Revenge of Spidey

7 June, 2008 at 8:34 pm (Uni pics) (, , , , , , )

Told you there’s gonna be a second part to this heh.

After what happened that day I started noticing this how many spiders there really was in the bathroom, its vicinity and to a certain extent the whole apartment. There really is a huge congregation of spiders there, I mean all you need to do is look up at the ceiling and you could easily be looking at 20 to 30 of those arachnids. Them eight legged web weavers ranged in size from and small as your nose poop to some as big as erm… several nose poops lumped together.

Hence, armed with my trusty Olympus I set out to snap more photos of them creepy crawlies but this time with better lighting. I snapped these pics near the veranda by the way.

With insects as big as this, is it a wonder why we have such a bg population of spiders? I guess not. Notice the nice green sheen on its body.

Sleeping mosquito. Seriously it was really sleeping! I placed my finger as near to it as possible and…

Squashed it! See told you it was sleeping. And mosquitoes (together with cocroaches) are the only things I wouldn’t mind killing. Wouldn’t wanna get dengue or malaria you see.

Ah, finally. The main star of the day. The itsy bitsy spider. Let’s take a closer look shall we? Hehe, but a bit of warning first. CONTINUE ONLY IF YOU’RE NOT SCARED OF EIGHT HAIRY LEGGED INSECTS CRAWLING ON YOUR SCREEN!

The legs almost as hairy as mine, except theirs were straight and spiky whilst mine are curly haha!

Stupid spider wouldn’t stay still for the photoshoot!

Gone back hiding in his web/nest or something.

Damn, blur shot cause it kept moving. Those are the toilet’s lamp at the background by the way. Since these buggers were way up near the ceilling I was perched on a chair and sticking my arm out so my camera can get as close to the subject as possible. Not an easy task especially when the camera’s auto focus doesn’t work well in low light condition.

I’m actually quite pleased that my FE managed to focus ON the spider instead of the shrubs in front. Like this shot a lot. Imagine blowing this pic up to maximum resolution and printing a poster sized pic out of it and hang it in front of your ‘best friend’ who happens to have a phobia towards spiders. I bet your ass he’s gonna end up with a seizure and start frothing at the mouth upon looking at the lurking spider haha!

This could be my best and most favorite macro so far. Some of the things I think I can improve with this pic is reduction of noise and a higher ISO perhaps? And also a bigger F number perhaps? Or is it smaller? I don’t know, I go by instinct when it comes to photography. But those are certainly the limitations of my camera. Nontheless this pic goes to show how much you can get from your regular Point and Shoot if you’re willing to push it to its limit.

Nice ass!

So kawan, has this post help you to curb that fear of creepy crawlies of yours? I hope it does though hehehe….

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Bugger!

30 May, 2008 at 2:10 pm (Uncategorized, Uni pics) (, , , , , , )


Well I’ve left uni for about 2 weeks now so I guess it’s only fair if I dedicate some posts and publish pictures I took to the place I spend almost four years of my life there. Ok maybe not four years if you minus out the 6 months I took to do my internship. But then again there’s also the mid semester break and long holidays that should have been subtracted so all in all I’ve probably only spend about 2 and a half year in uni. Why a I so anal? Moving on…

So , a couple of months ago(can’t determine the exact time nor whether it was before I got quarantined or after) I went to the toilet. Some of you might snicker and say “BrawHAHA, what’s the big deal? People go to the loo everyday.” Yes smartass you’re right but do you see this every time you go and answer nature’s most desperate call?:

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Look closely la…

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Btw, why do they say answering nature’s call when you gotta go pee or shit? I just don’t get it with all these colloquial terms. And did nature use 3G when calling you? And which telco did nature use, Maxis, Celcom or Digi? Haha god I’m funny.

Anyway upon seeing that spider in the middle of the toilet cubicle my first thought wasn’t to whack it away so I can sit on the throne but I went to get the camera instead. At this point I have totally forgotten the pain in my nuts that were screaming to relief themselves cause I feel the need to do some low light photography.

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I turned on the flash to see what I’ll get:

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The results weren’t that fantastic. At this point, a stupid bug fell onto the spider’s web creating a perfect scene for me to capture more interesting shots. Bare in mind that in this toilet there were no windows and the lighting was very very poor, depending heavily on fluorescent lamps and whatever little natural light that can get into this secluded area. Also, I need to emphasis this – I USED MY EL-CHEAPO OLYMPUS FE-110 to get these shots. The same camera I used for all the shots in this site which by the way cuts off the flash in super macro mode (bummer) and with the highest res at 5M pixel really is nothing to shout about.


