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Oh it’s been a busy one

Hello world.

It’s been awhile since i’ve dropped an update here on this blog. It’s been rather dead now hasn’t it. Surprisingly though, traffic has been rather steady, for the old posts that be. #SEOFTW.

Anyhoo, dropping an update on what’s been going on lately. In the last two months, I’ve popped by two cities, namely Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur, and oh boy it has been quite an interesting eye-opening trips.

I’ve been on work trips before, but none as tiring as these, see, we’re expanding community initiatives to these cities first. And if results are good, we’ll head to other cities as well.

I’m gonna just leave you with a picture blast from the trip will little captions below them, it’s been fulfilling. But it opens a doorway into many busy busy work days to follow.

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Visited and had a sharing session at the 9GAG office, awesome stuff. Remind me again to not to take photos in portrait orientation, they’re a pain to upload here. #rookiemistake.

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We said hello to the lads at the Gogovan office too, and had a blast during a sharing with them too!

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And the nice people we’ve met along the way, who will be aiding us in the fight!

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We had more hands for the KL skirmish, which was also equally as interesting and much to learn about!

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Nothing stopped us from kicking back with good food and whiskey after all that’s done.


All in all, the trips were rewarding in its own ways, i’ll be jumping back into HK next month, yikes, much to plan and do this coming round too. But hey, let’s make that happen.

And yes.. I know I know.. I need to update more.

Photowalk – Superheadz: Korea 2015

The elusive Nikon FM2 is still not within my reach. But as far as film goes, the trusty Superheadz that Dexter gave me seems like a winner. It is still amazing what toy camera’s can do.

Earlier in the year we travelled to South Korea, yes, again. And instead of lugging the heavy D7000 along, I decided that the trip should just be done on my toy camera.

So here, as always, a photowalk of Seoul, taken with the 35mm toy camera goodness.

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Why did it take so long? I just didn’t get round to having them developed. Perhaps I should try developing them myself.

Stay tuned for the next photowalk!

Oh, and see the rest of the Superheadz shots here!

Stay chill all~

Old Rundown Theatre in Malacca

Upon the recent trip to Malacca, Malaysia, I stumbled across an old ruin(ok perhaps it isn’t THAT old). But then again, it was beside a busy road. This old rundown theatre in Malacca has probably seen lots of action back in the day.

Am not too sure what it was before but going by the look of its architecture, it was probably a theatre back in the day. Armed with my Superheadz Blue Ribbon, I snapped a couple of 35mm shots of the place. And i’m glad it turned out well.

Let the picture blast begin~

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Its pretty interesting to think what kind of history the place holds. Still in its rustic ruin form.

I’m glad i brought a film camera along. Well if you know what was the name of the theatre or what is the history behind that do let me know! Or if it was even a theatre at all! Drop me a message or leave a comment!

Cheers all!

Namiseom

Nami nami na, eh eh, waka waka..
Wait.. that ain’t right.

Namiseom is the name, also known as Nami Island.

Located in Chuncheon, South Korea, the island is probably one of the most beautiful places to see in Korea. Period.

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There are two ways on getting onto the island. One is via a ferry.

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And the other, though pricey, recommended. Is via a zip line from the mainland to the island. And oh yes, it was fun.

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Well you have got to be on par with certain height and weight restrictions. After which you get to head up the tower where you’d be ziplining from.

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Breathtaking and magnificent views. Though it was cold as crap up there.

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After going through a mandatory safety talk on how to not be an ass on the zipline down. We waited for our turn. And then when the ziplines returned. We sat on, strapped in, and it was an awesome ride down.

Check out the vid here!

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The zipline brought us straight into nami island’s wonderous autumn sea of red and yellow trees.

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Again, before i leave you with a picture blast, it is worth a note to say that nami island was the setting for the famous korean show winter sonata. Also the thai romance flick hello stranger.

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Again. I cannot stress the beauty of the place. Certainly one to put on your list when you’re visiting South Korea. Totally worth the long journey there.

We got on a Ferry and headed back to the main island. (Unfortunately they did not have a zipline back, Darn!)

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There are a few ways to get there. Google is your best friend in this case, find one that works out the best for you.

We got up bright and early for this so do remember to factor that in for your trip!

Stay classy all you wanderlusts~

Noryangjin Fish Market

Noryangjin Fish Market. The “Go-To” fish market for the koreans. For the tourists? An experience that allows one to eat live/raw octopuses. Also not to mention the seafood lovers.

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The prospect of which has gotten us up way early in the morning to grab the train to Noryangin Station(Take exit 1, cross the overhead bridge to get there). You won’t miss it, follow the fishy smell.

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Lights and loads and loads of fresh seafood is what greets you upon arrival. Also the unmistakable smell of fish.

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And as always, i’ll now leave you with a picture blast of the place. Enjoy~

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I’m not a seafood person. Nope, Definitely not. But everyone else was. So they picked out an octopus and some crabs and its yum yum for them.

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Chopped live octopus. Which was still squirming around. Check out the vid here of me snagging one in my mouth.

