Archive | August, 2009

To Arthur! Win Tickets To Arthur’s Day Celebration Here!

I’m sure if you watch TV or have been to the cinema recently you will have seen the “To Arthur!” advert somewhere, the upcoming celebration is going to be one of the largest global celebrations ever staged running across multiple countries.

To Arthur Guinness!

Luckily for us, Malaysia has been chosen as one of the destinations for the party to happen along with places such as Dublin, Lagos, Yaoundé and New York!

The party itself will be taking place at 8pm on Friday 25th September 2009 at Sunway Lagoon and will be featuring The Black Eyed Peas + other awesome local and international acts.

Tickets are priced at RM100.

You can find out more and buy tickets at:

https://www.arthursday.com.my/

Right here you can win 5 pairs of tickets to the exclusive Arthur’s Day even featuring the Black Eyed Peas!

All you have to do is answer the following question:

“What do you think is Arthur’s 250th birthday wish?”

The 5 best answers in the comment section below will each get a pair of tickets to the Arthur’s Day celebration. Please make sure you use a VALID e-mail address.

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Puu Jih Shih Temple, Sandakan

It’s been a while since my last post about Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary — Sabah, Malaysia, and I’ve got some other travel stuff coming up so I better finish this series off!

We headed off to Sandakan after that and had lunch at the Ocean King Seafood restaurant, despite it being touted as a tourist trap – it was actually pretty good and the food was in as part of the tour so it can’t be that expensive.

Pretty Good Butter Milk Prawn

Then it was time for the city tour!

We were blessed with fantastic weather generally whilst in Sabah, but the blue skies when we visited the hilltop Puu Jih Shih Temple were just stunning.

Stunning Blue Skies

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Stressed…But Off To Sri Lanka!

I’ve been busy lately, crazy busy…a lot of paperwork, money, stress and headaches.

I hope it’ll be over soon, it’ll be great if it and I’ll post more about that later when it’s (hopefully sorted).

That accounts for my lack of updates, too stressed to think up anything decent to post.

Anyway I’m off to Sri Lanka tonight (well off to the airport tonight at 3.30am and flying at 6.30am Saturday morning *bleary eyes*). It’ll be a welcomed break.

I have been there before, I stayed in the CBD in Colombo but it was for work so I didn’t get to see much.

I did take a short tip to Kandy to see the tooth of Buddha! I’ll be heading there again, this time with a decent camera that doesn’t turn everything white into pink.

Picture from last time –

Kandy Temple

Nice eh LOL.

Of course I got to eat at the best seafood restaurant in the WORLD too – Beach Wadiya, I wonder if we’ll make it there again.

Oh well, see you all next Thursday!

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Channel X MTV World Stage – Support Our Local Acts!

I guess most of you have heard about MTV World Stage by now, and the event happening live in KL – one of the most anticipated and exciting events of 2009 with an awesome line-up – Kasabian, The All-American Rejects, Hoobastank, Boys Like Girls, Pixie Lott, Raygun & Estranged.

Now is your chance to support our local acts, by downloading Call Me Tones from your favourite band you can help them achieve their dream of performing live at MTV World Stage!

Bands such as – Bunk Face and their hit songs like –

Situasi

Other greats like Laila’s Lounge with –

Stargazer

And of course Hujan with –

Dugaannya

The top 3 indie bands with the highest downloads will get a chance to perform at MTV World Stage Pre-Show at 4.30pm, 15 August at Sunway Lagoon Surf Beach!

You don’t have long as voting ends on August 14th, so go now and grab some awesome songs from Channel X –

https://channelx.com.my/mdp/promo.jsp?id=109

To download the Call Me Tones:
1. Type CMT
2. Send to 22990

And to subscribe to the Call Me Tones:
1. Type ON CMT
2. Send to 22990

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Canon PowerShot G10 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 (LX-3)

I’ve been looking for a compact for a while, I was previously using the Fuji F31fd – pretty much the best compact camera ever made in terms of High ISO shooting and great pic quality straight from the camera (ISO1600 sample here).

It didn’t have the best flash and it was SLOW (both in AF and operation generally). Anyway unfortunately I either misplaced it/threw it away/or it got stolen.

Either way I didn’t have a compact any more, which become troublesome for more casual social events where I didn’t want to lug the dSLR around. Even as a photographer I need something light, and well it’s nice to have something that can take video too.

I’ve been looking for quite a while and was fairly well torn between the two best compacts on the market right now, both shoot RAW and deliver almost dSLR quality pictures especially in well lit situations. They both came out around the same time, both have strong followings and both have pros and cons.

