Images Photography in motion. Photo Art & Images. <![CDATA[YouTube Quick Tip by BaronSamedi3]]> Mon, 5 Aug 2013 12:10:51 +0000 <![CDATA[The Aurora Quick Tip by Sharrie]]> Sat, 28 Jan 2012 13:44:00 +0000 <![CDATA[Aurora Borealis Quick Tip by Sharrie]]>
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<![CDATA[ What's your story?]]>
Why do we all take photos? We mortals love to share stories. For some (minority), perhaps they want to create art. Although art is only art after the public acknowledge it as one (either during or after the creator's life). 

With technology at the forefront of our lives today, everyone or anyone can be taking snapshot of photos. Although, when it comes to the term photography, it tends to be associated with some degree of technique and creativity rather than mere photo taking (just as a 5 year old can learn to do). At least that's how I perceived the term photography. There ought to be some skill and talent involved...

There are many approaches to photography. In the past, the subject matter was mostly landscapes. Then with the advent of digital photography where many things can be "manipulated", the tendency now appears to be for people and animal images. Nature still is a favorite for those who are endowed with an abundance of national parks and beautiful landscapes in their backyards. For many who work and live in the cities though, due to its limitation, some prefer to focus on people and architecture instead. 

With the introduction of Facebook, I found myself taking more of photos of people and food. Yes, food is a BIG hit. One can almost guarantee viewership when it comes to sharing food. People simply love food! This is quite a new theme. In the past, when it comes to films, I don't recall seeing as many pictures of food as today. I tried googled for food images and I found a massive 9.84 billion! Curious, I tried people and it returns a result of only 1.37 billion while the word landscape generates only a mere 16.8 million images! So, yes, we are fascinated and obsessed by FOOD!

With the spreading of social medias, sites like Facebook and Flickr have brought photography to the forefront of human interactions and relationships. Social media is shaping the life cycle of photography and even our voice communication! Many 5 year old surprisingly take decent photos. However, the more of it we have in our current world, the less of us can make a decent living out of it. Standards and demands for professional photography (as well as amateur) have improved tremendously. The question though is... what set a photo out from the rest? What's your view on this? I'd be curious to find out!

To me personally, it's one that involves patience and focus in the creator as well as a work that tells an appealing story; one that induces an impulse, emotional response or a lifestyle association which I am compelled to act on. That's true photography to me! It doesn't have to be professional or commercial, it does has to be one that has some form of meaning we as individual can attached to. Thereby, my conclusion that it is now a wonderful form of story telling. ]]> Sun, 22 Jan 2012 06:46:14 +0000
<![CDATA[Samsung NX200 Quick Tip by Sharrie]]>
One big reason why I chose it is because I like the grip of the camera. I did try out Sony NEX C3 (since my cousin has it, didn't like the feel of it as well as the low light LCD screen) and Panasonic GF3 (which almost fell off my hand!). NX200 feels good and the light weight is another boon. No regret so far!

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<![CDATA[Sands SkyPark Quick Tip by Sharrie]]>

Some incredible images of the SkyPark from the net. If you haven't seen these before, you'd definitely want to go on top it now, don't you? Well, enjoy your virtual trip and if you do make a trip to Singapore in near future, make sure you don't miss your chance of taking some spectacular pictures around this latest tourist attraction in Singapore!]]> Wed, 10 Aug 2011 14:09:00 +0000
<![CDATA[ Simply breathtaking!]]> The latest tourist attraction in Singapore atop the Marina Bay Sands Casino & Hotel. The view from up here is awesome and the wow factor lies in the hotel's swimming pool which overlooks the entire Singapore CBD skyline! 

Go up around 6 pm to get a great day shot, 30 mins later the sunset shot and another 30 mins later the night shot! Do not go up in the day as it'd be way too hot by the time it opens at 10 am. The Skypark opens daily until 10 pm. The price of getting this magnificent view is S$20 (about US$18) and you are allowed to stay as long as you like. It's actually atop the 57 levels of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel and Casino. The newly opened hotel is the biggest one in Singapore and boasts some 2561 rooms. It's also touted as the most expensive stand alone casino, built at a cost of some S$8 billion (US$6.5 billion). 

