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CSSUPM organized a trip to the Ruman Keluarga Kami orphanage home in Kajang a few days ago. They organized a Christmas party for the kids which was filled with sing-alongs, games, food and entertainment for the kids. Its good to remember that Christmas is a time of giving and to those orphans, giving the gift of love would certainly mean so much to them. Most of us are fortunate enough to have a family to spend Christmas with but we often forget about the less fortunate people out there especially people who would be grateful wholeheartedly to have someone to remember them by especially during the festive seasons. The kids there are very polite and lovely. Its hard to imagine what they have gone through before this.

I wasn’t really in the festive mood throughout December but I’m glad to have finally contributed something even though the Christmas season has already past. Perhaps it wasn’t really a bad Christmas 2010 after all.

Merry Belated Christmas everyone.



First off, Happy New Year to all. I haven’t been updating for a long long while partially because I was very caught up with my work and dedications.

It’s the time of the year when I look back at 2010 and noted out some of the things which clearly  made my year (either great or miserable).

1. Someone broke into by car and stole the car battery

I still have no idea how someone could open up a locked car hood and took out the battery.


2. Became an avid photographer covering certain events and functions (such as), and getting some good shots off people as well.

1. CSSUPM Annual Dinner 2010.

Had a great time with great retro dressing models.

2. Now I See Spiritual Revival Concert 2010.

I wasn’t an official photographer for the event but since anyone can basically just go up front to take photos, I just went ahead. Anyway. Shot for 2 concerts, first one was in New Era College Kajang, and the second at a University in Sunway.

3. Staged photoshoots.

Managed to ask Joanne & Leo, Fang Wen and Shirley & Ezone to model for me. I still feel that the photos are lacking a lot though. Need more practice.

4. Desmine and Melissa’s Wedding

My first ever Wedding photoshoot. And I didn’t do quite well. Hmmm. But they are a loving couple. Apparently starting a family soon ^^.

5. UPM Dogathon 2010

Once again, not an official photographer. But I reckon I got some great shots that day.

6. CSSUPM Annual Camp 2010

Camp 248

I realized I didn’t blog about this since I was on a break. Regardless I had a fun, great and emotional time at Port Dickson.

7. Chinese Opera Charity Concert

Actresses and Daniel

This was a charity event so I wasn’t paid for it (nor I was for most of the events). But still enjoy taking photos of the actors and mostly actresses on stage. Also didn’t blog about this but most of the photos can be found on my Facebook.

8. Alex and KaeChing’s Wedding.

Kae Ching and Alex

Was a guest but that didn’t keep Esme (my camera) away. They finally tie the knot after… 7-8 years?? And they will surely have many more years to look forward to.

9. CSSUPM Freshies Day.

Dance 1

Welcoming the lovely juniors to the family away from home.

10. English Language Dinner

Group 24

Was called to shoot this event. More photos on Facebook. Though I think I was paid for this. Since the dinner was free for me ^^.

11. Some random shots of people around me

Chapel Milo Party 13

Nova might kill me for this. But its a lovely very descriptive shot.

12. Macro photography.Bee 1Bee

Loving the Tamron 90mm lens I have right now.

3. Met Karen Kong during Alex and KaeChing’s wedding.

I’m a fan for hers though not so recently. But I do like some of her songs. Did managed to get a couple of photos of her.

Karen Kong on stage 3

4. Won a few tickets online for miscellaneous events.

Ticket 1

Tickets to Moto GP UK from Air Asia, which I didn’t go because it was in the UK. And they gave me the tickets 1 week before the event.


Ticket 7

NTV7 Star Live Concert 2010 tickets from which I gave to Sally.


I did won tickets to Alice in Wonderland special screening though… I misplace the photo but I gave the tickets to TJF and Wei Keat. That particular screening was pretty harsh on my wallet though cause even though I got the tickets for free… I was fined for speeding on my way back from the cinema TT.

5. Got my photo published in a magazine.

I remember I intended to get a photo out in a magazine during my 2010 resolutions which I made in 2009. And in November 2010, I got my first photo out in the Digital SLR Magazine Malaysia October 2010 issue. I submitted the photo in September and I was very disappointed when it didn’t come out in the September issue but was really shocked when I saw it in the October issue. Won a memory card as well. Hurray for me.

