22 August, 2012

Relatives Visit + Trip to Botanical Garden

因为某些私人原因,我们一家五口几乎是彼此唯一的亲人、平日的照应。以前有一段时间很羡慕别人,周末可以和亲人聚会、平时有空一起出去,但现在长大了,反而更加珍惜仅有的亲人。
Our family has always been dependent on each other, and only one another, all these years. For personal reasons, we're not close or even in contact with most of our relatives. There was a period of time when I was younger, that I had been really envious of friends who get to visit their relatives for meals and get-together during weekends. Now that I've grown up, though, I learnt to cherish what I have, even more because of the sense of deprivation.

但是,怡保的舅舅和舅母上星期来到新加坡,瞬间感觉到亲人能够填满生活的感觉。也许是因为有点太渴望、渴望太久了,所以特别温馨、特别感动。他们星期一早上回去的时候,也特别不舍。
The past week that my uncle and aunt came to our house has been a really heartwarming one, and it felt like my life is complete for once. I was also pretty sad when they eventually had to leave on Monday morning.

由于碰巧是我生日的那一周,生日当天带舅舅和舅母两人到植物园走走。比起城市的购物和逛街,他们更喜欢贴近大自然。
Anyway, as their visit happened to collide with my birthday, I had the chance to spend a happening day, bringing them to visit Botanic Garden. They prefer the nature as compared to city life and shopping.


但植物园的规模实在是太大了,我们花了一个早上,只参观了25%吧。
The Botanic Garden is too big though, and we only managed to visit about a quarter of the place.


其中,在Evolution Garden的分岔路有个特别的石头亭子。去过很多公园的亭子,难免都有蚂蚁、飞虫,最可怕的莫过于昆虫。但这个亭子挺干净的,不错!
Of all the places we visited, the Evolution Garden has a really spectacular shelter made from stones. I've been to many parks with shelters, and they usually come with ants, bugs and creepy crawlies, but this shelter is super clean! I'm impressed.





往Evolution Garden后面的小路走,看到一些很可怕,貌似墓碑的石头。另外,树叶像魔爪~ (鬼戏看太多……)
We followed the trail behind the Evolution Garden sign, and saw some really creepy-looking stones. The stones look like tombstones and the trees look like monstrous claws. Guess I watched too many ghost shows...




总觉得植物园在滨海花园开幕后,稍稍被冷落了吧。但是植物园里真的有很美的植物,尤其对眼睛好。有的景色,也真的是美到很假!
I have a feeling that the Botanic Garden would be forgotten now that the Garden by the Bay is in operation. But the plants at Botanic Garden are really pretty, to the extent that they look kinda unreal. Not to mention, green is good for the eyes.


有的人喜欢拍植物、有的喜欢拍运动的快速,我喜欢拍……植物在光线中的轮廓。
Some people love nature photography, some love sports photography, I love... plants silhouettes photography.


以下是以前没有相机,不时用手机拍的。在写这篇的时候才发现自己有这样的喜好。
The photos below are some I took previously with my phone, before I had a decent proper camera. Only realised that I have this thing for plants silhouettes when I'm writing this entry. =O










扯远了。在植物园里,如果你不懂的欣赏、不能静下心看清一草一木,那就会觉得无聊。在我不感兴趣的区域久留时,我就……开始玩相机。哈哈哈。
Sorry I digressed. I guess if you're not a fan of nature, you won't really know how to appreciate its beauty, and even find it boring. I felt that way when I was in areas that I didn't like. So... I started playing with camera effects. Hahaha




在都是平坦道路的地方,有阶梯的方向想必不是那么吸引人吧。
In a place where slopes and straight paths are common, the stairs lead to places less traveled.


在最后接近柜台的地方休息了一下下,发现自然光线极好,所以和妈妈照相留念。自从有了DSLR,拍摄效果挺好的,所以妈妈也比较愿意拍照了,呵呵~
Towards the end of the trip, I found the lighting to be pretty good, and took a photo with my mom. She had been reluctant to take pictures, until my DSLR came along and produced nice effects. Haha


哦,忘了说,在工作的时候,不时就会为了媒体活动或者节目拍摄(就是,会需要出去抛头露面的时候)化妆。但自从创业以来,化妆的次数不上十次。不希望自己陷进去,不化妆不敢见人。自然一点,别人对自己比较不会有所期望吧。等哪天吃错药想找对象,比较可能在意修饰妆容。
A side note- during the time when I was working, I'd put on makeup every now and then when there's media events or shoots. Aka the times when I have to meet people other than my colleagues. But I have put on make up less than 10 times eversince I started my own business instead. Just my own principle that I have to be comfortable barefaced, so that my life would be simple, and people wouldn't pin too much hopes. Haha. That should be the case until the day I malfunction and try to find a guy. 

女为悦己者容。
A girl would doll up for a guy she fancies.

就这样咯!如果有空,或者想要找安静又免费的地方拍拖,植物园是不错的选择。滨海花园不久前迎接了第1,000,000个游客吧,但植物园已经承载了数十年的人类灵气,不妨参观体会一下!
That's about it! If you have no money and are looking for a quiet, romantic and free place to date, I think the Botanic Garden is a pretty decent choice. Garden by the Bay only reached their 1millionth visitor, but Botanic Garden has the aura of human who have visited over the years. It's surreal.

环线开放了,在Botanic Garden站下,直接就能从植物园后门进入!
And! The Circle Line MRT is in full operation now, so you can get there straight from Botanic Garden MRT station!