I found an excellent piece of street art at Bridges Street in the recent Hong Kong trip. My photo was taken outside the old site of American Congregational Mission Preaching Hall (now named as China Congregational Church) where Dr Sun Yat-sen once lived and received baptism.
As part of the Dr Sun Yat-sen Historical Trail that was set up in late 1996 to commemorate the 130th birthday of Sun Yat-sen, the site is one of the 15 spots in the areas of Central and Sheung Wan in Hong Kong, related to the life of Dr Sun Yat-sen and other revolutionaries in the late Qing era.
Do you want hear the birds singing in the quiet hours of dawn?
It welcomes you with a din that lies somewhere between the boisterous chirp of swarming crickets and the rousing finale of an orchestra in concert.
Step closer and you realise it is a choir formed by hundreds of birds in cages lined up, rows and rows on end, pitting song against song.
This, say bird lovers, is one of the most famous bird singing corners in Singapore. The bird garden located at Ang Mo Kio Avenue 4 is perpetually filled with a crowd of almost exclusively bird owners parading their birds. Some of the men who come to listen to them are retired, the oldest are in their late 80s.
For years, the nearby residents have been awakened between five and six every morning. It could be their favorite time of the day. The song of the birds. Do you want to hear birds singing? It is here and it is free. It is inexhaustible. It is perfect bliss. So, rise early and to be awakened with the birds who from their branches and nests declare in perfect song the dawn of a new day.
We seem not to be able to grasp the significance of places that are of popular significance in Singapore - places that ordinary people have grown accustomed to having around and which connect them to a sense of home.
宏茂桥邻里有一个很多爱鸟之人出现的地方. 爱鸟之人几乎天天拎着他们鸟笼到这里聚首, 把鸟笼吊在挂钩后. 每天早上, 凡是路过宏茂桥镇西公园附近空地的人, 抬头可以看见一个个高挂起的鸟笼, 在清脆的鸟语声中迎接美好的一天. 爱鸟之人喜欢在鸟鸣声中聊天, 聊着和分享养鸟的专业知识, 论鸟儿的鸣声等等, 就这样度过一个悠闲的早晨. 鸟笼外的人也从笼中小鸟歌唱找到志同道合的乐趣.
An iconic building in Singapre, Rochor Centre comprises 4 colourful flat blocks (which is yellow, blue, green and red colour) and three floors of shop and office. The building was built in the 1990s. More than 500 Housing Development Board (HDB) Flats in Rochor Centre will have to be demolished by Year 2016 to make way for an additional express highway.
The HDB blocks used to be white, until the early 1990s when they became the iconic buildings of the Rochor area after being painted in an upgrading program by the government.
Singapore is a rapid developing country. Its skyline is ever changing. As such, buildings are replaced as often as the country grows. The Rochor Centre colourful flats are some of the buildings that have received this "fate".
It's a pity that there is no more Kampong left in Singapore (except for the last surviving Kampong Buangkok - refer to my August 2011 blog post) where our younger generation can get to see how it was like living in the 1950s/60s or how or where their grandparents and parents once lived.
That's the price of modernisation when a country seeks to progress.....
恋恋真言, 从台湾回来已经有将近四个月了, 才发现我对那次的台湾之旅是多么地回味.
台湾还有很多地方等着我去探索, 所以, 我一定会写下自己的台湾之旅的故事, 分享自己最快乐最幸福的旅程.
台湾, 我很快就会再次回去, 期待下一次的相见, 五月中到时再见.
Hi everyone, my travelling schedule is back in full swing again. I will be travelling back to Taiwan again mid of next month (May) for another memorable trip of photography shoots. 2013 is a year of wonderful travelogues as well as local documentary photography shoots, so please continue to stay close tuned to my photography blog! Thank you very much for dropping by to read as always!
Take A Trip Down Memory Lane Through One of Few Remaining Oldest Traditional Bread Bakeries in Singapore
Sing Hon Loong Bakery (also known as Ghee Leong) located at No. 4 Whampoa Drive is one of Singapore's few remaining oldest and most colorful bread bakery from years gone by. These loaves of bread at this bakery provide a slice of childhood memories that is hard to replace for many of the locals in Singapore. Have you ever went to a traditional bakery shop and enjoyed the aroma and freshness of the baking and you could not resist treating yourself with the breads that are warm, soft and yummy?
What i like about bread is the slight roasted caramel taste characteristic of a well cooked crust and the slightly acid aroma of the fermentation of the inside of the loaf. Many people love bread and bread fills much of our daily life. The reason why i have done this photography shoot on this old local traditional bread bakery is because it relates many things about everyone, about us, about you, about everywhere and for every taste in every moment in life with the bread you ever had.
This family-owned business has been operating in the same area for the past five decades and is widely considered as the most popular bakery shop especially among the residents of Whampoa and Balestier in Singapore. This old bakery is said to produce at least more than 1,000 loaves of traditional brown and white crustless breads. They are then distributed fresh to coffeeshops and provision shops daily.
中文流行乐坛的最摇滚台湾组合动力火车 "超越巅峰继续转动" 巡回演唱会昨晚引爆新加坡, 他们一整晚用了激昂的音乐带领新加坡歌迷回味首首经典摇滚情歌. 以下是我在动力火车巡回演唱会新加坡站所拍摄的照片.
能够在现场听演唱会, 曾是无望的奢求, 但, 至少能够听一场动力火车的演唱会, 却是我多年来浮浮沈沈的梦想. 动力火车的歌声, 伴随我度过高中和大学时代和稚嫩的社会新鲜人时期, 响彻耳边和心底, 帮我呐喊出生命的热情与力量. 没有动力火车太多消息的岁月里, 动力火车又成为我世界里看不见的缺口, 沈默着, 空荡着, 不曾忘却, 却也不敢轻易触碰.
所以, 沉默了十年后, 看着大萤幕的视频, 听见音乐和歌声响起, 我不由自主地尖叫, 眼角也开始渗出泪水. 接下来的叁个多小时, 我被动力火车的舞臺蛊惑, 完全失控, 为他们疯狂, 不顾周遭人的感受, 仗著十六年的热爱, 肆无忌惮, 为所欲为. 完全可以想象他们的现场多棒, 因为曾体味过. 我料不到, 这场演唱能如此彻底颠覆想象! 我此生真无憾.
A freelance Singapore-based travel photographer / photojournalist. I seek the extraordinary, but finds beauty in the everyday. Life is interesting, capture it.
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