Octopussy. #notabondreference #korea

A video posted by Daniel Lee (@betterdanthis) on

 

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Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the grub. So if you’re a seafoodie like everyone else in my family but me. Do head down to check out Noryangjin Fish Market.

Here are the opening hours:
01:00 – 18:00 (wholesale auction)
07:00 – 20:00 (dried fish)
24 hours (raw fish)
Open throughout the year.

Technically you could just pop by any time you want. Definitely an experience and an interesting place to check out if you’re visiting South Korea.

Stay Fishy all!

Dog Cafe in Myeongdong

Cafe Gaene~

Ok the name of the cafe certainly sounds funny. And sure as heck not manly, but it is definately a dog lover’s must go place when in myeongdong, south korea.

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At a certain cross junction in the Myeongdong district there’d be these suited up mascots(not the one in the picture with the OBEY beanie) giving out flyers, for, well.. PET CAFE’s!

Sissy being an animal lover pestered us to check them out. So we grabbed the flyer for the Cafe Gaene, and headed to searching for it. Which wasn’t too difficult as they did have signs plastered around the area to lead you to it.

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That being said though even with the huge signs and all. We still managed to walk up the wrong building. #geniusesattopo

 

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After much laughs at our inability to find obvious places. We found it. The dog cafe in myeongdong.

 

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To save you the trouble in case you are like us, this is what the entrance door looks like.

 

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Inside, we paid, thats 8000 won each, had our hand’s sanitised and were given a free drink. They also gave us each a blanket to lay over our feet when we sat on the floor. I guess the dogs are “trained” to come over to you and lie down/sit on the blankys.

 

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There were dogs. EVERYWHERE.

Like playing, running around, sleeping, chilling out, taking pisses and shits everywhere.

Which in all honesty was not to stinky the place. The ladies there were pretty efficient in clearing up the pee and poo whenever the dogs decided to drop one.

 

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Each dog had their own name and came to you for some stranger affection, we were warned though that some had a pissy attitude and did not like to be rubbed or handled in certain ways.

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DO NOT PULL POPPY PLEASE~

 

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Of course we were not the only ones there, even near to closing there were people streaming in and such. But not to worry about crowds. The space in the cafe is ample and there are enough dogs to go around for everyone.

I’ll now stop blabbering and leave you with a picture blast!

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Needless to say the girls loved it there.

 

Here’s the address if you’re as much a dog lover as we are!

 

Cafe Gaene Myeongdong

46, Myeongdong 4-gil, Jung-guSeoulSouth Korea

Tel. 070-4253-9497 (One of the dogs might pick up the phone though)

https://www.facebook.com/cafegaene/timeline

 

Well this isn’t the only dog cafe in Seoul but if you’re ever in the area, it is definately interesting to just drop by and check out cafe gaene, the dog cafe in myeongdong.

 

Korea Wifi Rental

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Before i begin, i have to say it is important to firstly find out what your needs are for your trip.
In our case, we are travelling with a total of 5 people in the lot so a wifi egg would be perfect.

If you’re travelling alone or in pairs. Then you’d probably want to look for a 3G/4G sim to use in your phone whilst in Korea.

If you’re just here reading this post just for the kick of it. Then read on anyways! You might find it useful for your future trips!

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We found ourselves heading to Changi Airport terminal 2. Do note they open from 7am to 10pm so don’t go in the middle of the night looking for wifi eggs.

Its pretty simple. You rent the magic device from the shop located near the end of the terminal (land side). Once you see starbucks its should be around there.

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Here’s the lowdown. $12 dollars a day(which is a great deal if you split with your friends). The egg connects up to 10 devices at a go and gives you about 8-9 hours of battery life. And the best thing about this is the absence of a data limit cap. So you can LITERALLY go crazy with the usage.

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Of course. This isn’t the first korea wifi rental for the wifi egg thingy’s in singapore but it certainly proves to be the most cost effective for your trip. Again, if you’re travelling in big groups. (Or your arsenal of gadgets range from your tablets, smartphones, computers, gaming devices etc just for yourself)

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They do have rental eggs for other countries too but the range is rather limited and since we’re heading to korea, i figured i’d just blog it as korea wifi rental.

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And whats more they provide this sweet pouch for you to carry the egg around that includes a charger and a cable to go with. I recommend getting those portable battery packs to extend the usage when you’re out and about.

We paid a $1 deposit but were warned of the extra charges if we’d lose the device and its peripherals. And depending on how many days per the $12/day rate. You pay when you return from your trip.

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This korea wifi rental egg is certainly a lifesaver for those of us who can’t live without the internet. For others, just hunt for wifi at certain cafe’s and food spots.

I’ll detail in another post soon about buying sim cards in a foreign country soon! So do stay tuned for that! Meanwhile, as always, stay awesome~

Thailand Trip 2014

Ok, So again, we set off for what seems to be a yearly affair now.

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This year was a pretty rushed trip. Of which i only brought the DSLR out for the first day.

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Awesome food of course. As always, i’ll detail this in a later post. And you guys can check it out when you’re there.

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Booboo’s were spotted.

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And it was back to RCA Karting circuit again.

