Monday, March 27, 2006

At least I gave it a shot. Now I know what to expect. And so the countdown down starts again. 1 year, 3 months and 15 days to go girl. It's not that bad really, but still its not what I would want to do if I had the choice. But the pay man, think about the pay! Haay Im talking to myself again. (If tiongks can see me now, I can already hear his "I told you so")

I just talked to my boss today, asking her to give me dev work. She said its not possible right now, but she'll consider me once there is an available slot. In the meantime, I'll read my canon 30d manual during office hours while waiting for the next payday.

Friday, March 24, 2006

Altered jeans and a camera with no lens

I never really cared much about my height, I've always considered it as average - I got no complaints. Except when I'm buying a pair of jeans, sometimes I wish I was a bit taller. It's seldom that I find a jeans that fits me lengthwise - either I have to fold the jeans or wear it as it is with the risk of stepping on it. I already had a few jeans altered to solve this but the pants never look the same - I want to preserve that cool "frayed look" on the hem. That is until Miko(he does it all the time) suggested that I ask the tailor to remove the original hem, alter the length and then stitch it back on. Coolness!


I brought 3 of my jeans to a tailor last week with these instructions - out of 3 they got 2 right. The tailor explained how she noted what must be done in chinese but her assistant has done the altering for the first pair and she didnt know how to read chinese etc etc - in short she refunded my 7 dollars back. The other 2 jeans look great though so I'm still one happy dude. :)

In other news, my camera finally arrived tonight! Yahoohoo! I had to borrow Beng's lens to take a few shots because all I have right now is a camera body. I'm already too sleepy to read the manual but so far I L-O-V-E my 30D :) The controls are very easy to navigate and I love how solid the magnesium-alloy body feels in my hands.

Some of the shots I tried using 30D:

Friday, March 17, 2006

Last 15 minutes

Friday na naman.

Eto ko sa harap ng computer - inip na inip at naghihintay na mag alas-7 para makauwi na. Isang linggo na kase akong walang ginagawa. Nalipat ako sa bagong project(di na kami magka team ni Miko), at ang sabi ng bago kong amo - magbasa daw ako. Mag-aral ng websphere. Haay nakakaantok kaya ang magbasa lang buong araw(5 araw na!). Etong masakit na ang tenga ko kakapakinig ng mp3. Ang mga binabasa kong printout - na shade-an ko na ng red ballpen ang lahat ng letrang O, P, B, q, A, atbp. Naka ilang "yosi" break na ko. Nabasa ko na ang inquirer(65% daw ng mga pinoy ay sang-ayon na magresign na si arroyo) at ang blog ng mga kaibigan ko. Pero di pa rin uwian. Ang bagal talaga ng oras pag wala kang ginagawa. Kaya naisip ko na lang tawagan ang mga kabarkadahan:

Si joey - ayun lungkot na lungkot pa rin. Di daw maubos ang trabaho nya(buti pa sya). Bday nya bukas pero di sya masaya e.

Si beng - nanggalaiti kanina. Bad trip sya dahil may pinadala syang sulat via speedpost pero di pa rin daw dumadating sa pinas.

Si neil - medyo busy sa work. At busy lalo dahil lilipat na sila ng mga housemates nya sa bagong condo.

Si miko - katabi ko lang pero di ko makausap. Buong araw na sya sa phone. Sabi nya babalik daw sya mamayang 1am dito sa office dahil may con call. Kawawang bata.

Si anet at si jepoy - di ko pa natawagan.

Oo nga pala nandito sa gapor ang Rivermaya para sa Mosaic Music Festival! May free concert sila mamaya sa Esplanade. Rock en Roll na! :)

Tignan mo nga naman 15 minutes na lang pala uwian na.

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Sana sweldo na

Isa na talaga kong material girl. Sawang-sawa na kase akong manghiram palagi kaya bumili na ko ng camera. Kanina :) Mabuhay ang credit card ni N!

Ang napili ko - Canon EOS 30D. Bagong model ito, kakalabas lang last february, isa syang upgraded version ng award winning Canon EOS 20D. Camera body lang ang binili ko, plano ko sanang bumili ng lens na all-in-one, yun bang pwedeng wide angle at telephoto para magaan at isa na lang ang dala ko pag nagtravel. (Ang tanong kelan ako makakapagtravel? Kailangan ko munang bayaran itong camera.)


Naubos na nga lang ang stock kaya after 2 weeks ko pa makukuha. Pero ang mga freebies ay bitbit ko na:

1. 2 x 1G CF Card
2. EOS bag
3. Sling bag
4. Lens Workbook
5. Photo Printer & pack of 4R papers
6. Fundamentals of SLR Photography Voucher
7. Water bottle

Panalo di ba? Pagkatapos ay sinamahan kong bumili ng computer table si N. Pero napabili na naman ako(ayaw magpaawat):

1. Nike running shoes (Iniwan ko ang rubber shoes ko sa shoerack sa labas ng bahay namin. Ayun nanakaw. Kahit saan talaga may magnanakaw)
2. 2 Nike sports bra
3. 1 Puma workout pants
4. 1 white rag para sa kwarto ko
5. 1 money plant
6. 1 book - A Game of Thrones by George RR Martin

Sa lahat ng nabili ko ngayon(wala pa kse yung camera), pinaka natuwa ako sa halaman ko :) Eto may supply na ko ng oxygen sa kwarto ko.

PS
Kinasal na nga pala si Sym at Bok kahapon. Mabuhay ang bagong kasal!

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Triangles and parallelograms

Gateway Towers, Singapore

I was astounded the first time I saw this building. The two towers were like giant sheets of steel sticking from the ground. How can offices fit in that space? Whoever conceptualized it was a genius! a magician!

Then I stumbled upon this while reading Lonely planet singapore:
"These sleek glass and steel twin towers, designed by IM Pei as identical parallelograms, appear two-dimensional no matter what angle you glance at them."

Hmmm... Interesting. IM Pei. IM Pei. Sounds familiar but I cant place from where. Thanks to google as al-ways, I finally remembered. The French President Mitterand commisioned him to renovate the Louvre, he's the chinese-american architect who designed the controversial glass pyramid which serves as the entrance to the largest museum in the world. Think Da Vinci Code fame. :)

Grand Louvre, Paris

Now that got me intrigued to read more of him. The architectural beauty Bank of China Tower in Hongkong was also his work. It was inspired by the growth patterns of bamboo symbolising livelihood and prosperity.

Bank of China Tower, Hongkong

And where to start hunting his others works than here in Singapore:
(I am one lucky girl to be able to see 3 of it already)

Raffles City is a large complex which contains the world's tallest hotel


OCBC Tower. The building is nicknamed by Singaporeans as the "calculator".

Now all I need is a camera and a weekend to get my own IM Pei shots.

Photos from:
All photos except Gateway - http://www.pcfandp.com/
Gateway - http://www.buildersfederal.com/cw/Gateway_Singapore.htm

These buildings are just a few of his works, you can see more of his creations here:
http://www.algonet.se/~pwh/pwpei90-94.htm
http://www.pcfandp.com/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I.M._Pei

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