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Oz Wildlife

Australia has a very unique wildlife, the most exclusive native species that are found nowhere else on the planet. To top that, the Toronga Zoo in Sydney also had a good display of animals from world over. Put all that together and here we have a bunch of stuff we encountered while in Australia

Updated: Jul 15, 2012 2:52am PST

Hong Kong at Night

The Glittering skyline across the Victoria Harbour

Updated: Dec 03, 2008 6:19am PST

CNY09 - Lunar New Year Fair & Flower Market

Lunar New Year Fairs are common a few days before the Chinese New Year. The biggest Fair in Hong Kong is held at the Victoria Park and comprises of a large Flower Market and hundreds of other stalls selling food, toys and good luck souvenirs. Held on the eve of chinese new year, the Fair is part of custom, hang nin siu (行年宵, literally: walk the year night) or hang fa shi (行花市, literally: walk the flower market). The activity is at it's peak around midnight as the fair closes before dawn on New Year day. Vendors try to sell all flowers before close, and often don't take back any leftovers that could not be sold. The crowd, the colors, the food - altogether it's a completely unique experience to be there

Updated: Feb 07, 2009 8:06am PST

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The Picnic

A picnic at the Chuen Lung Family Walk. It was fun - some food, lots of play, a short hike (just ideal for me) and then back to play with mom and dad. Here is a short story to share my experiences with you

Updated: Oct 28, 2012 12:23am PST

The TeenAger

Addy turns 3 (teen in Hindi). We already sense a lot of upcoming TeenAger problems, intermixed with the usual sprinkles of cuteness that we are so accustomed to now. How time flies

Updated: Apr 09, 2012 6:00am PST

Fun in Sydney

We are going to Ottalia ;)

Updated: Jul 15, 2012 8:41am PST

A short run at Bondi Beach

When I took mom and dad to the Bondi Beach

Updated: Jul 15, 2012 8:42am PST

My First Hike - across Lamma Island

I am now a biiig boy. I can walk, I can run and I can go on a hike. Here I take mom and dad across Lamma Island - from Sok Kwu Wan - treading uphill and crossing over to the other side of the mountain all the way to Yung Shue Wan. On the way, I get a peek into the Japanese Kamikaze caves, and we break for a little bit of waves and sand at the Hung Shing Yeh Beach. I sure had a lot of fun

Updated: Feb 19, 2012 6:48am PST

An evening in Ma Wan Park

Adit goes for a stroll in the park

Updated: Apr 23, 2011 12:50am PST


Updated: Apr 23, 2011 1:15am PST

Ada's Birthday - 2009

Updated: Jan 19, 2010 8:22am PST

First Trip to Disneyland

Adit's first trip to Disneyland. Pre-celebrating first birthday with parents and grandparents

Updated: Jan 03, 2011 7:13am PST

First Trip to Ocean Park

Adit's first trip to Ocean Park

Updated: Jan 03, 2011 6:37am PST

Growing Up - 6 months

Updated: Nov 01, 2009 8:07am PST

First Week

Updated: Apr 15, 2009 7:45pm PST

Addy Viddy

Updated: Jun 19, 2009 11:24am PST

Bun Festival

The Cheung Chau Bun Festival is a hundred year legacy that makes the Cheung Chau island of Hong Kong alive every May. For three days, everyone on the island switches to a vegetarian diet, and then a procession is held on the day of the festival. The day sees a huge crowd flocking from all over Hong Kong onto the small island, making crowd control measures a necessity. Buns are stored on conical stands and distributed along Come midnight, and hundreds of young men hurry up to the three bun towers, tearing off all the buns, and putting them in a bag or spreading them over the crowd. One who gets the most wins the competition

Updated: Nov 04, 2008 8:06am PST

Christmas in HK - 2008

It is that time of the year when lights rule a large part of the planet. It is not too different here in Hong Kong, given Hong Kong's reputation to grab every opportunity to flood the city into a light-studded carnival. It's also an opportunity for a photographer to go around, and shoot to your heart. That's precisely what I did. It is always a good time when festive spirits are high :-)

