Singapore Airlines A330 Playing Cards

I’ve had a deck of Singapore Airlines A330 playing cards sitting on my desk for the longest time. Finally decided to crack open the seal today, but of course I had to photograph it before doing so. Before tablets, smartphones, PSP, Nintendo DS, and Game Boy, playing card games was one of the few things people could do when flying. It’s good that airlines still produce playing cards, but at the same time it’s a bit sad to see the standard used to produce them now. This has to be one of the ugliest decks of playing cards I’ve ever seen.

Singapore Airlines A330 Playing Cards

Singapore Airlines A330 Playing Cards

Singapore Airlines A330 Playing Cards

Singapore Airlines A330 Playing Cards

Early A.M. MTR

Waiting for First Train at North Point - June 15, 2007
Waiting for the first train at North Point – June 15, 2007 5:59 AM

I had the morning shift this morning so I was on the MTR at 6:30. It wasn’t quite the first train, but it was close enough to make me think of summer 2007, when I took the first train of the day. At that time, I wrote in my journal:

When I left the hotel this morning it was before 6AM. There were quite a few people out and about already. The weather didn’t feel so bad. So far, it has not met my expectations, which is a good thing. I knew that I should find something to eat, but wasn’t really sure from where. I thought I’d check out the MTR station, but it wasn’t even open yet. I thought that was amusing. I checked the sign and it said the first train wouldn’t arrive until 0606. I decided to walk around to see what, if any, places there were to eat.

When the MTR’s gates finally opened, I went downstairs, only to find that the fare gates all had red Xs on them. I wanted to take a picture but my hands were full, plus I was eating my breakfast. When they opened the gate, I went inside and waited for the train. I tried to imagine what kind of jobs the people I saw were going to.

Over 7 years later I am on the other side and don’t have to imagine what kind of job I’m going to because I know it, because I’m experiencing it. Experience has also taught me that if the person I am today were seeing an entire row of red Xs for the first time, I wouldn’t be afraid and would find a way to take that photo.

San Francisco, California

San Francisco Panorama
San Francisco Panorama – November 29, 2011

I saw another photo from November 29, 2011, this time in my screensaver, not my desktop slideshow. Opening up the folder and seeing the photos, I realized that I was trying to do a panorama back then. Two and a half years later, I finally put the photos into Photoshop and created it.

I also wanted to take this opportunity to name a few things that I miss from SF/America: having a (my) car, convenient and easy online shopping, a dishwasher, and clean air.