Today it's an interesting day for me. I was supposed to meet up with some of my colleagues and ex-colleagues for a hotpot meal in Bugis at around 6pm. I decided to take my Bessa and VC 50mm 1.1 for a spin at Little India.
Loaded a roll of Tmax and started to shoot around the area. It's still a great and vibrant place to shoot street photos. The people over there are less camera shy and actually more willing to let us shoot them. Try that in Chinatown and you might get the "digusted" look more often. I didn't actually count the frames I shot but when I started to leave the area and head for Bugis, I stopped by Camera Hospital (the boss Steven's my pal and doctor in fixing my photography gears) and took a look at the frames left. (See picture on the left) Wow... 36 shots, on a single day, same location (well it covers a big area) and within 2 hours! That's really not like me at all. I think the 5 months or more of my sabbatical with streets actually helped a bit. Everything seems to look photogenic and every shots seems to be a possible winner (still need to develop it to see the results though). I think I will do that again on my off days again :P Ndroo of Fuzzyeyeball actually wanted to join me but as it was a last minute decision, he couldn't make it (got reserved by his kiddo to cook :P)
The 2nd interesting (and funny) thing that happened today was the Hello Kitty Madness. You know, SG's McD is now having a Kitty Promotion again (not going to link it here, you can google it here :P) I saw the Hamburglar and decided to collect all 4 of them for my kids (well actually I quite like it too LOL). I managed to get the first 2 last week and as I was on night shifts and RT, I didn't have the time to get the 3rd one which was released just last Wednesday. I did however, went to Bedok Interchange on Friday early morning (around 5am) to get some breakfast and the Kitty but it was all sold out! After our hotpot meals and desserts, I actually tried my luck at the Bugis McD.. The sign says sold out.... heart starts to dampen a bit. Buddy and colleague of mine then suggested the McD just opposite the Rocher center. Went there, sold out! Starts to get worried and a bit fustrated. My buddy friend got all fired up and say "Impossible! Sure got one!" So we took the trian and stopped by Paya Lebar and it's also sold out. Ask the fella at the counter and he said Kallang still has it. Took the circle line and reached Kallang. Searched and walked 15mins before reaching the drive through McD and also sold out. Started to get very very low morale. Took a bus to Siglap Center (ulu place) and I told my buddy friend. "If here dun have that means all sold out liao, can give up and go home and sleep" Reached there and to our horror ....
Super low morale. I was thinking I might missed this little kitty for good. There goes my collection. But my buddy mentioned our work place at Bedok Reservoir has an outlet, maybe we can try that one. If not, Changi Point, followed by Changi Airport, then to Punngol and Pasir Ris... Wa Piang, He more crazy then me. Well, we were tired after trying 6 outlets (including the one in the morning) so I decided to call it off and went home. Unable to sleep (bio clock all messed up) , I went to the McD website and was surprised to see all the the outlets has a telephone number. I decided to call the nearest outlets that runs 24hrs just to try my luck. The 1st call was Bedok North St 3. No luck, sold out. I then called the one at Bedok Reservoir. Got a fantastic reply from the guy saying that they still have stock but its running out and won't last till next morning. Wat liew... look at the clock and it was almost 3am. Took my bike and peddled to the outlet (20 mins ride). It was on the way to work anyway. Went in and saw the kitty :P Happy liao.. Bought a meal and the toy. Ate and left the place.
Here's the result.
Was it worth all the trouble to get it? Well, it was actually quite fun.. Especially the part when my friend and buddy get all fired up in the quest of kitty.... long time no see him like dat liao... LOL
:-This post is dedicated to Mr CSL. Good Friend, Photography buddy, Ex-colleague and now my BOSS :P