Updated: Jan 09, 2009 9:00pm PST

UBS Party - 30 Aug 2008

Updated: Mar 01, 2009 9:19am PST

Diwali 2008

Diwali, the most prominent festival of India. Diwali, or more correctly Deepawali, literally means rows (awali) of Lamps (deep, deepak or diya); and hence lighting lamps is an intergral part of the celebration. Here we go lighting a few as we celebrate in 2008 :)

Updated: Dec 03, 2008 6:24am PST

CNY09 - Lunar New Year Fair & Flower Market

Lunar New Year Fairs are common a few days before the Chinese New Year. The biggest Fair in Hong Kong is held at the Victoria Park and comprises of a large Flower Market and hundreds of other stalls selling food, toys and good luck souvenirs. Held on the eve of chinese new year, the Fair is part of custom, hang nin siu (行年宵, literally: walk the year night) or hang fa shi (行花市, literally: walk the flower market). The activity is at it's peak around midnight as the fair closes before dawn on New Year day. Vendors try to sell all flowers before close, and often don't take back any leftovers that could not be sold. The crowd, the colors, the food - altogether it's a completely unique experience to be there

Updated: Feb 07, 2009 8:06am PST

CNY09 - New Year Fair at Park Island

Lunar New Year brings a lot of fairs to be setup in various parts of Hong Kong. While there are some very famous and larger fairs, we had a pretty small one right within our residential estate. Here are a few glipmses of CNY fair at Park Island

Updated: Feb 01, 2009 2:39am PST

Nan Ling Garden

Nan Ling Garden is a public park designed in the Tang Dynasty-style and adorned with special wooden structures, old and valuable trees and rocks. It is located at a walking distance to the Diamond Hill MTR station in Hong Kong and is an easy getaway from the bustling city for a short break

Updated: Jan 04, 2009 5:37am PST

CNY07 - The world goes marching

This stunning spectacle showcases a combination of international and Chinese elements featuring illuminated floats, dragon and lion dancers, clowns, marching bands, an all-star cast of performers from around the world, and much, much more. How much more? Get inside to get an idea

Updated: Dec 03, 2008 6:21am PST

CNY07 - Chinese New Year Fireworks

Paint the sky in colors. Paint the water beneath. And paint the eyes of all those who line up to see this splendid extragavenza on either sides of the Victoria Harbour. A view of Chinese New Year fireworks in Hong Kong from the Tsim Tsa Tsui promenade on the Kowloon Peninsula

Updated: Nov 09, 2008 3:42am PST

Urban Hong Kong

Updated: Feb 21, 2009 9:23pm PST

CNY07 - Let's buy some flowers

The fragrant flower markets of Hong Kong greet you during the biggest Chinese New Year celebrations Here is a memory of what Hong Kong's Victoria Park looks like during the days running to the Chinese New Year

Updated: Nov 09, 2008 3:39am PST

Ma Wan Park

Updated: Jan 09, 2009 9:04pm PST

Ladies Market

Updated: Nov 04, 2008 8:16am PST

Hong Kong at Night

The Glittering skyline across the Victoria Harbour

Updated: Dec 03, 2008 6:19am PST


Updated: Jan 02, 2009 12:23pm PST

Tin Hau Festival

Updated: Nov 04, 2008 7:56am PST

Hong Kong Wetland Park

A day spend between the birds, bees, butterflies and lotus ponds. Beautiful!

Updated: Nov 04, 2008 7:40am PST

Diwali 2007

Diwali, the most prominent festival of India. Diwali, or more correctly Deepawali, literally means rows (awali) of Lamps (deep, deepak or diya); and hence lighting lamps is an intergral part of the celebration. Here we go lighting a few as we celebrate in 2007 :)

Updated: Nov 03, 2008 6:31am PST

Tung Ping Chau Marine Park

The interesting rocky shore at the Tung Ping Chau Island

Updated: Nov 04, 2008 7:40am PST

Oz Wildlife

Australia has a very unique wildlife, the most exclusive native species that are found nowhere else on the planet. To top that, the Toronga Zoo in Sydney also had a good display of animals from world over. Put all that together and here we have a bunch of stuff we encountered while in Australia

Updated: Jul 15, 2012 2:52am PST

Looking into the Tasman Sea

A clear day, blue sky, nice breeze - that can turn the tasman coast into a breathtaking spectacular view. I was lucky enough to hit the right place at the right time

