Tuesday, 26 September 2017

I Quit Blogging

I have been thinking about retiring from blogging for a very long time. I guess this is the right time to do so. Yes, I do want to quit blogging though not entirely. What I mean is I wish to stop covering for events for some reasons. 

The major issue is I just don't have the time. These few years we're seeing lots of language teachers busy attending courses. These days you don't just sit and listen passively when you're attending one, you're expected to bring tonnes of workloads back to school. In fact, some programmes are meant to be long-term and they take time to carry out too. We already have a lot of things to mind at school, and yet we still have to do these extra work. We have to sacrifice our weekends, leisure time, holidays and sleeps just to get things done. This eventually led me to think hard about my priority. 

Since blogging is just a pastime, so people are always assuming I could promote something without having to pay for the service. Of course it's not all about money when it comes to blogging. A lot of our bloggers are people with day jobs or university students. If they are willing to take time out of their busy schedules to promote your event, then you should at least show some appreciation when they put up informative contents on the internet to increase your popularity. Blog entries are similar to advertisements and we all know they usually involve cost. 

So far the events I attended under Sarawak Bloggers Society had rewarded me with some goodie bags, only a few invitations got me walking away feeling disgruntled. We don't just write, blogging involves ideas, transportation, equipments, editing, electricity and so on. Although it's just a hobby, but it takes lots of efforts and time to produce an interesting blog post.

From now on my blog will be personal and about photography. If you need coverage for your event or to promote your products, please visit Sarawak Bloggers' official website for more information at https://sarawakbloggers.com/ . 

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Milky Way

I get asked a lot about Astrophotography lately from my followers on Instagram, especially on capturing and editing the Milky Way. It's kind of difficult to explain through direct messaging and honestly I would prefer to invite them going for an 'Instagram Mission' at night. It's easier to explain and guide them in real life situation. However, that's not really possible because we all live at different places. Besides, I can't fix an exact date to meet as it depends on the weather, sky and location to tell when it's possible to shoot the Milky Way. I personally feel glad that people on my Instagram are showing interest in Astrophotography. I'm always willing to share my experience and knowledge with them. At times I just wish we have our own local Astrophotography community like the one in Sabah, I bet it will be more exciting to venture into the night. So, for those who are curious about how to shoot night photography, you might want to check out this YouTube video for more tips https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODTuekcrtlQ 

Saturday, 20 May 2017

2017 First Milky Way Photo

It took me half a year to wait for my favourite season to arrive. No, it's not summer but Milky Way season. How do I know when is the time? Well, I learned best through experience, observation and reading. When I first took on Astrophotography, I asked the experts on Instagram for guidance. You can see the Milky Way during the second half of the year. I'm not sure about other regions, but for us in Sri Aman it is usually visible from May till November. Another indication is when you begin to see lots of Instagram posts on Milky Way. 

Can't believe that the first shot for 2017 is already mesmerising. For almost three years, I think this time is the easiest to observe it. It didn't take me too long to spot the Milky Way right away last night. Normally I have to stand in complete darkness for a few minutes before I can see it as our eyes need to get adjusted to the surrounding, much like how a camera works. Similar to capturing a long exposure shot in the dark. 

Since my mother is on Facebook, of course she would know what I'm passionate about. One night she recommended to shoot from the backyard of my parents' home as there was almost no pollution coming from the street light. I took her advice and it worked to get a better photo. At 1 a.m. on the 20th of May, I went stargazing on a quiet night and managed to take a few good shots. The result was the photo above. I decided not to stay outside for too long as there were many mosquitoes and I needed to edit the photo. 

I pray that this year I'll be given more opportunities and going somewhere else to capture the Milky Way. I just need to be patient to see something spectacular. I guess that somehow teaches me one thing, good things happen to those who wait. Nevertheless I also believe in good things come to those who hustle and never give up. Only a third of the world population have the privilege of seeing the starry night sky. So, go Milky Way chasing while we are still able. It helps to calm and heal your soul. It's even more meaningful if you can go stargazing with someone.