Bottle Tree meeting

Bottle Tree is a good place for live sea food lovers, unfortunately for us (especially me) this was not the place, I am here in Yishun (near Khatib MRT) from more than 2 years and almost daily watching the place, but never thought to visit it, may be because it is too near to my place.

It turns out a nice place to chill-out in evening. In our case the purpose was to discuss about our imminent trips in Asia Pacific region. There are many places still to visit, so far we only have confirmation of Bali trip.

  • The agenda of the meeting was to explore possibility of Kota Kinabalu or KL and Genting as well as to finalize our trip to Desaru.
  • Parties took part in the meeting were Rishi, Sunil and me with families.
  • Outcome of “The Meeting” was that Rishi will proceed ahead with finalizing plan to Desaru, Sunil will study and sketch the plan of KL and Genting, while I have explore possible options for Kota Kinabalu trip. Sequences of these trips are as following –
  1. Desaru coming weekend or next depends on comfort of a couple of other families (Rajeev and Dileep). Sunil is not coming in this trip 😦 .
  2. Kota Kinabalu during 3 day off of Good Friday.
  3. KL and Genting will be a weekend trip, any weekend but at least in a gap of 2 weeks other 3 trips (3 rd one is our Bali trip, unfortunately only me and Sunil are going to this).

Here are few photographs of Bottle Tree Park-

A Dead Tree

A Dead Tree near Khatib MRT

The Bottle Tree

The Bottle Tree

Pond of Bottle Tree Park

Pond of Bottle Tree Park

Pond of Bottle Tree Park

Pond of Bottle Tree Park

Clarke Quay

Had two excellent dinners last week, one of traditional Chinese cuisine and one of Thai. Guys add my name in list of new Chinese cuisine fan 🙂 .

Night life at Clarke Quay is fascinating. Posting few photographs of the place… more lately, I have to go Mustafa now… 😉

Clarke Quay

Clarke Quay

Clarke Quay

Clarke Quay

Clarke Quay and Singapore River

Clarke Quay and Singapore River

Marina Barrage

This is addition of one more name in my list of outings… view from the marina barrage was breathtaking, so as the wind…  it was blowing too hard for my “Cheap” tripod 😀 , it was shivering like I use to shiver after taking bath in winters. I am definitely not going to buy a good and heavy tripod; it was just a rarest occasion and will not be often.

We must need to have a zero vibration of tripod while shooting for long exposure, what I consider as long is anything greater than 1/125 sec, most of us can take a hand held clean shot with 1/125 sec, though in my case the exposure was for 10-30 seconds… at one point of time my camera demanded more than 30 seconds and this was the time when packed it to my way back home.

Kites

Dusk at Marina Barrage

Defining building at dusk

Defining building at dusk

Long exposure

Few seconds fused togather

Happy Birthday Dad

14 January, its a day of various festivals throughout India and various part of world. Known as Lohri in Punjab, Makar Sankranti in UP and nearby states and Pongal in almost entire South-India. It is celebrated for new crop. This is the only day of year as per Hindu calender which falls on 14 January of Gregorian calendar, due to the fact that Sun enters into “Makar Rashi”.

This is a day of start of great gathering of pilgrims across India and world to my home town Allahabad, to get rid of all sins by taking holy bath in Sangam in month of Magh. Yes! this is known as “Magh Mela”. This mela (fair), offers some great photographic opportunity, unfortunately I am not there 😦 .

I didn’t like the day since my childhood, as we were supposed to take bath without fail, further we had to eat Khichdi, I really didn’t liked to take bath in chilling winters, neither the Khichdi. For those who don’t know what the Khichdi is let me briefly explain that is a dish of Rice and Urad daal or any other available daal (Pulse). Flying kites was another activity of this day, unfortunately I was youngest, so never got a chance 😦 to touch the thread.

And after all these stuff, this is my Dad’s birthday, a very special gentleman born on a very special day.

Happy Birthday Dude … sorry sorry, (slip of tongue 😛 ) … Happy birthday dad !!!

Tool changed

It was all ok when I tested after my last post, but yesterday morning when I tried to open the web site it was showing only a blank page. I tried to debug it, disabled all link exchanges, tried few other tricks also but no luck, and finally decided to take this as an opportunity to change the tool to wordpress. I know there are few things screwed up like feeds and link exchanges also all your bookmarks and google search results will show up a page not found (404) Error. I am sorry for all this mess 😦 . Please pull a new feed to your feed reader.

Bali Planning

We were planning to have a Bali trip during this Lunar New Year, as there will be 4 continuous offs this time, but things did not get worked out. There are few reasons behind this failure, first we have returned back from India in November, then the process of long term passes for family. So we were already late for any packaged tour and what was left was too costly.

So we dropped the idea of going out anywhere during this Lunar New Year, rather started exploring options present before or after these holidays. This time Rishi was not with us, as it will be difficult for him get leaves, while Sunil was little slow initially but comes up with some good Air fare deals and hotels for the end of February trip. We have started one step at a time, we have booked the air tickets first and then booked Hotel online, it comes almost one third of cost of trip during lunar new year. Once we were done with air tickets and hotel booking, half battle was already won.

Now it about places of interest and our schedule of each day. For the time being I am alone on this part, googling sites, brainstorming by our own and consulting with friends. Memorizing names of places is bit difficult and there are too many names starts with letter "B". Each one of us on this trip has its own plan to enjoy it, I have mine too (photography of course 🙂 ), hope there will not be any conflict of interest and we all will be able to have fun.

What I have planned so far is roam in south Bali for first day, second day drive to Singaraja and cover what comes on the way, while for third day a trip towards Mt. Agung. We won’t left with any time for West Bali, but this is how the situation is. Someday I will go there again and cover what we couldn’t make this time.

What I have manage to figure out in past few days to see are – beaches, temples, volcano, waterfalls  and  rice terraces. It will take time to travel within the Bali and I am not sure how long it will take, so whether we will be able to cover what we have planned so far is in question mark, we will have a clear idea once we reach there. Till then …

Let me plan 😉