06/28/09

National Day Parade 2009 Combined Rehearsal 2

* My apologies for not publishing this earlier! This was supposed to be posted 2 weeks ago!

Been given the opportunity by NDPeeps,Claudia from 24seven, it was definitely a pleasure to be able to be one of the first hundreds (ok, maybe thousands) to be able to watch their rehearsals before the preview and the actual.  And without further ado, let the pictures share my thoughts!

Note: Spoilers ahead.  Very spoilt ones (some).

The group of lucky fans who managed to watch this together!

Thats me and Pinky (the 1 with pink Canon Ixus camera).  The only odd ones out of the others in the same row because we’re the only ones wearing white!

And something new this year the committee has decided to try out?

Pole Dancing.  Exotic isn’t it?

What I like about this year’s Parade:

  1. New formation used for salute.  I like the navys’ firing than the usual artillery firing.  We always don’t get to see the actual artilleries and they use it every year.  Time for a change, good change.
  2. Song remixes.  Instead of the boring and usual themes you listen every year, they mixed it around! Pleasantly enough.
  3. The Chinook above the water surface that cause waves on the water; the effect is fucking great.  How I wish I was right there at the Merlion!
  4. Sudden news broke off about Singapore being attacked.  The defence forces of Singapore came out and showcase their vigilance.  (Abit Wayang but hey, its better than those boring parades that we watch every year, at least they shown the others how we make use of our equipment to defend Singapore)
  5. Fireworks.  (All time favourite)
  6. An all new marina wave?  They say raise up your cameras or handphones like the kallang wave.
  7. Very creative and innovative lights and decorations.

So what are the things that I dont really like about this year’s Parade?

  1. I find the LCD panel inbetween between the stage and the actual is not very ‘obvious’ at times and can cause distractions.  Distracts me away from the performance, really.
  2. As usual, inaccessibility again.  Where to park car?  Simple, don’t drive unless you wanna get jammed in/out of the show.
  3. Imagine the filtering process for audience on temperature due to H1N1, its gona take hell loads of time and patience.  Today was excellent because the crowd was little.
  4. Colors of the spotlights,  sometimes too red, sometimes too blue.. (too strong!)  Moderation is better.

Here are some of the pictures taken with my humble Canon 400D, Tamron 18-200mm f3.5 – f6.3 and 28-75 f2.8 (for night shots): not arranged in any order!

(yeah, I know its blur =( i didnt bring my tripod because my girl has a bandage on her leg!)

See what the other blogger says!

06/26/09

A Tribute To Micheal Jackson

My childhood idol, Micheal Jackson has been taken away, going back into arms of god. I liked his music, his style and his talent except his beliefs. I think he should’t have went for all those ‘modification’ to his physical self but still, I think I just like his music and talent.

(Taken from yahoo.com)

Rest well. May your music continue to live and you always be in our hearts. <3

06/9/09

10tips to take good pictures with a camera phone

Came upon a website that shared how to take good pictures with just a camera phone.

1). Know your camera
Check the spec – make sure it can do what you want it to do

2). Always use the flash in poor light
No matter how poor the flash is!

3). Stand extremely still (hold your breath when taking pictures)

4). Get close to your subject
2 feet or so for maximum sharpness

5). Use the highest resolution possible
don’t worry about the size fo your picture if it’s quality you value

6). Avoid the digital zoom
Use optical by all means, but stay away from digital zooms

7). Use White Balance
Experiment with your phone’s options. Incandescent is good for poor visibility

8). Use Night mode
If your camera has a night mode setting, use it, even in cloudy rather than night conditions. Use it in combination with incandescent white balance setting for optimum quality

9). Use Spot photometry
Use it in conditions of uneven lighting – if you want to highlight the light areas more, focus on the light, but at the expense of the shadows. And vice versa, of course!

10). Make sure your lens is clean!

Source: http://mobilementalism.com/quick-summary-of-tips/

06/9/09

Yet another complain about M1

Singaporeans sure love to complain, and ofcourse that includes me. Hop on the wagon with the crowd and demand for more. Besides, I’ve been with m1 for more than 10years and we deserve better than those who only came for 2-4years BUT to providers, they will love the 2-4years customers so much because they have spent their salary on it using the 3G and HSPA services. On the other hand, I’ve only been using the student plan so they chose to neglect me? Although my contributions weren’t as much as compared to those customers, at least I had tried to stay with the provider for so long.

With the strong competition and bad economy, everyone is reducing their spending power and that includes me. M1 isnt looking forward to old customers I guess; they’re looking for new.

So whats with loyalty to providers? NAH. To them, we just come and go. Thats how sad providers treat loyal customers.

Starhub and Singtel, on the other hand, is really keeping loyal customers and attracting new customers. I remember receiving a $150 voucher from Starhub despite not subscribing to their mobile services but their CableTV(well, before Singtel introduced their MIO TV, there was only CableTV in Singapore).

Singtel also sent their loyal customers vouchers once the 20months of contract is over.

M1 has only sent me 2 vouchers so far with $50 and $100 vouchers. For those customers more than 10years of loyalty, they should have improvise something better and extraordinary.

Starhub, Im not really saying you’re good. Your cableTV got no recontract plans and that sucks. I’ve been waiting to recontract for free gifts (they only give free gifts to new customers!) but to no avail. Time to reflect too.

With here, I will send in my screenshot about my second complain to M1 about their poor customer service attitude and hopefully I will get a positive answer.

06/6/09

Pussycat Dolls – Domination Tour Singapore 2009

The reason why we had to watch this concert is because there were rumours spreading around on the Internet that Nichole (the main lead singer) might be leaving the Pussycat Dolls(PCD) for her solo career but a google search indicated that the rumour is untrue and she will not leave the PCD.

And if you notice from my pictures below, yeah 1 of the babe, Jessica didnt perform because she wasnt feeling well (once again, rumours?)  Im not sure about that but the concert didn’t seem COMPLETE as they lack of a person and the gaps between the team, there always seem to have a room for 1.

I would have enjoyed the concert if the people around me and my dearest would stand up and groove to the music and being the first 5rows at the front, we know we shouldnt stand up and block the view of the audiences behind.  The other areas seem more lively than ours for sure, and music is really regardless of age; I saw a family with 40s/50s grandma walking in, and grooving!

To make our day better, class95 fm DJs, Glenn Ong and Jean Danker were just sitting right infront of us =) JD’s really pretty and so is Glenn, and his tatoo!

pussycatdolls

pussycatdolls2

pussycatdolls3

me & pinky

See the full flickr sets here!

06/2/09

You don’t always get a chance to take photos in a robe, besides we had to pay to rent it, so why not make the full use out of it?  Thus we used the robe for some shoots in my dearest house (its not a studio!) Adjusted the white balance to suit her wall and the pictures came out well =), uncompared to real studio ofcourse, I don’t have softbox nor reflectors. 

These pics were taken with canon 400D, 50mm F1.8 prime lens with Sigma EF500.