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Dinner for 4

Posted in Blogroll, Food & Beverage, Places, Singapore, Tourism on Wednesday, November 28, 2007 by Colin Quek

Went to this wonderful restaurant call California PIZZA KITCHEN on Sunday. If I remember our orders correctly:

Leon: Pasta

Lina and Jo: Pizza

Myself: Chicken Salad & my fav Mojito

I must say that the Chicken Salad though its a medium size, it’s quite a server. And one of best I’ve tasted. As the place was very dim, don’t mind my noisy shots below as I had to bump the ISO up a bit.

A Mojito is traditionally made of five ingredients: rum, sugar (traditionally sugar cane juice), lime, carbonated water and mint[1]. Its combination of sweetness and refreshing citrus and spearmint flavors are intended to mask the potent kick of the rum, and have made this clear cocktail a popular summer drink. Many hotels in Havana also add Angostura bitters to cut the sweetness of the mojito; while a popular variation, it is not the original version created in La Bodeguita del Medio.

Source: Wikipedia

Last piece goes to my tummy 😀

Changi Airport Terminal 3

Posted in Airport, Blogroll, Changi, Changi Airport, Friends, Places, Singapore, Tourism on Tuesday, November 27, 2007 by Colin Quek

Couple of weeks ago, I took the chance to catch up with 3 photo buddies of mine, after resting so long from doing a photo-shoot together. We decided to visit the new Changi Airport Terminal III, affectionately known as T3.

Trolleys you can find around the premises

I particularly like the main hall area, where its so bright and clear, it will take some effort to get lost.

On of the main attraction has to be the Green Wall. Standing spectacular at five storey high and 300m wide, it contains 25 species of climbing plants.

This is actually a waterfall

Apparently there is an Open House to the public. There seems to be quite a crowd that day.

One cannot mention Changi Airport without bringing into the picture the friendly staff.

There was this sweet little thing on a cart.

One of the main attractions has to be the Sandstone Art Wall. Situated just below the Green Wall, “Welcome”. Caught this budding photographer grabbing a shot of the wall.

One of my photo buddies posing as counter staff

I find the posters on the wall very attractive, wish I had shot the others as well

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The Istana

Posted in Places, Singapore, Tourism with tags , , , , , on Tuesday, October 16, 2007 by Colin Quek

Istana, or “palace” in the Malay language. This is where the President of the Republic of Singapore conducts official meetings with state guests. The Istana is also the official residence of the President, occupying 106 acre of land along Orchard Road.

The grounds of the Istana is open only a couple of times per year for public entrance. The 13th of Oct was such a grey cast day. But it never dampened my spirits to capture what I could of this magnificent palace.

The Istana was built in 1867 – 1869 by Singapore’s first colonial governor, Sir Harry Saint George Ord. Having seen the British rule, to the Second World War, and then on to the independence of the nation, the Istana certainly deserves to be one of the most history rich buildings in Singapore today.

Apart from the rich history, the unique architecture of the building also stood it out from the usually modern skyscrapers of Singapore. Designed by J.F.A. McNair, it features

a well proportioned building in the shape of a cross. The architecture was Ionic/Doric with Corinthian pillars and pilasters to the towers and the roof was slated. The plaster was made with Portland cement with white sand and powdered granite. Government House was built with Indian convict labour.

source: Streetdirectory

In the large compound that assails one’s visual sight is a lone big gun. Left from the Japanese Occupation. Probably seen plenty of action during the Japanese Occupation period, today it’s a silent reminder of times past.

Making my way around the Istana, I chanced upon 2 of the guards marching toward their sentry posts I presume. Ceremonial Guards as they are called.

ps. I should have stood in their way and see what their reaction will be? Nay…

I especially like the statue of Queen Victoria, presented to by the Chinese community as a memento of their loyal affections and gratitude for the benefit of her rule in the year 1889. The 6 foot high statue in Sicilian marble was the work of E. E. Geflowski and is one of the most lifelike statues of the Queen ever made.

I was even treated to a live band performance from Zhonghua Secondary School. Their medleys simple “made the grey skies blue” for the listeners present. Well done Zhonghua.

Reluctantly, I had to leave the place due to the pressing rain. Present at the gates however to greet all visitors are the words that echoed through all patriotic Singaporeans…”Majulah Singapura”. Etched on the gate emblems, I find that it really symbolises the true Singaporean spirit.

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