Weekly Photo Challenge: Collage

Catching up on my blog after a very long week!

Meant to do another photo collage but as Wednesday had past, this was slightly overdue 😛

Decided to do a tiled gallery theme for this entry – as versus to my usual combining of photos into a Photo Collage app such as Instamag, PhotoGrid.

The theme here is – Colours of Arab Street.  Snapped this on a random Sunday afternoon walk after lunch. Despite having gone to Arab Street before, this is actually my 1st time spotting these beautiful wall murals that give Arab Street a more colourful feel.

The original challenge entry:




Weekly Photo Challenge: It IS Easy Being Green!

A good 4 + months since the last photo challenge and so, its time for another one!

Although I’m late by a week, this challenge really speaks out to me as 2017 has been pretty much a ‘GREEN’ year for me!

Starting from Li Chun 2017 where the lucky colour for my zodiac is green, and I wore green to bank in my money. In terms of money inflow for this year, so far so good. Customs aside, more important is to keep an abundance mindset.

And of course, when I finally decided to use some of my shopping vouchers to get a yoga towel (i.e. got a Manduka eQua Yoga Mat Towel eventually) – it was co-incidentally green as well. Together with my Yoga Inc umbrella (free gift from package purchase) – that was also green!

So we have 2 different shades of green here 😛

Still on Yoga Inc. Always love practicing at Gulliemard Branch where it feels more rustic, calm and serene. Especially when I go for Sunday morning YIN class.

Spotted this cute little swing (also in green) when I left the studio after class to go towards the same gate to get to Old Airport Road Food Centre.

Finally non-yoga related. A bowl of healthy and hearty bibimbap with lots of greens from Paik’s Bibim (a franchise outlet of Baek Jong Won’s Food Empire from South Korea).

The original challenge entry here: https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/it-is-easy-being-green/

Weekly Photo Challenge: Chaos

1st Photo Challenge in a long long while.

Finally managed to find some photos that fit into this week’s theme – Chaos.

As documented on this blog, around this time last year (1st half of November 2015), I had my 11 day vacation to Japan. Had intended to do a summary/round-up of day trip to Karuizawa (from Tokyo) but it came to nil as I’m blogging a lot lesser these days.  And so, this will serve in part as part walk down memory lane / reminiscence of my trip last year 🙂

This was on the early part of our walk/hike around the Kyu-Karuizawa Area.




Withered trees and a-almost deserted road ……



Deserted houses covered up by overgrown trees/autumn leaves ……


Another ‘deserted’ house we came across later along the hike to the pond.

I would term this as peace amongst chaos. While the walking/hiking trail looked messy due to the overgrown trees …… however it felt very peaceful walking through while enjoying the crisp clean air (as Karuizawa is a mountain resort in Nagano Prefecture).

The original challenge entry here

Weekly Photo Challenge – Rule of Thirds

Back with yet another photo challenge entry. And this time round, I managed to get a photo whilst doing my outdoor run on Tues evening ……


This is a sculpture located at a block of stairs out the Asian Civilisation Museum. There used to be an Indochine Outlet right above the steps but looks like it has closed down, thus rather empty surroundings.

The dimmed lights all around did give the sculpture a nice spotlight effect, thus stopped my run a bit and took a picture to use for this photo challenge (entirely unplanned and spontaneous photo taking :P).

Weekly Photo Challenge: Cover Art – Japan Edition

Taking a break from my travel entries to do another weekly photo challenge entry. Time for some cover worthy pictures!

Was browsing through Japan Guide website yesterday and came across this Kyoto feature. Realised that I had a similar shot of Tenryuji Temple taken during my trip last year – taken from outside the temple where the room acts as a sort of ‘frame’ for the Koyo/Autumn Leaves. After some post-editing using Snapseed to submit this picture for a photo contest a couple month back, the colours looked pretty similar post-editing to the one highlighted in Japan Guide. Also mine was taken on 20th November 2013 …… just a few days apart. Nice co-incidence 🙂

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Another one of my favourite shots, also taken in Kyoto …… when I was leaving Kiyomizudera. Unlike the 1st picture, no filter for this.


