So there was this Groupon deal which comprised of a two way cable car ride to Sentosa, buffet at “Tastes of Singapore” and tickets to “Songs of the Sea”. All that at a fairly reasonable price. Me being the cheapskate that I am, thought, “Why not?” and unabashedly asked binbin if we can do that for her birthday.
For starters, the cable car ride was just… a cable car ride. Actually, more like a flying fox ride minus the excitement. Zippp… and… There, reached. That said, I rather much prefer a short ride with minimal queues than the Lantau Island one.
With quite some time to spare before “Songs of the Sea” (which is basically a short beachside musical/laser display), we head off to the restaurant which had the audacity to call itself “Tastes of Singapore”. I can’t claim to be a food connoisseur. On the contrary, I’ve been accused of having sub-standard expectations when it comes to food. But I can assure you none of the dishes tasted remotely like Singapore. Probably taste more like Singapore in Year 2114, when it is the aftermath of the Great Nuclear War and everyone just survives on freeze dried chicken rice or what not.
Don’t ever step foot in there. Just don’t. Not even if the Merlion becomes alive and threatens to bite off your head unless you patronize it. Okay, that’s the main point of my post done. “Songs of the Sea” was kinda corny but bearable because of the fireworks at the end. So yea don’t eat at the “Tastes of Singapore”. Don’t.
#1 Zipzipzip | LC-A+ RL | Lomo Xpro Chrome 100
Whoa cool, cabl… Oh we’ve reached.
with my favourite allies… (10 bonus points for those who know which song I’m referencing without googling)
Well sort of, except instead of driving our own vehicle we relied on buses and taxis. Which means we spent a whole chunk of our trip sleeping in awkward positions, waking up to pins and needles and holding our pee in. Other than that, the getaway was pretty much awesome.
For starters, we overslept, almost missed the bus and had our fair share of childish giggles.
Finally reached Genting and gambled for a couple of hours. Was my 1st ever attempt at the tables and I can conclude there is no such thing as beginner’s luck. At least for me.
#1 Scam City
Is it just me or does that color scheme screams tacky? Fine, I’m just being bitter. Read More…
Well to be accurate, the title should read Superheadz Ultra Wide & Slim Singapore since Superheadz is the company that makes the camera and not the camera itself. But Superheadz Singapore has more of a ring to it, so I’m gonna stick with it rather than going all anal on the accuracy of my post titles.
Presenting random shots around Singapore taken on my Superheadz UWS using Lomo X-Pro Chrome 100.
#1 Piece of History
A familiar sight in the City Hall area with a whole load of history behind it which I didn’t know before. There is a Capitol Cinema that old timers speak fondly about that is hidden from view behind the facade of Capitol Building. Surprise surprise, I didn’t know about that too until now.
It has been confirmed that the site is to be redeveloped and the theatre will be conserved, housing local theatre groups and screening commercial movies. Cool beans. Here is a great set of photos of the old cinema and its interior taken by momofuku ando. I should probably drop by and check out the old cinema before it’s gone.
Something light after all that history lesson. Red lanterns.
#3 Low & Wet
Question. Would you rather be high and dry or low and wet?
#4 Outta Control
Always intrigued by these old school spiral staircases whenever I walked past them on my way to develop my photos. And then I’m reminded of the spiral staircase in the North Spine of NTU. Conclusion: fun to look at, not fun to climb ’em.
Had a very vague memory of the old La Salle college near the vicinity of my secondary school. And remembering it was quite a pickle to pronounce.
“These FTs come and snatch our jobs and act as if they own the place. You mean you can’t find locals for this kind of jobs that require you to stand in the sweltering heat all day long?? Only Sillyporeans can still happily vote for the Gahmen. Sooner or later we are going to become the minority!!..”
If you have a 100% understanding of the above rant, it most certainly is an indication that you have been reading too many of those comments in Yahoo Singapore news.
#7 Sah Mun
The driver previously had a bad case of summonitis.
Is it just me or does anyone thinks that this wouldn’t look out of place as a candidate symbol for a Presidential Election campaign?
That’s all for this set. Quite enjoyed them with the Lomo Chrome coming through for me once again. Definitely recommended for all the Lomographers out there.
Discovered some photos while tidying up my PC which I took during my trip to USS from wayyyyy back. That was before I got my LC-A+, so the pictures are from my Diana Mini and Superheadz UWS. I can’t remember which film I used for the Diana Mini though.. Sorry about that. Enjoy the pics!
#1 Niversal Studios Singapore | Diana Mini
Fail shot. This is the Diana Mini, not the UWS, dodo! Should have shot with abit of clearance on the sides in case of parallax error. Oh well, I’ll learn.
#2 Move It | Superheadz UWS | B&W ISO 100
She like to move it, move it~
#3 Hollow | Superheadz UWS | B&W ISO 100
The crowd expecting some attraction behind the tree door. To no avail.
