Warmth: Lesson 1 Quality of Light

This Butterfly Pea Flower, basking in the warmth of morning sun, was a pleasant discovery as I walked through the charming neighbourhood of Tiong Bahru.

Lesson 1 of Developing Your Eye Part 2, invites us to think about light.  The word photography means “drawing with light” in Greek.  I must admit that I have not paused to think of what I do with the camera as drawing.  As I mull on this, however, I am tickled by how apropos it is.  For this assignment, we are challenged to consider the direction & quality of light as we look through our cameras.

As I walked around this adorable little flower, playing with the light from various angles, I thought about its significance to the Peranakan culture – we use it as a natural colouring for some of my favourite sweets: Apom Berkuah, a crumpet-like pancake slathered with caramelised banana sauce; Kueh Salat: a 2-tiered cake, on top a creamy & fragrant custard, redolent with coconut milk & pandan, on the bottom, toothsome & decadent sticky rice.  Both of these are traditionally beautified with a touch of the butterfly pea flower extract.

When I did a little digging, I discovered that Butterfly Pea Flower Tea is taken for health benefits, with antioxidant, analgesic and anti-stress properties.  All in a dainty pretty little flower;  I have some dried flowers in the pantry, I am going to make myself a cup now.

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Butterly Pea Flower Tea (image from http://www.majestic herbs.com)
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Architecture: Lesson 10 Go Monochrome

I spent a happy hour exploring the charming neighbourhood of Tiong Bahru  last week.  It is one of Singapore’s oldest housing estates turned trendy by all the cafes and shops that have taken up residence.  While we visit to shop and eat here frequently, I haven’t taken the time to wander around.  It is amazing how different things look when one is not pressured by time or agenda; when we have time to stop and peer at fruits growing, to discover hidden gems. Continue reading “Architecture: Lesson 10 Go Monochrome”

Searching our Archives #1: Celebrating What We Have Done

One of my favourite blogs, Miss Gentileschi at Art Expedition, reposted some posts from her archives.  I thought it was such a fabulous idea, that those of us who have not had a chance to see them would get to do so.

I am inspired to do the same; repost something from my archives, perhaps once each month this year.  To my delight, I discovered that my 1st WP posts were made in February 2016, so this is just about my 2nd Year Anniversary Month!  What fun!

Care to join me and share something with from your Archives to celebrate our Pasts together?  Once a month, for the year of 2018.

I picked this post Seasons Come, Seasons Go, as we enjoyed an extremely cool breezy few weeks – extremely unusual for Singapore.  It almost felt like we had a Winter!  I am reminded that as we go through different seasons in our lives, each one good or bad will eventually pass.  My challenge is to live in the moment, whether good and ill, embracing the seasons’ joys and challenges.

Sunrise, Sunset

Contrary to popular belief, Singapore does have seasons.  Perhaps not the traditional Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall, but we certainly have Hot & Humid, Very Hot & Humid, Rainy, Hazy.

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Big: Lesson 7, A Point of View

Adopting a different point of view is not particularly easy for me: I find it uncomfortable and somewhat messy.  I have come to appreciate, however, that if I persist with the experience, it is often eye-opening & enlightening.

It hasn’t been so long ago since I was in a coma in the hospital, just about 7 months ago.  There is now a teenage girl lying in a hospital bed, daughter of my classmate from years ago. She was admitted more than two months ago under circumstances not unlike mine.  Except that the cause of her illness is not known.  She continues to fight for her life.  We wait each day with bated breath for news of an eyelid movement, leg twitch, or an improvement in a vital sign. Continue reading “Big: Lesson 7, A Point of View”

Solitude: Lesson 6 Rule of Thirds

I haven’t been to this part of the MacRichie Reservoir trail in over 20 years.  Walking over a foot bridge at the golf course which the trail traversed, this little beauty caught my eye.  I enjoyed a moment of solitude as I breathed the cool morning air and listened to the fountain a little distance away.  Enjoying a piece of quiet during this traditionally busy season has given me some time & space for stillness, amidst the mad baking, present wrapping and voracious eating! Continue reading “Solitude: Lesson 6 Rule of Thirds”

Connection: Lesson 5 Tag Your Photo

I love bridges.  I’ve set eyes on some iconic beauties: the Golden Gate Bridge (San Francisco, USA), London Bridge (London, UK), Pont du Gard (Nimes, France), the foot bridge in Monet’s garden of water-lilies (Giverny, France).

Though not as grand or as famous as the above mentioned, Singapore has its share of lovely bridges: Henderson Waves, Helix Bridge, and a lovely series of pedestrian bridges across various points of the Singapore river. Continue reading “Connection: Lesson 5 Tag Your Photo”

Bliss: Lesson 4 Add Captions

I grew up in a Foodie Home.

Epicurious Father ate anything that moved, and then some.  He gleefully regaled us with tales of the weird things he’d eaten: creepy scorpions, flying foxes, still wriggling fish; in part to gross us out, but I think also to inspire us to be adventurous towards food.

Nurturing Mother was a published Food Critic as well as homechef extraordinaire.  I remember watching Sesame Street as a young child, and in particular, the episode where Ernie and Cookie Monster were counting (and slyly snarfing) cupcakes.  I asked Nurturing Mother what cupcakes were.  By the end of the programme, I had a plate of piping hot cupcakes, just out of the oven, waiting for me. Continue reading “Bliss: Lesson 4 Add Captions”

Water: Lesson 3 Image Orientation

This weekend found me in the vicinity of Marina Bay for the Santa Wishes Run. The run took place along the promenade, a wide concrete expanse with water on one side and buildings on the other.

When I came upon this unexpected sight, my breath was taken away!  At first glance, it looked to be field of green accented with brilliant pink flowers, except that it was an enormous manmade water feature filled to the brim with spectacularly hued water lilies.   Definitely the highlight of a good morning out! Continue reading “Water: Lesson 3 Image Orientation”

Street: Lesson 2 Establishing Shots

On my mind is how to set a scene with an establishing shot, usually a very wide angle capture of a scene, designed to show the audience where the action is taking place.

How to make it interesting?  After all, there really isn’t much going on.  Which then leads me to thinking about why everything has to have action, has to have a point of interest.  Is it not good enough to just be; calm, serene, with absolutely nothing much going on.   I continue to struggle with this.

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Hindhede Walk, on the way to Bukit Timah Nature Reserve

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