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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Wedding Dinner of James & Mangeline (Jan 2011)

A lovely couple weds! This is by far one of the most touching weddings I have attended. Also, an extremely rare chance to be able to enter the kitchen to capture Master Chef Ku Keung @ work!





Celebrity Master Chef Ku Keung

Chef Ku Keung stir fries ostrich meat,
one of the highlights of the dinner.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Senoko Fishery Port (Jan 2011)


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Located at the end of Attap Valley Road, the 14-year old Senoko Fishery Port is designed for wholesale but attracts many fresh seafood seekers especially during the pre Chinese New Year period. Operating from about 2am to 6am, the fresh fish market environment is extremely fast-paced while the rest of Singapore is still sleeping.

Senoko Fishery Port operates from about 2am till 6am.
Environment and atmosphere is extremely fast-paced.

ESSENTIAL TIPS


(1) The Senoko Fishery Port isn't the most convenient or accessible market around. You will probably need to drive a car (or a van), considering the unearthly hours it operates. You will also probably need the wheels to pick up your buys.

(2) Bring your ID (i.e. NRIC, passport, etc). The port is a secure place and you will need to go through a security gantry.

(3) This is where you will find seafood at wholesale prices, but they do not accept any form of card payments. So bring lots of cash.

(4) Bring along styrofoam boxes. Unless you don't mind the fish market "juices" staining your boot. Your car will then probably smell fishy for a long time.

Fresh fishes won't leave a fresh smell in your car boot.
Get a styrofoam box!

(5) This is a wet market, so wear what you will to a wet market. That means non-slippery sandals or slippers you can wash easily.

A wet market is slippery.
Wear what you would to a wet market.

(6) Wholesale prices often mean wholesale quantity. Do not go around asking for 500g of prawns or a single sotong. The fishermen are not very friendly and will chase you away if you try to be funny. Consolidate the shopping lists of your buddies, and go for large quantity, 10kg of prawns. You can get a better price with that quantity too. If it's your first visit there, observe and go where others are buying from. Some of the stalls do only wholesale.

Wholesale price means wholesale quantity.
One basket of prawns weighs around 10kg.

(7) Prices are all quoted per-kilogram. So don't think you got an unbelievable deal when you are quoted S$15/- for a basket of prawns you pointed to the 'uncle'.

All quotes are in kilograms.
Not per fish, or per basket.

(8) The atmosphere at the market is extremely fast-paced. Be prepared to be screamed at or bumped into by fishermen pushing their catches around in trolleys. Stay out of their way.

Stay out of the way.
Fishermen push things around all the time.

(9) Photography isn't banned there. But I figured the best way to take photos is covertly unless you don't mind getting shouted at. If you do get shouted at, just leave and don't be stubborn. Most of them have cleavers.

Me: (Snaps a shot)
Man: "Oi! Cannot take photo!"
Me: "Ok! Bye!" (Scrambles into the crowd)

Sunday, January 16, 2011

One Hour with Professional Go-Karters (Jan 2011)

Did you know that Go-Karts in the competitive level can reach 100km/h, and they only run on one-gear? Did you know that Go-Kart drivers' heartbeats can reach 200bpm and beyond when operating the vehicle? Sounds incredible? It is. Welcome to the world of professional Go-Karters.

Driver: Mr. Ben Lim





Go-Karts are for kids? Think again.






Monday, January 10, 2011

Joe McNally in Singapore! (Jan 2011)

In case you do not know who Mr. Joe McNally is, he is a well-known American photographer who had created many great photos for important publications, such as the National Geographic. Personally, I admire him for his excellent conceptualisation of scenes and creation of the perfect shot. I also greatly admire his proficiency and skills in using the Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS) and how his photos are "straight out of the camera", no post-processing at all!

If you would like to find out more about Mr. Joe McNally, he has a website/blog: http://www.joemcnally.com/blog which I read often.

Mr. Joe McNally addresses Singapore photographers. 

He autographs for Singapore fans.

Thanks to Mr. Joe McNally for autographing on mine too.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Wedding of Khairol & Nurul (Jan 2010)

Another couple weds today! Congratulations to Khairol & Nurul!
(Note: Photos are in black & white.)





Wedding Dinner of Daniel & Jean (Jan 2011)

The first wedding dinner of 2011! Congratulations to the lovely couple!

A lovely castle rests on top of the wedding cake!