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Thursday, September 2, 2010
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Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Settlers at Australia
South East Asia
East Timor 25
Hong Kong 887
Sri langka 4078
South Africa 7201
Settlers at NSW
South East Asia
East Timor 3
Hong Kong 355
Sri langka 929
Southern and East Africa 2317
Settlers at victoria
South East Asia
East Timor 10
Hong Kong 251
Sri langka 2081
Southern and East Africa 1944
Settlers at Queensland
East Timor 6
Hong Kong 159
Sri langka 387
Southern and East Africa 2804
Hong Kong: 355
Taiwan : 182
Settlers at victoria
Singaporean : 1607
Hong kong :251
Settlers at Queensland
Malaysia : 418
Hong Kong: 159
Japan : 310
Korea : 588
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
The caller was a lady crying away badly and started calling me Mummy.
She spoke in Mandarin and... Kept on crying and calling Mummy... telling me she is in pain, very pain and someone is hitting her badly...
At first I was answered " huh" to her... then she repeated the same sentences and immediately I hang up the call.
Goodness gracious... OK, someone trying to scare me into thinking that my daughter is in their custody and probably thinking they will get something from me. Maybe they didn't know their phone number will be displayed at the phone as well? Could be dangerous or a waste of time...could also create anxiety in parents.
But the main thing is, I don't have any kid yet!!!!!!!!!!!
Thursday, July 29, 2010
比三鹿厲害100倍的大閘蟹- with loose English Translations
Yale Professor Chan CM, in his lecture at Beida Univ about poisonous eels being sold in China and how widely the local eel farms are using hormones which remain in the human body sometimes for 7-8 yrs.
Prof Chan went on to say that an Environmental Scientist whom he met at Suzhow meeting told him "my relative who owns a bean sprouts farm said that because of the use of hormones, the sprouts normally take 5 days to be ready for sale is now ready in 1 day. Truckloads are sold to Canton and no one in his village will eat the stuff they farmed. "
Hairy Crabs : Mostly from Jiangsu Each year, the crabs became more affordable due to large harvest. They are bred using all kinds of toxins : hormones, antibiotics. From the baby crabs stage, the crabs are fed around 10 types of chemicals. In Fujian , they are worse, they will feed the female crabs with birthcontrol hormones so that the mother crab will be plumb and ready.
不僅黃鱔、豆芽，還有廣東、香港人最愛吃的大閘蟹，也是用激素餵養的。江蘇是中國盛產大閘蟹之地，有600多個蟹場。 香港廣東的大閘蟹，多是從江蘇運來的。香港《壹週刊》去年十月報導說，“香港人喜歡吃大閘蟹，蟹價越來越便宜，幾乎成為市民家常便菜。大閘蟹賣得愈便宜，市民吃得愈凶。”大閘蟹怎麼越賣越便宜，是大豐收嗎？ 該刊記者專程到江蘇蟹場採訪，結果發現，那些大閘蟹都是用激素快速養成的。湖裏的大閘蟹一般至少兩年才能長到二兩以上，但江蘇養殖場的大閘蟹，使用激素之後，都是一年蟹，當年下苗，當年養成上市。《壹週刊》的記者把從江蘇蟹場買回來的螃蟹送到香港“標準及檢定中心”化驗發現，
24 hours after they are fetched, the crabs arrive HK dinner table, but not before they were fed one last time with antibiotics so that they will stay healthy enroute.
If you walk along the small streets in the Crab Farms, you will see many shops selling "Medicine for Crabs"; there are at least 10 different kinds on their "menu".
Next Magazine Investigative Journalists took 12 Hairy Crabs for lab test. 11 of them have 土黴素. 6 have 氯黴素 All damaging to blood, and esp bad for pregnant women and foetuses.
If they tell you their crabs are fed by organically (versus Chemically Fed), that means they are fed by decomposing carcases of dead cats, dogs, chicken. The dogs died from first being poisoned, or from diseases. The owner of the crab farm pulled from under a bed a dead carcass, deskin and dehaired it, waving a piece of the leg proudly pronouncing it as "organic feed" These dogs came from a private vendor that kills the dogs by poisonous gases. The dog died from chemical poisoning.
The investigative journalists from HK witnessed such display of "organic feeding" when the farmer tossed the dog carcass into the pond. They watched 2 crabs feeding on the decaying carcass.
The Fishery Dept of the govt showed that the most famous YC Lake for Hairy Crabs, at maximum can only produce 13,000 Class 1 Crabs. HK imported 130K crabs all claiming it's from YC Lake.
