Sunday, October 13, 2013

Hiking: Kranji

Kranji 04

Continuing the KTM railway series from 2 years ago with YN. Things have been changing so quickly in Singapore, the tracks have been removed as compared to two years ago, and Nature is reclaiming the old rail track slowly. Walking along the once-a-railway-track path feel so good that I sincerely hope the Singapore government will not do development project on these beautiful trails.

The walk into the trail needs only a little bit of adventurous spirit. It was not straight forward, not labelled. We first found this place by tracing along the MRT track, but because I passed by the abandoned raised overhead bridge every morning from Yew Tee to Kranji.

Kranji 01

Posing with the XZ1 that I almost put up into forum to sell it away. I was armed with X100, loaned from my friend Wanting.

Kranji 02

Kranji 03

Blessed with a morning without raining and bright sunlight, the light was soft, the air was cool. I did not even sweat much after walking for about an hour.

Along the trail, this "Horse Grass" form some kind of wall which create an interesting scenery.

Kranji 06

Two kittens ran out of nowhere, the first thing they did, meow and melt our hearts. They played with us, for quite some time and followed us until we reached a road. Fortunately, they did not follow us anymore as the road was kind of busy.

Kranji: Kittens

The X100 performed well and the images are good and sharp, at f/2. Although it is a bit late for me to realise the goodness of this camera but better late or never! It's a beast, and I feel even more itchy to buy a X100S now, or X-E1?

The first time we were able to finally complete the old railway track from Kranji to Choa Chu Kang area.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Cooking, Resume

Tea Afternoon

With such gloomy weather outside, we stayed at home, doing nothing.

I was arranging the table for a good composition of food photo. She was preparing food inside the kitchen. Such a seemingly normal day, but signified recovery.

Our Fika with the Sun is back.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

VSCO Camera

It's getting dark. #squaready #vscocam

Twilight. #squaready #vscocam

Silver grasses #squaready #vscocam

Recently my desire to shoot has gone on for quite a long time. Have to thank VSCO for that. Great gallery they are curating at the Grid, great articles, great designs.

All the film-like quality just made me feel like picking up my camera/phone to make pictures!

http://kanki.vsco.co/

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Penang: Flashback the Straits Chinese charms

An Everyday view

Temple of Goddess of Mercy

Walking around George Town of Penang, the once British Colonial town filled with the so called Straits Chinese, I could smell the incense of the Kwan Yin temple, with the ashes blown into my eyes by the sea breeze, we wandered into a quiet shrine in a city bustling with traffic, and bumped into Chai Diam Ma but got turned away as they were already closing but kind enough to let us went in and take some pictures.

Chai Diam Ma

Chai Diam Ma

The Peranakan or Baba Nyonya mansion, is impressive. I am glad that it is open up to the public for us to appreciate the fusion between Chinese and local culture, that made us so unique. Furnitures were glittering, sunlight poured in on the floor and illuminate the interior of the house with such soft quality of light. Even better, Aunt Annie, a Straits Chinese was inside and came to talked to us, even offered to take picture together with us. Glad that we got to talk to such a lovely old lady. I heard that she acted in one of Ah Niu's movies.

Aunt Annie and us

Aunt Annie

Nyonya-wannabe

My aunt was so kind that she brought us to everywhere we requested and insisted to pay for every meal there. Even though she was not a Penangite, but now she kinda blended in, speaks like a Penangite, and prayed like a Penangite as well.

Blessing from a Monk

Saturday, May 11, 2013

My little Pebble

#pebble traveling in the mountain water

Let me look geeky. I love my Pebble watch! The investment worths every cent and the long wait since May 2012.

When it arrived in early April of 2013, in style:

My #pebble is too big for my skinny wrist. ;(

The Pebble grew stronger as days pass by, with updates coming from the team every 2 to 3 weeks as promised. From a few built-in watch faces to endless possibilities, thanks to the community users that are actively developing them. I felt the pain of not being able to do much when I first received the Pebble, but with an update that came one or two weeks later, wow, satisfaction.

Hundreds, thousands of faces available here. I can even design my own faces, if I want to learn. Haha.
http://www.mypebblefaces.com/

Just discovered more about #pebble I thought I should build my own watch faces

Of course, one of the reasons why I chose to back Pebble in Kickstarter, is the ability to support Runkeeper! However, it did not come until recently, and I see there are still many improvements that can be done. Now I can look at my pace, without having to fish out my phone and unlock the screen!

