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This Is Anfield

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This Is Anfield

In early March this year I went to Europe for the very first time in my life to fulfil a lifelong dream of visiting Anfield to watch a Liverpool match. It has been an amazing journey and I want to document my journey in words so that I can relive the moments again in time to come.

The journey began back in Sep’17 when I bought the Liverpool membership so that I will be eligible to try and get a match ticket from the official website when tickets for the second half of the season become available. It was simple, if I got the ticket, I will go and if I could not get the ticket, then dreams of Europe and visiting Anfield will remain as dreams. Armed with the wealth of information found on r/liverpoolfc and thanks to further guidance from fellow Reds like Pummpy1, I was ready to take on the madness of trying to get a ticket. As a new member without any previous match attendance records, the availability of seats will be quite scarce and I definitely will not have a chance for big matches against the top teams. Looking at the fixtures list, I identified the 3rd March match between Liverpool and Newcastle as the best match that I can possibly go for. Plus point is that I will be able to see Rafa Benitez as well if I go for that. The last time I watched a Liverpool match, it was in Singapore back in 2009 and Rafa was still the manager!

Fast forward to the fateful day on 16th Nov, the final ticket sale for general members without any match attendance priority was going to start at 4pm. I had multiple tabs and browsers opened in preparation as it was a first come first serve queue system. All my hopes were placed on a single browser tab that had a decent estimated waiting time whereas all the rest of my tabs looked too far back to have any realistic chance of even entering before tickets got sold out. After waiting for about 50 minutes, I finally got in and almost couldn’t control my excitement when I realised there were still a few seats left for the Liverpool vs Newcastle match. I had to make my decision fast and quickly grabbed a seat and made my payment. When the confirmation email arrived at 4.59pm, I wanted to scream out “YESSS!!!” so badly but I had to hold it in because I was sitting in the office at that moment. The first step to a dream coming true has just been initiated and the chance to watch Liverpool with Jurgen Klopp and all the immensely talented players such as Firmino, Salah and Mane on Liverpool 125th anniversary year will definitely be something special to remember in time to come.

Fast forward to arriving in Liverpool, I was super excited and the first thing I did was to check out the official Liverpool store, together with my heavy luggage and boy I was like a kid in the candy store but somehow I managed to resist my temptations so I didn’t buy much stuff haha. There was still one more day to go before I head to the stadium and I kept having this irrational fear of losing my membership card which my match ticket was embedded inside. No card, no entry no matter what.

So it was matchday and I finally reached Anfield about 2 hours in advance before kick-off and the ground was buzzing with excitement, packed with locals and people from all over the world, some attending their first ever match like myself. Managed to have quick chats with a few fellow Reds and everyone had good vibes which made the experience super enjoyable, I was alone but I never felt alone in that moment. It was really cold and chilly, with the weather hovering at about zero degrees so it was hard to take much photos. Some of the highlights for me were exploring the area around the stadium, finding the r/liverpoolfc forever stone and watching the team bus coming in.

Holding up my matchday scarf and singing the world famous “You’ll Never Walk Alone” with the entire stadium right before kick-off was bone chilling good. That was truly the difference between being there and watching the match from my computer. I didn’t record any moment of it as I was fully immersed in the atmosphere and boy what an atmosphere it was. In that moment, I hope the next time I come back, it will be with my family to experience the atmosphere. Glad I was able to watch Salah and Mane scoring for Liverpool and funny story about the second goal, I lost my footing during the celebration and fell down awkwardly. That was kind of embarrassing haha.

Thank you Anfield and till the next time we meet again! Hopefully this will not be the first and last time ever!

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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

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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 24th 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

Bangkok 2015

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Five days in Bangkok

It’s funny because life often do not go according to plan and I guess that is the beauty of travelling. Unexpected surprises, for better or worse are the experiences that helps to shapes us and allow us to learn and grow as an individual.

I came to Bangkok not expecting to photograph the city, but it seems that I was drawn to the city with my iphone. I enjoyed the process and the discovery of new places made that hot weather just a bit more bearable. The above compilation are photographs taken using my iphone and it is a glimpse into how I saw and felt about the city.

Throughout the trip, I have this feeling in Bangkok that whatever you are looking for, you will be able to find it. Perhaps that is the appeal of Bangkok to travellers around the world.

In the end, it turned out to be an important trip for myself for a few reasons. The charm and beauty of Bangkok has taken a piece of my heart away but this is not my home and I cannot stay while you cannot leave. Thank you Bangkok, till we meet again 🙂