Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Ruby Tuesday and Double trouble

Decorations along Chinatown during the celebrations of Chinese New Year early this year to welcome the year of Ox.

Martha of Menagerie is saying goodbye to her Double Trouble meme, I think this is perfect for her, since red in Chinese is an auspicious color for luck , so here's wishing you all the best in life .

Unique Exposure Photo Challenge: RUSTY

More of 'Rusty' can be found HERE.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Macro Monday: Macro butterfly

I'm not sure of it's name, it could be the tirumala septentrianis but I remembered reading about this butterfly at the HortPart was this butterfly can excrete poisonous liquid to safe itself from the predator. These beautiful creatures were photographed at the walk-through butterfly flight area in The Fragile Forest at the Singapore Zoo. They are human friendly and will even land on the visitors there.

To see more macros, do visit Lisa at her blog for more links to the participants of Macro Monday. Just click on the logo above.

Today's Flowers #46

My neighbour's ANTHURIUM ANDRAEHUM, sometimes called the tailflower or Flamingo Flower.

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Saturday, June 27, 2009

PhotoHunt 167 : FLAGS

FLAGS from different countries hanging outside the Fullerton Hotel, Singapore.

Round Robin Challenge : WILDLIFE

The only King of Beast, at the Singapore Zoological Garden, there's 3 female lion to keep him company there.

Courting lions can mate every 15 minutes for 3 days, by the 3rd day, they would have mated 200-300 times!
The male often bites the female on the neck immediately after mating, the 'Love Bite' is believed to trigger the egg release from the ovary for sucessful fertilization. Jaguars and leopards do this too.

Color Carnival # 8

It's very easy to keep this little 6 years old niece of mine occupied, just give her some paper and crayon or pencil colors and she's happy as a bunny!

More colors can be found at Martha's color carnival, just click on the banner above.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Friday My Town Shoot Out: Colours of the Rainbow

This week's theme is chosen by Debbie of The Pink Birdhouse, and it's the Colour of the Rainbow.
Here's something I found around my little island of Singapore:
Colourful traditional Indian dresses hanging in a shop in Serangoon Road or famously known as the Little India. Brightly coloured bangles to match the dresses too, take your pick.

One corner of the zoo, where flowering shrubs are planted to attract the butterfly.
It's common to see people of all ages wearing brightly coloured clothes here, wonder what these kids were looking at?
......just these beautifully coloured kois in a pond at the bottom of the Singapore Flyer..

Beautiful bird feeding on fruits at Jurong Bird Park.

Even the signboard at the Bird Park is in bright colours!

Flowers of all colours and sizes at the annual Sentosa Flower Festival, early this year.Sentosa is the resort island accessible by cable car, monorail and a road access from the mainland.
Beside flowers there's fruits/ vegetables on display too..

Fruits being sold by a fruit seller at Chinatown, almost all kind of fruits are available there and at every fruit stalls around the island.The last photo is of a home cooked meal prepared by me, a simple luffa ( ridged gourd) soup and steamed fish with soft tofu , served with a plate of black soya sauce with crushed bird's eye chilli and lime juice-it's fiery hot I tell you! All are eaten with plain white rice.
I hope you enjoy the pictures I've posted here. For more links to participating bloggers, click HERE.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

W is for.....

W is for Waves splashing upon Patong Beach, Phuket.
and Wheels of trolley, at Changi Airport ,Singapore.

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Ruby Tuesday : Red Orchid

EMPS # 43 : Seeing stars.

Carly of Ellipsis wanted to see stars, any kind of stars will do. I wanted to take shots of the stars at night but weather's not co-operating these few days . I managed to find one star I have at home. Bought in Kota Tinggi waterfall in Malaysia in year 2005, this STAR shaped key change has became a permanent fixture on my display cabinet .
It comes in variety of shapes, I first bought them to give away, but I changed my mind later on kept them on display in the living room.

This Coat of Arms was photographed at the gate of the Istana , the official residence of the President of Singapore, but it's used mostly for meeting of overseas delegates and occasional meetings of the ministers, since the President stayed in his own personal home. The Istana's ground is open for public viewing, together with the one part of the istana, during it's open house, a few times a year , but security is always very tight. Every visitor will be have to go to a metal detector and bags screened.No food and drinks allowed in too,at other ther time , it's strictly off limit to the public.

The coat of arms of Singapore was adopted in 1959, along with the other national symbols of Singapore. Using elements from the national flag, the coat of arms symbolises the current state and honours its cultural links with Malaysia. While the use of the coat of arms is restricted to the government bodies, the symbol enjoys wide use on the national currency, state decorations and appears on the cover of the national passport. Approval must be sought from the Prime Minister's Office for any other use of the State Crest.

The National Coat of Arms or State Crest consists of a shield with a white crescent moon and five white stars against a red background. Red symbolises universal brotherhood and equality of men; white, purity and virtue. The five STARS represent the ideals of democracy, peace, progress, justice and equality. Supporting the shield are a lion on the left and a tiger on the right. The lion represents Singapore and the tiger represents the island's historical links with Malaysia. Below the shield is a banner inscribed with the Republic's motto, "Majulah Singapura" ("Onward Singapore").

The Coat of Arms or State Crest was unveiled on 3 December 1959 together with the National Flag and the National Anthem at the installation of the Yang di-Pertuan Negara at the City Hall steps.

This photo was taken in Bali, 2006, at Hard Rock Cafe, just next to our hotel opposite the Kuta Beach.We did went in and spend some time there.

This last photo was taken just a few weeks ago, when I went with a friend to the historical Fort Canning Park for a photoshoot. STAR burst effect, still qualified under this meme, don't you think so?

For more of the STARS do drop by Carly's site.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Little brown grasshopper

This little grasshopper only stayed long enough for me to take a few shots, before hopping off to another place without this pesky photographer! :p
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Today's flowers #45

Medinilla Flower.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Friday, June 19, 2009

Friday Shoot out : METAL

Audrey in Canada has chosen METAL as this week theme for Friday my town shootout.

Here are some of the photos I have in my album:

Metal parts of a bench, waiting for someone to have a rest, at the resort island of Sentosa.
Metal archway leading to the beach at Sentosa Island.
Another view of the metal archway.
Metal casing of old CPU,waiting to be recycled. Saw them at an alley in Serangoon Road area, or commonly known as the Little India of Singapore for it many shops catered to the Indian population's needs.
Metal railings around the old colonial building which has been turned into a museum.

Alexandra Arch Bridge which is just in front of the HortPark- South East Asia's first gardening hub , along the Alexandra Road.

The bridge, with its curved deck and tilted arch, spans across Alexandra Road like an opened leaf.

While walking on the metal flooring of the bridge, I saw some workers ......

cutting more metals....