Monday, 22 August 2016

Rolex GMT 1675 Heading To Panama On Pan American Airways!

heading to #panama then to #havana to get some fine #cuban #cigars ... got my #panam #flight #tickets and my #leica #film #camera and the essential #rolex 1675 #gmt #pepsi a watch favored by revolutionaries i hear.. i need a good #Montecristo or #cohiba smoldering in this #photo dammit! have #singapore #passport will #travel #pan #america #airlines 
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of course i checked with them if they were still flying to panama and they assured me with the following slogan u see below "it's easier to remember where we don't go. ANTARCTICA" with that assurance and suitably wristed with the GMT, i headed down to Changi Airport :) 
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Friday, 19 August 2016

A Good NY Sandwich in Singapore ~ Review of an excellent Reuben NY deli sammiches

so i blame Jim Gaffigan, the shake shack lovin' new york comic for this craving for a new york style sammich. I have been following his show of late but some episodes r better than others. in terms of good quality shows i've seen recently though, louis c k kills it with horace and pete. might not be everyone's cuppa but i enjoyed watching it a lot. [it's purchasable on louisck.net for US$31] and of course i'm suffering from GOT withdrawal... the king of the north! i digress. Gaffigan and mate Dave hang out at Katz's. for those who do not know the place, think 'when harry met sally' and when sally began using the Lord's name in a not so holy manner.


well i've been to katz's when i dropped by New York in my 20s and i loved it! pastrami on rye... 'YES YES YES YES!!!' to quote Ms Albright. i knew then that it was very very very very very good but if i say i can still remember the taste i would be lying. and now we cut to singapore. in the cbd area, i used to get my fix at the smoke shack when it was in several locations... the first place it was at which i can't remember now then republic plaza basement, then far east square and now who knows where they are. I think tanjong pagar but that is TOO FAR for me to get to during lunch break... and so i search high and search low and in the mandarin gallery next to wild honey (same owners) there is this little gem. more pix and some words follow.

let's go from the outside in

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love the decor and deli stylings

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pastrami-licious indeed!

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i heard their bagels are excellent too but i have yet to try... it's on the list for the next visit

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but nothing... nothing, should detract you from getting the reuben (my personal taste. u can choose 
other sandwiches that u prefer) a wonderful "i'll have what she's having" pastrami on rye  

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oh so tender and flavorful... i needs more! this is the large at S$26 after gst
it's just a bit above $30 & there is a bigger and smaller version

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a photo of the lovely pastrami being prepped to be eaten by moi

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and all tucked in nicely for consumption

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and a critical ingredient... 

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"about this pickle we're in..." if u're thinking stiglitz, u be thinking right ;)

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and a final shot of my sandwich... 

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and what was left shortly after... A very good meal

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u want a good ny deli sandwich in Singapore? i give you Sacha and Sons. As always, go in with very low expectations and the only way will be up... and this can go way way up :) cheers, raph

Omega and the Olympics Rio 2016

So Omega is the official timekeeper for the Olympics and it's a key role that they are playing there. Now swimming happens to be one of the sports that Singaporeans are interested in as we have our first Olympic Gold through a 100m 'float like a butterfly, stings like a bee' champion, Joseph Schooling. [Huge congrats to the dude!] but i digress, swimming olympics omega ... and they have come up with a new Nato strap during this time. check out the official text and some lightly tweaked pix below. cheers, raph


OMEGA RIO INSPIRED NATO 

To celebrate OMEGA's role as Official Timekeeper at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, the Swiss watchmaker has created a NATO bracelet reminiscent of a running track. Using blue nylon with white stitching to create the impression of lanes, the sporty fabric strap also features a loop ring engraved with lane numbers. The buckle and loop rings are made of stainless steel.  The strap retails at OMEGA Boutiques at S$275.


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check out this vid too... it's pretty cool

Monday, 8 August 2016

Processing Slide Film in Singapore ~ Look of Velvia 50 and Provia 100 in Tokyo

There are still film shooters out there of course and for those who want to shoot slides, I was actually going to do a post to say don't shoot slides any more if you be in Singapore and the reason for that is because in Singapore (and maybe in South East Asia), the only E6 film processing lab left is run by a bunch of enthusiasts at Analog Film Lab LINK

Now I personally do not have any bad experiences with them as I have only used them 3 times through Ruby [i guess them not responding to an email to their business email address doesn't really count... or does it?] and i have heard positives and negatives on them but the negatives stick out [if u're curious about the explanation for some issues read this thread and their side of the story here LINK]. I also know of another chap who had his slides processed wrongly as black and white and they just sent him some fresh rolls, as if that would make up for the loss of his images. So not so reliable and if u want to shoot slides than you may want to look beyond Singapore for processing. 


For folks outside of Singapore if you have recommended labs in Japan or Asia (to minimise shipping costs) do let me know [email: raphael too @ gmail .com (no spaces) ] :) cheers. Anyways here's just a few select shots of Tokyo shot on Velvia 50 and Provia 100. No color tweaks were done to these (just some exposure correction) so these are the colors u can expect from these Fuji slide films. Shot with Leica M6 with Voigtlander 15mm f4.5 and 35mm f1.2 and Zeiss 50mm Planar. 


somewhere in ginza [velvia 50]
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odaiba wheel [velvia 50]
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fashion show [provia 100]
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shinjuku [provia 100]
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shopping with the mrs [velvia 50]
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that's how we rolls [velvia 50]
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flowers [velvia 50]
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and we end where we began in ginza processed in black and white... 
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