To all my faithful blog readers, wishing all of you a Happy Lunar New Year of the Horse. I wish you all the best attributes of the horse – courage in adversity, strength in overcoming challenges, diligence in toil and hard work and perseverance against all odds in any challenging times.
Thank you very much all for your support over the last year. I look forward to posting more memorable and meaningful photography trips in the Year of Horse!
马年到, 新春闹, 开开心心生活好. 祝福大家, 乐逍遥, 马到成功喜气到, 扬鞭策马向前跑, 年年岁岁吉星照, 马年福瑞长相伴, 龙马精神得意笑, 马年快乐!
My Photo Essay On Historic Tanjung Uma Village At Batam, Indonesia 巴淡岛最古老的小渔村庄, 丹戎乌玛 Published in MyPaper《我报》Dated 29 January 2014
A happy day! My short documentary trip to Batam in June 2012 has been published in today's MyPaper 《我报》newspapers! My photo shoot at the historic Tanjung Uma Fishing Village has been featured and i can't wait to share such good news with all of you! This photo essay on Batam Tanjung Uma Village was one of the meaningful documentary trips travelled in my life so far and i am delighted to see it in print in MyPaper 《我报》. Yipppeee! :-)
The retro and vintage style continues to be a prevailing trend in Singapore. Besides a slew of boutiques selling vintage goods with classic designs, some also offer newly made items imitating the old look. With temperatures forecast to remain chilly this week, it's also a good time to head to one of the city's boutiques-cum-cafes where vintage lovers can warm up with a cup of hot tea or coffee while treasure hunting.
Such exploration constantly surprises me with the vintage shopping opportunities that lie within. Carpenter and Cook is one such destination, a true vintage gem which i only had the pleasure of discovering recently. Located at Lorong Kilat, a stone’s throw from Upper Bukit Timah Road, Carpenter and Cook is a vintage boutique-cum-tea room where the focus is the overall experience of shopping for vintage items, which the owner is keen to create with food service and nice music playing in the background. Carpenter and Cook is a store with a comprehensive selection of retro household items and well-made kitchen hardwares. The place has earned many loyal fans and regular customers over the past year by word of mouth. On display in the rustic-looking cafe are vintage goods, such as old thermoses, travel cases and even old classic photos are pictured hanging in the store.
I love bicycles and i love food too. Simple. Healthy. Beautiful. Wheeler's Yard in Singapore is a showroom for custom and restored bicycles, as well as a retail space for commuter accessories and cycling gear. It is a classic cafe with the cyclist in mind. Healthy, on-the-go upcakes, snacks, coffee and a variety of freshly made juices and smoothies. Bring your bicycle for a check-up while you sit down and enjoy some wholesome food and drink.
Part cafe, part bicycle repair shop, this newcomer’s dual identity allows diners to munch on toasted cinnamon bagels while their gears are tuned. Even non-cyclists have to admit that Wheeler's Yard's location is a pleasant breakfast spot, where fruit and honey can be chased with scrambled eggs and tempting pastries. Wheeler's Yard is quirky and informal, with the gentle clinking of spanners lending a friendly community feel.
Whether you’re stepping off on a weekday morning commuting to work, looping around the nearby park or cruising through life on a relaxed weekend afternoon, this is a bicycle friendly business where you can unstrap your helmet, peel off your gloves and wrap your palms around a warming coffee or a quenching brew.
Less than a year old, this new little addition and a respite from the busy city life in Singapore has popped up in the Farrer Park area, surely proved a delight for all coffee lovers out there. The Little Prince sounds dreamy….The book “The Little Prince” that we know so well, it seems like a fairy tale come true by perhaps stepping foot into the cafe and i am more than inclined to think that the cafe had this intention to lure customers into their place. It is a very young, vibrant place that gives you the youthful feel. And with the name, it is definitely attractive in its very own unique way. This place is always unbelievably busy and lively, it is hard to believe that in such a short time since they were opened they have earned themselves this reputation that people will gladly crowd around to give them their support.
现如今在新家坡, 咖啡馆越来越多了, 一个好的名字不但可以提升品位, 而且还能吸引顾客到店里来消费. 好听的咖啡馆名字要优雅而不庸俗, 时尚而不激越, 让人第一眼就能知道你是干什么的感觉, 招牌应该考虑颜色搭配, 要醒目. The Little Prince Cafe 小王子咖啡座正是如此.
在新家坡这么高度商业化的城市, 每个人的脚步都匆匆忙忙, 倘若你停下来, 或许能看到不一样的风景. 这个春雨迷蒙的季节, 我们倒不如找一家宁静的咖啡馆, 小资地发个呆, 享受营营役役的人们没有的品质生活. 不管是喜欢咖啡馆还是喜欢咖啡的人, 多数含蓄, 内敛, 收放自如, 懂得释放工作的压力, 懂得享受生活的美妙, 一如给人无限回味的咖啡, 香醇, 柔滑, 优雅, 深沉. 找一个阳光灿烂的下午或者是大雨过后的清新早晨, 推门而进, 在 cafe 里面专心致志地发呆, 大概也是人生最重要的乐趣之一了.
