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I hope you have not scheduled anything for next week? If you did, then, it means you will be missing  WOMAD SINGAPORE 2007.

WOMAD is hosting performances by various artists around the world. It will be an event that is fun, exciting and entertaining. Breaking cultural barriers through the arts – WOW! (something I look forward to happening in the coming years)

By participating in this big event, not only we give recognition to international artists but also, we are able cultivate a culture that appreciates a significant area of our existence – the arts.

On a lighter note, I saw something very odd this afternoon outside our neighbor’s front door.

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A plant delivered to the doorstep of AR-MEN French Restaurant in Duxton Road.

* Attached was a handwritten note.

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It reads…

” Hi there!, We spoke to the supervisor and he told us that he would water our dear plant while we are at the festival site. Will collect on 30 August. Thank You! & See you @ WOMAD. – From 35A Duxton Rd. ”

“P/S Its dying, we know.”

Connect the dots… 35A Duxton Rd is WOMAD’s office address.

Thinking about this plant, I will feel really guilty if I don’t attend the event … the organizers just gave up spending time with a dying plant just to make WOMAD SINGAPORE 2007 possible. – true dedication. haha 🙂

If you haven’t heard of Lomography, Lomo, Holga, LC-A, Super Sampler and etc… then you must visit the Lomographic Society website. Lomography photographic techniques appreciates the element of surprise in every shot taken with your camera. There are 10 Golden Rules that you need to take to heart while using a Lomo camera, it can be found here.

I have been shooting using my lomos since 2004 and I have been happy with my results may it be bad or good. With your lomos, you need to experience the trial and errors involve, this is also the reason why it is so damn FUN- get familiarized with your camera to get the best result, two contributing factors are 1. All lomo cameras are unique from one another, techniques are usually very personal. 2. The famous tag line ” Don’t Think, Just Shoot!”

My current lomo equipment:

1. LC-A

2. Holga

3. Super Sampler

5. Color Splash

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My Wishlist: (hint, hint! my birthday is coming soon!)

1. Horizon Perfekt

2. Fish Eye

3. Sidekick Leather Bag

4. Photo Albums from Lomo

Ok, before i get carried away further, I have finally uploaded some of my lomo photos, for now I have only uploaded the first batch as I’am still scanning the rest. (so pardon me for this)

Sample Picture:

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You can view the rest here. Comments are very welcome.

My latest trip overseas was a 9 days vacation in the “Land of the Rising Sun” – Japan. My trip started in a two day visit to Japan’s capital Tokyo and then walked our way down south by train to Osaka. Traveling with my parents is always been really nice and relaxing, not to mention that it is all expense paid including accommodation, food and shopping. Yey! I thank the Lord God to have been born in a family that encourages both generosity and giving.

Back to my Japan trip, to sum it all up I had a blast! Never thought I would enjoy Japan this much, my last trip to Japan was in 1992 – 15 years ago, I barely remember anything except for the little things I see printed on my old photographs. Anyway, this year’s trip was special cause we got to see the old towns and other interesting things outside the country’s capital.

There are a lot of things that I find really interesting about the Japanese culture – bowing over and over again (being courteous), silence inside the train (mobile phones in silent mode so that it doesn’t disturb anyone), being very detailed in everything and many more….

Addressing the being very “detailed” in everything, I was specifically intrigued with one very interesting thing during my trip -MANHOLES; my gosh their manholes are specifically designed for each town you go to. The design usually represents the characteristics of that particular town. This is something unique for me and I think I have not seen it in other countries I have visited.

Takayama

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A city in the mountainous Hida region of Gifu Prefecture, which has retained a traditional touch like few other Japanese cities, it is also known for its greens.

Nara

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The Nara Park (Nara Koen) is a large, pleasant park in central Nara. The park is home to hundreds of freely roaming deer. Considered messengers of the gods in Shinto, Nara’s deer have become a symbol of the city and have even been designated a National Treasure.

Shirakawago

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A remote, mountainous region in northern Gifu Prefecture, Shirakawago is famous for its old farmhouses, which were added to the list of UNESCO world heritage sitesin 1995.

The farm houses are built in an architecture style called gasshozukuri, as the houses’ steep roofs resemble two hands folded for a prayer. The massive construction is required for the houses to withstand the large amounts of snow falling in the region during winter.

There are a lot of things I can write about my trip to Japan, but I would rather not and have everyone experience it  and draw out their own conclusion themselves. Indeed a true experience I will never forget.

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Singapore + Adelaide.

Beyond famous architectures and landmarks, the true charm and characteristics of a city can be found where the culture is expressed in its purest.

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You have to see it to believe you can do it. My latest art piece, inspired by alot of staples and a magnetic board, during a very boring meeting.

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Imagine. 2007.
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