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  • Posted On: June 24th 2018 at 5:03 pm | 7 Comments
    Categories: Food, Friendship, New stuff, Personal life, Pictures, With my NEX

    I went to Artbox when it is in Singapore a few weeks ago. It was much better than last year. Last year was so crowded and there was no crowd control at all. This year, there were bag checks and some form of crowd control. The space rented is much bigger as well. I managed to get some wooden keychains for myself and a cute handmade crotchet keychain. I love crotchet keychains, or just about anything that is handmade. Haha. Is it just me or do you guys love handmade stuff too?

    I went there twice – first with Alex and Jin Quan, second with Hui Keng and Yi Wei. Took some photos and was surprised to see quite a number of people bringing their DSLRs taking photos too. Oh, and the usual selfie crowd as well. Somehow carnivals are no longer as nice as before. It’s more commercial-driven decorations (towards Snapchat, Instagram, and other social media platforms) rather than the actual fun. It’s not as nice to take photos in carnivals when you see a sea of people whipping out their phones to take photos instead of enjoying the food and games…

    I have been blogging for more than 17 years (well, I started in 2001) and this new wave of social media kind of got me off guard. I am not a fan of posting my selfies on social media for strangers to comment and judge me. But I do love posting photos of the stuff and scenery I saw. I love taking photos and sharing some of what I took. I also have a brand name (lihotography) dedicated for my photography works.

    Anyway, I have scheduled my photos to be posted on Instagram in the next few days. Once it is posted on Instagram, I will post them here for you guys to enjoy. Photos are below for you guys to enjoy! :happy:

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/175275651078/i-dont-care-i-want-that-thai-green-milk-tea-in

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/175307020648/beautiful-fairylights-in-the-land-of

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/175341018583/its-always-cool-to-see-that-there-are-still

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/175374666538/the-current-generation-is-into-buskering-and

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/175405447048/artbox-expensive-but-instagrammable-food-oh-i

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/175405463768/when-you-have-snacks-before-dinner-do-follow

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/176302837963/pretty-ice-cream-it-reminds-me-of-ice-factory

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/176264687748/i-really-didnt-expect-to-see-a-store-selling

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/176230772423/super-expensive-ceramic-rings-even-though-they-are

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/176194336628/so-many-keychains-to-choose-from-which-one-should

    And of course some dinner at Ding Tai Fung!

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/176144405013/awesome-food-from-ding-tai-fung-and-i-discovered


    Posted On: June 17th 2018 at 2:18 am | 2 Comments
    Categories: Friendship, Personal life, Pictures, With my LX10, With my NEX

    Recently, I went to Botanic Gardens to explore. It’s an interesting experience as I have not really explore Botanic Gardens despite living in Singapore for so long. Well, I don’t really do touristy stuff in my own country. Haha.

    The original plan was to attend the sketching classes but I woke up late and missed the start by 20 mins. :sad: In the end, my friend and I can’t go for it as the group has already set off and we have no idea where they are…

    Despite it, I still manage to take quite a bit of photos of flowers with my Sony A6500 and my new Panasonic LX10. It’s a great experience to use both cameras to take photos and I’m wondering if I should bring both cameras and my macro lens when I go to South Korea this year. Hmm…

    Anyway, enjoy the photos… You will know which camera I use to take the photo based on the hashtag. :happy: Most of them are unfiltered… Shows how great Sony A6500 is… Hahaha. #ProudOwner

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/174726180853/went-to-botanic-gardens-recently-and-took-some

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/174739899693/love-this-photo-the-better-ones-are-at

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/174741388683/i-wanted-an-artistic-shot-of-this-leaf-but-guess

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/174757326358/lovely-orchids-taken-with-6500-there-are-a-lot

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/174945049363/i-tried-so-hard-to-take-a-clear-shot-of-this

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/174945076318/the-same-set-of-orchids-taken-by-2-different

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/174787939633/i-wanted-an-artistic-shot-of-these-coloured-leaves

     

