Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Our passion is not defined by our gears. Which passion am I referring to? I am referring to my passion in photography. There are a lot of times whereby you will have that certain uneasy feeling when another person doubts you for your gear. I had that feeling quite often but I have realized now to just believe in your own capabilities and strive for the best.

Do not get me wrong. I am not saying my photography skills is beyond amazing which in fact, is not even close to good. I love photography. I love the feeling of going through pictures that were taken by myself. I love to smile when a story is being told through my pictures. The idea of going out for photo walks is mind blowing. 

That is what I call passion. In my opinion, passion is the key to motivation and determination. I will continue to improve on my photography skills. I believe we can never stop learning so I will definitely continue to learn everyday. Learn to be a better photographer. Learn to take better pictures. Learn to learn.

This is just a random post I felt like writing because I am truly inspired by a few amazing people. First off, Jason (http://jasonmumbles.com/)  made me realize that the camera we use does not define our photography. His words were motivating and I appreciate it very much. It is true that the camera we use do matter but not entirely the most important thing. What is important is passion.

A perfect example of someone I know who has a lot of passion in photography and does not let his gears set his limitations will be Andrian (http://andrian-tam-photography.blogspot.com/) Andrian promotes compact camera photography. The pictures he can take with a compact camera is better than some people who owns a DSLR camera for fun. 

I guess I have made my point. Everything is a learning process. We all make mistakes, we all fail at times. The important thing is to keep on learning and improving. 

Monday, February 21, 2011

It is only the end of the second month of the year but it felt like I had been in my course for a very long time now. Guess it is because the assignments and studies has already got the better of me. Most of us will tend to feel too stressed up at this stage and I am not denying that I am not because I am. However, the stress present right now for me is the usual everyday stress and not stress that can be categorized as pressure. I guess time management for me this year has not been a problem yet.

Time management~if you manage time well, time will not be at stake.

Good Luck :)

Monday, February 14, 2011

Have you start planning for your school holidays in March, June or September? If you have not plan anything for the holidays then I highly recommend you to join The Star BRATs search 2011. BRATs is a young journalist program by The Star Newspaper since the year 1993. It does not matter if you are interested in journalism or not. Just join the program and it would be a decision you will never regret making.

Entry details

My The Star BRATs 2010 experience

I am pretty sure everyone knows The Star newspaper. It was actually my younger sister who urged me to join the BRATs program in year 2010 which was the year before this. I wrote in a thousand word essay with the theme, about myself. Originally, I stated in my essay to participate in the Kuching workshop but due to some constraints I went for the Kuantan workshop in September. 

It was a good thing though that I had not attend the workshop in Kuching and instead participated in the Kuantan workshop because from there I met the most wonderful friends. BRATs is a four day workshop in which you will be separated into groups and given tasks such as writing a feature article, video and photo essay. The facilitators of the workshop who are usually The Star R.A.G.E team will be teaching us what the real world has in store for us. 

They will arrange for us places and people to be interviewed while we, as the participants must conduct the necessary interviews, take pictures and film the video footage needed to complete our assigned tasks. My group went to a Keropok Lekor factory and also did an interview with Malaysia's number one surfer. Although it was working on our assignments until midnight everyday but we still squeezed in lots of fun whenever possible. 

Each group also did a performance of their choice to entertain our facilitators which are non other than Ivy Soon, Sharmila Nair, Ian Yee, Jessica Tan, Jason Lioh, Andrea and Leon. My group did short sketches and I was the person killing herself with a kitchen fork. It was a night of laughters accompanied with a few rounds of games.

Basically, the best part of BRATs program is the experience and friends gained. You are basically in one big family, the BRATs family after joining this young journalist program with The Star. I have met BRATs from other workshops after that. Whenever you find out someone is also a BRATs both of you are automatically friends. Just recently, I found out my vice president of AIESEC Taylors, NCR department is also a senior BRATs.

It does not matter if you have no intention to be a journalist, just join BRATs for a wonderful experience and meet new people. This year is my turn to ask my sister to take part. Go on and just send in an essay, photo essay or video about yourself and I will be looking forward to meeting you in future BRATs gatherings.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

I read this from http://www.dawnyang.com/

A pencil maker told his pencils five important lessons in life
1st: Everything you do will always leave a mark
2nd: You can always correct the mistakes you did
3rd: What is important is what is inside of you
4th: In life, you will undergo painful sharpenings that will make you a better pencil
5th: The most important is to be the best pencil you can be. By allowing yourself to be held and guided by the hand that holds you.


I am a colour pencil. How about you?
Doodles are always nice. I always consider doodles a form of art. Here is a doodle I liked very much taken from The Doodle Blog


Do check out The Doodle Blog if you want to just take yourself away from assignments or such for a while. 

Many thanks to David for giving me the link to this blog.
Advertisements is something everyone will turn a blind eye on because it usually tries to convince you to buy a certain product or service. Just how many advertisements do not serve that purpose? There is not a particular number that I can state down but I do know PETRONAS has one of the most eye tearing Chinese New Year greetings on screen.