“天然飼料”。江蘇陽澄湖出產的大閘蟹最出名，但據水產部門統計，陽澄湖的一級大閘蟹，每年只產一萬三千隻。但去年香港人吃了一千三百萬隻螃蟹（平均每人吃兩隻），可見大部份都是冒牌貨。江蘇淡水研究所工程師唐天德說，現在全中國除西藏外，都說出售正宗陽澄湖大閘蟹，但八成以上是雜種蟹；是毒蟹。 JiangSu natural water engineer Mr Tong, TK said the the whole of China claims that the hairy crabs they sell are from YC Lake. The only exception being those sold in Tibet , a desert :-P
Turtles, Snakes, all fed by chemicals, as well as birth control hormones.
Toxin fed Crabs, snakes, eels, turtles, all fed for revenue, not forgetting fake milk powder, Fish from fish farms, bean sprouts, fake soya sauce, fake seaweeds, fake eggs ....... Color-enriched tomatoes, melon seeds, grapes...... all massive exploits to milk cash. Why is all that happening in China ?
First lack of govt control. To be fair, even if the govt wish to do it, they cannot keep up with the sudden market demand as consumers as the surging middle class have a lot more cash nowadays. 2nd : Greed.
3rd and most fundamental reason : This has led to the current problem of the maximization of profit at the cost of morality.
4th: The lack of Family Values (as kids growing up, the only family value bred them is how to make money). The daily mantra is "Study hard to ultimately get rich."
The adults feel that they have to make up for "lost" time when they were deprived under the Totalitarian regime when the govt kept what they harvested. While their bank accounts swell, they are morally bankrupt.
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Ace! : Excellent! Very good!
Aerial pingpong : Australian Rules football
Amber fluid : beer
Ambo : ambulance, ambulance driver
Ankle biter : small child
Arvo : afternoon
Aussie salute : brushing away flies with the hand
Back of Bourke : a very long way away
Banana bender : a person from Queensland
Barbie : barbecue (noun)
Beaut, beauty : great, fantastic
Billy : teapot. Container for boiling water
Bingle : motor vehicle accident
Bities : biting insects
Bitzer : mongrel dog (bits of this and bits of that)
Bizzo : business (”mind your own bizzo”)
Bloke : man, guy
Blowie : blow fly
Bludger : lazy person, layabout, somebody who always relies on other people to
do things or lend him things
Blue : fight (”he was having a blue with his wife”)
Bodgy : of inferior quality
Bogan : person who takes little pride in his appearance, spends his days
slacking and drinking beer
Bonzer : great, ripper
Boogie board : a hybrid, half-sized surf board
Booze bus : police vehicle used for catching drunk drivers
Boozer : a pub
Bottle shop : liquor shop
Brekkie : breakfast
Brick shit house, built like a : big strong bloke
Brisvegas : Brisbane, state capital of Queensland
Brizzie : Brisbane, state capital of Queensland
Brown-eyed mullet : a turd in the sea (where you’re swimming!)
Buck’s night : stag party
Budgie smugglers : men’s bathing costume
Bush oyster : nasal mucus
Bush telly : campfire
Bushman’s hanky : Emitting nasal mucus by placing one index finger on the
outside of the nose (thus blocking one nostril) and blowing.
Butcher : small glass of beer in South Australia
Cactus : dead, not functioning (”this bloody washing machine is cactus”)
Cane toad : a person from Queensland
Cark it : to die, cease functioning
Chook : a chicken
Chrissie : Christmas
Chuck a sickie : take the day off sick from work when you’re perfectly healthy
Chunder : vomit
Clacker : anus
Clayton’s : fake, substitute
Clucky : feeling broody or maternal
Coathanger : Sydney Harbour bridge
Cobber : friend
Cockie : farmer
Cockie : cockroach
Cockroach : a person from New South Wales
Coldie : a beer
Come a gutser : make a bad mistake, have an accident
Compo : Workers’ Compensation pay
Cooee, within : nearby
Cook : One’s wife
Corker : something excellent
Cozzie : swimming costume
Crack a fat : get an erection
Crack onto (someone) : to hit on someone, pursue someone romantically
Cranky : in a bad mood, angry
Cream (verb) : defeat by a large margin
Crook : sick, or badly made
Crow eater : a person from South Australia
Cut lunch : sandwiches
Dag : a funny person, nerd, goof
Daks : trousers
Damper : bread made from flour and water
Date : arse[hole] (”get off your fat date”)
Dead horse : Tomato sauce
Deadset : true, the truth
Dero : tramp, hobo, homeless person
Digger : a soldier
Dill : an idiot
Dingo’s breakfast : a yawn, a leak and a good look round (i.e. no breakfast)
Dinkum, fair dinkum : true, real, genuine
Dinky-di : the real thing, genuine
Dipstick : a loser, idiot
Divvy van : Police vehicle used for transporting criminals.