Updated: Jul 15, 2012 5:02am PST

Kat O Fishing Village

A visit to the Kat O Fishing Village on the outskirts of Hong Kong

Updated: Nov 04, 2008 7:34am PST


The customary Sydney landmarks if you happen to be in Sydney. The weather was not great - all grey skies, and I did not get a chance to shoot across the harbour at night. But still, I got the minimum dose to call it a nice trip :)

Updated: Jul 15, 2012 4:38am PST

Tai Lam Country Park

It was a fun hike across the Route Twisk on the section 9 of MacLehose Trail. Part of the longest hiking trail in Hong Kong, Tai Lam Country Park is located south of Yuen Long and east of Tuen Mun, in the western New Territories of Hong Kong. Overlooking the urban Hong Kong lie the foresty stretch which at times would give an impression of being lost in the woods.... and lost we were, indeed. Until we found a group of cyclists who guided us down the hill and back into the city :-)

Updated: Dec 02, 2008 6:43am PST


We had a day to spend in Mumbai, for me the most fascinating city in India. I have spent close to 6 years in this city, first as a student doing my professional education and then with a job stint. But this was after more than 6 years that I was visiting the economic capital of India. The highlight of the trip was that I was also in the role of a tour guide, for my wife was here for the first time :) Glimpses of the grand city from daylight to dusk. I'm still lazy enough to make it dawn to dusk ;-)

Updated: Nov 09, 2008 12:57am PST

An Ancient Palace

I am going to repeat this a few times, but I was born and raised in northern Madhya Pradesh in India. Datia is a small town 69 km southeast of my hometown, Gwalior. It is the administrative center of Datia District and was formerly the seat of the eponymous princely state in the British Raj. Datia's seven-storeyed palace built entirely of stone and brick by Raja Bir Singh Deo in 1614, is considered to be one of the finest examples of Bundela architecture in the country. It is also one of the finest examples of Hindu domestic architecture available in north India. Within the palace are some fine wall paintings of the Bundela school. So, of course, it was nearby, and it was fun, and we went there

Updated: Nov 09, 2008 12:59am PST

Shing Mun Country Park

Wilson Trail - Section 7. Intersecting with various trails in the Shing Mun Country Park, most notably the Meclehose trail, this is a section of easy to moderate difficulty. Hosting a stretch of the Shing Mun Reservoir and later a jungle, the hike comes down back near the city via a steep assembly of steps

Updated: Nov 09, 2008 3:59am PST

Gwalior Fort

Reiteration - Gwalior is my hometown. Located in northern India, 80km south of famous city of Agra, Gwalior occupies a strategic location in the Gird region of North India. Perhaps the most I remember about the city now is the extreme temperature swings it goes from Summer to Winter - the highest recorded temperature was 47C and the lowest was -1C; and scarce rainfall. I remember this, because thats the only factor that scares me going back to the city :-( But then, I still go back, and this time come back with pictures of Gwalior Fort. The seemingly invincible Fort stands on an isolated hill (2.4 x 0.8 km, 100m elevation) and contains a number of historic buildings

Updated: Nov 09, 2008 1:15am PST


On a hill overlooking the plain, about 40 km from Bhopal, the site of Sanchi comprises a group of Buddhist monuments (monolithic pillars, stupas, temples and monasteries) all in different states of conservation most of which date back to the 2nd and 1st centuries B.C. It is the oldest Buddhist sanctuary in existence and was a major Buddhist centre in India until the 12th century A.D. The site is now designated UNESCO World Heritage Center Did you read Bhopal above. Yeah, thats right, and thats what took me here (my parents currently stay in Bhopal). A pleasent surprise was a very nice group of Japanese pilgrims paying a visit at the same time (see picture)

Updated: Nov 09, 2008 1:12am PST

Bhojeshwar Temple

Another Bhopal neighbourhood, 28km from the state capital, lies the small town of Bhojpur. Bhojpur is famous for the incomplete Bhojeshwar temple, which is dedicated to Shiva. The temple houses the largest Shiva lingam in India, which is 2.3m (7.5 ft) tall and 5.5m (18 ft) in circumference and is crafted out a single rock. So of course, thats what we went to see. The good part was - I got one of my best candid portrait shots on this trip (look out for the girl on the temple steps)

