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I heard an unfamiliar sound-

The crowing of a cockerel. 

Because bird flu

Keeping chickens is illegal. 

And then I saw it was no tame bird

But a wild junglefowl, crossing the road. 

 

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Guess where – 1

Can you guess where I took these pictures?

This first one is of a piece of art priced at SGD 6800 (about USD 9250). The card says to contact the gallery if you’re interested.

The second picture was taken from inside a lift (or elevator).

Actually if you read the fine the fine print in the sign above, it gives the location ūüôā 

Propeller affair

I had never noticed how much more fun a propeller plane is compared with an jetplane. You can sense the ground speeding beneath the wheels and hear every creak of the wheel axels as the plane speeds up for take-off. For me, it adds to the thrill.

Just getting onto the plane feels like an adventure all in itself, to step out onto the tarmac, feel the wind, see the outside of the plane up close… and climb up.

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One gets so much closer to the action – see the baggage loading for example

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And if there’re decorative themes on the plane, so much the better to get up close.

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It is a strange thing, but the camera shutter is so fast it freezes the propeller action, so giving the impression we are floating up into the air by magic.

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To illustrate, the collage below shows how the propeller appears at two different camera shutter speeds. The left picture shows how the propeller is “frozen” by the quick shutter speed (1/10000 sec), and right shows a normal propeller action at a slower shutter speed (1/125 sec). I cannot explain though, why the propeller looks distorted when it’s spinning rapidly, it surely is not that flexible.

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In case you were wondering, we were safely boarded before the propellers were started.

Seen around town

We are approaching the Mid-Autumn on 4 October; this is the 15th day of the 8th month of the Chinese lunar calendar. Seasonal roadside decorations have been put up to both set the mood and remind us. The picture below shows large cellophane (or glass paper) lanterns which are traditionally lighted up by placing a burning candle inside… and then they look very pretty like stained glass sculptures flickering in the moonlight. One childhood memory comes to mind – the more coveted and treasured a lantern, the more quickly it catches fire and burns up.¬†

These doggies at a major shopping center never fail to attract crowds of admirers. This a rare photo without someone standing in the midst of them. I can’t figure who they are supposed to symbolise. Paparazzi? Doggarazzis?¬†

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Now this sight caught me by surprise. Google maps and Wikipedia informs me it’s a Thai Buddhist temple established almost a hundred years ago called Ananda Metyarama. It has a modern cubist extension added behind it in 2014. I may plan a proper visit with a camera some day.¬†

Xmas in Singapore

‘Tis the season

For bright lights and gifts

Pine trees and snow…

We bought into the idea; the commerce, the hype

But so what, it’s all good fun!

A Christmas Wonderland is a seasonal offering at Gardens by the Bay, now in it’s third year. In it’s own words, it is “Singapore‚Äôs biggest yuletide fair, created to enthral visitors with a combination of magnificent sculptures of light and charming festive markets alongside carnival games.”

Here are a few pictures from my visit recently –

 

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Light sculpture brightens up the background whilst we get our food
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One of the permanent “trees” at Gardens by the Bay – if you fancy, you could get a ticket and go up onto the walkway
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Stunning light display
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The walkway between the two furthest “trees”
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Enthralling fake snow!

A Day at Macritchie Reservoir nature reserve 

Located in the centre of Singapore island, this nature reserve is a peaceful haven most of the time. Occasionally it does get more activity, nonetheless it’s a good spot for a meditative walk. Here are some sights from a recent walk.

The macaques move in and “own” the boardwalk. I don’t trust them and clutch my stuff tightly.
Leaves and reflections.
A boardwalk brings the trail closer to the reservoir shore.
Kayakers going up and down in their lanes.
Kayaks arrayed out.