Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Look Out, New Year! I'm Comin'!

And when i said New Year, what i really meant was the actual NEW year in terms of AGE. That's why i'm posting this TODAY. (Read between the lines and you'll know what i'm pointing out here.)



Logically between two years there's a huge gap of 12 months, right from the 1st of January til December's last breath, the 31st. But if you zoom in a little more, counting time by days, it is really just a one day difference!




Imagine if i was born 10 days earlier which falls on December's 31st, i'd already be a year older! Anyone's birthday that is on the 1st has really got one whole year to loose man. Imagine that! Schooling, exams, graduation... One year behind! Just because you crawled out of your mother's womb one day later. D: Tsk tsk.




Somehow i'm still glad i've fallen into my current time line in life. A day's difference would probably have brought me to a completely different state of a person from what i am now. I probably wouldn't fancy photography, or maybe i wouldn't blog either! Ahh.... another reason to love myself!




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#1 Behold! Kevin's babe, held in the hands of Benjamin.




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#2 Check out the sexy lens, baybeh!




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#3 Tap dance by the KL lady youths. Marvelous performance really!




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#4 There is something about this picture that i like. I just don't know what!




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#5 John Lai doing the imaginary slamdunk.




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#6 Met a new friend, Cecelia, who looks like a combination of two of my friends ; Sally and SueLi. Maybe not in the picture but IRL, you won't believe it.




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#7 First time doing a random crowd cam-whore (fill the frame yo!) with my dSLR.




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#8 Her skills amazes me. But when i saw her hamstrings, nah, that ain't a good workout.




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#9 Turn your screen upside down and you'll see the real world behind this picture. ;)




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#10 Woodwind family! Hearts!




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#11 Cockamamie superstition steals all fourth floors.



I ain't typing much for today cause i'm still quite ill. Have been having fever since the last two days of my eighteenth year which died down today (thank God!). Some remains still linger round the back of my head though, and my throat decided to do an intense tickle on itself each time i release a cough. Bah. The saddest part was my homework are undone! D:




This was a drafted post which i prepared halfway on new year's eve. But i was caught up with New Year itself, so... this is sort of my late Happy New Year greeting to all of ya. Teehee.




Alright. Can't type anymore. The head is doing the merry-go-round thing. @@ What a way to start the nineteenth year.



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Seashore Collectibles

Those were the days when I used to collect seashells from seashores. But now i've found something else there worth many times more! Ahh... beautiful fond memories. There are no better ways to keep them but turning them into pictures. Or recording 'em in film.




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#1 "The Future awaits Us. And we are Ready!"




I seriously CANNOT remember when was my last rendezvous with the mighty salt water and to be introduced with an artificial one (at the Tiara Beach Resort, Port Dickson) just wouldn't do. Come on... i bet that mini man-made beach can barely have enough sand for sand-fortresses...




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#2 If i could have a pet dog that could take pictures; in other words, my camera ability to come to live, i would most definitely be in that picture!




Fortunately, Uncle Liew was willing to make a trip to the beach, opened to anyone from the camp. I tell you, i could smell salt even from 6km away, hear the rollin' waves doin' the sea dance and me getting carried away til the hour of romance welcomes sunset. Ahhh.... i was so darn excited!




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#3 Fresh air. Fresh wind. Fresh minds.




Too bad, we could only stay for one hour. Only one hour of love with the sea - oh sadness. But i'm glad i managed to take THIS many pictures!




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#4 Contemplate and you may get to bring the sun down. Someday.




I was actually too lazy to bring extra clothes there cause i was quite sure i wouldn't get wet. As the guardian of my dSLR, it is only logic that my dryness is well maintained. The waterproof casing unfortunately is only catered for my compact camera, not for big and bulky D90s.




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#5 Hermits! With humongous feets!




I think that having a dSLR at hand serves another good purpose as well, to not get splashed from dear friends, or being pushed into the water, or throw sandballs at you - cause they know, doing so comes with a very... and i mean VERY... ex-pen-sive price. It's like the shield with sharp edges, promising you no counter-attacks for any friendly fire you make. Wahah! >:)




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#6 Jiyan making 'the mark' on the sand of fame that lasted for probably a minute or so.




The sand isn't as white as i thought it would be. Too much soil in the mix? Not as much bleaching as the artificial beach back in the resort??? Idunnoe.




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#7 Jump attempt fail.




Not only did Alex fail to do the piggy-back jump, but also fail to notice how damp his rider Joel was. LOL!




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#8 Too late Alex, it has been printed on ya. The not-so-sexy dampened back. LOL.




That wasn't the only failed jump shot actually. We had a few group jump shots which failed terribly. I had to do some editing to turn the epic lose for the win. Heh... it wouldn't have stank so much if the waves didn't vary so much. Thank God i managed to pull it through.




