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Japan 2017

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Japan 2017

In early March this year I went to Japan for the very first time in life and you could say perhaps it was long time coming to finally be able to go there. Anyway for those who visit this website regularly (I doubt there’s anyone though) will have noticed that I already had a Japan 2017 post previously and it disappeared. This was because my website database got corrupted by an upgrade and destroyed my entire website and despite my many attempts to work with my webhost to restore my website, all I could recover was everything before the Japan 2017 post.

So I sort of gave up because how do you rewrite a post? Plus I have forgotten everything that I wrote about for the Japan 2017 post. I finally got back into writing into this post because Japan 2017 was really important for me and as 2017 is ending, I wanted to make sure that the memory of Japan is recorded somewhere.

This photo at Chureito Pagoda is my personal favourite photo as it holds so much memories for me, before this I was at Fuji-Q Highland and it was quite uneventful there as we queue for more than 1.5 hours for a ride and they announced that the ride had to be closed due to the wind conditions. Plus my sister lost her ride pass and had to repurchased another one. As we ended the day at Fuji-Q, we made the decision to check out Chureito Pagoda despite the fact that it seems like we will probably not catch the sunset in time. I think my most memorable moments were rushing to reach the base of Chureito Pagoda only to realise that the amount of steps needed to go up looks insurmountable.

It was all worth it in the end though. The view I saw was definitely a personal top 10 of all that I have encounter so far and this time I was glad that I was able share that with my sister unlike in Nepal where I enjoyed the night view at Namche Bazaar alone.

P.S: I’m going to do a full website backup right after posting this post so that history does not repeat itself again haha.

In the meantime, I’m not sure when the next post will be published on this website, do check out my instagram account where I continue to post more regular updates through my instastories and longform instagram posts.

Lim Chu Kang Instawalk

Exploring Lim Chu Kang Farms

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#iwalklimchukang

I got the rare opportunity to join TheSmartLocal and MND on a instawalk in Lim Chu Kang area to explore an egg, vegetable and fish farms. It was a great photography opportunity as access into the farms were not normally open to public. It was also insightful to learn more about the farming scene in Singapore and how Singapore farmers are making use of technology to overcome limitations of space in Singapore. Some interesting implementation were vertical farming and machine automation. As the saying goes, innovate or die.

Added a new gallery slider to this post and all the photos were taken by my iphone 5s which probably go into retirement soon as I have plans to get the new iphone 7 plus. The iphone 5s has been a great servant over the past 3 years and has helped me to make many photographs that I personally enjoyed.

Till the next photowalk. #exploresingapore #iwalklimchukang

National Gallery Preview KenChuaPhoto

National Gallery Singapore Preview

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National Gallery Preview

I had the chance to visit the National Gallery on 14th Nov thanks to the collaboration with the Singapore Instagram community, 10 days before the official opening on 2a4th Nov to take explore and take photos. The exclusive preview and freedom to walk around without the massive crowds felt really great!

Also the National Gallery will be free entry for Singaporeans even after the opening celebrations and definitely it will be a place to revisit due to the lovely architecture of both the Old Supreme Court and City Hall buildings. The way the light shines through, it allows us to capture interesting photographs. In instagrammers lingo, the National Gallery had plenty of “instagram worthy” shots.

I spent about 2 hours exploring the place and there were still many things that I was not able to explore. I will recommend taking at least half a day to slowly appreciate all the artworks, installation and architecture of the place.

Looking forward to be back again during the opening celebration weekend!

#nationalgallerysg

SG50

Majulah Singapura

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Reflecting on 50 years of Singapore

I was awoken this morning by the nationwide SCDF siren at 9am and I took my phone to listen to the broadcast of Lee Kuan Yew Proclamation of Independence followed by the National Anthem and the National Pledge. I briefly thought about the wonders of technology and perhaps a little too reliant on my smartphone which I am definitely fortunate enough to be able to afford it.

