Monday, October 25, 2010

I Can See Clearly Now The Rain Is Gone

Finally, finally, after a long wait, bosses ding-dongings and such, I am released from the Project and back to the Head Office.  Its been a week now and I am slowly enjoying the newfound freedom and life which I had been missing in the past 4 years that I was in the Project.  But I ain’t complaining, it wasnt that bad working at site.  I like the time flexibility (though we still have to clock in from 8am-5pm daily except Sun), the ‘family’ environment with other teammates,  the rowdy talks with the guys, the freedom to not have to wear formal to work,  freedom to surf the net, and best of all, the whole experience of seeing and being at the place where all the action takes place.  Yeah, it was good, but with that came a hell lot of stress, anger, frustrations, and emotional breakdowns when things dont go the way it should and my department gets screwed for it.  Sigh.  But again, I aint complaining.

In HQ there are a set of pros and cons too.  Really, its the same everywhere, it all depends what you weigh as more important or lesser of all evils in the world.

For me, the most tak best part is…I cant talk loud and there really isnt much common topics with my new colleagues!  They all speak Mandarin and some Canto ALL the time.  I speak none of those.  Their common topic is travelling and family, while my interest lies in real estate, investments, and photography!  So totally tak ngam! But they are nice people, so I just ‘um’, ‘yes’, ‘ok’ when a response is required of me.  Haih.

With Free Time Comes More Activities

I dont have to work on Saturdays anymore! This is good, there is so much that I can do on an extra off day like a Saturday!  I have been working 6 full days for the past 4 years, so having Saturdays off is like letting a kid loose in a candy store.  There’s just so much that I want to do!

1.  I can shoot more!  Yeah.  Coz most photo outings are organized on Saturdays, which I extremely geram because I had to work.

2.  I can take up cycling.  Speaking of which, I am seriously considering buying a Dahon folding bike for my leisure as well as for my future travels.   I used to cycle a lot when I was in school.  It would be great to get on the wheels again =)

3.  I am starting a new mini project this Saturday onwards.  But no details yet coz I don't want anyone to curi my idea ok ;p

Of course the hubby will be the happiest person because he doesn't have to spend the whole of Saturday home-bound by himself.

Rediscovering A New Zest Of Life?

Ah, I am already quite excited about the new found time for myself.  Of course there’s always the husband to factor in, but all in all, I do hope that it will not be that big of a factor that I have to compromise on my needs and wants.

Travelling seems more viable now.  The new job would require me to travel quite a bit (I hope at least 2 weeks in a month?), all paid by the company.  I have always envied those who can travel for work.  My previous job sucks in the sense that I was stuck in the same project for 4 years and did not travel much as I dont have enough leave to spend (Remember, Saturdays were working days, so I have to apply for leave even if its just to do some personal stuff on Saturday).  I want to see more of the world, and capture the essense of life outside my comfort zone.

 

Actually all these can be done with one thing – Time.  Too much of my time has been spent working my ass off, and so little for the things that I love.  It’s time for a change.  And I gladly take up the challenge, even with some major adjustments that I have to make.

Eh, this entry sounds very the formal and mature.  Promise you, the next will not be in this tone.  Solemn topics call for solemn writing style. 

Cest la vie!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

The Serenity of The Kitchen

Kitchen, the heart of a family.  The Chinese say that a family that eats together, stays together.  And so, we should always honor the kitchen.  No sofa in the lounge, never mind.  Without the plasma TV, still can survive.  But every kitchen must have a stove.  From the heat of the stove, comes warm, wholesome meal that bring every family member together.

So, in a lazy afternoon, not knowing what to do, I stared at the serenity of my kitchen, all calm and clean, with the cooking tools hanging beautifully on the rail, I thought, why not shoot the kitchen.  After all, I am supposed to go out, in the beauty of the morning, to shoot something but alas, didnt quite make it.

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The stove, where a lot of goodness was created.

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Pots, pans and a whole lot of ladles.

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The spice bar.  Some are still in the fridge, yet to find a container for them.

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Onions.  Its almost a staple ingredient in Asian cooking.   

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Toasted belacan.  I love the fragrant that comes from cooked belacan.  Its wonderful, flavorful and compliments many local dishes.  Definitely one of my favourite ingredients.   

Saturday, August 28, 2010

[Linora] – Abandoned. Mysterious. Portraits.

