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Monthly Archives: August 2011

Punggol Beach on a Weekday

The best thing about going to Punggol Beach on a weekday – or any beach for that matter – there are lesser people about.

Whew! Haven’t cycle for over a month and the effect shows. Lesson learnt – always go slow if haven’t exercise for a long time and bring that isotonic drink along, water is not sufficient.

An update of Punggol Promenade at Punggol Beach. That place is securely barricaded with orange netting all over. There are a group of people on the viewing platform at Punggol Jetty today. Maybe staff from URA, National Parks, PUB and the construction company inspecting on the works in progress. The walkway next to the police post, on the left side of the jetty, is also barricaded with orange tape. Maybe because there is new cement being laid.

Other than that – lots of people waiting for boats at the jetty. Lots of debris on the beach and in the water. Cloudy day today don’t make for good photos but there are a few interesting sightings.

Enjoy the pictures! Have a great a weekend ahead!

Cloudy weather at Punggol Beach

rocky beach

Low angle view of incoming tides at Punggol Beach

Lots of people at Punggol Jetty

Airplane doing military exercise

monitor lizard

Iguana among the foliage

Not a shy iguana - no hint of fear

Iguana at the beach looking for food.

 
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Posted by on August 31, 2011 in photography, postaday2011

 

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Punggol Beach : Blue Sky and Moody Weather

Punggol Beach – Rocky Shoreline

One of the unique feature in Singapore, Punggol Beach is known for its rocky shoreline. Natural or man-made – who knows? Punggol Beach is also the site for a massacre during the second world war. There is a signboard at Punggol Jetty indicating its historical impact.

Sunrise is on the right side of the jetty. For the early birds, get ready to point your camera in that direction. This is also the direction of Punggol Promenade and Punggol Point Walk.

I came by early one morning and watched the changing light till around 10am. By then, pointing the camera on the right side of Punggol Beach gave silhouettes and on the left side – blue sky. One morning, the dark clouds rolled in from the right side of the beach and before leaving, I took some photos of the coming storm. Other times I was here during low tides and others during high tides.

Enjoy the different moods and landscapes of Punggol Beach 🙂

Left side view of Punggol Beach

Blue Sky at Punggol Beach

rocky beach

Punggol Beach during low tides - rocky outcrops

submerged rocks

Hide Tide at Punggol Beach

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Dogs Footprints on the sand - yes, there are wild dogs around

The middle shoreline of Punggol Beach

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Low angle view of coming waves

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Coming Storm over Punggol Beach

Mid-morning silhouette at Punggol Beach

 
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Posted by on August 30, 2011 in photography, postaday2011, singapore

 

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Pulau Punggol Timor

Pulau Punggol Timor is the island facing the Punggol Marina Country Club. It is now connected by the Punggol Reservoir Dam though there is no access to this island. At the end of the road, there is a gate – no entrance for visitors.

Just enjoy the pictures from the surroundings for now. Check out the views while walking, jogging or cycling on the Punggol Park Connector Network to Punggol Beach.

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Sunset at Pulau Punggol Timor

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Punggol Reservoir Dam connected to Pulau Punggol Timor

Trees on Pulau Punggol Timor opposite Punggol Reservoir Dam

Pulau Punggol Timor as viewed from Punggol PCN

Mid morning view of Pulau Punggol Timor from Punggol Marina Country Club

 
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Posted by on August 29, 2011 in Travel

 

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Crepuscular Rays

Rays of Lights

I did not realise the particular name for such sunbeams earlier. This is one of an early photo captured just slightly before the rain. I was walking in the park and noticed that the sky was getting darker and darker. Looked up and there the clouds were converging and closing in on the blue sky. Rays of light emitted from the sun shrouded in the white clouds.

Rays of Light

Crepuscular Rays

Earlier pictures of crespucular rays

Sunrise "rays of light" over Pulau Ubin

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Sunrise at Punggol Waterway, near Punggol Reservoir

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Sunrise over Gazebo, Punggol Waterway at Punggol Reservoir

Sunrise at Punggol Waterway - near the Punggol Reservoir

 
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Posted by on August 28, 2011 in photography, postaday2011

 

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Sunrise from an Airplane

Do you like to watch the sun glowing on the horizon while on an airplane? I do.

Not advisable to take photos during take-off and touchdown but when all is clear and the light shines from the window, sunrise is especially lovely to watch from an airplane. Goes without saying that you need to have a window seat to photograph sunrise from the glass windows. Or take an interior shot of the airplane with the sun glowing from the windows.

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Sunrise from an Airplane

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Sunrise on the Horizon

Have a lovely morning or evening, wherever you are!

 
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Posted by on August 27, 2011 in photography, postaday2011

 

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A Whale of a Time – Whale Watching from Gold Coast, Australia

A Whale of a Time……

One of my most vivid memories while here in Gold Coast, Australia was my first ever whale watching eco-tour. It is one thing to see such wild creatures on tv, quite another to see them live in action. Overwhelming, awe, amazement, humble, inspiring – in short words – WOW!

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Whale Watching in Queensland, Australia

a gust of air - blowhole from a whale

Eco Tour - Whale Watching

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Watching a whale diving

These are humpback whales. Besides whales, there are other marine creatures like dolphins, pelicans and sea birds.

There are many operators from both Brisbane and Gold Coast and some does pick-up and pick-off from hotels. Book early because these tours are very popular. Whale watching is from May to November.

I can’t recall the tour operator that I went with but I do remember we made a stop-over at Tangalooma Island Resort to pick-up more people before heading to the open seas and whale watching. Lunch was also provided on that trip.

It is hard to predict when the whales will jump out of the water, slap their tails or blow air from their blowholes. Did not manage to catch that moment when the humpback would jump high in the air before diving – it would have been a defining moment!  Lesson learnt – turn the camera setting to continuous mode and fast shutter speed.

In other words – it was an unforgettable experience.


 
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Posted by on August 26, 2011 in Australia, photography, postaday2011, Travel

 

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Beyond Surfer’s Paradise, Gold Coast – Mt Tamborine

Surfer’s Paradise, Gold Coast

While on the subject of Australia, let’s focus on another location – Surfer’s Paradise, Gold Coast in Queensland.

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White sandy beach of Surfer's Paradise, Gold Coast

Yup, Surfer’s Paradise is world famous with such a beautiful beach and the surfs fantastic for windsurfing. But let’s go beyond the theme parks and the beach. Let’s go up to the mountains – Mt Tamborine precisely.

Mt Tamborine signboard

My internet friend, who Iived in Brisbane, picked me up from my hotel and drove to Mt Tamborine. While we stopped to read this signboard, a guy was getting his paraflight gear ready. So I snapped some pictures.

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Getting ready for Paragliding flight

A few minutes later and off he flew!

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Paragliding over Mt Tamborine

It was a long winding road to and off the mountain but well worth the visit. There are shops here for food and souvenirs. Have a look if you are here. Here is a landscape visage of Mt Tamborine.

Mt Tamborine in Queensland, Australia

So if you are on holiday in Gold Coast, leave the beach for a few days and explore the surroundings. You won’t regret it.

Wish you are here!

 
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Posted by on August 25, 2011 in Australia, photography, postaday2011, Travel

 

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