Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Just follow law???

I was yelled at twice today and yesterday. Both times by the guards. Why? Good question.

1st yell – I cycled through the ‘OUT’ side of the gate to enter KTAR.

Their reason: I didn’t not follow the signboard. I should enter using the ‘IN’ side. I was cycling against traffic.

My reason: The cyclists and motorcyclist on the left side were cycling and riding at lower speed. I do not want to get knocked down or cause an accident as I was cycling at a higher speed.

2nd yell – I used the main road to cycle instead of the bicycle pathways.

Their reason: As stated above, they wanted me to use the bicycle pathway prepared for cyclist.

My reason: (i) There are over 8 speed bumps on the bicycle pathways. This is insane! How fast would the cyclist go? (ii) Some of the cyclist are riding in the middle of the pathway, obstructing traffic. I was cycling fast… so can these people be a bit more considerate, rather than happily yapping away in the middle of the road? (iii) Some of the cyclist are new riders. They can’t even control their steering well. Over taking is fine with me. I’m more afraid of scaring them with the sudden overtake and cause them to loose control and fall. (iv) With more considerations in thoughts, I’d rather use the main road, since there is also an additional special lane for cyclists.

The guards should cycle instead of riding motorbikes. They are terrorizing these places as if the building is theirs. They should be stern but considerate. They should get a feel of what cyclists feel when cycling at these roads.

Enough said. I’m more concern of my safety. I don’t want these people to affect my mood of the day.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Saving up in Kampar…

I thought that I could save more money in Kampar.


I ended up spending more… on food especially…

and I still loose weight… which is good… right?

on second thought… I spent quiet a lot on phone bills and transport… hmm…

Friday, November 20, 2009

Group Photos… Techniques

Group Photos are mostly easy to shoot… and I’ve come to notice that some group photos are meant for a different meaning, and some are for a more formal and professional shoots.

Here are some of the group photos I have taken… and you tell me which one you like most.

Simple group photo shots would involve this very common and basic shoot… Arrange everyone according to height and just shoot.

Group Shot 1

A more interesting shots, would be arranging people in a more different manner… and in a more relaxed form… still keeping the rule same : one row.

Group Shot 2

For an even better group photo, you can try layering the people, two or more rows… but most of the time, I stick to this very important rule : people in the picture should be big, not small small faces… but sometimes, this rule has to be broken, eg. Too many people…

Group Shot 3

Note: Thanks to Chun Nee for taking this shot.

Although the faces in the previous photo may look a bit small, but they are still reasonable… and is not as bad as this…

Group Shot 4

This is way way way too small… try to avoid this whenever possible… but in such circumstances, you can try multi-tier… the photo above has 8 tiers, and if possible, add more tiers. Reason behind it, try to increase in height, rather than width… this would enable you to move in closer to your subjects, and thus, increase in facial size… not to the stage of being able to see the pimples la…

You can also try to photograph people from high above… you can do this if there is a high rise building around you, that enables you to do that… I don’t have a shot of this type, but you can take a look at this poster shot…

Heroes NBC

Another interesting method you can try is, by combining some of the techniques together… I think you’ve seen these types of movie / drama posters before… for example…

Ugly Betty…

Ugly Betty[7]

Grey’s Anatomy…

Grey's Anatomy[3] 



This technique is not hard actually, just that… you need to spend more time to arrange the people. and if you are close to the people or you know them very well, you’re most definitely going to spend a hell lot of time to arrange them…

Reason behind it is that your friends would not take your work seriously, so they tend to play around or shift in position once you arranged them… so ended up, more time required. This is the time where you take charge, tell them what YOU want, or else you’re going no where…

The concept is that you put space in between people, regardless of height, order, or position… but at the same time, make sure they are in order.

so here are some of my work… not much, but at least something…

One of my long time favourite…

Group Shot 5

I posted this in February’s entry… they’re quite close friends, and again, it took me some time to arrange them. Simple, chaos in order…

