Monday, 28 March 2016

Capturing Beauty... Nikita Sachdev

so this whole 'capturing beauty' series of mine will be me sharing images of models i have gone for shoots with. while there are the usual typical 'photoshoot' style shots, i do try to vary them a little given the chance and for this series, i requested for a shawl to do some 'shawl shots' and tried to capture the lovely Nikita in a different way.

one of the reasons i first started out doing these shoots was to find an outlet [or another one but who's counting :) ] from the other more humdrum aspects of life and express myself through this wonderful creative outlet using digital and film photography... it is a continuing and engaging catharsis for me and i hope you enjoy the images that i enjoyed creating. 

final note is on the lady in these pics. Ms Sachdev is of Indian and Persian origins and lived most of her life in the US (so she speaks American ;)  and is, as anyone with sight can tell, an absolute beauty. she is professional and a great model and person to work with and someone i would engage again. with that, some images to share... 
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cafe
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at the gates
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Friday, 18 March 2016

Suprette ~ One of The Best Burgers in Singapore (So Far)

as Mr Samuel L Jackson might say... "mm-hmm this is a Tasty Burger!" this is not going to be a long review of course. it's just a quick share on a great burger in Singapore and some pix about the place. note taste is subjective but if you know burgers, u will know this to be a tasty burger ;) YMMV of course. side note, i pay for all my burgers and i am no food critic/blogger so what i get is what you'll get.

I haven't eaten at ALL the best burger joints in SG, as one keeps popping up every other month or so, but have done some of them and The Suprette Burger is better for me than the ones i've tried at De Burg, Omakase Burger, Bergs, Fatboys (pretty sad impo), daniel boulod DB Bistro Moderne db burger (at I think twice the price), &Made (when they were around... i liked the burgers here too), Overeasy, Carvers & Co (nothin special), The Butchers Club Burger (not tasty at all and a weak special sauce)

[Update 2 Apr 16]: 

  • Three Buns at Potato Head Folk dish out a good tasting burger too. Having looked at reviews on some food critic sites/aggregators, i think price was a sore point for some i.e. the burger be too teeny tiny for $20++ or more. I had the Baby Huey as part of a set lunch with a drink, dessert and fries and it came up to $30+ which was fine. Will do a more detailed review/writeup in time. For dinner, no sets, and $23+ just for a small burger eg I had the burning man on another occasion (like a big mac or smaller size) which i ate in about 5mins is kinda too much to ask for).
  • Dropped by MEATliquor & had the dead hippie. A good burger but a tad over on the taste. super juicy, they didn't ask done-ness but it was medium so it was ok. waited over 30mins for a burger on a busy nite, not worth a return visit as there are better places out there. 

Places I will try in time because of overhyped foodie reviews ;) : Huber's Butchery & Bistro @ Dempsey, Two Blur Guys, Roadhouse (The Terminator challenge?), The Chop House, Burnt Ends (pulled pork burger), Third and Sixth

we descend upon kam leng hotel in jalan besar... near some more interesting
watering holes in the lavender area... (there's also a ponggol nasi lemak nearby
if u suddenly have a nasi lemak and a crispy chicken wing craving :)
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a cool old skool hotel with some nice touches about... sentries
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an art deco clock that hasn't worked for some time i'd imagine
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a lady that ain't foolin' no one
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& it seems it used to have a restaurant with some excellent European food & drinks but these days it's occupied by... 
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SUPRETTE! it be located on the first floor & u can't miss it once u enter the hotel lobby
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& this place serves some tasty hamburgers which as we know are 'the cornerstone of any nutritious breakfast!' 
the suprette burger is delicious in my books, great taste, juiciness and texture, and i've gone back for it several times
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the slightly smaller donkey burger with extra cheese-y goodness.. both i believe come with free flow of fries which can range from 
just nice goodness to overly crispy (this one ranged more for the times i've been down) the burgers though have been consistently good
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if a liquid diet is more your thing... they have a pretty well stocked bar... 
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with lots of interesting beverages... 
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people enjoying good food there and it's definitely worth a try in my books (i've
not had other grub there but the burgers are enough for me to keep goin back)
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& the last pulp fiction reference in this post... 
[Vincent: you know what they put on French fries in Holland instead of ketchup?
Jules: What?
Vincent: Mayonnaise.
Jules: God damn!
Vincent: I seen them do it, man, they f***ing drown them in that sh!t]
I do too Mr Vega, I do too ;)
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signing out... 
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National Gallery of Singapore ~ Some Black and White Pics & 1 Color

some black and whites of #NationalGallerySG

antlers [shot on Sony A7S]
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dome [shot on Sony A7S]
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corridor [shot on Sony A7S]
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iron man [shot on Sony A7S]
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escalator
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family outing
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reflect [shot on Sony A7S]
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art appreciation [shot on Sony A7S]
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dome II
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piano [shot on Sony A7S]
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outside [shot on Sony A7S]
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Thursday, 17 March 2016

The Increasing Panerai-zation of Tudor & The Heritage Black Bay Bronze

Now I am not saying it in a super negative way because it looks to be paying dividends for Tudor and it's going down a path that Rolex won't (or has not as yet). so what is panerai-zation? milking the historical models, the back catalogues and mixing stuff up like rojak and coming out with at times wonderful pieces and at times very much the same ol same ol kinda watch. Tudor so far has been doing it tastefully and I do look forward to more interesting takes on pieces or bits and pieces here and there from it's past into it's modern range. this bronze piece is a cool looking piece for sure... i'll be green with envy when i see it on another's wrist (see what i did there? :) 

there's specs below but why bother? your takeaway is IT LOOKS AMAZING! 

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hmm wonder what it will look with some verdigris... 

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Heritage Black Bay Bronze
This piece inherits the most characteristic elements from Tudor's eloquent history in dive watches: the domed crystal, the prominent winding crown from the 1958 model, dubbed Big Crown, the angular "snowflake" hands from the 1970s, and the beige woven jacquard strap, a nod to the French sailors who made their own straps from elastic recovered from rescue parachutes. The bronze case is a reminder of the bronze used for the helmets in the heroic early days of diving. Add to this a mechanical automatic movement with COSC chronometer certification, - developed, manufactured and assembled in-house – and there can be no doubting that this new Black Bay Bronze will become a partner for life, slowly developing a unique patina over time to match its owner's lifestyle.

  • Movement Mechanical automatic, MT5601 calibre, 28,800 vib/h, silicon balance
  • spring, approximately 70-hour power reserve.
  • Functions Hours, minutes, seconds.
  • Case Bronze, 43 mm.
  • Domed sapphire crystal, steel back with bronze-coloured PVD treatment.
  • Unidirectional rotating bezel with brown anodised aluminium disc.
  • Water-resistant to 200 metres (20 bar/660 ft).
  • Dial Brown, domed.
  • Bracelet/Strap Antiquated leather with bronze buckle. Delivered with a second, fabric strap.

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