Canon PowerShot G10

Canon PowerShot G10

Main Features

  • 14.7 Megapixel CCD sensor
  • 5x wide-angle (28mm) optical zoom lens with optical Image Stabilizer
  • RAW image recording
  • DIGIC 4
  • 3.0” PureColor LCD II and optical viewfinder
  • i-Contrast boosts brightness and retains detail in dark areas
  • 26 shooting modes with manual control and custom settings
  • Smooth, 30fps VGA movies

At the lowest ISO80 this is THE highest resolution compact ever made with staggering image quality, you wouldn’t be able to tell the pictures apart from those of a similar dSLR model.

After that however it goes downhill, that’s a major consideration for me as if I want to take awesome landscape pics..I won’t be using a compact.

Most likely I’ll be taking pictures in dark places.

As for me personally these are the Pros and Cons of the G10, in general terms and in comparison to the LX3.

Pros

Awesome image quality in bright light
Powerful built in flash
Optical viewfinder
A LOT of external controls for ease of use
5x zoom (LX3 is only 2.5x)
Shoots RAW

Cons

Bulky (Dimensions – 109 x 78 x 46 mm)
Struggles a little at high ISO
Lens not that fast (F2.8-4.5)

You can find the full DPReview here:

Canon PowerShot G10 Review

Sample pics on Flickr here:

Camera Finder / All / Canon / PowerShot G10

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

Main Features

  • 10.1 Megapixels with Venus Engine IV
  • 24mm wide 2.5x optical LEICA DC lens
  • F2.0-2.8 maximum aperture range
  • MEGA O.I.S.(Optical Image Stabilizer)
  • Joystick-operated manual control
  • Large 3.0” 460k dot LCD monitor
  • Raw and JPEG recording modes
  • Up to ISO 3200 sensitivity
  • Up to 1280×720 (30 fps) pixel movie capture
  • Manual exposure and focus options
  • 1/2000th to 60 sec shutter speeds

The LX3 is just an all around good camera, yah it has some downs but it’s a camera photographers can get excited about. Especially photography enthusiasts like myself looking for a secondary camera or a backup to their dSLR.

The only thing that really bothers me is the power of the flash, I guess I can work with it though and it has a hotshoe so getting a small portable external flash is a good option too for awesome party pics.

As for me personally these are the Pros and Cons of the LX3, in general terms and in comparison to the G10.

Pros

Much more compact and pocket sized than the G10 (Dimensions – 108.7 x 59.5 x 27.1 mm)
Awesome wide, sharp and fast lens (F2.0-2.8)
Good at high ISO (very usable up to ISO800)
Good build quality
Great 720p video recording quality
Shoots RAW

Cons

Limited zoom 2.5x
Not as many external controls as the G10
No built-in optical viewfinder
Weak flash

You can find the full DPReview here:

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 Review

Sample pics on Flickr here:

Camera Finder / All / Panasonic / DMC-LX3

Conclusion

Honestly they are both really really good cameras, I just thought I’d put the info out there for anyone thinking of grabbing a compact.

Both are reasonably priced, the Lumix LX-3 is going for around RM1550 at the moment with a 4GB card and the Canon G10 is slightly more at around RM1750 with a 4GB card.

Honestly I wouldn’t recommend any other compacts unless you need something specialised (superzoom, waterproof etc).

If you want pure ergonomics, solid build quality and fantastic image quality just buy one of these two.

For me I’m leaning towards the LX3 for it’s smaller size, I already have a dSLR so I want something truly compact and light.

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The Wedding of Galvin and Julea

I’ve know Mr. Galvin Tan for a very long time, more than 12 years now I think. I first knew him as DawgByte of course the lansi op on #malaysia DALnet.

Also affectionately know as Tan Kar Leng the Klang Chao Ah Beng.

Anyhow, he’s been dating the lovely Julea for a LONG time, and they finally decided to tie the knot. They already had their celebrations in Penang, and now was our turn to celebrate the union KL style.

The venue was Bangsar Seafood Garden Restaurant at Bangsar One – Jalan Ara, unfortunately a lot of people were late due to the ISA rally roadblocks and traffic everywhere.

Galvin & Julea

The hall was beautifully decked out and filled with family and friends.

Galvin & Julea Wedding Dinner

The usual suspects were gathered on our table, and we were ready to celebrate hard!

Kim, Rachel, KY & Horny

The most surprising event of the night was God turning up with his shirt tucked into his pants sporting a new 80+kg slim and svelte look!

Superslim God

Of course we got our drink on and enjoyed the freeflow beer and liquor.

Boyz will be boyz

There was a lot of yum seng going on as usual.

Yum Seng!

Plus the usual ceremonial parts, cake cutting and champagne popping. Congrats to Galvin and his beautiful bride Julea.

Galvin and Julea

And after that, more yam seng of course!

Yam Seng 2

Group shot!

Group Shot

After that we went for another party to celebrate the birthday of the original drunk blogger, FireAngel..

What a night that was.

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