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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.

http://www.lomography.com/magazine/locations/2010/05/05/holland-village-in-singapore

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
http://www.thirtysix.com.sg
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
http://lomotionsg.com
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
http://www.ndroo.com
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
http://www.8storeytree.com
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.

http://www.lomography.com/magazine/reviews/2010/02/09/sidekick-canvas-bag-review

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

Sentosa Island
http://www.sentosa.com.sg/

Rainforest Kidzworld at the Singapore Zoo
http://www.lomography.com/magazine/locations/2010/03/13/rainforest-kidzworld

Orchard Road
http://www.orchardroad.sg

There’s a lot more places to explore in Singapore, and you can know more of them in the lomography locations found here -
http://www.lomography.com/magazine/search?query=singapore

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

19 comments

  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... ; )

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  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

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  3. azzzy

    azzzy

    Awesome article. ! looking forward to your pics!

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  4. gnarlyleech

    gnarlyleech

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

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  5. muddymire

    muddymire

    singaporeeeeee<3

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  6. cyanwater

    cyanwater

    AWESOME!

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  7. eva_eva

    eva_eva

    super awesome journey :)

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  8. renaishashin

    renaishashin

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

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  9. lawypop

    lawypop

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

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  10. emilios

    emilios

    Really cool article.

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  11. lihooi

    lihooi

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

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  12. yarah

    yarah

    And from Abu Dhabi to Amsterdam!! ;)

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  13. quaisoir

    quaisoir

    take care Jay! keep in touch!

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  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 :)

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  15. disdis

    disdis

    enjoy your new home Mr. Panelomo!

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  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.

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

    -a-l-b-e-r-t-o-

    good luck for your new experience

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  18. -alia-

    -alia-

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

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  19. panelomo

    panelomo

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

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