Dog : unattractive woman
Dog’s eye : meat pie
Dole bludger : somebody on social assistance when unjustified
Donger : penis
Doodle : penis
Drink with the flies : to drink alone
Drongo : a dope, stupid person
Drum : information, tip-off
Duffer, cattle : rustler
Dunny : outside lavatory
Durry : tobacco, cigarette
Esky : large insulated food/drink container for picnics, barbecues etc.
Exy : expensive
Fair go : a chance
Fairy floss : candy floss, cotton candy
Feral : a hippie
Figjam : Nickname for people who have a high opinion of themselves.
Fisho : fishmonger
Flake : shark’s flesh (sold in fish & chips shops)
Flick : to give something or somebody the flick is to get rid of it or him/her
Flick it on : to sell something, usually for a quick profit, soon after buying
Fly wire : gauze flyscreen covering a window or doorway.
Franger : condom
Freckle : anus
Fruit loop : fool
Full : drunk
G’Day : hello!
Give it a burl : try it, have a go
Gobful, give a : to abuse, usually justifiably
Good oil : useful information, a good idea, the truth
Grog : liquor, beer (”bring your own grog, you bludger”)
Handle : beer glass with a handle
Hoon : hooligan
Hooroo : goodbye
Hotel : often just a pub
Hottie : hot water bottle
Icy pole, ice block : popsicle, lollypop
Joey : baby kangaroo
Jug : electric kettle
Jumbuck : sheep
Kelpie : Australian sheepdog originally bred from Scottish collie
Kero : kerosene
Kindie : kindergarten
Knock : to criticise
Knock back : refusal
Knocker : somebody who criticises
Lair it up : to behave in a brash and vulgar manner
Larrikin : a bloke who is always enjoying himself, harmless prankster
Liquid laugh : vomit
Longneck : 750ml bottle of beer in South Australia
Lunch, who opened their? : OK, who farted?
Lurk : illegal or underhanded racket
Mackers : McDonald’s
Manchester : Household linen, eg sheets etc.
Mappa Tassie : map of Tasmania – a woman’s pubic area
Mate : buddy, friend
Matilda : swagman’s bedding, sleeping roll
Metho : methylated spirits
Mexican : a person from south of the Queensland or New South Wales border
Milk bar : corner shop that sells takeaway food
Mongrel : despicable person
Moolah : money
Mozzie : mosquito
Mull : grass (the kind you smoke)
Muster : round up sheep or cattle
Mystery bag : a sausage
Nasho : National Service (compulsory military service)
Never Never : the Outback, centre of Australia
Nipper : young surf lifesaver
No worries! : Expression of forgiveness or reassurance
Not the full quid : not bright intellectually
Nuddy, in the : naked
Nut out : hammer out or work out (an agreement)
Ocker : an unsophisticated person
Offsider : an assistant, helper
Oldies : parents
Op shop : opportunity shop, thrift store, place where second hand goods are
Pash : a long passionate kiss; hence “pashing on”
Pig’s arse! : I don’t agree with you
Piker : Someone who doesn’t want to fit in with others socially, leaves parties
Pink slip, get the : get fired (from the colour of the termination form)
Plate, bring a : Instruction on party or BBQ invitation to bring your own food.
It doesn’t mean they’re short of crockery!
Pokies : poker machines, fruit machines, gambling slot machines
Pommy bastard : an Englishman
Pommy shower : using deodorant instead of taking a shower
Pot : 285 ml beer glass in Queensland and Victoria
Prezzy : present, gift
Quid, make a : earn a living
Rack off : push off! get lost! get out of here!
Rage : party
Rapt : pleased, delighted
Rellie or relo : family relative
Ridgy-didge : original, genuine
Roadie : a beer you buy to take away with you
Root : synonym for f*ck in nearly all its senses: “I feel rooted”; “this washing
machine is rooted”; “(s)he’s a good root”. A very useful word in fairly polite
Root rat : somebody who is constantly looking for sex.
Rort : Cheating, fiddling, defrauding (expenses, the system etc.).
Salute, Aussie : brushing flies away
Sandgroper : a person from Western Australia
Sanger : a sandwich
Schooner : large beer glass in Queensland; medium beer glass in South Australia
Scratchy : instant lottery ticket
Screamer : party lover; “two pot screamer” – somebody who gets drunk on very
Seppo : an American
Servo : petrol station
Shark biscuit : somebody new to surfing
Sheepshagger : A New Zealander
Sheila : a woman
Skite : boast, brag
Slab : a carton of 24 bottles or cans of beer
Smoko : smoke or coffee break
Sook : person or animal who is soft, tame, inoffensive.