Updated: Nov 09, 2008 1:06am PST

Some Close Ups and Macros

Updated: Nov 04, 2008 7:32am PST

A Real Village

If Gwalior is my hometown, Bilgaon can be considered my native village. Its my ancestoral village, and though my dad would associate himself more with the place, I have had a slight flavour of a real village when I was a kid. I vaguely remember short trips that we used to make sometime in summer holidays and all the mango and sugarcane that we could grab depending on the season. Those are faint memories from a very distant past. So, on this trip, I thought, maybe I should get a hang of the village life once again. A village in Morena District of northern Madhya Pradesh, 60km from Gwalior, the place lies in the heart of the Chambal division once famous for the Bandit problem not so long ago (its a much peaceful neighbourhood now)

Updated: Nov 09, 2008 1:10am PST

Temple Town of Sonagir

This sacred Jain hill lies 3 km to the North West of Datia and 65 km from Gwalior. There are 77 Jain temples, built in rows on the hill and its slopes, and date back to the 17th century. Of these the temple dedicated to Chandranatha, the 8th of the 24 Tirthankaras, is quite a large one and the most beautiful. A large annual fair is held here in the month of Chaitra (April). I could not resist the sight and took pictures from far away, of the sunset across the hill. I preferred this because (i) its not allowed to photograph on the hill itself (in fact there are restriction on taking leather, rubber and similar stuff into the temple area); and also (ii) because I have myself very little understanding of the religious aspects of Jain culture

Updated: Nov 09, 2008 1:09am PST

A Sunset at the Lake

Another day, another sunset. This time, by the banks of the Upper Lake (Bada Talaab) - a large artificial lake which lies on the Western side of Bhopal, the capital city of the state of Madhya Pradesh. Spanning 31 Km2, it is a major source of potable water to the residents of the city, serving around 40% of the residents with nearly 30 million gallons per day. Statistics aside, its a nice place to spend the evening, with a nice sunset, boating and watersport activities and even some foodstalls etc at a designated shore. And, if you want it, there are birds to feed and sails to watch

Updated: Nov 09, 2008 1:11am PST

Kowloon Park

Right in the middle of the busy and bustling Kowloon District lies an escape The Kowloon Park, is a nice mix of tree walks, ponds, birds etc and pose a perfect sidewalk for the otherwise busy Tsim Sha Tsui in southern Kowloon peninsula

Updated: Nov 09, 2008 3:57am PST

The Great Wall of China, Mutianyu Section

Mutianyu is a section of the Great Wall of China located in Huairou County 70km northeast of Beijing. First built in the mid-6th century, it has the largest construction scale and best quality among all sections of Great Wall. Built mainly with granite, the wall is 7-8 meters high and the top is 4-5 meters wide. Comparing with other sections of Great Wall, Mutianyu section possesses some unique construction characteristics. # Watchtowers and over-towering pass densely scatter along this section of Great Wall - exactly, 22 watchtowers in the 22500-meter-long wall. # Both the outer and inner parapets are crenellated with merlons, so that shots could be fired at the enemy on both sides - a feature very rare on other parts of the Great Wall. # The Mutianyu Pass consists of 3 watchtowers, one big in the center and two smaller on both sides. Standing on the same terrace, the three watchtowers are connected each other inside and compose a rarely seen structure among all sections of Great Wall. Besides, this section of Great Wall is surrounded by woodland and streams. The Forest-coverage Rate is over 90 percent

Updated: Nov 09, 2008 12:04am PST

Wilson Trail - Section 2

Hong Kong is a pleasure place for hiking. Here we take up the section 2 of Wilson Trail and go uphill a couple of times. Wilson Trail is a 70+ km hike spanning across the New Territories, Kowloon and the Hong Kong Island. Section 2 is a little over 6km and comprises of 2 hills - mt butler and Jardine's lookout What we got were some breathtaking views of the urban Hong Kong cluster on one side and the all natural melody of the reservoirs, mountains and sea on the other. What added to the moment were the dark cloud formations and finally a burst of rain that had us drenched by the time we finished our hike :-)

Updated: Nov 09, 2008 3:56am PST

The Forbidden City

The largest Palace Complex in the world, housing 800 buildings with 8,886 rooms and covering 720,000 square metres. The Forbidden City was declared a World Heritage Site in 1987 as the "Imperial Palace of the Ming and Qing Dynasties", and is listed by UNESCO as the largest collection of preserved ancient wooden structures in the world. Located in the middle of Beijing, we started our tour of China in a big way with this big palace

