Lunch at Iciban Boshi

I have a lunch with my friend today. He is also a photography enthusiast,  and thus we can take our own sweet time to take pictures, something we cannot do with ‘normal’ friends.

We ordered one bento set each for ourselves and another ala carte mushroom dish for sharing.

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My sushi bento set.

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Complete with my favorite cold noodles.

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I didn’t manage to capture his entire set because the tempura and chawanmushi are too plain to be interesting.

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A ride on Cable Car

I happen to come across the Jewel Card and decided to get one. For just $39, I get unlimited cable car rides which cost $26 per adult!

Thus I went down to do a quick recee around noon. Parking at beach car park is free between 12pm to 2pm. And the jewel card allows on car to enter sentosa free. Thus, if I’m going to Mount Faber, this is much cheaper compared to valet parking on the hill.

The ‘journey’ began with a ride from Imbiah lookout. Just show the jewel card and I’m through. The best thing about going during lunch is there is no crowd and I get to enjoy the entire capsule to myself.

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The atmosphere is pretty clear today and hence I get to enjoy a great birds eye view of the Sentosa and Harbourfront area.

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It only took a few minutes to reach Jewel box, Mount Faber.

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And there’s a nice restaurant that presumably only opens in the evening.

I had a quick look and head back to Sentosa.

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Cityview from Mount Faber

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Birds eye view of the Keppel Bay area.

Hence within 1  hour, I ‘earned’ back the worth of the Jewel Card with 2 rides on the cable car.

Lunch at Gurney Drive

I always love the food in Penang and after trying many places, Gurney Drive served the nearest resemblance in terms of taste. Of course there is still a sizable gap, but eating here beats travelling all the way north to feast my favorite dishes, char kway teow and laksa.

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The Penang version is ‘whiter’ compared to sg variant.

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Most probably there is a problem getting the original bee hoon from Penang, the texture (口感) is quite different.

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And lastly, my favorite desert, Penang chendol, they called it Chenrey there.

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Photography around Bras Basah Complex

I normally attend courses at Civil Service College but today, the course I attended, Critical Thinking, is actually held at Bras Basah Complex, right in the city. Thus I should not waste such a golden opportunity to take some pictures.

I don’t like to drive into the city, especially in the morning peak hour. Thus on my way from Bras Basah MRT station to the Bras Basah complex, I chanced upon the St Joseph Church.

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And when I reach Bras Basah complex, I found the view of the residential flats on top astounding.

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On the second day of my course, I also had a quick look out from the flats at Waterloo Street.

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For these two days, other than taking pictures with my trustworthy E620 with the zuiko 8mm fisheye lens, I also tested my hx50v as well. And added a sample video, to test the 30x optical zoom.

Anyway, some words about the course, it tickled me to find more information on this topic. I recalled being introduced to an old but good book on this matter by my English teacher in sec school. I couldn’t appreciate (more like couldn’t understand the complex topic and language then) the book but could do so now. Its a great read for those interested:
http://neglectedbooks.com/Straight_and_Crooked_Thinking.pdf