In response to the WPC: Rounded
I managed to find a little time for this post after a long absence. Apparently, I totally missed out on the news that a new wetlands and accompanying sections were added to the Singapore Botanic Gardens, accompanied by convenient interconnected walkways which give visitors a close look of the new nature attractions. Continue reading
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.
In response to the Weekly Photo Challenge: Ooh, Shiny!
It’s all architecture this time round, as we pay a visit to the Victoria Concert Hall and the neighbouring Old Parliament building. As the name implies, the VCH is a music concert venue in Singapore, and one of only two places in Singapore which is properly designed for the acoustics of musical instruments. Sure there are definitely other venues where you can hold a music concert. But there are only two places with a sound design which can satisfy discerning listeners of instrumental music.
Singapore 2017: Victoria Concert Hall Interior Main Foyer
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In a hot, sunny tropical afternoon, pedestrians walk beneath the shelter of concrete buildings to find respite from the blazing sun. Amid the shadows cast by the stone roof and pillars, strong rays of bright sunlight finds its way through to create an interplay of light and shadow with a pedestrian. For a brief moment the man steps into the light and turns his face towards it, as if acknowledging the wonder of the natural light among the man-made geometry.
It’s about time I start updating my gallery of street photography images. Digging through my archives, it is interesting to see how my shooting style has changed over the years. I also realize that my own opinions about what makes a street photography image good has also changed over the years as I gained more exposure and experience. Some images which I thought were unique and gained a lot of “likes” now look cliché and boring to me. I also noticed that my images actually had more variety back when I was still using a kit zoom lens. My technique may have improved today, but I seem to have less compositional and subject diversity than I used to get compared to when I was using a zoom lens. Time to rethink what is really the best focal length for street photography? Continue reading
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