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Monday, 10 October 2011

University of Nottingham Trent Building, Nottingham Science Park building.

While I was scrambling though the photograph albums in my portable hard drive, I stumbled upon some very nice photos that I can’t remember shared on the net before.

Well I would love to share this photos with you, on this website right now.

I remember taking this test shot with my new canon G10 in late September 2009. It was a breezy late afternoon near the Highfield Park, Dunkirk, Nottingham. The lake side is by far my most favourite spot to test shoot cameras or shooting techniques. If you happen to study in Nottingham or have a chance to pay a visit to this lovely city, please take a stroll in this Nottingham best kept secret and enjoy the serenity of this place. During the spring season, the full bloom of the cherry blossoms trees is a sight to behold and should not be missed.

I took a few shoots of this phenomenon and will share it here once I found those photos in my hard drive. It is currently well hidden away. haha.

Another superbly nice place to test your shooting skill in Nottingham would be the newly developed Nottingham Science Park. Situated just right across the Highfield Park, it offers numerous photo opportunities with its uniquely designed and painted buildings. Just make sure you inform the security personnel here beforehand to avoid any unwanted attentions and interrogation.

I hope you enjoy this light reading friendly post for this Sunday. I’ll be back with more photos to showcase. Smile

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Belgium travel, Things to do in Leuven

It is fair to say that the world famous Stella Artois has put the name of Leuven in the map, but after 3 weeks staying in this lovely place, I would like to reiterate that it is more than just a beer city.

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From the medieval buildings lining up the city side by side separated by cobbled stone road, this charming little city will surely bring peace and tranquility to any visitors, be it young or old.IMG_1986_7_8_tonemapped_watermarked

The list below will show you where to visit if you decided to drop in this city with just 30 minutes train ride from Brussels.

1. Stadhuis, The Town Hall

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This majestic Gothic style building boosted as one of the most famous town hall in the world. A must visit place! You will be mesmerized by the huge number of sculptures on the building front facade. IMG_19203

Be sure to visit this place in the day time, and pay another visit in the night time as the warm flood light gave the building a different perspective.

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If you are interested to know more of this history of the building, a guided tour is highly recommended. I can’t remember well how much the tour will cost but if I am not mistaken, it is 1euro per person.

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Tel. : 016 27 22 76

E-mail : visit@leuven.be

Open : Guided tours for individuals:
• During the tourist season (1 April - 30 September):
every workday at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Sat., Sun. and public holidays at 3 p.m
• In the off-season (1 October - 31 March):
every day at 3 p.m.
The salons are not open to the public during weddings and official ceremonies.
Guided tours for groups: only after booking a guide at the tourist office, two weeks in advance


2. Grote Markt (Great Market) and Oude Markt (Old Market)

I felt that visiting Great Market and Old Market is more of an experience than a destination. *

Great market – nice cafe and restaurants can be found around this area, but mostly youngsters/ young at hearts would gather in this area, hang around the Grote market while admiring the architecture of Stadhuis and the buildings around it, or perhaps just to people watch?

Oude Market – Crowned (unofficially) as the longest bar street in Europe. The glorious and pride of Leuven’s golden nectar shines through this area! Drinking virtue started as early as after lunch time during weekend and make sure you grabbed a few of the hundreds of microbrew or commercially brewed local beers. Whichever you choose, you will be delighted to know there are no such thing as bad tasting beer around!

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Have no idea which pubs to start? Just refer to this website for the map layout and details of each and every cafe/pubs in Old Market: http://www.leuven.com/oudemarkt/cafes/index.html


3. Groot Begijnhof (Grand Beguinage)

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Wanted to know how does it feels like when walking through the streets in the flemish golden era? Seek no further than this UNESCO certified world heritage. IMG_1883

Originally set up in the early 13th century, this historical quarter houses almost 300 apartments in about 100 houses. Step into this 3 hectares land that will surely transformed you back into the Flemish era!

This estate open its doors to welcome customers all year around, but please be sure to respect the residents privacy and peacefulness by keeping your noise down and not peeping into the windows.You might notice that a lot of students and academic staff stays here now as it is part of the accommodation facilities owned by KUL now.

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More info of Groot Beginjhof : http://www.leuven.be/en/tourism/sightseeing/beguinages/groot-begijnhof/index.jsp

Contact
Location: Het Groot Begijnhof

Open : The Groot Begijnhof is open to the public free of charge.

Address : Schapenstraat , 3000 Leuven


4. St Peter’s Church

This wonderfully looking church being more impressive on the exterior than the interior, has a very unusual building architectural design. Being an incomplete building structure, it certainly gave a paradox view of a church on its west facade.

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More details of the church can be found at:http://www.leuven.be/en/tourism/sightseeing/churches/sint-pieterskerk/index.jsp

Contact
Location: Sint-Pieterskerk

Open : Tuesday to Friday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m
Saterday: 10.00 a.m. - 4.30 p.m
Sunday and public holidays: 2 p.m.-5 p.m.
Monday: 10 a.m. -5 p.m. (only 15/3-15/10).

Address : Grote Markt , 3000 Leuven


5. KUL ( Katholieke Universiteit Leuven) library and its proximity

Named as one of the most impressive buildings in Leuven city, this Flemish neo-renaissance styled building is a must visit place in especially during the university is in session. This is the place where you want to soak up that study culture and at the same time, explore the marvelous architecture of this building.

