Monday, November 29, 2004   Lightning
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This picture was taken from my office. I have to climb out of the 42nd floor window and press the camera on one of the building's structure to reduce shake. It was scary all right when I looked down.
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Friday, November 26, 2004   College Photographer
Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the set of a xxx movie. If you have, then check out the the winner of the 59th College Photographer of the Year competition documentary category.
On a different note I like to report that I've managed (indirectly thru this blog) to turn 2 people in my department into a snake like me. They going to buy a digicam. One of them will be do a blog so good luck to her and if she is reading this pls stop stealing my pictures!
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Thursday, November 25, 2004   Photographer Dosth
Yesterday I was introduced to 2 photo buffs. I of them I knew earlier to be interested in photography but he didn't really share it with me. I saw him after 4 months and he started to enquire about my photography activity. Then the other guy I didn't know had any interest in photography started to share his experience. He hates to take photos now but used to love it. So yesterday lunch time was spent talking about b&w photo, selling photos, competitions etc. Photographers come in many form; a) The pro- The guy who buy the latest and greatest piece of gear and shoot interesting pictures b) The poser- The guy who buy the latest and greatest piece of gear and shoot crap c) The amature- Buy reasonably priced camera and eager to improve and learn d) The undecided- want to get the best of everything for US$250 so he will wait for bargains. e) The Auto mode- The guy don't care about spec or function. He just shoots in auto mode and wants picture. I had developed some of the pictures I took since I bought my camera last year. This includes 2 panoramas. They came out well but when printed I feel the pictures lack some emotion compare to viewing then in the monitor. I forgot to bring them today to the office to show to the guys here. Will bring tommorow. Update: I didn't have the urge to take any photos this week, maybe because of the comming exams. Will try to be normal by next week.
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Wednesday, November 24, 2004   Soundharya Rajini Mmmmmmmmm
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More pictures from Aiswarya Danush Wedding Reception here.
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Tuesday, November 23, 2004   Barber shop
After getting much needed sleep I woke up refreshed. Today I decided to change my hair style from side parking to no parking. Just combed my hair back. You see I have long hair. I had the side parking style since I was born.
I haven't visited the barber for about 3 months now. I don't go to saloons because I'm

a) not a metro sexual
b) it's cheaper at the Indian barber
c) Indian barber gives me a massage after the hair cut. I have tried many Indian barber shops. The earliest I could remember was in Port Dickson. The barber was a Christian Indian man. His sons also into the business at the shop. Their house was located at the back of the house which I did not now until I went for tuition in their house. The problem with Indian barbers is that they don't listen to you. They just cut some generic style even though you specifically said "not too short". The reason for this I guess is that their main customers are primary school Chinese student whose average hair length is 1.5cm. So when I say “not too short” it means “I’m going for police training cut my hair” to the barber. Next I tried a Chinese shop. I usually go there together with a friend. This guy is ok but he does extra by cleaning people’s ears after giving them a shave. I never had a shave at his shop. After that I moved back to the Christian Indian guy. His sons took over the shop. Female lingerie on the magazine rack. It always burns when I shower after having a hair cut there. No skill. Sometimes they even cut my ear. Accidentally of course. I didn’t take it seriously, AIDS awareness was low at that time. Then I moved to my current place Klang and began hunting for a Indian barber. My dad introduced me to his barber when he was a kid. That guy was like 70 years old but with a steady hand. Living alone, he knows my grandfather and the whole family. He passed away after a couple of years. After trying out other barber shops I settled down with one near my house. I had my first barber shave there. Now I know why they message your neck after a shave. There is only one competent guy there that listens to you before touching your hair. Big demand for him on weekends. The rest of the people there treat your hair like it's their playground. On one occasion because of my 7 years bad luck, I got the other guy, who went on to cut my ear. Accidentally of course! Now I cut my hair myself.
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Monday, November 22, 2004   Need sleep
Man I’m so tired I want to go back. I didn’t get my normal sleep because I was studying for exam. Now I don’t have any mood to study or take picture. In fact this is the first time in about 1 month I didn’t bring my camera with me. I need about 8 hours of sleep. For some people 8 hours is too much. They say it will make you lazy. I’m not lazy I just need a lot of sleep. I’ll get really grumpy if I don’t have any good sleep. I can’t think properly if I don’t have any sleep. I need sleep. Just after I wrote this I went to the pantry to make myself a drink. Instead of pouring hot water to make the hot chocolate drink I poured cold water! It took me a second to realize what happened.
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Friday, November 19, 2004   Don't waste food

