SINGAPORE: It has been 2 years since I last visited Istana Woodneuk or Woodneuk House and I decided to visit it again yesterday with the above image in my mind. Istana Woodneuk was one of the two royal palaces owned by Johor Sultan and it is located on a small hill bounded by Tyersall road and Holland road today and after century of abandonment, the Istana Woodneuk is now covered by very thick vegetation. The short jungle trail journey (only if you know your way) to Woodneuk House, which is now out of bound to the public, during the wee hours was dangerous but yet exciting as you will experience about 10 minutes of complete darkness if you choose not to use your torch light and it is easy to get lost in the jungle if you’re not careful. The dilapidated house has been acquired by the Singapore Government and it might be demolished as part of the extension plan for Botanic Gardens which has now been delayed to 2016.
This is a composite image of the Istana Woodneuk and the star trails at Punggol Way both taken on the same day in Singapore. Please click on the link to find out how the spiral star trails can be achieved. If you happen to be in Kuala Lumpur on 12 March 2014, I will be hosting my first astrophotography talk at Swiss Garden Hotel and you may find out more about the astrophotography talk here.