漫步上海武康路, 探索老房子 (1) : 武康大楼 (曾名诺曼底公寓) Historical Iconic I.S.S. Normandie Apartments In Former French Concession Area of Shanghai
上海的诺曼底公寓（I.S.S. Normandie Apartments），现为武康大楼，造型仿照第一次世界大战时期的法国诺曼底号。圆弧长型造型特殊，彷若巨轮，路过即被其气势震撼住，是上海最早的外廊式公寓建筑。它是一座典型的法国文艺复兴风格的建筑，一个门廊、一个转角都洋溢着法兰西的风情。由于武康路和淮海路的夹角小，使得武康大楼有着一艘启航巨轮般的独特造型。在外人看来，它曾是老上海文化名流的聚集地，神秘而美丽。然而对于居住在大楼里的人来说，大楼是他们的精神寄托。
Historical isn’t a word you’d usually associate with Shanghai’s architecture. It’s a thoroughly modern city on the surface – multi-storied apartment blocks, sky-high office towers, glass-fronted malls. But if you look a bit closer and you’ll find a whole host of interesting buildings. Shanghai’s colonial past has bequeathed the city with lots of architectural styles, from Neoclassical to Art Deco. Here’s a look at one of the most eye-catching buildings found during my Shanghai trip.
The I.S.S. (International Savings Society Apartments) Normandie Apartments, is a triangular 8-storey landmarked building that sits on Middle Huaihai Road in Shanghai. It was built in 1924, and is now an excellent modern building in Shanghai (Historical Buildings under Municipal Protection). The Normandie Apartment was and still is a favorite with foreigners because of its rustic beauty and unique architecture.
This mansion is a French Renaissance style apartment building. If you look at it from its west side, it just seems a ship, as described as “This oblique inserted long stripe just like a ship just anchored.” Such building appearance was built in memory of a famous French warship during World War I, “Normandie” – this was how this old house was named.
My Photo Essay《香港园圃街与狮城宏茂桥公园, 品味双城鸟语花香》Published in LianheZaobao 联合早报 Newspapers Dated 8 October 2016
A happy start to the weekend! My photo essay under my pen name 笔名 "蓝天游" on《香港园圃街与狮城宏茂桥公园，品味双城鸟语花香》is published in today's LianheZaobao 联合早报缤纷版 dated 8 October 2016! 感谢、感恩! Thrilled to see it being featured nationwide in print! Special thanks to Lianhe Zaobao, you have made my day! :)
My Photo Essay On The Historical Fremantle Prison 探索西澳最古老的监狱 弗里曼特尔监狱 Published In Travellution《畅游行》Issue 44
Happy October! My photo essay on the historic Fremantle Prison in Perth 探索西澳最古老的监狱 弗里曼特尔监狱 is published in the Travellution Singapore Magazine 《畅游行》Issue 44. Special thanks to the editorial team. You've made my day! ;)
The Nanjing Road in Shanghai is unique. It is a blend of both the West's and the East's value reflecting from commerce style,culture and history. Nanjing Road has been well-known as China's premier shopping street since the 1930s and now become an icon of shanghai which representing the city's dynamic development.
It's quite an experience to cruise through this long pedestrian street paved with colored bricks and stones, with pedestrian traffic flowing irresistably and sightseeing trains trundling through small stalls and boutique shops. This is one of the best places where one can savor up Shanghai's signature modern metropolitan style, with the rickshaws, incense shops, and classic cigarette ads being a thing of past.
Photo Documentary On 398 Canteen At Seletar Camp Featured In Mindef's Web Series "Then and Now: A Look at Former SAF Camps - The Seletar Camp"
I ever did a photo documentary (see blog post at this link) relating to the 398 Canteen at the Seletar Camp which has been featured in part of an 8 part web series titled, "Then and Now: A Look at Former SAF Camps". The premise of the series is to show how former military camps have changed over the years, and this episode features how Seletar Camp has been transformed into Seletar Aerospace Park.
外滩在英语里是 Bund，意思是 “有堤岸的港埠”。西方人称之为 Bund，中国人则称此地为外滩。
One of the most historic cities in Asia, Shanghai truly has something for everyone. No matter what your pleasure – architecture, food, art, culture, or breathtaking scenery, you’re sure to find it in this coastal Chinese metropolis. One of the most popular destinations in Shanghai for tourists and locals alike, the Bund is a waterfront walkway that stretches one mile along the bank of the Huangpu River.
