Monthly Archives: June 2007

XX And XX Is XX Cubed

The set up: Me and my friend sitting at a table at McDonalds, KL Sentral.

She: So, right, I have this friend, let’s call her Jenny. She confessed her feelings for me! So uuugh. “Remember the time we were in the karaoke, and I groped your boobs?

Me: WOW! What does she look like? Do you have her picture?

She: No, but she’s quite pretty lah. Sporty looking. Quite toned.

Me: Hot damn, you should set us up. Who knows, she might dig my long hair and pallid complexion. Plus I have an emo look.

She: Please lah. I am damn scared of her already. She freaks me out, you know. She’s been begging me. “C’mon, you haven’t tried it before, who knows you might like it? Besides, you have plenty of bisexual friends…

In between conversation, she was watching me finish the Rubik’s Cube. She did not blink the entire time.

Later, I went over to KLCC, and she sent me a message.

OMG guess what! Jenny messaged me! She said, I saw you in KL Sentral. So that’s where you’ve been.

Shit, there goes my chance of meeting her hot friend. How ironic! She was in the vicinity!

Many months later.

She: Oooh remember Jenny? I met her!

Me: Ooooh ooooh! Where how what when?

She: Another friend said she wanted to meet me up. So I went to Secret Recipe expecting the other friend… but it was Jenny instead.

Me: HOT DAMN! She set you up! Cunning(lingus!)

She: Yeah! So I told her I had to study, and so I sat there and started revising. She just sat there and looked at me the whole time!

Me: I’m guessing she’s just happy to see you. Just to look at you. To be in your presence!

She: Uh… yeah. And you know what? She brought out a Rubik’s Cube!

Me: HOT DAMN! The original one? With a sticker that says 25th Anniversary?

She: Yes yes that one!

Me: I can’t even find it anymore! They used to stock it in Toys R Us in Malaysia but I can’t find it anymore!

She: Yeah! So she said, “You really like this, right? I bought this for you.

In between laughing at how Seinfeld-ish this whole situation was, I thought her gesture was really, really sweet.

* Conversation might have been exaggerated, after all no names were named.

Rumble With The Cons

As you may or may not have noticed, I seem to be taking the less long winded path this time.

Hark! Who goes there?

Transformers Alternators Rumble.

From left: Transformers Alternators Rumble, Transformers Cybertron Soundwave (with included Laserbeak on top) and Transformers Alternators Ravage.

Vehicle mode! From left: Honda Civic Si, stealth jet, a ejectable cartridge, and a Jaguar XK.

Transformers Alternators Honda club! From left: Honda Civic Si, Acura RSX (Honda Integra Type-R), Honda S2000.

From left: Rumble, Prowl, Windcharger.

Time Killers

Don’t miss me too much when I’m gone.

Here are some time killers:

Scribble is a very addictive mouse-only game. If you thought you were a pro drawing sketches on MSN, this will challenge you. Real cute graphics ala Yoshi’s Island 2, too.

You can win it too in 25 levels.

While at it, try to figure out how to completely win Reversi! I don’t even remember how I did this. Medium difficulty. Symbian games rock!

Fireflies Acoustic Gig (Yes there is a pun)

The Fireflies acoustic gig 31st May 2007, also titled “Tell your boss you went to pick up his Persian cat from the pet motel and… wait, what do you MEAN you don’t have a cat?” featured Yu-Ri and Vostok-1.

On my softie lens combo.

Flirting With Sleep, some trippy Bjork-y industrial new-wave-y stuff. I think. I have no idea. It was awesome.

Yes, with Lipei on vocals!

These guys are hardly acoustic. But then, Yu-Ri and gang didn’t get the idea either.

Paolo Delfino gets the idea, and plays acoustic. Not like he wasn’t before.

Alaling featuring the cuuute doorstop Ching!

Her pennyless acoustic guitarist.


Her voice would be discussed at the mamak later. “Her voice so nice lah. I damn shy lah lucky I sang before her.

Some jazzy bits over soulful tunes.


And now, for more Star Wars Transformers!

Mace Windu is yet another (sic) repaint of the Jedi Starfighter.

Saesee Tiin is a different Jedi Starfighter, thank goodness.

A Clone Pilot becomes the Republic Gunship.


I don’t get why they keep reusing this crappy thin-legged mold. I don’t get why I keep buying every single Star Wars Transformers. It must be the combined collectible value of two lines combined into one, it must be.

