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Flight of Fancy Photography Exhibition

At Gardens By The Bay, the City in a Garden, located in the heart of the Marina Bay region, it has been gaining prominence and publicity, with many visitors, both local and international, coming down to visit Gardens By The Bay. The visitors were able o enjoy the greenery and sceneries, a park/garden to rest and relax away from the city life. Over a short period of 1 year since her official opening on 28th June 2012, Gardens By The Bay is developing into park/garden that attracts wildlife to the area. In my recent adventure to explore and photograph the birds that can be spotted at Gardens By The Bay, I was amazed of the diversity and number of bird species spotted at Gardens By The Bay! My bird photography adventure will still continue with the migration season coming soon and we can expect to spot more migration birds en-route to different continents and stopping over in Singapore at various locations.

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Have you ever wondered what kind of wildlife can be spotted at Gardens By The Bay? There is a bio-diversity of many different birds, butterflies and dragonflies that can be spotted at Gardens By The Bay! The Flight of Fancy Photography Exhibition that is currently ongoing at The Colonnade at Gardens By The Bay (where the SuperTrees Grove is located) and visitors can have a greater understanding and knowledge of the diversity of the various birds, butterflies and dragonflies that can be discovered at Gardens By The Bay that were captured by a group of nature photographers. You will be amazed by the bio-diversity present at Gardens By The Bay and if you loved bird photography or macro photography, bring your camera gear out and head towards Gardens By The Bay!

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I submitted a few bird photographs taken at Gardens By The Bay and two of my photographs were selected for the Flight of Fancy Photography Exhibition! This was indeed a great honour and achievement for my photography portfolio! My fourth time (at this point in time) that my photographs were selected for photography exhibitions and my second time (at this point in time) that I contributed to a photography exhibition at Gardens By The Bay (my first time was for Gardens By The Bay Official Opening titled “Where Wonder Blooms”). Here’s my photography collection on Gardens By The Bay and the birds at Gardens By The Bay!

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When you are visiting Gardens By The Bay, do drop by the Flight of Fancy Photography Exhibition and spot my two photographs that were showcased!

Flight of Fancy Photography Exhibition Information

Location: The Colonnade (Map Link)

Admission: Free

Dates: 1st August 2013 to 31st October 2013

Do check out Gardens By The Bay website for their Calendar of Events for more upcoming exciting activities and events!

Outdoor and Birding Photography Adventure @ Sungei Ulu Pandan

The Sungei Ulu Pandan Park Connector Network is part of the wider networks of Park Connectors Network managed by National Parks (NParks) Singapore. Our Park Connector Networks is a great idea for people to be able to access to the outdoors for leisure and recreational activities. Some of the Park Connector networks connects the green belt to the community, allowing them to enjoy the outdoors and wildlife spotting.

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This particular network, the Sungei Ulu Pandan segment, is one of my favourite areas due to its proximity to my home (not too far away), it’s part of my childhood growing up years since my former Primary School is just around the corner nearby there and lastly, it’s part of the Old Jurong Line/Green Corridor network that I personally took a strong interest and support in. It’s not just for walking, running and cycling along the Sungei Ulu Pandan Park Connector, it’s great for wildlife photography too!

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I had been there quite a number of  times and slowly exploring the various areas along the Sungei Ulu Pandan, Clementi Woodlands, Community Farm at Clementi and Old Jurong Line (from the Sunset Way pedestrian bridge, heading towards Sunset Way Railway Bridge and heading towards the Ayer Rajah Expressway whereby another smaller Old Railway Bridge of the Old Jurong Line is (the river forms a Y-shaped there before heading towards Pandan Reservoir direction. Here’s a handy map by NParks for your reference! If you love to capture sunsets, walking down along Sungei Ulu Pandan Park Connector does give you the opportunity for a beautiful sunset! Take a leisure stroll and enjoy the quiet time and tranquility of the Green Corridor surroundings.

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Here are some of the birds and wildlife spotted along Sungei Ulu Pandan, Clementi Woodlands and Old Jurong Line

– Egret family

– Grey Heron

– Purple Heron

– Striated Heron

Brahminy Kite

– Common Kingfisher

– White-Throated Kingfisher

– Collared Kingfisher

– Long-Tailed Parakeet

– Water-Breasted Waterhen

– Slaty-Breasted Rail

– Oriental Dollar bird

– Black-Naped Oriole

– Malayan Monitor Lizard

There are definitely more species of birds and wildlife that I have yet to spot and photograph them! Hopefully, as time goes by, I would be able to fill up more photographs of the bird sightings at Sungei Ulu Pandan in my Flickr collection! Do check out my Clementi Railway Track collection and my adventure when a few of us trekked from Teban Gardens to Sunset Way!

