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
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
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
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? 😉
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!
Some closing thoughts on 2013, it has been a great year with plenty of up and downs. Perhaps there were more downs than ups but I tend to only remember the good times in 2013 so I guess it was a pretty great year for me. Fought many battles in 2013 and while there were some battles that I won, some battles that I lost. I’m sure there will be lots more battles to be fought in 2014.
I have no idea what the future holds in 2014 and how it will be like but all I know is I will continue to fight for things that matters to me and keep the people that matters to me even closer. For my photography, I will be embarking on a personal year long photo project in 2014 and I’m extremely excited to see what happens after it is completed.
Here is a shot from today, the last sunrise of 2013 at the Merlion Park. Going back to my roots in photography, as I have been doing a few different kind of photography such as iphone, medium format film and grd street in 2013 and sort of neglected landscape photography. It feels good to go back to how I first started my love for photography, even though the weather did not cooperate with me today.
Stay strong. Keep fighting. Kaizen.
Wishing everyone a great year ahead!
I promised to share more on Myanmar trip and unfortunately I have been caught up with many other things recently. The Myanmar trip stories are definitely much better heard in person.
Moving forward, this website will continue to remain as it is, though I foresee my updates will be much less frequent as I focus my time on building alessermedia. Do check us out at www.alessermedia.com
I leave you with one of the best photo that reminds me of the most wonderful time we spend with lovely kids at Inle Lake.
Till the next post!