Archive | August 2011

Hectic Hong Kong: Livin’ it up in Lantau

Brain dead after a combo of sickness + intensive designing + cooped at home for 2 consecutive days. I can so do with a holiday right now. Ughhhh. What I cannot do physically, I’ll just have to achieve it mentally by reminiscing about my not-so-recent holiday.

We visited Lantau Island (skipped Disneyland, heard too many horror stories), specifically to visit the Big Buddha statue in Ngong Ping village and take a breather from urban life. Nevertheless, there is no escaping the crowd. As usual snaking queues were formed up for the cable car to our destination. On hindsight, the wait was actually bearable for Hong Kong standards.


#1 All Onboard | LC-A+ RL | Lomo Chrome 100
All onboard the CC finally! The journey was so long that we got into the topic on how cable car works. Nerds.



#2 Omnongnong | Superheadz UWS | Kodak Etakchrome T160 (Exp)
Got to our destination and barged through the mass of staff hawking our photos and souvenirs. On a sidenote, we noticed Hong Kong love to include 360 in their marketing and branding of touristy destinations. What’s the deal with dat?



#3 Commercetown | Superheadz UWS | Kodak Etakchrome T160 (Exp)
If you find yourself surrounded by Italian restaurants and Starbucks, do not be alarmed. They are just there to provide air con in exchange of ripping tourists off.



#4 ❤ | Superheadz UWS | Kodak Etakchrome T160 (Exp)
Sunflares + UWS = ❤
Hint: the shape of the leaves



#5 Ascent | LC-A+ RL | Lomo Chrome 100
And so the climb begins. Nothing compared to our Krabi Tiger Cave Temple feet. Yes pun intended. Anw loving the intense blue of the sky in this pic.



#6 Aged | Superheadz UWS | Kodak Etakchrome T160 (Exp)
Do not be fooled by the smoothing, moderate feeling in this pic. It was actually an insanely hot day. We got sunburnt in the end.



#7 Summary Splitz | LC-A+ RL | Lomo Chrome 100
This shot is a summary of what to expect in Ngong Ping. Big Buddha statue, hills, natural landscape and ermm.. a red door. Which is the entrance to the temple/museum. This shot was made possible with the Splitzer, an accessory you can fit on the LCA to take selected portions of multiple exposures. Hmm, I’m not explaining this very well. Google it.



#8 Upclose | LC-A+ RL | Lomo Chrome 100
A close up on the engraving near the foot of the Big Buddha.



#9 Her | LC-A+ RL | Lomo Chrome 100
Binbin suggested making our way to the Path of Wisdom which is a distance away from the Big Buddha. That’s her trying her best for a candid shot.



#10 Him | LC-A+ RL | Lomo Chrome 100
That’s me all smiles. But actually dying out for some aircon.
I complain alot, don’t I?



#11 POW | Superheadz UWS | Kodak Etakchrome T160 (Exp)
So there. Path of Wisdom. With nice shaded pavilions around for visitors to rest and enjoy the view…



#12 A | Superheadz UWS | Kodak Etakchrome T160 (Exp)
which is pretty darn awesome

After all the praying and enlightenment, what better way to follow it up with a trip to Asia’s Sin City: Macau? No? Didn’t think so. Check out next post for some Macau shenanigans.

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Hectic Hong Kong: To the Peak!

Continuing from the previous post on my adventures in Hectic Kingdom…

One of the must-go places I read about on Hong Kong was The Peak and how wonderful the night scenery is, although it can be quite crowded at the Peak Tram Terminal. Which is kinda expected since it’s a tourist attraction, right? But those websites seriously should have made more of a effort in putting a huge ass disclaimer warning how mad crowded it can get. It’s seriously crowded, like cereally no kidding. So here I am doing all Hong Kong visitors a favor.

GO TO THE PEAK AT YOUR OWN RISK! IT’S A FREAKING MOSH PIT AT THE TERMINAL!! BRING YOUR OWN OXYGEN TANK! WEAR YOUR ELBOW PADS!! AND THROW AWAY ALL DECORUM AND GOOD SENSE! OR JUST GROW WINGS AND FLY UP THERE!!!

To be fair, I’m sure there is a less stressful way to get to The Peak which I should have done a bit of research on. Ok, rant over. Time for pictures I took on our way to The Peak and the aftermath of it all.

We had finished an awesome dinner, albeit a pricey one at Yung Kee (must try century egg and roasted goose) and started to make our way to the terminal on foot. Walking along the road and took a few snaps here and there.


#1 Irony
One of my favourite multi-exposure shot so far, which delivers a handy message we tend to neglect pretty often.



#2 Life
Happens so fast, everything’s a blur.
I also call it the Initial D shot.



#3 Fruit
So fast forward to The Peak after all the trouble we went through, where we can finally enjoy the fruit of our labor.
And a blur shot of the night scenery.



