Thursday, 18 December 2014

JOBY UltraFit Sling Strap


After researching online for the best sling strap for a couple of months, I eventually made up my mind to purchase the JOBY UltraFit Sling Strap. I should have done this long time ago since the Canon neck strap is very uncomfortable to use while taking photos. Having been to some events as a photography enthusiast and a blogger, the experience has taught me to minimise as much discomforts as possible while shooting. There's no way one can stay focus in getting a good shot if you are suffering neck pain. I get muscles sore a lot these days after coming back from events which take a few days to cover, especially around the neck, shoulders and arms. Those who own a DSLR camera, you'd surely know how much weight you need carry around due to the bulky size. What more can I say about the heavy load when I'm on an assignment, having a DSLR camera strapped to me all the time is already quite a burden and that doesn't include the additional weight of other gadgets I carry inside a backpack. 

The reason I choose a costly sling strap produced for JOBY is because of the SpeedCinch System which allows the strap to adjust in seconds with a simple pull as demonstrated in JOBY's Youtube video. The system helps us to capture moments in the nick of time. It also prevents your DSLR camera from bumping and swinging around using the strap lock. Besides, it's advisable to buy a good quality sling strap rather than a cheap one. Don't put your DSLR camera at risk just to save a few bucks by getting a cheap strap that doesn't guarantee your expensive equipment won't subject to heavy drop. It might cost you a lot more to repair the camera later. 

I found it easy to install the strap to my Canon DSLR camera. I have a feeling I'll be using this strap for a long time. It surely meets my needs especially during an event or while travelling. To read more about the highly recommended JOBY UltraFit Sling Strap, kindly visit its website at http://joby.com/camera-straps/ultrafit-sling-strap-for-men#features_specs . It comes in two sizes, for men and women. I also include the video down below. The item can be purchased at http://www.lazada.com.my/joby-ultrafit-sling-strap-for-men-512336.html or http://www.lazada.com.my/joby-ultrafit-sling-strap-for-women-512338.html . 






Friday, 12 December 2014

Trenos Coffee


Garner, Aliey, Khairool and I recently went to Trenos Coffee to try out the food and drink at the new eatery in Kuching. I discovered this place on Instagram. Trenos Coffee situated next to 3rd Mile McDonald's, it was easy to find the place. We decided to gather here to celebrate Aliey's belated birthday. The night we were there it was a full house, most of the customers were either family or group of friends. The food was so good, especially the Trenos Signature Homemade Burger. The homemade burger was juicy, tender and seasoned to perfection. The portion was huge that we had to request the staff to cut it into half so that we could share. I did not order any coffee as I did not want to stay up all night, so I opted for Hot Chocolate. I also ordered for Grilled Pesto Chicken which was delicious too. 

I would recommend this place to anyone, they definitely served great food and drinks at Trenos Coffee. One thing we all agreed was the staffs were really friendly and attentive, that one magical thing which not every eatery has. You guys may want to check out and follow them on their Instagram too: http://instagram.com/trenoscoffee/ 


Trenos Signature Homemade Burger


Grilled Pesto Chicken

Hot Chocolate

We made new friends with these two standing guys.

G. A. O. K.

Business Hours: 9am - 12am 
Location:
Ground Floor, Lot 2718, 
Block 10, Jalan Tun Ahmad Zaidi Adruce, 
93150, Kuching, Sarawak. 
Tel. No.: +6082252517

Saturday, 29 November 2014

A Tale Of A Christmas Sock


Where should I begin? This post is something to do with faith. I'm not trying to portray myself as a pious person neither do I want to deny I truly believe in Jesus Christ. I just want to share a miracle I experienced back in late 2013. I wanted to write this down to remind myself what I'm thankful for in year 2014.

I'm born into a Christian family but I don't really get to know God that much until the last decade of my life. Well, I've lived for three decades. The churches I attended during tertiary study and my university friends played a big role throughout my spiritual walk in discovering God.

I'm just a human and I tend to get worried a lot sometimes. People kept telling me to stop worrying because it showed we were lacked of faith in what God could do in our lives. So, before my first posting to a rural school, I prayed to God that if I had given my best during my first five years service He would help with transferring me back to my own hometown. Thinking about it right now, I don't even know why I make such a deal back then. I'm not even worthy of it. Let me be honest, I'd tried to apply for transfer prematurely (before the fifth year of my service). Yes, you can call it a cheat but there were too many things which weighed me down to the extent I felt like giving up on a lot of stuff. As time gone by, people changed, things changed and I changed too. Perhaps finding a greener pasture could be the solution to all my worries.

