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Photo #13 – Kayaking @ Ubin, Singapore (3/7)

Kayaking adventure in the island is one of the activities you can do. I believe it should be kind of excited to be able to kayak in open water. Paddling through the sea and mangrove areas and seeing abundant wildlife including Oriental-pied hornbills, water monitors and possibly pink dolphins! Your expert guide will point out these animals and inform you of their ecological significance.

kayaking next to the big ship?
kayaking next to the big ship?

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Photo #12 – Bumboats @ Ubin, Singapore (2/7)

These are the bumboats that took us to Pulau Ubin look like. According to Wikipedia A bumboat is a small boat used to ferry supplies to ships moored away from the shore. Originally referring to a scavenger’s boat, the name comes from the combination of the Dutch word for a canoe—”boomschuit” (“boom” meaning “tree”), and “boat”. But In Singapore the term “bumboat” is applied to small water taxis and boats that take tourists on short tours.

Bumboat comes in different sizes. Some bumboats have windows and some don’t. In that case be prepared to have raincoat or umbrella handy when it rains and when you are in it 🙂 The trip to Ubin is quite short and pleasant. It only takes less than 15 minutes to the island and costs $2.50/person/trip (USD 2.00). The boat will leave with 12 people and boat operator will collect the money in the boat before leaving.  Bumboats operate from 6 am to 8 pm, so make sure that you don’t miss that last boat out of the island.

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As you can see from the inside of the boat out.
As you can see from the inside of the boat out.
some boats are partially covered by tarpaulin when it rains.
some boats are partially covered by tarpaulin when it rains.

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Photo #11 – Pulau Ubin, Singapore (1/7)

The crazy and impulsive decision of mine last weekend landed us in Pulau Ubin. It rained throughout the day while we were there. It did not dampen our mood, on the contrary it was kinda fun walking in the rain with no one around and the day was so much cooler because of it.

Pulau Ubin (Ubin island) is located northeast of Singapore mainland and the second largest island after Sentosa island. It is the last remaining village/Kampong that can be found in Singapore. There are only about a hundred villagers living there. The bumboat ride from Changi point ferry terminal is about 10 to 15 minutes to the island. It costs SGD 2.50/person and the boat will leave when they have 12 people.

Once you are in the island you can rent a bicycle touring the island; mountain biking; bird watching; nature walking; tracking; fishing; camping at designated areas and kayaking. It is lots of fun if you don’t mind getting dirty and shedding sweat doing those activities. Alternatively, you can take a van touring the island.

I have many pictures that I will post daily while I take a break. I hope you enjoy it.

The houses next to the Ubin jetty.
The houses next to the Ubin jetty.

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I believe they collect rain water in those green/blue plastic containers.
I believe they collect rain water in those green/blue plastic containers.

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Photo #10 – MacRitchie Reservoir Park (麥裡芝蓄水池公園)

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Photo #3 – Chinese Garden 3/3 (中國花園), Singapore

I was kinda disappointed not to find big flowers in the garden. In fact there were only few small ones here and there that were hardly noticeable.

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Photo #2 – Chinese Garden 2/3 (中國花園), Singapore

Revisited the garden for the second time in the morning to take more pictures. That day was clear and sunny. There were more people this time and I had difficulty taking pictures without them in it. Happy Saturday!

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Photo #1- Chinese Garden 1/3 (中國花園), Singapore

There is a Chinese/Japanese garden across from my apartment but I have never been there in the morning. Last Sunday just before seven, I was there to try out my camera and took some pictures. It was a cloudy morning. The place was quiet and empty at that time. Only few people could be seen doing morning walk and exercising. Once in a while, I could hear birds’ chirping happily somewhere throughout the garden. Such a beautiful morning without people and noise. Below are pictures from the garden. Enjoy and Happy Saturday!

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My Olympus OMD (奧林巴斯 OMD)

I fell in love with this camera ever since I first laid eyes on it almost two years ago. This Olympus OMD reminded me of the only camera I used to own when I was in college (it was Yashica 35 mm film camera). The shape, the light-weight body and the flawless classic design of OMD EM-5 made it so irresistible. I lust over it ever since and had to refrain myself from buying when it was launched.

Fast forward the story.. When my brother went to Hongkong last month, I couldn’t resist asking him to just check the camera price for me. They have June-July promotion here but the kit lens does not include pancake lens I was after. Anyway, so I got myself a real nice camera and have been playing with it, studying and reading its manual with such eagerness. However, the camera advancement overwhelmed me. There are so many small buttons/functions I have to familiarize with. Now, there is another thing to study and practice. 🙂

Please take a look at how gorgeous my little camera is. It is very small and light weight. It fits nicely in my small palm and there won’t be any problem clutching camera everywhere because of its weight.

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Below pictures were the first try pictures on my unkept garden, the building across the street and piano sheet. I am very pleased with the clear details result. I have not tried their software to edit pictures yet.

Wild flowers using 17mm f2.8 lens.
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Below pictures used 12-50 mm f3.5-6.3 lens

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Honestly speaking, I know nothing about photography. The most I do is aim at an object and shoot. Is there anyone willing to share some photography tips with beginner like me? What are those two lenses best suit for etc. Very much appreciated for your valuable help. Happy Saturday!

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