Friday, December 31, 2010

187 of Project 365: 长板凳


ISO: 400
Exposure: 1/160 sec
Aperture: 3.5
Focal Length: 14mm
Flash Used: No

Dong Thien Cung (Ha Long Bay, Vietnam)

Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

(A UNESCO World Heritage Site)

186 of project 365: 斗笠 (Nón lá)

Our local guide (Ah Xiong) shares with us the different uses of the hat:
1. Hat
2. Lamp shade (as seen here)
3. Decorative ornament  
4. Comes in handy when the ladies need to clear their bladder

I'm sure the last point will pique your interest like me when I first heard it from the local guide (Ah Xiong).
According to Ah Xiong, the local Vietnamese ladies will do their marketing daily. For some rural areas, the distance from their homes to the markets can be quite a distance. Hence, the hat will come in handy when the ladies need to relief themselves along the way where there is no toilet facilities. The ladies will find a quiet spot in the field to do their business. This is where things get interesting, Ah Xiong ask: Do you use the hat to cover the upper portion or lower portion of your body? Most of us reply the lower half. But according to local practise, the hat is used to cover the face. That's because the lower portion looks the same for everyone, but the ladies use the hat to hide their faces so no one will recognise them when they are going about their business.



Wednesday, December 29, 2010

185 of Project 365: Regina Pacis Ora Pro Nobis

Regina Pacis Ora Pro Nobis
XVII-II-MCMLIX
(In front of Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, Vietnam)

ISO: 200
Exposure: 1/1600 sec
Aperture: 5.0
Focal Length: 26mm
Flash Used: No

Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, Vietnam

It was quite a disappointment that we missed the opening hour by a few minutes to visit the cathedral. So all we can do was take few pictures of the exterior of the cathedral.

Old Saigon Post Office

Lacquer Ware Factory, Vietnam

The tour started from the workshop before leading us to the retail section where the completed works are put on sale.

184 of Project 365: Red Junglefowl

Red Junglefowl - widely believed to be a direct ancestor of the domestic chicken?
It's been so, so, so, so long since I last saw a red junglefowl. I spotted these red junglefowl at a village along the Mekong Delta where we were going for our sampan ride.

ISO: 400Exposure: 1/80 sec
Aperture: 5.6
Focal Length: 
45mmFlash Used: No

Monday, December 27, 2010

Charge Card Reader

Cool gadget! Chance upon this charge card reader on BeautyQQ's YouTube Channel. This gadget is a battery charger as shown below & also a card reader, that comes in the form of a key chain.
Here I tried charging my Sony Ericsson W995 battery which works. Though it will be slower than the USB charger that comes with the phone but this will definitely be a life saver when you don't have your charger with you.
Not sure if this can be found in Singapore since this is a gift from someone who bought it in Hong Kong for HK$25. Do keep a lookout for such gadget when you are out & about town.


Friday, December 24, 2010

Traffic Conditions in Vietnam

I learnt alot about crossing roads in Vietnam amidst the seemingly chaotic & frightening number of motorcycles on the road.
Lesson 1: Hang on to your belongings. Best not to carry any bags and keep all your valuables in your pockets.
Lesson 2: No cha cha. Don't do the one step forward two steps back manoeuvre as the motorcyclists usually zip pass a pedestrain from behind.
Lesson 3: No cars or motorcyclists will stop for you, even at zebra crossing. You have to take the inititative the motorcyclists will avoid you.
Lesson 4: Walk quickly but don't run.

Ratio of cars to motorcycles? My guess? At least 1 to 20.

183 of Project 365: 浮雕


ISO: 400
Exposure: 1/8 sec
Aperture: 3.8
Focal Length: 17mm
Flash Used: No

182 of Project 365: Cocoon


ISO: 100
Exposure: 1/60 sec
Aperture: 5.6
Focal Length: 45mm
Flash Used: No

181 of Project 365: A Typical Day in Vietnam

A typical day in Vietnam: Drinking coffee along road side stall.

ISO: 200
Exposure: 1/500 sec
Aperture: 4.7
Focal Length: 23mm
Flash Used: No

Thursday, December 23, 2010

War Remnants Museum

War Remnants Museum (Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam)
Due to time constraint, we only had 50 mins to comb through the entire museum which was barely enough to cover level one. Given more time, I would definitely spend time looking at each picture & reading every details.

Couroupita Guianensis - Cannonball Tree

Taken at a restaurant in Vietnam where I was having lunch. I remember seeing this tree in Singapore at Fort Canning Park (near zebra crossing from National Museum to Fort Canning Park) & the ants are crawling all over the fruits & flowers.

ISO: 100
Exposure: 1/125 sec
Aperture: 4.0
Focal Length: 14mm
Flash Used: No

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

180 of Project 365: Minh Mang Emperor's Mausoleum


ISO: 200
Exposure: 1/320 sec
Aperture: 5.6
Focal Length: 14mm
Flash Used: No

179 of Project 365: 古迹

Taken in the compound of the Imperial Palace (Hue, Vietnam).

ISO: 200
Exposure: 1/2500 sec
Aperture: 5.6
Focal Length: 18mm
Flash Used: No

178 of Project 365: 下棋

I saw these 2 young chaps sitting under a tree besides the bustling streets of the Old Quarters (Hanoi, Vietnam) playing Chinese chess with a twist. I really admire such free-and-easy spirit which is quite rare in my country. 
Notice the orange colour inverted cups? Hidden underneath those cups are chess pieces. Apparently, each player is suppose to move the orange cups before opening it to find out what lies within. This definitely makes the game more interesting as one has to move a chess without knowing what the chess is.
I'm not sure if the game started with all the chess pieces covered or all saved for the important chess pieces like the 将 and . But this definitely gave me an idea how I can make the game more interesting, the next time I play Chinese chess.

