VAS SG Beach Volleyball Open Championships 2011 – Day 2

Day 2 of the Volleyball Association of Singapore Beach (VAS) Beach Volleyball Open Championships, it just got hotter and more exciting beach volleyball action at the fun and sunny island of Sentosa! The day was great, so was the weather, simply awesome along with the beautiful clear blue sky and clouds, it was just perfect for Beach Volleyball action.

Hot fiery octane 2-on-2 action just got more intense and exciting along with the rise in temperature, showcasing a level of beach volleyball action showcase that presents the beauty and sporting moments of precision timing and teamwork, with teams from Indonesia and Oman, leading the way. Our local boys are good too, giving the big boys a run for their money and a good fight on the beach volleyball courts!

The quarter finals, semi-finals were a great sporting spectacle before the grand final and it’s an awesome sporting event, signifying the growth and popularity of beach volleyball in the world and here too in Singapore, just look at the beach volleyball crowds during the weekends on Sentosa island. The volunteers and organisers did a great job to organise the 2011 Beach Volleyball Championships, well done folks!

The VAS Singapore Beach Volleyball Open Championships 2011 is getting bigger and it would get bigger in the future!! Beach volleyball here in Singapore is going to metamorphosis into a mega sporting spectacle event! Meanwhile, sit back, relax and enjoy some of the beach volleyball action photography!

 

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VAS SG Beach Volleyball Open Championships 2011 – Day 1

Beach Volleyball (and of course, volleyball) lovers, may I have your attention please!

The Volleyball Association of Singapore (VAS) is currently having an Open Championships on 23rd July and 24th July 2011, held at Siloso Beach of the fun and sunny island playground Sentosa! Day 1 is completed, however, more exciting and high octane action is in Day 2, on the 24th July 2011 from 9am to 6pm!

Do come down, enjoy the sun, sand and beach volleyball competition, with teams from overseas countries gracing our Singapore Beach Volleyball Open Championships 2011! Great and exciting future volleyball talents producing great games for all to watch and enjoy! See you there at Siloso Beach for more Day 2 Beach Volleyball action!!

Here’s some snapshots of the VAS SG Beach Volleyball Open Championships 2011 Day 1 

 

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Food Adventure in Thailand

Being in a cosmopolitan modern city like Singapore, a melting pot of different cultures and races, settling down here over many years,it gradually transformed into a food haven whereby Singaporeans love their food. One of my favourite cuisine is definitely Thailand food and I love their unique spiciness along with their sour and sweet sauces. Therefore, I was thrilled when we were traveling up to Thailand recently and it was a great feast to taste and savor authentic local Thai food. Let me guide you through some of the delicious and wonderful Thai food that I tasted during my recent holiday there.

Phad Thai

My all time favourite Thai dish! I don’t know why, it just taste so much nicer there in Thailand!

Ice Milk Tea

The fragrance and taste are so much nicer than the ones in Singapore and ordering it from the push cart in the their village town, the experience is priceless.

Steamed Fish

Freshly steamed fish with a variety of ingredients and spices, lime, chili, limerick, giving this freshly cooked fish a tender sweet loving taste.

We were also introduced by Sue to this wonderful restaurant known as Somboon Seafood in Bangkok, it’s Sue’s favourite restaurant and they serve interesting and delicious dishes. When we were at Somboon Seafood, the restaurant was packed with huge crowds and busy dining tables, a testimonial to the fame, reputation and standards of the dishes served in Somboon Seafood. Let me introduce to you, my dear readers, their trademark dish ~

Original Fried Curry Crab

Do not be deceived by their looks or gravy, have a taste when you are there! It’s simply awesome and superb! They are really special! These are the the details for Somboon Seafood Restaurant, if you are planning to go there, remember to make a reservation in advance! The branch we went to is the Bantadthong Branch! Do check out their website for more details!

Bantadthong Branch

895/6-21 Soi Chula 8, Bantadthong Rd.,
Wangmai, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330
Tel. 02-216-4203-5
Fax. 02-216-7999

Happy eating and enjoying Thailand food! Enjoy my other Thailand food photos!


