Tuesday, July 27, 2010

µ[mju:]-II & Kodak Gold 400

Olympus μ[mju:]-II box

Got this modern classic used camera at a reasonable price. I know it's now quite higly sought after by film enthusiasts, because it's really a gem! This little guy comes with fixed 35mm f/2.8 lens, which is quite a big aperture lens for a compact camera. Most likely you will spot another µ[mju:]-II with an "All Weather" sticker. Yeah, I'm not afraid of you splashing water towards my camera! I'm armed with this!

Rain, 南洋

Didn't get to shoot many photos, only some photos meant for testing. This was the camera that was responsible for shooting Marcus's journey here in Singapore. I wonder why the colours of the film are off, the film is not expired?

Marcus and me

Marcus and BS

Barnie is on film too, with my newly acquired Olympus mju II + Kodak Gold 400 film. She is just too cute, I couldn't resist not to quickly go and develop the film that contains her pictures. Argh!!! Her ears!!!

Barnie + Mju II

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Mum n Barnie

In a nutshell, the versatility and compactness of this camera, and most importantly, the big aperture 35mm lens, are what make this camera a modern classic. I still remember how the seller remarked, "why do you still need this film camera?", and my inner ego was laughing happily for getting this as a bargain! It's still in pristine condition! Ha ha ha.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Little Devil, Barnie the Beagle

Barnie, a beagle

A chat in MSN in one ordinary afternoon, Marcus told me that his aunt had a puppy of Basset Hound aka "Hush Puppies" breed to give away. He asked, do you want? Of course I want but what about my dad and mum? So I asked dad for his opinion, surprisingly he agreed to adopt the puppy. I was like, are you sure? How about mum? He assured me that mum was consent about this. Go ahead, I told Marcus. On the same day, Marcus and his mum went to fetch the little puppy from his aunt, because aunt Connie said that she was afraid that her sister might give the puppy to others first so had to go and get it before others do. Thanks aunty and Marcus.

I'm a HYPER dog

Now, my house has a new addition of member, and her name is... Barnie! Her original name was "Tuk Tuk" but mum dislikes the name. So, we gave her a new name that appeals to all of us.

Curiousity

Like any other new born babies, this little pup does get tired after hopping around us after some time too. My sis said that she looks cutest when she just woke up from her sleep and still blur blur.

Tired, then rest.

Sleepy Dog

Sleeping Beauty

She is the cutest ever being, when she fell asleep in the lap of daddy. She likes my dad, I'm sure. My mum told me today that she actually sat on the sofa quietly and watched TV!

Taking a nap, in daddy's lap

Hmmm... Sorry Bobby, the attention will goes to this little pup first. I'm sure when she grows up, both you will get the same attention!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Morning Light, a giveback to NTU

Morning Light

A simple picture of black and white print from 2 years back, was chosen as one of the complimentary pictures of a set of official notecards (well what's notecard?) by NTU officer of Centre for Excellence in Learning & Teaching. Surprisingly, I thought that they would have chosen the pictures from the Misty Campus series. Well, I like this picture too! The lecturer who taught me how to print from 2 years back had given some praises to this picture too!

It's yet another milestone for me in my photography journey. Albeit I got not much talent in arts and photography, I am learning step by step, to improve my senses.

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Welcome, the new puppy as our new family member! A female Beagle!
Thanks Marcus for bringing the puppy to our house, and I'm glad that dad and mum are willing and happy to accept this new member!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Indochina 1: The Cambodian Rangers

Uniquely Cambodia

the Indochina adventures

Once upon a time, 10 rangers, were set out from the Peninsular of Sweet Potato to explore the land of Wonders, the Khmer kingdom of Cambodia. Armed with nothing, but travel gears, Riels and cameras, we were bold, unexperienced adventurers in the land of Khmer.

Enough of the bedtime story kind of starting. This is about a graduation trip of 10 NTU students, from different states of Malaysia, in Cambodia and Vietnam.

Let's not describe how amazing is Angkor Wat and we hop to 4th day of the trip, where we took a 6 hours van to Phnom Penh. Fear that the van might crash into the traffic coming from opposite, Neo was unable to take a nap at all and just covered her eyes every time the driver made an abrupt slow down.

