Donnerstag, 21. Februar 2008

Singapore Airshow 2008 (II)

Another day at the new show location. Today overcast weather, so the sky not as fantastic as Tuesday. Form y taste there far too much military stuff and killing accessories on display, so I dont indulge in giving the details of these planes, except for the Airbus A380.

Dienstag, 19. Februar 2008

Singapore Airshow 2008

The next 4 days I will be at the Singapore Airshow, a tradeshow (mix of civil aviation and military accessories). Some panoramic opportunities in between manning the booth. The first set.Links: Singapore Airshow 2008, Airbus, Singapore Airlines A380

Montag, 18. Februar 2008

Bukit Timah Hill MTB track

Dont believe I am spending 100% of my time doing panoramas. Just this morning I went on my regular MTB session at the Bukit Timah Hill track, about 6km (the short loop) along a mostly narrow track with lots of short up- and downhill sections (spiced with gravel). I love this, during the week you have the track for yourself and there are some spots along the track which are really serene and quiet, make me feel like being at home in Germany (ignore the exact variety of plants and animals, which is not matching). This is a very unique feature of the track. A service road cut through it, I assume for less than 2 cars per day. Someone decided to protect the street and put up a barrier on both sides in a nice dark grey/green color. So you have a slope downwards towards the barrier with a moldy green warning signboard ahead. Of course the second time coming there you (might) remember, but some very enthusiastic drivers on their first visit will get challenged by a suddenly appearing metal barrier.
Another track highlight. The signboard tells you "Stair ahead, shift down to lower gear". OK, I saw stairsections before and even managed to ride some stairs up and down, but coming around the corner of this signboard you see some stairs that are still waiting for a master to take. This is MTB not climbing stuff.Resume: Its the best place for MTB in Singapore you can go. My advice: This is not for beginners in MTB cycling and not for a walk in the park with your kids on the children bikes ! You should be experienced in riding narrow, occasionally wet and slippery, sections with lots of gravel. Bring water, there is no shop, there is basically nothing and come in the morning before 10am, or you are an experienced rider under tropical conditions. I declare this 6km as my "postcard from home", representing the 100's of km tracks through forest around my hometown.

Samstag, 16. Februar 2008

Clarke Quay

Have not been actively shooting panoramas in the last 3 weeks. Busy with printing, getting nervous breakdowns with my clogged printerhead on my 5.000$ printer. Happened to go to Clarke Quay this week, one of the main tourist spots in Singapore. When I came to Singapore 5 years ago, the place was a bit low profile, partly with shabby look. You could get a cheap beer and food there, even though one shop after another closed down. After revamping the place 2 years ago, its completely converted into a upmarket hipster place and a beer is 10.00 SGD (vs. 4.00 SGD 5 years ago). The restaurant in the centre is a hospital theme place, that makes you sit on wheelchairs and beds !

Freitag, 1. Februar 2008