Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Goodbye IPhone 5S

You have served me faithfully for 2 years 8 months, when the battery finally refused to accept charging anymore. PTL that Singtel gave me an exception to renew my contract even though they had just closed for the day. What a night!

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Jason Bourne

Synopsis: Matt Damon returns to his most iconic role in Jason Bourne. Paul Greengrass, the director of The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum, once again joins Damon for the next chapter of Universal Pictures’ Bourne franchise, which finds the CIA’s most lethal former operative drawn out of the shadows. For Jason Bourne, Damon is joined by Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel and Tommy Lee Jones, while Julia Stiles reprises her role in the series. Frank Marshall again produces alongside Jeffrey Weiner for Captivate Entertainment, and Greengrass, Damon, Gregory Goodman and Ben Smith also produce. Based on characters created by Robert Ludlum, the film is written by Greengrass and Christopher Rouse. [Source: Golden Village]

As expected, lots of actions throughout the movie but audience do get bored after a while. Continued from the previous installment (The Bourne Ultimatum),  Bourne is trying to retrace his past which his enemy is trying to put a stop to. Overall, an average movie to watch, with nothing particular outstanding to praise about.

Rate: 6.5/10

Sunday, July 24, 2016

New Zealand Day 15 part 2 - Christchurch

18 Jun - For the afternoon, we visited the Christchurch Art Gallery - Te Puna o Waiwhetu as they are offering free admission to check out the art exhibition.

Bull on a piano

Cute rabbit

Display made of pure sugar


3D display made of match sticks

Lone passerby in a river

Stranger playing chess on the street

And finally Christchurch Airport in the evening for the flight back to Singapore

Saturday, July 23, 2016

New Zealand Day 15 part 1 - Christchurch

18 Jun - This marked our last day in Christchurch. Checking out early from our accommodation, we spent most of the day exploring the city and looking at the aftermath of the destructive 2011 earthquake.

Public Chess area at Cathedral Square

ChristChurch Cathedral destroyed in 2011 earthquake

Random shot

Christchurch Tramway

Re:START - a temporary mall built from shipping containers

Tramway conductor that looks like a Santa Claus

Street Art

Fred and Myrtle's Paua Shell House @ Canterbury Museum

Christchurch Botanic Garden

Vibrant flowers in full bloom

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

New Zealand Day 14 - Christchurch

17 Jun - In order to catch the postcard picture of Church of the Good Shepherd with Milky Way as the background, we battle the cold and woke up at 4am in the morning when the full moon has set, leaving us with a dark sky full of stars. In order to catch the perfect Milky Way, you will need a DSLR on a tripod with no light interference. End result? See the pictures below:

Perfect Picture

The next morning, having slept for 3 or 4 more hours after the night shot, we got ready for our final leg to Christchurch. We dropped by the Christchurch Transitional Cathedral (Cardboard Cathedral) which was originally intended as a temporary structure after the 2011 earthquake. In 2012, the city decided to build and kept it as a permanent structure.

Christchurch Transitional Cathedral (Cardboard Cathedral) 

In memory of the lives perish in the 2011 earthquake
Victoria Square

Thank YB for all the photos in this entry! =)

Saturday, July 16, 2016

New Zealand Day 13 - Lake Pukaki & Lake Tekapo

16 Jun - We woke up early in the morning again to began our scenic drive down Mount Cook, passing by Lake Pukaki before reaching Lake Tekapo. Along the way, we made a pit stop at Mount Cook Alpine Salmon. Fresh salmon grown in alpine water are really tasty and refreshing! They are the best salmon I had ever eaten!

Passing by Lake Pukaki with good weather

Pit stop at Mount Cook Alpine Salmon

Lake Pukaki

Stopping by Lake Tekapo

Clear alpine water

Church of the Good Shepherd

Dog Monument

For the night, we had fun joining the Mt John Night Observatory Tour, peering into the telescope, looking at star constellations and not forgetting a warm chocolate by the famous Mt John Observatory Cafe! Too bad we don't have photos to show as the tour discourage photography to reduce unnecessary light pollution.

Friday, July 15, 2016

New Zealand Day 12 part 2 - Hooker Glacier

15 Jun - For the afternoon, we decided to tackle the Hooker Valley Track, which on paper indicated a 3 hours return time. This is one of the popular tracks in Mount Cook for the visitors, covering 5km one way and definitely a scenic journey.

A monument remembering the people who perish in Mount Cook at the start of track

The first swing bridge (out of three) and Mueller Lake

The Hooker River rushes through the rapids fed by glacier water

Crossing the second swing bridge

Enjoying the flora and fauna along the way

Catching the rolling grasses from the broadwalk

Crossing the final swing bridge

Hooker Lake and the glacier in the distance

Though scenic, this track is certainly not for the weak. Overall, for the 10km journey, we took about 4+ hours. Luckily, we managed to make it back to the visitor center before the sunset.