Video credits PETRONASOfficial

It is still Chinese New Year until 17th of February 2011. If you have yet to accompany your loved ones in celebrating this joyous moment than I suggest you do it as soon as possible before the last day of Chinese New Year. Just like the saying goes, better late than never. 
Do you know how many korean boy bands exist in todays ever changing music industry? Since Korean music has taken the world by storm there is not one out of ten people who is not a hardcore fan of at least one Korean artist. Super Junior is not just any ordinary Korean boy band. Consisting of thirteen members with impressive vocals and dancing skills, these boys is bringing a night to remember to Malaysia fans in March.

Event details
Date: 19 March 2011
Time: 6 p.m.
Venue: Stadium Putra, Bukit Jalil

Ticket sales info
Walk in purchase;
Venue: Sungei Wang Mall
Starting: 19 February 2011
Time: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Online purchase;
Duration: 20 February 2011 to 19 March 2011

Show Luo, top celebrity earner in Taiwan beating out outstanding names such as Jay Chou, S.H.E and Jolin Tsai is bringing his 3D concert experience to fans in Malaysia this April.

Event details
Date: 16 April 2011
Time: 8 p.m.
Venue: Stadium Putra, Bukit Jalil
For ticket purchase information: Galaxy.com.my

Hong Kong Artiste, Raymond Lam Fung is coming to Malaysia next week. A singer and TVB actor, Raymond Lam has more than just good looks but a pocketful of talent.

Event details
Date: 19 February 2011, Saturday
Time: 8 p.m.
Venue: Sunway Lagoon Surf Beach
Hotline: +603 7880 7999 (Ticket PRO) and +603 5622 1600 (Jazzy Group)

The most popular KL marathon organized by Standard Chartered is back in 2011. As usual, the categories, requirements, registration fees are still the same. If you do not fancy night marathons than do sign up for this one.

Event details
Date: 26 June 2011

For more information: http://www.kl-marathon.com/

I suggest you register as soon as possible to get the early bird discount. Trust me, you will not regret running for this marathon as it is one of the most well organized marathon in KL. You have my word.

My Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2010 experience 

Not quite sure if I had blog about my experience last year or not but anyhow I will share a bit of my experience running the Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2010. Last year, it was held on the 27 June 2010. There are bus services from several pick-up points that will bring us to the venue which was at Dataran Merdeka. The bus my dad and I took was from One Utama Shopping Centre.

If you are a runner that will participate in the marathon I suggest getting up from bed at 3 a.m. to do necessary warm up exercises and to allow your body to freshen up from a good night sleep. That was the time I woke up last year whilst everyone else was still sleeping in bed. If you are just going to accompany someone else than I suggest waking up an hour later at around 4 a.m. which was the time my dad got up from bed.

Another reason to wake up earlier is to allow your light breakfast to digest. Usually a piece of fruit like banana or an energy bar. I had an energy bar in the bus and most runners were eating bananas as well. Basically, getting there early is always better, imagine trying to withstand the excitement you have at home. I do not recommend driving your car all the way to the venue because there will be several load closure and parking space is very limited. The bus and train services can be obtained from Standard Chartered's website or you can always ask for assistance during the running kit collection day.

If you are going there alone I suggest bringing minimal things with you because the line at the save keeping service is extremely long. I was lucky my dad accompanied me so I managed to avoid the massive queue. You do not have to worry about your partners having to wait for you because there are places allocated for them to rest and have something to eat.

After the run, there will be performances and a price giving ceremony. You can choose to stay until the whole event finishes or leave early. I went home before the prize giving ceremony for the other categories ended and took the LRT home with my dad. The experience was a good one and definitely one of the best. A certificate will be addressed to you few months later with you finishing place and record time. Medals were given to us on that day itself.

So anyone wants to join me for this year's run?

Enjoy your run, enjoy your life.
The words to describe marathons are undefined. The process of getting that physical body to withstand a marathon run is fun but tiring. The moment you run on the road during the marathon is filled with excitement. The second you cross the finish line is out of this world. Most marathons are held in the early morning before the sun rises to avoid runners being caught up in the afternoon sun. However, there are also marathons organized at night which gives the running experience a whole new twist.

An upcoming night marathon will be the Energizer Night Race 2011.

Event details
Date: 16 April 2011
Venue: Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia
Starting time: 7:40 p.m.
Registration closing time: 1 March 2011, Tuesday or upon reaching 10 000 runners

For more information: http://www.energizernightrace.com.my/

So is anyone interested to be my running partner?

Friday, February 11, 2011

Hey blog,

It is a technical problem I assume which will explain why all the pictures in all my post has been broken and cannot be viewed. As it is really depressing to delete all the post I have written I decided to just leave it be with all the broken pictures in it. Time is so limited and precious that I feel as though every single moment of it has to be used to do something beneficial such as reading a text book or researching for an assignment. Even to update this blog made me think twice as it is precious time wasted.

From this post on if I am writing a blog entry of little significance the pictures I upload will be from my tumblr. I have made up my mind to keep blogging at minimum unless necessary which is obviously not for now because I have assignments that will keep me burning the midnight oil. How are you managing your time?

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