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I'm getting good at Photoshop curves! Images that i thought should end up in the recycle bin have been rescued. For example this picture of my dinner I had in Genting Highlands. Before adjustment you cannot make up the items on the plate now it's good for 4R! Don't waste food.
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Thursday, November 18, 2004   Final Deepavali pictures
Final Deepavali pictures for this year. Hope you guys had a wonderful Deepavali.
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Wednesday, November 17, 2004   Highland Couple

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I took this picture in Genting Highlands, a popular hill resort in Malaysia. About 2 km in elevation, it has lots of amusement park and Malaysia's only casino. It was very hard to get this picture because of the bright sky and dark foreground. You only can get one properly exposed. I went for the sky.
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Monday, November 15, 2004   Wild flower

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Shot this while waiting for my MTB partner to arrive. Shot another one with a bug on the flower but the bug's position was not interesting. I want to capture bees on flowers. Almost did yesterday but got the settings of my camera wrong. Have been capturing this sort of pictures throught out the holidays while mountain biking. Want to try something different. Tried to capture the Deepavali mood in town but failed miserably. I don't know, I'm just not comfortable with crowds and let me tell you it so crowded, extra security force have to be deployed there.
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Friday, November 12, 2004   Window Shopping
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Wednesday, November 10, 2004   Monthly Swastika
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Tuesday, November 09, 2004   Sticker Kolam

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Found shops selling boxed Rangoli kolam sets. Inside they have double sided stickers you stick on the floor. Then take the colored rice and sprinkle them on the side facing you.
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Monday, November 08, 2004   Deepavali Countdown

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Most of the time I'll be in Deepavali mood on the eve when mom start doing last minute decorations and we rally along her involuntarily. This year the mood came early because of my friday lunch mates. I started to go out with them about a month ago. We usually go to a place called Brickfields where they have lots of Indian businesses. You can find all kinds of interesting items there for Deepavali. Thinkin about buying some oil lamps but I cannot celebrate Deepavali because one of my relative passed away this year. So I 'celebrate' Deepavali my own way by taking Deepavali pictures.
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Thursday, November 04, 2004   Planning

me: There's the lonely road to kuala selangor on the way to the trail(righthand). Can remember ah? kfc: Alrite macha, sounds like a good plan. This Sunday then, hope it never rains, and don't forget the motivation, haha Did u manage to find any place selling energy bars? Looked at the article u sent me, sounds freaky man!, 60+ km, argggh. Feel like puking just thinking about it. Haha Wat r u up to in office? Any work today? me: No work today. My boss came up to me and asked got work? I said straight to his face no work(usually i make something up). Of course la no work, i finish my work in record time and somemore the project haven't started yet.Now doing my assingnment at 2 sentence per hour. Right on course to getting an F. Don't worry about the escape route along the way if one cannot take it. So its trail ride then to Kuala Selangor? Energy bars are expensive lah . Uncle Toby's Muslibars is cheap available in Jusco. kfc: Wah damn enjoying ahh, actually I also not too much work today. Hehe. Got attitude some more, talk balk to the boss, cayalah. Doing assignment so slow some more, faster finnish it and surf like me lah, haha.Yup trail ride to Kuala Selangor, maybe can reach Kuala Selangor and catch some fireflies, muahaha. Rainy day, really feel like sleeping liao. Ok ciao dude.
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Wednesday, November 03, 2004   ககித போ

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Tuesday, November 02, 2004   Twins

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This picture was taken in very bright day. I can't really make out the composition from the LCD so i used the viewfinder.Nice looking building, even better at night.
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  After a long day in front of the PC
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Monday, November 01, 2004   Recent image that moved me

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Picture taken in Sivaji's house during Chandramukhi pooja. Picture via email.
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