ISO: 800
Exposure: 1/50 sec
Aperture: 5.6
Focal Length: 30mm
Flash Used: No

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Sunday, November 28, 2010

177 of Project 365: Caught

"死鱼" might be more appropriate for this title but it sound so sad. 咸鱼可以翻身,what about 死鱼?

ISO: 100
Exposure: 1/4000sec
Aperture: 7.1
Focal Length: 20mm
Flash Used: No

176 Project 365: Fishing Rod


ISO: 100
Exposure: 1/3200sec
Aperture: 13
Focal Length: 20mm
Flash Used: No

175 of Project 365: 早起的鸟儿有鱼吃


ISO: 100
Exposure: 1/4000sec
Aperture: 5.6
Focal Length: 20mm
Flash Used: No

Monday, November 22, 2010

174 of Project 365: Going Up


ISO: 125
Exposure: 1/30sec
Aperture: 1.7
Focal Length: 20mm
Flash Used: No

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Monday, November 15, 2010

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

172 of Project 365: My Dinner

A while ago, I told mom that I wanted to eat crab which I haven't eaten for quite some time. And tonight my wish is granted. To show my appreciation, I finished every single morsel of meat & drop of soup. Yummy! Nothing can beat the feeling of bliss after a delicious home cooked meal.

ISO: 200
Exposure: 1/30sec
Aperture: 1.7
Focal Length: 20mm
Flash Used: No

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Friday, November 5, 2010

170 of Project 365: Takoyaki

Yummy! My sis' successful first try at making Takoyaki.
The sauce and the cast iron pan were bought in Japan.

ISO: 250
Exposure: 1/30sec
Aperture: 1.7
Focal Length: 20mm
Flash Used: No

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

169 of Project 365: Cornice


ISO: 200
Exposure: 1/100sec
Aperture: 4.5
Focal Length: 14mm
Flash Used: No

168 of Project 365: Columns


ISO: 800
Exposure: 1/1600sec
Aperture: 5.6
Focal Length: 37mm
Flash Used: No

Supreme Court & City Hall

National Art Gallery Open House
Past, Present and Future

Saturday, October 16, 2010

167 of Project 365: Iced Kopi Siew Dai


ISO: 400
Exposure: 1/80sec
Aperture: 1.8
Focal Length: 20mm
Flash Used: No

Monday, October 11, 2010

166 of Project 365: 长廊


ISO: 640
Exposure: 1/5sec
Aperture: 3.5
Focal Length: 14mm
Flash Used: No

165 of Project 365: Framed


ISO: 640
Exposure: 1/400sec
Aperture: 3.8
Local Length: 17mm
Flash Used: No

164 of Project 365: 窗外


ISO: 640
Exposure: 1/800sec
Aperture: 3.5
Focal Length: 14mm
Flash Used: No

163 of Project 365: Forgotten


ISO: 500
Exposure: 1/4sec
Aperture: 4.5
Focal Length: 18mm
Flash Used: No

162 of Project 365: Propagate


ISO: 200
Exposure: 1/160sec
Aperture: 5.6
Focal Length: 45mm
Flash Used: No

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Bukit Batok Town Park

I had driving lesson at BBDC at 7.30 am on a Sunday morning. It was only 9.10 am after my lesson, so after a quick breakfast, I headed for Bukit Batok Town Park for a visit after many years. I can't even recall the exact year I last visited this place but I know that I visited this place with my parents & sis.

161 of Project 365: Lippies

Another obsession of mine is lippies. Actually, wearing lip balm or lipstick is more of a necessity than vanity because I have dry lips which need constant moisturising.
The MAC Disney Villains collection is my latest purchase, and I've been using MAC products since it reached our shore back in my Uni days.
My colleague always complain when she saw me buying another lipstick because I buy them so frequently.
I suspect that most of the stuff on my lips eventually ended up in my stomach. When I commented that when I'm dead & the doc open up my stomach, I wonder what they would find there, my colleague actually said "crayon". Well, I thought that's really funny & it might be true.

ISO: 400
Exposure: 0.3sec
Aperture: 5.6
Focal Length: 45mm
Flash Used: No

160 of Project 365: Perfume

I still remember that my dad bought me my first perfume when I was in Primary 6.
We were doing our weekend shopping at NTUC FairPrice and I was looking at a row of Enchanteur perfume, powder & lotion. Suddenly, my dad came up to me & asked me to picked one. Frankly, I'm quite surprised by my dad's gesture, which I gladly obliged. And I've been hooked since that first bottle of perfume.
Nowadays, I never leave home without a spritz of my favourite scent. I'll feel uneasy & weird if I'm not wearing any perfume. So I make sure that I have a small vial which I carry around for occasions when I forgot to wear my perfume before leaving the house. Of course, there were still a couple of times when I have to live through the day "scentless" and I must say the experience was really tortuous.
Some of my favourites include Lanvin, Chloe, Chanel & Sarah Jessica Parker.

Exposure: 1/40sec
Aperture: 5.6
Focal Length: 45mm
Flash Used: No

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

159 of Project 365: Sun Yat Sen

According to my mom, dad was an admirer of Sun Yat Sen.

ISO: 250
Exposure: 1/60sec
Aperture: 5.0
Focal Length: 26mm
Flash Used: No
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