星期一, 4月 18, 2016
Upcoming photography tours...
Finally, rainbow falls with HTTB. Well indeed it is a great meetup group to join. Profit margin isn't that big as compare to some. During the trip i was using the black 2L waterproof bag she gave me. Well it is hard not to think of her. Giving myself some time to heal.
Need to get my belt system up so as to have things more accessible.
I really thinking should do Aconcagua.
星期四, 4月 14, 2016
Almost 2-3 weeks after trek for hope, yup i'm officially missing you.
Well trying to get back to normal life by not giving her too much pressure and message. I not sure it is good or bad. But I just not sure what to do.
Work wise. Lousy. Struck at the visionhd card bug. Unable to extract data for the void pointer to bitmap data into a hbitmap than bitmap for opencv emgu drawing. Managed to solved it before rainbow trip. But still buggy and it is using a lot of resources. 21% CPU power vs 3% CPU... so not too good need to can this implementation.
Mountaineering. This two weeks felt i'm increasing better. Finally I completed with some cheats on the holder on the left. 15m onsight wall. Then I was climbing leading rope up for UTown. 5C. Indeed it is scary when u need to take the fall.
星期六, 4月 02, 2016
Given a cold shoulder doesn't really felt good. I guess it doesn't meant to be. I just want her to be happy and have someone that will look after her I realized now.
Still have lots of work to do myself.
Masterplan is lifeafter32 :)
星期一, 3月 21, 2016
Trek For Hope...
Finally after 3 years, I did Trek For Hope. In Philippines Smokey Mountain.
This time even have Adelene with me. No expectation in this trip. But so much gain. Not only I get to spend more time with her. Probably my fault not asking more about her dreams and wishes in life.
I'm not sure will we head anywhere together. But I really feel for her more now.
For photography, I managed to do more for the pulag part as the sky was clearer there then in ugo area. I was so blessed to see milky way in horizontal and manage to do my first night panorama 9 shots on it. Stitched in photoshop photomerge.
Trek wise, I understand better than I need a personal guide to shoot more and navigate better. Trekking at my own pace.
星期四, 3月 10, 2016
Read finished the adventure photography book by Alex Buisse. Very insightful to hiking and mountain photography.
Yesterday missed the solar eclipse. I wonder will I go shoot if I knee it would happen. Need welding glass or super dark nd filter in order to see it. Plus more zoom.
From the book, I learnt that I need a more convenient carrying system which will be a belt system. But think-tank I don't think o can get in sg.
The next key takeaway is being good and safe in climbing. Photography is always secondary to safety. As it take time to slow down to shoot. But in mountain time is always a precise commodity. Mountain is always there tomorrow make sure we are too.
Third is to find and create interesting angle for shooting. Like over the shoulder.
Always shoot in any weather including bad weather. Perhaps back then in Iceland I should have went out to shoot in Kirkjufell area.
星期三, 3月 09, 2016
2016 Third month. Actually at work still very distracted. Currently working on 3 projects. Not so much work left. Suddenly work de-risking cause one project to be gone. Well bad was that I felt that job security indeed can simply just disappear. This is also true in the actual private sector.
The good side is I can focus on the main projects. Glad that I managed to get the NICVI library driver up too. At least some learning for myself.
Bad right ankle twisted. Sprain. Felt better but not 100%. From Tokwon descend, as I was not careful when resuming trek after waiting at the rock river bed area. The going up and coming down and accident twisted. Saw TCM twice. Well 塞翁失马 焉知非福, Dr Ace said i should take care my health more!
It was because my shoe laces was always loose as the thick laces are unable to tie tight. I should see it coming.
Indeed, now is using my health to work so hard. Going T4H soon. But still haven't pack. Leaving this Sunday.
Things to do:
1. Apo photos almost there
2. Nepal photos...
Signed up for Babbel and Udemy. Time to start. Should have signed AngularJS as it seems to help in becoming a full stack developer. So I can freelance soon. Need to read and settle the ACRA work soon!
Coming big expeditions need to start training. But need to rest my ankle.
1. 2x extender
2. Ethernet cable long x2
3. Adapter x1
Ice Climb gears
1. 2x trekking poles leki
2. Down booties
1. field Chair for time lapse - need to do a 2 hours one! using wide angle lens
Finding it overwhelming the amount things to do.
Let me simply list all the things i want to do if i can do all!
-Home + SOHO 2.0 cleaning up and revamp
-Sister side, mother side
-Photography coy licence + TA $$$ raising
-its sustainable plan
Coding for Mother Earth
-Rock climb level 2 resume - need to lead a 5C first!