6. Took care of a CAT for a whole month.

Smokey 5

Smokey isn’t mine. She’s Sandy’s cat but Sandy is having her break so I offer to take care of her. And she is one timid cat. Enjoy my time scaring her all over the place. She’s going back to Sandy soon though. I might miss her. But she’s better off with Sandy since I found out that I can be quite a bully Smile with tongue out

7. Lost some weight.

I have no proof of this yet though since I haven’t weight myself for sometime. But since most of my jeans are a lot looser than they was, I guess I should have lost a few kgs. But definitely didn’t reach my target of 65kg. Perhaps somewhere within 70kg to 75kg. I’ll keep trying the coming year.

8. Cried my eyes out during the CSSUPM Annual Camp.

Camp 186 (captioned)

I did mention that it was emotional but you would never guess how emotional it was for me. Perhaps only the few who sat beside me knew what had happened. But it got me to change some parts of me though I guess. Some parts of the evil me still remain but I’ll slowly take care of that.

9. Travelled all over Malaysia.

I went to Malacca, Johor, Penang, Kedah, Pangkor, Perak and also went back Labuan for a few weeks. Didn’t managed to go outside Malaysia though like in 2009 when I went Taiwan. But AirAsia is already flying to South Korea and also New Zealand next year. These destinations are really tempting me. Maybe I will really fly to this places in 2011.


Went to AIMST university in Kedah when my sister enrolled there.


Monkey 9

Got attacked by monkeys and leeches during my trip to Pangkor. It was funny though.



Went to Malacca with CharYong to meet up with FangWen for her photoshoot.


10. And finally… Made a decision to get my doctorate by 2013.

I have to graduate by then. Seriously I have to!!! Working hard on it now. Progress this year had been better than the past years but its still a long way to go and I still can’t see the end of the road. But I’ll keep walking… And I have to go on a faster pace as well. Lets do it!!!


I hope your 2010 was as eventful as mine ^^

The month of the doggies has arrived once more (In addition to Merdeka), and the vet students  of UPM have once again carried out their annual Dogathon in great Egyptian mythical style.

In case you didn’t know, they had various themes throughout the few years it has been held, starting off with Aerospace in 2008, followed by Carnivale Canine in 2009 and Ancient Egypt this year.

Their sub-caption for the Egyptian theme was ‘Celebration of the Timeless Guardians’. I found this quite meaningful since dogs have been ‘Man’s best friend’ ever since anyone could remember. Do a quick search on Wiki and you will find a few articles on notable ‘Man’s best friend’ throughout the ages. There’s Bobbie, the Wonder Dog who travelled 2800 miles to return to his owners, Greyfriars Bobby who guarded the grave of his owner who passed on for 14 years until he died, and Hachiko who waited at the train station his owner normally got off (at the precise moment the train was due at the station) for 9 years not knowing that his owner had passed away. Another notable story was George Graham Vest’s ‘Eulogy on the Dog’.

Sadly only part of the transcript survived

Gentlemen of the jury: The best friend a man has in this world may turn against him and become his enemy. His son or daughter that he has reared with loving care may prove ungrateful. Those who are nearest and dearest to us, those whom we trust with our happiness and our good name, may become traitors to their faith. The money that a man has, he may lose. It flies away from him, perhaps when he needs it the most. A man’s reputation may be sacrificed in a moment of ill-considered action. The people who are prone to fall on their knees to do us honor when success is with us may be the first to throw the stone of malice when failure settles its cloud upon our heads. The one absolutely unselfish friend that a man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him and the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous is his dog.

Gentlemen of the jury: A man’s dog stands by him in prosperity and in poverty, in health and in sickness. He will sleep on the cold ground, where the wintry winds blow and the snow drives fiercely, if only he may be near his master’s side. He will kiss the hand that has no food to offer, he will lick the wounds and sores that come in encounters with the roughness of the world. He guards the sleep of his pauper master as if he were a prince. When all other friends desert, he remains. When riches take wings and reputation falls to pieces, he is as constant in his love as the sun in its journey through the heavens.

If fortune drives the master forth an outcast in the world, friendless and homeless, the faithful dog asks no higher privilege than that of accompanying him to guard against danger, to fight against his enemies, and when the last scene of all comes, and death takes the master in its embrace and his body is laid away in the cold ground, no matter if all other friends pursue their way, there by his graveside will the noble dog be found, his head between his paws, his eyes sad but open in alert watchfulness, faithful and true even to death. (Source)

It’s really a beautiful eulogy which describes our timeless guardians.