Expensive you think? Well, take a look at its design. It's like a ship atop 3 buildings! Have you seen anything like it? I haven't! But now, I've stood atop it! What a great view and an awesome place to be! Get a drink or even a dinner up there. It shall be the most romantic one you can have in Singapore!

When I was there last weekend, it's certainly the best sunset I've ever seen after all these years of staying in Singapore! How blessed!

You can visit the skypark for free if you stay at the hotel. Alternatively, you can also swap your Lion King entrance ticket for free if you're going for the show at the hotel. Last but not least, if you wish to visit the ArtScience Museum adjacent to the resort, the price is S$35 for 3 exhibits (Salvador Dali, Van Gogh & Tang Treasures) and the Skypark. However, imho, Van Gogh exhibit is a rip-off!

Last but not least, you can also go up to the same deck but not the skypark for free if you're dining at the restaurants. If I'm not mistaken, there is however a minimum cover charge of some S$50 per person!
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<![CDATA[Moo Business Cards Quick Tip by Sharrie]]>
Hence, I'm upgrading the rating from a -1 to +2. I do like the printing quality and the flexibility in the designs. It'd probably be a better deal for those who resides in US and Europe!

If you'd like a discount, email me and I'll send you a code for a 10% discount!]]> Wed, 10 Aug 2011 12:53:22 +0000
<![CDATA[Panasonic Lumix GF3 Quick Tip by Sharrie]]>
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<![CDATA[Sunsets Gallery Quick Tip by Count_Orlok_22]]> Sunrises & Sunsets Gallery @ Facebook]]> Sat, 28 May 2011 20:11:38 +0000 <![CDATA[ Baring it all (after death)!]]> Death, it comes to everyone who waits long enough. As much as our personal qualms about it, some of us choose to ignore it while others believe in the eternal soul. I seem to be revolving around this subject matter since the movie Never Let Me Go and my queer dream right after. Nonetheless, I've actually come into contact with the dead long before this. It was many years ago, at the Singapore Science Center, at an exceptionally unique exhibition known as the Body Worlds.

The traveling exhibition is officially known as Gunther von Hagens' Body Worlds, The Original Exhibition of REAL Human Bodies. Yes, you heard me right. Real human bodies!!!

Freaky? You bet! It was all done in good taste though. And one that is of great educational value.

According to Wikipedia,  "Body Worlds (German title: Körperwelten) is a traveling exhibition of preserved human bodies and body parts that are prepared using a technique called plastination to reveal inner anatomical structures. The exhibition's developer and promoter is German anatomist Gunther von Hagens, who invented the plastination technique in the late 1970s at the University of Heidelberg...

...The exhibit states that its purpose and mission is the education of laymen about the human body, leading to better health awareness. All the human plastinates are from people who donated their bodies for plastination via a body donation program."

The first exhibition was held in Tokyo in 1995. It has since been exhibited at some 50 museums and other venues around the world. Currently, you can see it in Chicago and Phoenix! So, make sure you don't miss it!

As with many bold measures or causes, there are controversies surrounding the body donation program. Laws in different countries dictate different legislations. Those are not our concerns. What we are concerned is what we get out of this experience.

Well, for one thing, you get to see some disturbing sights. For example, the lungs of a smoker as compared to the non-smoker. The image is stark and the message is clear. At least to me it is clear. I also get to see a fetus in a mother's womb. That is disturbing if you really think about it. Someone who had died with a baby have had to consent to baring it all! Seeing them for real is not for the faint hearted!

For the first time in my life, I get to see what no biological teacher could describe in detail and also the real stuff like human's tendon, muscle and nerves! It's truly quite an awesome experience, non rivaling as far as coming in contact with the dead and in some ways what we all are made of!

The exhibits are not only educational, they are also fun to look at.

Playing cards afterlife? How refreshing!

Or, corpses copulating? Now, if this one doesn't get censored, you can still see it here.

How about the Chess Player? Plenty to think about, isn't it?