The irony of the playground really brings out the shot… professionals at a playground… go figure…

and here is my work today…

Group Shot 6

I personally like this shot, because it incorporates the small “business hall” at the back, giving the impression of professionals working in concrete jungle. Also, this shot shows a lot of ‘oomph’ that these people are real professional in their work…

But due to the usage of the photo, I have no choice but to crop the photo to suit the printing purposes…

Group Shot 7

Still it looked real nice, and these people are real fantastic to work with… easy going, cooperative (as expected, haha!)…

Anyways, I don’t think these few shots I took today is not good enough… the people arrangement is still not chaotic enough… haha… and some of them overlapped with each other. Must space them out even more…

You can try to put the most important person of the group of people in the middle. But sometimes, it doesn’t work and rules are meant to be broken…

Also, here’s another technique you guys can try… arrange them at the staircase… something like this…

Group Shot 8

So… I hope you learn something from this post… next time, take a different approach when photographing people, especially group photos…

Thursday, November 19, 2009


I didn’t know that Nikon has this annual Small World photomicrography competition… and here are some amazing photos of microscopic objects and creatures.

Pleurosigma (marine diatoms)


Larva of Pleuronectidae


Snail Eggs


Fluorescent actin protein filaments


Polyurethane elastic fiber bundle


Soap Film


Real Fascinating…

Source of info: Mercola Articles – 35 Years of the World’s Best Microscope Photography

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Yes! tet Genes…

Yes… I got my genes right… Transform!!!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Galeri Petronas

After a visit to the Education Fair UK, I managed to wander around KLCC while waiting for the rain to abate and that was when I stood in front of the Petronas Art Gallery – Galeri Petronas. I have always wanted to enter the gallery, and today, my chance to visit the art gallery.

No photography allowed, so let me try to put them into words.

The current exhibition is on Raja Shahriman’s work – Rhythm of the 21st Century. A display of art and sculpture, portraying the current war in the 21st century.

Rhythm of the 21st Century - Leaflet

I personally find it stunning and I believe that if you’ve got the time, DO pay a visit (and it’s for free too!)… I would go back to the exhibition again, most definitely… It’s been a while since I last experience the joy of arts… somehow, they feel a bit similar to Mike Shinoda’s Glorious Excess Dies…

Anyways, Raja Shariman’s artworks are now in display till 24th January 2009.

Rhythm of the 21st Century


Galeri Petronas is open from 10 am to 8 pm, Tuesday to Sunday. Free admission.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Argh… PCR…

I’m going to faint soon…

PCR… why I can’t get some nice bands de??

Can anyone help to pray together with me???

Monday, November 9, 2009

Life changing experience

Yesterday was the day I realised why some people say live life to the fullest, cherish it as if you're dying. VERY, VERY TRUE.

Last weekend spent in KL was another life changing experience. I realised a lot of things during this short time:-

1. Family comes first, at the same time, when you're out there alone without your family, your best friends care about you the most. Thanks to all my friends who knew me well enough to cherish our friendship. I learned so much from you guys, and am still learning.

2. Time really flies, make sure you spend your time wisely. It is crucial for everyone to use all the time you have for something more beneficial. Don't waste your precious time on computer games, watching countless hours of drama, and others. Allocate more time doing sports, reading, exploring, learning and bonding.

3. Travelling by bus is very different from going on a train. You see your life journey flash before you... People you meet, talk to, pass you by, they are all very real... Take the train alone and see it for yourself, go meet people, try to chat with them, and you may get life lessons from them.

4. I can only give comments to others, it is not my responsibility to change you. I may influence, but I cannot force anyone to change, unless the person is willing to learn. So, in short, I do not feel offended if my ideas are not taken in. It's just life. I accept it.

5. Getting up early gives you more time to get your work done.

6. Diligence with wisdom and intelligence is upmost important.

7. Will and determination gets you anywhere you want to go or who you want to be.

8. Lend others a hand, you never know when you need a favour.

I know this post is a bit long, but I hope I can share some knowledge with everyone. May you keep learning and be open to new knowledge. They help.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Transformers 2 : Revenge of the Fallen – BluRay

I didn’t expect to get something like this yesterday…

Although I don’t own a BluRay Player, two friends of mine got this 2 disc BluRay version of Transformers 2 : Revenge of the Fallen

One word… *speechless*

Transformers 2 - BluRayAwkwardly, the version I got has a different cover from the photo…

Thanks for this gift… the both of you really made my day. Thank you.

