2016 was the year that didn’t record major, universally-recognised milestones, but gave me many small, personal ones that impacted my life just the same.
Travel-wise, it had been exhilarating with 14 cities across 5 countries and 4 continents. I was also fortunate to have met a lot of inspiring people along the way; some left a strong impression while others taught me new things. Family and friends too, remained solidly in my life – something I have learnt not to take for granted.
But 2016 was also the year that ran off on its own, and the year photography and blogging took a backseat. I want to change that. And it is just about time in 2017.
The truth is, this place has intrigued me ever since I was a student. It would come into view every time my bus rounded the bend where it stood. I always wondered what went on inside, but the thought never lingered long enough for me to find out about it. It was only in recent years when I grew more curious about old architecture in Singapore that I made a mental note to visit it.
I finally found the opportune time to do so when I was in the area for lunch. The former National Aerated Water Co. used to produce soft drink brands like Sinalco, Kickapoo, and Fanta, but it was shut down in the 1990s. You can read more about the premises here.
The answer’s always been in clear view
But even when the window was cleaned
I still can’t see for the fact
That when it’s clean it’s so clear
I can’t tell what I’m looking through
– Window, Fiona Apple
View all The August Break 2014 posts here.
I over-exposed these on my rangefinder badly, but I kind of like how dreamy they turned out. Dreamy is after all not how I would normally describe the colours of Penang.