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Evidently without flash there were noticeable noise but at an acceptable level (my camera maxes out at ISO-400). Super steady hands are needed to capture these shots in these conditions. At this point I also realized how sucky the auto focus is on my FE, sometimes I need to refocus and reposition several times just to get a good shot.

I have a feeling that somehow this asshole of a spider detected the presence of my camera either through its 8 eyes or it can sense the electromagnetic/Infra red wave emitted from the cam/lense and will try its best to stay away. This includes a lot of moving around and wriggling to get away from the lense. Argh! I was so mad that if it wasn’t because the spider’s the main subject of this photo shoot I would have swat it into the toilet bowl and flush it down! Hah! Take that you stupid spider, see if you can still sing that stupid Itsy Bitsy Spider song or not? Muahahahahaha!

In case you’re wondering how small the spider was, here’s a comparison with my finger:

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For comparison purpose only. I wasn’t fantasizing that this spider was exposed to radiation and that one bite from it would turn me into a web slinging super hero over night. Seriously I wasn’t.

Of course, I’ve saved the best shot for last. Here’s a warning though: Strictly not for people with arachnophobia/ fear of spiders. The author will not be responsible or any injuries physical or mental that could lead to spasm and uncontrollable frothing at the mouth. Ok now that you’ve been warned:

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Look at the indivual hair strands. Creepy isn’t it? There’s actually a second part this spider shooting session. But that is for another time…

And as usual, after I’m done shooting this is what I did:

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Nuisance…

Hey, I still need to relieve my self incase you’ve forgotten!

p/s: Haha I know you hate creepy crawlers my dear Kawan, so take this post as a way to reduce that fear. Stare at those pics…. one by one…. hehahahaha! But who could blame you eh especially when that beetle landed there *ehem hahaha!

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My 1st Malaysia-Singapore Collaboration

17 May, 2008 at 2:43 pm (Misc pics, Mumblings, Scenery, Uni pics) (, , , , , , , , , )

About a week ago some of my pictures were featured in an art/photography assignment from a friend of mine all the way from Singapore. She had asked to feature some of my works in this assignment of her and me being the gracious(ehem!) person that I am (haha) gladly obliged. Here’s the resulting work:

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Four of my pictures were featured. Here they are in the original versions and you can click them it’s accompanying post:

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Personally, my most favorite photo (apart from mine haha!) would be the top most center one, a good and sharp macro shoot for the railings and ending with a blurred out background. That picture shows a great form of perspective photography with nice contrast and lighting. Not bad at all considering it was taken with a P & S camera, just like all the other pics. And my other favorite would be the candy love sign pic at the top right corner. Can’t believe those candies actually fell on the ground and formed a heart shape accidentally!

And coincidentally, the main focus of this work would be the bigger ‘Candy’ pic on the right…. hmmm I smell Da Vinci Code conspiracy here hehehe. I mean the just above the Candy pic is a pic of the heart shape candies. Now you tell me, is this a sign or what? Hahahaha!

Personally, I am quite flattered and proud (a bit) that my photos were featured in a dear friend’s assignment. Yes I know they aren’t going to an art gallery(yet!) but somehow having my pics helping a dear friend of mine meant a lot to me. Oh ya, another perk is I get free promotion for my site hehe!

AND WHO SAID MALAYSIA AND SINGAPORE CAN’T WORK TOGETHER?
Maybe our government don’t see eye to eye but our people sure have lots of love for each other don’t they? Hehehehe…

To that friend of mine, I hope you get fantabolous grades for this assignment of yours because I think you have talent. But do take care not to cut yourself anymore in the future ok?

p/s: I’m always glad to help anyone who needs my pics, as long as they are not for commercial purposes (as stated by my copyright here) and credit is given when due. Just ask me and I’m sure I’ll be glad to let you feature them in your assignments, blogs or books.

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Aurora in the skies.

3 April, 2008 at 10:55 am (Scenery, Uni pics) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

Been a while since I’ve posted any front page-worthy photos, so here goes:

You know, I’ve always been fascinated with auroras, basically a light phenomena that happens at night time in certain places around the world like Alaska, North Pole, South Pole and some parts of Australia too I believe. Though we don’t actually get to see these amazing natural performances here in the equator belt or specifically in Sarawak, nonetheless I’ve captured some photos that I think would best resemble auroras, here in the land of the hornbills.

