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Tried to capture the reflection of magic hour glow on the ICC building, but lacking mastery, turned out as a golden blob. Took this photo in pretty poorly lit conditions with the 50mm lens, and rested the camera on the floor to keep really still. Love this photo of Smudge and didn’t want to edit […]

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I bought a new 50mm lens for my Canon D1200, also known as the “nifty 50” and portrait lens. I hesitated getting one because I wanted to first get to know my basic kit lens and camera, but I gave in to temptation. The effects are remarkably different. Can you spot the bee? I used […]

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Lots of food photos as it’s been a little hectic and stressful this past week and I forgot to stop daily to look at the beauty in daily life. None of these photos have been retouched as I’d like to track the process and journey of evolving and getting to know my camera and light. […]

mr tan's kelong singapore

One of the highlights of eating back home was Mr Tan’s Kelong, a wooden house on stilts at sea off the coast of Changi and not far from Pulau Ubin island. Thanks to food friend and cook extraordinaire S, we ate our heart out on the freshing seafood and catches of the day. I don’t have […]

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I have discovered more about Singapore during my medical sabbatical back home than I ever did growing up and living there for 24 years. My story for the SCMP here.   Halal food: mutton murtabak at Zam Zam Singapore. Hanging out with fowls (black swan included!) at the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Dinner at Old Airport […]

katong laksa singapore

Every self respecting person with Peranakan roots will tell you that the best laksa to be had is made by their grandmother, mother or themselves. I think in my generation we all cheat with ready made paste or we vacuum pack our mother’s freshly made rempah (spice paste) along with homemade belacan. Visiting friends are […]

oyster and laksa labryinth singapore
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This is a belated post and the restaurant has since gone on to garner one Michelin star. I liked the food here, but have many friends who didn’t. I think the flavours and tastes were well distilled, but the execution still feels like a work in progress. Well, I later learned that chef Han was […]

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I’ve been away for so long, there isn’t a particular place I turn to for birthday cakes. A friend got me a cake from Edith Patisserie and I’m not a convert. It’s variations of all butter cream cakes which reminds me of the old days when cakes were made with good old buttercream and everything […]

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I followed Singapore’s National Heritage Board Heritage Trail app to discover that alot of my parents favourite old school spots were just walking distance from each other. Several of these stops were on the Balestier trail with the exception of Galicier and Kway’s popiah. From Malay kuehs to old school white loaves of bread, old […]

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My friend returned three times in two weeks to have this nasi lemak and the extra side order of otah ($8.50!) and the chicken set for $12.80. It made me want to check it out to find out if it’s worth the price tag. I’ve heard many people rave about it… well it’s good, but […]

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