Thursday, December 30, 2010

A dangerous call

So... this is a very close look to my life as a site engineer.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

EOS 400d 9 AF Points

A point of view from the compact LX5, shot through the optical glass of 85mm F1.8 lens. The 400d has now become a rarity, being the predecessor of other similar models such as 450d and 550d. It was once at its prime, where nowadays it has lost a bit of prestige having been superseded by the newer models.

That is how the body of a DSLR system sticks to the ongoing trends. The body keeps on changing and upgrading at quick pace, and the lens stays still and await for the callback.

My 3 years old 85mm is still alive today. Still strong in taking some great quality portraits even though it is only mounted on the 400d. It could do much better on a full frame DSLR especially on 5d markII which has reasonable noise level even at very high ISO setting. This allows comfortable shooting at low light condition without the need of using tripod and I don't have to worry about getting any shaky image.

ISO400, F2.8 1/200sec by 85mm F1.8 on EOS400d

ISO400, F4 1/25sec by 50mm F1.8 on EOS400d

Saturday, December 25, 2010

More LX5 Macro

Tried macro at home... wish I could have some fabulous rings to shoot at...

ISO 80, F5, 1.6 sec long exposure

ISO 80, F2.8, 2.0 sec long exposure

ISO 80, F2.5, 2.0 sec long exposure

ISO 80, F5.0, 1.3 sec long exposure

ISO 100, F5.6, 1.3 sec long exposure

The above were again shot by the P&S DMC-LX5 camera. The image quality is not that bad after all, and it's macro ability certainly reserves its place in top ranking for high end P&S macro photography. Not to mention about pure Leica series, LX5 could bring down other similar P&S camera such as canon G12 and the coolpix P7000.

Finally, would like to end the macro topic with some photos of hers. The watermarked was shot by my EOS400d.

It's Santa Moment

Took this shot when the ticker struck 12. The LX5 does possess a strong macro ability not just to shoot clear macro like this, a focus range as close as 10mm just between the object and the glass is such an overwhelming factor. (Wondering if any scratches incurred, since the objects have hit the glass multiple times)

The engrossment of the eve was fully displaced to this small little town in Singapore, Orchard. Almost fully compacted, it seemed.

Yee Chien and I
went down to took the air once we got off from work, as early as 9.30pm, as usual. It was tight and we simply couldn't catch our breath by squeezing through the crowd. Worse, we didn't even bother to catch a glimpse on the happening around.

Got home at eleven. Perhaps spending a precious and peaceful Christmas night at home commemorating the birth of Jesus is somewhat better than joining the vigorous crowd whom celebration is just for the sake of celebration.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Night Scenes at VivoCity

Having dined with my friends at Sushi Tei located in VivoCity which is an hour distance away from my current home stay Yishun, I quite fortunately came across an opportunity to catch a few night shots by my 2 months old LX-5 compact camera.

Being perpetually a die hard Canon fan, the decision of spending a moderate sum of money on other brand does seem to be a little out of norm but it fell on the fact that it was just a choice of compact camera. If it were a DSLR, I will never have slipped to alternative brand. 100% no to other brand.

I made some important comparisons between several high end compact cameras and it turned out LX-5 fitted my criteria. I will write on my own a brief review about this camera when I begin to grip its features better. 2 months together with me but it is yet to get intimate with me, and I knew my hectic working days should take all the blame.

For the moment being, I will post some photos of night scenery taken around VivoCity at that night.

The Panasonic Lumix LX-5

Sunday, November 21, 2010

6 months in Singapore

Having worked for almost 6 months in Singapore so far has let me forgotten some of the past things that I have never wanted to forget. I seem to grow older quicker and indeed, working as an engineer does seem exhaustive as ever. Engineering is not just about problem solving, it carries more than that and you need constant consciousness and good management to make sure everything happens around is all under your control. I reckon this doesn't just apply to engineers but too to other persons working at other areas.

If it's your dream, then go and achieve it. If you coincide with heavy hurdles, don't let yourself get carried away and never let your dream fade.

Instill strong principles and good disciplines in your daily chores. Before you can even think of becoming successful, you need to deal with yourself before dealing with others. Mind your attitude, and look at things from a wide perspective. How you get things under control counts on how to get your mind under control.

Always believe in changes, and have faith in yourself and others for all the changes that are going to take place. Nothing is fixed as even a mountain could change its shape and lose its topography and why should we not change for the sake of goodness? If we were born without feet we still could make the pace. If we were born without great intelligence, we could still make a better living. If we were born to be introvert, believe that no one is born that way. Thrust your way to become more extrovert! If we were born to be in poverty, thank god for giving us a chance to treasure our living in an absolute modest way.

Be positive, and be thankful because all the events serve some purposes. For good or bad reasons, we still make a learning.

I'm 24 now, and I concede myself as a slow and slacking learner who has yet to step on a firm track. For the time being, I barely behave like a good and constant learner or neither do I look like someone who will succeed in the near future.