Spewin’ : very angry
Spiffy, pretty spiffy : great, excellent
Spit the dummy : get very upset at something
Spruiker : man who stands outside a nightclub or restaurant trying to persuade
people to enter
Spunk : a good looking person
Stickybeak : nosy person
Stoked : very pleased
Strewth : exclamation, mild oath
Strides : trousers
Stubby : a 375ml. beer bottle
Sunnies : sunglasses
Swag : rolled up bedding etc. carried by a swagman
Swagman : tramp, hobo
Tall poppies : successful people
Taswegian : derogatory term for a person from Tasmania
Tee-up : to set up
Thongs : cheap rubber backless sandals
Throw-down : small bottle of beer which you can throw down quickly.
Tinny : can of beer
Togs : swim suit
Tucker : food
Turps, hit the : go on a drinking binge
Two up : gambling game played by spinning two coins simultaneously
Unit : flat, apartment
Ute : utility vehicle, pickup truck
Vedgies : vegetables
Vee dub : Volkswagen
Veg out : relax in front of the TV
Vejjo : vegetarian
Waggin’ school : playing truant
Walkabout, it’s gone : it’s lost, can’t be found
Whacker, whacka : Idiot; somebody who talks drivel; somebody with whom you have
little patience; a dickhead
Whinge : complain
White pointers : topless (female) sunbathers
Wog : flu or trivial illness
Wog : person of Mediterranean origin. A milder insult than the same word in the
UK and perhaps elsewhere.
Wowser : straight-laced person, prude, puritan, spoilsport
Yabber : talk (a lot)
Yakka : work
Zack : sixpence (5 cents)
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Friday, July 2, 2010
There was another man standing next to me and man in hoodie still walking near towards my direction. Only few share this sentiment, in Oz people tend to like to walk towards your direction and not give way, especially in busy areas. So knowing that I had been standing there and I certaily was not doing anything wrong I refused to give way especially when I think he sort of gave me a look(maybe i was just being sensitive and half awake!).
He then walked through between me and the guy standing next to me and NOT around us.
Scene 2 : Patrolling police car stopped in front of me, wind down the window and signal the guy in hoodie behind me . I am not sure if he noticed because I wasnt looking back. 2 policemen opens the car door and ran towards the man in hoodie.
Man in hoodie got arrested for crossing road while pedestrian traffic light is still red.
This is NOT the first time I see people got arrested for this offence on this particular road, if you want to do it make sure no policemen are around.
This applies to all road crossing in Australia, especially in the city.
Sometimes it's better to just chill then rush your way through, have a good Friday guys!
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
total 3 sd cards.
Bought a pair of gloves for this and walked around like a mission impossible especially with ruby oakley shades and Sennheiser headphone, manfrotto tripod dangling on my daypack, wide angle lens hooked with lowepro case on my left shoulder strap, hg21 canon hooked on my right shoulder strap.
1)18-200mm lens is my best friend
2)iso 1600- 2500 is my best friend
3) tokina 11-16 is my best friend when situations comes
4)getting very very used to spot metering, framing, iso adjustment on the fly
5)72mm hoya pro1D finally died with scratches(you have served me well my friend)
3)new 77mm hoya HD cpl dented on the outer ring from a fall in Tsujiki market inside sushi restaurant because space is tight and they dont allow photography so i put it underneath the table...
4)droppped my camera 2-3 times
5)long exposure shots in drizzling rain in Odaiba trying to capture statue of liberty and rainbow bridge.
6)got stared/looked at when photographing people, sth i am getting used to.
7) got many looks even when i am not photographing them, sth photographers have to get used to
8) Photographing Geisha hunting was the highlight of my experience. Never have i been hunting for sth to shoot. It was like, "there , there's one", bunch of photographer rushed to the geisha, iso pumped up to have decent shutter speed, high continuos shots to capture the perfect frame.
9)noticed when i am around tourist area a lot of photographers around too...i was not the crazy one, some even had dual system! and there are many old men photographers too!
10)Photographing in Japan, what more can I say? Architecture, transport, food, culture, life style and pretty much anything you can think of.
Going to release my photos in stages
1)highlights(includes caption, and video attached to description where applicable. no photoshop , unless necessary and will mention) *pssst trying to cater the perfectionist who doesnt believe in photoshop* its good for my photography skills as well.
2)all travel photos (everything but without photoshop)
3) Personal favorite with photoshop.
Monday, June 21, 2010
Additional note on Tokyo 104.5
Woke up late went to Yodobashi Akihabara to get more camera gears. Its photographer's heaven! Went to Tokyo tower to do the tourist thing, had quick dinner at Tokyo tower too. Cant wait to post, ,my photos.Then again no amount of photos and videos can capture any traevel experience.
Went to Roppongi early and experienced Japan world cup fever, people cheering nippon and although drunk they are all orderly.Some even brough the dogs out wearing Nippon Jersey! Later we went to Tokyo Hard Rock to get a t-shirt and pin for collection.