#4 Limitless
We’re finally back on level ground, getting up close and personal to these giants. I love how the lights just seem to go on and on and on into the night sky.



#5 Prey
The stalker’s point of view. (Enter Jaws’ theme music, dum dum dum dum dum..)



#6 Artymath
That’s the aftermath of a trip to The Peak. Glazed eyes, disheveled and disorientated.
Ok fine, I didn’t set the focus right.


Initially, I had my doubts on how well the LC-A+ can take photos at night without flash. I must say I’m very satisfied how it turned out. Well, that concludes all I have for this post. Stay tuned for more of my HK updates!

Hectic Hong Kong: Welcome to the Jungle

hong kong star harbour

Damn right, it’s Hong Kong baby!!

And yes as the title suggests, it was one hell of a hectic holiday. The pace of it all was wayyyy overwhelming than I have ever imagined. Definitely not on my list of destinations to recharge your batteries. And that is to put it mildly.

Well, it’s a whole different level when it comes to shopping. They probably have everything for everyone, branded stuffs, imitation goods, local brands, international ones, comics, toys, cameras, etc. You name it they have it.

Makes this the perfect opportunity to finally get my hands on the LC-A+, the camera that started the whole Lomo movement. With the many different version of LC-A+ to choose from, I went for the Russian lens version known as the LC-A+ RL.

I rotated between the LC-A+ RL and Superheadz UWS throughout the trip (so sorry DianaM). Films used for this series include the Lomo Xpro Chrome, Provia ISO 400 and the Kodak Ektachrome 160T. Without further ado, let’s check out the pics!



#1 Ride It Out
Just another one of the countless rides we took on the MTR. Endure plenty of shoves, steps and (extremely loud!) Mh Gois. That’s just how Hong Kong roll.



#2 Weary Legs
Doubt anyone will take a random stranger snapping in your face too kindly. Especially in such an intense environment. Hence the feet shot.



#3 Cute vs Cute
This lil sweetie pie kept going “Do Jeh (thank you), Do Jeh, Do Jeh…” as she made her way through the crowd with mummy in tow. Binbin tried engaging her to no avail. Uber cuteness nonetheless.



#4 Morning Rush
A typical scene in the Australian Diary Company. Not sure I’m more impressed by their incredible efficiency or yummy scrambled eggs.



#5 Lost In Big City
Binbin looks absolutely lost in the hustle and bustle of the city. Which we did a few times.



#6 Shoppers’ Heaven
Spacious, shoes, sale. Surefire way to induce some shopping spending.



#7 Crikey
Me with my jungle hat. Can pass off as the Thye Hong hokkien mee uncle too.



#8 Fly Fly Superstar
凤飞飞 making a special guest appearance.



#9 King of the Jungle
We stumbled upon a tokidoki exhibition in a “design mall”. Sat right in the center of the mall was this huge ass tokidoki character.



#10 Inside Out
Looking out to the busy streets from inside the bell tower at 1881 Heritage.



#11 Neon Trees
you’re just a cannibal and I’m afraid I won’t get out alive/No I won’t sleep tonight



#12 Oil Sesame Field
Home(for 6 days)! Always comforting to see this sign after a long day out. The feeling lasts till we are at the door of our room.

Look out for more pics from Hong Kong, depending on how fast I beat this Inertia Monster.

Sidenote: That pic on top of the post was taken by me and the words were added in in Photoshop. In no way inspired by bad photo+vintage filter+helvetica .

Randoms on Diana Mini

Hi all, got back from my trip two days back but still feeling kinda tired and under the weather. Before I post the countless no. of photos from my trip, I’m gonna upload this batch of random pics taken on a expired Kodak ISO 400 negative roll using my Diana Mini.


#1 A leisurely walk after having a very Singaporean dinner at the Singapore Food Trail at Singapore Flyer (c’mon guys National Day is coming) with MBS in the backdrop…


#2 So awesome that these strange cool lights are exploding from binbin’s head.


#3 It’s suppose to read Science Museum. Damn those anorexic lens.


#4 The gang hatching some concrete plans in an orange after Chye’s birthday dinner…


#5 while we took to cam whoring!


#6 Fall in! For a trip to the flea market at Sungei Road. Not those kind of flea with pretty young things hawking their used clothes and stuff.


#7 Expect to find uncles selling old antique stuffs from the Jurassic era. Such as these old records. Notice any familiar names?


#8 Inspired by escalators recently. Here’s one on a double exposure at the MRT station.


#9 Fun day out with awesome colleagues, ending with a mug of nice cold beer at Old School.


#10 Gingerbin Woman!! Must admit it’s quite a smart pose.


#11 Jady intent on stuffing her nostrils at the camera.


#12 Rare night out for Jady. Unfortunately, she can only look on as I cycle away on the stationary bike. Woo hoo!

Coming up: pictures from a new toy in town.

The LC-A+ RL. In Hong Kong. Till next time.