners dressed as Santa Claus taking part in the "Seiseki Santa Marathon" charity run in Tokyo.