At the same area waited for Kelvin's friend David , he then brought us to chill at a bar with a quick beer.Then headed out to NewLex club at Roppongi where Paris Hilton had been to. The club play club hits that i like, girls are ..friendly. (probably will come back again) This club like many other food restaurant uses coin/coupon system. We paid 4000 yen with 3 coins , each coin entitle to almost any drink. We partied till 5:30 am and the sky was bright! Been ages since I last did this. Hailed cab to go back from Roppongi to Bakurocho station near Akihabara cost us 2600 yen.
Woke up by the cleaner at :1230pm, not wanting to miss weirdos(youngsters dressed up in anime costume) I headed out to Harajuku earlier by myself. I stumbled upon a Shrine, found out later its Meiji Shrine near Harajuku. There is also a garden built by the Meiji Emperor for the empress for her to gain energy...it has like 100 trees to make it like a lil forest.
I only walked around the Meiji Shrine and not the garden as the ticket for full course is sold out and i dont wanna do things "half way", the course that was full was some kind of famous well.
I met up with Kelvin at Harajuku, and headed out to Shibuya. Discovered iconic buildings liek shibua 109 for guys 1 building and another building for girls shibuya 109, loft, tokyu.
Besides taking photos , while walking around , at train station, Kelvin and I felt like just standing there watching the crowd , it probably has got to do with the tiredness.
I like the many tv screen advertisement at the Shibuya main area.Always been my dream to experience such lively city. The crowd is just...crazy!
Tonight was the only night we came back this early 930pm!!Gonna go Tsukiji fish market tomorrow. Not gonna wake up early for warehosue tuna auction, just going there for sushi!
Saturday, June 19, 2010
"Spent quite a bit of time looking 4 Ramen recommended by Jonathan Kok. Got back to Tokyo at around 3-4pm. Checked in back 2 Khaosan, Kelvin Lim went 2 see dad. Went 2 Akihabara 2 get another 16gb,then went 2 odaiba did long exposure shots under drizzling rain. Off 2 Ginza night walk. Had more rice rolls and vege fruit juice from convenience store at 12am"
While we were at the ramen shop, the lady that served us was from Shanghai and came to Kyoto 23years ago as that time economy was good in Kyoto ? another young lady also speaks mandarin. Not sure I got the right place as recommended by my friend Jonathan , but it sounds similar because the ramen is from Fukuoka. Slim version of ramen. the lady even explained its like how GuangXi(Guang Zhou West) ,Guang Dong(Guang Zhou East) different noodle type. She was trying to relate to us as she told us her niece studies in Harvard University!
While on the way back from bullet train it was a scenic ride as it just rain, there were mist all over, i took some video and photos but no amount of it can explain the experience.
Well, my travel mate spent the rest of his day with his dad, after reloaded myself with 2nd 16gb card, I went to Odaiba to take rainbow bridge and statue of liberty of Japan. It was drizzling but that didnt stop my determination in doing long exposure shot under the rain. I even did a self potrait :)
Trying to cover more of Tokyo, I took subway to Ginza and had a night walk and photography. Saw huge stores of Armani Exchange and I think it was LV(to be corrected later). I was relying heavily a lot on my 18-200 , pumping iso to 1600-2500 sometime even 3200 at f5.6! my framing is getting better even with holding umbrella and map on 1 hand and also umbrella on the other! I hope they turns out well when i view it on my 24inch lcd and upload them to facebook.
Ginza as shown in tv or similar to Shinjuku, lots of led advertisement and tv commercials. Except here there are more high end labels.
Maybe I "came" at the wrong time, I think Japan doesnt like me, I missed Mount Fuji and it was raining when i went to Odaiba T.T
Sunday tsukiji is closed and I am too tired to wake up early tml, probably will skip the Tuna auction session and just have fresh morning susih there!. I walked my ass off all the trip...I palms have like 3 blisters from holding camera, leg toe blisters, and leg felt liek breaking everytime I go back to backpackers.
I think I have covered a lot of nice shots of Japan to forgive myself not waking up at 4am for 5am tuna auction at Tsukiji market. Gomaneh Tokyo.
I have 8gb full and 16gb almost full. I cant wait to show the pictures so I am going to release these photos in stages
1)highlights(includes caption, and video attached to description where applicable. no photoshop , unless necessary and will mention)
2)all travel photos (everything but without photoshop)
3) Personal favorite with photoshop.
おやすみなさい, Oyasuminasai Tokyo.
Friday, June 18, 2010
Took Hikari bullet train from Tokyo , reached Kyoto about 3pm. We were in the smoking cabin, even granny woman was inside smoking. Again love the convenience of buying snacks in train. Took some photo with the kawaii jap sales girl hehe.
Put our luggage in 9hours.jp ,went separate way with travel mate Kelvin Lim as he was not interested in Geisha hunting.