KUL is kind enough to make a simple guide for visitor to read on their website. Please visit the webpage to better understand and appreciate the history of the building itself, on top of a brief explanation of the rooms in the library.

KUL does organized a guided tour for the library but unfortunately it is limited to students, staff and alumni of K.U.Leuven, visitors and conference participants of K.U.Leuven and senior pupils only. However, all hopes are not lose yet, as you can contact the Leuven tourist office to enquire about their own guided tour for the university library building.

The library opens to its visitors on Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. But just to be sure, please refer to this website for interactive search on the opening hours.http://opac.libis.be/cgi-bin/li_code.pl?library=BIBC&language=ENG

Contact
Location: Universiteitsbibliotheek

Address : Monseigneur Ladeuzeplein 21, 3000 Leuven


Opening hour: please check on their website


Well there you have it! My top places and things to do while in Leuven, Belgium. I hope you enjoy the blog post and as always, any constructive comments are welcomed here! Next time if you happen to be in Brussels, why don’t you just pop in to Leuven. You will be surprised on how this little city manages to enchant you.

Sunday, 19 June 2011

Keukenhof Garden tulips, Lisse, Netherland

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After couple of weeks absent from the blogging scene, finally I manage to find some time to share my work with you.

I have the opportunity to pay my visit to Europe recently and I was in time to welcome the glorious Spring. Coupled with the longer daylights, I am blessed with numerous opportunity to flex my photography skills there (Again).

My happiest days of my photography life—still in Europe.

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Those photos above was shot during my visit to Keukenhof garden, Netherland. I missed the tulips blooming season when I was in Netherland in 2009, and I made a promise to myself that I will definitely made it there to witness the most splendid tulip garden in the world -- Keukenhof Garden.

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And here I am, leaving my footprint in this unforgettable garden…

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Thursday, 10 March 2011

University of Nottingham Lakeside Sunset

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This is the last late sunset shot of the Trent Building in University of Nottingham before I headed back to Asia for good in 2010.

I still remembered it was a cold crisped evening and I was standing alone near the lakeside to capture the lasting beauty of this natural lusted campus.

The outcome of the patiently waited moment is simply priceless for me. I love the simplicity of the composition and I appreciate the purplish red sunset dimmed glow set against the foreground of the yellow lit Trent Building.  The reflection from the lake add a bit of the magic touch to this photo and I’m absolutely loving the silhouette of the trees.

I will be returning very soon to this lovely place and I hope I can recapture this simple yet beautiful scenery.

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

The Tooth Temple, Singapore

 

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Shot these photos during my recent business trip to Singapore. I purposely shot one high key photo at this particular angle to highlight the super red colour roof.

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I was quite lucky that I bumped into a group of monks busy preparing for a group shot. I “stole” some candid shots and manage to get one of several that I like. This photo actually managed to portray the busy-ness of those monks in yellow outfit while only one monk stayed calm and overlooking the entire process.

In conjunction with this coming Chinese New Year, I would like to wish you have a Happy new year and may prosperity, wealth, and health keep pouring to your way! Gong Xi Fa CAi!

All the photos here are available in frames, posters and even postcards for your collection. Please visit my online store to purchase them if you love them. Cheers!

Sunday, 16 January 2011

Being Alone in a Romantic Venice, Italy

       After watching The Tourist which starred by the sexy Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp, the memory of the dreamy yet romantic Venice kept floating in my mind. I remember the first time I was at Piazza San Marco in the evening. It’s stars lit night accompanied by the romantic live classical band playing in the background, while couples holding each other dancing gracefully to the music, I strolled to the pier and saw the magnificent San Giorgio Church seems floating above the sea. The whole scenery was so magnificent that it moved me to tears. This is the first time in my whole life that such a wonderful place managed to make me shed tears of appreciation and so moved by the perfect picture of Venice.

       I always love Paris and thought that that is the most romantic place on earth, but the ladies I met while in the train towards Venice told me: “Venice will be the eternal love city that you will never forget in your life.” I couldn’t agree more. Ah Venice, I will hold you forever in my heart and I hope in my next visit, I will bring my other half to indulge in this eternally love city(you know who you are ;) ).

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All the photos here are available in frames, posters and even postcards for your collection. Please visit my online store to purchase them if you love them. Cheers!

Monday, 10 January 2011

Red Telephone Box in snow, London

 

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The recent news of severe snow weather disruption in Europe reminded me of some of the snow photographs I took while in UK.

The most memorable one should be the one above where I shot it while crossing the road in Bayswater Road to the nearby park in search of that “amazing” shot. But opportunity came knocking on my door while crossing the road, so I took a quick shot while walking towards the walkway with my old trusty Canon Powershot A85 (yes, a 4 Megapixels camera!) and I have that golden shot!

Saturday, 8 January 2011

Night cityscape, Avenue of Stars, Hong Kong

 

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After two days of persistent waiting at the avenue of stars in Hong Kong, I finally managed to get a superb shot of the business district. I was lucky at that time that not only the notorious fog at the area has been dissipated, the wonderfully formed clouds with the slightly reddish glow of the sunset added the dramatic note to this photo.

Even though I have the horizontal line accidentally tilted while using the Gorilla pod that cling to the pedestrian side rail, I decided not to adjust it in PS to retain the originality of the photo. My feeling at that time was overwhelmed with the sense of awe. This is the best cityscape I ever witness in my life (so far).

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Another shot with the screen estate dedicated to the dramatic sky.