Celebrating a year of happiness

Today my wife an I are celebrating a year of being together. She is an amazing human being. From the moment she entered my life she changed everything around and all for the better. She caused heaven and earth to change places. She is the love of my life.

These are two of my favourite photographs of her.


Simple portraits, caught in the spur of the moment, with no preparation.

The first one was taken in a shopping mall shortly before grabbing some dinner. The second one was while waiting for a bus one idle Thursday morning.

Congratulations to us baby!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Fray

This weeks weekly photo challenge from Daily Post is Fray

“Share a photo of what “fray” means to you — it could be a tear in a favorite pair of jeans, a street rumble just about to begin, or a friend diving into an oncoming wave at the beach.”


Bugis flags

Frayed and tattered flags above some dumpsters, in an alleyway, beside Bugis Street. I thought the colour of the wall was stunning and the contrast between the lighter coloured flags and background was very striking.

Location: Singapore
Camera: Fujifilm X100S; 1/100, f/5.6, ISO 200

Weekly Photo Challenge: Texture

This weeks weekly photo challenge from Daily Post is Texture

“This week, share a texture found in an unexpected place. It could be made of natural materials, or with man-made objects.”


Texture with leaves

Nothing fancy. I looked down and there it was – texture. And what appeared, to me, to be a metaphoric separation of souls.

Location: Singapore
Camera: Minolta X-700; Film: Fujifilm Superia X-tra 400

Weekly Photo Challenge: Zigzag

This weeks weekly photo challenge from Daily Post is Zigzag

“For this week’s challenge, share with us your own take on zigging and zagging. It can be a winding path, the Herringbone pattern on your coat, a scar: any jagged line that tells a story.”


Owharoa Falls

To me Karangahake Gorge is one of the most beautiful places in New Zealand. It’s a small forested area and understated in many ways. But when getting drenched with a solid rainfall it really comes into its own with a roaring river and simple but ruggedly appealing rock formations.

Tucked away in some forgotten corner of the gorge is Owharoa Falls. I think that for a small waterfall it is stunning. Located in a quiet, lonely spot, there is never anyone near it. Tributary waters zigzag and cascade glamorously over the rocks to the tranquil pool waiting below, before making their way to the roisterous gorge river.

Location: Owharoa Falls, Karangahake Gorge, New Zealand
Camera: Olympus E-PM2, M.Zuiko 17mm f/1.8; 1/4, f/18, ISO 200, 17mm

Weekly Photo Challenge: Summer Lovin’

This weeks weekly photo challenge from Daily Post is Summer Lovin’

“This week, share a photo that says summer lovin’ to you. It might be a favorite pair of sandals you can’t bear to part with, the homemade salsa you made with veggies from your garden, the flowers you planted, or your family frolicking on the beach.”


Nha Trang, Vietnam

A group of my friends and I took an amazing trip to Vietnam this time last year. We landed in Ho Chi Minh City, made our way north to the mountain town of Dalat, then headed east, to the coast and Nha Trang. We stayed in a relatively empty resort in the countryside on the coast and managed to charter a small boat for a day of snorkelling, fishing and swimming. It was a lot of fun. This photograph was taken by me looking back towards my friends in and around the boat at anchor.

Vietnam was awesome and in about a week and a half my wife and I are heading back up there for another holiday. This time taking in Hanoi and Halong Bay.

Location: Nha Trang, Vietnam, 2013
Camera: Olympus Tough TG-2 iHS; 1/200, f/8, ISO 100, 4.5mm

Weekly Photo Challenge: Containers

This weeks weekly photo challenge from Daily Post is Containers

“This week, share your own vision of a container you find interesting. You can take the challenge as literally as you want — a box of chocolates, a broken bottle, your town’s water tank, an empty shell on the beach.”



Photographed in Haji Lane, Buena Vista, these electrically lit containers make for innovative and eye catching signage at night.

Location: Buena Vista, Singapore, 2009
Camera: Canon Canonet QL17 GIII, Film: Lucky B/W Film SHD100

Weekly Photo Challenge: Relic

This weeks weekly photo challenge from Daily Post is Relic

“Share a photo of what ‘relic’ means to you — it could be your still-running 1979 Honda Accord Hatchback, an historic building in your town, or an old, rusted farm implement poking up through the long grass in a field.”


Train station

The building in this photograph appears to have been some sort of utility shed associated with the Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM) railway track out of sight, to the left of the frame. The KTM trains used to run from the causeway in the north to Tanjong Pagar in the south of Singapore. KTM stopped operating within Singapore in 2011. The land occupied by the tracks was handed back to Singapore as part of a land swap deal with Malaysia at that time and has since been turned into a green corridor popular with hikers and mountain bikers. I know little of this building other than it sometimes housed homeless and squatters overnight and has not been used in any official capacity since long before 2011.

Location: Buena Vista, Singapore, 2009
Camera: Olympus Stylus-550WP

Weekly Photo Challenge: Contrasts

This weeks weekly photo challenge from Daily Post is Contrasts

“This week, in a post created specifically for this challenge, share your own photo showing a CONTRAST.”


Mount Eden, Auckland, New Zealand

This photo contains multiple contrasts. Not only is it a “contrasty” photograph owing to the harsh Autumn midday lighting, but it is a symbolically contrasty image. In the foreground, one of nature’s most formidable representatives of her power, a volcano. In the background, symbols of human power. The Central Business District (CDB) of downtown Auckland with its centres of wealth, commerce, banking and gambling. The most potent of which is the Skytower, arrogantly thrusting skyward, as if to pierce the very clouds above it.

Portrayed here, frozen at 1/500th of a second, both symbols of power seem benign and still, not at all in competition for space or psychological supremacy over the local citizenry. But I believe the tension is palpable. The dormant volcano last erupted 28,000 years ago, long before humans encroached on its sovereign territory. Should the busy, scurrying, activities of these invaders disturb this slumbering power to wakefulness the consequences would be unthinkable. By the same token you can’t help thinking that the city would happily bulldoze this uppity hillock flat and expand its territories given the slightest opportunity.

The final contrast lies in the weather. Dark, brooding, clouds prowl over Mt Eden and the near areas of the city. But sunshine brightens Aucklands North Shore and harbour.

Location: Mount Eden, Auckland, New Zealand
Camera: Olympus E-PM2, M.Zuiko 17mm f/1.8; 1/500, f/4.5, ISO 200, 17mm