Category Archives: Random Stuff

Competing in the buff

Recently, a friend of mine wondered why there’s no men’s synchronised swimming in the London Olympics. I’d like to push the envelope further by suggesting that Olympians resume the grand old tradition and compete in the buff in future games. No, it’s not that I want the Olympics to be turned into a cross breed… Read More »

Wrong on the 8 July

Received this mailer from IKEA yesterday and it seems that someone at the furniture retailer either couldn’t get the dates correct or was looking at the wrong month on the calendar.   The mailer mentioned a one-day offer on 8 July (Thursday). Problem is, 8 July is not on Thursday, but on Sunday. To make… Read More »

Some things I have given up

Jaywalking Because you can’t beat the Ferrari Train service Anytime someone tries to juxtapose “train” and “service” in the same sentence, I’m gonna beat the shit out of him/her. Reading the Straits Times Because the crap printed on those pages insults the trees that died in vain Real social interaction Because everyone prefers to talk… Read More »

Cheating

A friend shared my sentiments about shooting at ISO 100 (“Old habits die hard“) and mentioned that “when I go to [ISO] 400 I feel like I’m cheating”. Well, I’m not sure about that being considered cheating. There are certainly more ways to cheat in post processing than the simple act of pushing up the… Read More »

Money

Just the other day, my son put forth an interesting question: “Papa, is it difficult to earn money? Do you have to work very hard?”So I replied: “Yes”, hoping that this will make him appreciate things more.He followed up with another volley: “Do we have a lot of money?”Anticipating where this conversation is leading to… Read More »

Old habits die hard

The thing about migrating from a film SLR to a DSLR is that there is a tendency to shoot at a lower ISO than what the camera sensor is fully capable of resolving these days.I only realised this when a friend casually mentioned that most of my shots were made at ISO 100 or ISO… Read More »

Hong Kong street view

Evening street view along Hennessey Road at the junction of Canal Road West in Wanchai. The colourful neon signs are something that you don’t get to see in Singapore. Same goes for the electric cables dangling overhead for the trams. Photos taken last year in early December, several days before I left Hong Kong. Help… Read More »

GFW

Not “Going For the Win”, damn it! But going behind the Great Firewall of China was an equally damning experience for those who are used to the free and easy information superhighway of the Internet. Things were moving along quite nicely in the Philippines for me that at one stage I was thinking of getting… Read More »

It’s been 6.5 years

I left Singapore back in 2005, perhaps a little disillusioned by the socio-political landscape at that time. It was a hard decision, leaving family, friends and a host of support systems, especially when my next stop wasn’t exactly an expat paradise. Life in Manila wasn’t a bed of roses, but my limps were holding up… Read More »