Don’t turn your passion into a career

Take it from someone who did.

I regretted the decision – mostly

I loved working with computers and I still do, but when I made it into a career it went downhill from there. I supposed it might be because computer jobs in Malaysia are a total waste because of low pay and poor conditions.

The original idea for this article was to list down all the usual bullcrap in following your passion, but then I stumbled across this article that really captured what the pure undistilled meaning I wanted to convey.

Nikon SB-27 and SB30

A few years ago I picked up a Nikon SB-30 for a spell on Ebay – a small useful flash for either my Nikon F6 or Nikon FM3A (the camera I paired it often with on outings).

Nikon SB-30
Small and light you would think little of it, using only 1 CR123A battery it proved me wrong by meeting all my flash needs while also offering many features only found in bigger and heavier flashes like the Nikon SB-800 and above like commander/slave, TTL, manual mode. The only things it lacked was faster recycle time and a flash test button -the most common feature on flashes – but not essential, how many of you actually use it

Bottom line if you can find one for cheap  (I got mine for USD38 inclusive of shipping) then you have found a bargain.  It fits nicely into small corner of any decent camera bag while packing features usually found on bigger models.

Nikon SB-27
I saw a great deal for a SB-27 and quickly snapped it up. From the photos I saw, I had thought the unit would be more or less be as compact just like the SB-30 – was I ever wrong.

When the package finally arrived it was bigger and heavier than the SB-30 teaching me an important lesson – nothing is ever what it seems on the Internet unless there is scale reference.



The the left, SB-27 while on the right, SB-30. The body cap is for reference. 

Happy Chinese New year! Year of the Monkey!

Once again I make the long journey home. After a very busy start to this year.

Already I’ve traveled to Hanoi followed by Jakarta back to back assignments. Right after coming back, I made the trip home to Silen –  err I mean Labuan. With barely 8 hours of sleep.

I am very tired right now so I’ll keep it short.

To all my Chinese friends, Happy Chinese New year! May the year be prosperous and wonderful!75ebe8a50523061f36f7d1a1a5a50f34

Happy new year 2016!

Hello 2016!

75ebe8a50523061f36f7d1a1a5a50f34We welcome you with open arms as we charge headlong leaving 2015 behind, because let’s be honest 2015 was a terrible year!

Sorry no recap for 2015 because there just wasn’t enough post in 2015 to even make one.

That is how bad 2015 was, but I do promise to have more posts in 2016.

Wishing everyone a better year – at least better than 2015 at the most (I’m beating on a dead horse here), one cannot be picky when one is in a bad situation.

This year is the year of the Monkey for those wondering.