I applied for a transfer in September 2013 but when I found out it got rejected in November I didn't feel as bad as the first time. I told myself this time I just had to write an appeal letter to our HQ in Putrajaya. It was my first time to appeal and the result would only be known by early January 2014. As everybody went off for the year-end holiday, I stayed back because I was invigilating SPM examination. Normally I would be very impatient to leave, like ASAP once the school holiday began or right after the invigilation ended. I would drive like a mad woman, blasting my favourite music in the car and singing my heart out the entire journey down the country road back to my hometown. 

It wasn't the same during December 2013. I stayed a few more days at 'Bumpkins Town' after the invigilation (it sounded rad to me hence the nickname). I took my own sweet time to clean and tidy up my rented house. The funny thing was I already beginning to pack some stuff to be brought back to my parents' home. The feelings were so different from previous years. I felt as if this would be my last time living here alone. The sense of peacefulness, calmness and assurance suddenly came into my heart, persuading me to enjoy every bit of the last moment living far away from my family. Then, I decided to hang a Christmas sock in the living room before I left the cozy 'bachelorette's pad' for my 2013 Christmas holiday. The sock symbolised my hope for everything, especially my transfer. I said to God in my heart I hoped to come back seeing this sock filled with a precious gift from You! 

Just a week after going back to school, I went online to check on the appeal result. To my not-so-surprise I finally got my transfer! The One up in heaven for sure kept His words. God heard my prayers all these years and He was being faithful all the way. I could finally go back to my family after working for five years in Bumpkins Town. That was the time I realised simple prayers and faith were both so powerful. Like a pastor once said, no 'cable' or 'connection' was needed because we already have an Advocate in heaven to help us did the incredible things in our lives. 

Somehow this experience taught me God is faithful all the time despite us human having so much flaws. If we were to celebrate Thanksgiving in this country, this chapter in my life would be the one I'm truly grateful for in year 2014. Being transferred from a vocational school to an academic school was 99.9% an impossible thing to happen especially if you're single, unmarried and not well-connected to some big shots in education ministry. That was what those skeptical people once told me, but guess what, I'd proven that nothing is impossible with God. 

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Black & White Photo Challenge

Day 4 Photo, taken with a DSLR camera.

I used to be nominated for the Ice Bucket Challenge and just a moment ago I completed the B&W Photo Challenge. The rule is pretty simple. First, you need to be nominated. I was nominated by my aunt Jezzy Dior. Every day I had to take one photo and nominate a friend or two to take up the challenge. No forcing though. The theme for the photo challenge is Black and White. I took four photos using my obsolete iPhone 4S and one with the DSLR camera. I edited all photos using VSCOcam (photography app). I also nominated ten friends to take up the challenge although not all of them would accept it. But that was fine as we did it just for fun. For your information there was no reward offered at the end of the challenge, just mere satisfaction. Photography enthusiasts would surely love this although it does require a little commitment. Nevertheless, I did enjoy the journey and looking forward to another photo challenge with a different theme. Those I nominated within five days were Garner, Aliey, Sentia, Lindy, Ambrose, Mariana, Khairool, Alyssa, Cyril and Ibrahim. 

Day 1 Photo

Day 2 Photo

Day 3 Photo

Day 5 Photo

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Sarawak Bloggers Society Donates Blood



On the 16th of September 2014, Aliey and I went to ASTRO Blood Donation Drive #kitasama at Merdeka Plaza. It was held in conjunction with Malaysia's 57th Merdeka Day to reinforce the message of 'Unity Runs in Our Blood'. Aliey managed to donate her blood but I could not. I had never taken the time to observe the whole process of donating blood, therefore this was my opportunity to do so. During the blood donation we were entertained by a busking duo (father and daughter). Shantel Sonia Ganth, 8, could sing so well in different languages such as Mandarin, Malay, English and Iban. According to friends and family, Shantel and her dad were always seen busking at Kuching Waterfront and other events. She also has her own Youtube channel and you might want to check it out here. Just for your information, all the photos and video for this event were entirely shot with my iPhone 4S. Thanks ASTRO Sarawak for inviting Sarawak Bloggers Society to this meaningful event! 






