Blast from the Past

I was browsing through some photos yesterday while writing about my cat and I found some interesting photos that I took a while ago.


House warming present: a roll of tissue paper. Bet that lasted a long time. Can’t even remember when this was taken.


Our very own Oktoberfest a few years back.


Breaking fast at Flamming BBQ Sunway with colleagues.

I was really into photography when I acquired my first DSLR. I had the time then to experiment with a lot of things, and organize outings with friends. I might need to put more time into it.



Experimenting with lighting.


I was also into filters, especially the graduated neutral density type.


This was during a break from shooting at the Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM). House of the dead.

And for a while I was into HDR:


Kuching International Airport


@tmosphere at Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.

Will be digging up more old photos in the future.

This is Why TV is Bad for You

This is an extreme example of why you shouldn’t believe everything you see on TV.


Enhance doesn’t work. If the data is not there in the first place, there is no way to recreate it. Details not captured in a picture in the first place will not automatically appear with the help of software.

Ice skating

After being in KL for more than a year, I’ve been to Sunway Piramid many times. But this time (last Saturday), four of us decided to give skating a try (3 of us have never skated on ice before). My friend who has 4 skating sessions under his belt told us that it would be easy if we had played roller-blades before because it’s based on the same concept. Unfortunately, I did not have the chance to rollerblade in my entire life so you can imagine my fear.

Looks easy from the top, but when you actually try skating on ice, you’ll know how difficult it is.

But since we have made the decision to try, we cannot back out. Even if it means falling down countless times and making a fool out of ourselves, we got to start somewhere right? So after lunch, we went.

First we have to have proper skates. Faces have been removed to protect privacy.

During weekends, it’s RM16 for one day, unlimited time. We paid, got our skates and got ready to get on the ice. I’m sorry I don’t have pictures here because cameras aren’t allowed.

Stepping on the ice for the very first time, I was actually wondering if it was possible to skate on ice. There is totally NO CONTROL. I couldn’t move forwards, I couldn’t stop, I couldn’t turn. In short, I can’t do anything because everything I try to do, I have the feeling that I was going to fall.

For the first 10 minutes, I just stood by the side, trying to get used to everything. I can’t describe how hard it is to stand still and not slide around. It’s like you’re walking on ice. Every move you make, you feel like slipping down.

Resurfacing the ice. This car actually drifts around the corner. haha a bit la

Lucky for me, my friend who had skated before advised me what to do. Keep your legs apart, and try to move forwards by pushing your skates outward at an angle. Simple instructions, but seemingly impossible to follow. I was afraid of falling everytime I try to do that.

Sometime later (half and hour maybe?), I conquered my fear and I started moving forwards. It was easy once you get used to it. All you need is practice, practice and practice. In the next hour, I could comfortably skate around the place. 3 hours later, I had no problems with turning and accelerating. In the forth hour, I can go without falling down for almost 30 minutes!

Falling down is something you WILL experience when trying to skate.

I lost count of how many times I fell down. Some were minor slips, some were major tumbles. But it was okay. Learned many things from those falls. Some good, some bad.

Looks like it was a “washed out” day for people at sunway lagoon.

Went to hartz for dinner after 5 hours of skating. I went home unable to shower properly because my arms refuse to move. My ankles hurt and my legs were killing me. But overall it was a great and exciting day for me. Tried out something totally new to me, and I’m hooked. Going again next Saturday! Continue reading

To Kuching, First class

I got a first class flight back to Kuching because there wasn’t any more tickets left. In first class, you get special treatment. You can request for anything and not get a frown or disapproving look from the world’s best cabin staff. They have beef even for the meals! But the greatest joy for me in first class was to witness the 737 engines firing up and going to full thrust during take off. I can hardly comprehend the sheer power that the engines are producing. I can’t imagine anything better to admire than that.

Anyways, I came back to get my MAS offer letter. Unfortunately, since the letter is confidential, I cannot show it here. But it does state some very interesting figures. And I’ll be training at the old Subang airport. It will start on the 16th January and it will run for 5 years. Then I will be bond for 10 years so when I come out I’ll be around 34?

I recently been to an artist’s house. And I’m impressed by his toilet design.

It’s an open air shower, so if it rains, you have a legitimate reason not to shower. Continue reading