Panelomo’s Lomographic Journey - Goodbye Singapore, Hello Abu Dhabi


Inspired by stouf’s Goodbye Quebec post, here’s my story of an unforgettable end and a start of another lomographic journey. I arrived in Singapore last summer of 2001, coming from my hometown in Manila, Philippines. Judging from my profession, Singapore is truly an architect’s playground.

Singapore is a bustling modern city living on 24-hour air-conditioned establishments and fast-paced lifestyle. Not to mention its crisp clean and green-designed communities and lively neighborhood.

Imagine the video game Sim City in real life.

(fast-forward and skip to 2008 when I was introduced to Lomography)

I never really had the chance to mingle with the lomography community in Singapore. I did participate in one of the many activities, which includes the Holga Singapore Tour, and the WeLoveSnap-LomotionSG Holga Doubles Project.

The Holga Singapore Tour was created to give Singapore an analog overview of its different attractions and lifestyles, where each participant gets to show the beauty of his own district to an ordinary man’s eyes – Lomography Style!

My contribution was directed to Holland Village where I stayed for about 5 years. A place famous in Singapore for its bohemian-inspired environment.

The WeLoveSnap-LomotionSG Holga Doubles Project is a collaboration between Thailand and Singapore’s lomography communities, where two lomographers are paired together to swap films and shoot doubles. The project was a success where lomographs wildly conceived surreal results!

So, if ever you are visiting Singapore, here are a few lomography-related places (and websites) you should not miss.

Triple D Film Lab

This is the film enthusiasts’ haven. E6 Processing? C41? Cheap films? Scanning? Half frame scanning? With sprockets? Push 1 stop? 2 stops? This shop will never stop accommodating you, just look for the curly-haired film master – Uncle Mike, and he’ll be happy to entertain you. Trust me – Uncle Mike is an analog wizard, a chemical wonder and a film expert.
The Maestro himself

Thirty Six Camera Shop
Just a few minutes’ walk from Triple D Film Lab, this store is mainly catered to toy cameras and anything analog. You might even have a chance to look at one in a few golden LC-As displayed in their gallery. Say hi and hello to our fellow lomographers @cyanwater, @ymmij, and @norya who’s always welcome to serve you.

Lomotion Singapore
Singapore’s lomography and film camera forum site. If you’re planning to visit Singapore and would like to know more about anything lomographic in advance, ask around and these guys will happily help you.

Fuzzy Eye Balls
Mr. Andrew Kua’s blog is a must visit, where you can learn tipsters, how to’s, and basically keep yourself up-to-date with anything about film photography. Want to know more about this blogger? Visit his lomohome @ndroo and his cute kid whose also an avid lomographer @fitzand

8 Storey Tree
An online site where you can find cheap films, cameras, and other accessories.

I have been in Singapore for about 10 years now, and will be moving to different cities for the next few years. Luckily, I have my Lomography Sidekick Bag to accompany me during these trips.

oh yeah – here’s a few places not to be missed!

Sentosa Island

If you are visiting Singapore for the first time, then mark this place on the top of your list. Sentosa, which translates to peace and tranquility in Malay, is a popular island resort in Singapore, visited by some five million people a year. Attractions include a two-kilometre long sheltered beach, Fort Siloso, two golf courses and two five-star hotels, and the Resorts World Sentosa, featuring the theme park Universal Studios Singapore.

Rainforest Kidzworld at the Singapore Zoo

Rainforest Kidzworld is a children’s discovery area, which imaginatively incorporates learning and educational elements to raise an early appreciation for animals and plants among young children. Things to see include a Kampung House (village house) with nooks and crannies to discover, a Creature Plants section which features plants with animal names, a petting corner, Rainforest Challenge (an obstacle course for young children), paddocks for the ponies and falabellas (a miniature horse), a Birthday Pavilion, Wild Animal Carousel, pony and horse carriage rides and the central Water Play area – and everything is right in the heart of Singapore Zoo!

Orchard Road

The central shopping area is concentrated on Orchard Road. Believe me, Singaporeans and tourists frolic to Orchard Road almost everyday. It rivals all other areas in terms of sheer volume, quality, and choice. Many of its shopping centers are filled with a variety of products from around the world. Most malls carry the concept of “everything under one roof”. Virtually everything that is desired can be found in these shopping centers.

There’s a lot more places to explore in Singapore, and you can know more of them in the lomography locations found here -

I am writing this in Abu Dhabi where I’ll be spending my journey for the next few months. After a few grueling days of 45-degree afternoons, and surveying the area for film labs, which can process E6 and 120 films – which doesn’t exist here anymore, I have decided to learn film developing at home. The results of course, will only be available on my next post.

From the unpredictable wet and dry seasons, to 40-degree morning sunshines – you can never ask for more extreme weather transitions.

Next stop, Abu Dhabi… and so my lomographic journey continues.

written by panelomo on 2010-09-20 in #world #locations #journey #singapore #travel #personal-story #abu-dhabi #location #panelomo


  1. stouf
    stouf ·

    What a fantastic collection of galleries... I'll definitely check this post again if I ever go to Singapore. Congrats bro, and enjoy your new place !!! And I can't wait to see your homemade processes... ; )

  2. weihsuan
    weihsuan ·

    Hello Jay! All the best in Abu Dhabi!! Will be looking forward to your work in self developed film and perhaps new architecture work over there! Cheers

  3. azzzy
    azzzy ·

    Awesome article. ! looking forward to your pics!

  4. gnarlyleech
    gnarlyleech ·

    This is great. Lucky to be able to see such beauty

  5. muddymire
    muddymire ·


  6. cyanwater
    cyanwater ·


  7. eva_eva
    eva_eva ·

    super awesome journey :)

  8. renaishashin
    renaishashin ·

    Great one Jay~ Awesome article and photos~ :D Looking forward to your self developed photos!! :DD

  9. lawypop
    lawypop ·

    Great article Jay! im very lucky to live in Singapore :)

  10. emilios
    emilios ·

    Really cool article.

  11. lihooi
    lihooi ·

    great!!! thanks for sharing your experience and all the useful info! :)

  12. yarah
    yarah ·

    And from Abu Dhabi to Amsterdam!! ;)

  13. quaisoir
    quaisoir ·

    take care Jay! keep in touch!

  14. spoeker
    spoeker ·

    awesome, I had a one day stop at singapore when I was travelling to australia. Great experince but way to short and after this post I think I have to come back :)

  15. disdis
    disdis ·

    enjoy your new home Mr. Panelomo!

  16. amaan
    amaan ·

    Great article! I'll definitely know good places to go when i visit Singapore next year.
    Hope you settle down good in Abu Dhabi :) Good luck.

  17. -a-l-b-e-r-t-o-
    -a-l-b-e-r-t-o- ·

    good luck for your new experience

  18. -alia-
    -alia- ·

    Panelomo, are you an architect? So am I ^.^

  19. panelomo
    panelomo ·

    cool - now i know another architect/lomographer here! :)

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