Short views from the Cable car

I already had a individual membership for Faber Licence and able to take unlimited cable car rides myself. Since its expiring soon and my kids keep asking the cable car ride, I might as well get the family membership. I went to Sentosa’s cable car station but was told I can only get it done at either Harbourfront or Mount Faber. Thus I just took another ride to enjoy the scenery.

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Models of Singapore Motorshow 2015

After so long, the motorshow is back! As the title states, I’m more keen on the portrait photography.

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Yes, I’m aware of the stunt show but really not keen. Anyway, my aging DSLR can’t keep up with the action too.

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From the Subaru Show Booth

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From the Kia Show Booth

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From the BMW Show Booth

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From Denso, H Tyres and Shell Helix Show Booths

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From Toyota, Mazda, Honda and Mitsubishi Show Booths

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From Changan Show Booth

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From Race Chip Show Booth

Equipment:

1. Olympus E-5 with Leica D Summilux 25mm f/1.4 & Zuiko 50mm f/2.0 macro lens

2. DxO OpticsPro version 9

Another visit to the River Safari

Thanks for my wife’s corporate pass, we’ve made countless visits to the River Safari, but somehow, there are always surprises, especially from the animals.

The Mississippi Paddlefish is the first to welcome us with its signature wide-open -mouth swim.

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Next I saw the Giant Freshwater Stingray in a flying saucer pose 🙂

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And before we head off to see the Giant Pandas again, the ndian Gharial is quite active today.

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The best of all though, is the Giant Pandas. I’ve never seen two of them active today and even till now, I still can’t tell Kai Kai and Jia Jia apart.

(amended) But thanks to a comment left on my blog, I now know that the one with a pink nose is Kai Kai and black is Jia Jia.

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Jia Jia

We can’t take the Amazon River boat ride because my younger one is too short and hence we went for the River Safari cruise instead. Perhaps as a blessing in disguise, we discovered it another way to see the zoo from the 15 minutes boat ride at the Upper Seletar Reservoir.

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Equipment:

1. Sony Nex5R with Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar T E 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS lens

2. Snapseed

Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve Extension

I was very happy to know Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve will be expanded and when I read about the opening of the latest extension, I looked forward for a visit. Finally I was able to find time to explore today.

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Area I intend to cover today

Let’s get started!

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Giant Mud-skipper … so am I expecting to see many of these here?

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View from Little Heron Deck with Johor Bahru across the water.

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Kranji Dam

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Mid-canopy walk

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Eagle Point

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Typical foot paths along coastal walks

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This is a nice place to really explore the mudflats up close… too bad i didn’t notice any interesting creatures here.

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Beside the structures, I did find some animals, but mostly spiders (really lots and lots of spiders), dragonflies and snails. I here birds though, but never able to spot them among the trees.

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Except this one perched too far for my 400mm (35mm equivalent) lens to reach and a white-bellied fish eagle below.

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There are really lots and lots of spiders such as these.

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Snails, big and small are very common too.

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As well as dragonflies and moths. But most don’t allow me to come close.

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And finally I found a mud skipper.

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Overall, I found this extension much nicer than the main reserve. There are much more scenic boardwalks and viewing pods. As for creatures to spot, its more skill and luck that matters, both of which I didn’t have much 🙂

Equipment:

1. Olympus E-5 with Zuiko 50-200mm f2.8-3.5 & Zuiko 35mm f/3.5 macro lens

2. Sony Nex5R with Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar T E 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS lens

3. DxO OpticsPro version 9