Thursday, 26 January 2017

Venus


This photo was shot during power outage at Southern zone of Sarawak. Venus was most visible that night. It looked as if it was the brightest star in the sky. Most people on earth are unable to gaze at a starry night sky due to light pollution. I was in Kuching when the city blacked out. I guess it was a privilege at the time for us to see countless stars up above the sky so high, but Milky Way was nowhere to be seen. It was not the season. 

Shot on 26 November 2016

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

BMW G310R


This is my first ever blog entry about a motorbike. Right, as you can see above, that is the bike I have fallen head over heels for at least a year, the BMW G310R. It is the entry-level bike or shall I call it the learner bike. 

It was love at first sight, perhaps due to the colour - Blue. The next thing I did after the debut in 2015 was scouring the internet trying to learn more about the BMW G310R. The styling of the bike is based on the S1000R streetbike. As mentioned on BMW Motorrad website, this baby bike features a 313cc liquid-cooled, single-cylinder motor producing 34 hp, 6-speed gearbox and can reach max speed of 160 km/h. It weighs 158.5kg and has claimed to be manageable for a new rider. The seat height is 785mm which allows the new riders to plant their feet confidently on the ground. The BMW G310R comes in three colours - Pearl White Metallic, Cosmic Black/Polar White and of course Strato Blue Metallic. It is expected to fall within the price range of RM20K to RM30K. 

Okay, I am not going into more details about the technical stuff about this BMW baby bike as it can be googled. The reason why I am so in love with this bike is not because of the brand but more of the look itself. I am not so crazy about the speed either. Although I have seen enough of new bikes online the entire year, I still come back to this one. It is hard to put it into words, I guess it just like a romanticised connection. No matter how many good-looking guys standing in front of you, you will just go back to the same person you are deeply in love with. There will be people trying to tell you that you could get a better bike with the same price, but I still cannot get over with the BMW G310R. 

I asked BMW Motorrad on Instagram about the launch date, it is anticipated either end of 2016 or early 2017. Some websites say by Spring 2017. Whatever the date is, I will keep waiting for the latest updates patiently. I know by now some of you are wondering if I want to be a lady biker or if I am going to get this bike. Well, I am not entirely sure myself (wink) but it is my dream bike at the moment. I have not been on a bike for a decade until recently when I took my brother's scooter for a spin in Kuching. Yes, I honestly love and miss riding. It just not the same as driving a car. Besides, I figure having a bike will make Milky Way chasing a lot more interesting in the future. I can just go anywhere to get a shot of the night sky and not having to bother about where to park. 


Photo Credit: BMW Motorrad

Monday, 17 October 2016

Milky Way


Took this picture on September and I bet this is going to be my last Milky Way photo for 2016. I'm glad I drove all the way to Arena Petanque just to capture this. I would say this is the best shot for this year too. I know I'm going to miss the Milky Way season, we'll be seeing it again perhaps by mid of 2017. We hardly ever have clear night sky this time due to cloudy weather throughout the second half of the year. Well, this hobby surely requires plenty of patience on my side. I have to admit, there are a lot of waiting and constantly checking on the sky whenever there is no rain. Sometimes it can be very frustrating especially when a full moon is illuminating the clear night sky while it could have been a great opportunity to take a shot of the Milky Way. So, it's good to remind ourselves just seize the moment whenever we're presented with it while struggling to fight the temptation of just laze around doing nothing at night. Trust me it's better than just staring down at the phone. Looking back at the experience, I feel it's really worthy of the sacrifice. At least in the future I have stories to tell the younger generation how this town is once an Astrophotography heaven for 'night owls'. I believe one day this quiet town will transform into a city and become affected by light pollution. Hence, while it's still visible to our naked eyes, why not choose to enjoy the wondrous sight from our own backyard and sipping a cup of warm Milo. It does help to take things off my mind and make me appreciate life even more. Everyone should give stargazing a try and feed your soul by engaging in meaningful pastime.