Apologies – I think the words somehow got removed in the previous submit!!
What you see here is the Fullerton and Boat Quay Area of downtown Singapore. The short colonial building is the Fullerton building. Constructed in the 1920s, it used to house the General Post Office. I’ve always loved how it contrasted with its modern neighbors- makes the skyline so much more interesting!
Same as the previous pictures, this shot was handheld, albeit with the very excellent 50mm f1.4.
Atlas Obscura may be my new favorite thing: it’s a great crowdsourced collection of destinations off the beaten path. It’s too vast for me to cover in a night – I only made it to page 16 – but I did come across some great finds, including places that are going on my list of things to see when I’m in Paris for work in a couple of weeks. My top pick: a Bohemian “artist squat” at 59 rue de Rivoli!
Here I must admit that I’m not actually crazy about Paris. I’ve done all the touristy stuff and I’ve never been blown away by the city, except for this one particular spot in front of the Sacré-Cœur from which I love watching the sun rise:
This time I’m going to plan my free time better and see as much of the off-road stuff as possible (with the exception of…
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My piece on South Africa – written for MercatorNet and published on July 05, 2012
Last year I spent five months living in Johannesburg, South Africa. I left Australia with warnings still ringing in my ears – the concerns of friends who told me about Joburg’s crime rate, the murders, how you couldn’t even stop at a red traffic light for fear of being mugged. But what an amazing country I discovered.My first impressions: the unbelievably cloudless sky (which continued throughout winter), beautiful leafy suburbs with massive gated houses, and a real sense of community among locals. Twenty-four hours in and I had seen the most brilliant sunset ever, eaten typical African dishes, and met South Africans with accents varied enough to represent the 11 official languages. I was even living with a dog that had a Swahili name – Mrembo (beautiful). Awesome.
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Pulau Pari is one of the island of the Pulau Seribu archipelago, located a stone’s throw away from Jakarta and one of the most quiet island.
The boat ride from Jakarta’s muara angke only took one and a half hour.
The island-clustered lagoon that promises panoramic views is best explored by snorkeling or simply walking along the coasts of clean, white sandy beaches
What I love the most from this island are the mangrove trees and Pantai perawan (Virgin beach). Here are some pictures :
Hope you enjoy the view 🙂 . My next post will be sunset at Pari Island.