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Dell Access Official Launch

On the 8th July 2011, a new exclusive community was born and I was honoured to be invited by Dell Singapore and XPR, to be part of this community known as Dell Access. This community brings together people and friends to form a synergy for passion and interest in the digital devices and social media networking, to come together, exchanging ideas, discuss trends and keeping up to date with the latest developments from Dell.

Photographs courtesy of XPR

Held at the Art Trove, it was a great night of fun, entertainment, great food and drinks, networking with bloggers, social media, media and publications from both local and regional areas. We were introduced to a display of various series of Dell’s laptops, from the lightweight to the heavy duty gamers laptops. Besides that, we were treated to a great unplugged rock music performance by Randolf Arriola, showcasing the usage of the Dell Streak and Dell laptops with his guitars. Do check out his music works too! TraseOne was there too, with their beautiful and colourful artwork to welcome the Dell Access Official Launch!

Photographs courtesy of XPR 

With the birth of Dell Access community, this shows the commitments and strong relationship that Dell has created with their customers, supporters and followers, listening to them and staying constantly engaged in and with this networking community, building up towards more innovative and beautifully designed digital devices for the future. Take a look at one of the Dell laptops that caught my attention, sleek, light, slim and beautiful, Dell Vostro V130!

Photograph courtesy of XPR

Stayed tuned for more Dell Access!

Thailand Travel Adventure – Erawan Waterfall, Mae Klong & Amphawa

The beautiful country, Thailand, the Land of Smiles, a place that I haven’t visited for many years and a place whereby my friends around me constantly travel up there for their short holidays. When the idea came out to book cheap budget airline tickets in advance by Sue, the 3 of us, Sue, Amanda and myself finally decided to travel out and a short trip up to Thailand, our first overseas group holiday, with the intinerary planned by Sue’s dad, an experienced travel guide and very knowledgable about Thailand.

Day 1

Flying with Tiger Airways, leaving on a weekday  Wednesday morning at 0640 hours, we arrived at Bangkok International Airport, sorted our things out and we were on our way with our friendly and experienced tour bus driver and his comfortable 10 seater bus, friend of Sue’s Dad. Our first stop wasn’t Bangkok, it’s visiting Erawan Waterfall in Kanchanaburi before heading to the beautiful home stay resort in Amphawa. Before continuing on our long journey towards Kanchanaburi, we reached The Mall Bangkhae at the outskirts of Bangkok for brunch and shopping, I was highly impressed by their supermarket size and varieties, McDonalds upsized meals and pork burger!

Upon reaching Erawan National Park, after about 2-3hours of driving, we had a late lunch/tea break and it was simply superb and delicious. After our hearty meal, we rushed to trek up the Erawan Waterfall, a 7 tier waterfall due to the opening hours and could only venture up to the 2nd tier. Although it was a short trek, it was an awesome experience and view, simply superb, beautiful, peaceful, tranquil and zen, I will return again one day to conquer all 7 tier!

Upon leaving Erawan National Park, we headed to Amphawa for our home stay and it was quite a long journey due to the distances between these 2 areas. It was pretty late upon our home stay, Thanijha Healthy Resort and I loved this place! Beautiful, cosy, modern and relaxing, a boutique resort in Thai style and hospitality. Great for a small retreat too with their facilities for small meetings and discussions.

Day 2

Waking up in the early morning, to catch the sunrise and watching the locals and guests giving offerings to the monks. We had our own chance to give offerings too and learned more about the local culture and practices there, the early morning was tranquil and quiet, maybe it’s a weekday morning since Amphawa is famous for their weekend floating market, for the locals and tourists. Even though we couldn’t get to see the busy floating market community, being there and enjoying the food, culture and people was just as great and wonderful. The local wet and day markets, the local friendly Thailand folks, the cute cats & dogs too! It’s like stepping back in time for me, away from modern technology and the crazy hectic pace of city life, the slower pace of life just suits me fine during the 2 days there.

