Jose Rizal

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S’pore pays tribute to Philippine national hero Dr Jose Rizal

SINGAPORE: In an affirmation of the strong ties between Singapore and the Philippines, President S R Nathan unveiled a heritage marker dedicated to Dr Jose Rizal, the national hero of the Philippines on Thursday, which marked his 147th birthday.

Dr Rizal advocated reforms in the Philippines during the Spanish colonial period.

The marker, at the Asian Civilisations Museum, is part of the National Heritage Board’s (NHB) Friends to Our Shores series of historic markers.

They commemorate visits by eminent personalities by indicating the sites which were visited by them.

The initiative is also aimed at increasing Singaporeans’ understanding of history and how they are intricately linked to the region.

Dr Rizal visited Singapore five times. His first was in 1882.

More @ http://www.joserizal.ph/

River Ang Pao 2008

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The gigantic God of Fortune overseeing the Chinese horoscopes wire sculptures and the people that has come to this yearly event. Happy Chinese New Year to all!

Pano with my handphone

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A suprising not too bad 180 pano, taken with my O2 Zinc built in camera. Was waiting for some stuffs to be comepleted nad had nothing to do so had this idea, took out my phone, snap, turn, snap turn and 27 shots later…it worked!

oh, I am so unshaved! but hey, it’s Sat working day…tiring…boring…

Tan Kim Seng Fountain

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“Tan Kim Seng came from Malacca to Singapore in 1840. He had a humble beginning but through perseverance rose to be a very wealthy man. He founded Kim Seng and Company, a trading house on Boat Quay. Tan Kim Seng was a leader among the Chinese; he was often asked to settle disputes among them.

On 18 November 1857 Tan Kim Seng offered a sum of $13,000 for a supply of water to the Town from Bukit Timah. This water was to be carried through pipes on the main roads in Singapore. The Secretary of State for India praised the public spiritedness of Tan Kim Seng” – Source

Esplanade Roof Terrace

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Esplanade Root Terrace view all around. Below, celebration for the upcoming Moon Cake Festival/ Latern Festival with “xiang sheng”, a kind of traditional chinese stand up comedy. Above, the almost full moon that will appear on the Chinese Traditional calendar 15th day of the 8th month, that’s Tuesday 25th Sept this year. Enjoy!

Ann Siang Hill Park

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A beautiful park hidden away from the busy Central Business District (CBD). Ann Siang Hill Park. Taken over a rare clear blue sky with the 6pm moon in sight.

Telok Ayer Green

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“Commemorating the Malay, Indian and Chinese communities that settled in this area, Telok Ayer Green is a quaint little park filled with sculptures of the street’s former inhabitants as well as various signboards detailing its history.”

Esplanade Reloaded

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A re-visit of The Esplanade at roughly the same timing with my new gears. 7pm+ to have that same blue evening skies. The older one is here. Note the outdoor stage is gone and replaced with greens.

UOB Plaza

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From Wikipedia.

Location Raffles Place, Downtown Core, Singapore
Construction period 1986 – 1992 (Plaza One); 1992 – 1995 (Plaza Two reconstruction)
Primary usage Office
Opening date 16 August 1992 (Plaza One); 1974 (Plaza Two)
Structural height 280m, 919 ft (Plaza One); 162m, 531 ft (Plaza Two)
Floor count 66 (Plaza One); 38 (Plaza Two) and three basements
Floor area 454,560 sq ft
Owner United Overseas Bank
Management United Overseas Bank Property Management Pte Ltd
Developer United Overseas Bank
Architect Kenzo Tange Associates and Architects 61 (Plaza One construction, Plaza Two, reconstruction)
Architects Team 3 (Plaza Two initial)
Main contractor Nishimatsu ConstructionLum Chang JV

Large Reclining Figure by Henry Moore

HDR Version

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Non HDR (Normal Version)

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A big change this time. I am experimenting with HDR and I got quite good results. This is the first 360 Pano HDR-style! Enjoy!

This is the famous sculpture “Large Reclining Figure”. This version is made of bronze (and weighs 4 tons!) by Henry Moore.

Capital Tower

Scene 1 Before Noise Ninja

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Scene 1 After Noise Ninja

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Officially Opened by Mr Mah Bow Tan, Minister of National Development on 16 May 2001.

168 Robinson Road
Singapore 068912

An iconic development along Robinson Road in Singapore’s prime business district Capital Tower is a Grade A 52-storey intelligent office building. It is located next to Tanjong Pagar MRT station with a direct access from the train station. With an NLA of 68,887 sqm as at 31 December 2006, it houses the flagship office of CapitaLand as well as key prominent tenants such as Government of Singapore Investment Corporation Pte Ltd, JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., Mizuho Corporate Bank, Ltd and Cisco Systems (USA) Pte. Ltd. China Club, the exclusive members-only club, is located on the top floor of the building.

Boasting numberous smart features, the building has an intelligent building management system such as the electronic booking of meeting rooms, reservation of car park lots and monitoring of the office environment.

There are retail outlets on the first and ninth storeys as well as amenities such as conference room facilities, a gymnasium and swimming pool on the ninth storey. There is also an expansive urban plaza in front of the building flaunting extensive water features, sculptures and landscaping.

Marked by its outstanding architectural and green features. Capital Tower has won numerous design and construction awards such as:
– 2007 BCA Green Mark Gold Award
– 2006 & 2005 SILA Professional Design Awards (MERIT) – Commercial & Industrial
– 2005 BCA Green Mark Gold Award
– 2003 Fiabci Prix d’Excellance – Highly commended in the office/industrial category
– 2003 BCA Energy Efficient Building Awards (New & Existing Building Category – 1st Runner-Up)
– 2002 BCA Construction Excellence Award
– 2001 BCA Best Buildable Design Award
– 2001 Singapore Institute of Architect (SIA) Façade Design Excellence Merit Award (Office Category)

Capital Tower is owned by CapitaCommercial Trust (CCT), Singapore’s first commercial real estate investment trust; and managed by CapitaLand.”

From Link.

Civilisation Museum and Anderson Bridge

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“Rule #45238973, always hold on tight to your tripod and guard it with your life when taking Pano.” I was taking a pano right in front of the Merlion when some tourist accidently kicked my tripod. ISO1600 f/4 and at 1/10 sec, I thought, should be ok. WRONG WRONG WRONG! “Rule #7450965832, always retake when not sure!” It caused motion blur and there’s no way to have a nice pano. It’s ok, good reason to revisit Merlion for another Pano shoot soon. So here’s the Civilisation Museum and Anderson Bridge for now.

It was quite a fun trip today. Saw many photographers (some are in the pano) when I was taking the first Civilisation Museum pano shot. They should know or they’re thinking again, “why taking photo of the floor?” – now you know.

Cavenagh Bridge and Fountain Square

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Needed to relax after a hard day’s work and what better ways to be doing that than taking PANO and some perspiring walking. Here’s Cavenagh Bridge and Fountain Square located near China Square Central. Both about 15 minutes walk from my office.