Greedy Birds

I’ve been curating and archiving my photos, and came across these that I took a couple of years back, in Sydney Fisherman’s Wharf. Just sharing them here, enjoy!

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Super Blue Blood Moon

The weather in Singapore is often so cloudy that we cannot be sure we will see any astronomical phenomena. So it was with some surprise that the January 31 moon was well visible through most of its phases. For the record, it was a Blue moon (the second full moon in a month), a Blood moon (due to a phase in the eclipse when partial sunlight hits the moon) and a Super moon (as the moon is closest to the Earth at this time).

These are my intermittent attempts to catch the moon through its phases over four hours, as seen from Singapore!

Beginning
Super moon rising, shining brightly
Eclipse starting
A little bite in the bottom left corner as Earth casts its shadow
Blood Moon!
Blood moon!
Closer View
A closer view of the blood moon
Full Eclipse
Full eclipse with a bright crescent where the Earth’s shadow is leaving the moon
Eclipse is over
It’s the super moon again, almost directly overhead
Wolf moon?
The clouds give the moon a blue and red halo

Rainy Walk

It’s “cold” in Singapore, 22 degrees yesterday.

After 2 weeks of continuous wet weather

my legs were crying for a long walk.

At least it wasn’t pouring, it just drizzled continuously.

Only some paths were the color and consistency of

cheese dip, and soon thick mud coated my shoes.

Should have brought the heavier weather-proof camera;

anyway here’s what the little camera got.

Starting out in the park next to the nature reserve
There were others who didn’t mind splashing and squelching through the mud
Why would people bring rental bikes into a nature reserve which doesn’t allow bikes and leave them out there?
Looks like a grey heron, but I cannot be sure

 

A collared kingfisher perching and in flight…

And just as I thought the long-tailed macaques were hiding, I saw this little fella:

Long-tailed macaque hoping I had food for it. I didn’t.

Day at Universal Studios Singapore

Universal Studios Singapore opened 6 years ago, but I’d never been there…. that is, until I got my free ticket! It would otherwise have cost at least US$50.

Entrance

To get in you walk under the Sentosa Island monorail.

Under the monorail

It was Minion season, and there were fully costumed minions on stage and minion-wannabes on the ground greeting the crowd.

Minions and minions

This shopfront brought back memories – my Mom had a Singer and gave it to me, and I managed to misplace it. Thankfully, she doesn’t bring it up anymore.

Singer machine

I wonder how many Singaporeans identify with Marilyn, nonetheless she still draws a crowd, obviously.

"Marilyn"

The star attraction of Universal Studios Singapore is the Battlestar Galactica double roller-coaster ride. This was plagued with problems at the beginning and often out of action, causing much unhappiness with visitors to the theme pack. Today, it is fully operational.

Battlestar Galactica

One roller-coaster runs with it’s patrons suspended. You can see many choose to ride barefooted in order not to lose their slippers.Suspended

The other roller-coaster has its patrons seated, but it is no less thrilling, I’m sure.

Sitting

The suspended people are sometimes turned upside down on their heads.Suspended and Upside-Down

Here’s a not very good picture of both rides intertwining.

Human Vs Cylon

Here’s another bad picture opportunity which I couldn’t resist, I call it “Facepalm”.

Facepalm

I decided to try this mini-ride because it looked safe. It’s called “Canopy Flyer” and it was terrifying.

Mini-ride

Paid a brief visit to Sleeping Beauty’s castle, which was really very photogenic.

Castle

Jack’s Beanstalk tower concealed another ride for young kiddies.Jack's Beanstalk

Waited for Shrek he didn’t show up.Shrek

Took a last glimpse of the Battlestar Galactica: Human vs Cylon from across the waterAnother view

And I bid farewell to Universal Studios Singapore characters at the merry-go-round. It was a fun visit.

Last ride

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 🙂 

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.