Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Change Starts With One Person

What an incredibly powerful message.
I couldn't have said it better myself. Watch till the end and you will know what I am talking about. Will you do something to change the world today? It takes just one person to cause a ripple that has the potential to reach far and wide. Would you be that one person?


A great beast of a camera!

This is the next prosumer non-DSLR camera to look out for. The soon to be released Nikon Coolpix P80. To me, this is what makes a great do-it-all camera - Exceptional zoom, manual controls, image stabiliser, super macro mode at 1cm and low noise at high ISO sensitivity. If Nikon can somehow bring some of the magic they did for the D3 and D300 with respect to noise into this little baby, this is going to be one heck of a camera. Oh, and did I mention that it has wide angle (27-486mm, that's 18x!), a large 2.7 inch monitor and video capture at 30fps? Throw in Nikon's proprietary Face-Priority AF, In-Camera Red-Eye Fix and D-Lighting, together with 52Mb of internal storage and you have one of the most comprehensive camera ever built. Seven years ago when I was first introduced into the world of digital photography, I dream of such a beast. It has finally come into being. Now, if only Canon could come up with a similar make but with an extra swivel screen. That would certainly be the icing on an already very sweet cake.


Friday, April 11, 2008

The Moment of Truth Revealed

You know how there are some moments in your life when you read or hear or watch something and then it all becomes clear to you? I've had the blessings of having a few of these so far in my life - the first when I came to really know this person called Jesus Christ. Today, while watching 2 videos, something clicked in me so strongly I almost thought I saw my future write itself out in front of me. Between these 2 videos, they sum up 2 things that I hold very closely to my heart - creativity and education (what I like to see as helping others get in touch with their own creativity and potential).

The first video by Sir Ken Robinson inspired and fuel my passion for creativity. The second, a presentation by Dave Eggers took it right out of my mouth. Some of you might have heard me speak before of this dream to open some form of tuition centre with an emphasis on personal attention before Dave Eggers with his 826 Valencia project, literally put out in reality what I have been pondering about in my mind all this while. It's not just his idea. It's how he did it that my heart so resonates with. Watching it made me speechless. I would have cried except that I was too full of excitement and joy and encouragement. For a while now, I thought maybe I was just some crazy guy trying to make a difference without even knowing if any of his ideas made any sense. Today, I know IT IS POSSIBLE. And I promise you, IT WILL HAPPEN. Check out "Once Upon A School" to learn more about what I am talking about.

Even now, as I write this, I just can't stop thinking about it. It's like one crucial piece of the jig-saw puzzle has been finally found. Incidentally, my thesis project due really soon has got very much to do with this idea, but on a larger scale. I don't know how else to explain this, but I finally see some light in the midst of these endless days of darkness! Thank you Huimei, for it was at your blog that I first watch Robinson's video which led me to search the rest of This is really significant for me. I can't wait to see where this brings me. What a revelation! What a great God we have! No matter how tough it might get, I'm going to do it anyway. Cheers!


Champions come in all sizes

Minichamps specializes in making miniature replicas of real cars. They are a company which I believe was started in Germany but now is also in the UK. I've always been amazed at the level of detail that goes into one of these miniatures. The level of precision just speaks volumes of the passion this people have for what they do. I like how this print ad for them is both a little cheeky yet endearing at the same time. You can never go wrong using little kitties can you? Think Shrek 2 etc. You can find more variations of this theme after the break but personally, I think the Jaguar one brings out the idea the best! Great stuff!


Thursday, April 10, 2008

Doing It Anyway

Life's too short to dwell on the what ifs and how longs and should Is and why mes. Do you have a dream? Run with it. You never know till you try. What if you don't succeed? Do it anyway. What if you are the only one who believes in it? Do it anyway. What if it matters to no one except yourself? Do it anyway. The reason is simple. There is someone who knows, who cares, who is rooting for you, who is running with you. His name is Jesus. Do it anyway. I'm feeling a little like the "what if I had"s and "why didn't I"s these few days. The lyrics of this song encouraged me and lifted my spirit in a very special way. May it speak to you too. Lyrics after the break.


You can spend your whole life buildin'
Somethin' from nothin'
One storm can come and blow it all away
Build it anyway

You can chase a dream
That seems so out of reach
And you know it might not ever come your way
Dream it anyway

God is great, but sometimes life ain't good
When I pray it doesn't always turn out like I think it should
But I do it anyway
I do it anyway

This world's gone crazy and it's hard to believe
That tomorrow will be better than today
Believe it anyway
You can love someone with all your heart
For all the right reasons
And in a moment they can choose to walk away
Love 'em anyway

(Repeat Chorus)

You can pour your soul out singin'
A song you believe in
That tomorrow they'll forget you ever sang
Sing it anyway
Yeah sing it anyway

I sing
I dream
I love anyway


Friday, April 04, 2008

Photo Essay: "It's not my fault the candle blew out..."

One of the joys I find in photography is being able to capture candid moments of life that we would otherwise miss or forget. Frozen in time, these snap shots capture the essence of a moment of joy, sadness, goofiness, determination, or simple mundaneness made extraordinary just by looking at it differently. Of course, it helps to have crazy friends.