Well, not the one in New Zealand or any other Commonwealth countries. It’s the Queenstown right here in Singapore.
It has the honor of being the first satellite town in Singapore and was developed between the 50s and 60s. I remember stumbling onto some recent pictures of the area which left me pretty fascinated. It was old and beat-up. It was so… foreign.
However, the number of visits I’ve ever made to Queenstown can probably be counted on the stubby fingers of my hands. The bulk of it when I was a pimply teenager looking to score a bargain for a pair of football boots at Queensway Shopping Centre. And oh, baggy berms too.
So I wielded my keyboard and did some research on the places I could check out. With my enhanced knowledge, I’m all set and ready to rumble.
All photos taken with Superheadz Ultra Wide and Slim (UWS) on Agfa Vista 100.
Sorry We’re Closed, Forever
Was hoping to check out the surroundings of the abandoned cinema but it has been barricaded. Great start.
LomoTravels: Reminiscing London + Manchester Day 4 / Of Tower of London, Spitalfields and Sunday UpMarket
This is gonna be a short one. As our trip was winding down, we either a) developed holiday fatigue, b) were too immersed in our activities or c) both a) and b) which resulted in us taking less and less photos.
After rushing through breakfast for the past few days, we had abit more time with the hotel buffet spread as the Tower of London opened at 10 on Sundays. Got our tickets with ease which were inclusive of a group tour (which ran at half hourly intervals) led by a Yeoman Warder. Also known as Beefeaters, the Yeoman Warders have been the guardians of the Tower since way back.
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Although a huge crowd was gathering at the entrance where the guided tour was going to start, it didn’t deterred us from waiting it out. Spent a few minutes hanging around and taking snaps of the surrounding.
LomoTravels: Reminiscing London + Manchester Day 3 / Of Palace of Westminster and St Paul’s Cathedral
It’s the weekend! Not that we really care when we’re overseas, but the Palace of Westminster aka Houses of Parliament is only opened for tours on Saturdays during off peak season.
Had to rush through breakfast and adjust our planned travel route (scheduled closures of train stations are quite common) before reaching slightly later than our scheduled admission time.
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After going through the inevitable security check there was still abit of distance to cover before entering the palace. From there we got a good view of Elizabeth Tower which is best known for the bell it houses – the Big Ben.
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If the title didn’t make it clear enough for you, this post is all about football and Manchester United. So if you’re a hater, I would advise you to stay away.
If you have been an avid follower, you might have read about how my love affair with United started. As a kid, I have always dreamed about visiting Old Trafford and even stepping onto the pitch for the Red Devils.
I have finally realised the former! As for the latter, let’s just say I’ll be making myself available once Rooney is off.
The alarm went off. Eyes opened. First thing out of bed was to ruffle the curtain drapes and peer out the window.
Nevertheless, we decided to push on with our plan to visit the neighboring islands Torcello and Burano. Who knows, maybe by the time we reached, the weather would have improved.
After an hour of traveling which involved transferring from one vaporetta to another, we finally reached the shores of Torcello. At this time, the rain was falling even more heavily. And the winds. The piercing winds!!
Compounding the depressing weather was the virtually empty streets as local vendors were all holed up at home while tourists that were as hardcore/foolish as us were far and few.
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.
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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.
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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.