I planned to do a tutorial on product shooting (lighting, techniques, equipment selection) but I sold my Nikon D80 about 4 days ago so I couldn’t prepare the required materials. I promise I’ll get on with it after I get a new body. And I was supposed to do FRIM Part 2 but I haven’t got the photos from Afiq or Roger so that will have to wait as well. So here’s an ordinary blog post.


On Friday me and Tan wanted to go check out the Fujifilm F100fd at Sunway Pyramid and see how it compares with the Canon Ixus 870IS. The Fujifilm F100fd is a unique camera because it uses a special sensor as compared to those found in conventional cameras. This enables it to give higher dynamic range and cleaner outputs at higher ISOs. The Ixus 870IS on the other hand is one of the cameras that I’m looking at to replace my current Ixus 55. But before that we dropped by at virtualmystic’s place to see how he was getting along with the overhaul of his E30.

It’s a rear wheel drive car so the differential and the final gear is located at the rear, connected to the gearbox by a prop shaft.

The inline-6 cylinder 2.5 liter engine. They are ECU controlled. Very advanced during that time (1980s).

A full rack of Facom tools! Enough tools to dismantle your entire car. Does not mean that you will be able to put it all back together again.

At Sunway Pyramid, I managed to try out the Canon Ixus 870IS which lived up to my expectations. Fast and easy to use, practical image stabilization, and very sleek design. The steep price tag (RM1299) is something to consider. We did not get to try the Fujifilm F100fd because it wasn’t that popular here so no one seems to be selling it. If you are familiar with the legendary Fujifilm F31fd, then you’ll know why this camera is good.

But still, I might be going for the Ixus 870IS because I own the Ixus 500 and the Ixus 55 and I find them to be excellent compact cameras in terms of speed, ease of use, picture quality and design. You can’t go very wrong with Canon’s point and shoots.

Anyways, will be heading out to FRIM again tomorrow with film. Stay tuned for updates. Continue reading

Understanding Engineers

Very lazy to blog, got some things to do so I have this for you. Got this from Jerry from Facebook.

Understanding Engineers – 1
Two engineering students were walking across a university campus when
one said, “Where did you get such a great bike?” The second engineer
replied, “Well, I was walking along yesterday, minding my own
business, when a beautiful woman rode up on this bike, threw it to the
ground, took off all her clothes and said, “Take what you want.”
The first engineer nodded approvingly and said, “Good choice; the
clothes probably wouldn’t have fitted you anyway.”

Understanding Engineers – 2
To the optimist, the glass is half-full.
To the pessimist, the glass is half-empty.
To the engineer, the glass is twice as big as it needs to be.

Understanding Engineers – 3
A priest, a doctor, and an engineer were waiting one morning for a
particularly slow group of golfers. The engineer fumed, What’s with
those guys? We must have been waiting for fifteen minutes!” The doctor
chimed in, “I don’t know, but I’ve never seen such inept golf!” The
priest said, “Here comes the green-keeper. Let’s have a word with
him.” He said, “Hello George, what’s wrong with that group ahead of
us? They’re rather slow, aren’t they?” The green-keeper replied, “Oh,
yes. That’s a group of blind firemen. They lost their sight saving our
clubhouse from a fire last year, so we always let them play for free
anytime.” The group fell silent for a moment. The priest said, “That’s
so sad. I think I will say a special prayer for them tonight.”
The doctor said, “Good idea. I’m going to contact my ophthalmologist
colleague and see if there’s anything he can do for them.”
The engineer said, “Why can’t they play at night?”

Understanding Engineers – 4
What is the difference between mechanical engineers and civil
engineers? Mechanical engineers build weapons. Civil engineers build

Understanding Engineers – 5
The graduate with a science degree asks, “Why does it work?”
The graduate with an engineering degree asks, “How does it work?”
The graduate with an accounting degree asks, “How much will it cost?”
The graduate with an arts degree asks, “Do you want fries with that?”

Understanding Engineers – 6
Three engineering students were gathered together discussing who must
have designed the human body. One said, “It was a mechanical engineer.
Just look at all the joints.” Another said, “No, it was an electrical
engineer. The nervous system has many thousands of electrical
connections. ”
The last one said, “No, actually it had to have been a civil engineer.
Who else would run a toxic waste pipeline through a recreational area?”

Understanding Engineers – 7
Normal people believe that if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Engineers
believe that if it ain’t broke, it doesn’t have enough features yet.

Understanding Engineers – 8
An engineer was crossing a road one day, when a frog called out to him
and said, “If you kiss me, I’ll turn into a beautiful princess.” He
bent over, picked up the frog and put it in his pocket. The frog spoke
up again and said, “If you kiss me I’ll turn back into a beautiful
princess and stay with you for one week.” The engineer took the frog
out of his pocket, smiled at it and returned It to the pocket. The
frog then cried out, “If you kiss me and turn me back into a princess,
I’ll stay with you for one week and do ANYTHING you want.” Again, the
engineer took the frog out, smiled at it and put it back into his
pocket. Finally, the frog asked, “What is the matter? I’ve told you
I’m a beautiful princess and that I’ll stay with you for one week and
do anything you want. Why won’t you kiss me?”
The engineer said, “Look, I’m an engineer. I don’t have time for a
girlfriend, but a talking frog, now that’s cool. Continue reading

FRIM Shoot Part 1

I was at FRIM (Forest Research Institute Malaysia) last Sunday for a shoot with Afiq and Roger. Spend a good 5 hours in the forest and it was a great relaxing trip (i.e. no rushing about). Normally photography is not allowed at FRIM and will cost you RM300 if you want to shoot. But since there’s a photo contest organized by FRIM, you don’t even have to pay the entrance fee (RM5 per car)! Just tell the guard you’re there for photography. You’ll need to go to building D6 to register for it. Do register before shooting because if they catch you without the contest form and authorized signature, you may have to pay RM300.

You’ll get a map of FRIM and the interesting landmarks there.

This was one very interesting sight indeed. Look at the leaves of the trees. They’re not touching so they form a pattern against the sky.

Spent 20 minutes shooting this mushroom.

Afiq, Roger and yours truly. Shot with my GSN using the mechanical timer.

Not a lot of good photos this time round. More photos will be posted as I get them from Afiq and Roger. We will be going there again next Sunday for the sunset and the Canopy Walkway. It is rumored that you can see the whole of KL from this walkway. Continue reading

Smelly Tofu Take 2

I’m addicted to forcing people to try smelly tofu (chou dou fu at the Kepong night market). My latest victim was Zoe Yve who surprisingly did not chicken out. In fact, my first time was worse. Rotate your head to the left when you watch the video. I inadvertently shot it in portrait orientation.

And don’t you agree that watching a man smash a real coconut with his bare elbow is worth 50 minutes of your life? I’ve never seen anything like that in my 22 years on Earth. Have you? Continue reading