Monday, 20 February 2012

Night Photography with PSS

Took an enjoyable trip with the Photographic Society of Singapore (PSS) for a "night photography".

We set up early in daylight at the Cavenagh Bridge which was was opened in 1870 and is the oldest bridge in Singapore existing in its original form, and the only suspension bridge.  The bridge links the Fullerton Hotel and Singapore's commericial district to the north bank, as well as providing wide pedestrian access, with plenty of room for a dozen photographers to set up tripods for the evening!

We had a fantastic view over the Esplanade Bridge (which is part of the F1 street circuit) once the sun went down and the flights went down, from Suntec City through to the Singapore Flyer observation wheel, with the shell-like theatres on the bay looming large in our view.

It was a fairly overcast evening, with no interesting sky lights or clouds at sunset, so we were forced to wait for the building neon lights to fire up, and the ambient light to drop for our shoot.   This lack of activity prompted numerous tourists to hang around or ask us what we were waiting for, before we politely explained we were a group and this was just any other evening on the bridge (and a grey one at that!)

Finally the light dropped, and we all took some pleasing shots.  The nighttime allowed for a long exposure which produced fantastic light streaks from the bumboats passing beneath us.

esplanade lights and bumboat ghosts

See more Singapore images on my Flickr page.


Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Korean BBQ

Enjoyed some Korean BBQ at Chijmes near Raffles Hotel, a gothic chapel which was originally used as a catholic convent, but is now a hall, art gallery and focal point of the dining and entertainment complex in the vicinity.

It was nice to enjoy some authentic Korean food which was the closest I'd come to experience since my trip tere in 2009. Order a couple of things on the menu to BBQ yourself at the table, and copious side dishes ranging from the bland to eye-wateringly spicy
varieties of kimchi are soon crowding the table.

We washed this all down with some Makkoli (Korea rice wine) and a relaxing glass of Chardonnay looking out to the chapel.

Wednesday, 11 January 2012


The diversity, segregation, and town planning of Singapore never ceases to amaze. 5 minutes anywhere in a taxi from my generic hub in Robertson Quay you can be taken to another world.

Went around Arab street outside Sultan Mosque on Saturday. Enjoyed a dusk Efes beer and kebab with the boys as the call for prayers rang out.

After dark, we went in search of s$20 beer and stumbled across some open mic karaoke. Some bemused locals listened to our take on 'your song' , 'Californication' and many more.

It's funny how the random nights are the ones that live long in the memory.

Saturday, 7 January 2012

Back to reality

After the festivities arrives the expected comedown. But this time I'm alone (at home, and kind of at work) and with jetlag.. A well timed team dinner (thanks boss!) and pool session sorted me out. All resulting in a positive Friday and back to normality. The lows are worth commenting, but not dwelling on.

Meanwhile I've noticed that the weather is much cooler and calmer this time of year. No hint of a storm all week. And Chinese New Year looms ahead. On with the multicultural festivities bandwagon!