Did you say 581km/h?!


Was looking through Youtube the other day for videos of trains. I’m pretty much a train fanboy ^^; Just find them pretty cool, don’t ask me why.

Anyway, I was looking for the train announcements for JR trains when I stumbled upon this very crazy video. It features the Japanese Maglev train running at a speed of 581km/h.

581km/h…. WHAT?!

Yes, 581km/h.

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A Small Collection of Photos

It has been 6 months since I acquired the EOS 400D. Over that period, many photos have been taken and of course, experiences gained. Like that famous saying “Practice makes perfect” (Though that’s theoritically incorrect).  

Anyway, here’s some pictures (mostly Night photography) over the 6 month span.












Date Taken: 22 December 2006
Location: Bukit Panjang, Singapore
Model: Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL / Digital Rebel XTi
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II
Flash: N/A
Flash mode: N/A
Shutter Speed: 10.0 seconds
F Number: F/4.5
Focal Length: 33 mm
ISO Speed: 200
Filters: None

This was taken from indoors in a dark room with a tripod. I wanted to capture the busy-ness of the highway at the time of the night.

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Passion – Eminence Concert

It has probably been a long time since I’ve been to a concert, or one that would interest me. The concert entitled ‘Passion’ by Eminence was awesome. The aura and emotions that surrounded the musicians and flowed through the concert hall seemed endless. I felt captured in their web of music. I was there with my friend, Chong. We met up

Familiar Game and Anime soundtracks was played and 2 classical pieces were snuck in as well. I’ll bring up scans of the booklet in a while. The orchestra’s vision is to ‘inject something bold, dynamic and fresh into classical music’ and of which, to break the barriers between the audience and the musicians, and to revive orchestra in today’s society; particularly amongst youth.

The concert also featured music from games including Chrono Cross, Xenosaga, Super Mario Bros etc. Anime pieces selected come from Laputa: Castle in the sky ,Haibane Renmei, Tsubasa Chronicle and .hack//Liminality.

Now, the instruments and their people playing it. Ayako Ishikawa (she’s really beautiful) and Hiroaki Yura (the founder of Eminence) on the violin. Natalia Raspopova (She’s plays the piano really really well!) on the piano, Joshua Hill on percussion and Zane Banks (He’s only 20!) on the guitar. Yasunori Mitsuda as the special guest of honor playing the Irish Bouzouki <Link>. It was also Mr Yasunori Mitsuda’s first time in Singapore. He said that he had always wanted to take a look at the Merlion :)

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2006 September – Singapore. Waseda Shibuya Senior High School Festival

Just barely 12 hours after I got back to Singapore, I was out again, off to the school festival in Waseda Shibuya Senior High School. I wasn’t overly excited to go for this one, probably due to not having enough rest from the previous trip and the ‘stress’ from the upcoming piano exam (Grade 8).

I have been to school festivals. We had those in secondary school. This time, it’s done Japanese style.

Lots of people queuing up for Shinobi, and a nice japanese girl in kimono ushering and keeping the people in queue.

I can’t remember what this is.

Works of students doing social studies. I believe it’s tougher than what I had in secondary school, plus, you need to write it in Japanese.

Pictures of the Year 3 students on class trips. From the looks of the clear blue water and terrific color of the sky, I reckon it’s probably their any country other than Singapore.

More pictures of school life. Including sports festivals (meets) , birthday celebrations, lab work.

Japanese history assignment written by a Year 2 student. Nicely decrorated.

More books/notes of Japanese history assignments written by students.

Arts and Craft

Pottery, designed and made by Year 2 students.

Arts and Craft. Color wheels and sculptures of hands. We did Color wheels back in secondary school as well.

The V-sign (Victory). One of the most over-used signs every conned by mankind. It’s a pretty good sculpture.

The students unleash their creativity by painting on wooden boxes and baskets.


Calligraphy. The art of beautiful writing.

Short, simple and Clean.

English Writing

I like this section the most.

The students had to do an assignment of which to interview the local people and write a short essay on the information gathered. Some where pretty good, some weird, and some absolutely brainwashed by MTV.

This is probably one of the best out of the many others on the board.


A skit performed by Japanese students. I do have to apologize for the blurred pictures. There was not enough light and I can’t use flash.

Taking photos under low light condition and ISO 400, higher exposure didn’t help.

And the crew who acted out in the skit.

The story was basically how love developed between the kid with the huge ass 80s specs and the girl in the purple shirt.

Students performing for an audience.

More updates to come soon!