Each city has its own iconic landmarks which have been lingering in people’s minds either due to their greatness or intriguing stories behind them. Shanghai architectural landmarks mainly epitomize the colonial buildings set up in the early 1900s and the modern and futuristic architectures constructed in late 1900s and early 2000s, the two main periods for the massive city construction in Shanghai. Lined by dozens of impressive and historical buildings, it’s surely a sight to see so please don’t forget your camera!
Hi everyone, I've just returned from a summer adventure at Shanghai. It’s hard to explain the sense of optimism and excitement that you feel when you walk through Shanghai – it’s a city that is just alive and buzzing. I think this is because China is a country that is developing so quickly and playing an increasingly important role globally.
Shanghai is a great place to get an understanding of modern China’s role in our global future. The city also offers a great mix of old and new – on the one hand you can see old-school produce markets in the streets, eat traditional cuisine, and witness time-honored customs, but on the other hand you can see a rapidly expanding skyline that is so gleaming and futuristic it almost looks like it was built by aliens. Where else in the world can you experience such a contrast?
A happy day! My photo essay under my new pen name 笔名 "蓝天游" on《台北.狮城 寻找老屋里的独立书房》is published in today's 联合早报缤纷版 dated 11 August 2016! 感谢、感恩! Thrilled to see it being featured nationwide in print! Special thanks to Lianhe Zaobao, you have made my day! :)
Ipoh is a little town that brings out the olden cultures and tradition into the modern edge era. In the recent years, cafes have recently began sprouting up with all kinds of concepts and ideas, some of which portrays perfectly some people's childhood and nostalgic moments. This mix of quirky and creative cafes soon became the local hangout spots and tourist attractions, but some of which are pretty well hidden within a façade of old buildings and alleys. I paid a visit to Jose & Deli eatery at Ipoh. I was so attracted with their interior design and the cozy ambiance with some wooden decoration and plant. (yes — this travel blog post is LONG OVERDUE since my trip to Ipoh if you have been a fan of my travel blog). Nevertheless, i hope it's never too late to share the pictures of my remaining story on Ipoh.
Street food is a staple of Japanese life. Japanese street food is most commonly found during the many festivals that happen throughout the country, and during events there's more than ample opportunity to get your street food fix. Packed with colourful yatai or “street food vendors” street food offerings include various regional sweet and savoury delicacies. Some of the most amazing street food that Japan has to offer will be tucked behind colorful stands with gleefully shouting vendors. More than the novelty or even the quality of the food, which varies from stall to stall, it is the convivial atmosphere of yatai that makes them memorable. Sadly, these traditional pushcarts are being replaced by motorized vans, which are not nearly as romantic and do not offer seating. I took a walk down the street side yatai stalls that offer inexpensive treats in my recent trip to Tokyo.
Today is the sixth year blog anniversary of That's Life, Capture Life photography blog! Every day I am surprised and amazed at all the wonderful people and opportunities that this blog has brought into my life. Time has flown by during these six years of blogging. Journaling my weeks, learning different writing techniques, expanding my love for photography and travelling around the world.
Blogging sometimes feels as though i am swaying like grass on a breeze. The ups, the downs, the being knocked sideways. But, I always believe that if i am steadfast and true to myself, my words will remain and the world seen through my eyes will give comfort and happiness to more people than I would ever know.
So, at this point I will celebrate my blog anniversary with a simple thank you to all that have stopped by, those who read regularly, the people who leave comments (here, on social media, through email, and in person), and the people in my life who both inspire me to keep writing and tolerate the commitment that I continue to make to my writing. You're wonderful !
I look forward to seeing what’s to come and continuing to share it with you for at least six more years. Thank you so much for continued support and encouragement.
Fish markets… a curious thing is that so far, none of the fish markets I visited felt remotely like a dingy, dirty wet market. I guess fish markets are very interesting indeed, especially the famous Tsukiji Market which is a large wholesale market for fish, fruits and vegetables in central Tokyo.
