Tuesday, May 31, 2011

EMPS # 126- Rare white scales

Let's mix things up by adding some variety to the assignment. Here you see a RARE WHITE SCALY, alligator that I photographed last year at the, California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park. He is gorgeous and fun to photograph, but it's the fact of how rare he is that got me thinking. He isn't just an alligator, he is RARE, SCALY, and WHITE! So, let's take on those topics. Show us something RARE. WHITE. Or SCALY. :)

Extra Credit: Show us all three possibilities! "

The Merlion Statue, 8.6 m high and weighing 40 tons, is one of Singapore's national icon. As an emblem, it was designed by Fraser Brunner for the Singapore Tourism Board. Later, the vice-chancellor of the University of Singapore, Kwan Sai Kheong conceptualised the Merlion Statue which was thereafter constructed by Lim Nang Seng, a local craftsman. Since 15 September 1972, the Merlion statue and its cub had stood guard at the Mouth of the Singapore River at the Merlion Park. Exactly 30 years later, it was officially relaunched at its new home, the Merlion Pier, just off One Fullerton.

The Merlion is an imaginary creature with the head of a lion and the body of a fish. This half-lion, half-fish sculpture rests on undulating waves. The lion head alludes to the legend of Singapore's founding by Sang Nila Utama, a Palembang Prince who, on his arrival on the island, saw what he thought to be a lion and thereafter renamed Temasek, Singapura or "Lion City". The fish-tail represents Singapore's links to the ancient sea-bound island which was Temasek and its long and successful association with the sea, reflecting how our forefathers traversed the oceans to come to Singapore and our subsequent dependence upon it as a port.

The larger Merlion costs about S$165,000, is 8.6 m high and weighs at least 40 tons as it is made mainly of cement. It sits facing the East, aligned in the most auspicious feng-shui position as advised. An inscription reads "The Merlion has been erected as a symbol to welcome all visitors to Singapore". The Merlion Statue is brightly floodlit at night, and a favourite with photographers and tourists. The smaller Merlion, often referred to as the cub, is two metres high and weighs three tonnes.

Ruby Tuesday: Signboard

Monday, May 30, 2011

Saturday, May 28, 2011

FMTSO:Scavenger Hunt-spin, drop, rest

 Our second FMTSO Scavenger Hunt for May 27,  Spin - Drop - Rest, was suggested by J9.
In her words:

" This is a scavenger hunt for images or items, or people or places in
your town that represent the actions of Spin, Drop, and Rest. Because
there really are no rules, you can pretty much interpret this however
you would like. Do you have a drop roller coaster in your town? How
about giving a new car a spin? What about rest? We know at least one
personality thinking of rest rooms (Bagman), but what do people in
your town do to rest? How about rain drops? Whirling Dervishes?
Spinning Laundry? Mattress Stores? Let's see what we can all come up
with, and have fun!"


Just looking at the spinning wheel going round and round makes me have a spinning head!

I think I have a clearer head looking at the dried leaf and flower dropped from the Frangipanni Tree.


To have a good rest, body and soul, perhaps joining the Fulagong Sect mediation under the bridge is a good idea.

With the clip on fan spinning, she get some relief from the humid air while being strapped to prevent her  from dropping off the perambulator. Soon she's  off to lalaland which give her mom a rest from chasing this little girl around the park....and I get to shoot her in peace, otherwise she never stay still.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

ABC Wednesday: Sleeping

S is for SLEEP

I love taking photos of a sleeping child, with such angelic look and at peace, who could resist... this precocious little girl belongs to a dear friend.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Monday, May 23, 2011

Ruby Tuesday: WARNING

No swimming due to the choppy sea during the monsoon season.

Macro Monday: Tomatoes

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Round Robin Challenge: GRAFFITI

Graffiti is defined as vandalism here in Singapore, unless done with the permission of relevant authority and the owner of the buildings. Offenders are liable for a jail term, fine or even canning if caught. We do have a park called Youth Park right smack in the the shopping belt of Orchard Road area where graffiti is allowed. Every  now and then the board was given a whitewash for the next graffiti artist to paint. Artists are encouraged to send in their draft and free paints will be provided.


Calostropis Gigantea

Macro Flowers Saturday badge 4

Calotropis Gigantea, or commonly known as the Crown Flowers or Ivory Plants
Origin: India, Indonesia.

Friday, May 20, 2011

FMTSO: Flowers in your town

Flowers are always blooming here due to our tropical heat, all I need to do is walk around the parks here and there's plenty to choose from....



Lotus Flowers.

Yellow Alder
Orange Rose
Japanese Rose

To see more of flowers around the world, just click on the FMTSO's banner above.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Thursday Challenge: Happy or Steel

A happy child eating her snack.

Steel bridge over the river.