We all travel to nearby town Mae Klong with their local bus, immersing in their local activities and daily life, is definitely a very interesting adventure with language being a barrier and not really knowing how their local society operates. Sue’s dad was able to handle all of that and we really had a great adventure. The town of Mae Klong is probably quite well known around the world with their Mae Klong Market and the Mae Klong Railway, with the market stall holders keeping their shelters at a moment’s notice before the train moves through the heart of the Mae Klong Market. Once the train passed them, normal wet market operations resumed and the shelters will be returned to their original position and the locals back to their daily way of life in the wet markets. Even though I saw it on television before, being there and experiencing the train traveling past you so near in the face with all the action around it is simply an experience that cannot be felt and enjoyed watching it on the television!

Back to Amphawa, for an afternoon rest before heading out to the day markets, enjoying the local food and more street and travel photography action, before a nice Thai dinner on a floating restaurant on the river, another round of delicious Thailand food feast, that would come in another post shortly. Finishing the meal, exploring the night streets and markets of area before resting for the night. I thoroughly enjoyed my first 2 days of holiday in Thailand and hoped to return again soon for more photography adventures! Stay tuned for more of my Thailand travel adventures coming soon!


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Overseas Kelong Fishing Trip to Hot Boys

Fishing, a recreational and leisure hobby, something that I have lost touch over many years, recently got back into me again. An overseas kelong fishing trip was planned with my colleagues, a short 2D1N kelong fishing trip to nearby Johor, Malaysia, to this kelong owned by Singaporeans, known as the Hot Boys Kelong.

Dug out my dad’s fishing equipment setup and accessories, 3 sets of fish rods & reels, packed my bags with my DSLR and clothings, with 3 cars driving up towards Tanjung Leman on an early Monday morning, we reached the jetty, had our breakfast before boarding the boat/ferry to our kelong whereby our fishing adventure began! The weather was great, hot and sunny with clear blue sky and beautiful white fluffy clouds, a good sun-tanning opportunity or a sun-burnt post effect (for me).

After settling down, we all swing into fishing action, catching the smaller fishes for the bait to catch bigger fishes in the night. Took a bit of luck and a little bit of skill and technique to catch the various small fishes and we were competing to see who would be the last person to catch their first small fish! It was a relaxing getaway, some of my colleagues having their maiden fishing experience, fun time  before the hot sun zaps us dry and we refuel ourselves with beverages. A very tranquil and peaceful location, away from the hustle and bustle of city life, the sunset and sunrise were beautiful and it was an excellent photography opportunity.

Fishing continued after the different meals into the night before most of us resting after supper to rest, shower and sleep. This was also a good time to just relax and enjoy the tranquility of the sea. While we were able to catch small fishes, we had no luck with the bigger fishes at all and none were caught by our group. Nevertheless, we had a great catch of small fishes to bring back home! On the 2nd day, a few of us went over to Pulau Sibu and visited the island, another beautiful and tranquil location, with small resorts and would be great for a getaway too!

Been a long time since I had enjoyed a relaxing leisure holiday, even though it was a short holiday. Looking forward to more relaxing kelong fishing trips in the future, maybe to Bintan or Batam kelongs with opportunities for sunset and sunrise photography!


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Upcoming Events at Marina Bay

The Marina Bay in Singapore, had underwent a metamorphosis since her independence days, transforming from big piece of land, to a beautiful bay/reservoir area, encompassing the financial hub (Central Business District and Marina Bay Financial District), recreational, hospitality, fun and leisure hubs of Singapore, for everybody here in Singapore.

It’s a great place to explore, exchange and entertain, highlighted in their vision page of Marina Bay website. From the many different events that graced Marina Bay, internationally recognised events that put us on the world map to our local events, there is something for everybody here. For the upcoming months, there are some awesome and interesting events that might be of great interest to you, the events calendar list can be found here! Wonder what kind of activities/events can be spotted in the heart of Marina Bay ? Or where can you go and take beautiful photographs of Marina Bay? Take a look at my photos collection of Marina Bay on Flickr!

Some interesting upcoming events that might interest you are

SailFun at the Bay from 8th July to 10th July 2011

Singapore Food Festival from 15th to 24th July 2011

Baybeats 2011

2011 Formula 1 Singtel Singapore GP

An exciting list of upcoming events are waiting for you! Do drop by and check them out!

