Weekend Snapshots 9-10 October: Wide Angle Weekend

This is the first in what will hopefully become a regular series. It’s not an original idea, but I’ve decided to give it a try for a number of reasons. One thing that’s been making me sad about this blog for the past few years is that apart from sporadic travel updates, I stopped using it as a record of events in my life. It is a wonderful repository of memories from my university years, a small collection of selected events from the first few years I was back in Singapore, and a gaping void of nothingy nothingness from, probably, the time I got engaged and onwards.

Of course, some say that if you’re out there living life too fully to have time to write about it, you’re doing things right. But no person as addicted to my laptop as I am deserves to use that as an excuse, so I won’t. Instead, I’m just going to try and repurpose some of the time I already know I can’t help but spend in front of my computer towards doing something that will make me happier in the long run, rather than suddenly realizing that my greatest accomplishment over the past 5 hours of mindless surfing has been clearing my Google Reader backlog.

So yeah, weekend snapshots. They’ll give me a built-in timeline for updating this (again, I would much rather do this here than Facebook) and opportunities to give my cameras regular airings. Most importantly, due to the strange little thing that is the human mind, it’s been my experience that recording the fun things I do can be a great impetus to keep finding fun things to do, and that having a camera with me opens my eyes to beauty that would otherwise pass me by unnoticed.

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All photos except the last were taken by my new baby, the Sony Nex-3, which I’m intending to write more about some time soon. Since I’ve only ever used compact digital cameras with built-in zooms, I wasn’t sure how best to use the 16mm wide angle lens that came with the camera, so I forced myself to use only that lens for the whole day on Saturday. I’m still getting to know it and as always, comments on the photos are welcome, especially if I’m doing something wrong!

Outside wall of dbl 0, Queen Street:

Outside dblO bar, Queen Street

Sashimi platter at Standing Sushi Bar, Queen Street:

Sashimi platter at Standing Sushi Bar, Queen Street

Ridiculously large Vietnamese water pipe owned by husband:

Alec's bazooka pipe

Window shopping for a personal Jesus, Queen Street:


Entrance lobby, Singapore Art Museum (Queen Street branch):

Entrance lobby, Singapore Art Museum (Queen Street branch)

View from a basket of durians, Queen Street:

Saturday afternoon, Queen Street

WTF, Peninsula Shopping Centre:

Mixed Massages

Chefs at work in Chef Daniel’s Kitchen, Iluma:

Chefs at work at Chef Daniel's Kitchen, Iluma

Light fixture, Iluma:

Lighting fixture, Iluma

Giant stoned Doraemon in Mushroom video arcade, Iluma:

Giant Doraemon at Mushroom arcade, Iluma

Down escalator, Iluma:


Happy Cities exhibition (part of Archifest ’10), Iluma:

My happy place

Blue cheese gelato from Coccogelo, East Coast Road (taken with my still-beloved Fuji Finepix f31fd):


  1. “…a gaping void of nothingy nothingness from, probably, the time I got engaged and onwards.”
    I follow you all over Singapore in the blazing heat and this is the thanks I get. Next time I’m stopping for the multi racial massage.

  2. i really like some of these pics mich, especially the low/high angle ones, those are the best – like the durian shot, the escalator shot and illuma shot. 16mm on the nex3 should be roughly 32mm, so you’re shooting with something only slightly wider than the human eye’s view.

    I do like how you insert some humanity into some pics by including people walking past (i rarely have the courage to do that)

  3. Alec: I’m sure they’d have been very impressed with your Vietnamese water pipe.

    terence: Coming from you, that just made my day! Thank you! (Background for anyone else reading – terence did our wedding photoshoot in London, producing gorgeous photos we still love and look at daily.) I’m shy about including people in the pics too, but have been trying lately to improve on that.

  4. We both have one of your shots (different ones, and he rotates between a few selections) as wallpaper on our phones! And I have three other ones in a small frame on my desk at work. :)

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