#4 Shrek’s | Superheadz UWS | B&W ISO 100
If only it’s a real life castle where you can access the upper levels, dungeons and what not. I guess Read More…
Probably one of the highlights of the our Hong Kong trip was the ferry rides, which offered a glimpse of the life of old. The Tsim Sha Tsui Ferry Pier was dingy and yet retained an unique charm. The ferry ride was surprisingly pleasant with plenty of seats for everyone. Definitely a worthwhile alternative to experience Hong Kong.
Armed with my Superheadz UWS and a roll of Xpro Lomo Chrome 100 under the bloody hot sun, I managed to churn out some pretty neat pictures. I don’t know about you, but I’m becoming quite a sucker for the colors on the Chrome.
#1 Peek-a-boo | Superheadz UWS | Lomo Chrome 100
Stopping by at Heritage 1881 on our way to the Tsim Sha Tsui Ferry Pier.
#2 Funkadelic | Superheadz UWS | Lomo Chrome 100
It was originally a historical monument that was re-developed into a hotel. Quite a funky place this Heritage 1881. Bet the price is funky too.
#3 Hip Shot 101 | Superheadz UWS | Lomo Chrome 100
At the boundaries of the pier, giving it the hip shot treatment.
#4 Flying Man | Superheadz UWS | Lomo Chrome 100
A cool sculpture outside the equally cool Hong Kong Cultural Centre
#5 Tada! | Superheadz UWS | Lomo Chrome 100
Here we are at the platform which offers a pretty sweet view…
#6 Motorboat | Superheadz UWS | Lomo Chrome 100
of the waterfront, with Hong Kong island right across. So much Hong Kong goodness overflowing from this one.
#7 Rickety | LC-A+ RL | Lomo Earl Grey 100
I guess it was pretty apt to take a shot of the old rickety gate leading to the gangway in black and white.
A pity that i didn’t get any nice shots onboard the ferry due to a lack of lighting and the constant bobbling. Blur underexposed shots galore.
#8 Central | LC-A+ RL | Lomo Earl Grey 100
Night view of the Central Pier. Spot the towering landmarks in the background.
With the end of our pier hopping extravaganza. It’s time to make our way home…
#9 Hustle Bustle | Superheadz UWS | Lomo Chrome 100
I’d like to think this shot epitomize the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong. And binbin’s expression. Uber stressed look.
#10 hkskies | Superheadz UWS | Lomo Chrome 100
One last look at the Hong Kong skies.
#11 Ride Me Home | LC-A+ RL | Lomo Earl Grey 100
Us lugging our massive luggage through the MTR crowd. Quite a stressful experience I must say as my luggage was threatening to fall apart. Also check out the Lomography bag containing 2 La Sardina Shufang got me to buy.
As fate would have it, I’m one of the 20 bloggers selected to participate in the LoBlography Singapore Challenge about the La Sardina. Stay tuned for that!
#12 The Wait | LC-A+ RL | Lomo Earl Grey 100
Made our way to the Airport Express at Central Station to check in our luggage, only to find out that the service is not available for Tiger Airways passengers. Pui! Oh well, you get monkeys for paying peanuts.
Bye bye HK! Till next time.
Finally, that concludes my series of posts on Hong Kong. A top, top secret guest blogger will be taking over for the next few weeks. Be nice.
Super overdue pics from the one and only rally we attended during the election season. It was definitely an awesome experience, immersing ourselves in the electric atmosphere and capturing these iconic moments. The whole place was literally rocking. All of the pictures were taken with my Diana Mini. I took the opportunity to shoot in bulb mode and also a few multiple exposures. I obviously need more practice.
#1 Jady’s cute lil bum. Sorry buddy you’re not coming along.
#2 Trying double exposure at night. Idea was to take a shot of the massive crowd and overlap with a shot of the “No Stopping” sign. No stopping the masses, geddit? But seems like I overexposed the 2nd shot. You can hardly make out the crowd shot. And the “No” is not in the frame. Dang.
#3 Cheeky smile from the ever cheeky binbin. 😀
#4 Baby blue is the new black. Some funky double exposure at work here too.
#5 The legendary 500kg hammer. Overheard some uncle asking his friend to come find him at the “gor pa kilo dan dui”. True story.
#6 This photo screams, “We were there at GE 2011 rally. *wide grins*”
#7 Let’s go crazy and wave your flags like you just don’t care! Wheeeeeeeee
#8 The 6th member of the Worker’s Party Aljunied Team. Pursuant to Section 49, Subsection 7E, Paragraph A of the Parliamentary Elections Act, I declare you da big winner!
Well, I was having a hard time thinking how to conclude this post, then I realised what better way to do it than in the words of Singapore’s founding father..
“If you believe in democracy, you must believe in it unconditionally. If you believe that men should be free, then, they should have the right of free association, of free speech, of free publication. Then, no law should permit those democratic processes to be set at nought.”
– Lee Kuan Yew as an opposition leader, April 27, 1955