Monday, December 24, 2007

P Ubin Xmas Eve 2007

"Framed" - dredging in progress

Containers load with 'twin-peaks' in the background

Simply Red
'Ink bottle' - a buoy or marker or something.

Algae.. Sea grass

Tide was out... man walking along a measuring tape placed on the ground.

Orange in a sea of green

Comfort is the least thing in your mind in this Ubin's Taxi.Star-fruit : Natural ripened on the tree - less than perfect shape
but it is insecticide-free.

Snapping Shrimps - listen to the video file above.

While you are in ChekJawa - listen to the the series
of 'chiplike-breaking sound' or snapping sound over the wide expanse of sea grass
and sandy shore. (Above) FFT spectrum from a S3 avi recording there.

Visually only the Porcelain Fiddler crabs waving their oversized prominent
orange single claw dotted the beach while the invisible 'sound maker'
remain unseen.
Read more on the mechanism behind snapping and more

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Sentosa - Part 2 of 2 ( Tg/Palawan Beach, Merlion)

Hopped onto a tram and headed towards Tg Beach..
Saw this massive structure ...

Sand Sea and Breeze
more Sand...
@Palawan beach, crossing the bridge

Water looked deceptively clear and clean ...

Petrochemical storage tanks glittering in the distance
indulge in Ocean vessels spotting, enjoy the breeze.. before taking tram/bus back to Beach Station

Beach Station - Merlion is a little walk away

Silhouette - Shot from the Beach station -

dip your feet into the shallow pools to cool off if you want..

Merlion - we wanted to 'climb' to the top ..

Inside the merlion at basement - static display , a short cartoon about Merlion, feed your token to merlions and obtained a mysterious gift. Then take a lift to the 10th floorfeed the token to one of the Merlions there and out spat a card - your mysterious gift

Lighting fixture 'poked' through the wall from inside.

Take a lift inside the Merlion .... 10 floors up.

Shot from the Merlion Head

back at the mainland Singapore , Vivo City - Sky Park

Shallow pools to cool off from the hot sun

Ugly Butt not welcomed!

Well we did what we ( or our kids) wanted to do : took the cable car, experienced the 'Luge', went up to the Merlion's head, strolled on the beaches from Tanjong to Palawan, rode in Sentosa Express and beach tram. Getting around in Sentosa now is much much easier and pleasant than before. For a family of 4 be prepared to fork out $200 or more for a day trip.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Sentosa Nov 24 '07 - Part 1 of 2

We started by taking the cable car ( the more expensive way) of getting to the now bridge-linked Sentosa Island : kids wanted to experience the cable car. I recalled my last ride was decades ago. Here are shots from the 'above' through a less than perfect perspex glass window)

Changing the shore line - land- filling in process - note the two barges on the lower right..

And this one - with 2 tugboat nudging the heavy load to the correct bearing.. ( streaks are from internal reflection of the cabin..)

end of the line.. and saw the Tower nearby

Base of the Carlsberg Sky Tower (height: 110 M)
' Reflections' - waiting for the gate to be opened.

The rotating Carlsberg Sky Tower had better viewing gallery offering fantastic view of the outside..
Man make islets @Siloso beachSongs - of - the Sea ?

then we wanted to try the luge ..

where gravity takes control

my boy in front of me and me trying to use camera on one hand and steering with the other

End of the ride..
Taking the skyride to get back up
A camera and flash automatically fire and your skyride shot is
ready waiting for you to preview .. our picture turned out great so we purchase it ($10).

A back view showing the two boxes housing (top) camera, (bottom) flash unit. It will fire a shot when the ride comes into predetermined position. So look at the camera and SMILE!

Carts dangling from the back of the liftchair