Friday, January 29, 2010

Friday My Town Shoot Out: Look Up Look Down

 

 
In Central Business District

 

Too may high rise buildings around here...


Looking down from a shopping mall, I saw these 3 workers from a restaurant nearby taking a short break, shielded by the sun thanks to the giant white
 
Looking up , I saw this structure which is put in the Jurong Bird Park for decorations purpose.

Looking down on my feet and shadow.

 

Looking up at the giant observation wheel, The Singapore Flyer, 165m off the ground.

Looking down on my little niece's slipper by the beach.
Looking up the coconut tree, sometimes I see a little squirrel up there.
Whenever I'm flying , I must have the window seat, then I can look down on the clouds, floating away.
All these looking up, looking down is making me dizzy with a neck ache! lol

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Thursday Challenge - MESSY

A messy beach in a little fishing village inJohor, Malaysia. There were houses within metres of the waterlines, and it became their garbage dumping area.

More MESSY can be found HERE.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Monday, January 25, 2010

EMPS # 74 : Houses of Worship



 
With its massive golden dome and huge prayer hall, the Sultan Mosque is one of Singapore's most imposing religious buildings, and the focal point of Muslims in Singapore. The mosque, designed by a British architect, Denis Santry, was built in 1928. It is one of the oldest mosque in Singapore.

Macro Monday: Pencil shavings











Today's Flowers # 76



 
Tristellateia Australasiae Flowers or commonly known as the Shower of Gold climber .


A native from Southeast Asia, it is a vigorous climber with yellow flowers that have red stamens and are borne in terminal, loose recemes. Each inflorescence has up to 30 flowers, fruits are star-like capsule with wings. When they mature, they become a brownish capsule.


Saturday, January 23, 2010

Color Carnival # 34


 

Colorful candles on sale, which one would you choose?

PhotoHunt # 197: BALANCED


 

 Balancing on the head is already a difficult feat, what more trying to BALANCE the spinning green plates on the cane at the same time! It takes proper training to be in that state of proper equilibrium.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Friday My Town Shootouts: Sounds


This week's theme for the Friday My Town Shoot-out is sounds - chosen by NanU from Aubière in France.

 

Being in a city, there's no escape of the traffic congestion and it's noise. My apartment block is just next to a busy Pan- Island Expressway and I can hear traffic zooming pass at all hours, luckily the block is not parallel to the road , and I'm on the further end  , so the noise is slightly muted.


Grass-cutter working on the road divider of a busy road, oblivious to the sounds of passing traffic.



A train approaching the elevated Ang Mo Kio Station.


Being an island, we're surrounded by the sound of waves splashing the white sandy beach.....

with ships and boats passing by each day...the smaller boat is the ferry service that linked between Singapore and the islands of Batam and Bintan, Indonesia.


 There's a military airbase nearby, I can hear the helicopters passing by very often.

 
Man made waterfall in Botanic Garden.

Human traffic at a busy shopping centre, which in turn generate the noise from the cashier's till! We have too many shopping centres here with sales going on almost forever!

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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

ABC Wednesday Round 6

A is for Ang Mo Kio MRT Station, built in 1988, the nearest station to my home, serving the populations of the town Ang Mo Kio.
The locality's name is believed by some to derive from the Hokkien phrase Ang Mo Kio (红毛桥), meaning "Red Tomato".


The town, built in 1973 by the Housing and Development Board under the Ministry of National Development is considered one of the matured public housing estates with established markets, schools, institutions, community, residential, administrative centers, and even a community hospital and other important amenities for the housing residents.

Across the MRT station is the Ang Mo Kio Hub, a newer shopping center built in 2007 , with an  bus interchange on the ground floor which is directly linked to the MRT station via underground pedestrian walkway.


Ang Mo Kio Town Garden with the more high-rise apartments around it.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Monday, January 18, 2010

EMPS # 73A - Beautiful but cold


" EMPS # 73: WINTER LANDSCAPES.
It's occurs to me that we haven't given WINTER a proper welcome. Let's fix that by getting outside and taking some WINTER LANDSCAPE photos. I know we did a similar assignment a couple weeks ago, but that was a generalized look at WEATHER, this time around I want to see something a little more refined. I want to see some WINTER LANDSCAPE photos that really shows WINTER at it's most beautiful and raw.

Extra Credit: Show me a WINTER activity, such as Ice Skating.

EMPS # 73A. BEAUTIFUL BUT COLD.
If you don't happen to live in the Northern Hemisphere, and therefore aren't in the season of WINTER, please take on this alternate assignment and show me something BEAUTIFUL BUT COLD! Ice Cream. Mountains. Iced Tea. It's all good!

Extra Credit: Show me someone engaging in a WARM weather activity. Surfing. Water Skiing, Picnicking... anything WARM weather related."


Here's my take on this week's theme, Carly, a very BEAUTIFUL animal living in a COLD enclosure, the Polar Bears at Singapore Zoo.

 

Inuka was born in the Singapore Zoo on December 26, 1990, and is the first polar bear to be born in the tropics.  This was the result of an extensive breeding programme run by the zoo. Fathered by Nanook who arrived at the zoo in 1978 from Winnipeg Zoo in Canada and was only 11 months old and captured in the wild.  Inuka’s mother is Sheeba from Cologne Zoo in Germany and was 14months old and born in captivity.



Nanook died on 29 December 1995 at the age of 18. Inuka and it’s mother, Sheeba , now 29 years old, is living in an enclosed den with few air conditioners , misting fans and netted shades over the enclosure to keep it below 22°C.



Inuka, , will only be moved to a temperate country after the death of his 29-year-old mother Sheba, who will not be moved because she is too old. Polar bears in captivity have an average life span of 25 years.
Here you can see Inuka, enjoying the frozen watermelons in the cold pool, during it's token feeding time, at the delight of the visitors at the zoo.


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