    Nice orchids captured by a compact camera. Okay, it’s not the usual compact but premium compact with 1-inch sensor. I still miss my camera with APS-C sensor. Guess you pay for the quality and how much you can achieve with the camera… ?Taken with Panasonic LX10.??????????????? .??????????????? .??????????????? .??????????????? .??????????????? .??? #lihotography #adobe #lightroom #adobelightroom #macro #macrophotography #photography #flower #pink #orchids #orchid #gardenphotography #garden #panasonic #lumix #lx10 #panasoniclx10 #lumixlx10 #leica #botanicgardens #singapore

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    I really love it when my camera body and lens can produce such clear and beautiful contrast without any need for processing. Well, maybe cause I am lazy but wow, I am impressed by my skills and what my camera can do. ?Taken with Sony A6500 with SEL30M35.??????????????? .??????????????? .??????????????? .??????????????? .??????????????? .??? #lihotography #nofilter #macro #macrophotography #photography #flower #white #flowers #gardenphotography #garden #sony #sonyalpha #alpha #sonya6500 #a6500 #sel30m35 #botanicgardens #singapore

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    Just look at those water droplets formed in the morning. Woke up earlier than usual to go Botanic Gardens and got such nice shots. :) ?Taken with Sony A6500 with SEL30M35.??????????????? .??????????????? .??????????????? .??????????????? .??????????????? .??? #lihotography #nofilter #macro #macrophotography #photography #flower #pink #flowers #gardenphotography #garden #sony #sonyalpha #alpha #sonya6500 #a6500 #sel30m35 #botanicgardens #singapore

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    I’m slowly learning how to frame my shots and choosing the right background. It’s a pretty orchid with a nice background. Sadly, my focusing could have been better. Such as not focusing on the bud but on the pink parts of the flower instead. ?Taken with Sony A6500 with SEL30M35.??????????????? .??????????????? .??????????????? .??????????????? .??????????????? .??? #lihotography #nofilter #macro #macrophotography #photography #flower #pink #white #gardenphotography #garden #sony #sonyalpha #alpha #sonya6500 #a6500 #sel30m35 #botanicgardens #singapore

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    Pretty bouquet of orchids. I love the background too. It's even better that I do not need to edit the photos and the contrast is pretty awesome. Definitely an excellent decision to get Sony A6500. :) And oh, I don’t steal photos and claimed it like my own unlike some social influencer and photographer… ?Taken with Sony A6500 with SEL30M35.??????????????? .??????????????? .??????????????? .??????????????? .??????????????? .??? #lihotography #nofilter #macro #macrophotography #photography #flower #pink #flowers #orchid #orchids #gardenphotography #garden #sony #sonyalpha #alpha #sonya6500 #a6500 #sel30m35 #botanicgardens #singapore

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    I call these the earrings-like flowers. Look at how it dangles down like a pretty set of earrings. :D ?Taken with Sony A6500 with SEL30M35.??????????????? .??????????????? .??????????????? .??????????????? .??????????????? .??? #lihotography #nofilter #macro #macrophotography #photography #flower #red #flowers #gardenphotography #garden #sony #sonyalpha #alpha #sonya6500 #a6500 #sel30m35 #botanicgardens #singapore

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    This flower looks as if it is shining brightly among its peers – full of confidence and charisma. So much charm that it charmed me to take such a beautiful shot of it.? ?Taken with Sony A6500 with SEL30M35.???????????????? .???????????????? .???????????????? .???????????????? .???????????????? .???? #lihotography #nofilter #macro #macrophotography #photography #flower #white #flowers #gardenphotography #garden #sony #sonyalpha #alpha #sonya6500 #a6500 #sel30m35 #botanicgardens #singapore

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    I took some photos of the swans on the swan lake and to make things more interesting, I actually form a storyline for them. Read the captions of the following photos in order to understand it. :smile:

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/174630324108/there-is-a-little-swan-staying-in-the-swan-lake-at

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/174631706398/one-day-she-looked-at-her-own-reflection-and

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/174631720068/she-got-a-shock-of-her-life-and-couldnt-accept

