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.
I took all these with SAL70300G lens, and stretching the ISO up to 4000-5600. Some noise reduction was done in post and I think they’re still usable at Web resolution 🙂
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) but I have my personal favourite. This time however, we went for something different — just to give Thistle at Port Dickson a try (and also slightly cheaper than the favourite).
Some features I like about this resort:
Ample parking spaces, far from the main road but near the resort building. Somehow this gives a good sense of security.
Large and clean pools. There are shallow areas near the slides — safe for children.
Nicely mowed green pasture lined with coconut trees (perhaps great for weddings).
Great view of the Straits of Malacca.
Complementary bottled water available everywhere!
We forgot to bring our underwater P&S (Olympus uTough) as it was a spontaneous decision to come here — so we put my almost-a-year-old Xperia Z1 to a real test. It turned out OK underwater. The capacitive touch screen was good enough to sense my touch when fully submerged. It gave a little detection problem if the screen is half submerged (I guess the touch controller can’t deal with the un-leveled noise floor). The rest of the images were taken by the mobile phone.
I enjoyed our stay overall. But I think I should note that these were not something I appreciate:
Narrow beach. I think it has to do with this part of Port Dickson. The sand was tough and hard (like clay).
Lots of birds finding home at this resort building. Quite a undesirable sight of their droppings
9-hole golf course. I am not a golfer nor did I observe any golfers during my stay. The area could have been better used
There was no bath tub in the room. Thought this is a pre-requisite for a 4-star property but Thistle is a 5-star resort?