Old Queensway Cinema, gone but memories remain

I read recently on Straitstimes that the old Queensway Cinema was demolished. Like some in the article, I also thought it would had been preserved. Anyway, though physically gone, many fond memories still remain. I remembered when I was young, going to movies and having fast food were luxuries I could only enjoy once a year, during Chinese New Year. And it was here, at KFC where I had my annual feast on fast food before going for a movie.

A few decades forward, the scenes, the food, are still very vivid in my mind. And fortunately, though I don’t live in Queenstown anymore, I still went back to take some pictures.

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With this building gone, almost every bit of my memory in terms of physical brick and motar of Queenstown are gone. Due to land constraints and need for development, there is no room for anything that outlived their purpose. The downside though, is the growing sense of Hotel Sg. Sad truth.

The dreadful haze is back again

Just when I thought we went through the worst haze back in 1997 when the PSI hit 226, this time, it was worse. Thus far, the 3 hourly average PSI had hit 401 and with the dry season still many weeks from over, nobody know whether things could get worse.

Video

For the past few days, the visibility was really bad and I decided to compile a video to record my journey from work in the evening (on 20 June) and to work (on 21 June), one of the two bad days thus far.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBgZoCX4_HM

Pictures

I shot the video with Sony Cybershot Hx9v and also took a few screen shots.

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20 June, 6.26pm: MBS disappearing into the haze and flyer nowhere to be seen.

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21 June, 7.40am: Supertrees barely visible from this distance.

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21 June, 7.46am: Cable cars and towers disappeared.

I had also asked my friend working in the city to send me a few ‘cityview’ and under such hazy conditions, DSLR or even compact camera are just overkill, smartphones will do.

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View from the Gateway

Numbers

Poor visibility neither imply an immediate jump in PSI figure, nor does it include the more dangerous PM2.5 numbers, but the 3 hourly PSI figures was the main talk of town.

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The day PSI crosses 400.

In order to educate the public that BOTH concentration and duration of exposure are needed to indicate the health impact, the 24 hourly figure should be used instead.

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NEA website on PSI was updated to show the 24 hourly PSI numbers but the 3 hourly figures can still be found by clicking the “For past 24 hourly PSI reading click here“.pm2.5

Looking at the PM2.5 figures, even at 24 hourly perspective. It is still quite scarly that for the pass 3 days, all readings point to very unhealthy. Anyway, just hope the haze go away soon.

 

Gardens by the Bay walkabout

I remember seeing a gigantic baby sculpture at the Gardens by the Bay, south and always wanted to take picture of it but couldn’t find the time. Finally, I was able to find time today. I had 1/2 the morning and sometime in the afternoon to myself, so I decided to cover the Meadow, the Dragonfly island and the Flower Dome. I had already been to both domes but decided on the flower dome again because of the prevailing theme, Flight of Fancy, a colourful display of hot air balloons and other exhibits.

Equipment

Thus this time, I brought with me not two, but four lenses:

  1. Zuiko 12-60mm SWD to cover typical scenary
  2. Zuiko 8mm Fisheye for ultra wide landscape
  3. Zuiko 35mm macro for the flowers or insects close ups
  4. Sigma 105mm macro for longer working range on insects

Baby hunting

First I head to the Meadow and look for my ‘baby’.

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Planet sculpture – by Marc Quinn. 

I particularly like this angle because it contrast the baby in the foreground with the financial centre in the back. In the highly competitive work environment with tremendous stress on everyone, it is an unfortunate consequence that baby making has to take a back seat.

Dragonfly hunting

I wanted to take some live dragonflies but didn’t manage to capture any keepers because those I spotted are really skittish and just can’t keep still for a picture. In the end, I could only contend with a more friendly grasshopper…

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… as well as metallic dragonflies.

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Flower dome

Without much luck with dragonflies and I’m melting under the hot noon sun, I headed to the cool conservatories. I wanted to take an aerial overview of the Flight of Fancy theme, so I went to the Baobabs.

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Just a few more steps and the good overview of the Flower Dome.

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Next I head down to the Flower field to have a better look at the exhibits.

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Overheard one of the visitors mentioning to her friends that she wanted to get married here. She better hurry though, because these exhibits are not permanent.

Having enough of the exhibits, I turned my attention to the flowers. I don’t particularly like to take flowers though, but these few caught my eyes.

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Overall, I had quite a fruitful trip today 🙂

Bird watching at the Botanic Gardens

People seldom go bird watching at the Singapore Botanic Gardens, and even fewer during noon. But I happen to be one of them when and went to recce the place via the Botanic Gardens MRT station before I met my friend for lunch.

The station exit is very near the Eco Gardens and decided to try my luck there because I remembered there were at least some ducks or swan there. And true enough, despite the light drizzling, the birds are still there this time. The swan is here…

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… so are the ducks.

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And it is nice to nap in such a nice cool rainy weather.

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There are other birds as well, but too far away for my lens (max out at 400mm FF equvialent) except for this one resting on top of a sign post.

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