happy birthday, mum (:

happy birthday! (:

And so another year has past (: Several ups and downs, left and right. Just want to thank you for always being there for me!

In the past year, thank you for..

For worrying about me on days where I lock myself in the room and cry. For standing by me. For supporting me. For nagging at me.
For always scooping extra rice into my bowl so that after I scoop out, I will still be eating a decent amount.
For always coming up with new dishes for me.

For everything (:

I know I am not the easiest person to get along with these past year (especially these 2 weeks) but thank you for tolerating all my nonsense! For never losing your patience with me.

The past year was not easy. Especially with the 2 health scare. But you stayed strong ! I’m so proud of you!!

May the coming year be smooth-sailing for you (especially your health)! And hopefully our birthday present to you will help to elevate the pain you feel on your feet.

I love you, Mummy! 😀

P/S: Stop worrying about me! I’ll find a job soon (: Promise!

the age is a secret! 😀

Peranakan Trail (:

While QC-ing the new tourism site for STB [warning: flash in site. loads!], I stumbled upon the Peranakan Trail. Being 1/16 of a Peranakan, I am naturally curious and I tweeted it to the photog gang!

SO! Last Saturday, Victor and I was itching to shoot and he suggested the JooChiat/Katong district! He even found a really helpful brochure from URA – here.

And viola! Off we go on a Peranakan Trail! (:

colorful houses (:

First time setting foot in JooChiat! And I have to say, it has a rather interesting mix of buildings. A nice modern building can be situated next to a really rundown rustic building. Private estates are mixed with shop houses! POOF! An American pub popping out of nowhere! And I noticed something. There’s loads and loads of hotels. Big ones, small ones and not-so-big/small ones! Here’s a few –

Joo Chiat Hotel.

Jie Wei Hotel.

some random hotel. reminds me of Scarlet though.

Of course, not forgetting the Hotel 81! Didn’t take a picture of it though!

Other than hotels, loads of food stalls too? I don’t know if these are famous but they are places that cook food! I’m not much of a foodie 😄

Fei Fei Noodles.

some coffee shop.

I must have lost my mind or something because I went onto the roads many times that day to take pictures of the building. Hearing me shout, “..if there’s incoming cars, call me!” is common that day!

at the road junction.

As we ventured into the Joo Chiat area, the feeling that we are no longer in Singapore grew. It reminded us somewhat of our trip to Malacca last year! There were rustic buildings, shops that still uses the wooden doors, shops closed for renovation and many more!

rustic.

The best part is, we actually saw little kids playing on the streets. Half-naked with a stick in their hands! Great photog oppurtunity but I think we were a little shocked so none of us snapped that moment. Really feels like kampung!

scooter.

It was really a good experience (: If not for photography and the great photo friends, I wouldn’t have even stepped food into the area! So thank you, Victor! For being the ‘guide’ again. QQ for sticking with us despite not feeling well. And Shuyun! For ditching Kampong Buangkok!

Where are we heading to next?! (:

waiting.

For more pictures, go to my Facebook – Peranakan Trail! Comments and feedback are welcome(d?)!

first attempt at HDR.

I downloaded the trial version of ‘Photomatix’ and erm..after inputting 3 of the same photo in different exposure, VIOLA!

HDR-ed.

Okay, the picture is a little off-centered but give me some credits! I was standing in the middle of the road with cars approaching! Need to take and run!

Hmmm. The picture might be a tad too blue? But not too bad right?

This is the original.

original

Ahwell! More experimenting, more youtube videos! There are so many buttons to play with in the program!

And of course, I hope to do it by myself through photoshop! No cheating with software!

JIAYOU!

let me teach you something about cheaters.

F…..

S……

O….T

U……

…..O….P

I…

L……D..

*keyboard turned faulty suddenly*

i was used as a distraction.

go on, pat yourself on the back thinking you’ve saved the world.

iPhone savvy!

sometimes, the parents amuses/amazes us (:

we were teaching the mum how to use the iPhone a mth away.
the dad refused to listen or pay attention.
but he actually did! he knows how to use one 😀

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