Mistakes and lessons while traveling

I try and always be a person that is prepared by planning for a lot of possibilities especially when going to a foreign country. I brought a wireless router to share out the Internet because the apartments I always stayed in only has cable modem. I brought proper winter clothing. I brought medication for any sickness. I even brought the camera connection kit for my iPad so I could upload my photos from my D700 online just as I did for Singapore back in November. But did you know what I forget to bring when I was unpacking?  

Dubai international airport.


Currently in Dubai awaiting my transit flight from Dubai to Larnaca in Cyprus. For those are are familiar, this would be my second time making the journey and I’m still amazed by the sheer size of the Dubai airport! 


Though I see that one problem still persist since I was here back in March, it’s still very hard to find a trolley! I was lucky the last time and found one except this time. So I had to haul my bag all the way to the gate and here I mean typing this story using my iPad connected to the airport’s free wifi while I’m connected back to my VPN. 😉 yeah I’m pretty happy about how well it’s been working so far since this is the first time I’m actually fully using the VPN.


P.s: all shots were taken using my iPad. 

I’ll be traveling to Cyprus.

I’ll be on my way to Cyprus by the time you read this. It’ll only be for a week since it’s for work related training. There are no projects pending until early next year anyway. Hopefully this training will help get some good projects for next year and none of the so-so stuff I worked on so far but with so many projects coming in and so few of us available, I may not have the choice of which project I get to work on since it’s up to the top brass to decide.
As a result, I’ll be missing this year’s Comic Fiesta in KL especially the fact that they’ll have Shimokawa Mikuni and Ceui there but those are the breaks since I need to earn money.
Once again, I’m not too sure about whether or not I’ll have Internet connection in the apartment where I’ll be staying and we can forget about the company Internet since they’ve practically locked out everything except CNN and Reuters. I’ll be bringing my iPad for this trip again but assume that I’ll be out of contact since wireless access is even more limited than wired access except for SMS.
As for photo gear, I’ll be bringing
1. Nikon F6/D700 
2. Nikkor 17-35mm 
3. Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G AF-S 
4. Nikkor 105mm f/1.8 AI-S (new toy to play with!) 
6. Six rolls of film (2 neopan 400, 2 portra 400 and 2 rolls of Ektar)
I doubt I’ll have any chance of shooting anything interesting considering the short week but heck, it can’t hurt to be at least minimally prepared for something to shoot. After all, weird things have happened before. On the bright side, I’ll be traveling with a senior who is also going for the same training so the trip won’t be so boring.
Looking at the weather forecast, it seems I can expect something akin to winter like weather so I’ll be bringing my winter wear for this trip.

Ipad 2 and travel shooters

Enjoying my ipad 2

Yes, I finally broke down and bought an ipad 2. I ordered the wifi 64gig version online as stores were constantly sold out, an added bonus when ordering online is free laser etching on the back and free DHL shipping~~!

But I’ll be honest for weeks I had literally daydream about how I use it to replace my notebook whenever I travelled, how I would be able to easily upload photos to smugmug and maybe even do some light editing and so, as well as buy online books and magazines which are cheaper, consume less space and better for the environment. So my expectations was that it would herald a new age of computing in my life.

But life doesn’t always turn out the way we hopefully expected….

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