Thursday, November 18, 2010
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
BRONDONG QUALIFIED AND TO THE SPA
David told me that the Brondong is qualified to participatate in the CBT Historic Car Concours 2010”, 21 November 2010 – this Sunday!
Venue: Matrade Building - Jalan Duta
To be selected for the Concours is already an achievement.
Brondong will be in the 1960’s classic car category. Will be competing with the Morris Minors and MGs.
Hope Brondong will win something.
Davis was kind enough to come over to my house and drive Brodong to the beauty spa for touchups.
Wish him luck!
SEMALAM DI KUALA LUMPUR
I decided not to join my family to celebrate Aidil Adha this year. Most of them (not all) are congregating in Lumut, Perak. My sister lives there.
I was bored after dinner. The weather wa s perfect, in fact it was rather cold on the way back.
I reached KLCC almost midnight.
Before I managed to set up the tripod he lights were off. So it’s kind of a dark (KLCC) subject.
I like the moon and the thin cloud foration.
With speed priority for 15 seconds, I got this:
Monday, November 15, 2010
I recently threw a little house warming after being demanded several times by my close friends.
I managed to fit 20 people and it was really fun.
HJ and TF cooked lotsa food including roasted leh of lamb and lasagna and the rest brought drinks!
It was a fun night until the guards called because they got a complain from the neighbor. Can’t blame them as we were very noisy and it was way past midnight.
Once we got the first complained, we all moved to my home office which face the other side of the house and we could continue partying, a bit more quietly.
That didn’t stop Nan Sals to make her Barbarran moves.
What a great party with great friends!
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Some people might not understand why do one go back to non digital photography. I am not really a purist, nor would I give up my digital Nikon and Leica babies and their wonderful lenses.
However, once in a while I like to flirt with my non digital skill again to crop the surrounding into black and white images on films.
While my little made in Germany D-Lux 4 pocket camera refines my skills by pushing the functions to the limit as if it was a DSLR with immediate response, the non digital SLR with films I have been slugging around teaches me to be more disciplined rather than being trigger happy. With digitals, I acted (sometimes) like a cowboy with a machine-gun.
My Nikon F601M is one of the last few SLR produced by Nikon before the industry quantum leaped into the digital world – the whole industry has been revolutionized – even people’s behavior.
I feel like going back to basic with a lot of practical skills (which needed to be brushed up constantly). Having the constraint not being able to see the result of each shot immediately, I tend to spend more time before each shoot.
I have to make a mind list:
- the film ISO is 400 – meaning the sensitivity is quite high for outdoor photography during the day and not bad for indoor with small aperture numbers.
- 50mm fix lens is attached. Quite a warm lens – I can still shoot in a relatively low light
- 400mm - courtesy of TM's dad was difficult to handle. A damn good quality lens. Lets see I perform with that one.
- Manual focus – this is a pain for me. I have not been using manual focus for a long long time and I don’t trust my eyes. It takes me a while to focus, especially on moving subjects.
- Waiting for the result – only when the films are processed at central market and that would take at least 2 working days.
It is a good experience to shoot less – as less, in most cases, is more.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Please check your statement carefully.
I was quite impressed during my last Deepavali weekend. Not as grand but it reminded me of restoration work I bumped into in Europe.
The fact that Penang was declared a Uniesco World Heritage site helps a lot.
Compared to Kuala Terengganu, which doesn’t have that many heritage buildings, even then the are demolishing it. I was shocked when I found out the old prewar shops houses ear Kedai Payang have been demolished. Even Kampung Ladang has been leveled and people will live in flats.
That’s very sad.
I wanted to go to the Bengkel Tembaga in Kampung Ladang recently – it’s no longer there.
Why do we have to destroy our history and heritage?
There are more land in the city available for development.
It is a shame to see – while Penang is busy restoring its past, Terengganu is demolishing traces of its glorious past.
What kind of leadership is this!
Friday, October 22, 2010
After a month of house renovation and moving into my new home, puasa, hari raya and a hectic week right after Hari Raya, I decided to tag along a couple of friends for their holidays in Sydney.
It was the usual take is easy, laid-back sort of holidays. I didn’t have my checklist of places to go, things to see or stuff to buy. It was totally go-with-the-flow.
Sydney is Sydney as you and I always expect.
Because of the locals who are now our friends, we managed to check out finest clubs and restaurants chauffeured driven in one of the finest British automotive.
One of the best experiences I had during this trip was having Bubu falling asleep in my arms on my shoulder. He is such and adorable baby – just like an angel.