Embarking on my journey ,put on my headphone, batt died just 50 steps after I walked out of 9hours around Karasuma area. Crossed the Kamo river to Gion area(hanami koji area), asking directions from strangers and police sometimes using sign language.
Arrived at Hanami Koji, excited as I enter the street full of Edo? period houses. Saw a granny in Kimono(it later became common sighting in Kyoto every where), excited at photographing her. Took out map and noticed Kiyomizu-dera temple is near, knowing it was 5pm and 7pm Gion corner show wont be starting soon and Geisha hunting/spotting was not very fruitful at all, hailed a cabbie straight to Kiyomiz-dera temple(largest wooden terrace temple).
Had a quick 1 hour tour around, took some photo, too bad sun was setting behind the temple, it became difficult to shoot, i took them in raw file knowing i had to photoshop quite a bit for this one. Hailed another cab back to Gion area back to Hanami Koji area, as i walked towards Gion Corner I came across this junction(sorry its in chinese i lazy to setup on this lappie i borrowed from first cabin and this machine is in jap) where lots of photographer loitering around. I stoppped and asked , they said its this area where Geisha stays and have their hair make up before going for show at Gion corner or private tea house for performance(more authentic).
Finally spotted 2 Geisha , and went to Gion Corner for cultural performance, it was eye opening. 1 of it was a cultural show that was brought to Japan from china in Tang dynasty, and according to brochure China lost this tradition.
Walked around Hanami koji i felt like I am back in Edo? period. Spotted another Geisha walking out from tea house(dont know if my quick shot turns out to be good,no computer to view it) .Awesome experience. Asked random strangers for Shiarakawa area(introduced by Japan-guide.com), wasted a bit of time waklking around , finally arrived scenic shirakawa. Took photos, and walked across back Kamo river looking for restaurant by the Kamo river for some more sushis.
Generally in Kyoto,Japan they have beautiful ladies serving up front(business tactic), most of the places are 'hidden', not much pictures, a lil expensive about 30-50 oz dollars for a set meal. I didnt mind paying for the experience but trouble reading menus, and not knowing some of those closed doors what are those.
FInally spotted 1 with sushi pictures, went in excited, almost everyone looked at me as if I was from outer space(hey there were other gaijin,foreigners, too!). Brushing off the looks I askde for menu. Pointing to 7 types of sushie 20 oz dollars plate, he showed me the plate asked me 'size' , i said normal, he was confused, I said..'this big?' , he nodded, i guess he was concerned whether i could finished.
Chose another sashimi, pointed at sashimi sliced raw turban shell (ike sazae), the other highlight was whale meat, had few more slim sushi rolls. bill came out about 21 oz dollars. Asked for light from two guys across the table twice. On 2nd time he asked me whether I am chinese I said yes and he asked where I am from I told him Malaysian staying in Brisbane. He asked me "ni hao ma ?"(how are you in mandarin) , i answered "hao"(good).This is the first time in Japan a Japanese speak my language. Apparently he is a business man and is going to go Shanghai for business.
Went back to 9hrs and called in a night.
Kyoto bootcamp 102
Checked out 9hrs ,went to convenience store for some rice sushi rolls and vege fruits juice for breakfast. While looking for first cabin , a guy about 40ish approached us after seeing us asking for direction from police. He speaks minimal malay and mandarin. Travel mate was a bit skeptical, but i was kinda ok. Turned out he was indeed some random nice people, thank God. He was from Osaka.
Headed to Kinkakuji temple (golden temple) by bus. Off to Ryoanji temple (zen garden) by bus. Off to Tenryuji temple(zen temple of 600 years , unesco world heritage. the zen master was from India). Came back to first cabin by a very nice old train.
Hung out at first cabin, had some beer served by good looking lady with make up and first cabin uniform. First cabin first class is awesome, 32 inch white lcd, spacious room. Had a couple of beer and nissi noodle cup(its better than the normal we have in oz/Malaysia).
My feeling towards to Kyoto is its like Ipoh in Malaysia. It has a lot of preserved tradition buildings ,culture and dressing(kimono and guys dressing in tradtional dress is common here, you can see them catching trains) .
Side note : if the train or sth looks old, it can be deceiving as they are clean, functional, or even high tech in certain sense. Hats off to the Japs.
If I had to use adjectives for Japan, it would be clean,innovative, intelligent consumerism business, high moral value society(its debateable when it comes to woman and man's 'equality'), presentable in looks(men or women generally have nice hairstyle, i wonder how they maintain it!!, make ups for women, suit up for working guys, nice uniform from kindergarden to high school).
I had a rushed Kyoto bootcamp for 2 days but it was worthwhile. I experienced a lot of the old Japan here in Kyoto, and the modern Japan in Tokyo.
I will probably blog about 'unplugged Japan' learning from my travel mate.
