Friday, 7 June 2019

First Day in Japan - Akita Prefecture


Akita is located in the Northern part of Honshu, Japans Main Island. It’s well known for long snowy winters, hot springs (Onsen) and sake. Last time I checked Akita was ranked seventh in the snowiest cities in the world! Wish I knew that before going there the middle of winter. In ancient times Akita was occupied by nomadic tribes who lived in the mountains hunting and gathering. Now days Akita is a well known tourist spot famous for the Samurai Village and beautiful cherry blossom. 
Japan Travel Blog
Akita City Center
I landed in Akita after the longest flight of my life! I remember waking up totally dazed as the aircraft touched down at the airport. Looking out of the window I could just see white, everything was covered in snow. The Akita airport was small and they didn’t have an air bridge, I was a frozen icicle by the time I got inside the airport. Travel 101 keep warm clothes in you carry on!
Japan Snow Winter
Way to office
Around the office


Tuesday, 4 June 2019

Singapore Photography Spots - Central Fire Station


Hill Street is one of the hidden gems of Singapore, I came across Hill Street on my way to Fort Canning Park and spent half a day exploring the heritage buildings of this old neighborhood. This place had something for everyone, for the Architecture lovers there is the colorful Hill Street Police Station, the Central Fire Station and the Armenian Church; for the Nature lover you have the historic Fort Canning Park and for the foodies you have many restaurants to choose from in Clarke Quay. 
Singapore Travel Blog
Central Fire Station
The Central Fire Station is a beautiful heritage building in the old part of Singapore built in the year 1909; it’s the oldest fire station in the country. Back in the day, buildings were made of wood and attap (palm leaves); these flammable construction material combined with the close proximity of buildings resulted in a series of dangerous fires. This was a big problem for the British Command; the fire department back then consisted of volunteers, soldier’s and convicts who were ill trained and ill equipped to handle big fires. A more professional fire department was establish in 1888 called Singapore Fire Brigade with the first station in Cross Street.

Wednesday, 6 March 2019

Cube Cars of Japan

On my trip to Japan I came across many tiny cars shaped like cubes called K-Cars . These tiny cubes were everywhere, driven by young teens, business men and older folks alike. The Kei  Car or K-Car is category of smaller vehicles in Japan which are extremely popular as they are excepted  from The requirement to certify if adequate parking is available for the vehicle. Because of these exceptions the Kei-class of cars is very popular is Japan.

Suzuki Sting Ray
Suzuki Lapin
Honda N One
Suzuki Lapin Side Profile
Daihatsu Terios
Not K-Car but could not help posting this  Subaru WRX

All Photos taken with Sony RX100

Thursday, 8 February 2018

SINGAPORE PHOTOGRAPHY SPOTS - OLD HILL STREET POLICE STATION

I love taking photos of buildings and when I first came across the Old Hill Street Police Station, I was awestruck ! The massive colonial style buildings with its bright rainbow coloured windows certainly stood out from its surrounds. I immediately set up my tripod and started taking shots, at that point in time I didn't know anything about the building and my guess was that it was an Art Centre or Museum. On researcher online I found that it was an old police station and boy was I surprised. 
Old Hill Street Police Station
Old Hill Street Police Station, Singapore 
 The building was completed in 1934 to house the Hill Street Police Station and Barracks. At the time of its completion it was the biggest government building in Singapore. The police force vacated the building in 1980 and later it was declared a National Monument. Now the building is occupied by the Ministry of Communications and Information and the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth.
Singapore Photography Blog
Ministry of Communication and Information 

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Singapore Photography Spots - Fort Canning Park

Continuing the series on photography spots in Singapore my next post is on a beautiful park I stumbled across while exploring Clarke Quay. Fort Canning Park plays a very important role in the history of Singapore, in ancient times the hill was occupied by the Malay Kings who built a palace and several political buildings. Later during the colonial period, Singapore was occupied by the British who set up their headquarters on the hill. Due to its elevation it was the perfect vantage point to counter any attacks on Singapore Harbour. The British fortified the hill in the year 1962 and built their command centre, army barrack's and a hospital. The fort was overrun during the Second World War when Singapore was invaded by the Japanese.
Fort Canning Park in IR