The ‘aurora’ effects here were created from a mixture of cloud formations and lights bouncing off them from sunset. There’s also that spectacular contrast between the red/purplish colors of the cloud and the blue skies. (Photo made with panorama effect)

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Try and detect a special feature in this photo. Hint: look at the corner left side.

Yeap, there’s a rainbow there. Can you see it? This alone magnified the aurora-like effect by several folds. Ok, maybe not aurora-like but still amazing though.

For a normal view outside my window, click here and here please.

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Another angle, now can you see the rainbow splitting the photo? And the clouds man… they are amazing. I mean they almost don’t look like clouds at all. More like it’s raining Ribena/orange juice or something haha.

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Evidently, apart from the abundance of beautiful hot babes, Sarawak also has beautiful skies as well.

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Some of the funny stuffs I stumbled upon from TheOnion (I know, I’m addicted to it!).

I wouldn’t mind having this shirt. Hehahaha!

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And while looking for safe box pictures for this post, look what I found:

It was supposed to be a picture for the promotion of safe sex but some people just have to spoil the fun by being way too literal. I mean this is literally SAFE SEX!

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The Long Awaited HFMD Post.

26 March, 2008 at 11:31 pm (Misc pics, Mumblings) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

 

 

So yeah, I’ve finally gotten my lazy ass off to write this piece, an account of my Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease experience. A warning first: One hot plate of long ass entry with loads of gruesome and/or disgusting infected hands and feet pictures coming right up.

Day 1 (10th March)

This would be the first day that the dreaded HFMD symptoms reared its ugly head. I woke up that day feeling rather fine but by lunch time I could already feel the unmistakable sensation of queasiness one usually would associate with fever. I had thoughts of just skipping class and head back to my room where I can lay on my oh-so-huge single bed (I’m trying to be sarcastic here you see). But then I thought – Ah shizzers! There’s that all-important my-graduation-ass-depends-on-it test at 2pm! Damn.

So, being the tough and macho guy that I am (hah!) I soldiered on to the lecture room and took the bloody exam in a health condition that would be equivalent to driving after downing a liter of Johnny Walker Black Label without the turning the lights on. Yeah, that would best described how torturous I felt during that 1 and a half hour test. The weird thing was I was so sick to a point I felt like the lecture room was as cold as the Arctic, literally freezing my balls off while everyone else were panting and sweating their armpits, cursing the inefficient air-conditioning.

After I was done with the test, I had to quite literally (again, hey I like this word) summon all my super human strength just to crawl back to hostel. But of course, I had to put up a strong and brave front for fear of disappointing all my female fans (ahahahaha). KNN, I felt even sicker upon reaching my room. No choice but to head to the university’s clinic, and I wrote about my exciting journey to get there here.

Day 2

Nothing special happened. Just the usual sick, weak, wanna-puke, head spinning, and body quivering kind of day I had. Still went to TWO classes despite my zombie-like condition. Talk about dedication man…

Day 3

Was feeling way better today. The fever has obviously subsided. But towards the end of the day, I had a lot of these weird-ass spots appearing on the palms of my hands and soles of my feet. Like wtf man? My first thought was I was given some medicines that I’m allergic to. But then again I have never been allergic to anything. Ok, the only thing I’m allergic to is bullshit. Other than that, nothing else.

Day 4

Went back to the clinic today to get my hands and feet checked and to determine if I’m allergic to the meds or not. I noticed there were a lot more people then usual at the clinic today, and lot’s of them patients seem to have their blood taken. Plus the doctor was wearing a mask walking around. Hmmm, I have a sinking feeling inside me that says something bad is gonna happen. I can smell the stench of bad aura lingering around the clinic.

Then it was my turn to see the doctor. Before I even had the chance to open my mouth, the doctor had already given me my death sentence when she told me I had Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease upon seeing the spots on my hands and feet. No doubt the news left me in Shock and Awe (ala Bush’s Iraq campaign) and my already bad day was made even worse when I was told I need to be quarantined to curb the infection.

Digressing a bit, WHO THE HELL BROUGHT THIS DISEASE INTO THE UNI AND SPREAD IT AROUND HUH? Dammit if I know who did this, I would have ripped his balls off for putting me into such agonizing condition.