坐在这里, 好像坐在欧洲的咖啡座里似的. 真的, 我有这样的恍惚, 身边坐着的其它人加深了我的错觉, 仿佛是某个或者某个夏日的旅行, 坐在咖啡座里, 喝茶, 聊天, 看人来人往, 发呆, 闲散着. 这错觉, 足以弥补食物的难吃. 吃什么似乎不重要, 重要的是可以在这个周末日的中午, 享受一段轻松的时光. 熟悉的感觉, 让我好想好想, 再次启程, 旅行. 朋友闲聊, 互问喜欢过怎样的悠闲生活. 我说, 我想在小王子咖啡座上享受阳光, 观看人间. 小王子咖啡座给我许多遐想的空间.
We all sometimes yearn for a place that has not yet been touched by today's rapid developments. Walking into Streets of London@British Hainan in Singapore feels like stepping back in time to the early 60s or 70s. Century-old wooden tables, chairs and floor, gauze pendant lamps and delicious food make it a great place for feeling the emotional appeal, giving a person a feeling of the past.
Feeling nostalgic? What is Nostalgia? A cherished memory from a period or place with happy personal associations. And you know how sometimes, you can only trigger certain memories only when experiencing specific things, like scents, sounds, objects, photos etc. Streets of London@British Hainan is littered with vintage furnitures and brings you a nostalgic and rustic ambience. It is meant to be nostalgic and looks to an elegant time in history for influences. It is a way for people to externalize and cherish memories by including that old piece of furniture from your grandma’s house for example. There are tons to things to look through, many things that bring back memories from your past, whether you were born in the 70s, 80s or 90s.
Nestled in the Katong/Joo Chiat area, Streets of London British Hainan has quickly become a favourite with residents and nice getaway spot for anyone passing by. The retro photos, posters and antiques lining the walls give a nostalgic feel. Much like you'd expect in a smaller community, neighbours can be spread out across three or four tables and be keeping conversation between the bunch.
Autumn, the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, is the perfect time to visit Prague. The beautiful architecture of the City is truly radiant in the softer autumn light. Autumn also puts the city of Prague in a magical mood. You can see the ancient spires decorated by an assortment of red and orange leaves, as the trees undress for winter. There are so many things to love about Prague in any season, but this autumn has proven to be the most exquisite of all. Autumn in Prague is shiny and sunny. Colored trees are seen every where in Prague that gives a perfect look of a fairy tale town.
东欧旅行应当是人生当中一件非常壮美的事情, 听着东欧就让人感觉繁华和不可接近, 东欧有太多的东西需要描述, 有太多的感悟需要诉说, 东欧简直是美的让人难以形容, 它有时候像童话故事里所说的那样, 到处是梦幻的城堡, 到处是各色的教堂, 到处都是楚楚动人的风景, 这里的每一处广场, 每一处繁华的地带都不失优雅与大气, 这里有着最宜人的风光, 最让你难以忘却的颜色. 邂逅在东欧的这个秋天, 像是人生涂上了一个点, 感觉人生有了一道亮丽的风景线.
漫步在布拉格石板步道上, 秋天让这座城市有着浓浓的色彩, 布拉格市内拥有各个历史时期的风格建筑, 从罗马式, 哥德式建筑, 文艺復兴, 巴洛克, 新古典主义和超现代主义. 布拉格建筑给人整体上的观感是建筑顶部变化特别丰富, 并且色彩极为绚丽夺目 (红瓦黄墙), 因而拥有 '千塔之城', '金色城市' 等美称. 当我走在布拉格街上心旁, 那里充满了浓浓秋意, 让我真的有置身童话世界般的景色, 深黄金色般的枫叶飘落在小径上, 满满的秋, 我喜欢踢着厚厚的落叶让它们再度在空中飞舞.
Hi everyone, my travelling schedule is back in full swing again. I will be travelling to Hong Kong (again) mid of next month, February for another memorable trip of photography shoots. I will should have completed my entire Prague photo travelogues before then. Actually this Hong Kong trip was confirmed shortly after i came back from Prague last year due to special rates by Airline Cathay Pacific's to Hong Kong exclusively for HSBC card members for a limited promotion period.
A yearly trip to Hong Kong where i can get some classic street scenes that give a real glimpse into Hong Kong's past - the sights, sounds and smells, just amazing. Hong Kong is like a big-tiny city, made up of clusters of concrete buildings, bright lights and noise all efficiently squashed together and somehow living in harmony with the country parks and nature that perfectly frame the allure of this bustling city.
2014 will be again a better 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!
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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