For now , good night Kyoto,
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Nice experience for 1 of the major festival in Japan. Had tried the green tea ceremony, AWESOME, non of the green tea in my life tasted this good!! I swear its bloody authentic. Had beef BBQ stick and draft Asahi beer at 1 of the food stall at Sanno Matsuri, if Japan have anything that looks run down and outdated, dont be deceived!! Even local food stall have machine for draft beer!!
The festival itself drain out at least300-400 pics.
Went to Shinjuku walked around by myself while travel mate Kelvin Lim went to see his father. Expored Kabuki Street at SHinjuku. bought 16gb sandisk ultra2 and Tohoshinki(korea DBSK) for my housemate's cousin sister.
Got lost in Shinjuku Station, decided to hang out and pulled out my tripod at 6pm rush hour to take some long exposure shots.
Dropped by at Akihabara, approached few time by maid cafe girls. Doesnt feel comfortable by myself. Gonna wait for travel mate to go together. Had soba beef noodle, experienced purchase coupon meal before entering the restaurant thing.
WEnt to adult store to have a look, amazing how innovative and open Japanese are .They even have bluray versions! not sure if i want to get a copy. hehehehe
While at Akihabara station towards escalator, finally discover Yodobashi Akihabara building. Although headache from Sanno Matsuri exposure to sunlight, i decided to walk in. Again overwhelmed!
Shoulder is tired, might not bring tripod to Kyoto tomorrow.
Good night Tokyo,
Went to SHinjuku, lots of ppl still around at 11-12am prolly because of World cup. Overly obsessed with vending machine drinks and convenience store snakcs such as rice roll, and doraemon red bean snack.
working ppl are mostly suit up, ladies are mostly with heavy make up( not that i am complaining).
People generally have 'high moral values' judging frm limited experience. Old people here still works, even till 12am.
There are junkies around of course but havent experienced them yet.
With only few words of Japanese we are able to communicated through using sign languages and writings.
Gotto love convenience of buying snacks in train and toilet.Gotto love ladies with beautiful dressing and make ups.
I m sensing certain city ppl are stressed out. For such a developed and 'productive' country shouldnt be a surprised hey?
GOing to bed, going for photo shoot at 11am for some local festival. Wish me luck hehe
Friday, June 11, 2010
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Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Vignetting test(click on image to go to flickr for full image and settings)
Marking meaning from left to right reading on this picture http://www.flickr.com/photos/anthonyleongkarkeong/4655805265/
I only tested 11,11.5, 12mm, generally mark 4,5,6 are not useable on the fader.
12mm mark 6, fader ND ultra 2 on tokina 11-16mm
12mm mark 5, fader ND ultra 2 on tokina 11-16mm
12mm mark 4, fader ND ultra 2 on tokina 11-16mm
12mm mark 3, fader ND ultra 2 on tokina 11-16mm
12mm mark 2, fader ND ultra 2 on tokina 11-16mm
12mm mark 1, fader ND ultra 2 on tokina 11-16mm
11.5mm mark 2, fader ND ultra 2 on tokina 11-16mm
11.5mm mark 1, fader ND ultra 2 on tokina 11-16mm
11mm mark 6, fader ND ultra 2 on tokina 11-16mm
11mm mark 5, fader ND ultra 2 on tokina 11-16mm
11mm mark 4, fader ND ultra 2 on tokina 11-16mm
11mm mark 3, fader ND ultra 2 on tokina 11-16mm
11mm mark 2, fader ND ultra 2 on tokina 11-16mm
11mm mark 1, fader ND ultra 2 on tokina 11-16mm
Thursday, May 27, 2010
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Just wanna keep a record of this in my blog
Super Foods for Men and Women
2. Oysters. Myth has it that oysters are the food of love. Science may agree. Just two to three oysters deliver a full day's supply of zinc, a mineral critical for normal functioning of the male reproductive system. Scientists are divided over reports that sperm counts have declined over the last 50 years and that environmental factors are to blame. Nutritional deficiencies do seem to be the cause of certain cases of low testosterone. Getting adequate zinc is sometimes the answer (11 mg per day is recommended for men; more than 40 mg can pose risks). In one trial, 22 men with low testosterone levels and sperm counts were given zinc every day for 45 to 50 days. Testosterone levels and sperm counts rose.
PLUS: Top 10 Aphrodisiacs
3. Broccoli. A recent Harvard study finds that cruciferous vegetables, like broccoli, may protect against bladder cancer. It's one of the most common cancers in this country, and affects two to three times as many men as women. Scientists analyzed the diets of nearly 50,000 men and discovered that those who ate five servings or more per week of cruciferous veggies were half as likely to develop bladder cancer over a ten-year period as men who rarely ate them. And broccoli and cabbage were singled out as the most protective foods.
