Daily Travel Photo – Mahjong in China

Playing Majong in Shanghai

This photograph of two elderly gentlemen playing Mahjong was taken in Shanghai, China. Mahjong is a game that originated in China. Similar to the Western card game rummy, mahjong is a game of skill, strategy, and calculation and involves a degree of chance. I was walking down the streets of Shanghai in the winter and spent close to 30 minutes watching them laugh, quarrel and play the game. The game also had a fantastic social element to it. Loads of neighbours and passer-byes just dropped in to provide advice or to simply say hello.

Travel photo of the day – Hanging out to dry in Shanghai

Clothes set out to dry in Shanghai

Shanghai, China is a fascinating city. On one end, it is glamourous, vibrant and chic, on the other it shows you how the real people of the city live. A lot of the houses have these bamboo poles jutting out of their homes to hang clothes after a wash. I don’t care what you say, I feel it adds a special kind of aesthetic. What are your thoughts on this picture?

Daily Travel Photo – Singapore Flyer

Singapore Flyer

Exposure : 1/10 sec at f/4.0 and ISO 6400. Shot with a Canon 650D and EF 24-105L 

The Singapore Flyer is an observation wheel which offers sweeping panoramas of the island nation.  Standing at 165 metres, it has 28 air-conditioned capsules, each able to accommodate 28 passengers, and incorporates a three-storey terminal building. It is the second tallest ferris wheel in the world.

Scenes from an Indian temple

A Hindu temple is a fantastic mixture of architecture, colour and life. But there is so much more to life inside and around a temple. On a recent visit to Kanchipuram, a temple town in Tamil Nadu, India. I had a chance to capture what that looks like. Hope you enjoy it. For more travel photos from India, visit http://www.sidpicky.com/Travel/India/ 

 

Indian temple photos

Devotees in Red walk past a regular temple shop which sells heaps of photographs of Hindu gods and surprisingly stuffed toys with phrases like ‘All I need is God’. I wonder how many units of those toys are sold annually.

Indian temple photos

An ice cream vendor outside the temple. With the weather in Tamil Nadu reaching close to 40 degrees celsius, an ice cream provides a cool respite from the heat. For a motorbike vendor, the choice of ice cream is staggering.

Indian temple photos

The priest is one of the most important people in the temple. It’s great to see the priest live a life just like everyone else with his shopping bag and his two-wheeler.

Indian temple photos

The facade of the temple dominates its architecture. The chaos of the electric lines just add to the beauty of the shot.

Indian temple photos

In Hindu temples, you have to leave your footwear outside before you enter. Looking at all the shoes arranged outside tells you how crowded the temple is.

Indian temple photos

This is one of my favourite shots. While admiring the amazing sculpture and carving in the temple, its easy to miss Mr Monkey just perched up there soaking in the view.

Indian temple photos

A couple arranging a pile of rocks as an offering to the gods. The higher the pile of rocks the better the chance of your prayer being heard.

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Pet Expo Singapore 2014

The Pet Expo Singapore 2014 was a pet lovers dream. Canines, felines, and birds were all present and accounted for and as a photographer reminded me again how tough pet photography actually is. Check out the complete gallery at www.sidpicky.com/Other/Photosets/Pet-Expo-Singapore-2014

You have an option to buy a digital print of these photos for as little as US$2. You also have an option to print this out onto a T-Shirt. I’ll donate all the proceeds to Three Legs Good, an organization in Singapore whose mission is to give injured and disabled dogs a second chance at life, and to raise awareness of the joys of adopting a mongrel and encouraging others to consider adopting rather than buying a pet. Read more about them at http://threelegsgood.org/

Here are some example photos. To see the complete gallery and make a donation, click here

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Sharing a moment

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I am called Ollie. And you?

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Whatcha looking at?

Head on down to www.sidpicky.com/Other/Photosets/Pet-Expo-Singapore-2014 and do your bit to help rehabilitate disabled dogs.

Bukit Timah Nature Reserve Photos

The Bukit Timah Nature Reserve is one of the natural icons of Singapore. Its laden with a rich history and is a tranquil spot to spend the weekends hiking or mountain biking. Here are some photos from the trail taken on February 16, 2014.

Bukit Timah Nature Reserve Photos

The nature reserve is spread over 163 hectares which includes Singapore’s highest hill at 163m

Bukit Timah Nature Reserve Photos

This is the first reserve that was set up for nature conservation in 1883 and is about 15 mins away from downtown Singapore.

Bukit Timah Nature Reserve Photos

 The path to the summit is Steep. It’s intense enough to demand a basic level of fitness.

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They are not kidding around when they say ‘STEEP’. All wakers be prepared to sweat it out climbing up to the summit

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En route, you do see funnily ‘scary’ signs

Bukit Timah Nature Reserve Photos

I wonder if this was one of the branches that fell on someone. Pretty hard to survive this, I think

Bukit Timah Nature Reserve Photos

An hour later, we finally reach the Summit at 163.63 metres.

Bukit Timah Nature Reserve Photos

The Bukit Timah summit is Singapore’s highest natural point. There is something really satisfying scaling any summit and this one was no exception.

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 A customary selfie at the Summit. Half way there.

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 You can spend hours reading about the different species of trees that are found in the reserve. It has one of the most richest and diverse ecological systems in Singapore

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 Time for the descent which was tougher than it looks

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Are we there yet? Are we there yet?

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Some more funnily ‘scary’ signs

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 Some sweeping vistas that are serene and breath taking. This one is of the Singapore quarry.

2014-02-16 09.33.02We are at the home stretch, I still cant get over how serene and calm this place is.

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 You know you’ve reached civilization when you see a sign that says ‘HORN PLEASE’.

The entire trek took us 2 hours and we climbed an equivalent of ’56 floors’. Not bad for a Sunday morning workout eh? Leave a comment if you want to know more or see more photos about the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. Have a great weekend!