Thursday, 27 August 2009

Sabah Bloggers Gathering 2009 is upon us!

OK, maybe not so dramatic, but...

Anyhow - this year's gathering will be in Imperial Hotel again, on the 31st of October so for those people who want to attend, just click on the little banner on the left or on the one above to get them details :D

Sunday, 23 August 2009

Sunday macro fun

ooh, another update, finally.

I took my 100mm macro lens out for a bit of fun in the sun today, but unfortunately it was during one of the hottest time of the day (around 12 or was it 1 p.m.).

I was also conducting an experiment to see if the silicon gels that I bought can be recycled to get rid of the moisture that it absorbed so I could use it again. The results were positive: these gels CAN be recycled, but you need lots of heat.

What I did was to put them into a clear plastic container and put them on top of a car when the sun is out. You know how hot car hoods can be when exposed to tropical sunlight, right?:

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They originally come in blue colour (dry) but they will turn pink when they absorb moisture. Here's a shot of wet and dry silicon gels:
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Alrighty, back to our main story, I was lurking around the garden in the middle of the day and this is what happened:

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Lets have a closer look:
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Some orchids:
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And some funky flower:
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The day was quite windy, so I had to use the flash to freeze the flowers and plants in place. Hope you enjoyed that. I'll see what else can be shot in another instalment.

Monday, 17 August 2009

Beach outing

Alrighty then, time to dust off the blog and put up a new post *kofkof*

Attended a beach outing on Sunday (yesterday) with a bunch of friends from CSP. The scheduled time was 10 a.m. at Beach 2, Tg. Aru. As usual, almost everyone turned up 2 hours late. By that time, the drinks were getting warm and the sun was doing a beatdown on anyone foolish enough to wander onto the white / brown sandy beaches.

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It was a pot-luck affair, everyone bringing a bit of stuff to share. I contributed 5 bottles of drinks (total 7.5 litres of liquids), Bev also brought about 4 bottles of stuff too, Ed brought homemade hinava that was properly cured and doesn't smell like the raw fish that it is :D Zack brought some mee baked into the shape of a cake? I can't remember what the others brought, but everyone managed to fill their larder.

Unfortunately the sky started to rain around 1 p.m. and I had to go off early to attend a meeting grrrrrr...

But wait, there's more -->

After the meeting, I managed to drag Ashley to the beach with me, even though it was still raining. We then rejoined the bunch of people trying to enjoy the beach despite bouts of intermittent rain. Me, I got to do some shooting, along with Ed and Jack, with some pretty victims heh heh heh...

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Frisbee!!!

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We even had some eyeball fun:

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And Clerence brought his guitar, which we all used as a prop (oh yeah, we also tried singing, using it as an accompaniment but I think it brought even more rain)

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And I leave you with one of my favourites of the day:

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Monday, 3 August 2009

Mid year weddings

Ah, everyone seems to be getting married these days...

First it was Ah Ket, in May:
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Then James and Jenny in June but only had their Sabah dinner in July since they're based in KL:
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They are starting on another journey though life, together with each other through thick and thin waist lines and that sort of thing :P

Anyway, congrats to all of them, and may they live happily ever after. (Well, hopefully at least more than 90% of the time)