Colourful Wonders

I wonder why, whenever we went, we were greeted by colours from the sky, be it rainbow or colours in between the clouds. Good sign, but an omen to Archer, who got allergy all over her bodies.

Monks of Cambodia

After putting down and checking in the hotels of Sinh Tourist (our agent who would arrange for transport and pick up from Phnom Penh to the Mekong Delta later), we were out of the hotel, to explore this town that was full of monks in orange robes, carrying bright yellow colour umbrellas.

Duk, Duk!

The Monument

Riding on the 'Duk-Duk' hired by us, we went to the town, saw some of the Phnom Penh landmark such as the Independence Monument, Golden Royal Palace, Wat Phnom and museum, took some photos, that was all for the day. As we got into headache about dinner (as compared to Siam Reap where we could find nice food so easily around our hostel), the Duk-Duk driver brought us to the night market.

Cambodian Night Market

Oh, there was a space, covered by floor mats, and was surrounded by food stalls. We saw locals sitting on the mats and enjoying food while chatting happily. So this is how the Cambodian people savour the local delicacy? Interesting, let's try out too! Among the exotic local delicacies, one which almost made us puke is the Fertilized Duck/Chicken Fetus Egg... Yap was the ranger who dared himself to try it. According to his feedback, he said he could feel the crunching of that poor little creature's little bones inside his mouth.

This was a journey of learning about Cambodia. We would move on to the pain of the Khmer's pasts in our next day in Phnom Penh.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Seremban Delicacy 2

Continuing the food trail of Seremban. I want to promote Serembanese food, to the rest of the world who just happen to overlook the so-many and unique delicacies in my lovely hometown, that deserve better attention.

3. Old Street Chicken Rice (再豐雞飯)

潮州滑雞飯

This chicken rice shop is located at the junction near a popular main street that is called by us Serembanese as, the "Casket Street" or 棺材街. Tracing along a small street beside this shop will lead you to the cultural street of Seremban, where I had the second photoshoot session with Olivia.

The Chicken Rice Shop

The chicken rice here, is not cheap for Serembanese standard. That was why my mum and dad don't like the idea of coming here. However, their impression was because they ordered half of the chicken last time and rice individually. This time, I suggested to them to order each of us a set instead. Reasonable price for the taste and effort put in by the lady boss in making the chicken and rice tasty.

Teochew style Chicken Rice

My dad made a remark that the rice was too salty for him. Hmm... This was because the lady boss infused the oil and gravy from the chicken into the rice. Repetitively. They also seemed to dislike this shop as they complained about the price and services. However, I actually saw that the lady boss and the staffs there were quite friendly when I requested to take a picture of the lady boss. She said she doesn't like her picture to be taken by others but she did suggest me to take picture of the shop, just not her, while smiling to me. Lifted my spirit up! Oh yea, people can be nice most of the times if we don't always think towards the negative side!

The chicken rice indeed lives up its reputation in the town of Seremban, albeit I think I would still prefer the highly popular chicken rice in Rasah Jaya first phase, used to be in 露天 (Lou Tin) restaurant. Definitely will write about their chicken rice next time when I am back to Seremban. Most of the time, if you go there to buy the chicken rice after 12.30pm, you will be told by the friendly boss, "Sorry please come again..."


4. Haji Sheriff Chendols and Rojak

Cendol or Chendol?

The Haji Shariff is used to be known as "Lake Garden Cendol", as they were operating a small cendol stall next to lake of Seremban, beside Hotel Malaysia. After the hawker food center there was closed down, I was wondering for few years where had they already shifted to. Not possible that they ended their business at their peak, right?

The investigation went on, and finally after gathering feedbacks from friends, oh! The shop is now in Paul's street or next to the Golden Triangle. The green paint that they had chosen for their shop made them so distinctive from the other shops. As they serve halal food, we could see different races of Malaysians enjoying meals here.

Oh, think about the traditional cendol, but with the addition of either red beans or sticky rice! More choices even for cendols! Usually the cendol is coupled up with a serving of Rojak mee! Although according to feedbacks, many people prefer rojak in the Bukit Blossom hawker center, but the rojak over there is worth trying.

Going on going on...