Something different, I went on a nature photography trail with @jayaprakash_bojan@Temasekseen@NatGeoAsia@PSS.SG and a group of amazing photographers -thank you guys for letting me join this event! 
Walked around Kallang River, Punggol Waterway and Coney Island. Somehow I ended up taking a lot of urbanscapes, lines, and as I was reviewing the shots it magically turned black and white 🙂 nevertheless, so blown away seeing economic progress and environmental sustainability in sync. #Ecosperity#OurCleanEarth #NatGeoAsia#PSS_contest

#blackandwhite #bnw #monochrome#blackandwhitephotography#blackandwhitephoto #bnw_captures#bnw_life #bnwphotography#monochromatic #monoart #bnwmood#insta_bw #bnw_demand #bnw_rose #rsa_bnw

VII Diamonds Ride Out

VII Diamonds Ride Out

There is a cliche that motorbikes are dangerous and for crazy people. That the biker subculture is for hooligans and daredevils with death wishes. But like so many cliches, these do no justice to the truth.

Yes, bikers love their vroom-vroom machines. They love speed. But that high-octane public image conceals much more. The mental dexterity inherent to the art of biking — as I was told, “you ride with your brain”. The bond a biker forms with his bike, year after year, like a horseman with his trusty steed. The intelligence and humanity of these rugged, well-traveled hobbyists.

I rode 200km to Malaysia and back with VII Diamonds, a brotherhood of Singaporean bikers, to see the truth of them for myself.

Meeting up with some of the Diamonds at Yishun. Bikes pictured are Honda NC750 and Honda CB400 Super Four.

Checking out the KTM 1190 Adventure R.

Diamonds Assemble! The gang getting together in full at B Point Johore Bahru, just past the Singapore border, for a final round of safety checks before the long ride.

Puffin’ it while roughin’ it — one of several roadside smoking breaks along the way.

Crossing the Sungai Johor Bridge

Nothing like the open road, and the wind in your face.

Settling down to a hearty lobster lunch, at the end of a 100km ride.

Chilling out like a boss.

Getting down and dirty with a dessert of off-road biking. Here’s the KTM 1190 Adventure R, running wild and free the way it’s meant to be.

Adventure bikes, Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin and the KTM 1190 Adventure R meet the Suzuki Hayabusa GSX1300R.

The gang and their street legal modified bikes. From left: Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin, KTM 1190 Adventure R, Suzuki Hayabusa GSX1300R, Honda CB400 Super Four, (the new) Honda NC750x, Yamaha Tracer 900GT, Honda CB 400 X, Kawasaki Ninja 300 and the Honda NC750X. 

Peace out! 


Thank you to VII Diamonds -PolarBear, Anosan, the Boss and the Chicken Dinner crew for letting me tag along on this ride out. 

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An Abandoned Mansion in Singapore

An Abandoned Mansion in Singapore

Hidden inside dense vegetation somewhere between Holland and Tyersall Road, lies an abandoned two-storey mansion once owned by Sultan Abu Bakar of Johor. Istana Woodneuk, as it is widely called, was built in the late 1870s. 

It was reportedly damaged by fire in 1925, rebuilt around 1935 and was named “Istana Wooden York”. 

During World War II it was used as a military hospital and on the 12th of September 1942, Japanese planes bombarded the entire area and killed approximately 700 medics and patients. The mansion was returned to the Istana of Johor in 1948 and was rebuilt again in 1951. 

From what I’ve gathered it wasn’t until 2004 when it was completely unkept. A devastating fire in 2006 caused its blue roof tiles to cave in leaving it beyond repair and structurally unsafe.

Now, no wall standing is left ungraffitied. Tragic for a place so steeped in history but it is what it is… don’t leave your mansion

Tiong Bahru, Chijmes, Bras Basah

Tiong Bahru, Chijmes, Bras Basah

A walk around Tiong Bahru, Chijmes and inside Bras Basah train station. 

Note: Don’t set up a tripod inside the train station. Just don’t. 

Singapore after dark

Singapore after dark

Press the shutter and do nothing for 30 seconds or so. After, you get shiny streaks of light. What’s not to love about it. 

Perth in black and white

Dental at Joondalup and Avon Terrace Dental, Perth Western Australia

Perth - Day 4

The Old Brewery & Riverside Brewhouse

Followed by a quick visit to Fremantle.

Back to Subiaco for an afternoon walk around the city.

Perth - Day 3

Canola fields on the way to York from Subiaco.

Managed to pass by Matilda Bay to take a few snaps after the long drive from York.

Made it to Kings Park, last stop for the day. The best view of Perth’s business district. On this particular night, the place was packed but my friends and I noticed something peculiar. Everyone was quite and they’re just staring at their phones. Found out later on, PokĂ©mon GO had just been launched. Literally I had the entire viewing platform all to myself.

Perth - Day 2

Coffee and breakfast at Brew-Ha, Rokeby Road, Subiaco before heading out to Joondalup.

Took a break from shooting and grabbed some fish and chips from Cott’s Takeaway along Marine Parade at Cottesloe Beach.

Back at Cottesloe Beach for the sunset.

Perth - Day 1

Brunch at Wise Restaurant at Eagle Bay Road, Dunsborough

A quick stop at Hay Shed Hill Wines in Margaret River for their Pitchfork Moscato and Block 6 Chardonnay.

Sunset at Surfers Point, Margaret River.