Behind the camera, and away from home.

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(Canon A1, Lady Grey 400)

Travelling and film photography are some of the things I derive plenty of happiness from. The problem with putting the two together, however, is that I almost never get pictures of myself on film. And this eats me when I am travelling. So I take a self-portrait with my camera to put myself permanently in a place and time I would like to remember.

From top: (i) Tuk Tuk in Bangkok, Thailand (ii) Outside a furniture warehouse in Sydney, Australia (iii) Ubud Market in Bali, Indonesia (iv) Pier 2 Art Centre in Kaohsiung, Taiwan (v) Bathroom in Taichung, Taiwan.

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(Canon A1, Uxi 200)

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(Canon A1, Earl Grey 100)

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(Canon A1, Agfa vista 200)

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(Nikkormat ftn , Kodak bw400cn)

KAOHSIUNG | Taiwan Sugar Museum 台湾糖业博物馆 – Part 2

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(Canon A1)

The best part of the Taiwan Sugar Museum, for me, is the factory. It made my insides flip, and I am not sure if the sheer massiveness of the machineries or the timelessness of the place was the greater contributing factor.

These are taken using Lucky 100 film. Xy (my travel companion, if you don’t already know) has really interesting ones of the same building on the Lomography Redscale film over at her blog.

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KAOHSIUNG | Taiwan Sugar Museum 台湾糖业博物馆 – Part 1

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I’m home from Sydney. I have some thoughts about it but I need to organise them a little first. Speaking of which, I haven’t got down to sorting my pictures from Bangkok (Feb) but they will have to wait until I am done with the last from Sep/Oct’s Taiwan trip. Where had all the time gone?!

On another note, I am rather excited to be (finally) blogging about the Taiwan Sugar Museum that Xy and I visited in Kaohsiung. An old sugar refinery turned museum, it is located near the Ciaotou Sugar Refinery Metro Station.

The ambience within the abandoned confines of this place is amazing. The settings are left mostly intact, as it is, allowing the visitor to feel as if he or she is sharing the same breathing space in the same era as the people working there. It seemed to me that they have only gone home for the day and will return to work tomorrow. The feeling is extremely surreal.

p.s. You can find more pictures of the refinery in xy’s blog.

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KAOHSIUNG | Floret: Biscuit and Rabbit cafe tea room

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Together, Floret and the Biscuit and Rabbit cafe tea room (小花花手作雜貨店|小餅干與小兔子茶店) make up a cafe, a craft-studio, and a lifestyle shop selling well-curated items all in the same space.

It is by far my favourite type of coffee place to go to, and just the sort of thing dreams are made of (at least for me and xy). I was so dazzled by the bunch of flowers under the lights (above) that I hovered about the table with my camera for a very long time.

Hence, it is saddening to learn that Floret will cease business by the end of the month. If you are in the area, you might want to drop by for their awesome glass of latte (served in milk portions of 40% or 60%). Alternatively, just visiting the shop to feast on the lovely interior is not a bad idea too.

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