Monday, May 30, 2011

Abstract Piece 2: Wavy Warmth

So before I delve into my abstract photos for today, I'll reveal the answer to yesterdays piece. Are you ready?

Yes, it was my wife's university record of achievement presented to her on her graduation day . I remember that day vividly in part because it was stinking hot and Lauren and I, along with Florianna, spent a number of hours waiting in scorching temperatures! It was also memorable because taking into account everything my wife had came through, her graduation was a phenomenal achievement on her part .

So, today. I have a few abstract images for your perusal. This was a great discovery:

What are these images showing?

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Abstract Piece 1: Sparkling

So, *Our home called Kuantan* has turned all abstract for the time being. My interest in this form of art was piqued by Leovi and put into action with my very first diamond light display in my tuition room.

Over the last few days I have been snapping abstract images with my Panasonic Lumix DMC-F2 in my home. I've surprised myself at just how much creativity is possible, even within the walls of my own home. Seemingly bland objects can become works of art.

I hope you enjoy guessing the identity of the abstract images I'll be showing you over the coming days, perhaps weeks!

Here's the first one:

Any ideas?

The answer tomorrow. . .

Friday, May 27, 2011

Abstract Photo Session 2

You know how a child feels with a new toy. Well, that's me with this whole abstract photography thing. Yesterday I posted some abstract photos using my Singapore diamond and a torch light to make amazing light shows. 

Last night I made the diamond the centre of attention once more, but this time turned up the intensity of colour. Here goes:

The diamond leaves a trail of fire...

Reminds me of lava from a volcano...

Which collection do you like best? These colourful ones, or yesterday's dark blue/purple tones?

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Abstract Photo Session

So last night I had 3 students around for English Tuition class. After they finished their grammar test I gave them a short while to rest. And they started creating something very intriguing, so much that they pulled me, their teacher, into it as well. One of them was playing with my ten dollar 'diamond' and he borrowed a pen with a torch light affixed to it from another student. And so he was making light reflections from the diamond onto the wall. I was transfixed so I switched off the lights temporarily and grabbed my camera. Here are the wonderful results!

Here's the ten dollar diamond from Little India, Singapore:

And here is the artistry of the four of us:

This has to be my favourite image. I think it looks magical!

The Singapore Merlion is seen here on the wall:

This image reminds me of a mangosteen!

Hope you enjoyed the gallery! I know it's something very different which I haven't done on my blog before, but then again, it's good to discover and embrace new things in life. 

If you'd really like to see some expert abstract photography, head over to Leovi's fascinating blog where you'll try to guess how he created each picture!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Genting Highlands - Part 5 - 6,000 feet above sea level

At Genting Highlands resort, we were soon struck down by aches and pains, stomach complaints and in my case, a throbbing head which felt ready to explode! 

It wasn't until we decided to leave Genting on Thursday night down the 18km road to the bottom of the hill upon which this resort stands, that my mother-in-law told us.

Genting sits at an altitude of 6,000 feet! That's almost a quarter of the way up Mount Everest. No wonder my head felt as though it was slowly expanding!

Wednesday night I barely slept at all due to a bad stomach. The pharmacy and some Nestle yoghurts came to the rescue the following day. But we were all pretty tired by the 2nd day and decided to leave that night.

The altitude played funny tricks with us. Apart from the mentioned symptoms, the hot chocolate sachets we brought up with us became tightly filled with air, which disappeared when we got back to Kuala Lumpur (KL). That's exactly how my head felt!

We also later discovered that the tablets in Fidelia's medicine box had melted and were stuck to the edges of the box!

Talk about 'under pressure!'

When we left on Thursday night, Florianna, my sister-in-law, quite skillfully drove us down the winding wet, slippery and at places, dark decline, 18km down the hill. We savoured the crisp, cool mountain air, whilst passing by two separate car accidents to a much lower and bearable level of the atmosphere.

From the top we saw an incredible sight in the darkness of the city lying below, softly illuminated in amber lights. It was a moment that kind of took my breath away. From the bottom I looked back up the hill through the back window and observed the majestic Resort World Genting standing tall and illuminated at those heady heights. I struggled to decide which sight was the most spectacular.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Genting Highlands - Part 4 - Indoor Theme Park @ First World Hotel

We spent the bulk of our time at First World Hotel, Genting Highlands, at the Indoor Theme Park located on the first floor above the lobby. It's quite spectacular with myriad sights and sounds, trains trundling slowly through the air, shops lining the paved streets, and a boat ride through a mini-Venice accompanied by Pavarotti's classic "Nessun Dorma".

We bought day passes for the Indoor Theme Park and it was such a joy to see Lauren having such a fun time playing on all the rides and spending some quality time with two of her aunties, Florianna and Florina.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Genting Highlands - Part 3 - Views from First World Hotel

From the First World Hotel in Genting Highlands, we shared the view of God from the 8th floor, which was amazing. We looked down on the tree-covered hills and clouds below, often being engulfed in giant clouds of fog and mist, with visibility at a little over zero. The temperature at night dropped as low as 15-17C while it was just 20C during the day. Way too cold to be doing anything outside.

And here are the clearer views:

Just outside the lobby of the First World Hotel stands a beautifully crafted model of Genting Highlands, and since I didn't have the time or the energy to get around the whole city, this model provides some great views:


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