Whatever your stand on this matter, I highly recommend you to see them for yourselves. Then and only then, write and share your views on this topic. Fair enough? Personally, I think it's an experience of a lifetime. Not to be missed for whatever reasons! If there is any exhibition you must see, this is pretty much it!

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<![CDATA[The Cool Hunter Quick Tip by Sharrie]]>
The Cool Hunter is simply THE BEST!
I love TCH so much so I want to give it a BIG HUG!!!]]> Sat, 30 Apr 2011 17:06:46 +0000
<![CDATA[ A Pithy Look at the Royal Wedding]]> If the theatricality and utter ridiculousness of the hats and fascinators parading into Westminster Abbey didn’t force you to watch the royal wedding, surely the pomp, circumstance and theatricality of the whole event did. Still didn’t bite? Fine, then I shall be forced to regale you with all of the dirty details of the Royal Wedding.
Since I know very little about the social or royal elite of Britain I have no idea who most of the homely women in the floral print Sears dresses and dowdy skirt suits were, but a whole bunch were in attendance. Most arrived three hours early to sit around, gossip and get a good seat. Much like the anticipated Star Wars premiere, camp outs, tents, long lines and frenzied crowds filled the streets.
Then, at some point, David and Victoria Beckham showed up. She had a black, oval, pill box growth stuck to her forehead and a black twig was sticking out of it. I assume it was one of those chic hats protocol forced all the ladies to wear. I personally found the oval twig hat quite stunning and her long ponytail hairpiece swinging behind her was the perfect addition. Also her futuristic, all black, a-line dress was perfect for space travel. David looked dashing, as usual, and sported his Commander of the British Empire medal on his lapel and a top hat in hand. Thank goodness there were no microphones around and we were spared his squeaky voice.
Sir Elton John and his partner David Furnish were also in attendance. Elton John’s posture could’ve used some improvement but his yellow vest was very fashion forward. Speaking of yellow, the Queen Mum was dressed in head to toe yellow with some very sensible bow-tied beige stacked heels. They could have very well been from the Easy Spirit sensible heels collection but don’t quote me on that.
Her Majesty did succeed in maintaining a stoic demeanor, avoiding smiling, singing, moving or making any show of expression which might reveal human feeling. I would think Victoria Beckham took a cue from the queen on her royal wedding demeanor.
Prince Charles and Camilla showed up at some point, but who knows when? I may have gone for a snack break at that point. Sorry, I’m only human. Then, Prince William and Harry showed up in red nutcracker inspired military outfits and I hoped against hope a ballet performance would break out in the abbey.
Kate's mother arrived with her son James, a cake connoisseur, and was dressed in a three quarter length coat and matching hat which wasn't nearly as ridiculous as most of the hats in attendance. She was as trim and elegant as her soon-to-be-married daughter.
Kate’s sister Pippa, who was her lady-in-waiting, arrived soon after with the miniature bridesmaids and pages in tow. Pippa wore a long, white, form-fitting, short-sleeved, cowl-necked, Alexander McQueen gown designed by Sarah Burton. Was that enough adjectives for you?
Of course, everyone was waiting with baited breath to see THE dress. The car which took Kate Middleton and her father to Westminster Abbey was all windows and the top of the gown and her veil were partially visible. Everyone gushed over the top half of the gown but when she arrived at the abbey and emerged from the car everyone could finally gush over the bottom half. I’m certain many believed it was the dress that would have launched a thousand ships were she named Helen and in ancient Greece.
Kate’s gown was also by Alexander McQueen and designed by Sarah Burton. It had a modern elegance with long lace sleeves, a lace covered bodice, a very slim waist and a full flowing skirt in an ivory tone with a two-meter train. It was stunning, simple and regal. She wore a small tiara in her hair with a long veil attached. The veil was like a soft mist over her face and one could still make out her features. There was nothing too elaborate or overwhelming about her attire.
The ceremony was underway soon after and the long, painfully slow walk down the aisle commenced. Kate seemed very composed and her father held her hand as her sister Pippa and the bridesmaids and pages followed behind. Prince Harry who was standing next to William turned around to see Kate commencing down the aisle. Many viewers reported that they thought Harry told William, “wait till you see her.” But, of course, only Harry and William really know what was said.
The ceremony itself was quite uneventful. When Kate finally stood next to William they were both beaming and they exchanged some words which led to laughter. One humorous moment we all could share was when William Arthur Philip Louis (yes, that is his full name) had to jam the ring on Catherine Elizabeth’s finger, nearly taking the skin off with it, because it wouldn’t fit. It must be against royal protocol to actually size the ring prior to the wedding. It was beautiful to see them smiling at each other as they exchanged vows. It gave some indication that these two people were actually marrying for love.
Soon after, hymns were sung (not by the Queen, of course) by the congregation and the choir boys and choir men. A plethora of varied collars peaked out from atop the choir gowns. There were doily collars, ruffled collars and bow-tied collars. It’s a mystery whether the collars indicated some sort of difference in rank.
Kate’s brother James gave a reading during the ceremony which stated one should “associate with the lowly.” Although, one would think if one labels another “lowly” it might reveal one’s own feelings of superiority towards that person. Then, Dr. Richard Chartres gave an address in which he included a, as he described it, “pithy” quote from Chaucer.
While they were seated listening to sermons and hymns, Kate looked back at William and they gave each other knowing smiles reminiscent of small children at Sunday mass. It was a sweet glimpse at a private moment.
Then, everyone filed out of the abbey and William and Catherine, now the Duke and Dutchess of Cambridge, took a carriage ride through the crowds which ended at Buckingham Palace.
There was some waiting while the royal family and wedding party took pictures inside and after an hour the newlyweds and their family emerged on the balcony of the palace and waved to the throngs of people cheering below. The much awaited kiss finally happened between William and Kate but the crowd was hardly satiated with the chaste kiss which lasted less than 3 seconds. Finally, William leaned over and gave a longer kiss to his bride which ended in both adorably blushing. It was a lovely moment and beautiful ending to a momentous historic event.
Battle of Britain planes flew past Buckingham palace twice and the royals went back inside the palace, but not before Kate gave one more look over her shoulder at the crowd.
Whatever your stance on royalty or weddings or crazy hats, one can’t deny this was an event millions of people were fascinated by and wanted to witness. All joking aside, it was refreshing and heart-warming to see a royal wedding based on mutual love and admiration. It gave a hopeful beginning to an institution with so many tragic endings.
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<![CDATA[ Checkmate!]]>
10000 media reporters, 1900 guests, 180 countries broadcasting and countless smitten spectators. A marathon broadcast covering the "legacy of Diana". When the little prince grows into adulthood and begins a new chapter in his life, the world watches on as he takes his bride. Not just anyone but the stunning Kate Middleton who'd be the future Queen!