It was a good day to walk about around Singapore and appreciate how far we come while thinking about the future. Sure there will always be things that are not so good about Singapore, but there are also things that we love about Singapore.

Public transport is free today and it’s my first time seeing the MRT gantries gate being left open. Thankful for those who are working today to keep Singapore safe and operational. For better or for worse, our city never sleeps.

I went to two places today, firstly The Little Red Brick Show (SG50 Edition) which was a great display of Singaporeans creativity and skills by building many iconic Singaporean items and places from Lego bricks. It is a reminder of the diverse talents we have here in Singapore. Secondly Google Shophouse which was a display of the future and perhaps it was a reminder that we must continue to innovate and build on our progress in order to stay relevant.

In the words of my favourite national day song: This is home, truly.

#sg50 #keepmovingforward #cityofbuilders

Explore.Dream.Discover

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Reflections

Every year on my birthday I will take a break and reflect on the past year and think about the future. It’s like a personal retreat which helps me to focus my thoughts.

For the past year, one of my favourite places is Brawn and Brains cafe, I often head there alone as it was a lovely place away from all the hustle and bustle, small and cosy with cheap and good food.

As I always write about exploration and change, Brawn and Brains is not immune to that as well. I heard about the impending move earlier in the year from the boss and when I went back on for the first time on Saturday in the new premises, it was no longer the same again. Brawn and Brains has gone mainstream perhaps it is time to start exploring to find other places again.

2015 has been a good year for myself and my family and I hope we will continue to ride the waves of change.

#explore #dream #discover

Exploring Singapore

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#exploresg

Singapore is beautiful and to find beauty here is something that I strive to do every time I bring my camera out for a photowalk. We live in a city of builders and the city is ever changing because of that. By exploring the relationship between urban and nature, we can find interesting photographs despite the very hot weather. While walking from City Hall towards Marina Bay Sands, I saw this scene before me and was compelled to make a photograph as I knew it will be not be the same again when I come back again in the future.

#keepexploring #exploresg #cityofbuilders

Random finds

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Exploration brings discovery

While going on photowalks, sometimes I manage to find other things besides photographs. Who said photowalk are for taking photographs only! At DBS Marina Regatta, I stumbled upon this cool pop up store selling earrings, rings and cufflinks, made using vintage comics!  Lovely concept and it is great to see how old comics can be made new again.  

There were plenty of vintage comics design available from Star Wars, Superheroes, Tintin, Simpsons, Popeye and more but I was naturally attracted to all the Calvin and Hobbes designs. I am a big fan of Calvin and Hobbes as you can probably tell from the homepage of my website. Many of the comic strips by Bill Waterson have inspired me greatly. I was initially spoilt for choice, plus you get choose your own pairing if you do not like the ones that are placed together. I decided to get this pair of cufflinks even though I currently do not wear cuff shirts to work! I wanted it to be a reminder that I must never lose that childlike curiosity and thirst for exploration in future if I continue to stay in the corporate world and the time comes that I have to wear cuff shirts.

The shop name is Nerilia and their facebook page has only 30 likes as of current posting so I think more people should know about it! Check out facebook.com/NeriliaAccessories!

Explore more and who knows what you will find next? 😉

Website Redesign

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Goodbye to the old design

Finally a new look KenChuaPhoto is ready! While I really love the previous design, technology has progressed quite a bit and I can do so much more new things using a new template like being responsive, mobile friendly, online shop, pallarax headers and the list goes on.

Like Singapore, we must embrace the fact that in order to stay relevant with the current trends of society, we either build something new or rebuild something old.

Rebuilding the kenchuaphoto website was a therapeutic process for me, it allowed me to look back in time, the history of what I have done, the memories of the photos I took. I thought about the future as well, where my photography is heading towards and what is the direction that I want for this website. Overall I am pretty satisfied with the outcome.

There should stay be some minor changes and updates yet to be complete so let me know if you spot any bugs or broken links! Thanks!

#keepmovingforward