星期四, 3月 03, 2016
星期三, 3月 02, 2016
Feb is so fast...
Feb has ended. Well sprain my ankle doing tokwon on the way back. When we have to stop because my friend was resting and letting other people to pass us. When I resume I wasn't careful and twisted my right ankle. Well it is still not fully okay. Still got the Philippines TrekforHope coming. Well still have a date two today. Need to prep the printer and teach. Fri need to demo. Crap. Sat need to collect and see if wan to check my ankle again.
I think I should. Haven't clean my gears still have a pile of it and my boots.
Really can feel the fatigueness of overdrive.
The real climb this year as well. Self supported. But still have so much to do. My mum seems like plenty of time and not doing anything. I have so much on the table.
What am I doing. Attended the date which only have one learning point that leading by example. Doing public transport and also taking public transport except the rushing for meeting to be send around.
Also finally did my first adventure Photography talk. Really long prep. Took me a month from publicity to execution.
Gave me more confidence to simply go on. But I just can't do so much. Need to focus on a few.
星期一, 2月 15, 2016
Back from Apo CNY climb...
2016. January has just passed. 11 months to go. Actually half is gone. Coming up got another two more mini weekend trek. Just manage to edit Evon's photos. Omg 2 hours I really shoot like crazy so many to edit. Just minor editing but it took ages as there are many. Editing mainly the highlight, contrast and cropping/aligning the horizon, plus sharpening.
Did 1-2 star trails in Philippines. I guess it remind me of jiefu as I did one as I didn't want to procrastinate anymore.
Work to be done
1. xinrong photos
2. anna photos
3. apo photos
4. my slides ** this is more urgent as well
星期二, 2月 02, 2016
Finally got back to the work and commitment in sg. But just 3 weeks from arrival back in sg is so fast! Work unable to deliver more work. Think I'm very distracted at work sometimes.
Unable to upload photos via this app and phone as it keep saying unable to find files....
Anyway, xt seems to be attached as I saw her fb post with a guy close to him with arm by waist. Well to be frank it is still hard now even it is like two months passed.
Done with the last weekend frenzy of photoshoots and pre cny steamboat dinner with family but this year less jiefu :( life is indeed short.
I managed to take the plunge to rent a fx Nikon d750 and 70-200 f2.8 lens and I decided to throw in another 85mm f1.4 lens. Omg that is the best decision! It is a much better lens than earlier one the colour and speed.
Did one for my tmc friend xr and Al. Well it is fun I managed to apply some typical couple shots I saw online. But the piggy back it is nice by the side view. As for a solo lady it was much harder to get shots as she is wearing white and unable to sit on ground. The next family very on one bit I shld have done the wife hug husband and husband raise up child shot.
I was thinking to shoot another on sun morning before I return the gears rented. But got like 4 rejections from friends and also zh too so 5 in total but what is 5 when people fails even more than me! Then I uploaded my dad reading papers photos on personal Photography I saw evon from my piano expressway classmate like my photo again.
I decided to ask her too and she readily agree as sun morning she happen to be free!!! Omg!!! And we did like 2 hours so naturally with the flow. I managed to shoot from the tunnel behind and up reverse direction! Amazing experience!
Then I return the lenses and body on time and took train home as there was still time. The day before was much rush after the third shoot it was 4pm. I too cab to save some time as I need to meet d later in the evening. The date is great bingsu too!! We spent like 4 to 5 hrs chatting from 645 till 2200 hrs!! She is really a nice person!
Website is also done initial cut. And meetup event publicity too. Still own the instax checking... for trek for hope, delay by a day le.
Monday evening a little wasted my time again as the WorldVentures came... lol what biz idea. i really dislike network marketing... i guess i was blinded by seeing another lady so to increase the number. Right keep saying it is a number game... haha..
星期五, 1月 29, 2016
Today went for the ama dablem sharing. I ask why the wait for 10 years to come back to climb. But the gap between is and them seems too wide.
星期四, 1月 21, 2016
2016 major climb...
Okay. Finally decided to go for the French alps and India partial support for an 6000+ peak in India.
Need is to plan my leaves for the upcoming trips and possible some buffer leaves as well for last min contingencies.
Well summit whatever style, not sure how difficult but will try safely. Most importantly is the photos and safely descend to go home.
星期日, 1月 10, 2016
Frozen charming. My fingers and toes are so painful due to the biting cold.
It is really sad that we are unable to summit due to bad weather esp the wind and cold. Water is frozen at Chulu West so can't go. Thorong Peak slightly better but too windy. So unable to summit either.
