Christmas Wonderland

Christmas Wonderland

Happened to be there when the “Christmas Wonderland” at the Gardens by the Bay was officially opened on the 27th Nov 2015.               More info? There is an official website.    
The Circus

The Circus

   
Singapore vs. Japan (World Cup Qualifier)

Singapore vs. Japan (World Cup Qualifier)

The Japanese showed that they were indeed a class-above by beating the Singaporean team 0-3 at the National Stadium.   It began quite well as the home team thwarted multiple advances from the Samurai Blue. But I have to admit, it was mainly the effort by Izwan Mahbud, the goal keeper. He saved many attempts but not enough […]
Santorini

Santorini

Santorini consists of a group of islands created by volcanoes in Greece. Fira and Oia are probably the two most well-known towns in these islands. Fira is more like a city, which has multiple roads and access to the port on its eastern-side by cable cars or a steep Z-shaped footpath. Oia, pronounced as “EE-ah”, on […]
Sing50

Sing50

Since it is the 50th Singapore birthday this weekend, the musical industry also made a tribute concert to 50 years of Singapore music at the National Stadium yesterday, 7-Aug 2015 with thousands of musicians performing to approximately 45,000 people (I am glad to be one of them). I took some photos from my seat:   […]
Not the Same Everyday

Not the Same Everyday

I almost didn’t get this photo had I lost the struggle to wake up early one Sunday morning! 😁   Background story: I noticed the sun was pretty well-aligned with the train tracks during my morning commute to work and I thought it might make an interesting photo. But I couldn’t do it but to […]
View from the Pinnacle

View from the Pinnacle

These are the views from the top of the award-winning building which features the world’s two longest sky gardens, on both the 26th and 50th floors. The Pinnacle@Duxton is a re-development of the Duxton Plain. The Duxton Plain was historically significant as the site of the first two ten-storey HDB blocks in the Tanjong Pagar […]
Libreria Acqua Alta

Libreria Acqua Alta

Totally not in our agenda, but I am glad we stumbled into this when we were exploring the alleys towards the east side of Venice. Dubbed (or rather claimed) to be “the most beautiful bookshop in the world,” I find it most intriguing or interesting than beautiful. It is in fact a big mess inside with an unused […]
Ephesus

Ephesus

Ephesus was really ancient. Excavations found stuff dated back to the Neolithic Age (6000 B.C.). It was located on the Aegean coast of present-day Turkey. The city was famed for the Temple of Artemis (completed around 550 BC), one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. In 268 AD, the Temple was destroyed in a raid by […]
Old Town of Dubrovnik (King’s Landing)

Old Town of Dubrovnik (King’s Landing)

Just came back from a wonderful cruise! One of the ports of call was Dubrovnik, located in the south of Croatia. Some 15 mins away from the port is the Old Town where the location is used for King’s Landing scenes in HBO-series Game of Thrones! I should have known when I saw so many GoT-themed tours being offered […]
Malaysia Boleh

Malaysia Boleh

Malaysia seems to be in tumultuous times. Sovereign debt fund instead of sovereign wealth fund Murderers convicted, one fled, but murder motive(s)  unknown First Lady of Shopping, as described by the Australian media … <this list can go on, but that’s not my point>   I really hope Malaysia boleh overcome all these, that the people can stay […]
Lee Kuan Yew (1923-2015)

Lee Kuan Yew (1923-2015)

Many things have been written and said about the great man, Lee Kuan Yew, who was Singapore’s founding Prime Minister. He died on March 23 at the age of 91. I have much respect for him — who was the head of the government that transformed this-once a colonial trading post into a modern metropolis which […]
Pasha and Keysa

Pasha and Keysa

The Singapore Zoo just got two new addition to its cat family. I got a chance to view the two-year-old siblings, getting used to their new den. While they were there, Omar the resident white tiger is kept out of sight. Perhaps for safety, but its a pity not to see them all together. Pasha […]
Chinatown in B+W

Chinatown in B+W

These photos were taken during my visit to the night marketing a couple of weeks before the Chinese New Year. Instead of the usual red and yellow colour palette, I would like to show the B&W side of the people here. Although our world is not B&W, I find it true that B&W captures the essence […]
Buddha Tooth Relic Temple & Museum

