Wednesday, 31 December 2008

SMW-3 - Singapore 2004

These photos were also upload to Singtel SMW-3 homepage today.

Caught by surprise in the middle of a challenging exercise with the chopsticks.
Photos from SMW-3 Cable System AR&RSC official dinner. In my table standing:Tsang Hung (HongKong); Jean-Marc Lhostte (Belgique);Ronald Dinkelman (Holand); Guenter Gueiling (Germany) and seated Ellars Andrew (USA); Moustapha Barry (Australia); Su Jin Fu (Taiwan/China); Sunil Hawpe (Sri Lanka); José Santos (Portugal) on 27/07/2005.

Two cats I saw in a street market.

Ballons on the same street, which name I do not remember, not far from hotel.

The Lion of Singapore in Sentosa Island, before going up to his head to make some photos and the battery failed.

A pedonal bridge to cross a large avenue, close to hotel.
A view of the Boat Quay.
Sculptures in Boat Quay promenade, close to hotel.

I tried to find this friendly place I knew in 1999, to have a coffee and a nata cake (portuguese cake), but it does not exist any more.

View of Clarke Quay and Swissôtel Merchant Court, where SMW-3 AR&RSC meeting is being held by Singapore Telecom.

Visitors Centre in Orchard Road. The weather at night was around 34º C and 75% humidity and no wind, what makes you feel much hotter.

Happy Birthday Singapore - Last Saturday, before leaving to the airport of Changi I had some free time walking around Singapore and observed how they commemorated the nation's 40th year of independence and take some photos with my new camera. Have a look on this link.

Esplanade, Theatres on the Bay, also lovingly dubbed “the Durian” by locals due to the shape similar to the "King of the fruits".
In the Esplanade at night, posing near the big letters "I WAS HERE"
View from Esplanade in early morning with Fullerton Hotel, built in 1928, on the left side.
Detail of Thian Hock Keng Temple in Chinatown. Thian Hock Keng is the oldest and most important Hokkien temple in Singapore. Known as the temple of the goddess of the sea and protector of all seamen, the temple contains relics brought from China which are said to be many hundred of years old. The building is supported only on wood poles. Of the two pagodas at either sides of the temple, one is used to contain ancestral tablets.
There are a lot of nice sculptures in Singapore and for me this is the best.

Tuesday, 30 December 2008

SMW-3 - Cochin 2004

Cochin, India - SMW-3 Cable System AR&RSC meeting family photo (Set 2004).
Somes faces to remember.

Hotel Taj Malabar in Willingdon Island, the meeting place.

Cochin - St Francis Church with tomb of Vasco da Gama.
Chinese Fishing Nets.

Sunset view from Hotel Taj Malabar hotel.

Fishing boat sailing from Mattancherry.

Leaving from Hotel Taj Malabar to Mattanchery by boat.
With the the shoes left outside visiting Jewish Sinagoga (built 1568).

Bazar Road in Mattancherry.

Some shopping in Bazar Road.

Look. It's a bird.

I believe everybody will agree this is my best photo from the meeting.
Taking a nap in the corner of Bazar Road. A photo oportunity.

Explaining how to use the different cameras to hotel personnel to make the family photo.

SMW-3 - Mumbai 2004

Returning from SMW-3 meeting in Cochin (Sep 2004), I managed to have a afternoon in Mumbai to make a short visit to this big city.

The Gateway of India was built to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to Bombay, prior to the Durbar in Delhi in December 1911. for more information visit :

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (formerly Victoria Terminus), better known by its abbreviation CST or VT, and as Bombay VT is an historic railway station on the Mumbai suburban railway, also serving some long-distance trains. On July 2, 2004 the station was nominated a World Heritage Site by the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO.
Marine Drive was constructed in 1920, and runs along the shore of the Arabian Sea, society Library and Mumbai's State Central Library from Nariman Point past Chowpatty to Malabar Hill.
Marine Drive, Mumbai. A closer view.

A very common sight in many parts of Mumbai is a cow blocking the traffic, but this one was eating, close to a local open market in Mumbai.

Botanical Garden Veermata Jijabai Bhonsle Udyan.
A local reading a book in the Botanical Garden Veermata Jijabai Bhonsle Udyan.
Mahatma Gandhi House and Museum.

Auto portrait at Mahatma Gandhi House and Museum.

Dhobi Ghats : This is where the whole of Mumbai's laundry is washed. This municipal laundry at Mahalaxmi is where nearly 5,000 men beat the dirt out of clothes brought from all over the city. There are open-air troughs, which is used for the washing.
The Haji Ali Dargah is a mosque and dargah (tomb) located on an islet off the coast of Worli in Mumbai. It is one of the most recognizable landmarks of Mumbai.The dargah was built in 1431.
The Hanging Gardens of Mumbai, also known as Ferozeshah Mehta Gardens.