Friday, November 6, 2009











Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Science Students…

The ironic story of (some) science students…

1. Consume Mamee frequently when mothers say that junk food is bad for you…

2. Cut electrophoresis gel with the use of UV light, by looking straight at the UV with naked eyes…

3. Wear short pants when in the labs…

4. Eat Choki-Choki (chocolate strip) like nobody’s business – up to 10 a day…

5. Overdosed consumption of paracetamol (Panadol®).

6. Play poker cards in the lab while waiting for the lab results…

7. Sleep on the work bench used for bacteria culture etc.

8. Eat and drink in the lab when students are prohibited from eating in the lab.

9. Instead of preparing / pipetting harmful chemicals in the fume hood, they do it in the open air.

10. Cam-whore in the lab like no body’s business.

If you’re one of them… do be very aware of all these mistakes, try to *ahem* reduce them as much as possible. Also, if you’ve more to add, you’re welcome to send your suggestions to me =P




By the way, to the Setapak friends… I’ve always wanted to show you guys this…



P/S: Please don’t be jealous ar… =P

Monday, November 2, 2009

Life is short… Cherish it.

This evening, I witness the tribute of friends to the 3 drowned victims of the Batu Berangkai tragedy. It was definitely a moment of sorrow…

Many friends, and those who are not, dropped by to say their prayers to the 3 beloved pal.

I’ll let the photos do the talking…





Life is short… just like these candles…


Cherish your life… Life is just too short… you would never know whether tomorrow would come first, or you might have lost your life first… Take good care of yourself…


The news from The Star - Three UTAR students drown at waterfall, a fourth rescued

New ruling on seat belt use…

Testing on a newly designed seat belt.

Results showed that accidents can be reduced by as much as


when the belt is properly installed.

Correct Installation is illustrated below....... 











Scroll Down…

















This can really save lives and lower blood pressure by 40%


Haha… no offence to ladies… it’s just a joke I received via E-mail, wanted to share with everyone… :)

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Cycle all the way to Lata Kinjang Waterfall

The first expression WY gave me when I told him that I wanted to cycle to Lata Kinjang was

"you SIAO ah?!"

Still, I managed to cycle there… arriving 1 hour 30 minutes later…

We departed at about 7am in the morning. The journey of 28.5 kilometres was quite an enjoyable one… for the morning cycle… the sun was BLAZING HOT when the 3 of us cycled back from the waterfall…


The destination is Chenderiang. A small town 2 km away from the waterfall. We took this photo at Temoh town…


When you see this road sign, this means you are about 11 km away from the destination…




The water was icy cold… and definitely fun to soak in… but not for too long… haha


Lots and lots of water coming down… we’re quite lucky as we went there 2 days after heavy rain…

A note of caution here…

Please DO NOT GO if it rained heavily the day before your departure… Soaking in the water may bring danger to you as there would be too much water and strong torrents may flush you off…


The three of us cycled there… while Jeffery’s housemate decided to ride his motorbike there instead. Edward is second from the left.


By the way, if you’ve heard of this phrase, “Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints”… please practice it… kindly do not leave any rubbish behind…


This applies to all the nature parks and trails… Thank you.

Anyway, here are some of the details of our journey.

Total Duration: 2 hr 58 mins

Average Speed: about 18.5km/h

Total Distance: 57 km (to and fro)

Departure time: 7.07 am

Arrived home: 2.05 pm

P/S: 3 UTAR students were feared drown at the Batu Berangkai Waterfall around 5.30 pm. The few of us are fine here. Please do not worry. It’s not the 3 of us… Thanks for the concern.

The Star report – 3 UTAR students feared drowned at Kampar waterfalls

Location of Batu Berangkai Waterfall