Thursday, December 31, 2009

BRUNEI | Golden Domes Aplenty

Just a random photo for the last day of 2009.

Gold on Blue.

One of the many golden domes of the Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam.

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Monday, December 14, 2009

GF COMIC | Am I an Aunt or Uncle?

A true incident, yet the actual event and persons will be kept anonymous.

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It is a fact isn't it?

If you are an uncle, you will still be an uncle to your niece or nephew.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

SINGAPORE | within Bugis Street

Walking along the vicinity of Bugis Street.

For those who love accessories, than this is a great place to be.

And if you walk outside of the market area, you will come across this building full of "jewels" on the facade.

And on the wall of the market, one can find this, graffiti on the wall.

And next to it, is this old fashion blinds.

But what I found nice is this colourful spiral stairs.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

SINGAPORE | Bugis Street

Walking around in Bugis Street.

It is not like walking along Orchard Road, or those air-conditioned mall like Vivocity, but this is a street market, thou covered, but non-airconditioned.

A busy place it was, even if you stop to look at stuff, you can not avoid to be brushed aside from the fast flowing pedestrians.

Not only they sell clothes, but they also sell fruit, Durians even!

Persimmon is also in abundance. Good fruit, sweet and juicy.

More durians, quite cheap, only $2 each!

$2 crackers (keropok) vs $2 durians, it's your call!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

SINGAPORE | The Mosque in Chinatown

Another interesting landmark in Chinatown.

Masjid Jamae (Chulia) is the name of the mosque.

For a more detailed history of the mosque, feel free to read it on the plaque.

A glimpse of what is inside the mosque, cool, got vending machine some more what.

An overview of the mosque, squeezed among the shophouses.

Monday, November 23, 2009

SINGAPORE | Multi-Culture in Chinatown

What I found quite interesting in Chinatown, was the multi cultural diversity there within, multi belief and faith.

There I saw one Temple and also a Mosque.

Pagoda Street is one of the alley in Chinatown.

The temple was still under renovation, so just manage to get a peek of what is inside.

There was a wedding ceremony held at that time, and these young women have prepared themselves with their colourful traditional dresses or also known as sarees.

Decorative flowers used as part of their belief.

Not only there were multi culture, but the product sold in Chinatown are also diversified.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

SINGAPORE | Chinatown Heritage Centre

Still walking along the area.

This way to the Heritage Centre.

But first, have to pass thru this passage.

Some old ship's instrumentation for sale.

And some seller trying to market their products.

And here you are, the Chinatown Heritage Centre.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

SINGAPORE | Chinatown Walkabout

During a recent trip to Singapore earlier this month, manage to mingle amongst the crowd.

The place was flooded with people, walking around, doing their own stuff, or even just sitting along, feasting their eyes with people watching.

Chinatown could be found in almost every major cities around the globe, usually marked with it's traditional huge red gate.

In Singapore, the Chinatown, can't be missed by it's many bright red lanterns.

One of the many entrances to the main street.

A typical scene in Chinatowns.

Taking his own sweet time.

A mobile vendor moving his cart to a different place.

Another view of the packed street.

*All images taken with the Canon G10

Monday, November 16, 2009

F1 | Mercedes GP vs. McLaren 2010

Mercedes has confirmed the buy-in of Brawn GP, hence for F1 2010 Mercedes will have its own team, yet, Mercedes has agreed to supply engine for McLaren til 2015.

So now the questions are, will Button be paired with Hamilton in the McLaren, hence the all-British team, and Mercedes GP might be having Nico Rosberg as one of their driver.

But what will happen to Kimi?

Some questions need to be answered soon.

From the earlier image of Mercedes GP, it looks like they might retained their silver look livery, whereas McLaren might be back to their orange livery, but all of these yet to be confirmed.

F1 2010, seems to be an interesting one, with Korea as a new add-on track, and the Montreal, Canada is back on the calendar.

Who cares about Ferarri! By mid-season Alonso and Massa might have their rift, just like Hamilton & Alonso, when they were together at McLaren.

Lewis Hamilton's helmet, side by side with the McLaren-Mercedes F1 steering wheel. If you look carefully on the bottom left of the steering wheel, there is a white button for drink, yeap, they do "drink" and drive, or drink and race, rather!

Saturday, October 31, 2009

SABAH | Orang Sabah bah ni ..

Kota Kinabalu, Sabah is a small yet a fast developing nation.

I think the last trip to KK was in 1990, and the only major shopping centre was the Centre Point Mall at the left, this is one of the main road, leading to the Airport.

Free shuttle bus to 1Borneo from the city centre, in front of Warisan Square.

Atkinson Clock Tower, is one of the oldest, if not the oldest standing structure in Kota Kinabalu, built out of wood without any nails in memory of Francis George Atkinson - the popular first District Officer of Jesselton during colonial times in 1902. It is functional till this day.

If you are wondering, where the clock is at, it is actually removed and sent for repair, so they just use a small digital clock, eermm, nope, not really, actually, the clock face is on the opposite side, I was in a hurry, it was still raining, and I only managed to get thru the other side of the clock tower.

The boardwalk on the Waterfront.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

SABAH | Land Beneath the Wind

Sabah, is also known as the Land Beneath the Wind, or Negeri Di Bawah Bayu.

But, the signboard says, The Nature Resort City.

The Waterfront.

A quick capture from inside a fast moving vehicle, The Shuttle Bus, anyway, that tall building is the Menara Tun Mustapha, which formerly known as the Sabah Foundation Building.

When it was comeplered in 1977, this 30 storey steel and glass structure, was one of only three such buildings in the world. There is an auditorium, two mini-theatres, exhibition foyer, gymnasium, kindergarten, research library and a revolving restaurant on the 18th floor.

Street view of the city centre. It was raining, hence the water droplets.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

SABAH | Singgah di Kota Kinabalu

Kota Kinabalu, KK, is the capital of Sabah, located on the northern part of Borneo Island, and the home of the great Mount Kinabalu, and several island famous for snorkeling.

The trip to KK was a short one, and due to transportation constraint, we only manage to wander within the city centre.

Unlike from my previous excursion, this time, I only managed to get a handful of photos, the memory card in my camera was not even half utilised.

Almost all of the photos were taken with the Canon G10 and on moving vehicle!

Some of the shops that one can find in 1Borneo Hypermall, captured from the bus.

1Borneo is about a good half an hour ride to the city centre, and the taxi fare from the airport is RM50, but there is a free shuttle bus to/fro 1Borneo to the city centre.

A glimpse of the minarets of the City Mosque, built on a 2.47 acres site at the Likas bay, the Kota Kinabalu City Mosque is situated near the sea. This majestic white mosque boasts similar features to the Nabawi Mosque in Medina.

As the signboard says, this is the Pasar Besar Kota Kinabalu, or the Big Market of KK.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

SINGAPORE | Kampong Glam - Part IV

The last part of the current series.

Bussorah Pedestrian Mall, view from the mosque.

A family passing by one of the shops. There are many textile shops within the vicinity, if you are looking for any particular textile, feel free to browse around.

Slim yet headless models, displaying the textile on sale.

Close-up of some of the items on sale, and these are head gears, worn by men.

And this is a unique historical sculpture, made on display to show the cost of the goods on sale, errrm, nope, not really, this is just some random corrugated cardboard that I found, and just capture it for my photo collection.