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/174631734113/however-she-slowly-accepted-the-truth-and-looked

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/174631827158/she-is-determined-to-undo-the-damages-caused-by

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/174631845088/apparently-after-she-got-back-her-beauty-she-is


    Oh and a really nice shot of the swan…

    Just look at the circles on the lake and the circle made by the swan. It's a circle-inception! I love the framing as well. :) ?Taken with Panasonic LX10.??????????????? .??????????????? .??????????????? .??????????????? .??????????????? .??? #lihotography #adobe #lightroom #adobelightroom #wildlife #wildlifephotography #photography #swan #lake #swanlake #graceful #circles #panasonic #lumix #lx10 #panasoniclx10 #lumixlx10 #leica #botanicgardens #singapore

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    Spotted these near Swan Lake too…

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/174851788913/beautiful-and-calming-swan-lake-do-follow

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/174934758033/yeah-keep-us-healthy-do-follow-lihotography

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/174885065433/the-fishes-and-turtles-do-follow-lihotography

    It’s a pleasant surprise to see my favourite giraffes too… Not real ones but just the sculpture…

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/174757637638/a-metal-giraffe-spotted-at-botanic-gardens-do

    My trip ended off with a simple lunch at a hawker centre… Frankly speaking, I didn’t expect to go there but oh well, I’m hungry and too tired to suggest any other places…

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/174745555033/somehow-a-simple-dish-like-this-will-look-so-yummy

    So here’s the end of my Botanic Gardens trip. I also went to NUS Faculty of Law to rest in the middle of the trip. I don’t think I will want to explore Botanic Gardens in such in-depth level again. it’s really very tiring. :yawn: Nevertheless, it was a good trip but I won’t do it again…


    Posted On: June 10th 2018 at 12:40 am | 3 Comments
    Categories: Friendship, Personal life, Pictures, With my NEX

    Alex, Jin Quan and I went to Gardens by the Bay – Sakura Matsui 2018 to see the limited period of sakura flowers in Singapore. I don’t regret going since I love sakura flowers. It’s one of my favourite flowers.

    I went there after I came back from San Francisco for my business trip while I was working at Uber. I have yet to blog about my SF trip. I wonder when will I get less lazy and start to blog about it. Haha.

    Anyway, here are some of the photos I took. Enjoy!

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/174260192758/my-friends-have-been-asking-me-to-go-for-the

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/174289803908/anyone-remember-the-name-of-this-famous-japanese

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/174260200983/loving-the-pinkness-and-the-bokeh-do-follow

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/174487408368/pretty-flowers-spotted-at-gardens-by-the-bay-do

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/174435223708/pretty-cherry-blossoms-do-follow-lihotography

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/174403831543/taking-a-little-stroll-in-the-sakura-garden-do

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/174711188698/calming-feeling-when-i-look-at-the-sea-of-cherry

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/174664337713/pretty-japanese-dolls-do-follow-lihotography

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/174598395088/its-cherry-blossoms-flowers-do-follow

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/174564838633/my-friend-said-that-it-is-a-pretty-girl-taking

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/174530797278/that-bokeh-and-flowers-d-do-follow

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/174338274063/pretty-lightsceiling-do-follow-lihotography

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/174726162618/my-kind-of-wallpaper-haha-do-follow

    Loving the bokeh in this photo… ?Taken with Sony A6500 with SEL30M35.??????????????? .??????????????? .??????????????? .??????????????? .??????????????? .??? #lihotography #adobe #lightroom #adobelightroom #macro #macrophotography #photography #flower #white #whiteflower #flowers #gardenphotography #garden #sony #sonyalpha #alpha #sonya6500 #a6500 #sel30m35 #gardensbythebay #singapore

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    Loving the clarity and colours in this photo… Also the reason why I love macro photography. :) ?Taken with Sony A6500 with SEL30M35.??????????????? .??????????????? .??????????????? .??????????????? .??????????????? .??? #lihotography #adobe #lightroom #adobelightroom #macro #macrophotography #photography #flower #pink #white #flowers #gardenphotography #garden #sony #sonyalpha #alpha #sonya6500 #a6500 #sel30m35 #gardensbythebay #singapore

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    Posted On: May 20th 2018 at 1:37 pm | Add a Comment?
    Categories: Insights, Personal life, Pictures, With my NEX

    I went to NTU Art, Design and Media graduation exhibition 2018 at National Library and National Design Centre last Sunday (13 May 2018) and saw some cool exhibits. Heard from someone that it is an exhibition for potential hirers to seek the job candidates that they are interested in. Also a place for the graduates to find a job too.