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple & Museum

The following photo is deemed “mainstream” – this place has been probably shot to death but I had to do it. I was within the area yesterday for a photo walk (CNY night market) and the light was just perfect. This is the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum standing in contrast among the familiar skyscrapers […]
d’Leedon by Zaha Hadid Architects

d’Leedon by Zaha Hadid Architects

Had the opportunity to check this spanking new property designed by Zaha Hadid on the first day of February 2015. Great architecture and great sun — just nice I had the 24mm lens with me.     How to get there:    
December through 85mm

December through 85mm

December always comes with Christmas trees decorated with lights. Its a great time to make some portraits with bokehlicious background. The 85mm is my to-go lens for this season, and I got the cheap Canon FDn paired with the alpha 7. Here are some of the other photos besides family portraits.         […]
Hiroshima in B+W

Hiroshima in B+W

So I was nominated by a friend in Facebook to do a 5-day B+W photos. This is a challenge where I post for 5 days and with 5 different images and challenge a photographer for each day. I was in Hiroshima, Japan then and I decided to use the photos taken with my phone — and I had […]
Singapore vs. Malaysia in AFF Suzuki Cup 2014

Singapore vs. Malaysia in AFF Suzuki Cup 2014

Singapore National Stadium, 29 November 2014 — In this “derby” match, the Malaysian team edged Singapore out. Singapore needed at least a draw but the Malaysians proved hungrier and went for a win to qualify for the quarter finals. The results 1 – 3 placed Malaysia in second in Group B, behind Thailand.     […]
Sunday Brunches

Sunday Brunches

We have been indulging ourselves on alternate Sundays to the “trendy” cafes for late morning brunches. Besides enjoying the cappuccinos and poached eggs, I also enjoy people-watching.    
Building Blocks

Building Blocks

It’s a love-hate relationship with LEGO. It lands me into difficult situations when my child insists in building impossibly long bridges and I have to explain to him how gravity works each time.     That is besides the fact that it is incredibly painful stepping onto one. 🙂    
Old Playground

Old Playground

I was in KL to visit my parents in September. Brought the kids out for a trip of playground-hopping within the neighbourhood. I also took the opportunity to be nostalgic. Here are a couple of photos of the run-down playground which I used to frequent, probably about 30 years ago. This is Conservation a la KL-style.   […]
Singapore Zoo

Singapore Zoo

Spent the recent Sunday at the Singapore Zoo and River Safari with the new lens.       Found Omar (or maybe its Winnie), one of the two rare Bengali white tigers in the Singapore Zoo. The Zoo has reportedly acquired an orange Bengali tiger but has yet to join in the exhibit. I wonder […]
Cartwheel Celebration

Cartwheel Celebration

How would you celebrate after scoring a goal? Do a cartwheel, of course! And that needs practice too!  
Golden Mile Complex

Golden Mile Complex

Completed in 1973, the 16-storey Golden Mile Complex is one pioneers of integrating multiple operations into a single mixed-use development in Singapore. The complex’s shopping mall houses numerous Thai clubs, shops and eateries, as well as ticketing agencies for travellers going to Malaysia by bus.   The place is a haven for “street” photography and […]
Quarter Moon

Quarter Moon

Moon shot at Third Quarter phase (I think), with Sony 70-300mm / a7. Venue: Top of a multi-storey carpark in Jurong West, Singapore.  
Cloud Forest

Cloud Forest

The Cloud Forest gave an entirely different experience compared to the Flower Dome. Upon entry, we were greeted by 35-meter man-made waterfalls which made the whole place very moist but still cool (the temperature in this dome is similarly maintained at 23°C to 25°C). Because it was so sunny outside, the water vapor created a mini rainbow where […]
Flower Dome

Flower Dome

Spent the holiday (Hari Raya Aidilfitri) checking out the conservatories at the Gardens by the Bay. First stop was the Flower Dome. As the official sites says, it is the world’s largest columnless greenhouse. The glass sits on a steel grid that acts like an eggshell. What I enjoyed the most here? The cool air, […]
Lau Pa Sat (Old Market)

Lau Pa Sat (Old Market)

This place was originally called Telok Ayer Market and has a long history of closures and openings.   To cut the story short, here’s a summary: Telok Ayer Market first opened in 1825, next to the jetties. About 10 years later, it was redesigned by an angmo architect — made it stronger and bigger and also orthogonal. The city state needed more land, […]
Volunteering

