Happy Chinese New year! The year of the goat/sheep/ram!

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Hi everyone and a Happy Chinese New Year! I’m again in Labuan and oddly, no screaming babies while on the flight. I did only come back on the 18th while everyone else had left on the 16th instead. Meaning clear skies all the way!

So what am I doing in Labuan? What I always do everytime, lying in the middle of the road stuffing my mouth with marshmallows (only a few of my friends will get this joke.)

Have a Happy Chinese New Year!

Ipod Shuffle – Tougher than I thought.

Before leaving for work today, I had put on the laundry to dry after leaving it to wash overnight. I then quickly got ready for work and tried to find my ipod Shuffle everywhere. Slowly a horrible realisation dawn on me, “Crap”. I had left my it in one of my many pockets of my cargo pants.

Sure enough when I looked through the newly hung cargo pants, I found it.

In a small vain of hope, I put on the earbud and turned it, lo and behold! It still played! Even after going through the wash and spin cycle, the little guy was still alive and kicking! I’m definitely glad it didn’t die and that I had opted to buy an Ipod shuffle instead of the other regular ipods!

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Happy Valentine’s day!

ee6108c01714033ad99581eb76f4b5b8Happy Valentine’s day! I’m up at 7am posting this because I had a horrible nightmare where I had to step out of the house today and go do some photography shooting at some village for an upcoming exhibition instead of being out with a girl. Oh wait, that is what is going to happen today. T_T to all my single friends who still don’t have girlfriend (none), please stay at home and play video games.

Scanning softwares (Silverfast 8, Epson scan) – Use it or not is entirely up to the workflow.

Whenever I have new developed film to scan, I would quickly fire up the Epson scan software that came bundled with my Epson V700, never giving another thought to it and proceed to scan my film.

Occasionally though I find myself thinking of using the other software that came bundled with the scanner as well – Silverfast 8 (actually, it was Silverfast 7, I was given a free upgrade to it when they offered a limited time upgrade for their bundled Silverfast 7). It is not that I haven’t tried it, but every time I have, the results were less than I had hoped.

Disclaimer: This is not a exhaustive review of Silverfast 8 – this is just to show why my film scanning workflow is setup to still use Epson scan instead of Silverfast. I know of many others online who have mastered Silverfast, and I do hope to eventually learn how to use Silverfast. 

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2014: A year in review

Wow! It has been a really fast year – Rough but fast like water rafting. Where do I start? Well, I won’t have much to cover as I made only a few blog entries.

January to April

I spent January essentially just planning for my month long trip to Vietnam and I have yet to post the blog entries about those (note to self: Make it a new years resolution.)

I did do an informal review for Kodak Proimage 100 I had used for the Still life exhibition over at the printroom KL recently had just a major update! So check out the website!

But I didn’t have to go back to Labuan for Chinese new year because of a medical situation – THANK GOD! Well not really – I still had to go back after CNY for a short visit.

After that I went off to Vietnam in Feb and came back in March – had a great time and made some friends along the way! And finished off a project I had thought not possible to complete when I left my old job.

But once I came back, it was return to the Ratrace once more when I started my new job.

May to August

Did nothing out of the ordinary, and so worked on my blog entry backlogs such as the tips, and gear review.

It was basically just that until Sept.

September to December

Between September and October, I left that job because I just didn’t fit in with the position. It would be my second attempt at trying my hand at the telecommunication industry and failing. Still I quickly found another job oddly more suited to my field.

Meanwhile I read about the demise of more slide film, prompting me to write this article about my time with slide

After I joined this new company, I was quickly sent off to Manila for training and barely after a week I came back, I was sent off to Jakarta for a month. It was a very tiring, but I have to say the project manager was on site with us and did a fantastic job of handling the client and managing the project timeline – it should also be noted, the project manager has many years of technical knowledge and not just some idiot who studied business in high school unlike that previous company.

While there, I had some battery problems with my FM3a which prompted this article about battery life.

My assignment ended in December and returning to KL, the assignments and work slowed down due to the end of the year. Decided to take some time off (Amazingly I had leave since I had just joined) and attended Comic Fiesta 2014 with Fuminari!

With that done, it comes as no surprise that 2014 is almost over, it was a fast and tiring one. Many things went wrong but some lead to better things and hopefully to greater things next year. I learned more about what I can do and what limits I need to overcome still.

2014, you have indeed been a painful year, but like a drill sergeant, you did it to make us tougher for the next one.

Good bye 2014, tell your other siblings I miss them, I’ll send your love to 2015! ^_^

PS: yeah this article was made in a hurry –  I should definitely spend more time writing articles in advance so I can really tarp them up before posting.