But, I do want to make sure that faith and hope are always implanted in my thought, I'm not trying to wait for miracle to happen. I am trying my best to make a change for change.

Anyway, several photos are posted here after accidentally bumping off Orchard Street on some particular date. Take your chance to have a glance.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

What do we want in life

We can't possess many things in life, but we can choose to let go some things in life. Knowing what you really want is much more important than knowing that you're great for having done some great things in life.

Life is endless and sluggish when you pay less attention to people's advice, show no interest to the things you do and even live a life with no aim to achieve. , In contrary, life seems much faster when we know how to appreciate the things and people around us and learn to treasure what we're doing.

Each second counts and while we're still living, our task is to ensure it's spent wisely. Spend more time knowing yourself, find your weaknesses and repair them, and never stop amending yourself.

Life is not easy, indeed it has never been easy. If this moment you're feeling uncomfortable with what you're doing, get rid of that for awhile and re-think what is best for you, in a rational manner. If the best for you is getting out from what you're doing because that's not the dream you're chasing, then go ahead achieve your dream.

If what you're doing is the dream you're chasing, then don't let your dream be shaken off so easily. Stay in and don't give up because you only grow when you encounter obstacles.

A good life always comes with a good thought...

So, find the wisdom in your living...

A comeback

Having written "Peace" 3 years ago while it's still pretty fresh in my mind now, I reckon I'm trying to make a "comeback" now. I'm not gonna and don't wanna be a wicked passion guy.

Not gonna let this be lengthy because the next one will be.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

CNY 2010 Snaps

Some individual shots

Lil 2yrs old cousin


Thursday, February 25, 2010

Out of Focus

What could have happened to the teenager who came to peninsular few years ago to pursue his dream?

His life is a lot more different now than before, having piled up his mind with complexities and confusions. His life has been constantly fluctuating, sometimes he can concentrate on what he does, sometimes he can't, and most of the time he can't.

He's totally out of focus isn't he?

**I wish I could be asleep for years and wake up later as a fully revived guy with an enhanced attitude but that is not possible at all because by then things will never have changed and I will turn out being the most irresponsible guy. And because life is all about learning and exploring that's why even though I don't know what have actually gone wrong to me, or even though I know where my problems lie on, I just couldn't stop there and give up.

Don't be a slack guy who spend half of his lifespan thinking the unnecessary.

Be firm, clear-minded, and most important focus!

"Sometimes in life we will find ourselves drown in the state of complacency, but it doesn't matter because you need to find your way back again. So, Ngiam, just be focused okay", told one of my great lecturers who have yet to see any improvement in me.

"Be strict to yourself, time is always there for something important and meaningful. Don't waste it.", told one of my best pals.

**I'll be a complete fool if I were to neglect those awakening quotes.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Over & over

I told myself repeatedly that I should be doing what I should have started doing long time ago and eventually I haven't.

I reminded myself to start caring for what I should have started caring long time ago and eventually I haven't.

I thought to myself about how my parents turn down their own happiness to build mine because that's what their happiness is all about, and the thought vanishes and I am still the slack guy.

I watched everyone surging forward with their own steady tempos and I wished I could follow, but I'm still the same guy who did not charge.

I asked myself almost everyday if I have an ambition to achieve, it all came to nothing and I'm still that guy who doesn't know what he really wants.

What that guy really wants in his mind is very simple, what he can all think about is a general success. But how can he become successful without a specific aim and proper mindset? A goal is amazingly an element that drives people forward in life... without a goal post, you can't score!

It's pointless dribbling the field out of nothing when you can't actually see your goal post. That is exactly the circumstance that the guy is in now, or is he not?

He seems to be pretty enjoying his moment of wallowing around in nowhere.
After all, he has come this far and he just can't stop there.

Isn't now the time for him to start pretending like an adult?

Find your way back, or at least find your way somewhere.

All the best!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Life without soul

I'm increasingly trapped in a subconscious mind, falling asleep, half asleep, and then asleep again and I know something is going really really wrong but I just couldn't find a solution to it right now.
One should reckon the pressure is mounting because I'm not the type of guy who just has too little things to bother, I do have certain important responsibilities, just like others. In fact it feels like I've given up my routines, daily chores, and my aim.

No longer I see myself living an ambitious life trying to be a better person who looks for self improvement day by day. I'm completely lost in the midst of becoming a perfectionist... really lost... and in fact no one else but me can help myself. My life is completely off-track now, with my poor damned soul wallowing nowhere near in sight.

When I saw those people working day and night, week after week repetitively to earn a living regardless of what professions they held, I questioned my self integrity. If they can do it, why can't you?

I was there, vowing to myself to change for better, but things don't get better.
I was there, trying to get some inspirations for myself, nothing gets better as well.

Will my life last in a manner that is least expected?
Or... can I still attempt to make a turning point that has resounding impact on the rest of my life?

Help yourself, Tze Teng...

Monday, February 1, 2010

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