I took a trip to Japan a few years ago and experienced a whirlwind of amazing sights and flavors. The famed Tsukiji Market was high on my list, and my adventure exploring its aisles made a lasting impression. I returned in April from another voyage to Japan, and wanted to share with you on Tsukiji Fish Market. It will always be an enigma with its bustling foot trucks, noisy banter, and the viscera of fish and sea creatures everywhere. I am humbled, meandering the wet lanes lined with infinite stalls. The sight of the many kinds of fresh fish and other seafood and the busy atmosphere make Tsukiji Market a renowned place worldwide, being one of the world's largest fish markets.
It was an exceptionally cold morning when I stepped out of my hotel at Shimbashi and found a way to Tsukiji Fish Market. Visiting Tsukiji Fish Market (筑地市场) was listed as one of the "must go" places in my Itinerary. These photographs are meant to share my wonder and my bewiderment, documenting the routine activities of these men and the unusual, beautiful fish who give their lives to them. Unfortunately, the Tsukiji Fish Market won’t be here for long. The wholesale market is slated to move to the nearby Toyosu district in November this year which means you don’t have much time left to visit. The new market will be a modern marvel, but somehow nothing can replace the character and history of Tsukiji.
Mesmerising Cherry Blossom Stroll Along The Meguro River In Tokyo, Japan 日本追樱记 2016: 穿行樱花隧道之中, 东京目黑川
This walk in Tokyo is enjoyable at any time of year, but it is particularly lovely when the cherry blossoms are blooming. Every person in Tokyo has her favorite spot. It is hard to declare where the most beautiful sakura blossoms are, or where the best place to view them would be as well as describe how beautiful it is to be completely surrounded by Cherry Blossoms......
Nakameguro is a beautiful neighborhood in Tokyo with trees of Cherry Blossoms on Meguro River running through it. Cherry trees line both sides of the river, starting from Nakameguro Station and running in both directions. The best way to enjoy sakura around the Meguro River is to stroll along the rows of sakura there. I strolled along the paths along the river and it was amazing to see this transformation. In April they were in full bloom.
There’s only one item on my itinerary today and that is to go visit Mount Fuji. Fortunately, there’s no need to climb over steep slopes or trek long distances to reach the active volcano. Just a long bus ride out of Tokyo to one of the Fuji Five Lakes and you can enjoy the extraordinary view. You can't go to Japan without seeing it.
Kawaguchiko is one of the most convenient and breathtaking locations to view world famous Mount Fuji. There are many different locations to capture memorable photos of Fuji, but Kawaguchiko is one of the most accessible locations from Tokyo to capture water reflections as you take photos. Kawaguchiko is the town and it surrounds Lake Kawaguchi, which is one of the renowned Fuji Five Lakes.
Cherry blossom is short-lived beauty and fortunately, I caught the full bloom period in Tokyo. The cherry blossom around the Fuji Five Lakes typically peak around mid april. Therefore, I decided to visit one of the five lakes, Lake Kawaguchi, hoping to catch a glimpse of Japan’s famous cherry blossom season.
Mount Fuji, itself, needs no real introduction, but for those of you who don't know, here is a little background information on it. It is Japan's highest mountain and in 2013, Mount Fuji and the surrounding area (including Lake Kawaguchi) were added as a Cultural site to the World Heritage List. It is an active volcano which last erupted in 1707.
Tokyo tower is the tallest man-made structure in Japan with a design based on the eiffel tower. I had always wanted to see the eiffel tower, but since that ain’t happening anytime soon, this was a really nice consolation. The Tokyo tower is not as high as the Tokyo Sky Tree but I love it so much. It is very similar to the Eiffel Tower in design. In the night the 180 lights make Tokyo Tower an attractive display in Tokyo’s evening sky. It is nicely lit up at night with it’s red colour standing out. It’s definitely worth a visit. The lighting of the tower was fantastic.
Tokyo Tower was the main broadcasting and communication tower of Japan from 1958 to 2012 (yes, 54 years!) before Tokyo Sky Tree was built. Despite its 333m height, it cannot provide clear signals to TV and radio network these days due to the skyscrapers around the area (before, absolutely yes).
The experience was also a memorable one and it reminded me of the time I went up to the Taipei 101 and Macau Tower. This classic spot offers a 360-degree panorama of the Tokyo night view. The Main Observatory is located 150 meters above ground level, and the Special Observatory 250 meters. Enjoying a panoramic view of a city should always be part of an itinerary when travelling to some place new.
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