Friday, November 28, 2008


Desa Kuda Lari

Lomography has never been something I am particularly passionate about. But what the heck la, since the Minimo Digital Lomo keychain camera is so cheap (for a camera), I dont mind indulging in easy snapshots and justifying them as being 'artistic'. Why? Simply because its a lomo and lomos are supposed to look like that, if not more distorted.

Will put in more snapshots later. And also a picture of that Minimo thing that I just bought.

I am happy to be snapping again!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Back To Basics

Backlane at Bukit Nanas. Shot with my simple Panasonic Lumix FX01.

Im stripped bare with no canggih manggih DSLR and only a partially broken PnS to survive.

But its not necessarily a bad thing.

Sometimes, when we are left with much to be desired, even the simple things in life can work wonders. Same application for photography. Sometimes we photograpraze (photography crazy) are so engrossed with getting the right settings, exposures etc that we forget that its all about the moment and the beauty of the subject we wish to shoot.

Just some thoughts. Wanted to put in my xanga site but the stupid streamyx took ages to load, might as put it here before I lose every ounch of inspiration. And patience.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

2-3 Weeks

Is the time needed for Nikon Service Centre to produce a diagnostic results for my D80.

My heart dropped when I heard it on the phone.

Bleeds at the prospect of NOT having any photographic tool for the weekend. And the next couple of weeks.

Sooooo tempted to starve myself this December and buy a used D40 just to satisfy my lust for photography. Which is roughly RM1K now.

But to think back, I dont use my D80 that often, other than when I go for shoots, or when I go travelling. On normal days, I hardly even touch it. But the burning desire to take photographs is constantly on my mind; if I were a guy, and NOT working on regular hours, I would set myself on a photographic quest alone at 4.30am, capturing the beautiful sunrise by the beach or in the forest. Or I would go to Port Klang on a Saturday night to shoot the passing ships and waves.

That's the dream life, which unfortunately, I cant live up to due to safety and other social stigma. Sigh. But I sure will if I have the opportunity.

Anyway, back to my camera and the agony...So here I am back on the streets with a search for a replacement killer...with a low price tag, somewhere below Rm500.. With that kind of budget and a fussy eye, my options are few. I'm even thinking of getting a Minimo, that cute little keychain sized Lomo camera. So cute, small and cheap, I can buy it NOW. But, Lomography isnt my kind of photography and I dont know if I will use it for long or not. But but but.....its cheap. And cheap is good.

We'll see how la. Damn itchy hands adi, I NEED A CAMERA NOW!

*ps: btw I uploaded a pic in my xanga site. Hehe

*latest update: I found the charger for the slightly defected Oly mju 700! Yaey! Though the anti shake is not working, cant focus in certain modes, and have some other malfunctions, but the heck la, at least I can shoot!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Masuk Hospital

I saw a green dot at the LCD screen at the body. Snapped a few more pictures. The dot was still there. Changed the lenses and memory card. Still there. Zoom in the image and pan to the left, right, top, bottom....the green dot followed suit.

Feeling a little suspicious that the problem could be more than just a dead pixel at the LCD, I had no choice but the send in my baby for a diagnosis and further medication after a full checkup has been done.

I hope its nothing major. The medical report will be out only in 10 days....Sigh. I love my D80 and I feel so helpless without it by my side. Even more so because my small Lumix has accompanied my friend to Amsterdam and it'll be there for 3 weeks.

So I'm officially camera-less. =( Feeling disorientated and lost already.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Thank You

I was looking through some costing work in a long lost Floppy Disk given by my ex-colleague and friend Alan who is happily working in Dubai now. It's been 2 years and I had not touched that floppy disc until recently when I had a need for that piece of knowledge that has been hiding in my drawer well away from my sight and the rats.

Of course the information was still very useful to me. But I found something else in the disk.

Dont worry Alan, it's not some pornography pics. =)

It's a poem that you got from somewhere. It is a good one, very relevant to what I am facing now, and reading it gave me peace in my heart. So I'd like to share with all of you these wonderful words of wisdom.

When the door of happiness closes, another opens;
But often times we look so long at the
Closed door that we don't see the one,
Which has been opened for us

Dream what you want to dream;
Go where you want to go;
Be what you want to be,
Because you have only one life
And one chance to do all the things
You want to do.

The brightest future will always
Be based on a forgotten past;
You can't go forward in life until
You let go of your past failures and heartaches.

And this last part, I often forget.

If God brings you to it,
He will bring you through it.
Happy moments, praise God.
Difficult moments, seek God.
Quiet moments, worship God.
Painful moments, trust God.
Every moment, thank God.

Just what I need as I face the quarter-life crisis and wondering what is my next move in life.

Thank you Alan for this cetak rompak poems. =) Also for that balistic game, which I could play when I am bored at home..

Monday, November 10, 2008


The prospects of life. Should I or should I not...?

Image by the late Henri Cartier-Bresson.

Thinking of taking the leap into uncertainty. At least, I wont suffocate to death. But am I willing to make that sacrifice? And to take the risk to walk on a frozen lake?

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Not Good

The past few days had been lousy for me.

1. Had to turn down an extremely tempting offer because I am a sucker for relationships and I cant let go of any commitments here. I thought to myself, life better be good here for me. I am sad and painful, but since I have decided to stay, I might as well live with it and not regret in the future. After all, life is more than dollar and cents, although having the extra moolah would be good...hmmm.

2. Been sick yesterday and today. I suspected food poisoning because I didnt have gastric pain and I vomited everything I had for lunch and dinner. I knew it was bad coz vegetables started coming out from my nose and the orange juice that I took couldnt even make it safe into my digestive system. It was extremely gross and painful to my throat and nostrils because solids are not supposed to emerge from the air inlet. But the doctor didnt diagnose me with any stomach problem, in fact he didnt event check my stomach! But nevermind, I still got an MC and it was good considering I was nauseaus all day long and my site office doesnt have a toilet close enough for sudden pukes.

3. I missed the Cobra Rugby 10s last week. Been waiting for it for so long, got myself 7 tickets and in the end, wasted all SEVEN VIP tickets due to unforeseen circumstances. Dang, my heart aches when I think of it, but what to do, there are more important obligations than sitting at the stadium watching men roughing out in the field. I hope next year I will be able to watch it with like-minded people ie rugby/sports fans OR/AND sports photographers.

4. I'm getting tired of doing the never-ending 'external project'. Although it pays pretty well for the type of job that I am supposed to do, but it's taking too much of my 'hobby time'. I miss my camera and cant wait to go out for my next photo shoot. The only consolation I get from doing this job is, $$. Times are hard ya.

Hm..tomorrow will be a new day and I hope the dark clouds will move away. Go.

Darn, I slept too much in the afternoon, I cant sleep now. Perhaps I can try to count sheep. Or read a book about er....banking? Or dream about Daniel Craig? Haha.

Goodnite guys.