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Sunday, March 5, 2017

The Magical Iceland

Once again, I've been away for a very long time since my last post. My recent travel experience was quite a unique one which gives me the inspiration to write again :) Why is it unique ? Well, it's our first ever self drive trip in a foreign country, our first time seeing aurora, got to experience sunshine, rain, snow, sleet, strong gale, blizzard and even sand storm in a single trip. As you might have already guessed, it's ICELAND !

Iceland has been a very popular country for most travellers all along, perhaps it's the most popular country in recent years due to its 10/11-years solar cycle of the northern lights. There were a lot of rumours/reports saying that the lights are going to dim for the next 10 years so we didn't wanna miss that and went ahead to what may be our once in a lifetime trip !

I would like to begin sharing my experience with a photo as usual of course and some overview of the itinerary before covering it in depth in my next few posts.

As I mentioned earlier, this our first ever self drive trip. We did clock-wise round the island in 12 days, traveled for 2,755km, covered as much key sights possible and of course chased for the northern lights ! The road taken is coloured in blue in the following map.

It's been our daily routine to firstly check the weather, road conditions and aurora activity before heading out because weather in Iceland can change abruptly and rapidly. "If you don’t like the weather right now, just wait five minutes", people often says in Iceland. Glad that we were still able to complete most of our planned itinerary plus discovered nice foods along the way. Also, some roads closure due to snowstorm gave us a chance to travel the road in the most eastern part which in my opinion has the best view of all !

Iceland sure has its unique way to make it unforgettable and it is undoubtedly one of the best country we have ever visited ! In my next post, I'll share on how I got to Iceland and things I planned beforehand.  Stay tune !

Friday, May 13, 2016

GoPro: Universal Studios Singapore

Just got myself the GoPro Hero4 Silver for my upcoming trip to Fiji where a waterproof camera is essential. Lucky enough also to have a long weekend during Labor Day holiday recently for me to test out its video as well as the image quality at Universal Studios Singapore. I would say, I'm actually quite impressed with its quality and portability ! My neck is still thanking me for it :) Anyway, hope you enjoy the video as much as I do !

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Hong Kong (Part II)

In this post, I'll share more landscape photos of Hong Kong. This time I had shot a couple of sunsets and sunrise as well.

In my opinion, the best sunrise view would be at Victoria Peak (太平山). I woke up early at 5:30 a.m. to get myself ready and also my equipment. The MTR services start at as early as 6:00 a.m. so I took a train to Central (中環) station and a taxi ride to Lugard Road (盧吉道). Along Lugard Road (盧吉道), the view is much better than the view from The Peak (香港山頂) and it's free of charge !

7:04 a.m.

7:24 a.m.

7:40 a.m.

7:45 a.m.

There were some others that early too...

After sunrise, let's enjoy some sunsets ! The following photo was taken in Mong Kok (旺角) which is near to the place I stayed.

I went up to sky100 Hong Kong Observation Deck capture some sunsets and night cityscape of Hong Kong. I purchased the ticket in advance so I can skip the queue and enjoy some online discount. The ticket costs HKD142 and HKD168 for online purchase and walk-in purchase respectively.

After the sunset...

There are a lot more night cityscape worth viewing and photographing in Hong Kong. I went to a few more other places around Central (中環) and Admiralty (金鐘) as there are a lot of beautiful skylines there.

And the last but not least, the best up-close view of Hong Kong city at Victoria Harbour (維多利亞港) !

Friday, May 1, 2015

Hong Kong (Part I)

This is my second visit to Hong Kong and this time round I had my DSLR with me rather than a compact point-and-shoot camera I used in my first visit. Beside better equipment, I brought along a set of knowledge and experiences I've accumulated over the years :)

I've always wanted to capture something unique of the cities or places I visit every time and to me Hong Kong is very unique because of its densely populated city. Hence, I would like to start my post with the architectural photos of Hong Kong.

These high rise residential flats, apartments and condominiums are everywhere so you can hardly miss. I found those located in Choi Hung Estate (彩虹邨) are more colourful ! Besides, I tried some long exposures in broad daylight too !

And some landmark shots.

These are all the photos I'm sharing with you for now. Stay tune for my second part for more ! Let's end this with another popular landmark in Quarry Bay !