Monday, August 24, 2009

UP and Pasta

Another weekend with Ailin. This time the mission is to watch the long awaited "UP" in 3D and also to buy my Crumpler 7 million dollar!

The morning is spent running from Hall 13 to Hall 1, and then back, to claim my prize from Boon Ming!! Yes, the WARAKU SGD 50 voucher! Yeah, so we would have free meal! It was quite a surprise when he told me I won the voucher. So, good luck to your Taiwan itinerary planning competition!

First thing for the day, buying movie ticket for "UP" in Iluma.
Well the "UP" is so superb and I love all the characters! Dug, Kevin, Russell and Carl. Had a good laugh and wow, they did 'pop up' from the screen! 3D is the new trend eh?

I have finally bought the Crumpler 7 million dollar bag, which hurts my wallet so much... Hurt hurt... I hope I will make full use of this bag, put everything and bring all my film, digital gear out whenever I can.

Had some not-so-impressive desserts before heading for movie.

After movie, time to head for dinner after a short walk in Iluma. Yup, the Waraku Japanese Pasta in Orchard Heeren.

Some photos in this nice restaurant are indeed something that we should do.

Of course with some creativity from Ailin.

About the food, yes, taste good! Both us enjoyed the meal, haha. If it is not because of SGD50 voucher meal I don't think I would ever thought of entering such restaurant.

Afterward, walked more to discover Orchard which I did not really do although I am here for 3 years already!

Go visit BoonBox if you haven't!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Hong Kong: Walking on the past, 元朗 (1)

A day after arriving from Macau, by Ferry. Been staying so comfortably in Jason's house and today we plan to walk around Yuen Long (元朗) since it's so near to Jason's house which is in 八鄉路 (Nearest MRT would be 錦上路).

Ping Shan Heritage Trail (屏山文物徑).
We started it after some walking around Yuen Long. Just in a few hours, I have tried Hong Kong's various rail systems, West Rail (西鐵), Light Rail (輕快鐵). Interesting, HK really has one of the world's most advanced transport system.

Back to the heritage trail, it's Jason's first time to explore the trail as well. This was when I felt the warmness of HK residents as opposed to what others who had commented that HK people are rude and rough. An uncle just invited us in to view the walled-village that is supposedly off limits to the tourists.

This is the head of the dragon boat that they placed in a small chapel of the walled-village. The uncle seemed to be proud of this artifact and asked me to take picture of it, so ok la, out of respect, must give face.

And, under the hot summer sky, we continued to walk following the trail, taking into memory every possible details that I can remember.


Even funny notices.

We joined the others, Thony, To, Tim at 沙田圍 for dinner after the walk and a free movie with Jason, oh yeah 大排檔!

Introducing the dishes of the night... 雞粥 章魚 白菜 肥豬肉... I heard the CUHK trios said that the CUHK students like to come to this place for meal. Wow and the chicken porridge, not bad.
The modern 大排檔 is something similar to our food court, so not really a surprise already.

P/S: Congrats Jason for you know what.!

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Film Experience in Seremban Photoshop

(Me, posing with Nikon F3HP, shot by Olympus OM2n on Kodak GOLD 200 and processed in T1 Fujifilm Seremban.)

A note serves as a reminder and experience to share the cost and quality of film processing and scanning.

1. Fujifilm Seremban - Terminal 1 Ground floor.

Should be easy to identify. A shop bearing a big FUJIFILM logo.

Price: Super CHEAP! RM 8 for a roll, and RM 3 for subsequent roll for processing and scanning. (Nowhere is cheaper than them already!)

Comment: Quality is in proportion with price. Water stain on the film... Bad! If you are lucky maybe you won't get any water stain? Bet with your film?

A sample photo with tones I like:

Film: Kodak Gold 200

2. New Century (新世纪) - Seremban Town Center, beside The Store

Recommended by Dato Hon, after I consulted his son's photography kaki Ivy which always chat with me.

Price: First time RM13 inclusive of processing + scanning. 2nd time let him do 4 rolls the boss quoted me higher price instead... really =.=|||

Quality: Satisfying quality.

Sample photo with tone I like too:

Film: Fujifilm Superia 400

3. International (国际) - Seremban Town Center, Opposite famous 德利 bookstore

A popular shop among the Seremban people. Quite well known as it has existed since my mother's generation?

Price: Can't remember, and quite pricey as the boss does not allow scanning and only allow photos to be printed... really =.=|||

Print: Reasonably good, from the print quality.

Sample soon after I brought the film to scan.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

By the Weeds

By the weeds, she smiled to the joy of gloomy hazy August Sunday morning.

Following the July's Hometown photo shoot, we had so much fun that we decided to do another one the following week.

This time, I invited Ailin's sis, Ivy to join us. Thanks to her yellow dress, Olivia looked really awesome and graceful!

Some after thoughts: props are very important to lift up the mood of the pictures. The bigger the better! Besides, always shoot in RAW to preserve the details! Finally I saw the importance of RAW format.

Click the below picture to go to the Flickr slide show of this series: