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

Weekly Photo Challenge: Humanity

It feels like AGES since the last photo challenge entry …… and so decided that its time for one whilst taking a break from writing my next travel blog 😛

Decided to shortlist a few photos from my past travels (mainly my 2012 and 2013 Japan trips + my recent Hong Kong trip) that fits into the theme of Humanity.

Humanity, in dictionary terms means the following:

1. all human beings collectively; the human race; humankind

2. the quality or condition of being human; human nature

3. the quality of being humane; kindness; benevolence


December 2012: Japan Winter Trip

The quene outside mega popular Sushi Dai that has barely moved (even after we finished our meal at the next door Sushi Daiwa within an hour).

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November 2013: Japan Autumn Trip

One of my favourite shots taken at Kiyomizudera Temple, Kyoto. A large group of school children (probably from Tokyo) on excursion.


August 2014: Hong Kong & Macau Summer Trip

We spotted a old lady selling egg-based pancakes at a corner shop in Senado Square (whilst on route to the St. Paul Ruins). To be able to do such a manual work, and facing the heat of the pans day in day out is a legend by itself. She gets my thumbs up!


The original photo challenge entry here

Weekly Photo Challenge: On The Move – Part 2

Decided to do a Part 2, my first time ever.

Another Singapore/local theme intepretation. This time round my Vesak Day (yesterday) lunch cum jaunt around Tiong Bahru.

Did 1 exploration earlier back in end March …… and since I wanted to get out of the house for a short while to soak in some sunlight (more for motivation reasons, despite the warm warm weather), decided Tiong Bahru was the best place to go as it is along the East-West MRT line, and I could get lunch, do some shoe shopping + banking right at Tiong Bahru Plaza as well.

Decided to take a walk from Tiong Bahru Plza, past Kim Tian ….. instead of turning into Yong Siak (where 40 Hands is) as previously done so, walked straight where I would pass by Moh Guan Terrace. Missed out on the stretch during my last exploration back in March.

First up, Flock Cafe at #01-25, 78 Moh Guan Terrace. Googled a bit on the MRT ride and found pretty good reviews for Flock’s brunch and coffee. As I was not in the mood for any western style brunch (might have eaten at Flock if I managed to leave my house earlier) – so Flock will be on my to-try list for future brunches!


Just further down the road was #01-19 …. Where Bincho/Hua Bee is!


Some backstory on this coffeeshop. This was the coffeeshop where Eric Khoo’s ‘Mee Pok Man’. A unique combo of the old and new – where it is Hua Bee’s meepok in the daytime ….. and Bincho (located right inside) taking over for dinner at night (they serve lunch as well). Would have loved to have the mee pok for a genuiely local experience but the crowd kinda put me off. Am curious enough to want to try out Bincho one fine day (should I decide to pay for an atas Japanese omakase dinner one day) since it is one of Loh Lik Peng’s concept 😛

Walked further on and I was onto the long stretch of Seng Poh Road next. Right beside Seng Poh Road was Tiong Bahru Market and Hawker Centre. Since I was badly craving for some local food, decided to have my lunch here. Got myself a cold solid soy bean drink ($1) ….. followed by fishball noodles from Hui Ji (yet another solid recommendation from Daniel Food Diary). The noodles and fishball were both very QQ, only slight minus was that the dried sauce was a bit on the saltier side though. But really generous portion for $2.50!


After lunch, walked all the way down to Tiong Bahru Bakery, and continued on to the end of Eng Hoon Street, where I spotted this Monkey temple which J told me has a lot of worshippers on select days. You can read more about the Qi Tian Gong Temple here.


Its really hot so ended my walk here, and hopped onto a bus at the nearest bus stop (next to Sin Hoi Sai tze char) to head back towards home.

Weekly Photo Challenge: On The Move

Rather than do a travel-based entry in line with the theme, decided instead to intepret it from another perspective.

Took a much-needed ‘break’ from office just on Friday and went with the fam to Resorts World Sentosa to check out the S.E.A Aquarium courtesty of some complimentary tickets.

So basically, it was a lot of different species of fishes/sea creatures that were ‘on the move’ in various settings!

One of my favourites were the sea jellyfish display (under the Ocean Journey Zone). Apart from one big tank where the jellyfish changes colour (from white to blue to green to yellow and back to white), there were a few other displays of jellyfish in various colours. Compiled them into 1 collage using Instamag and subsequently posted on Instragram and Facebook ……


By far one of my favourite displays in teh entire aquarium.

Another picture that is also one of my favorites. Basically it’s a stream of fish moving towards one direction in perfect lines.


The original daily post challenge can be found here.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Monument

Time to participate in another weekly photo challenge.

This week’s theme happened to fit in so well with the Day 9 entry I am currently writing. Just for a brief recap, left Odaiba and went to Kamakura next …… and did only 1 thing at Kamakura, which is to see the much talked about Giant Buddha of Kamakura (Daibutsu) up close!

More information extracted from Japan Guide:

The Great Buddha of Kamakura (Kamakura Daibutsu) is a bronze statue of Amida Buddha, which stands on the grounds of Kotokuin Temple. With a height of 13.35 meters, it is the second tallest bronze Buddha statue in Japan, surpassed only by the statue in Nara‘s Todaiji Temple.

The statue was cast in 1252 and originally located inside a large temple hall. However, the temple buildings were destroyed multiple times by typhoons and a tidal wave in the 14th and 15th centuries. So, since 1495, the Buddha has been standing in the open air.


The statue is also part of Japan’s listed National Treasure(s). Now for pictures of the actual Buddha ……

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Actually went 1 round the Buddha statue itself and captured it from front …. left side view and right side view (the views give a different perspective of the statue when stiched together in 1 collage). As this is mainly a photography entry, I will leave the more descriptive stuff for Part 3 of my Day 9 entry (coming up!) instead.

The original daily post challenge can be found here

Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections

Have not done up a weekly photo challenge for a while now (it has always been on my ‘t0-blog’ list though) …… so an entry to tick off 1 item on my ‘to-blog’ list that has been accumulating since end Februrary 🙂

Had this picture taken on my phone of this little boy sitting in the seat in front of me during my journey to Lake Kawaguchiko (Fuji Five Lakes). Completely spontaneous moment of this cute little boy looking out of the window …… which I spotted a reflection of himself. This gives the perspective that he is looking at his own reflection, although it may be otherwise 😛