Canon Lion City Cup 2011 – 3rd/4th & Final Games

After a week of intense football action, the Canon Lion City Cup 2011 were drawn to a close with the grand finale, the 3rd and 4th placing and the final itself. The teams that came to Singapore maybe youngsters, yet they provided with nice football skills and play, from the various football clubs around the world, it  was an eye-opener for the football  fans here in Singapore and a great competition to give our young Singapore U15 and U16 boys a chance to learn and play with/against players of their age range from different parts of the world. This would only serve them to improve their footballing skills and experiences!

The crowds were great, simply awesome and it was vocal and loud, giving the Singapore U15 and U16 teams great support during the entire matches. I was there again, to capture a piece of the action from the 3rd and 4th placing and the final, shooting from the sidelines of the Jalan Besar football field, as I was part of the 25 selected participants from the sports photography workshop to take photographs of the Canon Lion City Cup matches and a chance to win the prize of Canon 600D too!

I was lucky that I was able to loan a 300mm f4 prime telephoto lens from the event organiser and it was my first time using the 300mm prime lens! A great experience overall, although, it took me 1 game, the 3rd and 4th place game between Singapore U15 and Juventus U15 before I got the hang of it, just in time for the 2nd game, the final between Singapore U16 and Flamengo U15. Being up close to the action was great, fun and an enriching experience, adding more to my sports photography portfolio.

Both the Singapore U15 and U16 teams played well through out the tournament, giving their counterparts a run for their money and a great platform to showcase their skills and potential. From these matches, we might be seeing future rising football stars of our nation! The Singapore U15 beat Juventus U15 for 3rd place while Singapore U16 lost to Flamengo U15 for the final, regardless the results, the young boys had done really well! Let’s all wish them all the best for their footballing future!

The Canon Lion City Cup 2011 is over, let me bring you through the photographic memories and moments of the 3rd/4th placing and Final –

3rd/4th Placing – Singapore U15 versus Juventus U15

 

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Final – Singapore U16 versus Flamengo U15


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So Long! Farewell! The Last Train From KTM Tanjong Pagar

The day has finally arrived, a day of mixed emotions for many people from both sides of the Causeway, with roots deeply entrenched with each other across her history. This special day will be remembered for her last train service operating out from KTM Tanjong Pagar Railway Station before the train station was handed back to Singapore.

With each day counting towards the end of chapter in Singapore’s history and Malaysia’s history as well, it marks the end of an era and the beginning of a new era ahead. Many people from all walks of life gathered, remembered, reminisced, shared, trekked, taking photographs of the Grand Old Dame, her railway tracks, The Green Corridor, the traditions, heritage and history. The elderly, the parents bringing their children to know about the history of the railway tracks. The papers, social media, blogs and internet were buzzing with great interest and publicity on the KTM Railway lines and the KTM Railway Stations Tanjong Pagar and Bukit Timah.

Thursday 30th June 2011, on the final day of her railway operations in Singapore, it was the best to send off The Last Train Out From KTM Tanjong Pagar Railway Station in style and honour that she fully deserved, by being part of the history; to be there to remember her heritage, history and achievements, taking photographs and videos with their friends, family and loved ones, taking the last passenger train at 2200hrs out from Tanjong Pagar or the VIP train at 2300hrs driven by His Excellency, the Sultan of Johor himself, out of Tanjong Pagar Railway Station, marking the end and handing over of KTM Tanjong Pagar Railway Station.

A time of mixed emotions, I studied beside the KTM Tanjong Pagar Railway Station for 4 years (when I was studying at Gan Eng Seng School when it was situated at Raeburn Park) and the railway line situated behind Clementi HDB estate and Sunset Way Railway Bridge (when I was studying at Clementi North Primary School whereby it was situated at Clementi Avenue 6). With this closure, what lies ahead ? For the railway stations in Tanjong Pagar and Bukit Timah, we know they will be preserved for our history and heritage, how about the beautiful Green Corridor? Only time will tell …

I will not forget about them and did not choose to remember it just because it was near to the end of her long service, it’s for the memories that I grew up with that is unique to me and maybe others too.

Lest We Forget, the KTM Railway in Singapore, let the photographs continue telling the stories from here ….

 

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