Updated: Nov 09, 2008 12:07am PST

The Temple Of Heaven

Tian'Tan - literally the Altar of Heaven is a complex of Taoist buildings situated in southeastern urban Beijing. Covering 2.73 sq km of parkland - the largest temple complex in the world - it comprises of 3 main group of constructions viz. The Earthly Mount, House of Heavenly Lord and Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests All the buildings within the Temple have special dark blue roof tiles, again representing the Heaven The Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests was built without a single nail, though it's all wood

Updated: Dec 03, 2008 6:16am PST

The Summer Palace

The Summer Palace or Yiheyuan is a Palace in Beijing, China. The Summer Palace is mainly dominated by Longevity Hill (60 meters high) and the Kunming Lake. It covers an expanse of 2.9 square kilometers, three quarters of which is water. In its compact 70,000 square metres of building space, one finds a variety of palaces, gardens, and other classical-style architectural structures

Updated: Nov 09, 2008 12:05am PST

Kadoorie Farm & Botanical Garden

Established in the 1950s, Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden (KFBG) nestles below Kwun Yum Shan (Goddess of Mercy Mountain) in Hong Kong's central New Territories. We got a day off mid-week, to explore it's deep-set valley with streams, woodland, terraces and wildlife (though in captivity)

Updated: Nov 09, 2008 3:57am PST

Macro with Extension Tubes

I waited a long time to shoot macro with my kit. The biggest hurdle was the lack of a macro lens. The money was (and is still) too much. So there come my so far unused kenko extension tube set coupled with the Thrifty Fifty (Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II) and my Canon EOS 400D. I would say I was more than satisfied with my first macro outing. Walked around my apartment for about an hour to settle for these three dozen exposures --Enjoy

Updated: Nov 09, 2008 3:51am PST

The Parks of Beijing

Located in the center of Beijing, the Jingshan and Beihai Park form the surroundings of the Forbidden city Wanchun pavilion at the top of artificial hill at Jigshan park provides a wonderful views of Beijing, especially over the Forbidden City. The Beihai park is just awesome, a view of jingshan hill from beihi park was simply breathtaking under cool light of full moon in a windy cold late evening. Local people gather in parks to sing and dance, good combination of nature, architecture and funloving people made it unforgatable. Here is a wonderful evening spent in the parks of Beijing

Updated: Nov 09, 2008 12:05am PST

The Lama Temple

The Yonghe Temple also known as the Palace of Peace and Harmony Lama Temple, the "Yonghe Lamasery", or - popularly - the "Lama Temple" is a temple and monastery of the Geluk School of Tibetan Buddhism located in the northeastern part of Beijing, China. It is one of the largest and most important Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in the world. The building and the artworks of the temple combine Han Chinese and Tibetan styles

Updated: Nov 09, 2008 12:05am PST

Tai O & Sha Chau/Lung Kwu Chau Marine Park

Tai O... a true fisherman's village in the unlikely place. Right next to the metropolis of Hong Kong. A pleasent contrast that is supplemented by the marine reserves at the islands of Sha Chau and Lunk Kwu Chau A nice weekend stroll through the sea, water, fisherman and nature

Updated: Nov 09, 2008 3:52am PST

Other Beijing Attractions

Tiananmen Square, Drum Tower, Bell Tower and a trip around the Tiananmen Square at night Tiananmen Square - separates Tiananmen (literally, Gate of Heavenly Peace) from Forbidden City - is a total area of 440,000 square meters, which makes it the largest open-urban square in the world. Bells and drums - musical instruments of ancient China. Later they became watches for the officials and common people. No longer used for telling time, one can still hear the rings of these ancient timepieces. These are 2 story structures with a height of 47m (REALLY steep staircage) and 48m respectively

Updated: Nov 09, 2008 12:16am PST

Flying Machines

Revvin' up your engine, Listen to her howlin' roar... Metal under tension, Beggin' you to touch and go Headin' into twilight, Spreadin' out her wings tonight... She got you jumpin' off the track, And shovin' into overdrive Highway to the Danger Zone I'll take you, Right into the Danger Zone

Updated: Nov 09, 2008 3:45am PST

Po Lin Monastery

Po Lin Monastery is a Buddhist monastery, located on Ngong Ping Plateau, on Lantau Island, Hong Kong. The monastery was founded in 1906 by three monks visiting from Jiangsu and was initially known as "The Big Hut". It was renamed to its present name in 1924. The main temple houses 3 bronze statues of the Buddha representing his past, present and future lives as well as many Buddhist scriptures. Tian Tan Buddha, a giant Buddha statue completed in 1993, is an extension of the monastery.

