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2017 Week 47, Australia Victoria. Trees And Foliage

Melbourne 2017:  Great Ocean Road - Overlooking Rough Waves On A BeachVictoria 2017: Along The Great Ocean Road, Overlooking Rough Waves On A Cliff

It’s nature. There are trees, foliage, flowers and plants in general. They are just trees aren’t they? They are everywhere. But sometimes, they just look special under the randomness of light, clouds and weather. Enough for me to put aside this little gallery of three images for them.

Melbourne 2017: Along The Great Ocean RoadVictoria 2017: Along The Great Ocean Road, Trees Along The Road

Melbourne 2017: Great Otway National Park Temperate Rainforest 3Victoria 2017: Within The Temperate Rainforest Of The Great Otway National Park
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This blog will take a slight turn towards nature for a few weeks as I document my short trip in Victoria. But I’ll be back in architecture and street photography soon. Stay tunes. -WY

2017 Week 46: Melbourne Queen Victoria Market

Melbourne 2017:  Queen Victoria Market Grocer StoresMelbourne 2017: Queen Victoria Market – A Moment In The Market

The fun fact is that the Queen Victoria Market ranks as one of our top destinations in Melbourne. First, it’s about shopping, and that makes the missus happy. Second, it’s physically un-demanding and easily accessible in Melbourne’s inner city, so that makes the missus happy too. Third, happy missus means my life becomes easier and generates even more happiness. 😛

All right, it is actually a genuinely interesting place. That’s important too. Continue reading

2017 Week 44: Snippets From NGV and NGVI

Melbourne 2017:  National Gallery Of Victoria International - Interior Displays 4Melbourne 2017: National Gallery Of Victoria International – Exhibition Space
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There are two NGV museums. The much larger National Gallery of Victoria International (NGVI) and the smaller National Gallery of Victoria (NGV). Both are art museums, with the NGV more focused on local art while the NGVI has a Victorian-era collection and hosts more foreign art exhibitions. Both museums are a tram stop away from each other. Both are worth dropping by if you enjoy art. But even if I put them together, I don’t consider them to be as interesting as Melbourne’s rival Sydney’s Gallery of New South Wales. Whoops. Honest travel opinion though. 😛 Continue reading

2017 Week 41: State Library of Victoria (2)

Melbourne 2017:  State LIbrary Of Victoria The La Trobe Reading Room 3Melbourne 2017: State LIbrary Of Victoria La Trobe Reading Room 3
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Welcome to the La Trobe Reading Room with its impressive Dome elevation and ceiling. This is the star attraction of the State Library of Victoria, and totally qualifies as a major visitor attraction in Melbourne’s inner city.
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2017 Week 41: State Library Of Victoria (1)

Melbourne 2017:  State LIbrary Of Victoria Redmond Barry Reading Room 1Melbourne 2017: State Library Of Victoria Redmond Barry Reading Room 1
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To my surprise, one of the places that was most interesting to me in my visit to Melbourne is a library. The State Library of Victoria (abbreviated SLV) boosts large, impressive styled architecture, large reading rooms, exhibitions, and some of the best Victorian-era paintings that can be found in Melbourne. Visitors and tourists are welcome, as long as you keep quiet of course. Continue reading

2017 Week 40: Scenes From Melbourne’s City Centre

Melbourne 2017: Little Alley In The Inner CityMelbourne 2017: An Alley In The Inner City

I finally got to visit what the Economist magazine ranks as “The most livable city” for multiple years consecutively. After spending seven days here I came to the unbiased conclusion that one magazine’s opinion does not qualify as any form of Cosmic Truth. 😛 Melbourne is certainly a fine place, but “livability” is definitely subjective to different people. So all you folks from Sydney shouldn’t be too miffed that your rival city kept topping the chart ahead of yours every year in the same chart. I just might prefer Sydney over Melbourne. 😉 Continue reading

WPC: Layered

Singapore 2017: Electronics And Computer Mall Sim Lim Square InteriorSingpaore 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.

-WY

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