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{February 4, 2011}   Flickr, Magazines & Me

i’ve had my flickr account for five februaries now. up to date my 24,916 photos uploads have garnered 71,103 views. my trigger happiness really took off during my overseas stint. holidays are still the main occasions for my upload frenzy, but i’ve also snapped quite a number locally. some pictures are better than others, but i’m not aiming for any professional standard so i’m not too discriminating about my uploads. my best pictures are organised in one set.

in the mean time many magazine editors comb photo hosting sites like flickr for images. usually you are promised to be credited for your photo without any additional benefits. i always request for a copy of the magazine issue. something the geek taught me.

Request to Use Photo

a month ago, two such magazines appeared in my mail box. one from travel + leisure south east asia and one from european travelogue.

“european travelogue” is not really stated in the isreali magazine in a language i can understand. so i’m not sure if it is printed on the cover. but european travelogue is the organisation that approached me for the photo so “european travelogue” it is.

the featured photo is of the indonesian cuisine, rijsttafel that was taken at rice table, singapore. you can see the rice table tissue packet tucked under the plate of rice.

it is very intriguing to see my name amidst hebrew. also i learnt that hebrew publications like chinese, begins the first pageĀ  of what western literature would call the back. the back of this israeli magazine happens to be a singapore airlines advertisement, how apt.

European Travelogue 1

European Travelogue 2 European Travelogue 3

European Travelogue 4

the january edition of travel + leisure south east asia featured my photo of jones the grocer at dempsey. the crediting is a lot more inconspicuous though.

Travel and Leisure 1 Travel and Leisure 2

Travel and Leisure 3

other requests to use my photos often fall through because my point and shoot camera cannot capture images of 300 dpi. even so, i’m not motivated to get myself a dslr because for its sheer weight and bulkiness and also because many prosumer point and shoot cameras can already yield great pictures.

so now and then, i’m sufficiently delighted by such magazine features of my photos.

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{January 1, 2011}   NYE 2010

this post is for d (who checks my blogs regularly and gets disappointed with erratic updates).

in the afternoon, we essentially had a very good offering of food at the potluck lunch. among other things, the highlights are

the pie (by k’s mom)

NYE Lunch 2010 17

begedil (by my helper)

NYE Lunch 2010 18

mutton rendang (by m’s mom)

NYE Lunch 2010 2

hmm…okĀ  seems like none of us cook. anyway, the real feature of the lunch is the catch up with both d in ny and e in edmonton at the same time with skype 5.0 (beta free trail)

catching up with them inadvertently also means tormenting them with the feast that we have and they can only see.

NYE Lunch 2010 10

NYE Lunch 2010 14 NYE Lunch 2010 16

NYE Lunch 2010 5

yay for social networks and technology that really closes the geographical distances across time zones. may we meet again in person in 2011.

the later part of the day was spent at yet another gathering that usually ends past countdown and into the new year. i ate less at this one since i was still stuffed at the big lunch. this get together also features the meet up of friends who are based overseas.

i’m glad for these intimate and cosy settings for festivities. i’ve been to those massive countdowns with concerts, loud (often bad music) and even with fireworks exploding overhead, i didn’t really enjoy them.

ushering in the new year is more than just a flip of the page of the calender for me. i think the significance lies in the feeling of arriving at a milestone, a closure to the year (especially a difficult one) and an optimism that what has been left to be desired can be done better. in essence, a fresh start and a second (third, fourth, fifth, nth) chance at getting it right.

the concept of a countdown and being awed by fireworks witnessed by the collective millions adds to the upbeat outlook of the year ahead as a shared experience. whether or not the euphoria sustains is not critical here, but at least there is the initial high of emotions and energy; like the first propulsion away from the wall in an olympic sized pool. sometimes, we need that foray to carry us through.



{October 17, 2010}   on publishing

why blog, or publish, or produce literary art? because it is in negotiating between what remains deeply private and what is vulnerably made public, in making sense of experience by giving articulated form to swirling nebulous thought, in struggling to define opinions from the bubbling murky pool of feelings, that i find myself, coherent and whole.



{February 17, 2010}   turning 29 today

out of curiosity i checked out the time at which i was born – the world became a better place at 11.15pm 29 years ago. =P

contrary to how many others bemoan the looming big 3-0, i’ve counted down to that milestone ever since i was in my mid 20s. the 30s somehow appeals to me the chic prime time of an independent urban woman who can hold her own. now i only have 365 days to ago which also means that from tomorrow, i’ll have 364 days to work my butt off before my metabolism goes over the hill.

check out the G11 that the geek for me for my birthday!

Canon G11 Front

Canon G11 Top

thanks one and all for the kind birthday wishes!



{January 28, 2010}   miracle of miracles!

yesterday was turning out to be a sucky day because in the morning my camera malfunctioned and in the evening butter fingers me dropped my bunch of keys in the elevator shaft.

however i managed to solve the problem with my camera by manhandling it intrusively and about an hour ago i spotted my fallen bunch of keys hanging at the ground floor lift lobby by a string.

a kind soul must have found it a few floors down and decided to hang it up for the owner to claim.

whoever you are, thanks so much!

Lost & Found Key



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