And also my favourite ‘egg-yolk’ sunset shot taken on top of the Tempozan Ferris Wheel in Osaka. Similarly, no filter. Used this as the cover photo for my personal facebook as well 🙂


And one more …… this time from my 2012 Winter trip. One of my favourites as well of the Tokyo Metropolitian Government Building. Took this as we took the short walk from our hotel (Shinjuku Washington) to the observatory located in this building. The juxtaposition of the winter trees shorn of its leaves contrasted against the building was just perfect ……


The original photo challenge entry here

Hong Kong & Macau 2014: Day 2 Clear Skies Part 6


Night-time beckons! The sky only really starts to darken a little after 7pm …… and you can see the buildings (on the Hong Kong island side) stating to light up!

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Finally the sky turns red as it officially transitions into nightime!


The office buildings in Central (you can see Bank of China Tower and IFC in the distance) lighted up.


And one of my favourite shots as I start to walk back towards where I came from ……


Managed yet another panorama shot as well ……


Soon it was about time to make my way back to the MTR station (Tsim Sha Tsui). The beautifully lighted up Hong Kong Space Museum, and across the road – the majestic looking Peninsula Hotel.


As much as Peninsula Hotel is right across the road (thus within distance to Tsim Sha Tsui MTR Station) …… However this is FAR from so as there is no traffic light leading to Peninsula Hotel. The nearest one is some distance away at Salisbury Road, which leads back to Star House and Harbour City. So there begins my long arduous walk down the underpass from the Space Museum back to the MTR Station.

Was really really tired when I finally reached Central MTR around 8-plus. Decided to pack dinner and make the slow walk up the Mid-Levels Escalator back to the apartment. Had Roast Goose rice in mind for dinner. Actually got down the escalator halfway to get onto Wellington Street (Where Mak’s Noodles and Tsim Chai Kee are located). Ended up walking all the way down to Yung Kee while not managing to find the shop that I was really looking for – Yat Lok. Stopped at the escalator once more to google for the exact address …… only to find out it is actually located at Stanley Street. And with the help of google maps – realised that Stanley Street is actually 1 street before Wellington Street itself.

And so walked back to Yat Lok and managed to pack the Roast Goose rice I wanted. And then after yet another long walk up the escalator, got back to the apartment early (a little after 9) …… and finally got to rest and enjoy my roast goose rice dinner (to local TVB Drama) after a long long day!


Sidenote: The review of Yat Lok came from here – as they are touted to be a cheaper yet comparable (or even better) where roast goose is concerned. True enough, Yat Lok is very much favoured by locals as I saw a small quene at the entrance. And I must say, for HKD49, the roast goose rice is not expensive at all, lots of rice and sufficient amount of roast goose meat. Didn’t need a big portion as I already had dim sum at Harbour City earlier.

Hong Kong & Macau 2014: Day 2 Clear Skies Part 5


Picture heavy entry next! Just Day 2’s entry feels long, thinking about it now – I actually covered a lot for Day 2 (and even SM thinks so too! Heh) ……

The main intention of me planning a visit to the Tsum Sha Tsui Promenade is to catch the ‘Golden Hour’ and enjoy the Hong Kong skyline, and to take beautiful sunset photos and detail the change of sky colours.

It was already around 1815 to 1820 Hrs when I started my walk down the promenade. Unlike my past 2 trips to Japan where sunset started as early at at 1645 Hrs, with the sky completely pitch dark by 1800 Hrs …… Hong Kong is such a huge contrast! It was still clear and bright at 6-plus in the evening, very much like Singapore. I guess it is because it is summer season now (the sunset should be slightly earlier during winter season in HK though) ……


There is a viewing platform right outside the Cultural Centre …… and so I walked up the stairs onto the platform proper. As I walked down the viewing platform, looked towards the direction of the Star Ferry Terminal and I was right in the direction of the sun – which is just beginning to set. Perfect!


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A great crowd gathered at the viewing platform to catch the sunset/golden hour just like me! Managed a decent panorama shot on my iPhone as well 😀


Managed to get a selfie in, with the help of some kind Korean tourists 🙂


Spotted various yachts and cruise ships in various forms. The pink one is a harbour cruise tour Star Ferry runs in the evening …… The red junket is probably by another operator – looked into the inside and it looked pretty luxurious. It is also starting to turn dark judging from the colour of the clouds.

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Approaching the Avenue of Stars as evening beckons! Didn’t manage to walk down as far as to here until this trip 😛 ….. Saw the iconic Bruce Lee statue and lots of tourists posing with the statues as well 😛

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And what is Avenue of Stars without the stars handprints and footprints ……

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