Singapore Quarry

It was a blistering hot Sunday morning when we visited the quarry around last year’s April. My wife and I, along with some friends, were hiking Bukit Timah Nature Reserve that day before we got to the quarry. It was my first visit ever to the place and as it turned out there would be many more to come, as we often visited the place for a bit of a workout.

Somewhere along the hiking trail in the nature reserve there is a split in the path that allows you to go to Dairy Farm. From there, if you continue on towards the southwest you will get to the quarry, which was what we did that Sunday. It was late morning, and the sun was already high in the sky.

The former quarry is now a wetland, with a viewing platform for visitors to observe the local flora and fauna. They are not allowed to feed the fish though. Below the platform is a small lake, and in front of it stands a cliff where people probably used to mine minerals from. Various plants now grow on top and in the face of the cliff.

The Singapore Quarry. Click the photo above for a bigger version

While we were there to rest our legs and enjoy the view, I went out to the platform’s railing and decided to take a panorama photo. I took it using ‘Pano’, an iPhone panorama app that I often used before I found out about AutoStitch. The original photo looked a bit washed-out and the sky was over-exposed (it was a very sunny day). I used Camera+ to try and make the photo look better. I added ‘Clarity’ and applied the ‘Emo’ filter. The ‘Clarity’ scene option added sharpness and brought out the, err, clarity of the photo; while the ‘Emo’ filter added saturation to the green color in the photo. The sky was overblown, but the blooming effect is actually quite pleasant, at least for me.

After a year or so of living here in Singapore I’ve only visited the Quarry twice. The walk there can be tiring, not only because it is quite far from Dairy Farm, but also because the trail was out in the open with little protection from the scorching heat. There’s nothing much to see there, but at least I’ve managed to take this photo as a token of my visit there.

Suvarnabhumi Airport

I captured this image using my iPhone 4 when I was waiting for my flight from Bangkok back to Singapore. We were there quite early and I was getting bored waiting at the gate. So I decided to walk around and see if there was anything interesting to occupy my time with. And I found this.

This is a photo of the large hallway where our boarding gate was located. It’s basically a panorama I took using an app called ‘AutoStitch’. The app is easy to use. What I like most about it is that I don’t have to manually align the photos I took, and the photos it stitches don’t have to be taken using the app. That means the app can actually stitch photos from your photo library (provided that they can be aligned, of course). I used a filter from Path to give the photo a sepia tone.

Suvarnabhumi Gate F2

Initially I was thinking of going for a symmetrical look. As I took the left-most photo a gentleman walked by in front of the camera and down the escalator. Him being in the picture would definitely break the symmetry. I thought of redoing it, but decided to continue taking subsequent photos and see the stitching result. Turned out that the gentleman’s silhouette created asymmetry that actually made the panorama photo looks a lot better.

Anyways, I hope that you all have been having a great week so far!

Nasi Tim

There’s nothing better than going home from work to see your wife preparing dinner for you. Well, at least there’s nothing better than that for me on that Wednesday, November 16, 2011. Tough day at work. Don’t ask.

Nasi tim isn’t that hard to prepare, really. That’s the impression that I got from looking at my wife doing her thing at the kitchen. This is basically what you need to do:

First, you need to…

Who am I kidding here! I’m the geek, not the cook!

I’ll go home later and ask her to post on how to do it. If she feels like it, that is. (I’ve a strong hunch that I’d be the one ending up writing it). But what the hey. I kinda like writing.

How did it taste? It tasted like heaven! Why? Read the last 2 sentences in the first paragraph and you’ll understand why. Anyhow, it was a good treat. And without further ado, this is how it looked like.

My wife's nasi tim

And by the way, this is our first post (after that ‘about us’ thing, at least). It’s a simple one and we hope that you enjoy it. We’ll have more coming later on. There’s this trip to Bali from, erm, last year, and that trip to Japan from last September. Oh so many things to share…

Anyways, enjoy the picture! We’ll have more posts coming in later on.

It’s About Us

Our debut post!

I’m posting the content of our first ‘About Us’ page. The content might change from time to time, but since this is the first time we’re starting our blog I thought that it would be appropriate to make our first ‘About Us’ as our first post.

So here goes.

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I’m the geek and my wife’s the cook. Hence the blog name. I like to write about, well, mostly geek stuff. She likes to cook, period. I get to eat some wonderful stuff at the cost of doing the dishes, and I get to write about it in this blog and spread the word. It’s win-win, really. Life’s good.

We like traveling (who doesn’t??), trying new stuff (mostly food), going to the movies, watching TV at home, and each of us has our own thing.

I, for example, am a huge geek. I love photography. You’ll be seeing a lot of photos here in this blog. Mostly from my iPhone 4, since it’s pocketable and decent enough for most situations where you don’t have a dSLR with you (which accounts for, like, 95% of the time), but you’ll also be seeing some of my work from my more serious gears. I also love toys and video games, so you’ll also be seeing a lot of those as well. Last but not least, I love books. See why I’m the ‘Geek’ part of the blog?

I’m beginning to get into this whole ‘cooking’ and ‘eating’ thing lately. Starting to appreciate food not only as ‘oh-my-god-it’s-food-I’m-famished-om-nom-nom’ but also as a result of (sometimes) long and (mostly) arduous process of choosing the right ingredients, choosing the right methods, and following the chosen method correctly. It’s like chemistry, really. Damn my wife for cramming these things into my head. But it’s all mostly good as it has broaden my perception (and unfortunately, also my waistline).

My wife’s the cook. She likes cooking very much. The kitchen area will definitely become a ‘no-fly zone’ when she’s doing her thing, except when she tells me to do the dishes. She’s been taking a lot of cooking and baking lessons and I daresay she improves a lot every time she finished any of her experiments. sShe’s got this Julia-Child-like ambition of becoming just like Julia Child. She would go into the night sleeping with a cooking book neatly tucked into her arms. She’s got the mojo, I think, and that’s the only way to go. Forward. And I get to be one of the first to try it out! On top of that, I get to photograph the result (which you’ll also be seeing a lot on the blog). At least this gives me something to practice my currently fledgling photography skills.

Like how her passion for everything about food and cooking managed to crawl into my consciousness, my passion for anything geek has managed to crawl into hers as well. She’ll sometime hum the Transformers or Mario Bros theme song out of nowhere, for example. Commented on my toy acquisition (“Oh that’s a cool one. And why won’t you buy more Decepticon robots?”). Unlike me, however, she’s not too happy with that development.

Whatevs.

You, dear reader, will be seeing a lot of posts on traveling, about trying new restaurant joints around where we live (we currently reside in Singapore), about photography (and our attempt to master it), about cooking (lots of it!) and miscellaneous geeky (and sometimes not-too-geeky) stuff.

Hopefully you’ll enjoy them.

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