August 8, 2006

on the rails

It was late at night, I was driving home after our final rehearsal before we leave for Singapore. So many thoughts swirled in my head. What do I pack? What didn't I need to bring? Oh f**k, how on earth am I suppossed to minimize my packing? How much money should I bring? This time I had to be frugal. Can't turn into a shopping fiend. Blah blah blah...

Because of everything I needed to think through, I took the longer route home, just so I could make a little room in my head before I put it down on my pillow. Then I saw this. One of the domes on top of the Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM) main office building. KTM is the national railway administration. I had always wanted to take a daytime shot of it, so why not a night one seeing I never went by that way otherwise?

A quick slam on the brakes, and a tripod setup, a couple of adjustments, click click and back in the car to the unanswered questions. My suitcase is staring hungrily at me. It's just swallowed 15 t-shirts!


Blogger Kala said...

wow - u even setup the tripod for this - that is serious committment to a great photo =)

3:25 PM  
Blogger Kathrine said...

This is a great shot!! I really like the white dome.

And regarding your packing situation - my advise is to roll and not to fold the clothes. You can fit so much more in your bag. Unfortunately it weighs the same...

I wish you a pleasent trip!

4:30 PM  
Blogger geWi said...

good luck packing! at least you don't have to bring all kinds of canned goods/food like Raymond does. triples the weight, hehe!

5:22 PM  
Blogger midnitebara said...

wow, nice color?
have a safe trip !

5:45 PM  
Blogger Lisi said...

Ed, great shot!
Break a leg for your Singapore performance!

6:18 PM  
Blogger Nancee said...

Edwin: I love the colors. The column and dome look like a marvelous chocolate bar. Delicious photo. Have a wonderful trip.

8:22 PM  
Anonymous anne said...

Hi always a great photo! Hey goodluck on your trip! Enjoy Singapore :) Your postcard will be on your table when you return :)

10:05 PM  
Blogger Mile Stones said...

It's a beaut! I had no ideaKL wasso rich in domes & towers. Did this need a lot of zoom? Any idea to what? (height of dome?)

You tell us what is a great little vignette about cause & effect, in this case (no, not the suit one!), the cause (the shot)had the effect of energizing you & hey presto, job done. & whaddya know? Me too yesterday, a couple of timely 'events' that powered me up & away from the heavy, draining negative of 6 fruitless, wasted hours in a so-called hospital.
An' whaddya mean "No internet"? Can't happen!

10:28 PM  
Blogger Shelly said...

I love the contrast in this!

11:45 PM  
Blogger luggi said...

Only 15 teeshirts?! That's crazy. You'll never have enough.

1:46 AM  
Blogger ~tanty~ said...

As usual, great photo! I like the combination of white and chocolate. How big is this dome? Enjoy your time in Singapore.

2:21 AM  
Blogger Kris said...

Neat!! the diff textures, wow never knew it's such a beauty! You captured this well, ed!

3:50 AM  
Blogger Juggerpix said...

I'm glad you stopped to take the photo! This has such an ethereal quality about it; I thought at first it might be an infra red shot! Another outstanding capture!

Have a safe (and fun) trip!

5:48 AM  
Blogger Jazzy said...

Colossal building and photo. It reminds me of the d├ęcor in the play I have seen a dozen times in my hometown few years back.
Have a great time in Singapore.

8:16 AM  
Blogger Rafleesia said...

You zoomed all the way up there and got this much detail? walau you...take it easy with the T-short-eating suitcase!

9:45 AM  
Blogger edwin s said...

Kala, yup I love my tripod and use it whenever I think it'll help to steady a shot. Night shots are so tricky sometimes.

Kathrine, thanks for the tip. I usually roll but I've rolled myself into a second suitcase! ;)

GeWi, I hope you and raymond get to come watch the play.

Nancee, I've not noticed that before. Now that you've mentioned it, doesn't it remind you of the chocolate palace Willy Wonka built for the Indian Rajah?

Yay Anne! A postcard to welcome me home!

Stewart, I'll write you to explain the lack of internet. Don't fret my pet.

Thanks Shelly. I didn't expect the shot to come out like this.

Luggi, that's just the beginning. ;)

Tanty, I think it's about 8m wide (or more)

Hey Kris. You know, usually so tak perasan what's in town. Then you see something like this.

Thanks Jugs. IR...hmmm... need to try that!

Jazzy, Rafleesia, Midnite, Lisi...everyone...thanks. I'll be having a whale of a time I'm sure :)

12:36 PM  
Blogger Kim said...

This shot is absolutely superb. Glad you were ready when the moment came!

1:04 PM  
Anonymous rudygiron said...

Wow! is this a competion shot or what?!

8:41 AM  
Anonymous ricardo said...

it seems like an ice-cream.
very good shot

1:45 PM  
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