May 27, 2010

i-City Revisited

Just re-visited this place with a friend. The last time was too crowded, so we decided to come on weekdays night. The traffic is a lot better.

Anyway, its a beautiful night with full moon.

May 26, 2010

New Gears in the House XVII

Although this is not 100% a camera gear, but I only use this solely for Photography purpose (backup & storage), so it should be counted as a part of my photography spending.

The capacity of this 3.5" external HDD is 1TB. This capacity is still quite a bit of "dream" and difficult to obtained by home users few years back when we are all still using HDDs lesser than 100GB. This shows that the advancement of technology.

(Internet Image)

In my opinion, RM308 isn't expensive for this capacity and it comes with 3 years warranty. Sweet.

Price: RM 308.00
Discount: -
Net: RM 308.00

Total spending to date: RM 7,894 .55

May 16, 2010

Langkawi Trip

This was my first trip to Langkawi. This island is famous for its duty-free status. After a long and gruesome work for months, it is finally a chance for me to relax myself.

We reached Langkawi at 8:30am, Sunday. Below are the places that we have visited.

Day 1

(Langkawi Cable Car)

(View from Langkawi Cable Car)

(Tanjung Rhu Sunset, note that the walking path to the opposite island is disappearing due to rising tide.)

(Tanjung Rhu Sunset)

(Tanjung Rhu Sunset)

(Tanjung Rhu Sunset)

Day 2

(Fish Feeding @ Pulau Payar)

(Dataran Helang - Eagle Square)

Day 3

All shots were taken with my 1000D + kit lens only as I am not able to carry too many things on board, not even my tripod.

The 3 days weather was not very good with occasionally light rain. Due to the grayish sky throughout the day, this set of pic was quite heavily post-processed to bring out the colours.

Sigh, after 1⅓ years of photography I still come out with crappy pictures...=(

May 15, 2010

New Gears in the House XVI

DCIM 2010 was a big disappointment. Last year's is better if you asked me. The booths are not interesting & the stage is too small.

Anyway, I went DCIM 2010 is to buy a tripod for my friend. I'm helping my friend's girlfriend to choose a decent tripod as his early birthday present.

On the midst of looking around the booths, I spotted this "might-be-neoprene-material" camera strap, MIC off course and it costs only RM15. So I will give it a try since it is not too expensive and I am looking for a more comfortable strap. I just hate the original Canon strap where it causes neck pain after long hour of using.

Test Result (27/05/10): Not really good if compared to straps like Op/Tech USA, the strap is slightly narrow. A wider one will feel better.

Price: RM 15.00
Discount: -
Net: RM 15.00

Total spending to date: RM 7,586 .55

May 09, 2010

New Gears in the House XV

I am so excited because I finally got my dream bag - Lowepro Vertex 200 AW! Although it cause a big hole on my wallet, but I feel it is worthy.

The bag was purchased from yannick - a trust worthy merchant of camera accessories & bags, well known for his good service (and price off course) & genuine goods.

(I only found of recently that the buckle has a built in whistle for emergency purpose. Nice one)

The bag is only available in this colour. The water resistant YKK zippers is my favourite part of the bag. It has a laptop compartment that can fit most 15.4" screen laptop. I have just tested the bag by filling up my full gears + tripod + 15.4" laptop, it weighs an astonishing 10kg (22lbs). This is certainly beyond most of the airline carry-on weight limit. However, I should feel quite comfortable walking around with 10kgs load with me due to the superb harness design (I have yet to prove this).

Nevertheless, this bag looks quite promising. This is the reason why I love Lowepro bags.

PS: I'm well prepared for my upcoming Pulau Langkawi, Sungai Lembing & Terengganu Trips!

- Very large compartments for camera, lenses & accessories
- Superb built quality, topnotch material used.
- Extraordinary adjustable harness. Very well disigned.
- Excellent weight distribution, compared to my Lowepro Flipside 300.

- Relatively heavy (3.32kg)
- Bad design on internal accessories pouch (translucent pockets). They are too small. Should be combined together and form a bigger compartment.
- No water bottle pocket
- Only one colour available (though not a problem for me)
- Expensive

In conclusion, this bag is a beauty, I'll rate:

9.8/10 for the Craftsmanship (material used)
9.0/10 for the Outlook (the design)
8.5/10 for the Performance (the capacity etc)
7.5/10 for the Value for money
Overall: 8.7/10

Price: RM 950.00
Discount: RM 200.00
Net: RM 750.00

Total spending to date: RM 7,571 .55

May 01, 2010

Shah Alam i-City

This was my first visit to this spectacular place. The LED lights here are awesome! However, I think I picked a wrong day to come here. It was Labour Day and it is crowded like nobody's business.

So I decided to focus more on my friends rather than the scene.

I will return to this place some day in the future, perhaps weekdays.
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