Singpaore 2017: Inside Sim Lim Square
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In response to the WPC: Layered
Sim Lim Square in Singapore is a sort of geek travel destination – the undisputed place for geeks to find computers, computer components and hardware, computer peripherals, laptops, electronic gadgets, electronic accessories and all those kind of stuff. However, I don’t consider it the best destination for all your electronic needs. It has its fair share of seedy stores and merchants who will not hesitate trying to rip-off an unsuspecting visitor. In addition, most of your electronic needs can likely be served by a shop near your neighbourhood, albeit with prices that could be a few dollars (or cents) more.
Sim Lim Square is more ideal for:
(1) People passionate about building their own DIY rigs.
(2) People looking for good bargains and know which are the honest merchants. (It honestly isn’t difficult – just go to those shops which have been established for many years. Also avoid the camera stores here – you can find better deals elsewhere.)
(3) People looking for a good collection of accessories and peripherals under one roof.
The term “Bugis street” is misleading. It really isn’t a street any more. The original Bugis Street had some un-savoury history behind it. It was a place of bars, pubs, foreign sailors, other assorted foreigners with specific sexual preferences, and groups of transvestites who provided services to them… Indeed, the whole affair with the transvestites was really Bugis Street’s claim to fame, or notoriety.
The Bugis Street of today sits across the road from where it used to be. The old location has become part of a large shopping mall and a reputable (and expensive!) high-class hotel. The new Bugis Street is a low-priced bazaar-style shopping mall selling cheap clothes, gifts, accessories and tourist souvenirs.
Singapore 2016: Bugis Street – The Tourist Souvenir Shop
Now to answer an important question – is it worth visiting? Continue reading
In which we continue to look at the variety of Mall interiors and architecture along Singapore’s iconic Orchard Road shopping street.
Singapore 2016: Paragon Mall
Nikon D610, 18mm, f/5.6, 1/60, ISO 2200
Singapore 2016: Orchard Central Layers
Nikon D610, 22mm, f/8, 1/60 ISO 800
The Orchard Central Mall occupies one of the top spots among the list of most interesting mall designs I have ever seen – though the decision for innovation in architecture may not be voluntary. It is built on a strip of land that is unusually long and also unusually narrow. The traditional “large open space in the center with retail levels rising around it” would limit the retail space available to individual shops and cause a feeling of being uncomfortably confined. Continue reading
A gallery for a popular theme: life among urban geometry plus a number of architectural shots from Singapore. –WY
Singapore 2016: Life Among Geometry (5)
Nikon D610, 18mm, f/5.6, 1/500, ISO 100
Now for something different. Images taken from the aquarium in Coex Mall, Seoul. Enjoy!
Red Jellyfish In Blue Water
Nikon D610, 60mm, f/3, 1/50, ISO 6400
Right I am changing the title format of my photo posts from “week” to “day”. Makes the titles shorter and less convoluted. 😛
Streets Of Myeongdong 2016: A Quiet Alley
Nikon D610, 35mm, f/8, 1/250, ISO 200
Despite the flashy hustle and bustle of Myeongdong, there are bound to be quiet alleys behind the usual busy streets. Continue reading
I really only made a very brief stop here. Not enough to make sufficient images to do the place justice, nor to stay around long enough to write a proper essay that would do this place justice. Still, I could say that the place is large, and there must be a lot more interesting architectural images I could capture if I stayed longer.
Taipei 101 Mall Ceiling Detail
Nikon D610, 28mm, f/8, 1/100, ISO 450
A look at the interior of the Marina Bay Sands Mall and a dessert cafe, both with high ceilings and distinctive lines.
Marina Bay Sands Mall Interior 2
Nikon D610, 18mm, f/5.6, 1/80, ISO 110
Dessert Cafe With High Ceiling
Nikon D610, 18mm, f/4, 1/40, ISO 220
In which we look at a red space, a modern mall, and a really old mixed-use mall/office/residential building.
Red Corner And Stairs
Nikon D610, 18mm, f/5.6, 1/40, ISO 1800