It happened on one of those rare opportunities I got during a monsoon season. Not wanting to waste the fine weather, though it was during night time, I took my camera equipments along with me and ventured out to the famous tourist spots to capture some night landscape shots.

Tall Buildings

As much as I wanted to say having a tripod for night photography does help a lot, but walking for 4 hours with 4kg of camera equipments on one shoulder and another 1.5kg tripod on another shoulder isn’t fun at all. The total weight was killing my shoulders and the walking from Esplanade to Merlion area to Clarke Quay to Suntec was killing my legs, especially my right ankle. Thank god, my battery grip and speedlite weren’t with me. Or else, my arms will literally fall off.

The Famoust Tourist Spot

Merlion

I remembered clearly that my shirt was soaking wet with sweat and I was pretty dehydrated as I forgot to bring along a small bottle of water. But, I got a good reason to enjoy my Toffee Nut Frappuccino from Starbucks while sitting beside the Merlion soaking in the relaxing environment.

Esplanade

But, having said that, with the complaints and all, at the end of the day, looking back at the suffering what I went through, it’s nice to see that all those photos that I wanted to take turned out alright, or at least I think they are. It’s really rewarding to have all those equipments with me as I get to shoot with ease.

Under The Bridge

Furthermore, one thing that I’ve learned during that night is that night photography requires a lot of patience and persistence. I really do mean A LOT, by a mile or something more. With aching feet, sore shoulders, hot humid weather and slow shutter speed, you get the idea of what I meant by a lot of patience.

Fullerton Hotel

From The Bridge

While I was minding my own business, there were a couple of tourists approached me for one reason; to teach them how to use their own camera. And that’s because I was holding and fiddling around with my DSLR camera which made them think that I’m good at what I’m doing (taking photos), which I’m not by the way. Learning new stuff (how to operate their cameras) there and then while minding my own business (taking my own photos) wasn’t the easiest thing to do. But, to help them out and getting the results they wanted did make my day a lil better though I’ve wasted much of my time.

Clarke Quay

All in all, it was pretty fun yet tiring ‘expedition’. All the walking and the waiting and the cursing and the people-watching was kinda relaxing in a way. I hope you like the photos and please feel free to give comments / suggestions / critiques. Head over to my Flickr for more though they are more or less the same.




Located opposite of Aerins, this newly opened (close to 3 months old) restaurant, with unique name and cool simple environment, caught my attention when I was strolling around in Raffles City Shopping Mall. What more is that the concept of The Hand Burger is somewhat familiar to The Daily Grind in Malaysia.

The Hand Burger

A quick scroll through their menu, one would notice that the list of burgers isn’t as extensive as compared to other restaurants. However, it is safe to say their list / menu is designed sufficiently to fit (almost) everyone’s tastebuds. Ranging from beef to chicken and vegetables to pork, they serve gourmet burgers using freshest ingredients. Yes, you heard me right. They do have pork burger. Pork!

Lychee Mint Crush

With recommendation, I picked Lychee Mint Crush as my drink. Now… I don’t usually like my food / drink to have mint taste / flavour in it. So, it was a risky choice at first. But after the first sip (and each subsequent sips after that), I tend to like it very much. The faint taste of the mint coupled with the blended lychees, it was really refreshing and soothing. Each sip makes you crave for more.

The Works Burger

For main course, The Works Burger was my pick. Combination of 180 grams of sirloin beef patty, cheddar cheese, sunny side egg, fried onion rings, basil pesto mushroom, garlic mayo and sweet onion jam, in my opinion, it’s really delicious.

The Works Burger

The patty was moist and wasn’t overcooked while their homemade sauce went well with the burger. On top of that, the bun that they used wasn’t those ordinary ones from outside.

The Works Burger

If I’m correct, they specially made these buns to be used for their burgers. It was soft sweet and nice.

Straight Cut Fries

On the side, I took straight cut fries over stuffed tomato (with coleslaw in it). It was nice and crispy. Their sweet chili sauce (not in the photo) was equally good as well.

The Hand Burger

Overall, from the menu to the dining tables and chairs to the food presentation, they defined their way of running a food joint and I think it is a good thing as they managed to separate themselves from the rest of the usual food joints. My first dining experience with them was pleasant as their staff were attentive and helpful. And the chance of me going back there is high as I want to try their pork burger.

Address:
252, North Bridge Road,
#B1-77/78,
Singapore 179103.

Tel. No. : +65 6334 4577