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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The Island Called Temasek Part 3 : Day 2

(All photos in this entry are captured using Lumix GF3. Some might be HDR-ed for fun and will be mentioned in the caption)

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Date: 25/12/2011
Location: Singapore

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Continued from here...

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It's the second day. And today we decided to go to the island by train! I can't wait to hop on the train because the first and the last time ever I took a train was when my course mates and I were on a trip to Jerantut for an adventure to National Park, 11 years ago....and it was fun! So we drove to JB Sentral and parked the car there, and proceeded to buy train ticket for two, one way.

1. Train tickets. MYR 3.00 only per person.
Train tickets to Singapore can only be purchased about 45 minutes before the arrival of the train.
Come any earlier and you'll be 'forced' to go window shopping around the complex.

2. Waiting hall. The excitement is just outside this door!

3. In the train. Alright....There were nothing much we can enjoy actually because the journey took less than 10 minutes. Just grey sky and sea, and giant pipes! Oh yes, and a very congested Johore Causeway next to us! LOL!!!

4. Woodland Train Checkpoint. I was asked to keep my camera after a guard saw me snapping. And because I love my camera, then I just put it back in my bag. Just in case. :D

After the checkpoint, we walked to the nearest bus stand to get a bus to the City Hall MRT Station to purchase The Singapore Tourist Pass. It is the only pass that offers tourists unlimited rides on Singapore's public transport system including MRT, LRT, and basic bus services.

5. On a bus ride. Can you see the white crooked line with gaps in between? I can feel that this is an effective method for drivers to slow down with caution.

6. MRT station. Actually I've forgotten which station was this, but I have to ride on it to go to City Hall Station.

7. View from the moving train. Frankly I admire the landscape and the maintenance of landscape in Singapore.
(Pic is HDR-ed from single photo)

8. Mussaenda philippica (white flower) and a tree that yet to be identified, planted on the island.
(Pic is HDR-ed from a single photo)
9. Traffic system, viewed from the moving MRT. 'Read' this picture for yourself. :D


10. My friend told me that there are shopping complex at every MRT station, which I think act as neighbourhood store. Bigger version of course. But don't trust what I write because I haven't walked in any of the shopping complex yet.

11. Parks and greeneries are everywhere

12. And colourful buildings and courts, can double as an artwork to their landscape
(Pic is HDR-ed from a single photo)


13. Another park. 

14. Railway. And a river, maybe? Or a big monsoon drain?
After this the train was stuffed with so many people that I have to keep my camera inside and be alert of my backpack and other belongings because anything can happen with too many people around. So next, I'll show some pics at Orchard Road and Kampung Glam, and also some stories about luck in the midst of nervousness. Haha! Next part ok!

...to be continued...

~End of Part 3~

Thursday, March 8, 2012

The Island Called Temasek Part 2 : Day 1

(All photos in this entry are captured using Lumix GF3)

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Date: 24/12/2011
Location: Singapore

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So we continued walking throughout the night while feasting our eyes on colourful Singapore skyline.

1. Capturing night scene without a tripod is challenging because even in idle mode, our body is still shaky *due to breathing process and heart pumping blood. So this is considered my best shots. Will come back with a tripod soon.

2. The Marina Bay Sand. Can you see those white floating things on the water? I was not sure what were those but just for information, that night was Christmas eve.

3. This time I used the railing to support my hands, but still shaky.

4. This cute hanging things are hanged at the decorative pole along the pedestrian walkway.
Those who wish to write a Christmas wish on them are welcomed to do so. 

5. Another shot. As you can see, the wet road reflects the colourful lights beautifully, thanks to the rainy day (and night).


6. We are heading towards the pedestrian bridge, going to the Marina Bay Sands

7. It's quite difficult to get a sharp image of the pedestrian bridge because it is shaking itself due to movements of people walking on it.

8. The river underneath is clean and plantations at the riverbank makes it pleasant to look at.

9. Very well planned.

10. As soon as we arrived at the end of the bridge, it was raining again so we got into the shopping mall and witnessed that there were still so many people doing last minute shopping for Christmas!

11. And then we went out again to avoid the crowd. See those Royal Palms with those in-ground lightings?
Beautiful!

12. And found this elephant. I purposely snapped this one because of the number.
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13. And got in again. Yes, It was raining again.
Can you see Jimmy Choo boutique over there?

14. And finally almost came to the end of journey of day 1.
We were supposed to go back on our own by bus or train but my friend wanted to send us back to JB. Seriously I don't know how to say thanks to them for their kindness. But, we will come back tomorrow. With more places to go.

See ya!

...to be continued...

~End of Part 2~