Singapore 2017: The War Memorial, A Flower For The Lost
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Singapore went through a Japanese occupation during the world war 2. The island has had an overwhelmingly Chinese-majority population which lent their brethren in mainland China a lot of money and support in their fight against Japan. So when Singapore finally fell to the Japanese, the revenge of the occupiers was brutal. Continue reading
In response to the Weekly Photo Challenge: Wanderlust
Paris 2017: Paris Winter Along The River Seine
Paris 2017: Along The River Seine In Winter
To continue from my previous post, in this post I will finally get to discuss about some serious impressions I have of Paris. Continue reading
Paris 2017: The Louvre Pyramid Entrance
Paris was… is not all what mainstream opinion would want you to believe it is. The strongest sentiments come from what I call the “common ladies’ fantasy”. In this version of foreign perception, Paris is a utopic dream destination where all your romantic dreams are fulfilled. Of course the naïve souls have never visited the place, or just spent a few days visiting as part of a Europe tour.
So after spending almost two weeks in Paris as part of my work, one of my new favourite pastimes now is crushing the shallow Parisian dreams of silly girls. Woo-hoo! Continue reading
Singapore 2016: Little India – Coconuts With The Family
Little India in Singapore is the Indian equivalent of the Chinatowns that are common all over the world. New migrants started their lives in their new country by gathering, meeting, and living in a specific area. Then that area becomes a Chinatown, or a Little France, or a Little Mexico, or in this case – a Little India. Continue reading
In response to the WPC Photo Challenge: Ambiance
Tokyo 2016: Under Tokyo Tower
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
Well it’s been too long since I have shared any images as I was busy messing around with Affinity Photo. Here is a set of architecture images – from a mix of modern and historic subjects. All images here were taken with a Nikon D610 and the Nikkor 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED.
Singapore 2016: Dhoby Gaut Underground Train Station
Staff in a subway in general are very wary of people taking pictures around for two reasons. Continue reading
Tokyo 2016: Street of Akibahara 1
Nikon D610, 26mm, f/8, 1/200, ISO 100
I have a personal theory that visitors to Akihabara would react in five different ways. They are:
1. The locals
We’ve gotten used to the craziness.
2. The nerd
This is awesome and I’m in paradise.
3. The confused
I don’t know what’s going on. Please get me out of here.
4. The traumatized
My brain has shut down as a form of protection from information and emotional overload. Continue reading
Tokyo 2016: Romance Under Tokyo Tower
Nikon D610, 24mm, f/8, 1/40, ISO 1100
Once upon a time, the Tokyo Tower was the main “tall structure you gotta see” when you visit Tokyo. It was built as a broadcasting tower and became the tallest free-standing tower in 1958, surpassing the Eiffel Tower in height. Of course 1958 was a long time ago and many more high-rise buildings have sprung up, challenging the broadcasting effectiveness of Tokyo Tower. Continue reading