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The photographs and adventures brought back many memories, from trekking along the Old Jurong Line and the Green Corridor that were part of the Sungei Ulu Pandan Park Connector Network, documenting and photographing memories of history, heritage, community and culture. Adding in the wildlife, leisure and recreational memories here sums it up the importance of such places in Singapore!


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Old Jurong Line Update 2 – Community Gardens Farm at Clementi

The Community Gardens Farm at Clementi, located in the heart of Old Jurong Line, part of the KTM Railway networks in Singapore’s history when the KTM Railway networks were operating into the Jurong Industrial estate. I promised to share and update about the new Community Farm in Clementi since I lived not too far away from the area and I grew up studying in the Primary School with the Old Jurong Line behind my Primary School! I used to remember playing nearby there when I was a Primary School kid!

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I went for the Old Jurong Line trek with a group of like-minded people from the We Support The Green Corridor community, trekking from Teban Gardens to Sunset Way. There were a number of changes along the Old Jurong Line, in some segments, it’s totally gone forever, changed into modern roads, viaducts and flyovers. Today’s update will be the Clementi Avenue 4 segment of the Old Jurong Line that were in the limelight with the community gardens farm appearing and the former facilities around the community garden farms were gone forever. The community farm at Clementi was officially opened on 3rd March 2013 and you can check out the news report here!

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Having saw the transformation from clearing the former farming land to the community farm at Clementi, there were mixed feelings initially. Balancing both sides of the stories from the residents complaints and having been there for myself, I can understand where the decision was made to change it to the community farming concept. This is probably a Win-Win situation for all parties and stakeholders out there, while it lost part of her history, we can see that majority of the greenery are still preserved and intact around the community farming area. In my personal opinion, that is definitely better than clearing the green belt and building concrete blocks, buildings etc. Moreover, the community farming at Clementi can help to reach out to the residents and nearby communities in different ways such as the outdoors experiences, community bonding, teaching the younger generation on farming, gardening, leisure and recreational aspects of it.

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The rest of the greenery, heritage and history of the Old Jurong Line are still intact around the Clementi area. Let’s hope that they continue to keep this status quo and not destroy our history and heritage of the KTM Railway networks and Singapore’s growth history. This is a beautiful area with the Sungei Ulu Pandan Park Connector running parallel beside it and a rich greenery and wildlife habitat connecting to the Clementi Woodlands, you can check out Nature Society Singapore (NSS) Green Corridor Report for more details. It’s a thriving green community with a number of wildlife spotted around there and a place for Singaporeans to rest, relax, exercise, enjoy the outdoors and to keep fit and healthy!

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Here’s my Green Corridor Photos Collection that I took over a period of time. The Green Corridor is really a beautiful and wonderful green space. Let’s keep it this way!

Earth Hour 2013 in Singapore

Earth Hour 2013 in Singapore, along with other major cities and towns worldwide, coming together on the 23rd March 2013 to be part of a global mass participation movement. This is all done in the name of climate change, protecting our home, Mother Earth. This year 2013, Earth Hour event was held at The Float @ Marina Bay, right in the heart of the Marina Bay. There were many events and activities lined up on Earth Hour 2013 and I was only able to attend just before the significant moment of switching off the lights from 830pm to 930pm.

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Having seen, attended and participated in Earth Hour Singapore in the years 2009 and 2011, it was great to be back by being there in the thick of the action again. My roots and growing up in the Scouting movement was a great influence to me in loving the nature and outdoors, thus shown in my support for Earth Hour movement. The Singapore Scouts Association had always been active with the Earth Hour movement in Singapore  too and it was great to see them there at The Float @ Marina Bay.

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The location/venue for Earth Hour 2013 Singapore was great, The Float @ Marina Bay was surrounded by tall office buildings, hotels and shopping centres, we can see the changes in the mindset of the vendors, business owners, building owners and stakeholders. They were supportive and willing to play a part in the Earth Hour movement by switching off their lights from 830pm to 930pm. Over the years, we had seen more participation and support and that is an awesome move. Everybody plays a part, no matter how big or small you are, whether you are just one person or one big organisation, we all can make a difference to saving and conserving. Even though Marina Bay strives on her beautiful landscapes of the whole Marina Bay lighted up, during Earth Hour 2013, the lights off by the buildings in the heart of Marina Bay makes it special and beautiful. During my time at The Float @ Marina Bay, I caught up with friends from Nature Society Singapore and had a chat with them, getting updates on their various activities and happenings.

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It is important to remember that the Earth Hour movement continues beyond switching off the lights for 1 hour. We need to continue and Pass-It-On, the message of conservation and climate change, in our daily life, work and leisure activities. We must do this not just for ourselves, it’s for our future generations. I am here just doing a small part, photographing, documenting, sharing and passing on the message of climate change, conservation and protection of Mother Earth. Here’s to the pictorial memories of Earth Hour 2013 in Singapore!