Saesee Tiin, now this is one nice figure. The legs are skinny and articulate, but carry the weight well.

He even has a battle mask!

The Clone Pilot looks equally macho.

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CFE, Hi Bye

What: Cosmic Funk Express Live! @ Groove Junction
Who: Alda, Zack and Alex, only the most rockin’ shredder jazz funk and all that junk rock band to hit the underground scene in 2004-2006.
Where: Groove Junction, 1-1 Jalan 22A/70A, Desa Sri Hartamas, 50480 KL. Yep, next to Karma and between Maybank and True Fitness.
When: 9:30pm onwards, 22nd and 23rd June 2007
How Much: RM30 cover charge gets you a free drink. For reservations, call 03-62018990.

This is their final, final gig before Zack leaves for Melbourne. Their last farewell gig at the Sunrise Jazz Fest.

Will Ferry

Seriously now, I might fall into a volcano in pursuit of a picture.

And so, if I don’t return, I hereby bequeath the following items to my family members:

My savings – my mom. She knows the banks and knows where it all goes.

My cameras, lenses and accessories – my sister. Last I calculated they go in the five-digit range, so if you don’t know what to do with it, ask Xian Jin. He would also know the value of each and know how much to sell each item accordingly.

My main right-side computer – my sister. My brother has practically taken over the left-side computer anyway. Yes, I have two computers side-by-side.

My magazines, CDs, VCDs, DVDs and mobile phones – my sister. She’s the magazine junkie.

My Transformers and other toys – my brother. Last I calculated they total in the four-digit range Mint-In-Box, so find the matching box in the stack of boxes in the room and sell them on TransMY.

My stash of alcohol – Su Ann. She willed me her Bacardi. *sniff*

Everything else – my dad. I don’t know what else there is, really.

Presuming I have fallen into the volcano, I would already be ash. If not, I’d like to donate my organs. Though I think that would require proper registration somewhere. The leftovers should be ashes, I don’t like taking up space and making you guys come back to clear the weeds that grow on my burial plot.

What volcano?

Tangkuban Perahu!

Anyway, I’m heading to Bandung, Indonesia this 14th to 17th of June 2007 for a travel-and-food-expenses-paid company trip. I’ll be overnighting at the office on Wednesday the 13th as the bus leaves ASTRO at 3am, and the flight is at 7:30am so that’s probably the last time you can send me SMSes telling me to buy stuff for you.

I’ll be landing in Jakarta first, so anybody who can provide leads as to where I can find Krispy Kreme nearest to the airport will be compensated with a donut of equivalent value in Malaysia. (Yes, I have not tried it.)

Also, do any of you silent blog readers know where I can find second-hand camera shops in Bandung? I’m looking for old, second-hand, rare lenses of about any mount. Maybe even cheap rangefinders and twin-lens-reflex cameras. I regret not getting the 500mm F8 reflex lens for M39 mount I saw a long time ago in Buy Sell Trade PJ Oldtown!

On a side note, I always found the Indonesian language to sound very… annoying. Bisa to me, means poison. Argh. Indon rock annoys me. Indonesians with parangs in the news annoy me. The one thing that doesn’t annoy me, is Indomee. Gotta remember to try it there.

DT on D7

And now, for shots from the Minolta Dynax 7, with the Sony 11-18mm F4.5-5.6 DT lens borrowed from smashpOp. All shots using the Dynax 7 with Fujifilm Superia 400 film, unless I have stated that it was shot with my Sony A100.

Dynax 7 with Peleng 8mm F3.5 circular fisheye, +1 compensation just in case, F16 1/15s.

Same lens, on the Sony A100, becomes close to a diagonal fisheye.

11mm F22 1/15s. The misaligned frame is due to operator error at the film scanner. Not me!

13mm F22 1/15s. This is as wide as I can go without vignetting. The lens does not have a marking for 13mm so it looks closest to 14mm.

11mm F11 1/40s ISO100 on the Sony A100, which has an equivalent field of view of a 16.5mm lens.

18mm F13 1/20s, still with the 11-18mm.

18mm F13 1/45s. This was using the Sony 18-70mm F3.5-5.6 kit lens instead.

22mm F13 1/45s. This is as wide as I can go without vignetting. The lens does not have a marking for 22mm so it looks closest to 24mm.

I then popped my Tamron 1.4x AF teleconverter and Minolta 50mm F1.4 lens on the Dynax 7, for what it reports as 75mm F2.0 at 1/500s. I turned to Smooth Transition Focus mode and attempted to camwhore. Even my steady hands could not brace for SEVEN CONSECUTIVE MIRROR SLAPS!

