Photographs of 2010

Lavender Fields

Photograph by Gerd Ludwig

Purple tints land and sky as night falls over lavender fields at Tasmania’s famed Bridestowe Estate. The plantation is one of the largest lavender farms in the world.

Serra da Leba, Angola

Photograph by Kostadin Luchansky

This is Serra da Leba, a landmark in Angola. It has been one of the country’s postcard images for decades, but all shots were taken by day. I needed something different. I decided to try a night shot, but it seemed impossible: pitch black, foggy, an altitude of 1,800 meters (5,000 feet). My Nikon can stay open as long as 60 seconds max. But a car takes a few minutes to climb and descend and complete the “drawing.” The fog was blocking! Suddenly the fog cleared, a car went down, another went up, and they met in the middle in under 60 seconds. Painting done.

Puffin, Shiant Islands

Photograph by Jim Richardson, National Geographic

Dapper black-and-white razorbills (at right) and bright-beaked puffins (at left and in air, at center) find a haven on the Shiant Islands, just a few miles southeast of Lewis, Scotland. Nearly 8,000 razorbills and more than 200,000 puffins are estimated to use these islands as their breeding grounds each year.

Manarola, Italy

Photograph by Paul Hogie

A scene of the tiny village of Manarola on the Cinque Terre coast of Italy. I camped on this spot for some time waiting for the right balance of light as the sun set. I was rewarded with many great shots of the late afternoon and even in moonlight. This long exposure captures the essence of the village with the locals all joining for a party near the boat ramp.

Cherry Trees and Walkway, Japan

Photograph by Thomas Simonson

This picture was taken in Iwakuni, Japan at the Kintai Bridge. The Cherry Blossom (Sakura) festival had just ended and that is when I decided to go and get some good pictures.

Tarpon and Silversides, Grand Cayman

Photograph by Mike Sutton Brown

The picture was taken at Eden Rock, Grand Cayman. For just a short time every year these silversides swarm caves and swim-throughs at Cayman’s dive sites. The picture was taken late afternoon just as the sun was going down. I was hiding behind the silversides, low in the rocks. As the tarpon swam through the silversides, they eventually saw me and turned away. Just like you see in the picture.

Photograph of the Day

Boy survivor from the 2008 Sichuan earthquake

Photograph taken by anonymous

I found this photo 2 years ago right after the major quake took place in Sichaun, China. I just happened to bump into it again, and this photo never fails to touch my heart. A little boy who got saved from the rumble holds on to a muffin given by the rescuers, looking on with that innocent glare. Anybody has any idea who the photographer is?

A new year, a new start, and finally a new post

In 2011, I wish I can blog more often. The last post I did was way back in September 2010.  After that, it was either my A Levels or my laziness that prevented me from posting a new post. Now that  I’ve got so many things to talk about, I really dont know where to start from. Okay, let me summarize them into a list..

October 23 2010
Attended KPop Night concert with Dingsheng, seeing Girls’ Generation in person for my very first time. Gosh, they really look very beautiful in person, especially maknae Seohyun. Among the star-studded line-up include SHINee, Big Bang, FT Island, ZE:A, etc. This fanatastic encounter was only made possible by Serene and her friends of course, who helped us (who were way back in the ticket queue) get our tickets.

November 8 – November 30 2010
A Levels. The big-day period all JC peeps have been preparing since getting posted into a JC. Thank God I’ve made it through the period alive.

Christmas 2010
Had Christmas Eve caroling near my church along the Geylang lorongs. Not the first time I’m doing this, but nonetheless another good experience to take home.

New Year’s Day 2011
A new year signals new changes to many things, especially for a post school-leaving-exams student like me. Where am I going next, what am I going to do now? Questions, questions about my future and present pop up non-stop.. Well, of course it would be great for me further my education here in Singapore. But it’ll be more likely for me to fly away~ Probably Australia, US or UK. It’s still anybody’s guess.

Birthday 2011
January 4th. Appreciate all the wishes that came in, really thank you. But there are certain things that I have to say about Facebook wishes in my next post. Back to the main point, I am now 19 years old. Having nearly spent almost 2 decades on the Earth, I wonder if I’m an average or an underachiever. After all, there aren’t many milestones I’ve achieved in my life, at least to myself.

So what now..?

Hopefully the planned Seoul trip in early April (to catch cherry blossoms!) with Kaisiang and Dingsheng will go on without any hitches. I’ve got to find a job of course to fund my trip. Also this period I’ve got to take my SAT to reduce delays once I receive my results on early March. Unlike all S’porean-born boys, or men, I need not serve National Service. Dont ask why, it’s simply because I’m neither a S’porean citizen nor a PR. Haha. Not serving NS now might probably wipe out any chance I have of applying for PR or citizenship in the future. But we’ll see, we’ll see..