Saturday, March 08, 2014

The Day My Neighbourhood Disappear

I just realised that it has been almost three month since I last update a post here. I have been on hiatus as my right arm had been in severe pain and hence I hardly took any photos, could hardly type and cannot hold a mouse to edit any photo. Never mind, that is behind me now! I am now back!
Yesterday, my son took the picture below. We saw a huge smog moving across the sea line in Miri. Someone had been doing open burning again!
Yesterday!
This morning, pungent smell and ....
I looked out of my balcony and my neighbourhood disappeared! This is not the magic of David Copperfield!
Visibility is at a very dangerous level. Will all flights be cancelled this morning?
Yesterday, we saw Anwar being sentenced to 5 years jail for alleged sodomy. One commentators said that it should not even be a crime. But whatever, we shall see whether anyone is being charged for open burning here!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

你悟出道理了嗎

 你悟出道理了嗎
一天,一個小和尚跑過來,請教禪師:“師父,我人生最大的價值是什麼呢?”禪師說:“你到後花園搬一塊大石頭,拿到菜市場上去賣,假如有人問價,你不要講話,只伸出兩個指頭;假如他跟你還價,你不要賣,抱回來,師父告訴你,你人生最大的價值是什麼。”
  
第二天一大早,小和尚抱塊大石頭,到菜市場上去賣。菜市場上人來人往,人們很好奇,一家庭主婦走了過來,問:“石頭多少錢賣呀?”和尚伸出了兩個指頭,主婦說:“2元錢?”和尚搖搖頭,家庭主婦說:“那麼是20元?好吧,好吧!我剛好拿回去壓酸菜。”小和尚聽到:“我的媽呀,一文不值的石頭居然有人出20元錢來買!我們山上有的是呢!”
於是,小和尚沒有賣,樂呵呵地去見師父:“師父,今天有一個家庭主婦願意出20元錢,買我的石頭。師父,您現在可以告訴我,我人生最大的價值是什麼了嗎?”禪師說:“嗯,不急,你明天一早,再把這塊石頭拿到博物館去,假如有人問價,你依然伸出兩個指頭;如果他還價,你不要賣,再抱回來,我們再談。”
  
第二天早上,在博物館裏,一群好奇的人圍觀,竊竊私語:“一塊普通的石頭,有什麼價值擺在博物館裏呢?”“既然這塊石頭擺在博物館裏,那一定有它的價值,只是我們還不知道而已。”這時,有一個人從人群中竄出來,沖著小和尚大聲說:“小和尚,你這塊石頭多少錢賣啊?”小和尚沒出聲,伸出兩個指頭,那個人說:“200元?”小和尚搖了搖頭,那個人說:“2000元就2000元吧,剛好我要用它雕刻一尊神像。”小和尚聽到這裏,倒退了一步,非常驚訝!
他依然遵照師傅的囑託,把這塊石頭抱回了山上,去見師傅:“師傅,今天有人要出2000元買我這塊石頭,這回您總要告訴我,我人生最大的價值是什麼了吧?”禪師哈哈大笑說:“你明天再把這塊石頭拿到古董店去賣,照例有人還價,你就把它抱回來。這一次,師傅一定告訴你,你人生最大的價值是什麼。”
  
第三天一早,小和尚又抱著那塊大石頭來到了古董店,依然有一些人圍觀,有一些人談論:“這是什麼石頭啊?在哪兒出土的呢?是哪個朝代的呀?是做什麼用的呢?”終於有一個人過來問價:“小和尚,你這塊石頭多少錢賣啊?”小和尚依然不聲不語,伸出了兩個指頭。“20000元?”小和尚睜大眼睛,張大嘴巴,驚訝地大叫一聲:“啊?!”那位客人以為自己出價太低,氣壞了小和尚,立刻糾正說:“不!不!不!我說錯了,我是要給你200000元!” 200000元!”小和尚聽到這裏,立刻抱起石頭,飛奔回山上去見師父,氣喘吁吁地說:“師父,師父,這下我們可發達了,今天的施主出價200000元買我們的石頭!現在您總可以告訴我,我人生最大的價值是什麼了吧?”
  
禪師摸摸小和尚的頭,慈愛地說:“孩子啊,你人生最大的價值就好像這塊石頭,如果你把自己擺在菜市場上,你就只值20元錢;如果你把自己擺在博物館裏,你就值2000元;如果你把自己擺在古董店裏,你值200000元!平臺不同,定位不同,人生的價值就會截然不同!”
  
