The Garden City

With skyrise greenery and world class gardens, Singapore’s lush verdant city landscapes showcase a nation with foresight and a deep abiding passion, not only for its natural heritage but also for the spirit of its people.

I’m proud it call it home. (For now😉)

Macro Experiment – Raja Ampat

An almost impossible experiment to shoot the creatures without built-in Image Stabilization hovering in water – for fear of damaging the corals.

Hovering + macro + video + lots of backscatter + no IS – not a good combination. Definitely not recommended and I will never do it again!

Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
The Nutcracker, Op.71: No. 12c Character Dances: Tea (Chinese Dance)
The Nutcracker: Scene XII – Divertissement, Dance of the Mirlitons

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Common name of the creatures, in order of appearance:

Banded Shrimp Goby
Robust Ghost Pipefish
Spinecheek Anemonefish
Porcelain Crab
Ribbon Sweetlips
Decorator Crab ×2
Bobtail Squid
Decorator Crab
Spiny Lobster ×2
Ornate Ghost Pipefish ×2
Shrimp Goby & Snapping Shrimp (symbiotic relationship)
Striped Eel Catfish
Translucent Gorgonian Shrimp
Black-saddled Toby
Satomi’s pygmy seahorse (smallest known seahorse in the world) discovered in 2008
Chromodoris Nudibranch
Barramundi -juvenile
Many-spotted Sweetlips -juvenile
Baby file fish
Blue Ring Octopus
Octopus
Loch’s Chromodoris
Blue Velvet Headshield Slug
Barramundi
Squat Shrimp
Ghost Goby
Cleaning Shrimp
Scorpionfish
Pigmy Seahorse
Algae Shrimp
Razorfish
Cuttlefish
Barracuda
Mobula Ray
Moray Eel
Slender Pinjalo
Wobbegong Shark
Barred Moray
Silver Sweetlips
Eggs of Spanish Dancer Nudibranch
Skeleton Shrimp
Pikachu (Thecacera) Nudibranch
Pigmy Seahorse
Orangutan Crab
Cuttlefish ×3
Pigmy Seahorse
Commensal Sponge Shrimp
Electric Clam
Skunk Anemonefish

Chasing Coral

Just watched this new released documentary from Netflix called Chasing Coral. It’s about how a group of filmmakers and scientists try to capture the global coral bleaching on cameras. It also tells your a lot about the coral and the whole ocean/ planetary eco system. In the end it’s nothing most of us divers don’t already know, but I think it’s important for people who don’t dive or know much about the ocean to see. And I think that should be EVERYONE. The corals and reefs really come to life and it’s so awesome and moving. This is what I want to do as well as a cause, to call for action and help chip in to turn the tide around in terms of saving our ocean. I completely related to all the people in the film, and can’t help but cried through the whole 2nd half. 😭😭😭

They also have very well thought-out call-to-action on the film website http://www.chasingcoral.com/ where you can pass the message around. You can also encourage the people around you to watch it as well.

The fight is down to us now. The diving we love, the food we eat, the life we are living, it all depends on you and me. And the corals – they don’t have much time left.