We didn’t shoot guns this round as monetary constraints were a factor this trip.

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Overall i’d say bangkok never fails to amuse me.

There’s always something new to see and learn everytime i go there.

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And what about this awesome rottie statue we saw at chatuchak market? Nope, did not get it. sadly.

Coulda woulda shoulda though.

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Heck of a trip.

Clarence will be leaving for his training some months down the road. Am really hoping to be able to catch another trip to the land of smiles before he does.

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This pic means alot~ Ask me about it when you see me. I’ll fill you in.

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Till the next post. Stay awesome.

Super Taikyu Rd 6 Autopolis

Ok, So last November, i was priviledged enough to join the Petronas Syntium Team up in Oita Prefecture for their last round battle in  the Super Taikyu Endurance Series.

Having already clinched the title in the previous round, this race was a much looked forwarded to end of season race for the team.

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Oita mountainous regions houses Autopolis Circuit.

The Kawasaki owned 4.7km circuit accompanied with the weather conditions of the time of the year, and the upland area location means the atmosphere is thin and by god was it cold.

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Petronas Syntium Team’s Malaysian Veteran Driver Fariqe Hairuman Shelters himself from the cold in the pit tents and puts some add on’s to his helmet livery.

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The first few days were a blast. With splendid weather conditions. Clear weather for both practice and qualifying sessions!

 

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Autopolis circuit hosted a slew of pretty nice looking honda sponsored safety/marshal cars.

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There was also a dedicated smoking bus! Parked there right beside the loo!

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Surrounded by the massive massive mountains.

Before it all, i embarked on a track walk with some of the young guns from the team.

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Also the two photographers shooting their pro cameras and millions of frames per second in front of them is none other than Larry Chen from the Speedhunters and Cheryl Tay, a revered female automotive journalist from Singapore.

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The elevation changes of the track were gradual incline or declines which proved to be a task for the drivers after shooting out from sharp hairpin corners.

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Of course, the team runs two Mercedes Benz SLS AMG GT3.

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Other cars that competed in our class were a Speedracer Liveried Ferrari 458 Italia and Nissan GTR’ GT3s.

Now, as race day approached, The weather took a sudden turn for the worst.

Heavy fog.

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The winds were so strong that it even blew the pit tent off! I had to stay in the team trailer without a heater, was literally freezing my ass off.

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This caused problems as there were poor racing conditions. a slow and excruciating delay ensued.

After which we were all called into the pits for a meeting.

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Here a little special panoramic view of the pit meeting of the whole team.

We were told that the race format has been changed. From a 3 to a 2 hour endrance race with 3 mandatory driver changes.

 

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Grid girls were out in FULL force admist the fog and cold weather.

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I Certainly do admire their perserverance, though i suppose they do get paid quite a fair bit.

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Cheryl launching herself in a super camera taking position.

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Some of the Grid Girls were luckier than not. They had more on.

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And then it was on to the windy and wet track for the start of the race(behind the safety car)

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The race started with foggy conditions all the way, and eventually ended with a red flag 75% in, we were unlucky this round and clinched a 2nd and 3rd place spot on the podium. Not exactly the best way to end the season.

Overall it was a eye opening experience for me there this race. And if you were wondering, i was handling the team’s social media pages!

Namely the Facebook Page And the Instagram Page.

Do follow them if you could!

Here are some of the instagram shots i took whilst on the trip!

Enjoy!

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After the race, we Scrambled to pack up everything and headed straight for the car as temperatures were dropping real quick.

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Larry says, This way home!

 

We went down the twisty “Initial D” like mountain roads of Oita and headed for Fukuoka, afterwhich the whole team will disperse back to their own countries.

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Well, Fingers crossed i’ll be able to join the team for their ventures next season.

Till then!

Adios!

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Korea 2012

Ok with K-pop and K-Drama’s aside. Korea was, well, cold.

Especially at this time of the year. I recently visited in November and boy was it cold. With temperatures dropping to 0deg. at certain instances.

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That being said though, all in all, it was a rather beautiful place with good food and cheap shopping all round.

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Place your lock of love here~

 

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A teddy bear museum for all you teddy fanatics.

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Food Glorious Food. and who can complain with Kimchi at every meal.

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If you do drop by seoul, you have to catch “cooking nanta” really brilliant show!

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And of course. Lotte World.

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Sat the many rides. Fun fun stuff.

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Really really huge theme park with both and indoor and outdoor field with loads of rides and attractions.

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Had a go at ice skating too!

 

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Fish market!

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Octo anyone?

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Or how about tiger prawns?

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And a blast of things~

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And guess what we ate?

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Diced live octopus~

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Didn’t stop everyone from getting the good stuff too!

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The trickeye museum was pretty fun too!

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and i do what i do best!

 

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Plastic Surgery ads were plastered all around the city!

 

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The coex Aquarium was really nice too!

Though it did not have kickass whale sharks like the one in osaka did, marine animals still are awesome.

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We left korea with this re-enactment of a royal family walk in the airport.

So far korea is a pretty nice place to visit. Loads of stuff there, though, that being said, its still best to plan out your trip schedule beforehand.