Our Weekend “Getaway”: Day 1 of 3 (Satay by the Bay, Singapore)

It has been almost 3 full months since I last held a camera. I had to let go of my Canon 60D due to some issues hence, the long hiatus. I have yet to get a camera to call my own, but I managed to rent a Canon 760D for the long weekend (since Christmas falls on a Monday here in Singapore).

We decided to walk our way to down to Gardens by the Bay from Clarke Quay. It was a torturous walk because the weather was hot. We almost drenched ourselves in sweat.

We did have the idea of walking around Gardens by the Bay and birdwatch but we realized that the number of people was at least 100 times more than the number of species of birds that can be found there. So we decided to walk down further and we found the location that birdwatchers in Singapore mentioned in forums; the Kingfisher Lake.

Anyone can easily find the location because that’s the only lake that you can find photographers camping around the lake with their “super mega lens” (actually, we are using the same lens. :p)

We set up our equipment and waited for a while. Thirty minutes in, a Yellow Bittern flew into the area and it became the star of the day. All lens around the pond shifted and focused on it. I only managed to get one useable shot though.

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Yellow Bittern. 
Shot using Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS on a Canon 760D.
Aperture: f/7.1
Shutter Speed: 1/1250
ISO: 800
Focal Length: 600mm

I was struggling with the AF for the Sigma 150-600mm. I read a few posts on forums and mentioned that the said lens, in fact, do have some AF issues on Canon. However, I am hoping that I will be able to switch to manual and take better shots tomorrow.

Just about when everyone got bored with the Yellow Bittern, a Common Kingfisher flew into the frame. We were so excited at the sight of the little bird. To be honest, this species is not as common as we expected it to be. Since the start of my journey, I have never come across a Common Kingfisher, until today. As mentioned earlier about the struggle I had with the lens, I only managed to get one not-so-bad shot of it.

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Common Kingfisher
Shot using Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS on a Canon 760D.

Aperture: f/6.3
Shutter Speed: 1/1000
ISO: 1600
Focal Length: 569mm

After which, we decided to walk down to Marina Barrage and hope to score some shorebirds but to our disappointment, we didn’t find any.

Tomorrow is gonna be another whole day of adventure in the wild and because we are going to a place where I first fall in love and develop the passion for birdwatching and bird photography.

 

 

<3

Bella Luna
Mystery the moon
A hole in the sky
A supernatural nightlight
So full but often right
A pair of eyes a closin’ one
A chosen child of golden sun
A marble dog that chases cars
To farthest reaches of the beach and far beyond into the swimming sea of stars
A cosmic fish they love to kiss
They’re giving birth to constellation
No riffs and oh no reservation
If they should fall you get a wish or dedication
May I suggest you get the best
For nothing less than you and I
Let’s take a chance as this romance is rising over before we lose the lighting
Oh bella bella please
Bella you beautiful luna
Oh bella do what you do
You are an illuminating anchor
Of leads to infinite number
Crashing waves and breaking thunder
Tiding the evenflows of hunger
You’re dancing naked there for me
You expose all memory
You make the most of boundary
You’re the ghost of royalty imposing love
You are the queen and king combining everything
Into twining like a ring around the finger of a girl
I’m just a singer, you’re the world
All I can bring ya
Is the language of a lover
Bella luna, my beautiful, beautiful moon
How you swoon me like no other
 
May I suggest you get the best
Of your wish may I insist
That no contest for little you or smaller I
A larger chance happened, all them they lie
On the rise, on the brink of our lives
Bella please
Bella you beautiful luna
Oh bella do what you do
Bella luna, my beautiful, beautiful moon
How you swoon me like no other, oh oh oh
Songwriters: Billy Galewood / Jason Mraz

Recollection

I have drafted a few post in the past and totally forgot about it. Here’s one about India.

 

“Travelling around the world has always been a dream of mine. I did my fair bit of traveling with some of my friends; Bali, Bangkok, California, NYC, Sydney & Tasmania. Travelling is no longer something that I define as “trying to go for a getaway”, but it has developed into something intrinsic; something personal. India has been nothing but kind to me by sharing her beauty and I am humbled by it. From the streets of Jaipur to the people of Jaisalmer and the beauty of Agra, I enjoyed every bit of her and wished that I could have extended my stay.
We started planning for this trip months, 16th September 2016 to be exact when we both applied for vacation leaves. A few hiccups here and there during the application but once settled, that was when the planning started. The entire planning process was nothing but full of changes. We had it all settled on one route but due to our fickle-mindedness, we decided to change the whole itinerary; not once but a few times. I must admit though, I enjoyed every bit of it.

Countless of late nights and we managed to finalize everything; from hotels, transportations, and visas. We embarked on our journey to India on 1st February 2017. Throughout the whole trip, you can see that I was always smiling and I could not help it. This journey is no longer just about him wanting to visit this beauty since way back, it has evolved into a trip that we both invested in and made it a memorable and lovely trip. Some trip will end with “I wish I could have done this”, but I will end this one with “I have capsuled the moments I was there and nothing could replace the whole trip”. Well, for now at least…”

Been awhile

It’s been quite a while since I last updated this space. Everything seems to be a little bit slower than before but pretty sure to pick things up where I last left out.

The migratory season is just around the corner means more photography on birds, nature etc. Not to mention, I will be travelling to nearby cities within the next 2 months. Stay tuned to see more updates. 🙂

Reflection

At this very moment, I am staring at blank space thinking, what do I want to do? Where do I see myself in 5 years? What do I want to achieve?
 
My answers to those questions: I don’t know.
I don’t know if I should feel sorry for myself and cry my eyes out or start figuring out what I want to do about it. I want to get up and budge but it seems like I’m stuck.