Thursday, August 6, 2009

Row Your Boat


Photo was taken at the annual Sydney Boat Show.

Are you a boat enthusiast? Not me. People associate boat with wealth. The most expensive boat here costs A$24 million. I would rather spend the money on something else.

Having a boat is a luxury here, but boat is a mean of daily transportation for most nations in Asia. Maybe there are more rivers around. Back home, those who live across the river would cross with a sampan (small boat) to get to work, paying just 50 cents or so. That takes them directly to the business district.

Going to work by sampan save them the stress, time and money don't you think? Sydneysiders are mostly very angry drivers. Simply because they have to put up with traffic jams all the time.

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19 comments:

James said...

I don't know much about boats but I like the lighting and color of this picture. It's very nice.

Ayie said...

no boatie for me...i'd rather have a very huge house and an island with that money. =)

very nice capture ai!

Mei Teng said...

KL-lites are also angry, rude and law breaking drivers.

I agree that a boat ride is much easier to deal with.

I am not into boats or yachts. I don't like cruises either. I prefer travelling on land.

Willie said...

Cruises / luxurious boats are rare in KUching. Sampan yes. By the way, you photograph never fail to impress me.

Ai Shiang said...

James,
I thought it was quite boring taking pictures during the day or I setted out to get this one in the early evening. Glad that you like it.

Ayie,
At first I think I would like a big house but then it is difficult to keep clean :o)

Mei Teng,
My in-laws got really stressed out when they went to KL plus they drove. They said they are not going to drive in KL anymore. Hahaha!

Willie,
Talking about sampan, I used to travel across with my mom to visit some people. It's closer to just cross by sampan than drive the whole way to the opposite. Glad you like the photo.

Superman said...

The photo is nice. I wonder how long it will take for the boat to sail away as the place is so crowded. Really not cheap to maintain a boat as I heard. Still many people use express boat or some call "banana boat" in Sibu to the upstream of the river everyday here.

Ayie said...

Oh yes, hard to clean. I'll be happy with a medium house for us as long as the kids (future) will have their own rooms =)

Bogey said...

Traffic jams are definitely something I don't have to worry about. It takes me all of 8 minutes to get to work door to door. Which means I leave the car at home and peddle my way down the hill. I think anybody who spends that kind of money on a boat, needs to know what it means to go hungry.

gina said...

That's an awesome shot! :D

I think everywhere in the world, nobody is a patient driver when it comes to jams. Haha!

I salute Singaporeans though. They really stop for you when you are walking on the zebra crossing.. in Malaysia ah... you would be ran over. They step on the gas when they see you walking on the zebra crossing!

Ai Shiang said...

Superman,
I think those boats leave this place on FILO (first in last out) basis. I also thought of that question before Haha!

Ayie,
Medium house sounds good.

Bogey,
Wow, you live so close to your office? Only 8 minutes drive? You are lucky then :o)

Gina,
To Malaysians, those Laws & regulations are more like "guides" to them. It's like sometime you see people zoom through the yellow traffic light. Like Yellow means go faster and only Red means stop.

Uncle Lee said...

Hi Ai Shiang, I love boats, and fishing.
But unfortunately my bank manger will not be too happy if I get one, maybe a canoe okay, ha ha.
But I have friends who own cabin cruisers, so I get invited joining him fishing on our lakes for salmon or trout.
Good fun in our lovely weather here. Add iced coffee and donuts, its great fun.
Best regards, Lee.

Ai Shiang said...

Uncle Lee,
Wow! Can fish for salmon/trout? That's great! You should post some photos of the salmon or trout you catch next time you go fishing.

HappySurfer said...

Wow! What a sight! Must have been fun.

Shingo T said...

Boat, boat everywhere.
But not a boat is mine.

Looks lovely at night. ^_^

Ai Shiang said...

Happy Surfer,
I was fun when I first saw it, but after a couple of years it's like telling me 1 year has passed.

Shingo T,
Haha! You're a boat enthusiast huh?
Thanks for dropping by.

foongpc said...

Boats! That reminded me of my cruise along Li River in Guilin! And of course the more simple boat called rafts which I sat on for 5 hours along Yulong River.

But no, I 'm not into boats. Only ever sit on a boat during vacations and holidays. Normal days, I just drive! LOL!

Ai Shiang said...

Foongpc,
Will wait and see your cruise along Li River soon :o) Did you eat lots while cruising?

No Body said...

Cool nice pic taken.. When will I be able to go Sydney again.. dreaming again..

Unseen Rajasthan said...

BEautiful and lovely shot !! Unseen Rajasthan