Our World Is Amazing

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Tonight was extraordinary. I was hoping to get out and sort of sweat out whatever it is that's been ailing me since the wife and my bike ride last Sunday night. That was where we covered a large area of the west side of Singapore, about 50 km. After that ride I lost my voice and got an upper respiratory infection. So today, feeling better we ventured off to Punggol…


Opportunities And Chance Occurrences

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We had gone to Lower Seletar Reservoir in hopes of getting some sunset photos. By the time we got there it seemed that the clouds moving in might not only spoil the chance for a nice sunset, but might even rain on our parade. For some, I suppose that would mean turning around and heading back. Not us…


Humble Beginnings, Humble Still

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There is so much great art going around on social media. The professionals are truly amazing and inspiring. I spoke with one such pro and he told me the key to being a professional photographer is to only share your best works; this means possibly taking thousands of photos for every one that actually gets seen. I told him then, just like I'd like to talk to you about, that that's not me and I never want to go down that path. Here's why…


Another Steelwool Revival

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We were back out with photographer Nicholas Lee from PicNick on a steelwool photography quest. This time to try some different effects using some of the same tools but with a few new add-ons. Still using the same rig as I've shown before in my how-to post “Sparking Interest and Sharing Ideas”, we added a soup can with both ends removed together with the fire poi to see if we could tone down the light cast by the burning wool and get a stronger effect from the fire poi instead…


Cameron Highlands Day 4: The Detour

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It had been such a great vacation at Cameron Highlands, we were simply too reluctant to head home like we should’ve. Instead, as shown in the previous post, we went all over town - or should I say towns - and only got back to Singapore at around 6 a.m. Yup, a 15-hour return trip when it had taken only about 6 hours the other way. Guess you can say we squeezed every single drop of vacation juice outta it! The last main highlight was…


Cameron Highlands Day 4: The Ride Home

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Hey, gang! Remember all those posts about our Cameron trip? Well, it looks like I never finished the job. My new project to clear out my computer has revealed even more photos. So there we were on our last day and supposed to be heading home. But the cool air and sense of adventure hadn't left us just yet. So after a last sprawl on our comfy hotel bed…


Otter-ly Amazing

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Every day is filled with moments. Most of those moments are clearly forgettable. Like our times at work or perhaps a bike ride. Well, that is unless you're riding your bike in a fairly unpopulated area and stumble across some incredibly cute otters. That's what made our bike ride last Sunday simply unforgettable…


Cameron Highlands Day 3: Waterfalls and Big Hills

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So back to the saga that was Cameron Highlands. Ok, if the name of the place and previous posts didn't give it away, this is a mountainous area. Huge rolling hills and stuff. Anyhow, we heard of a waterfall that sounded like some cool thing to photograph. We were wondering if it would be even prettier than the other one. Well…


Cameron Highlands Day 3: Butterfly Garden

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After the beautiful sunrise, we ventured out and after breakfast we stopped at a butterfly garden. This would become the photo album that I personally loved the most. Butterflies were just everywhere…


Cameron Highlands Day 3: Sunrise!

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Hope you weren't thinking there was going to be some long fancy write-up here. The fresh air the day before and lack of things to do in the wee hours of the night, not to mention the slow wifi internet connection we had, made for getting up with the sun just to make a little timelapse gif for your viewing pleasure…


Cameron Highlands Day 2: Halfway Up

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Before the day was over, our goal was to visit some mountain (Chilli Padi interjects: It was called Gunung Brinchang. ‘Gunung’ means mountain in Malay) and see what the car ride up was like because while it was some sort of famed lookout point and a place to shoot sunrises, it was also known to be challenging to get to. It turned out…


Cameron Highlands Day 2: Bee Farm

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So we stopped at a bee farm later that day, not long after our visit to the flower nursery. Not a ton of photos taken here but it was a fun part of the day that I didn't intend to overlook. The best bit was the woman in charge who played me and my buddy into thinking we could be covered in bees. I was all ready to go and he said if I did it he would too. So we were all rarin’ to go, like, “Lead us to some bees!” Turned out…