Back to work. Came back on Sunday to clear some email. Today unable to OT as need to go over to my sister home to check her PC as it is slow for loading Korean drama.
The trip in general was a good lesson. Unable to fulfilled my dream of standing at 6000m+ altitude. Still was able to bag another 5000+ level with much comfort. Slept at 5400m. Ate diamox wonder is it because of it so can sleep well. My fingers and toes till now is still tingling. Hope it will get better. My right knee is still ache when going up stair. My back on the right side is a little uncomfortable.
The first part was rather chill a little tired but was okay. We reached Manang, Ghusang, Ledar, 4200m rather smooth. For most except one without much experience. To be frank I wish to travel with older people. Can learn better from them rather than sharing and giving advice which may usually be bin.
The second part then we realised we are unable to go Chulu West Peak as there was no water at the base camp. So we changed to Thorong Peak as there is a Ice Lake we can break that to melt and get water.
The third part. Toughest. As we attempt to hit 5800m campsite, high camp, we failed as the wind was just too strong and we had to retreat to 5400m campsite. Base camp for the next 3 days. We reached 5600m then. 2 out of 5 were still feeling okay. 2 little weak. 1 super weak. I am amazed how my assistant guide clipped the 4 day packs together and he single-handed carry them down. We attempt the summit at 9am. Too late as the wind was still blowing. Plus the fixed rope were not setup beforehand. We was waiting while going up.
The fourth part and last. Descend and R and R and home. Unable to go Poon Hill as 3 out of 5 say skip it. There is chance to go in April but my leaves are miserable as I simply used too much. 2K to do ABC + Poon Hill. Maybe 2017 or even later. But the cost will just keep rising...
3 weeks to CNY and APO trek. Need to resume training this week soon after TCM acupuncture.
Things to do, resolution 2016 and overdue work:
- Buy new year goodies
- CNY early dinner with family
- pass some $$$ up to 1k for dad debt
- convert matlab code to C
- static linux bug
- co-demo for C# WPF GUI with COTS toolkit
- Apply leave (T4H 5 days and Vietnam photo tour 2 days)
- C# MVVM
- Web based stuffs** to to work on this and specific
- need to budget and save and find avenue to earn
- Clean bodies
- Clean lens (sigma, tokina)
- Clean tripod
- setup my website + blog (trek and pack tips, photo/video, food, adventure travel tips)
- Apo (Philippines) Feb 16
- Tabur East (Msia) Feb 16
- T4H (Philippines) Mar 16
- Photo (Vietnam - HCM Saigon) May 16
- Backpack indochine(Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Myanmar) + thailand + xiamen
- Backpack trek, run HK
- Family trip to HK
- Backpack South America + Aconcagua + Patagonia
- Spanish (babbel paid 5 USD per month for 1 year)
- work on it! Jiayou! Believe in yourself
- face and hair take care
星期三, 12月 16, 2015
$$ Painful lesson
Should have did more home work and then go shop. NEVER TRUST the sales person. I should have check online or second hand shop price like clubsnap. 638.00 SGD = tripod + parano head + plate
I think to get rid of it, i need to sell at 1/2 price at worse. Seems like there is much better tripod out there.
Learn from clubsnap
Stay polite and civil. If at one point any party feels uncomfortable to continue - just state it politely and leave.
Define your budget. Stay within your budget. If you can't afford now it's best to wait a bit and save. All prices will come down, sooner or later.
Read up about the specifications of the item (features, functions, accessories, compatibility with your existing equipment).
Read up about common problems with the item you intend to buy. Use Google (search word '[item] problems' helps), read up in CS or other forums. Ask people who own the item.
Read up how to test the item to verify its functionality. If unsure, ask a friend who is more familiar to accompany you.
Compare the offered prices with the current street prices in Singapore. Do take note of 'local prices' versus 'grey market prices'.
Read up about the manufacturer's terms for warranty coverage and warranty transfer from the seller to you.
Agree on a reasonable location and time for both parties. Usually it will be the seller's places or nearby. Daylight is better for checking than torch light.
Caveat Emptor - Let the Buyer Beware. It is your responsibility to check the item thoroughly and verify it is exactly as described.
No last minute discount requests. Respect that items have their value and price.
星期日, 12月 13, 2015
Ask and didn't ask
Was thinking to ask her to be my girlfriend. But I didn't. I not sure is it the place is too many people, I sense she was feeling uncomfortable there, or I just didn't dare to say it.
Tripod. Didn't buy gitzo too ex. Bought velbon but the improvement in weight seems minimal. And the size is bigger. I should have brought my tripod to compare.
Bought because of the rush.
Looking at gitzo spec. With head seems like comparable weight.