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#9 Attempt 1.




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#10 Attempt 2




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#11 Attempt 3, with me and JeanNee in it. Photograph taken by JiYan.




Then my mind started doing the churn on the brain, and i headed for two more jump shot attempts - with different positions.




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#12 Jump by Alex - obviously it was edited. Crazy attempt in putting four varied pictures yo!




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#13 Glorious jump by Joel. He blames the epic landing on me, which i fail to understand why. Lol.




Joel's jump was hilarious! He actually landed on his two feet and we as spectators thought he purposely surrendered his own stability when he splashed his butt in the water. He himself didn't understand why his stable legs gave up on him that very second. LOL. Whatever it was, he gave us a good laugh! XD




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#14 The last picture. The full stop to the one-hour-moments on the beach. Taken desperately before we departed because i haven't seen a kite for yeeeeaaaarrrrssss!!!!!



I wasn't joking in my caption there. Ahh... it was a colourful day, i'd say. (:




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Update (30Dec2010):

I actually intended to upload a video here along with this post before publishing it but because the internet here was being kinda stubborn these few days, i wasn't able to get the video through youtube. Hmph. So here it is! Enjoy! :D








Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Good. Best. Smiles.

You don't have to agree with me, but you are most welcomed to do so.




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#1 Expressions Expresses Much More Than Words - It's all written in the face.




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#2 Best Friends Somehow Express* One Another - they sometimes unknowingly speak your thoughts out loud.




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#3 Best Friends Make The Best Mirrors - and they are the most frank people ever; telling you things straight to the face, with love.





Ju Ean's back home from the land of the lion!




Her busy schedule finally released her some time with me, who misses her like anything. We hung out in JJ yesterday and unfortunately time flew by like a jet plane (when you really just want the clock to take a break for a moment)!




There was much to catch up - ah... miss the girl talks and all, especially with her!



We had ourselves parked at Secret Recipe and started multitasking; talking and eating and trying to recall what we wanted to say to each other and recollecting dispersed thoughts. Before we knew it, two hours passed already! Gotta run to catch our movie at 5pm - Tron Legacy, and this time we remembered* to pay our bill (chuckles*at our inside story :P).




Just when it came to mind about the need of taking a picture together, we bumped into a couple of besties (Sueli & Eva) who were also catching up with one another.





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#4 Saw them in the food court.




What a coincidence. I was just thinking about these two lovelies before i entered JJ two hours earlier, until i saw Juean and the thought just scattered, replaced by my overwhelmed joy. It was quite fascinating to watch Sueli (who happened to be studying in SG also) and Juean interact. The things they converse about eludes me a little. And i think Eva feels the same as well.




Only five more minutes before the movie began, and we left to the cineplex.




I tell you, Tron Legacy is another one of Disney's movie which is definitely worth the watch! We were fascinated by the awesome design and effects of the Grid! And the gadgets! And lights! And everything!!! Juean proved the following hypothesis; that it was worth holding on to the bladder for the sake of not missing any scene from the movie...




Ah... yesterday was indeed a good day - which ended with indian food for dinner at Anderson's with Julian and the gang.




Feels like it has been centuries since me and Juean got to actually spend leisure time chatting and sharing popcorn in a cineplex. I'm really looking forward to your next return, Ju! <3





Thursday, December 16, 2010

What A Splash!

The Tiara Beach Resort; the place i stayed in during this year's annual church camp in Port Dickson - that happened to not have a real beach. The only beach(s) they had were the artificial one and the one in it's name (Tiara BEACH Resort).




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#1 Panoramic... my very first!




That's the pool surrounded by sand which i assume is the reason why they had the 'beach' in the resort name? *shrugs*




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#2 The so-called beach? Dang congested.




The beach, the real one, was located far far away - unreachable by foot from the hotel. I think it's about six kilometers away. And being one who traveled to PD by bus, my vintage car back in Ipoh could do me no help. Boy was i already upset on the very first day itself.




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#3 Syuen2, KahYan, Elise. Taken before the baptism began.




Plus, the pool is almost as dirty as *insert type of water with cleanliness grade of near zero*. Taking underwater shots is a near impossible, unlike the ones i took previously here : Were You A Spongebob?




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#4 JohnLai doing da pose.




Lucky me there was actually something going on in the pool, which wasn't happening under the water. No diving needed. No goggles used. I just needed speed to point and shoot (didn't use the dSLR of course - read here to see what i used for underwater shots).




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#5 Cass, fully out in the game.




Turns out it wasn't too bad after all.. At least there's something to cheer me up from my 'thisresorthasnobeach' thought that saddened me. Taking pictures of them people playing in the pool can be a sport, i tell you! Quite exhausting also.




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#6 Then Ben also went all out! Wowowowow!




I've just highlighted a couple of pictures from the game, and the other will be rested in Facebook real soon.