I, for one, am not so much of a ‘portrait’ photographer.  Portraiture itself, to me, is a very deep and wide topic, and branches off to many, many types, understanding and views on what makes a good portrait and what is nothing but merely sexual exploitations.  As a serious hobbyist, I take every shot with conscience and very, very seriously.  Including portraitures.  After much debates, discussions and exchanging of thoughts (aloud and silently), I kinda know what is my cup of tea and what is not.

Which over time, I hope to develop my very own signature shots.

Now the shoot.  Linora is a friend of mine who is best known as the TV host of Bola@Mamak at Astro Supersports, the featured personality in the recent World Cup predictor, so-starred alongside Daphne Iking in ‘Belukar’ as well as acted in several local plays and theatres.  So when Shawn suggested we do a model shooutout, Lin came to my mind. 

We initially wanted to do something within the theme of ‘Vintage’ at an abandoned warehouse in Glenmarie.  But in the end, tak jadi as there were too many photographers, all wanting to have equal amount of time and poses from the model.  But still, we had a good time and I am glad that the pictures turned out pretty alright.

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Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Food Is Love

These days I cook at home a lot.  Cooking for 2 persons is not easy, because we usually end up either tak cukup, or too much that we had to bring forward to the next day.  But it is fun and I enjoy whipping different dishes whenever I can.

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Roasted vegetables.  Ingredients are pretty basic -  chopped pumpkins, capsicums and carrots, dressed with Worchestershire sauce, palm oil (coz I didn't have olive oil), garlic and some thyme. Oven roasted for about 30 mins or so. It turned up very well, better than I expected.  And healthy too.

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Tomyam Pasta.  A very easy and delicious pan-asian recipe. I made 2 versions of it.  The first was, open a can of chilli tuna, add tomyam paste to the chilli tuna and cooked Spiralli, and bake in the oven for 15 mins.  Viola, its done.

The pic above is of the second version.  This one was pan-fried with beef, lots of tomyam paste, some chillies, onions, and spices.  And also, its fast, easy and tasty.  I love it.  It’s like Bolognaise but tomyam instead of the usual tomato based sauce.  Yum.

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Having a husband who is Indian, I have no choice but to learn to cook Indian food.  Rasam, an Indian soup is good for the stomach, and I made a bitterguord dish with chapati.  It was a healthy meal, and everything turned out great.  Perhaps, except the chapati la.  I just can’t seem to get the right dough consistency and as a result, couldnt roll it into that nice, flat and round shaped chapati that we get in the shops.  But nevertheless, the taste was just as nice and we both enjoyed our home cooked indian dish very much.

That’s all for now.  I will cook more, for sure, but as for now, its 11.51pm and I need to sleep. Cooking is fun and I will post up more entries on my culinary adventures!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Sometimes The Gambar Tak Jadi

Sometimes I shoot crappy stuff.  Or rather, most of the time I shoot crappy stuff.  Today, I am posting up some of those tak berapa jadi ones so that my film, effort, time and chemicals were not used up in vain on pics that will probably live in the archives of my hard disk.

Also because I am tired, shoulders stiff and at 8.00pm, I am still working my a** on this new tender.  I need some form of break, apart from Facebook which is flooded with World cup and sotong Paul comments.

Since these pics are so darn crappy and utterly meaningless and useless, I will not blow it big, and will not spend time editing or adding my watermark also.

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Seashells, hermit crabs and homecoming. 

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Lost bouy by the beach.

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World Cup Big Screen

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Buggy Come Home.

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This is a classic example of ‘watch ur background’.

Monday, July 05, 2010

Monitor Not Calibrated? Yours Or Mine?

The last time I calibrated my monitor was 2 years ago. At least it was calibrated before. But lately, I find that the monitor is starting to play tricks on me, so much so that I'd rather trust my instincts that my naked eyes.

And again, recently, a friend just right smack told me that my Black and White are ugly because all look so black. Eh, but in my laptop monitor, they look fine. Bright with enough contrast and details at the right place. But then, I cant blame her because in my office CRT monitor, the images are too dark too. FYI, the CRT is totally for office use and never was calibrated before.

So the best judge in this situation is to get that Spyder thing that could restore my confidence in photo editing and photography as a whole. Then I can tell those who think that my photos are 'not bright enough', or not 'colourful enough' that its THEIR monitors that are lousy.

Yes, photography is really an expensive hobby is u r serious into it.

Friday, July 02, 2010

Silent Moment

..to a fellow comrade whose passing came so sudden late last night.

My condolence to his family members. We will always remember him as the crazy phychotic guy who used to greet us with a loud 'hi' every morning. And also, for being part of our drinking gang.

RIP.