Saturday, 11 October 2014

Siniawan


Siniawan is an old town which lately has become an attraction among the locals, especially Kuchingites. It is only a 30-minutes drive from Kuching city. The old town has rich history and is made a heritage site. The night market is opened to public during weekends and serving all sorts of Chinese food along the street. The price of food is quite reasonable. We paid RM5 for a bowl of Kolok Mee, but it felt like I just ate three bowls. During our trip to Siniawan, the whole place was so packed that we almost could not find ourselves unoccupied table and chairs. I guess it is best going early in the evening. Besides, you may bring take-away food or 'tapau' from other stalls to eat at any shop. Apart from that, this place could easily excite photography enthusiasts. Photos and a video in this blog post were entirely shot with iPhone 4S. 

To read more about Siniawan, click HERE

 

 








Sunday, 5 October 2014

Speak Eazy The Alternative Bar Visited by GAOK


Photo credit to Garner

With all the hype about a new bar in town, I decided to check it out with the GAOK gang from Sarawak Bloggers Society. Nope, I was not there to cause any trouble but to hang out with my fellow blogger friends. They were Garner, Aliey and Khairool. Hence, the acronym GAOK was formed! "Gaok" in Sarawak Malay language literally means bad, sometimes used in a joking manner. Well, fret not, we are bunch of good people with the intention of putting Speak Eazy The Alternative Bar under the spotlight. 

We chose 13th of September for our night out, after Aliey and I covered an event nearby - Afgan L1VETOLOVE Showcase. It was drizzling outside when we arrived at the bar that evening and apparently we were among the earliest guests to check in, but it never dampened our spirits to have a great time. The bar offered all sorts of drinks and food on its menu. According to one of the owners, Mac, they would love to be known for their food. We had a lot to choose from which were mainly pizzas, sandwiches and snacks. Apart from that, you can ask for their special Tuak (rice wine) for tasting. Just for your information, Mac is a band member of Ethnic Transmissions.

While chit-chatting with my blogger friends, we ordered some food. We had the Buffalo Chicken pizza, Chachos Pie and Chicken Sausage pizza. My personal favourite on our first visit was definitely the Chachos Pie, I swear I can eat the whole thing on my own! I did not go for any alcoholic drink as I was still on an assignment, covering the same event the next day. 

What really appealed to me about Speak Eazy was the non-smoking policy inside the bar. For those who wish to have your puff, you can always opt for seats outside the bar. Besides, Speak Eazy played band music, not the usual loud electronic or hip hop music you heard in other pubs and bars. It was nice chilling out at this place as we did not have to shout while having our conversation. For working adults, they would prefer bar that makes less noise but cozy enough for them to catch up on the latest buzz. If you find the talk is getting awkward or too serious, there is a quick fix to that - playing board games. You can choose to play Monopoly, Scrabble and so on. By offering alternative to what people could normally do as a group such as board games, it somehow helped to differentiate Speak Eazy from other typical bars in town. 

The GAOK gang chatted the night away with topics ranging from personal life to blogging experience. It was not something we could do every time we met as most of the time we were on assignment at an event. We were so focused that we barely had the opportunity to get to know each other better, other times our conversation mostly took place in social medias. Thus, Speak Eazy was the right choice for our little gathering that night. 

Speak Eazy sometimes plays a role as visitors' information centre to tourists in Kuching. As you can see on their Facebook page photos or TripAdvisor reviews, the bar does get a lot of visitors from foreign countries. Situated at Carpenter Street which is surrounded by many affordable lodging and hip night spots, Speak Eazy clearly has the edge to disseminate useful information about the city. Overall, I would rate Speak Eazy as excellent due to the fact that it offers delicious food, cozy environment to hang out with friends, no smoking in the bar, very friendly staff, safe and strategic. I highly recommend this bar to those who prefer a calm atmosphere to chill out with friends and family.

Garner also did his own review on Speak Eazy, you may want to read about it here:
http://preciousmadphoto.wordpress.com/2014/09/15/having-a-crush-on-speak-eazy-alternative-bar/

For more information on Speak Eazy The Alternative Bar, do visit their Facebook page: 





Photo credit to Garner