Sometimes, the best and most meaningful messages are spread by photographs and memories. Let us all continue the power of Earth Hour movement!


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Birding Photography Adventure @ Berlayer Creek

My birding and wildlife photography adventure continues on, with my last photography adventure at Lorong Halus Wetland. For this outing, my destination was Berlayer Creek, the park connector segment of the NParks Southern Ridges that connects the whole loop together along with the recent completion of Bukit Chermin Boardwalk and Alexandra Trail. The NParks Park Connectors network is an excellent design and concept that connects many different nature reserves and parks together with trails and roads, excellent for leisure and recreational usage, it’s an area that I would want to share more of our Park Connectors networks, for both the greenery, wildlife, leisure and outdoor recreation features across the whole of Singapore.

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Berlayer Creek, a stream that leads into a mangrove swamp before entering into the sea, is a beautiful space of greenery and wildlife residing inside. It is easily accessible via Labrador Park MRT Station of the Circle Line, the starting point is just beside Labrador Park MRT Station and the boardwalk allows you to have an easy and leisure walk/run towards Bukit Chermin Boardwalk or Labrador Park Nature Reserve. Do check out NParks guide to Labrador Nature and Coastal Walk, it’s very helpful and useful! Before entering/starting on the Berlayer Creek trail, there is a sheltered pavilion and the pavilion roof deck allows the trekkers to have an elevated view of Berlayer Creek. When you are walking down the Berlayer Creek boardwalk, do observe the flora and fauna, as well as the wildlife residing inside. Along the Berlayer Creek boardwalk, there are lookout points that trekkers can rest and relax while enjoying the sceneries. For the wildlife photographers, it’s a great opportunity to wait and observe the wildlife, it’s an amazing place with 60 bird species, 19 species of fish and 14 true mangrove plant species that have been recorded there!

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I waited patiently at each of the lookout points and it was a good outing for me! There were a number of birds being spotted along with some of the wildlife there! Here’s some of those wildlife that I managed to capture when I was there for my birding/wildlife photography adventure!

Oriental Dollarbird

Common Kingfisher

Collared Kingfisher

–  Malayan Water Monitor Lizard

– Giant Mudskipper

Striated Heron

Black-naped Oriole 

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Walking towards the end of Berlayer Creek, the stream/mangrove enters the sea. This is a beautiful place to relax and enjoy! I had very fond memories of this place because I saw a double rainbow for the very first time in my life on 21st January 2012! I had a fun and relaxing time in the great outdoors with my photography gear and capturing images of wildlife, flora, fauna and sceneries. The nature reserves, parks, trails and park connectors are a great getaway from the hustle and bustle of our fast paced city life. Looking ahead, I am hoping to re-discover and re-explore Singapore’s countrywide nature reserves, parks, trails and park connectors, adding on to my different locations/destinations folders from my Wildlife/Animal Photography collection on Flickr.


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Birding Photography Adventure @ Lorong Halus Wetland

With the introduction and testing of the Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 L lens, loaned to me by my boss/colleague. I slowly got myself more interested in birding/wildlife photography with my current setup suitable for both sports and wildlife photography. Birding and wildlife photography also brought me to more green spaces in Singapore that I wanted to explore again or revisiting those green nature belts/park connectors that I haven’t been to for quite a long time such as Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, a destination that I have to revisit since my last trip there!

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Till date, I covered the following areas near my home for birding and wildlife photography, West Coast Park, Sungei Ulu Pandan Park Connector and Botanic Gardens. There were quite a number of different species of bird residing/visiting both areas mentioned above. My birding photography adventure was fun, quite a bit of waiting, being very observant and quiet, with some decent and nice photographs!

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One area that I was very keen to explore was the Lorong Halus Wetland, part of the National Parks Singapore North Eastern Riverine Loop, this extensive network of park connectors that I haven’t finish exploring. I heard so much about this wetland over time and keen to visit it. On a public holiday Monday morning, my boss/colleague brought me there and showed me where to drive in, where to explore and what to watch out for at Lorong Halus Wetland. The wetland was beside the Serangoon Tidal Gates (dam/barrage) that enclosed Sungei Serangoon. Leading into the sea. This is a very beautiful and tranquil location, greenery on the sides, the river and the sea.