Volunteering

The nearby primary school had an open house event recently and I volunteered as one of the photographers. Covering the event was tiring — the compound was large and involved multiple floors/storeys.  Having said that, it was fulfilling and I look forward to future opportunities to participate. Hats off to the other two volunteers in clown suits! […]
Sunset by the Bay

Sunset by the Bay

I do not produce much sunset photos. I personally find sunsets difficult because my foreground will turn into dark silhouette with little details if I would expose the photo for the burning sky. Or my sky will be washed out if I exposed it for the foreground. It seemed like techniques such as luminosity masking are the only […]
Port Dickson

Port Dickson

I believe everyone who grew up in the KL would know the local stretch of beaches at Port Dickson. This place has a little spot in my heart and this is our to-go destination when we are up for a 2D1N retreat. There are several resorts or hotels along Jalan Pantai (translates to Beach Road) […]
Dinosaurs: Dawn to Extinction

Dinosaurs: Dawn to Extinction

This exhibition has been operating at the ArtScience Museum since January 2014 but I only found out about it now that it is the semester break / school holidays. It will end soon in July, so I feel kind of fortunate that we did pay a visit to it. 🙂 The ArtScience Museum is part of […]
Milky Way from Bidadari

Milky Way from Bidadari

Inspired by a local photographer on his success of capturing the Milky Way in the heavily light-polluted Singapore sky, I joined a group of friends on the night of 31st May to an ex-cemetery now called Bidadari Park. We did not choose this place for the spooks but this place seems darker than other parts of Singapore and has […]
Henderson Waves

Henderson Waves

Opened in May 2008, the Henderson Waves Bridge connects  Mount Faber Park and Telok Blangah Hill Park. This 274-metre long pedestrian bridge runs across Henderson Road  at 36 meter above the road. It is also the highest pedestrian bridge in Singapore (2014). It looks impressive, doesn’t it?     The south-western view from the bridge includes the […]
Xiaomi Redmi

Xiaomi Redmi

Xiaomi launched the Redmi in Singapore in February 2014. Since then I have been wanting to get what is known as Hongmi in China which sports a quad-core 1.5Ghz ARM processor that runs a modified version of Android OS’ Jelly Bean i.e. MIUI. The 4.7”-inch 720P IPS display phone comes with a 8MP BSI camera […]
The View from East

The View from East

This week, we “hiked” east-ward to Kampong Kayu. Like Farrer Park is to Farrer Road, Kampong Kayu is not found anywhere near Jalan Kayu but within the walking distance of the Mountbatten MRT Station (Circle Line). The residents here appear multi-cultural, and I witnessed them living rather harmoniously and enjoying each others’ company. When I […]
Hot Sunny Friday

Hot Sunny Friday

Hot sunny Friday. Love the photos!
Labour Day

Labour Day

Not exactly on the Labour Day (1 May 2014), but these photos were taken a day before. Colleague and I got a new vantage point today at Bras Basah; but we stopped on the way to take some photos of lalang. These grass caught my attention lately because they are “blooming” with seeds.   Upon reaching our […]
Xperia Z1

Xperia Z1

I do believe that the best camera is the one that is always with you. More than a decade ago, it was my Lomo LC-A because it is compact enough for me to bring it with me to most places. Today (in 2014) it is the Xperia Z1. I am so glad that we now […]
Canon FDn 85mm f/1.8

Canon FDn 85mm f/1.8

This post is about Canon’s “New” FD or FDn 85mm f/1.8 lens which I got from Japan via eBay. There are not many articles on this lens on the Internet; some stuff I found out: it is constructed with 6 elements in 4 groups. The angles of view are 16° vertical and 24° horizontal. The […]
Nifty Fifty

Nifty Fifty

I love prime lens, and the 50mm focal length is one of my favourites. In my opinion, primes generally offer 3 main advantages — (a)  less optical distortion introduced, (b) have wider maximum aperture for those bokehliciuos portraits and finally (c) for the smaller package as compared to zoom lens. 50mm focal length (in full […]
Wide-angle Saturday

Wide-angle Saturday

More photos this weekend using the Nikkor-N 24mm f/2.8 lens. The rain after a bout of dry season created a perfect environment for many of the trees here to  blossom. I would suggest that the National Parks Board of Singapore dedicate an area in the Gardens by the Bay planted with rows of these Tabebuia Rosea […]
Marina Reservoir