Ehem, back to the subject. So I went back to hostel but since it was already late and the admin office was closed, I had no choice but to wait till tomorrow to get myself quarantined.

Day 5 till 10 (quarantine period)

So I went to the hostel admin office and after much bla bla bla, was handed the keys to a room situated at the international hostel which is the furthest hostel away from the main Alamanda cluster. However herein lays 3 critical mistakes made by the dumbass admin:

1) A fellow (lecturer and family who stay at the vicinity of the hostel) lives just downstairs from the room I was given. And they have kids! If you don’t know this, HFMD is highly contagious and dangerous to kids due to the nature of their immune system. Don’t ask how I get infected in the 1st place though cause I don’t know.

2) There are foreign students living just next to the apartment I was quarantined in. Like hello? You’re risking their health too by placing me so near to them ok?

3) There is no provision to prepare or arrange for food to be bought in for those who are quarantined. Basically you’re on your own. The admin people even had the cheek to tell me “Ala it’s ok for you to go to the cafeteria and buy food la” Then why the hell quarantine us in the first place? So that we can stay in a secluded part of the uni but at the same time we’re free to go and spread the virus around? Crazy ass people…

Luckily I had my buddies to help me get food for me. Otherwise at the end of my quarantine period, I would probably come out looking like a famine stricken bare to the bones from some famished part of Africa.

Alright, enough of talking. It’s pictures time:

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This is how HFMD looks like on the soles of my feet during the beginning stage. Notice the red spots? Photo taken on day 4.

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A close up. By the end of the infection period, all the skin areas infected with the red spots would start to blister and die off. Health new skin would then grow(hopefully).

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My hands. (Day 4)

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Again my foot. (Day 5)

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Now you know why they call this disease the Hand, Foot and Mouth disease eh? By the way, these blisters had also infected pars of my throat making eating and drinking very very painful. How painful? Imagine those ulcers you ever had in your mouth. Normally they form near your lips right? They are awfully painful isn’t it? Now imagine these ulcers developed at your throat and you’ll have some idea of just how painful it was for me. The pain threshold is almost 100 times greater than a normal sore throat. In fact if I were to find an equivalent of how painful it was to eat and drink, just imagine trying to swallow a box of nails and drink acid. That was how painful it was to me.

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The room I was given had air-conditioning! What a far cry from my own room which had only a pathetic fan. But the bummer is, they didn’t give me the remote to turn the A/C on, and the fan inside the room wasn’t working. So I spent like the entire 5 days of quarantine sleeping without fan or A/C. Shits.

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As for the rest of the apartment, pretty much the same as my old apartment unit. Just that this one has tiled floor and was cleaner.

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The view I had from the living room looking at the uni’s most recognizable icon – the water tower. This also happens to be the same view I look at when ever I talk to you guys on the phone or on-line.

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And to my right, looking at my old hostel.

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Blisters started to form by day 6.

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Here’s a close-up. Gotta love that macro mode babeh.

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And I grew a third nipple at my arm hehahahahaha.

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Love the view though. It’s what I look at everyday whenever I go to class. But when viewed from a different angle, it just doesn’t look the same.

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Sunset is my most favorite part.

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Look at the skies. See how the color changed as night falls.

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Alright, now is the time to make a dedication. First of, I’d thank my family (my parents and sis) for all the concern and support they’ve given me. I knew mom was very worried about me and had sleepless nights. Dad wanted to fly here to check out my condition. Sorry for making you guys worried. Much love to you all.

To my buddies in uni(Jerry, sick0, a_giu), man you have no idea how much you’ve helped me especially with the food part. Without you guys, I think I would have starved to death literally. And thanks for the birthday bash.

Friends who sms-ed (Eric, BB to name a few) and msn-ed (Ah Lek, Joe, JCC), thanks for your concerns.

To my readers, thanks for all the well wishes and comments. Reading those comments is what gave me strength during those tumultuous times.

And last but definitely not the least, to all my friends (real life and online ones), much appreciation for all your concerns, well wishes, sms, and tons of encouragement. Here’s the who’s who: misSing – for all the support and lift-me-ups during those difficult times, I thank you and you’re the best there is; Aunty pEbbZ – thanks for the info on HFMD and keeping me company; yourlady – you’ve showered me with all the attention a big sister would give to his little bro, thank you and I appreciate that; chromium – thanks for chatting with me even though I knew you were bored to tears; Ladycool – thanks for granting me, it kept me occupied hehe; jenjen – I hope you get well soon!

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