這個故事是否啟發了你對自己人生的思考?你將如何定位自己的人生呢?你準備把自己擺在怎樣的人生拍賣場去拍賣呢?你要為自己尋找一個怎樣的人生舞臺呢?
不怕別人看不起你,就怕你自己看不起自己。誰說你沒有價值?除非你把自己當作破石頭放在爛泥中,沒有人能夠給你的人生下任何的定義。你選擇怎樣的道路,將決定你擁有怎樣的人生。
說的太好了。受教。

Friday, December 13, 2013

The 8-ball Tournament at Island Country Club

The final of the 8-Ball Pool Tournament was held at the Island Country Club, Miri, last weekend. We saw some of the very good players from around Sarawak and Brunei. The first prize money was around RM1000 at the beginning of the tournament. However, someone fattened the final prize to RM2500!
The finalists posed with the host, Henry, on the left and the event organiser Nigel on the right.
I think she was one of the only lady player and I should say that she played very well.
 Teddy, one of the finalists.
 Danny Pang from Bintulu delivered the final killer winning ball!
 The proud runner-up Teddy Wong from Miri.
The champion, Danny Pang from Bintulu.

This was the first time I did photoshoot in this sort of environment. I am very sensitive to smoke and luckily I wore a mask throughout the evening! Hahaha ....

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

A month has passed ...

When one is busy, time really flies! I just realised that it has been just over a month since I last did my update here. Ok, I have been working my butt off lately and I have also been very busy upgrading my own skill in order to be able to do my job even better!

Over the last one month, I suffered one system disk corruption! This disk corruption render my working horse dead and non functional for nearly a week. Fortunately, I did a 100% backup of all my photos which is a good 400GB! However, some very important Java scripts I have written for my Photoshop were mysteriously "lost". All the Actions I created for Photoshop were gone! This is minor because I can easily recreate them, except that this time, it is better than the last one. One other thing is that I have rewritten one Java Script which is now some 20 times faster than my last one!

Talking about data backup, I have always advice everyone to print their photos, especially those important ones. I keep hearing from friends that they lost many years of digital photos collection. So, you either backup or print some of them. This is probably a blessing and also a curse (depending on whether a disk crash happen to you or not) of digital photography and smart phone.

Ok, for those who are interested to do backup, read this article here and choose a software to automatically do backup for you!

BTW, if you are interested in long lasting prints, especially 4R, and printed using Epson inkjet printer, please contact me. The paper I use is ultra glossy which can survive soaking in plain water.I don't know of any commercial printer using inkjet to print 4R photos.

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

10 motivational quotes from Zig Ziglar

I just realised that it was a month ago since I last make an entry here. I have been too busy lately. So, here is something to motivate you from Zig Ziglar:

10 quotes from Zig Ziglar that have the power to completely change the direction of one’s life:
10) “Remember that failure is an event, not a person.”
9) “You will get all you want in life, if you help enough other people get what they want.”
8 ) “People often say motivation doesn’t last. Neither does bathing—that’s why we recommend it daily.”
7) “There has never been a statue erected to honor a critic.”
6) “People don’t buy for logical reasons. They buy for emotional reasons.”
5) “Expect the best. Prepare for the worst. Capitalize on what comes.”
4) “If you go looking for a friend, you’re going to find they’re scarce. If you go out to be a friend, you’ll find them everywhere.”
3) “A goal properly set is halfway reached.”
2) “Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.”
1) “If you can dream it, you can achieve it.”

Saturday, October 05, 2013

Final day of Asia Music Festival at Eastwood

Today is the last opportunity for you to see live performances from around Asia. Below is the latest schedule:

4.00 pm to 5.00 pm                -           The Mountain Wind Band (Malaysia)
5.15 pm to 6.15 pm                -           Melissa Francis (Malaysia)
6.15 pm to 7.15 pm                -           Starlets Band (Malaysia)
7.30 pm to 8.30 p.m               -           Fakhrul Razi featuring the
Camouflage (Brunei Darussalam)
8.45 pm to 9.45 pm                -           Boy Thai Band (Thailand)
10.00 pm to 11.00 pm            -           Antoney Dassan Yen Party (India)

11.15 p.m. to 12.15 pm          -           Foxy Girls (Indonesia)


Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Music lovers, are you ready for this weekend AMT at Eastwood?

This coming weekend, Miri will resonate with the sound of music as the inaugural Asia Music Festival takes place at the Eastwood Valley Golf & Country Club on the 4 & 5 October 2013. 13 Asian bands from the Philippines, Korea, India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Brunei have confirmed to perform at this festival. Among them will be Tritha from India.


Tritha was born in Kolkata. She started training in North Indian classical music at the age of five, and never stopped. She has forged her own unique, inclusive sound and has already gained critical and popular acclaim for her songs. Tritha’s dusky tones and throbbing intensity, vibrating and moving emotional commitment, thrills her audience and leaves the public spell bound.

Make sure you are there at Eastwood. It starts at 4:00PM all the way till midnight!

About Asia Music Festival (AMF):
AMF is a 2-day musical event featuring artist and musicians from Asian countries namely from India, Korea, Indonesia, Brunei Philippines and Malaysia. AMF promotes music, art and culture of Asian countries. AMF has a vision to become the iconic musical event for Sarawak and the region. It is organized by Sarawak Tourism Board, supported by the Ministry of Tourism Malaysia and Ministry of Tourism Sarawak and endorsed by Tourism Malaysia.