Marina Reservoir

The Marina Barrage is a dam in Singapore built at the confluence of five rivers. By keeping out seawater, the barrage forms Singapore’s 15th reservoir and first reservoir in the city. The Marina Barrage also acts as a tidal barrier to keep seawater out, helping to alleviate flooding in low lying areas of the city. […]
Nikkor-N 24mm f/2.8

Nikkor-N 24mm f/2.8

The first 24mm lens designed specifically with a reflex F-mount was introduced in June, 1967. The Nikkor-N 24mm f/2.8 Auto lens has a retrofocus design, it was based on a creative design concept by Nikon optical engineers, combines a super picture angle of 84° and coupled with a fairly fast speed at f/2.8 (fastest lens […]
Pandas at The River Safari

Pandas at The River Safari

Went to the River Safari this morning and got some of these shots at the Giant Panda Forest with the Vivitar 200mm. Red Panda (Ailurus fulgens) The red pandas (close relatives of the raccoon and weasel) were very active this morning — showing off much of their tree climbing skills. Their quick movement proved a […]
Taiwan

Taiwan

Taiwan, a sweet-potato-shaped island is once known as Ilha Formosa – Beautiful Island. This is what a group of Portuguese sailors, said to have been the first Westerners to lay eyes on the island, uttered upon seeing Taiwan for the first time. Taiwan has been chosen as one of the top 10 best countries to […]
The Enclave

The Enclave

The morning sun gloriously painted the buildings golden but I was unable to reproduce this straight out of the camera. I shot this in JPEG and post-processed in Lightroom to add gradient filter (teal corners) to produce this.  
Blue Hour at the Port

Blue Hour at the Port

Woke up early for this shot. This was taken from one of the south-facing blocks in the Engineering Faculty of the National University Singapore (NUS). This is the Pasir Panjang Terminal, part of Port of Singapore. The Port of Singapore includes terminals located at Tanjong Pagar, Keppel, Brani, Pasir Panjang, Sembawang and Jurong. They can accommodate […]
Project Light Box

Project Light Box

I made this DIY light box last year in 2013. Mine was similar to the countless instructables which can be found on the Internet (try it, its fun!). All parts except for the obvious lamps, were from paper products. The idea of having this was to help my wife take some product photos. I decided […]
Vancouver, BC

Vancouver, BC

Had the opportunity in 2013 to visit Vancouver in the British Columbia, Canada. It offers among the best quality of life for urbanites, according to the 2013 Liveability report by the Economist Intelligence Unit. From my 3-day stay there, it feels so. In fact it was much better than the feeling I experienced when I […]
Vivitar 200mm f/3.5

Vivitar 200mm f/3.5

This solid all-metal prime lens has the longest focal length in my collection today. Think it was made in the 70’s. It is super sturdy and heavy; this handsomely-built lens should easily last another 40 years or more. I was worried that it may be too heavy for the alpha7’s E-mount adapter, but I’m glad […]
Cityscape from Textile Centre

Cityscape from Textile Centre

Spotted this vantage point on my way to work, when the bus passed by Jalan Sultan. This area offers an unique view of the Singapore cityscape which is not so commonly seen in photos. One landmark which is worth to take note is the Rochor Center which was built and completed in 1977. The building with colourful towers […]
Pre-CNY Photowalk Chinatown (2)

Pre-CNY Photowalk Chinatown (2)

Continuation from Part 1.
Pre-CNY Photowalk Chinatown (1)

Pre-CNY Photowalk Chinatown (1)

Normally I wouldn’t even consider going to the Chinese New Year (CNY) Market at Chinatown. But the night’s temperature was probably hovering around 23-25°C (yes, weird for Singapore) and the humidity lower than the usual figure — the walk quite enjoyable although the place was packed with people. One of the anchor products this season […]
Enjoying It

Enjoying It

Woo hoo!
First Weekend with the Minolta MD 50mm f/1.7

First Weekend with the Minolta MD 50mm f/1.7

Bought this lens off eBay. It has a minimum aperture lock, so according to a Wikipedia entry, it should be a post-1981 lens. I’m using it as a manual lens on the Sony Alpha 7 body. The Alpha 7 has a couple of features which help manual focusing i.e. focus peaking which highlights the in-focus […]
Hello World

Hello World

It was sometime in late 90’s when I first “blogged”. It was all manual and tiresome because there were no LifeJournal nor Blogger. It was also more like a tweet, because I don’t have much to say. Having to deal with all the HTML tags and photo uploading via FTP, it didn’t take long for […]
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