Cruise Day 3

Rise and shine!

To Keelung!

Wifey thought Eslite Bookstore at Taipei was the only place to go to, which I agreed.

What a place! It’s full of book lovers. 

My kind of people.

This is what I do on a boring commute.

MRT and TRA back to Keelung.

Headed for the night market.

Fwah!

Are we hungry yet?

Check it out!

That’s the Keelung night market.

Loads of street food.

Street food, street hawkers, street photography.

Yummy.

There’s even a slice of Singapore/Malaysia/Indonesia!

I succumbed only to stinky tofu.

Back to the ship.

For a quiet beer.

Chinatown Moments

A history of the present…

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The streets are clean.

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Street tourism.

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Somewhat in your face…

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Street prayer…

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Street fruit!

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Street selfies…

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Another history of the present…

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Camera: Olympus XA 3

Film: Ilford XP2

Penang’s Gurney Drive

I was in Penang recently with my family and many of the street pictures were taken with my Olympus XA 2, in-between vacation shots taken with my Canon 600D.

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The above was taken while riding a trishaw.

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Another shot, taken from a trishaw.

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The Gurney Drive street food market was where we found ourselves on most days.

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Fried oyster!

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Yummy!

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Lok lok!

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Laksa!

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That’s the “Chinese rojak” stall.

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That’s the Indian rojak stall.

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Sotong kangkong!

So yes, street food was on the top of our list at Penang.

Camera: Olympus XA 2

Film: Agfa Vista 400

Singapore’s Geylang Serai

This post is one month late (and eleven months early).

The photographs here were taken in late July, one or two days before Hari Raya Puasa, a religious festival celebrated by Malay Muslims in Singapore at the end of the fasting month.

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My wife decided we should join in the festivities and so here we were at Geylang Serai. We had a fantastic dinner.

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The lady who took our order.

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There was a long line in front of the cashier but it’s good as I got to take quite a few photographs.

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So yes, we were at the Kampong Cafe.

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Finally – the front of the queue.

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Yummy roti john!

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Yummy spicy shrimp rolls!

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I can’t figure out what she’s holding – it’s pastry…

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Yummy er … roti john?

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Yummy fried vadai!

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Yummy pancake!

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More vadai!

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It is really possible for one to be hungry again just after dinner.

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Yummy kebab!

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Food is meant to be eaten.

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Okay – this is my wife’s favorite part of the bazaar… lots of textiles.

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Lots of cloth frilly fabric-ish things…

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Dress things.

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He was carving a small figurine.

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A carpet auction in progress.

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Prices start at S$200.

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Very colourful drinks …

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Shenzhen Shopping Monochrome

For the images here, I’ve done a B/W conversion from Fuji Venus 800 film loaded on Olympus XA2.

I’ve done a minimal bit of tweaking for some high contrast.

To my eyes, they look somewhat raw and harassed.

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Here’s another one of Luohu Commercial City, viewed  at a lower level.

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You could see this is a popular place for bargains.

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The above composition looks quirky – though it looks strangely apt.

This is how we see things – artlessly.

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I’m up close, and they’re too busy negotiating prices to notice.

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Why is it that yummy food is always unhealthy food?

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That’s the way we see things sometimes – blurred and hurried.

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You could see I lingered for a bit at this stall…

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Check out those food on the skewers …

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And yes, let’s not forget the man who winked at my wife…

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Shenzhen Shopping

Shenzhen is fascinating, if you know how to navigate and where to go.

My wife and I decided to head over the Hong Kong border for a day trip, partly to buy some phone cases for a few friends.

So naturally, I brought along my stealthy Olympus XA2 loaded with Fuji Venus 800.

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This is Luohu Commercial City, a warren of shops you could get lost in. We normally go to the restaurant at the top floor.

Once in a while, there is a bit of mild harassment.

On a previous trip, someone followed us for a bit and kept saying “cheap DVDs, cheap DVDs, just follow me” and she got hauled off by 2 policemen.

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Some images are rather blurry because of the limitations (indoors, ISO 800 capability of the XA2, need for stealth in narrow places).

Yet it does drive home the furtive, unpredictable and artless aspect of street photography.

We took the subway – 2 stops to Laojie, a shopping district, where, if you know where you are going, you would find yet another warren of shops with even lower prices.

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We got our phone covers there for about RMB20 each.

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This guy took out a knife and started stabbing at his plastic phone screen cover.

He was trying to tell me it’s a scratch (and stab) proof cover that will really protect my phone’s screen.

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I was convinced. That’s my phone he’s working on.

It really is a labyrinth.

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Quick, quick, before I’m spotted.

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My wife did tell me to choose my photographic subjects wisely.

“Our kids still need a father,” she said.

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And, yay, food street!

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Street food!

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Yummy pig trotters!

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Yummy Taiwan-style sausages!

Green chilli with rolled bacon!

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Grilled spicy cuttlefish!

He dances as he cooks.

There’s a warning sign next to him saying he sells cuttlefish only and please do not be taken in by his charm …

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He winked at my wife!

How dare he.

For collectors: some images from this post are available here as open edition prints.