2017 Week 28 Gallery: A Stop At The Art Science Museum

Singapore 2017: Art Science Museum Window SceneSingapore 2017: Visit With Little Girl At The Art Science Museum

I was almost embarrassed to say that I dropped by the Marina Bay Sands again. Embarrassed because once again, I find myself pressed for places to visit and explore in tiny Singapore. That tends to happen when you have an entire country crammed into 719 square kilometers. Sure there are several alternative destinations other than the usual conventional choices, but those are not necessarily places you feel is worth your time and energy travelling to visit. There are good reasons why those “usual, popular, conventional choices” remain as the usual, popular, conventional choices. 😉 Most of the time, you end up visiting the same handful of places whenever there is an off-day. Continue reading

2017 Week 27: Creating Art From The Ordinary

2017 Still Life: Shining LampUnusual Light
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I once heard an interesting concept about food and cooking: Truly great chefs are not those who create unique fine-dining cuisines with expensive and rare ingredients that are only accessible by the rich. Instead, the really great chefs are those who can make normal everyday dishes taste fantastic and rise above its peers. The reason is because it is easy to make something unique look and taste good. But making the ordinary taste amazing? – That’s the true mark of a superior craftsman. In other words, that chef in his fancy restaurant whipping up hundred-dollar fine-dinging dishes is an inferior cook to that guy in a corner store making fantastic burgers that can draw long queues of waiting, salivating customers day-after-day.

Indeed, the same idea might apply to the art of photography. Anyone can make an interesting subject, well, look interesting. 😉 But making the ordinary look interesting? Now that’s the real challenge! Continue reading

2017 Week 25 Gallery 2: The Unusual Flora Selection

Alien bloom (Veronica in bloom)Alient Plant (Shrubby Veronica)
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In which we take a look at some of my more unusual flora images. You require a confident, contrarian attitude to have these displayed in your room. Indeed, third-party feedback for these take positions at opposite sides of the opinion slider, range from “uh… no” to “wow it will be interesting have this as a decorative print”. Without writing too many words, let’s start with pictures straight away. First up at the top, an alien plant. Continue reading

2017 Week 25 Gallery: High Tea Delicacies

High Tea SelectionThe High-Tea Table
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Good tea, bite-sized delicacies, sweets and pretty deserts in the late afternoon. How could one resist? Well… I sort of can. 😛 It’s one of those “fundamental differences between men and women” thing. Men will pay a couple of dollars for a good, down-to-earth meal such as a burger with fries, or swap the fries for vitamin-and-fibre-rich greens when we are feeling healthy. The allure of high-tea selections has a limited appeal to the human male species.

So the world has its women to thank for the existence and continual proliferation of the high-tea meal. After four decades of living, this is my first proper high-tea experience. And I have the missus to thank for this. Although I still feel compelled to mention that I paid the bill. 😥 Continue reading

2017 Week 25 Gallery 2: A Glimpse Of Fast Food

Golden French Fries Close-upGolden Fries
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Not all fast food is junk food. But not all fast food is exactly bursting with vitamins, fiber and nutrition either. It is still nice to grab a bite of fast food for its convenience, or just for the sake of temporary indulgence. Still, as this is a public blog I have to do the responsible thing and publicly advise people against indulging in too much fast food. I knew a young boy who spent his early life in the comforts of fast food fries, burgers and milkshakes. Watching him, I came to the conclusion that not all obesity is the result of genes – a large part of it is attributed to early childhood eating habits. Watch your children’s eating habits until they are old enough when they start panicking about how they need to look good to attract the opposite sex. 😉 Continue reading

2017 Week 24 Gallery: Good Street Photography Is Hard

Singapore 2017: Window Cleaners Working On A HotelSingapore 2017: Window Cleaners Working On A Hotel

The original title of this essay was “Street Photography Is Hard”. After a bit of thinking, I had to append “Good” to the beginning of the title. After all, it has been several weeks since I posted any street photography related content. That is because it was so difficult to find street photographs I took which I feel is decent enough to share. Continue reading