Cameron Highlands Day 2: A Flower Nursery

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At some point later after we had tea at the Boh Tea Plantation, we stopped to have a look in a flower nursery. Even here the amount of souvenir crap was in abundance. But beyond that there were in fact…


Cameron Highlands Day 2: The Boh Tea Plantation

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Sorry for the late post; like I said before, there are a lot of photos to go through. We drove up a super narrow windy road to get to the Boh tea farm. The plantation is spectacular and had there been more time I'd have liked to gather more photos, but with the clouds in the mountains being what they were I wasn't happy with the majority of the photos taken. That said…


Day One of our Trip to Cameron Highlands

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So if you have been following our Facebook page, you know we have just returned from Cameron Highlands in Malaysia. It was a beautiful trip that we enjoyed very much, with one of the best perks being the cool mountain air. But with over 2000 photos taken it will take me a bit to sort out the better ones and process the HDR photos…


7th Annual International Lion Dance Competition

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This year we missed the first day of the 7th annual International Lion Dance Competition that I had enjoyed so much last year. This was due to the fact I'm volunteering for the Chingay Festival and had to be at rehearsals. But that didn't stop me and Team@AKAAWOL.com from catching Day Two of the event, "Soaring Lions Over Water" lion dance competition…


New Year’s 2014

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New Year’s is a funny time for me. For years I always thought that if mankind were to somehow find enlightenment in a sudden sort of way, it would happen at the stroke of midnight and somehow the next year would start in such a much better way. Of course...


Just Another Flaming Hot Date Night

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When the wife and I have a 'date night', it's not always your typical run of the mill sort of thing. In fact we know how to keep the spark alive! We found an interest that we share in long exposure photography and our Saturday night became extraordinary as we attempted to add fire poi to our burning steel wool shots…


Lightning Strikes Twice

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Any photographer can tell you that getting a photo of lightning requires patience and some luck. If you follow this site, you know I have managed to get lightning once. That was some time ago and there was that other case of completely disappointing results from my attempts to capture it again. Well, this time I was out looking to figure out...


A New Spin On Things

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Being interested in cameras has led me on many a fascinating journey. Now I'm learning not from a newer technology, but a perhaps older one…


Sparks Both New And Old

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It's been a while since I last played with sparks. I was really happy to get out and try some fresh ideas and I may have figured out some new things. So here is what I just did and I'm sure there will be a lot more coming soon…


Mid-Autumn Festival at Gardens by the Bay

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Quick! To The Tiger-mobile!

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I really could have used the ride to return home and get the memory card for my camera that I had left behind. I made do with the smaller card from my wife's camera but when you shoot in raw with three exposure images per photo, well, you need a lot of space on your card and this limitation proved to be a bit of an issue. This 'Tiger Mobile’ is just one of the many amazing things one will find in Haw Par Villa, a park made by the maker of Tiger Balm. It was a personal project from the company's founder to teach Chinese values…


Awol Visits The Istana

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So if you hadn't guessed from my wife's post “Visit To The Istana”, we went to the presidential palace; in fact, that's what Istana means in Malay - Palace. It was awesome and there were thousands who had queued up to enter the grounds of this prestigious place. Once in the grounds…


Hide 'n' Seek With Baby Milo

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We had a fun afternoon with our good buddy Baby Milo in the park by the Lower Seletar Reservoir. We let him do what he loves and as it turns out, that's to climb trees. Duh, right? It was a bit of hide ‘n’ seek as he would often jump down and fall out of sight amongst the bushes. He’s a silly little guy sometimes. But it also provided for some great photo opportunities…


Encounter with an Oriental Whip Snake

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So the wife and I were on a walk to go get some sunset photos when I noticed something in a brighter green than the surrounding foliage. “Ohhh...look!” “What?” asks the wife. “There,” I say, as I point to the whip snake that was poking out of the dense bush. I grabbed my camera and started taking pictures, getting closer with each shot. See, I don't have much zoom with the lens that came with my camera and I was afraid if I just moved in for the shot I wanted, I'd have scared the snake away…