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
(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

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