Kampong Carnival at Savannah Condopark

As new neighbours, we were naturally excited to join in the fun when we knew that the place we’re staying, is organising a Kampong Carnival.

Kampong means a village or a small enclosure of closely knitted neighbours.  Back when Singapore was a fishing village, the people would be living in these small kampongs, and there will be lots of laughter coupled with activities and simple handmade games.  So kudos to the management and volunteers for helping out in making this a big big success.

Natasha trying the face painting.

They had great activities such as face paintings…..

Natasha all set to go with her unicorn face paint

Natasha showing her unicorn face painting.  Very nicely done I must say.


Natasha and her cousin Lizzie with both unicorn face paintings.

Next up was the performance from Savannah’s very own Zumbabes.  They were full of action and vigour and did their moves to perfection.


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The instructor Gwen was awesome.  Here’s a great shot of her reaching the stars.


A fellow neighbour capturing the moments and ensure it stays with him in eternity.

The support from the family and friends were overwhelming, as you can see for yourself.


Mummy really put in tremendous effort in practicing for 2 weeks, to ensure she got her steps right too.  Here she is, enjoying herself thoroughly.


After the performance, it was the kids turn to have their fun.  There lots of games, as well as activities to keep them occupied.


Natty trying out ‘hockolf’.  hehe.  if there was such a word.  Golf with a hockey stick.  She managed to get herself a hole in one.

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The games were well organised.  From ‘hamtam bolah’ where you used a ball and trying to score points by throwing them into holes scoring points, to ‘hole-in-soccer’, to innovative ‘nerf-gun-hit-the-ducks-down’ game, the kids really were enjoying themselves.

The pinnacle was the ‘one-v-one’ battle, where each kid had to balance on a air platform, and try to knock down the opponent kid.


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Ok, so Kyeron had to go against a girl….  unfortunately….  but he still had to do what he needs to do….


I’ve always thought him to be focus and go for the win, even in games.  It’s true that games should be fun, but in every game, we should strive to win, and if we don’t, then accept the loss graciously.  In this way, it moulds them to be competitive yet allows them to accept defeat and try again.

Kyeron managed to fend off 3 challengers before losing, so it was a great effort from him.  Next up was Natasha, and she was very excited.


Unfortunately, it wasn’t really a fair fight..  haha….  credit to the boy, he didn’t retaliate one bit.


The final event was the lucky draw.  The crowd gathered, and all were yearning for the prizes.  They ranged from Microwave ovens, to Flat screen TV and bicycles.


A 6 shot panaroma image stitched into one to capture the size of the crowd waiting in anticipating, hoping their number be called by the MC.


Stuff made of dreams.  The 1st prize was won by one of the cleaners of the condo.  Awesome stuff.  The sheer joy from him, and everyone else sharing the joy with him was a great experience.

My final parting shot.  a 12 image panaroma stitched into one.  Wanted to show the crowd, stalls, and also the beauty of our home, all in one image.

Hope the management will do it every year from now on.

Barton 1972

Just bought a strap for the x100.  I never liked to use straps.  On my 5DM3, i do not use straps as I find them too cumbersome.  Also, the grip of the camera is really very secured, and hence feel not necessary.

However, the x100 feels slightly less secure in my palm.  I do not like the strap that came with it.  I’ve been to Steve Huff’s site, and love the straps he bought for his M9.  It’s actually from this shop in HK called Barton 1972.  Really got nice straps, so bought one.

Once it arrives will take a photo of it with the x100.

Yes, even though the x100 is on loan from a friend, but if I do buy it, at least I have the strap ready.  If I don’t I can use it on my 5dm3 then.  haha.

So after ordering from Barton 1972 on 3 July, it arrived yesterday, 11th July, about 8 days later, which is quite decent.

Here are some images of the strap.

Packaging was simple.  Delivered in bubble wrap with a nice postcard.  The strap feels really excellent.  It’s definetely made of high quality leather, and the braids really made it look very nice.  Most importantly, it stretches, so if you’re carrying a camera with long lens it takes the strain away from your neck and back.  Really good buy.  Final picture with MY x100 now.  I bought it from that friend of mine.