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#7 IvyLiew, doing the 'back massage'. Hoho!




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#8 Cass, shoulder massage. XD




It's quite comfortable at first, standing beneath the pressure from the falling waters. But i can't stand for long. However, it does feel a hundred times better on the buttocks. And i kid not.




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#9 She has got super powers!



Kay lah. Short post. The next one with be on.. THE BEACH! Yeeeeehaaaa!!





Breath-taking? No. Breath-Taken.

Who would have thought a place like Port Dickson could ever take your breath away?




PD is such a quite place (except for the resort i stayed in which has no peace at night) that you could just literally sit somewhere in the day and count flies to sleep. Seriously. I tell you the number of flies at the dining table will make you forget the existence of mosquitoes. It's like an invasion! One hand eat, another hand...defense!




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#1 The youths with the older youths. Picture stolen from Jeannee :P




Thanks to Alex we got to go to the lighthouse (on the second day) and also after many many impromptu attempts of borrowing other people's cars (not everyone drove to PD, most came by bus).





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#2 Alex had a surprise for us.




Once we reached the destination, we found out we didn't really reach the place at all. Alex forgot to inform us about the 200m hike uphill before reaching the lighthouse!!!



Boy, for a person with low stamina like me, hiking all the way there was really... literally, breath taking. (!!!)




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#3 Yesh! We're this close to mother nature! Better take a decent picture first before starting the hike.




You really gotta keep walking to 1) catch up and 2) leave the mosquitoes trailing behind. Stop once and you get a bunch of love bites. This was the only place where i don't see a single fly around... perhaps they transformed into blood suckers.




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#4 Nike? Wolverine?




Managed to grab hold of some photography 'lessons' along the way from Cass - about compensation adjustments, proper aperture settings for portraits/landscape, white balance, natural lighting - just to name a few. Boy were my pockets over flowing with 'coins'!! (Damn happy can!)




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#5 Rais, whose features the camera loves.




I've gotten much 'love bites' for stopping to release the shutter, but it was all worth it!!! There were two sensei-s and a hand-full of models! Who would ever wanna let this golden opportunity go?!




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#6 Faster take, mosquito bite!




There was so much to try! Angling! Positioning! Lighting! At the same time grasping for air during the hike! Stamina building for both the body and the brain, YEAH!




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#7 Picture rotated anti-clockwise for an abstract effect.




The experiments don't just stop there. Back home when my computer and i reunited, there was much to twist and turn and tweak and feelohsoverythehappy!




Ahhh... photography can really have an amazing effect on one, no? For me, at least, it's a definite yes.




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#8 Saving an originally not-so-nice picture to something abstract.




I was already sweating like mad, hair ran out of style and also starting to run out of breath but managed to persevere on a little longer while climbing the mad-long flight of stairs @@!




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#9 We're here we're here! The lighthouse of PD!




I was heart-broken. Because the gates to the lighthouse were locked with the 'No Entrance' sign by the side. Alex brought us round the outsides of the lighthouse instead, walking by its brick walls, to find something that actually mended my shattered heart quite instantly!




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#10 The remedy to my broken heart. (Sorry but maybe my picture failed to illustrate the beauty of the scene fully - newbie photographer in action, that's why)




I found my stolen-breaths back. It was like a life pack that restores your HP to the max! However, it was kinda ironic cause the scene stole my breath away at the same time.




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#11 Down there looks like chocolate so yummy!




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#12 Joel, asked to pose again.




I must say, every time we stopped somewhere, those with the guns will surely start shooting. The eyes start screening for potential beauty-pics. And the hands, always on the camera in ready mode. It was like war, y'know.




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#13 Wash your eyes...




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#14 Restore your breath.




Edwin taught me to take this picture. Before this, taking silhouette were an easy-peasy thang, until i upgraded to the dSLR. Plus, Cass encouraged me to use the manual mode (!!! first time !!!) all the way there. I started off with the aperture mode, thinking of keeping to the safe side but i messed up totally. :S




Also, no point using the 'auto' mode which will only have me look like the-Noob-who-don't-want-to-learn-but-just-show-off-the-guns. Struggled in the brains like dunno what. Thank God there were people for me to refer to.




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#15 Another picture that didn't turn out right. So edited it heavily for an abstract & illustrated effect.




I believe we would have stayed till sunset if that evening was a free session also. If we didn't have to rush back for our baths and dinner to attend the camp's session, there would be longer hours watching nature's beauty.




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#16 Everyone was contented.




Even without sunset, I was beyond satisfied. My camera had me understood it more. Andi'm beginning to feel 'the bond' with it. :P




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#17 Ben, the 'whee' expression.




Ever since my breath was taken by the breath taking moments with these guys, i could already conclude the camp was one of the best.




It was all worth it. Period.


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