STF mode shoots 7 shots on the same frame, each with a change in aperture to produce a smooth, creamy out-of-focus area, similiar to the Minolta/Sony 135mm F2.8 T4.5 STF lens.

If the 1/500s shutter speed is to be believed, I must’ve shot 7 frames in 1/500s. 7 divided by 1/500s is 3500 frames per second. Eat that Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III!

Of course, it sounded more like a 7fps shot. I don’t know, I need to finish the current roll before I can do some proper testing to find out the maximum speed.

50mm F1.4, STF mode makes it 1/500s F4.5.

Using the Sony 11-18mm again, at 15mm 1/200s F8 in STF mode, manual focus to minimum focusing distance (25cm!)

15mm F4.5 1/90s. Now there’s vignetting! Alas, I should’ve stopped down because I was still far away from the mininum 1/15s required to get a steady picture at 15mm.

Yes, there’s no in-body stabilization on the Dynax 7.

STF mode on a moving subject! Sony 11-18mm at 18mm F9.5 1/20s. Something tells me this STF mode is going to be very, very fun.

A quick test of the Dynax 7’s Ratio 2:1 mode with my Sony HVL-F56AM flash. 11mm 1/60s F6.7.

This time around, 15mm 1/30s F22 and yet there was vignetting. I have no idea why.

11mm 1/20s F22. Again, misaligned frame due to bad scanner operator. Check out the flare!

The following shots were all shot with the Sony A100.

What about infrared performance? 11mm F4.5 ISO1600 3.2 seconds on the Sony A100 with a China-made 77mm infrared filter. There is a hotspot in the middle, sadly, marring its use for infrared photography. Stopping down usually brings out the hotspot… but it’s already there, wide open!

In comparison to the Sony 18-70mm F3.5-5.6 kit lens, 18mm F3.5 ISO1600 3.2 seconds. Then again, hotspots could be dependent on the object being shot. A proper tripod and bright sunlight could give more concrete results.

18mm F5.6 ISO400 1/60s on both the 11-18mm and kit lens. (Guess which is which.) Nope, the 11-18mm does not underexpose like some reviews claim; it is merely the camera having to face a wider scene with more bright and dark subjects. I used Aperture Priority to take both shots, and both metered at 1/60s. The A100 tends to save the highlights, especially so with backlit subjects. To counter this, I usually tap the AEL button on the subject to spotmeter on it.

Macro with the 11-18mm at 11mm F4.5 with flash.

Wide-angle jump with camera in hand!

Fisheye jump with camera in hand!

For a blast to the past, check out an interview about the then up-and-coming Konica Minolta Dynax 7 Digital. Yes, the CCD shifts over 1 centimeter!

Groove With A Suwito

This time around, I celebrate the coming of broadband by writing less and uploading more.

Groove Junction, 26th May 2007, with Juwita Suwito.

Her voice is so powerful, it charms her band members, too.


She sang quite a few covers, with some singalongs…

…and some originals of the pop variety.

Cuuute keyboardist!

She was handpicked by Jose Thomas to play that Friday and Saturday, and it was obvious why…

…he only wanted solid acts.

Jose joins on guitar, and her bandmates are enthralled.

Disco Super Fly

Jamasia, 25th May 2007, was the electric Fireflies gig, titled Someone At Junk Says Our Gig Titles Are Too Long. SULK. We can all thank Ching for the catchy gig titles. 😀

Today, I’d also like to celebrate the conservation of bandwidth, since someone in my family just got dial-up. Pictures will be smaller.

Flow plays reggae rock. They did an excellent cover of 311 – Creatures.

Frequency Cannon. Jangan tak rock. Long time no see these boys.

This was the first gig I brought my Minolta Dynax 7 to.

One of the three drummer brothers.

Ching and Kuachee the singer in a divine cosmic moment.


Have you seen my pick?

Couple. Rock and roll, rock and roll. The best of the classic Britpop sound.

“Chinese People” Chak of Superbar.

Superbar did a cover of Huey Lewis And The News – The Power Of Love. Old school! This was from the soundtrack of Back To The Future.

Guess which shots were from the Dynax 7, and which were from the Sony A100. Here’s a hint: The Peleng 8mm F3.5 circular fisheye becomes a diagonal fisheye on the Sony A100.

Plush. All-girl band.