Friday, July 31, 2009

Erap Estrada for President... Again?

If he ever runs this 2010, then the people who will vote for him doesn't love our country. If Estrada wins, my family will be leaving the Philippines for good.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Surprised!

Alexa turned to her stomach last night -- twice!!!

Alexa - Month 3

Last saturday, we brought Alexa to her pediatrician, Dr. Ma. Teresa Fortunato. This is for her monthly checkup and immunization shots (ouch!). During our 30-minute ride to the clinic, Alexa kept on laughing and smiling...

Alexa seemed to be tickled by the passing scenery and rain drops in the window (my UWA glass was really up to the task in capturing this moment in this very confined environment). Her almost endless smiling made the cab driver comment that angels are playing with her ;-)

Nowadays, she prefers to be carried as shown above. She's absorbing her environment now and her vision seemed longer in reach.

At the clinic, she was given Rotarix (oral) and Prevnar (injection). She now weighs almost 5 kilograms :-) However, due to injection, she was crying almost the whole trip back home. Crying was loudest when there's a traffic jam ;-)

When we got home, she promptly slept. That evening, we had a fun family portrait shoot...




Our shot together is here.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Is PBA rigged?

Years ago, I was an avid PBA (Philippine Basketball Association) fan (I rooted for TnT) but due to changing circumstances, I rarely watch PBA games now. Bad TV reception and lots of available TV shows online don't help either. But somehow I noticed this "trivial" information and dug up some facts:

2009 Motolite Fiesta Conference Game 7 - Champion: SMB
2009 KFC-PBA Philippine Cup Game 7 - Champion: TnT
2008 Smart PBA Fiesta Conference Game 7 - Champion: Gin Kings
2008 Smart PBA Philippine Cup Game 7 - Champion: Sta. Lucia
2007 Talk 'N Text PBA Fiesta Conference Game 7 - Champion: Alaska

PBA is already in its 34th season. In the past, each season has 3 conferences but was reduced to 2 starting 2004-05 season. "Conferences" are tournaments held during a season.

As shown in the list above, the last 5 Finals of each conferences reached a Game 7. For me, this is a very amazing coincidence. I believe nothing fishy is going on but.... wow!

Five straight Game 7s!?!?!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Cebu City: Scott Kelby's 2nd Annual Worldwide Photo Walk

Last saturday, I participated in the annual Scott Kelby's Worldwide Photo Walk. It was my 1st time to join a group street photography. I usually shoot alone due to conflicts in schedule. We started around 6.30am at Magellan's Cross and parted ways almost 4 hours later at Cebu Capitol.

Eventhough the weather's iffy, almost a hundred shooters showed up and that made it a fun social event. We walked & talked for more than 3 kilometers with "pit" and obligatory stops. I meet old friends and made new acquaintances ;-)

I brought one camera body, a tripod and 3 glasses (macro, UWA and prime). I used all glasses but my top 2 favorites come from the macro lens. Somehow, I lost my tripod's case. Too bad, my chocolates from Qatar got lost with it :-) I recovered "lost" calories by having a lonely but quick lunch at The Terraces. I then proceeded to buy some stuff for Des and Alexa and went to Banawa for a colleague's wedding.

Here are some of my shots:

Photo Walk: Cream


Photo Walk: Exit to Paradise


Photo Walk: Manong


More here. If schedule permits, I'll join again next year. I really had a great time!

This is it!



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Picatoo.com's uploading service is really unreliable. I always get corrupted communication so it's a hassle to keep on re-uploading. Fortunately, Digiprint's online facility is back so I ordered my prints there this morning. Uploading is done one time and it was very smooth. With Picatoo, uploading is limited to 8 or 9MB per batch. Imagine doing that to 200MB of images, ouch!

Anyway, I hope to receive the prints within 2 days.

Monday, July 13, 2009

DVI-HDMI Cable

I bought a DVI-HDMI cable off eBay today and I should be receiving it within 2~3 weeks. I'll try to use it for our new 2233SW LCD and rarely used PS3. I'm not really confident that this will work but I gotta try.

Wish me luck!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Samsung SyncMaster 2233SW

Our ancient workhorse CRT monitor is acting up so to avoid downtime we immediately bought a new Samsung SyncMaster 2233SW. Now, watching downloaded HD TV shows is much more enjoyable! And doing work in PS CS4 is much more fun & effective.

I'll be selling the CRT unit to the "junkyard" tomorrow.

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Picatoo 2

I receive the prints today and they are all generally good especially the poster-size ones. On some photos, the shadows are blocked though. Leadtime is less than 2 days.

Looking at some prints I had with Digiprint before, I think I'll go for Picatoo on family pictures and Digiprint for my portfolio.

Even using color profile from Digiprint, most of 5R (and below) prints are having funny skin tone.

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Picatoo

Digiprint's online facility is out of order for like forever so I looked for an alternative and someone pointed me to Picatoo. Usage is simple and payment's hassle-free but the uploading process is quite tedious due to 7MB-8MB limitation per upload - so if you have 200 pictures with an average size of 3MB each then "tedious" becomes an understatement.

Anyway, I paid my order last night and this blog entry serves as reference for their delivery leadtime. But I'm quite anxious to see quality of Picatoo's prints.

Sunday, July 05, 2009

Whickey & Cox


To those who made inquiries, thanks for your patience.

This is how the interior of Crumpler's Whickey & Cox looks when fully loaded to the brim. Removed because of lack of space are the laptop sleeve and accessory compartment (replaced by Tokina 11-16 and SB-600 above). When the laptop sleeve is attached, the bag can't be closed because of Sigma 70-200.

Normally, this is not the proper usage of the bag. This is for illustrative purposes only - during shoot, bring only the minimum essential. Don't punish your weak-ass back. But if you still prefer to bring the whole shebang, the straps and back support are heaven-sent!

By the way, a tripod can be attached to the holder exterior to the bag.

Obviously, this is not for casual shooting as the bag needs to be put down whenever you need something. Opening is secure as main zipper is at the user's back (good against thieves) but also means not good for quick shots.

Deep exterior pockets are practically useless due to poor design - e.g. drop a memory card inside and you'll have a hard time retrieving it because of very, very tight space. I really don't know what the pockets are for.

Available at Crumpler SM Cebu for about P10,000.

Day 70 - Eye Exercise

"He's called Dr. J because, on the court, he operated on people." - Nate "Tiny" Archibald on Julius "Dr. J" Erving