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the sky: historic, geographic, spatial, prolific.

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Because I needed something epic.

An incinerator designed by the artist, Hundertwasser. Vienna, Austria. September 2008.

Power lines. Bratislava, Slovakia. September 2008.

Crash. Cinque Terre, Italy. October 2008.

Looking up. Cinque Terre, Italy. October 2008.

Epic architecture. Pisa, Italy. October 2008.

Onset of dusk. Venice, Italy. October 2008.

Post-mass, post-Pope sighting. Vatican City, Italy. October 2008.

Holocaust Memorial, solo trip. Berlin, Germany. October 2008.

Falling night. Berlin, Germany. October 2008.

Ripple. Dubrovnik, Croatia. October 2008.

Almost holy. Lovcen, Montenegro. October 2008.

Still waters. Mostar, Bosnia Herzegovina. October 2008.

Perfect timing. Barcelona, Spain. November 2008.

Columns. Sevilla, Spain. November 2008.

Compacted. Paris, France. December 2008.

A foggy London town. London, England. December 2008.

Suburbs. Outside Vienna, Austria. January 2009.

Casual-like. East Coast Beach, Singapore. April 2010.

Get set. Perth, Australia. July 2010.

Off the Georgetown ferry. Penang, Malaysia. December 2010.

Bustle on Bukit Bintang. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. December 2010.

The Kuta crowd. Bali, Indonesia. May 2011.

Advantageous. Skyline, Singapore. July 2011.

Sepulcher. Yogyakarta, Indonesia. December 2011.

Afternoon sky, unnamed road. Yogyakarta, Indonesia. December 2011.

Sunrise. Pasir Ris, Singapore. Early 2012.

Crater. Bandung, Indonesia. April 2012.

5am sunrise. Frankfurt, Germany. June 2012.

Summer dreaming. Kassel, Germany. June 2012.

Sunset. Pasir Ris, Singapore, June 2012.

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June 15, 2012 at 6:37 pm

observations

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Observation #1: You’re not supposed to take photos near the customs area.

Observation #2: Nasi padang Indon style consists of dozens of plates of dishes served without you needing to order. Whatever you eat is chargeable, the rest are not. Very efficient but I’m not sure how hygienic it is!

Observation #3: Traveling via taxi allows you to get around in comfort but you lose out in truly experiencing the country and the people.

Observation #4: Why are the trees painted in black and white stripes? (more of a question than an observation)

Observation #5: Keropok is Asia’s answer to potato chips.

Observation #6: I still remember the Nano-Nano jingle. (“Sweet, sour and salty, Nano-Nano, nana nana, Nano-Nano!”)

Observation #7: Po finds post-Teletubbies work as an ambassador of sweet corn.

Observation #8: Hypermart is a pretty self-explanatory store name.

Observation #9: BFC does not stand for Batam Fried Chicken.

Observation #10: If only Doraemon knew that his favourite snack could be easily bought at your neighbourhood snack cart!

Observation #11: Rootbeer float does not taste the same when not served in a mug.

Observation #12: Family trips are love! 🙂

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May 14, 2011 at 3:31 pm

penang on film #2

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Hope you enjoyed the photos! Hopefully I come back on Monday with more…though this time I’m using the Diana F+! Kinda nervous/excited to see what comes out of it! (:

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December 26, 2010 at 12:00 pm

penang on film #1

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My internet at home has been down, which is a major bummer. Thankfully the trusty ‘ol PC in my brother’s room is standing strong, so here I am.

It’s Christmas Eve today, hope you have the merriest! I am off to Kuala Lumpur for the weekend!In the meantime, here are the film photos I promised. I had a stroke of good luck and managed to get 38 photos for what was supposed to be 36 exposure rolls, yayness!

Part #2 coming up on Boxing Day. Have a great whee-kend! (:


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December 24, 2010 at 4:46 pm

penang, I love you.

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Hi my lovely people!

I’ve been back from Penang since Saturday, but I can’t stop thinking about the trip and the sights, smells and sounds of the city.

