Finally back with some long overdue shots. To be specific, night shots with my LCA+ RL on the Lomo Xpro Chrome 100.
The location was quite a well kept secret. I think? But I’m gonna share it with you guys anyway cos that’s just the way I roll.
At 5 bucks a pop, you can enter Universal Studios Singapore on either Friday or Saturday for an electrifying fireworks display at 9pm. If I remembered correctly, the tickets go on sale from 6 or 6.30pm onwards at the counters located outside the entrance.
It’s definitely a far cry to USS in the day, with the cool night breeze and lit up attractions. Not to mention the thin crowds (that is until the fireworks show) that made USS so much more enjoyable to explore.
#1 Follow the Light
Wished I could say we took this on our way in, but I actually took this on our way out along Sentosa Boardwalk. Nice ambience for a chillout night.
Continuing from where I left off in Part 1 of Bali Brouhaha, we were headed to Ubud for its famous Babi Guling! Although, our driver informed us that we could easily find better tasting Babi Guling from just about anywhere in Seminyak rather than this joint which mainly caters to tourists. But heck, we’re here so let’s just dig in.
And nope, I’m sorry to say that the only pic I have of the dish is this one from my phone.
It tasted kind of funky. Probably because of the overpowering smell of the pork. I used to scratch my head at friends who refused to eat pork because of its smell. Now I know what they mean.
After lunch, we took our time checking out the area which we so hastily left the day before.
#1 Layers | LC-A+ RL | Fujichrome T64
Inside the premises of a temple in Central Ubud.
It has been a lifelong dream of mine to use the word ‘brouhaha’ in some form of writing. You would think it’s an easy task but I don’t see how it’s possible to squeeze in that whimsical looking word into work documents and emails without getting dirty looks from my colleagues.
Anyway, I have had the opportunity to visit Bali on a short holiday recently and I was pretty psyched to go due to the rave reviews I’ve heard. Unfortunately, the first day was pretty much a write-off in terms of itinerary accomplishment and photos. We did minimal planning thinking that Bali or at least Seminyak (the area our villa was located) is a commercialized area that is easily accessible. Wrongggg. But our biggest mistake was thinking that the cab will be a cheaper option to get around compared to hiring a personal vehicle. Wrong againnnnn.
We took a cab to Ubud to check out the Babi Guling (suckling pig) and traditional dance performances. The driver must have been on the brink of death trying to contain his laughter at striking tourist gold. Although to be fair, he did informed us that the trip would take an hour or so. Upon reaching our destination, we found out that the famous Babi Guling restaurant was already closed for the day.
In addition, our driver informed us that it will be quite hard to hail a cab to take us back to Seminyak and offered to wait for us while we go about doing our touristy stuffs. We readily agree, then realised he might have keep his meter running, so we had better have a quick dinner and make our way back. Therefore, no dance performances whatsoever and minimal sightseeing was accomplished. And I screwed up the film while loading it in my camera.
Deflated and dejected, we decided to just take the easy way out and hire a driver from our villa to take us out on a day tour the next day. It’s an infinitely better deal than hiring a cab considering it’s cheaper and we could have the car for up to 8 hours.
#1 Expensive Shit | LC-A+ RL | Fujichrome T64
The 1st stop of our day tour, a plantation selling Balinese produce such as fruits, chocolate, tea and coffee. When it comes to coffee, Indonesia is famed for producing the most expensive in the world: Kopi Luwak. It is produced from coffee beans consumed and subsequently defecated by civets and cost between US$100 and $600 per pound.
That’s some expensive shit.
#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.
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.