#1 Old is Gold | LC-A+ RL
I’m no expert in architecture, but the look of the estate somehow reminds me of the public housing in communist countries. Tried sourcing the net for the inspiration behind its design and instead stumbled upon a gem of a blog, written about all the nostalgic stuffs of Singapore: Remember Singapore. Definitely a great read for those interested in knowing more about the olden days of Singapore.
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.
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.
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.
Hola! I’m back with another follow up of my Hong Kong adventures. This time round, we took a much needed break from squeezy train rides and snaking long queues. By subjecting ourselves to an impossible dash thru Macau, in a single day. Damn those bloody kiasu genes of ours.
#1 Jugular | LC-A+ RL | Lomo Chrome 100
Boom! Going straight for the jugular upon hitting the shores of Macau. Right here at the Venetian casino where the space is limitless. Something very much appreciated having been thru the rigors of Hong Kong.
#2 Eye | LC-A+ RL | Provia 400
After expending minimal moolah at the casino (gambling rules can be so complex and intimidating), we went around exploring other parts of the Venetian. There is no denying the lavishness of its decor. The details of the ceiling and beams made me go “woahhhhhaweseommeeeehitttt” at first sight.
#3 Lisbon Lion | LC-A+ RL | Provia 400
Double exposure shot of a tower outside the Venetian and its intricate details.
#4 Good Mood | Superheadz UWS | Kodak Etakchrome T160 (Exp)
Somebody’s mighty happy in Macau…
#5 Bad Mood | Superheadz UWS | Kodak Etakchrome T160 (Exp)
While another is a grump. Nahhh.. Just posing for the cam. Macau was pretty cool. Even their random wall tiles rock socks.
#6 Squared | Superheadz UWS | Kodak Etakchrome T160 (Exp)
Senado Square, where the Portuguese bigwigs used to chill and make merry, lamenting about crappy conditions living in the East eons ago. Ok, that was just my imagination since Wikipedia wasn’t of much help.
#7 Mustard. Cut. | LC-A+ RL | Provia 400
St. Dominic’s Church. And yes I got that from Wiki. C’mon, you can’t expect me to translate the sign at the front which read “Largo De S.Domingos”.
#8 Big 38 | Superheadz UWS | Kodak Etakchrome T160 (Exp)
The main purpose of our Macau trip (apart from casinos and almond cookies). I’m sure those who grew up watching that HK drama starring Julian Cheung will remember this.
#9 Cherry on Top | LC-A+ RL | Provia 400
That’s the view from the top of the stairs, after bashing thru the 5836th tourist.
#10 The Thinker | LC-A+ RL | Provia 400
The Thinker, Macau trishaw uncle version.
#11 Goodbye. Goodnight. | LC-A+ RL | Provia 400
My last shot of Macau at The Wynn. But (fortunately or unfortunately), this ain’t my last post of the Hectic Hong Kong series. There is probably one final post to go. Or 2.
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.
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.
One of my favourite multi-exposure shot so far, which delivers a handy message we tend to neglect pretty often.
Happens so fast, everything’s a blur.
I also call it the Initial D shot.
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.
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.
The stalker’s point of view. (Enter Jaws’ theme music, dum dum dum dum dum..)
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!