Here are just some of the photos we took that’ll hopefully give you a taste of what it was like.

The lion on the old clock tower, built in 1897 by Penang millionaire Cheah Chen Eok to commemorate 60 years of Queen Victoria’s reign.

City Hall

A mass of pigeons in the Goddess of Mercy Temple on Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling (literally translated into Mosque of the Indian Captain Street)

A beautiful street cat we met

A shop that makes signs and safety equipment

Kapitan Keling Mosque, mainly visited by the Indian Muslim community in Penang

Delicious satay in Gurney Drive that took my satay sauce virginity (!)

Getting kicked in the ass by erfen’s congkak skills. In the Penang State Museum (entry fee = RM1)

Eating the best Nasi Kandahar in Penang at Nasi Kandar Line Clear

Pretty lights in the Batu Feringgi night market. Pity that it was kind of a tourist trap.

Monkey in Botanic Gardens

Saris (and erfen) in Chulia Street, Penang’s Little India.

In P Ramlee’s birth house, with his nephew, Y Ramlee who chatted me up (!) and sang P Ramlee songs to me (!)

We had daily breakfasts on our verandah prepared by Uncle Chuan everyday. (We stayed in a colonial pre-war house)

With our super friendly hosts, Jeremy and Kelvyn outside the beautiful Palanquinn Heritage Suites. I would totally recommend this B&B for anyone going to Penang!

Sign outside the coffeeshop near our place, where the best Mee Goreng in Penang can be found (Bangkok Lane, Penang)

On the last day, trying to soak up as much of the Penang atmosphere as possible by traveling on foot (and getting sunburnt in the process)

Oh man, just doing up this post makes me miss it so much! We took the train there, which was quite an adventure (sadly I don’t have many photos on the train) but it was really an amazing experience!

I also just collected my film photos, they came out beautifully and can’t wait to share!

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December 15, 2010 at 12:26 am

cinque terre, revisited.

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Saw these frickin’ awesome photos of Jacinta’s trip to Cinque Terre (via Cup of Jo) and fell instantly in love.

After the initial hyperventilation, I quickly remembered that I too went to the beautiful Cinque Terre back in 2008 and because I didn’t have this blog then, I never shared them with anyone!

Cinque Terre is basically this amazingly beautiful coastal part of the Italian riviera made up of 5 villages – Monterroso, Vernaza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore (try saying their names out loud, with an Italian accent. It’s fun!) – therefore the name “Cinque” meaning 5 and “Terre” meaning lands.

The best way to see Cinque Terre is by hiking, and by hiking, I mean hiking. You need to wear proper shoes, and the terrain is full of slopes and bridges and foliage, the whole shebang. My friends had told me about the hiking but because I didn’t realise that they meant hiking, I was totally inappropriately attired and had to buy sports shoes and a backpack.

Of course, if you’re not really into hiking, you can take the train to each village, but really that’s no fun and you don’t get the awesome views that you do when you do it on foot.

I have to admit that we cheated at the last part and took the train from Corniglia to Manarola. But we had started from Monterosso and the hike from Monterosso to Corniglia is actually the toughest part of the whole thing. The last bit, from Manarola to Riomaggiore is a relatively easy stroll compared to the rest and there’s many areas with graffiti art and stone canopies. We even stumbled upon a group of Japanese ladies who were having some art class right by the coast! Cool beans. This is in a stark comparison to the first part of the hike where everyone is basically struggling to maneuver the terrain.

Oh and as you can see from the photos, me and my friends hiked with a full backpack – this is not so advisable. Learn from my mistakes people! Go to Cinque Terre! However, I went during autumn/winter which meant that while there wasn’t much crowds, it was too cold to swim. Which explains why I’m envious of Jacinta’s photos! And which totally warrants going back in the warmer months!

And now, here be photos!

And with that cheap thrill photo, I bid you goodnight my biskuts!

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August 18, 2010 at 12:28 am