#pebble married #runkeeper !

I had even tried swimming with Pebble. No problem! The spec says it can dive up to 5 atm, so swimming pool depth has no problem at all.

Till now, I am still bathed in the ecstasy of Pebble watch.

Next task, hunt for a good wrist strap replacement!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Japan: the little ones

Little lives that walked into my field of sight while I was in Japan.

Web

little frog

Dragonfly

コスモス - COSMOS

Happy Hiking Seoraksan (초): Ulsanbawi

Tree of Ulsanbawi

After more than one year of not doing anything about my Korea travelogue, and one day stumble upon this old picture of a tree in Seoraksan, I decided to revive the memory by continuing on to the Seoraksan National Park write up.

There were only three of us, Jess, Marcus and me. Effy was down with knee injury, and hiking is simply not MK's thing. Therefore they decided to stay at the youth hostel to rot away.

Armed with nothing more than a thin layer of T-shirt, shorts and a pair of jogging shoes, we began the hike. Too reckless. We saw the locals were at least still dressed with sweater.

Seoraksan: Ulsanbawi

Seoraksan: Ulsanbawi

Seoraksan: Ulsanbawi

It was not really difficult for the walk up to Ulsanbawi. The scenery was filled with all the Zen-ness and serene of the Far East. Not until we reached the Ulsanbawi rocky area, where the inclination suddenly increased to a point that any step being taken wrongly we would slide and permanently disabled, that we felt the vertigo swirling within. Of course, not forgetting to take a break, and take a picture with the buddies before heading up to the peak.

Seoraksan: Ulsanbawi

Seoraksan: Ulsanbawi

After another 30 minutes or 1 hour of steep climbings, through narrow staircase seemed to be precariously built on the rock, we arrived at the peak. The clouds were so thick at that time that we felt some drizzles. Bad ideas to wear like summer here. Luckily it did not rain.

Seoraksan: Ulsanbawi

Seoraksan: Ulsanbawi

I strongly recommend anyone interested in a hike to Seoraksan. This was totally the Asian experience I sought after in Japan and Korea!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Hey Chinese New Year 2013

Hi CNY.

2 years, I hadn't been back to the my grandparents' place, the place where dad grew up in. How time flies, so many things happened and so many things have changed but I felt like I went back just few months ago.

Looking back at the photo archives of 2012, indeed, there are so many missing pieces of memory I have yet to fill up into this blog. And, I haven't been shooting that much already. Work life really deviates my past interest.

Two years ago, I shot in iPhone 4 and also films on my Olympus OM1 in black and white. Too bad I haven't got a chance even now to scan the prints. There are pictures that I really love. This year, I shot mainly with my iPhone 5 and Olympus mju 2. I wont' know when I will go and develop that roll of film yet. It's such a hassle to shoot film these days even though I love the tone. How I wish I can have my own film scanner.

As usual, CNY is about reunions and a bit of firework!


花火

The reflection.

Huge dragon stick

Dragon pillars

Palm oil shades, rubber trees, lime farm

Water snake weather

Cow herds and cow dungs

Running in the countryside. FUN!

Tiger's CNY


Photography taught me how to appreciate little things in life. Instead of getting myself confined and bored in the estate, I stepped out of the house, to run, to cycle, to walk cute poodle in the countryside. Yea, I could gone missing from the house for few hours then reappeared!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Inamuragasaki's Sunset

glittering beach

As the sun was slowly setting, I rushed to the shore of Inamuragasaki(稲村ケ崎)to catch the legendary sunset of Shōnan.

The sun went down slowly into the horizon, golden lights poured over the Enoshima island(江ノ島)and all over the city of Kamakura. Sea breeze carried the water droplets with golden sparkles and cooled the warm streets.

A little girl was strolling on the black sandy beach along with her father. The girl screamed happily as the waves came hitting on the shore and splashed water onto her feet. Kicking the sand, the little girl skipped and hopped in the yellow mist. Blissful.

little girl by the sea

golden sand

Bikini surfers were cycling past me, on their way back from their sun-tanning holiday I supposed.

bikini surfers

Ah, summer...