The annual event managed to make it into the Malaysian Book of Records for the largest gathering of dogs (around 1100 dogs) but I think that pales compare to it being a celebrative tribute to our timeless friends worldwide.

That said, here are some photos of the dogs (I brushed up on my knowledge on dogs’ breeds but do correct me if I get the names wrong)

Baby poodle~Baby poodle in a cute red outfit~


Husky 4



Pomeranian 2 ~A Pomeranian~


Rottweiler ~A Rottweiler~


Schnauzer 4 (Center compo)

~A Schnauzer~


Shih Tzu 10 ~A Shih Tzu (one of the many you will see at the event)~


Shih Tzu puppy 2~The cutest Shih Tzu puppy I’ve ever seen ~


Beagle winner

~This beagle is a winner~


Bernese Mountain Hound

~A huge Bernese mountain dog~


Disciplined Border Collie

~Border Collie, if there’s a dog I would want to take as a pet, it’ll be a border collie~



~A border collie participating in one of the events~


Chihuahua out of the box

~This little Chihuahua seemed a bit intimidated by the other larger dogs~


Chow Chow 2

~A lion-like Chow Chow~



~Shih-Tzu with a make-over~



~ A Dashund staring curiously at its owner~



~This little one managed to fetch the Frisbee~


German Shepherd 3

~A tired looking German Shepherd~



~A beautiful Golden Retriever (just look at the fur, tempted to touch)


Hound 7  ~Wishfully looking at something, possibly food?~



~There’s this jogging event where dogs and owners can take part in. But this doggie just look worn out after the jog~


Husky and a kid's hand

~A beginning of a beautiful friendship~


Husky with contact lens

~Husky with heterochromia, different coloured eyes~



~A maltese~


Poodle in a stroller~Three poodles in a stroller (one is hidden)~


Schnauzer flirting with a poodle~There is some flirting going on between the dogs as well, especially this horse-looking-like Schnauzer. The poodle seemed uninterested though~


Spainiel~Beautiful Spaniel woof-ing~


St Bernard

~St Bernard (reminds me of Marley & Me)


I was walking around the event area when I noticed this man sitting down by the pond. His golden retriever was not on a leash and was standing right beside him. After a while it sat down next to its owner, patiently waiting for him. The bond between the man and the dog was just amazing, and it simply shows how a dog really is ‘Man’s best friend’.

 Dog is man's best friend 2

~The bond between man and dog are just beautiful at times~


But this also applies the woman…

Dog is the lady's best friend 2~This little one shows us that they can also be ‘Women’s best friend’~ 


After the event, I’m really considering getting a dog as a pet in the not-so distant future.

And I’m really in love with the Border Collie!!!


Border Collie 4~WOOF WOOF!!!~

I’ve started using Photoshop Elements 7.0 a few months back and I found that it really helps towards improving a poorly taken photo.

I have no sense of creativity especially when I’m out in the field taking photographs. And I felt most of my photos lack something in the end. So proper post-processing is essential for me to make the photo ‘right’.

Sometimes I get a poorly composed photo, badly lit and have a bad colour cast but all this can be fixed in post-processing. I take photos in RAW mode so that it gives me a wider choice of selection when doing the editing.

I’ll give you an example.

During the recent Dogathon at UPM (I have more photos pending for a new blogpost so do look out for it), I’ve taken quite a number of photos. One of the photo look like this unedited.

Shih Tzu

There are pros and cons to this photo.

I love the sharpness of the photo. I love the eye contact the dog gave. It was taken at 200mm so hoping for eye contact at that range is not easy and I got it here. I love the bokeh (blurring out of the background) as well.

The bad parts will be the legs. The big legs which covered the Shih Tzu’s butt is hurting the photo horribly. Not to mention there’s another 2 pairs of legs in the background. There is also a bit too much green grass area which are not needed. This shot was taken sometimes at 8am on a cloudy morning with my colour balance set to AUTO, making it have a bluish cast towards it. The photo definitely can be improved with some editing and cropping.

I bump up the warmth of the photo. And did some cropping to it and got this in the end.

Shih TzuIt’s quite amazing how photo editing can improve your photo nowadays. And so I would recommend to all photo enthusiasts to spend some time to learn how to edit your photos and do some editing. You’ll be amazed.