Today’s main feature is Vatican City which we had already pre-booked a half day tour with Dark Rome tour operator. With the tour we would be able to access some restricted areas and (most importantly) skip the entry queue. You know its money well spent when you see snaking queues forming outside the entrance at 8:15am.
We got to the meeting place quite easily and everyone else in our group were on time. From then onwards, our guide when about clearing all the administrative stuffs to ensure our entry was fuss free.
The guide then gave a general introduction of Vatican City, touching on its minute population (around 800 if I remember correctly), the Swiss guards who had to live within the compound and how the dome of St Peter’s Basilica was designed to be just slightly smaller than that of the Pantheon by Michelangelo (can’t quite recall the exact reason). She also shared various interesting facts and trivia which helped saved our brains from shutting off.
We first explored the Pinacoteca, the Vatican art gallery where the famous works of Caravaggio (The Entombment of Christ is pretty epic), Leonardo and Raphael can be found. It was mentioned that Raphael took inspiration from Michelangelo, especially from his Sistine Chapel frescoes to capture the gestures and movements of the characters in his Transfiguration. It is pretty evident that the stances of the characters from his earlier work, The Crowning of the Virgin Mary (which can also be found in the Pinacoteca) are less vivid in comparison.
Oh look at me going on and on like a sir.
It’s an early day today!
There is quite an interesting story about the chains which are on display at the main altar. However, the main draw for us was Michelangelo’s statue of Moses.
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I’m definitely not an art connoisseur but was nevertheless left in awe by the details etched on the statue. Hats off to that orange dude from TMNT.
Happiness is waking up to the smell of fresh toast and an assortment of bread, ham, yogurt and juices.
Enlightenment is realizing that oranges are not only orange in color but red too. Yes, it’s true and they are called blood oranges!
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On the way to the Metro to get to our 1st destination.
Anddd that’s one off the bucket list, my first foray into the European continent.
Sorry, I still get a bit high while reminiscing about it. So, I’m gonna ride out the high with a series of day by day posts.
First off, to Rome!
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Just another day in the streets of Rome.
As I said in my previous post. I will be attempting to rid myself of the fat fingers syndrome for a shot at redemption. So here it is!
Tada! Yes! It’s a custom made sticker designed by me! I’m gonna stick it at the back of my UWS so whenever I am about to shoot, I shall be reminded to KEEP FINGERS AWAY FROM LENS!
Something about the design. It’s actually showing the back of the camera and the appropriate way to hold it (in my opinion) such that your fingers don’t get in the way. I used myself as the model for the reference picture.
Yea I know. Nice wallpaper.
Anyway I incorporated the design on a t-shirt, such that the color can be changed along with the shirt color. There is plenty of color choices. Like how the Superheadz UWS have an array of funky colors. Check them out!
Sweet huh. So if you’re an UWS owner stricken by fatfingernitis. Or you would like to own the t-shirt just for the heck of it. Check these stuffs out at my redbubble account.
For the tee, click here. Remember you can choose the tee color to match your UWS.
For the sticker, click here. Unfortunately, I only designed it in blue, since it matches my blue ribbon. If you would like it in any other color just drop a comment. I might just upload another version. Of course, you can also get this as a tee if it tickles your fancy.
Hopefully, this will be good enough to appease the almighty Lomo Lord. Amen.
From what started as a blog to show my tee designs, I know it has been eons since my last one. This cannot go on as my hordes of fans will be so disappointed.
So what better way to make a comeback than dropping a new design just in time for Christmas? Yes! It’s a Christmas theme tee!! Rejoice people because this is my early Christmas gift to you!
Introducing Sam the Schizo Snowman….
Well, Sam has a problem. He is a schizo. One day, he cuts two hole into a purple rag and pretends he is Donatello. Some days, he puts on his Groucho Marx disguise. When he gets into a revolutionary mood, he dons a beret and transform into Che. And there is Gene Simmons from KISS, the Joker, Mickey, Mario and Kenny. These are just a few of his personalities.
If you will like to purchase this shirt (which will definitely make a perfect gift in my honest and definitely not biased opinion), you can do so over here. Over at the site, you can play with the tee shirt color and see how the design holds up in different colored background. You can view a larger version of the design too. Also, feel free to drop any comments if you think any of the characters look iffy. I can always make some changes and upload a new version, if I happen to agree with your suggestions.
Another reason why you should whip out your credit card right now is that redbubble is having a Christmas sale till 25th of December. There is a 20% discount on all white apparel. Find out more over here. I have some other designs that will look awesome in white which you guys may like to check it out. Remember, it’s free delivery if you order 4 or more t-shirts. So gather round all your friends and family for a mass order!
That is all I have for now. I’m gonna kick back and take a well deserved break. Till then. Cheers!
Hi all my loyal readers! It’s been awhile and I’m back with a lovely piece of news! Drumroll pls…
(Yea that’s the trumpet if you’re wondering)
Redbubble is having a 15% sale!!! Rejoice people!!
If you guys have been dying to own one of my mind blowing masterpieces, now is the perfect time!!
All you have to do is enter this discount code: chylng_is_on_sale_5120 when purchasing any of my works on redbubble.
Here is how you do it.
Pick out the stuffs you wanna buy from my portfolio (free shipping if you buy 4 items or more), add to shopping cart and proceed to checkout.
Stashed away on the right side of the checkout page is a box that looks like this:
Just enter the discount code as shown and the payment amount will be updated accordingly. Simples!
Don’t wait anymore!
Check out my portfolio now and shop away!!
Offer ends on 14 November. Mai tu liao.