Sunday, June 29, 2008

Aircraft Spotting @ WBKK 2

Before I go to KL, I decided to do a spotting trip at the end of runway 20 at WBKK where the sound of aircraft passing through your head will make you ecstatic, the sight of aircrafts flying low will make your jaw drop. Oh, and the scorching hot sun, totally burning your epidermis (skin).

Spot this MH B737-400 as a starter

Then a few AK airbus A320

Behind where I was standing is a horse farm where there were lots of horse shits

There wasn't much traffic that day, so I shot my own shadow

This MASwings fokker F50 was the only traffic in a long time

Then I use my phone to check out the flight schedule using GPRS at flightstats

The schedule at flightstats really helped a lot for me to expect what aircraft will take off or landing

This A330 was flying lower and louder than the rest.. Totally ecstatic

The fencing and lighting at the end of the runway, and an aircraft taking off

The sky at Kota Kinabalu, always blue.. except the day when it's raining cats and dogs lah..

Taking off while the evening light showered upon the aircraft

And on another note, this is how horse do their No.1 business

I've always wanted to shoot the new Kota Kinabalu International Airport Terminal 1, however it is currently still under construction, but I managed to get a few half-decent photos. Anyway, here are the photos...

Taken from across the road

The in-complete terminal

The old(current) terminal. Left or right, choose your path.

This stone (or whatever they called it) has been historic, each time you landed in KK, you'll be greet by this stone. Judging by the bulldozer in front of it, I think they'll demolish it

On another note, the oil station was full of vehicles queuing to pump their cars as there were rumour spreading around saying the oil station will be closed for 5 days, which is bull shit

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Make money from the new subsidy scheme

Everybody knows the petrol is RM 2.70 now, and the oh-i'm-so-smart people at putrajaya thought that, "why don't we give the rakyat rm 625 annually so they will shut their mouth for a moment ?", so that's when the malaysian people wake up early in the morning to q-up at the POS office to claim rm 625.

Basically a 20-30 years old car will worth around RM 1000 plus the most. So, the idea is if I go out tomorrow and buy another 10 cars (each maybe about 500 to 800 ringgit) being sold off by desperate owners because nobody wants them. The cars are ready-for-the-scrapyard kind but just barely good enough for a Puspakom inspection and a transfer of ownership effected to me.

Then I just find a place to store all of these cars (or I could even scrap them and have cash in hand from the besi buruk man) and then armed with only the registration cards of each car, I proceed to take a 3rd party insurance (about 60 ringgit without any NCB per car) and pop in to my friendly POS Malaysia or JPJ office and spend about 70 ringgit to 100 ringgit for each car for a one year road tax disc.

I spend about roughly 150 ringgit for this procedure and now I hold my breath as the man or lady behind the counter proceed to issue a RM625 ringgit postal order in my name for every card presented at the counter...

My yearly cost is RM 150 and I get RM 625 in return. A whopping RM 475 profit that is equivalent to a RM 4750 in fixed deposit for a year. I rest my case...

Seriously, this thing might work IF it is an annual thing, but considering we are living in Bolehland where any decisions can be turned in practically a second by those
oh-i'm-so-smart people at putrajaya. So, if tomorrow you really go ahead and then next week the gamen said no more subsidy, I guess all I can say is good luck, meatbag ! Hahaha..

Original idea was from TV Smith

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Shooting portraits Strobist's style

When talking about photography, the price of the equipments are quite turn-off, especially with all the price hike and stuffs. Anyway, since I was hooked up with photography, I have been reading strobist to get tips for some off camera lighting, in simple english means using flash off the camera. However, I managed to think of something that is really brilliant (in my opinion lah), which is using cameraphone's flash to light up the subject, which is me.

It was shot at pitch black room, the only light source was the cameraphone's flashlight

The I-am-at-the-concert lighting

Lighting from the camera right, the slight yellow light was from the light pole outside the window

The I-am-a-bad-guy lighting

After trying all sort of angle and lighting style, I decided to dig up the freezer to look for some interesting subject.

Light was from behind the subject with a mirror reflecting the light from camera upper right

White chocolate

Light was from behind the subject with a mirror reflecting the light from camera left, I absolutely love this shot

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Aramaitii at KDCA part 2

Continue from the part 1..

The costumes from the Ranau tribe

A blonde kadazan barbie

Even long house has electricity. Always blackout though..

Can you spot the pouting ? Haha..

Jump ! Before you leg being clamped

Jump baby jump !

Sausage dog with costume

me climbing yet another staircase

The house of Tuaran tribe

The house of Tambunan tribe

The house of Keningau tribe

A drunk old man

The root of all evil

Aramaitii !

Bus fare to KDCA : RM 6
A bottle of water to quench thirst : RM 2
Captured the moment : priceless

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

The road not taken..

I received an e-mail yesterday, it was something that I was wishing all the time. But this time, I don't know why, but I wasn't excited at all. The X-factor just wasn't there, I guess it's a sign that this time it's not meant for me.

And I'm crossing my finger that the other airline will give me the opportunity after what I've done.

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Aramaitii at KDCA part 1

While the Germans can drink beer all day long during oktoberfest, the kadazans (well, not only kadazan, more like everyone in Sabah) celebrate Harvest Festival or more well know here as Tadau Tagazo do Kaamatan (i hope i got it right). This festival is an all month long festival and end at 30th and 31st of May which is also a public holiday ONLY at Sabah.

On the
30th and 31st , there were some sort of celebration / exhibition kinda thing at KDCA, where kadazans from all over the places come here, build their houses and showcase their costumes, dance steps etc to everyone. And, they serve beer as well. It's not a Budweiser, it's a homemade beer which is made up of rice, and other things which resulting in a very bitter taste. Well, I decided to wake up at 8 so I can go there early, but I woke up at 10 and arrived at 11 something, sigh. Anyway, here are the photos from the events. Due to the amount of the photos, I will split it into 2 or 3 posts.

The main gate

It was so hot I thought there were 2 suns shining

Playing ermm classic musical instrument

Stairways to heaven

me climbing stairways to heaven


All sorts of stairways

Poster as seen at the house of Tambunan,damn those guys look like incredible kadazans !

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