Updated: Nov 09, 2008 2:42am PST

Xian City at night

The night life in Xi'an has a unique glamour. Glittering buildings which reflects traditional Chinese architecture gives a magic touch to night scenery around the Bell Tower. Enjoy the spectacle of light and color against the dark blue dome of the night sky and get lost in the old style architecture never seen in this form. It's a pleasure walking the streets of Xi'an after dinner

Updated: Nov 09, 2008 12:21am PST

Getting face to face with Shaolin Martial Arts

Flying human beings present a taste of what the world knows as Shaolin Martial Arts

Updated: Nov 09, 2008 2:40am PST

Mesmerizing Xi'an

One of the great delights of Xi'an city is the way in which an ancient culture blends with the new in order to give the visitor a memorable experience. Traditional downtown Xian refers to the area encircled by the city wall. The Bell Tower is the geographical centre of Xian. As the bell tolls in the Bell Tower you can imagine yourself standing in the city as it was centuries ago. All in all, any experience in this ancient city will bring you fun and possibly a little surprise! In short, a must have experience in China

Updated: Nov 09, 2008 12:24am PST

Trailing through the Tai Tam Country Park

Tai Tam Country park is one of the innumerous nature trails that lay spread across the city of Hong Kong Some pictures as we stroll though from north to south

Updated: Nov 09, 2008 2:41am PST

Walking the Xian City Wall

The sloped, rectangular wall is 14 kilometers and encloses the old center of Xi'an. That makes it the longest intact city wall in China (and the world) The top of the wall is like a wide roadway (even broader than the section of Great Wall that we visited). It was designed to allow a large number of soldiers to move rapidly to any section that was being attacked. Today, the roadway is a promenade enjoyed by strolling tourists (good views of the city from atop) and cyclists (you can rent bikes on the wall, if you start from the south gate)

Updated: Nov 09, 2008 12:21am PST

Getting Near to the moon

Want to travel the universe. Well start reading the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy... and while you are at it (it will take a while to get a hang of it), it would be a good idea to begin with the moon Here is my attempt at getting closer to the moon.

Updated: Feb 11, 2011 8:22pm PST

The Terracotta Warriors

The extraordinary life-size terracotta warriors discovered in 1974 near the present day town of Xi'an in China's Shaanxi Province. The famous statues which were made in the 3rd century BC, number more than 7000 and are buried in three pits. This amazing terracotta underground army was created in order to symbolically "guard" the mausoleum of the first Chinese Emperor Qin Shi Huangdi. The most remarkable aspect of this find is the true realism of the sculptures. Each warrior stands a realistic 1.8 metres tall and has a different face. The dresses depict the ranks of various army officials

Updated: Nov 09, 2008 12:19am PST

Around the Shanghai Bund

The Bund is most recognizable architectural symbols and arguably one of the most famous tourist destinations in Shanghai. This beautiful strech alongside Huangpu River is often referred to as "the museum of buildings". Looking across the Huangpu River one can see mordern scyscrapers like the Oriental Pearl Tower and the Jin Mao Tower, while looking back offers a unusual contrast of many different styles of buildings with old European architecture. A nice place to witness the contrast between yesterday and today

Updated: Nov 09, 2008 12:23am PST

Celebrating X-Mas in Hong Kong - 2006

Come Christmas and the city of Hong Kong starts to change color. It starts to gain color Some glimpses of the city during Dec 2006

Updated: Dec 13, 2008 12:02pm PST

Go To Macau

Macau, a place where historical Chinese and Portuguese world-heritage relics meet some of world most modern Casinos Macau's biggest attraction is its gambling industry and casinos