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Since it was my maiden trip to Lorong Halus Wetlands and my emphasis was on birding photography, I didn’t take landscape/travel photos of this beautiful area. I would be planning to visit it again and share more photographs of my birding adventure and the surrounding areas. During this maiden trip to Lorong Halus Wetlands, I managed to spot and photograph the following birds

–       Blue-Tailed Bee-Eater

–       Common Kingfisher

–       Paddyfield Pipit

–       Long-Tailed Shrike

–       Raptor  (ID to be confirmed, it should be from the Buzzard family)

–       Spotted Dove

–       Baya Weaver

–       Grey Heron

There are a lot more species of birds residing and visiting at the Lorong Halus Wetlands, my hope for photographing the raptors around there didn’t materalise since they didn’t fly out to hunt for food (or they might have flew off to their home destination).

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During my short time at Lorong Halus Wetland, I learned a few tips on birding photography from my boss/colleague, an avid bird photographer and photography seniors that I usually chat with at my regular photography shop.

–       Birds are creatures of habits; they would usually be back at their favourite/usual locations.

–       Patience is a must for bird photography.

–       Explore and recce the location on where to camp/position yourself next time when you return for bird photography.

–       Always mount your lens before going in there. You might just spot some birds along the way in (if you are driving).

–       The time frame to photograph the birds is not long, probably a few hours in the early morning from 7am to 10am or late afternoon around 4-6pm (when the weather is not too hot).

–       Don’t make too much noise and talk too loudly, our voices and sound can frighten the birds to fly away and hide.

–       Be very observant and always keep a lookout of the surroundings and skyline.

–       Always be ready to “fire and photograph”

–       Shoot at a high shutter speed (or higher if you prefer) e.g. 1/1000 to freeze the birds in action since their reaction and speed can be very fast.

–       Read up and understand more about the various birds.

–       Consider a tripod or a monopod; both have their pros and cons. It also depends on whether you would be camping at one location or walking around to explore and look for the birds.

–       Have the handy NSS Bird Guide App with you in your smartphone (especially useful and helpful for me to identify the various birds that I photographed)

–       Wear clothes that blend in well with your surroundings e.g. green/brown/khaki clothes.

–       A hat/cap is very useful to provide shade for you from the strong sunlight.

–       A pair of binoculars would be very handy and useful.

–       Be prepared to get wet, muddy and dirty when exploring in the forest, wetlands, swamps etc

–       Do not rush into photographing all the birds in the area, be patient, revisit the location over and over again.

–       Do not destroy habitats or nests of the birds and wildlife.

–     Take only photographs and memories; leave no litter behind, don’t take anything from the natural surroundings. Leave nothing behind but your footsteps only.

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It’s also good to stay up to date with the following groups for more information and updates on the wildlife, nature reserves and birding photography in Singapore, especially on migratory birds arrival

–       National Parks Singapore

–       Nature Society Singapore

–       Birding Singapore

–       Saving Bidadari for Birds and People

–       Nature Photographic Society Singapore

I would be combining bird photography with nature/conservation photography in some areas for the upcoming months in 2013 and I hope that I would be able to share more of my stories and photos here with everybody here. Do take a lookout of my birding photography collection on Flickr and 500px!


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New Nature Park in Singapore Opens !

I was surfing and reading my fellow local blogger/friend, Seen This Scene That and found out from his post that Dairy Farm Nature Park is officially opened !! It was declared opened by Mr Mah Bow Tan, Minister for National Development, with news reported on AsiaOne and National Parks Board.

The Dairy Farm Nature Park brought back my memories when I was a Boy Scout in Dragon Scout Group and hiking was a very fun activity for us and we hiked from the summit of Bukit Timah Hill downwards to Dairy Farm and had our outdoor fun and activities there. Still remembered the ancient house used for filming (martial arts dramas) at the Dairy Farm Quarry (if my memories recalled correctly). Check out the National Parks Board webpage on Dairy Farm Nature Park and check out the map by National Parks Board below –

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I haven’t been there yet, looking around the photos taken by other fellow bloggers, it looks great and fun, well connected to the park connectors and cycling trails. Feeling excited and looking forward to plan another photography walkabout to take photos of Dairy Farm Nature Park.

Helping Fellow Global Citizens

In my personal blog, I wrote a post on “When Mother Nature Strikes“.

With so many news reporting on the 2 natural disasters happening in Asia within the space of 2 weeks, it doesn’t feel good at all to see the situations in China and Myanmar. People from different parts of the world, had came foward to raise funds for the people affected, with countries instructing specialist search and rescue teams on standby to assist China when a official request is made.

We can all do something, to help our global citizens, contributions, raising more awareness, prayers and love for all. Conversing with a fellow blogger, iWalk, U2?, who had roots in the Chengdu, where she grew up in, wrote about the impacts of the earthquake. I tried my best to encourage her in this tough period, with many fellow bloggers dropping in and encouraging her too. Our thoughts and prayers will always be with her and the people affected by the disasters.

It’s also a strong signal by Mother Nature, reminding us to take care of our fragile ecosystem.