4. Peanut Butter. If you want a healthy heart, spread your morning toast with peanut butter. Heart disease is the leading killer of men and women, but men fall victim at an earlier age. Researchers from Pennsylvania State University compared the cholesterol-lowering effect of the American Heart Association's Step II Diet with a higher-fat diet based on peanuts. The AHA plan included more carbohydrates. The peanut regimen was 36 percent fat. After 24 days both diets lowered "bad" LDL cholesterol. But the peanut plan also caused a drop in blood fats called triglycerides and did not decrease HDL, the "good" cholesterol. The AHA diet raised levels of triglycerides and lowered levels of HDL.
"Peanut butter is a little higher in fat," says Penny Kris-Etherton, Ph.D., the lead author of the Penn State study. "But it's the type that's good for you -- monounsaturated fat." Researchers have predicted that the peanut diet could reduce heart-disease risk even more than could the AHA diet. Just don't go nutty plastering on the tasty spread, since it is high in calories.
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5. Watermelon. Until the age of 55, more men suffer from high blood pressure than do women. Research suggests that foods rich in potassium can reduce the risk of high blood pressure and stroke. The evidence is so convincing that the Food and Drug Administration recently allowed food labels to bear a health claim about the connection between potassium-rich foods and blood pressure. "There isn't a dietary requirement for potassium," says Kathleen Cappellano, nutrition-information manager at Tufts University in Boston. "But a good goal is about 2000 milligrams or more a day." Watermelon, a rich source of this mineral, has more potassium -- 664 mg -- in one large slice than the amount found in a banana or a cup of orange juice. So cut yourself another slice and enjoy the taste of summer.
PLUS: 10 More Aphrodisiacs
Foods for Women
1. Papaya. This tropical fruit packs about twice the vitamin C of an orange. Add it to your arsenal against gallbladder disease, which afflicts twice as many women as men.
After analyzing the blood of over 13,000 people, scientists from the University of California, San Francisco, found that women who had lower levels of vitamin C were more likely to have gallbladder illnesses. One medium papaya (about ten ounces), with its 188 mg of vitamin C and a mere 119 calories, is a refreshing source of the vitamin. The once exotic fruit now can be found in most supermarkets.
2. Flaxseed. Bakers use this nutty-flavored seed mainly to add flavor and fiber. But scientists see the tiny reddish-brown seed, rich in estrogenlike compounds called lignans, as a potential weapon against breast cancer. An exciting report at last year's San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium showed that adding flaxseed to the diet of women with breast cancer effectively slowed tumor growth. You can flavor your muffins with flaxseed, but the easiest way to get the beneficial lignans is to sprinkle a few tablespoons of ground flaxseed on your morning cereal. Look for the seeds in health food stores or in supermarkets on the flour aisle. They're easy to grind in a blender or coffee grinder. But get seeds -- there are no lignans in the oil.
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3. Tofu. Foods high in soy protein can lower cholesterol and may minimize menopausal hot flashes and strengthen bone. Isoflavones, plant chemicals in soybeans that have a structure similar to estrogen, may be the reason. Though animal studies form the bulk of the evidence, a human study found that 90 mg of isoflavones was beneficial to bone (specifically the spine). And two other studies suggest that 50 to 76 mg of isoflavones a day may offer some relief from hot flashes. A half-cup of tofu contains about 25 to 35 mg of isoflavones.
4. Buffalo Meat. Due largely to menstruation, women tend to be anemic more than men. And low iron levels in blood can cause severe fatigue. To get a good dose of iron, try bison. Bison, or buffalo, meat is lean and has what diet-conscious women want -- lots of iron and less fat than most cuts of beef. "The iron content is about 3 milligrams in a 3 1/2-ounce uncooked portion," says Marty Marchello, Ph.D., at North Dakota State University. "That portion contains less than 3 grams of fat." Buffalo meat can help boost energy and lower weight. And you don't have to have a home on the range to get some bison anymore. You can pick it up at many supermarkets across the United States, or through mail order or on the Internet.
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5. Collard Greens. This humble vegetable may help fight osteoporosis, which afflicts many women late in life. In addition to getting adequate amounts of calcium and vitamin D, some studies suggest that vitamin K may have a bone-protective effect as well. Based on data from one of the largest studies of women, the Nurses' Health Study, researchers discovered that women who ate enough vitamin K-rich foods (at least 109 micrograms of the vitamin daily) were 30 percent less likely to suffer a hip fracture during ten years of follow-up than women who ate less. Researchers point out that dark-green leafy vegetables -- Brussels sprouts, spinach, broccoli -- are all good sources of the vitamin. But collard greens, with about 375 micrograms per half-cup, are among the best.
There you have it: five great foods for women and for men that can keep both of you well fed and healthy too.
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Monday, May 17, 2010
fits my pro1d thread as well.