Updated: Nov 09, 2008 2:40am PST

The Towers of Shanghai

Wanna be on top!! Head towards Jinmao tower when in Shanghai.. the tallest building in China and Home to the world's highest hotel rooms (floors 53-87) - currently operated by the Grand Hyatt Shanghai. The view of Shanghai from this height fills you with wonder at the beauty that surrounds you. If the JinMao is just another high rise experience, head over to the Oriental pearl TV tower. It's unique architectural design is more alluring than its height. When viewed from the Bund at night, the tower's three-dimensional lighting makes it a delight of brilliant color. And a perfact object to adore

Updated: Nov 09, 2008 12:26am PST

Jade Buddha Temple

The Jade Buddha Temple, is famous for its Buddha statues brought to China from Burma by monk Huigen in 1882. The temple has two white jade statues of the Sakyamuni Buddha - one seated and one reclining which is rare and represents Buddha's entry to nirvana. The seated Buddha is 1.9 meters (6ft) tall and was carved out of a single piece of white jade and is wearing a robe inlaid with precious jewels. The temple also houses a number of ancient sculptures, rare paintings and Buddhist scriptures. Beautiful zade sculpture, fragrent smoke of incense and candles combined with serene environment of temple make it a amazing experience

Updated: Nov 08, 2008 8:15pm PST

Marine fun at Ocean Park

A fantastic day between the dolphins, Sharks, Jellies and Sea Lions

Updated: Nov 09, 2008 2:38am PST

YuYuan Garden

This classical chinese garden is a pleasant surprize in a metropolis like Shanghai. Definitely worth to make way through many crowded streets and alleyways to reach there. A very secenic and soothing site to rejuvinate your soul after a loud and active urban display. Rockeries, ponds, pavilions, artificial hills and towers in the garden are exquisitely beautiful

Updated: Nov 08, 2008 1:28pm PST

Ming Tombs

The Ming Dynasty Tombs a.k.a. Thirteen Tombs of the Ming Dynasty are located some 50 kilometers due North of Beijing at an especially selected site. From the Yongle Emperor onwards, 13 Ming Dynasty Emperors were buried in this area The surroundings of the tombs consist of the beautiful Sacred Path with garden like ambiance. Unfortunately we were too short of time to visit this on our trip. Lessons learnt - Everything in china is so huge, it takes a toll of time to visit all of it

Updated: Nov 09, 2008 12:14am PST

A Window to the World

A large window encompassing an even larger world. This is the Window of the World at ShenZhen. Located in the western part of the city of Shenzhen in the People's Republic of China. It has about 130 reproductions of some of the most famous tourist attractions in the world squeezed into 480,000 square metres. The 108 meter (354 ft) tall Eiffel Tower dominates the skyline and the sight of the Pyramids and the Taj Mahal all in proximity to each other are all part of the slightly kitsch appeal of this theme park.

Updated: Nov 09, 2008 4:13am PST

Dancing with Dragon & Phoenix

The grand performance taking RMB100 million, 16 years art performance strength, hundreds of artists thinking, modern stage instruments such as sound, light, electricity, water, and all these make dancing, acrobatics, conjuring and other arts assemble together. A magnificent and generous professional stage, over 500 players, more than 1200 costumes and 55 minutes performance make you enjoy the floweriness and charm of Chinese culture. Witness it live at the ShenZhen Splendid China Folk Culture Village

Updated: Nov 09, 2008 3:36am PST

The Splendid China

A comprehensive miniature area reflecting the history, culture, art, ancient architecture as well as the customs and habits of various nationalities in China. It is one of the world's largest scenery parks in the amount of scenaries reproduced

Updated: Nov 09, 2008 3:36am PST

The Chinese Folk Village

A small glimpse of a chinese folk village. Very small indeed, but nevertheless nice :-)

Updated: Nov 09, 2008 3:19am PST

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Canon EOS 7D

My current everyday camera

Updated: Oct 26, 2009 12:05am PST

Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 EX DG Macro

My current walkaround lens. Very sharp and versatile, though not very wide on an APS-C

Updated: Oct 25, 2009 11:50pm PST

Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM

Anything long and this is what I end up with. Also the longest lens I have. I got a 2009 date code, and relatively speaking, I think I have a very sharp copy of this lens. It's a bit of many things - long, versatile, heavy, sharp, relatively slow (for my taste). But overall, a very good beast. This was my first L purchase

Updated: Mar 07, 2009 12:44pm PST

Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM

When the lights are fading, or if I want to fade everything but my subject. My fastest lens, and my favourite normal prime.

