Weekly Photo Challenge: Monument

This weeks weekly photo challenge from Daily Post is Monument.

“The Eiffel Tower? Stonehenge? Your town’s sole traffic light? For this week’s photo challenge, blow us away with your take on the monumental.”

Monument name: SARS Inhibited
SARS inhibited sculptureLocation: Singapore
Camera: Olympus E-PM2, M.Zuiko 17mm f/1.8 (1/80, f/5.6, ISO 200)

This sculpture of a SARS protease inhibitor active cleft (protein structure) is a monument to the men and women scientists working at Biopolis and the whole Biopolis research community for their efforts in discovering many aspects of the SARS virus, including the structure of the SARS protease.

“Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) is a viral respiratory illness caused by a coronavirus, called SARS-associated coronavirus (SARS-CoV). SARS was first reported in Asia in February 2003. Over the next few months, the illness spread to more than two dozen countries in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia before the SARS global outbreak of 2003 was contained. [...] According to the World Health Organization (WHO), a total of 8,098 people worldwide became sick with SARS during the 2003 outbreak. Of these, 774 died.” ©CDC.gov

In this photo I like the juxtaposition of a virus related sculpture (viruses being a symbol and cause of death and disease) with the reflection of the tree (in the lower right of the photo), symbolising life.

For more information on this sculpture please see the plaque below:

An idle Sunday afternoon on the streets of Singapore

I had other plans for Sunday (13th Apr) but finding that they weren’t possible I decided to go wandering with my trusty X100s around City Hall and Bugis.

Singapore has a very diverse population of local Chinese, Malays and Indians as well as expatriate workers from all over the world including Europe, the Americas, the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Myanmar, China and many other countries in east Asia and the Pacific.

Miraculously, for the most part, this huge diversity of races, religions, nationalities and philosophies coexist quite peacefully and successfully here.

This couple is an American lad and tiny local Indian lady.

Whether you find dealing with people enjoyable, infuriating, or fascinating, one thing is certain, you’re unlikely to escape being around them in a bustling city like Singapore.

I enjoy wandering the streets on the weekend and I find that there is always something or someone interesting to put in front of my lens.



Older men in Singapore are honorifically called “uncle” and older women referred to as “aunty” even when they are not related to you and have no relationship to you at all.  For instance in a taxi it is perfectly normal and acceptable to refer to the driver as “uncle” when conversing with him.  You may even find people only a few years younger than you referring to yourself as uncle/aunty if you visit here.


Red dress


Birds on a wire


Bus stop






Thingyan is the Burmese New Year Water Festival.  Many people from Myanmar (former Burma) were out on the streets celebrating, mostly around City Hall and Peninsular Plaza on Sunday (13th Apr).


In the steaming heat of the tropics air conditioning is an essential element of office, shopping, and frequently, home life here.




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Location: Bugis, City Hall; Singapore
Camera: Fujifilm X100s

Weekly Photo Challenge: Threshold

This weeks weekly photo challenge from Daily Post is Threshold.

“A threshold is a point of entering; that point just before a new beginning — that split-second moment in time, full of anticipation.”

On the threshold of the journey

My son is perceiving two thresholds in this frame. Having just turned 6 years old, he is on the threshold of beginning school life and at that very instant was very much anticipating the train arriving and beginning his journey.

Location: Singapore
Camera: Olympus E-PM2, M.Zuiko 17mm f/1.8 (1/80, f/2.0, ISO 1000)

China Town at night

One of my favourite areas of Singapore at night is China Town.  Quite often in the evening the tourist count can decline and if you wander away from the main restaurants and watering holes you can start to find more interesting areas.

This very intense game of checkers was fascinating to watch as these men pitted their intelligence against each other in strained silence





A typical view of one of the more “local” style Chinese seafood restaurants.

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Fixed pricing can often be less fixed than you might think.



Regular Singaporean foods of roast chicken/pork, chashu pork, tea eggs and tofu.













A stunning display for Chinese Year of the Horse stampedes between New Bridge road and Eu Tong Sen street closely followed by a hail of traditional Chinese coins promising prosperity for the coming year.



Location: China Town, Singapore
Camera: Fujifilm X100s

Portrait of a local wet market

Wet markets in Singapore are often one of the major pillars of community life. They sell a variety of meat, produce, flowers, snacks, house plants and other house hold goods. They are often located very near food centres.

Singapore has no shortage of western style supermarkets but for a very large number of people the wet markets are considered fresher and cheaper and a good place to catch up on gossip.

I’ve been living in the same neighbourhood for about 3 years. The photos here were all taken in and around my local wet market on a Sunday morning.






















Location: Redhill, Singapore
Camera: Fujifilm X100s

Walking home one night last week

Perhaps one of the hardest things to photograph is the environment that you see every day.  Your back yard, where everything is familiar and almost nothing is new to you.  I have been working at the same location in Singapore for nearly 8yrs now and some days it is almost impossible to see it with fresh eyes.  But last week I thought I’d have a go at taking some pictures on my route home.



The photos were all taken with an Olympus E-PM2 camera and all but one was taken using an M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f/1.8 prime lens.























Location: Various, Singapore
Camera: Olympus E-PM2 +  M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f/1.8 prime

Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections

This weeks weekly photo challenge from Daily Post is reflections.

Reflections Hangzhou China, Fujifilm X100s 1/640 f/5.6 ISO400

Fujifilm X100s 1/640 f/5.6 ISO400

This photo was taken in March last year at at West Lake, Hangzhou, China, a very pretty part of the country.

Later I will be posting a complete gallery of photos from that trip.  It was my first visit to China and I was amazed at what an interesting and beautiful place it was.

It was also my first major outing with the X100s instead of a Nikon dSLR.  I think that the image quality from the X100s is very good and certainly adequate for travel photography and beyond.

A walk around Bugis, Singapore.

Over the weekend, after dropping my lovely wife off to her work, place I decided to do some street roaming and see if any photos could be had. Usually on the weekend my image collector is my X100s due to its well known properties of low weight and excellent image quality.




Stalking the busy streets of Singapore with an iconic camera at the ready does wonders for immersing you in the role of street photographer. Typically when doing this I’m not so much looking for portraits as I am trying to find what I feel are fundamentally local scenes. Something that goes beyond what a fleeting tourist would stop to capture.




I’ve been living in Singapore for 8 years. There is a lot of impressive architecture here, some of which really is worth photographing. But, for the majority of us on this island, the buildings are really just the back drop to Singapore, not Singapore itself.


X100s f/2.8 1/60sec


X100s f/2.0 1/60sec


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X100s f/3.6 1/250sec


X100s f/4.0 1/250sec


X100s f/5.0 1/250sec


X100s f/5.0 1/250sec


X100s f/8 1/100sec



X100s f/5.6 1/60sec


X100s f/5.6 1/60sec


X100s f/5.6 1/60sec


X100s f/5.6 1/60sec


X100s f/5.6 1/60sec


X100s f/5.6 1/60sec





Location: Bugis, Singapore
Camera: Fujifilm X100s