    I’ll let the photos do the talking about the event then. :smile: 

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/173990502268/3d-printed-design-on-a-food-court-area-its

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/174022371218/its-one-of-the-exhibits-that-i-spotted-at

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/174041780978/times-like-this-make-me-miss-my-macro-lens-but-oh

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/174068169553/what-a-sweet-scene-do-follow-lihotography-for

    Every time I go to something design related, it always brings me back to the thought of “What if I really enter a design school by then?” Well, obviously I did not take the design route since I am in tech industry now. But somehow a little feeling that I always get when I go for such events is that… 

    If I have opt to enter design school…

    Where would I be right now?

    Will I be based in Singapore or some European country?

    How will I be like?

    Will I be able to feed myself and my family in future?

    Can I still afford the same kind of lifestyle or a better lifestyle?

    Will I be who I am right now?

    I don’t have answers to any of these questions right now and I don’t know if I will ever have answers to any of these questions. Am I happy with my current life based on the choices I made? Well, I am blessed with no significant issues in my life right now. Not in the best position that I would have hoped for but it is not too far away. Am I happy? Well, I can’t answer that since I don’t know my own definition of happiness yet. I’m still confused/lost. But I know I will find my way, just like how I always do.

    So did I go into music technology which I was thinking back in 2012? Well, nope. I went into information security domain after spending 4.5 years in quality assurance. Will I regret this route since it is not music technology? Well, I’m not sure but I know information security route is something that I want to do it now and maybe for the next 5 years. So here I am… Still in technology industry and loving it. :smile: 


    Posted On: May 17th 2018 at 9:30 pm | Add a Comment?
    Categories: Food, Friendship, Makeup, Personal life, Pictures, Reviews, With my NEX

    In my last blog post, I mentioned how I got 2 makeup related events. Well, that’s unusual for me since I am not a beauty blogger or completely into makeup.

    My first makeup related event (on the spree of makeup events) is Chanel Coco Game Center and I went with Geck Keat before meeting the rest of the Randumps clique for lunch. It’s been a few months ever since we last met. I think we last met last December. It’s great to meet them just before my final exam as well. :grin: 

    Chanel Coco Game Center is Chanel’s event to promote their new Chanel Rouge Coco Lip Blush (meant for cheeks and lips). I almost bought it though. Haha, I still got my new lipstick this month though. I went for the Dior Addict lipstick in IT Pink. :smile: 

    Anyway, since it is a game center theme, there are some games to play which of course, I sucked at all of them.

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/173612943788/so-excited-for-chanel-coco-game-center-do-follow

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/173625275663/went-to-chanel-coco-game-center-to-play-and-proud

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/173959858663/cool-gifts-by-chanel-i-would-love-to-have-them

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/173826529423/hehe-my-friend-won-me-on-2-rounds-of-arcade-games

    Apparently Rayner flew to Perth with Yilin’s family for vacation and none of us knew about it. But he still bought us cute koala bear souvenirs from his vacation. Thanks Rayner! :happy: 

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/173816875478/didnt-know-that-my-friend-went-to-perth-but-he

    We went Saizeriya for lunch and whoa, we kind of ordered a bit too much too. :stressed:

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/173845360633/havent-met-randumps-for-such-a-long-time-due-to

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/173845367768/havent-met-randumps-for-such-a-long-time-due-to

    After lunch, we walked around randomly and I discovered a random book gift…

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/173927642938/spotted-at-naiise-who-is-interested-to-read-a


    Not something that I would go for but I’m sure some of you will be interested in it…