Updated: Jan 02, 2009 12:22pm PST

Canon EF 85mm F1.8 USM

An awesome portrait lens. Fast, instant focusing, an L in disguise. Also my product photography choice in this focal length range

Updated: Oct 25, 2009 11:55pm PST

Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC HSM

For when I need to go ultra wide without venturing into fisheye realms

Updated: Oct 25, 2009 11:58pm PST


This was not used much for the 5 years it spent with me. I cannot imagine it took me so long to figure out that I am not really a video guy (though I like what occasional clips I get from today's video DSLRs). Eventually sold it in like new condition, but as an obsolete model

Updated: Oct 04, 2009 9:42am PST

Sigma 150mm F2.8 EX APO DG Macro

Arguably the sharpest lens I have, though isn't used as much due to my shooting style. My go to lens for close and product shots, and occasionally for long portraits if I have it at hand. The build is solid, and focusing ring is butter smooth for manual focusing - a real pro lens from sigma

Updated: Apr 03, 2009 8:23am PST

Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS (SOLD)

The only superzoom I ever owned. I would say it was very versatile, reasonably sharp and decent quality - for this area of application. But then as my shooting improved I started to see its IQ limits, and had to let it go

Updated: Oct 04, 2009 9:56am PST

iBlue 747A+ GPS Data Logger

TransSystem's iBlue 747A+ is the first compact GPS DataLogger to offer AGPS support via the lastest MTK v2 (MTK 3329) GPS Chipset. Rated at -165dBm it is very sensitive and can be used indoors too. I had my hands onto this little gem within weeks of it being launched (in fact I had to import it from Semsons USA as it was still not available in HK) For a little more detail, check here

Updated: Jan 02, 2009 11:11pm PST

Canon BG-E3 Battery Grip (SOLD)

Was paired on my 400D, but sold when I upgraded to 7D with BG-E7

Updated: Oct 04, 2009 10:00am PST

Smugmug Camera Strap

Free stuff from SmugMug. SmugMug Goodies, as they call it. Now I am torn between my OpTech Pro Loop strap and this one. Both are nice, perhaps one would end up being a lens strap :-)

Updated: Jan 20, 2009 7:37am PST

Canon EOS 400D (SOLD)

My first DSLR. This is where all my learning happened, and until I moved up to a 7D after some 20000 clicks, I never felt limited by this tiny beast. Hopefully the current ownse is having as much fun and learning with it

Updated: Oct 26, 2009 12:02am PST

My DIY Softbox

This is a very basic DIY, home-made, cheap, foldable setup that I use for product photography - mainly for my gear and anything interesting that is about a foot long or smaller in size. All I have here is: 4 sheets of polystyrene foam - commonly known as thermocol, or styrofoam (which actually is a Dow Chemical trademark) - making top, back, left and right walls The left/right walls have a large window of foam cut out, and a silver/white sheet of paper pasted to fill the window I simply use long pushpins to assemble the box on the fly. when folded, its just 4 sheets of foam some regular paper sheets (white / blue / black) for use as a backdrop. I just pin the sheet on back wall and let it flow to the bottom without any hard fold showing up A vivitar 285HV and canon 430EX flashes illuminate the side windows using wireless radio triggers. I usuallu shoot the flashes in manual mode, adjusting the output and distance from the box based on lighting needs

Updated: Jan 02, 2009 1:16pm PST

Manfrotto 484RC2 Ballhead (SOLD)

Decent small head, but I figured I would be better served by moving to an arca style plate ecosystem. SO I replaced my monopod head with a Benro J-1

Updated: Mar 01, 2009 7:39am PST


Dynamic Gallery to share some random images temporarily

Updated: Feb 12, 2009 4:31am PST

Sydney 2012

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The Best Picks from Australia

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Swingin in the Park

A day spent swinging in the park - with bits of time spent in the playground too

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Playtime at Hutchison Park

The routine stuff, on a nice winter afternoon. Adit spent an hour speeding up on his scooter, breaking his own speed records. And then when it became a bit tiring, switched to play the role of the local gardner (of course making a mess for the real gardner by moving his fertile soil around)

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