The location: Westmister Abbey
Visitors and well wishers from all over England and the world began camping outside the Westminster Abbey the day before. The mood is festive and wonderfully vibrant. People are all excited and looking forward to the 16th royal wedding of the Westminster Abbey history.

Priceless treasures are also on display within the church. Many of the mosaics which are normally covered and protected are all on show this special day. Kate asked for Maple trees to be planted within and it's her way of taking nature into the church.

At 8.30 am sharp, the guests are shown into the church and seated. I wonder if everyone is outside celebrating today in the UK. It's definitely a long weekend this week and the excitement must be awesome in London today! 

While everyone is waiting for the ceremony, the newscasters go around interviewing people who have come into contact with the royal couple. It was interesting to hear them talk about Prince William and Kate Middleton as it gives the audiences all over the world a personal glimpse into the royalties. 

The Gown & Fashion
Before we all get to see the precious gown, we have an array of colors bursting within the Westminster Abbey. Interesting hats of all kind of shapes and colors brighten up this Spring day which is a little gloomy as rain has been forecast for the later part of the day. Everyone dresses impeccably, least of all the band. This is certainly entertainment at its best!

Some guests spotted (in order of appearance) are David & Victoria Beckham, Elton John, Mr. & Mrs. Cameron, the Sultan of Brunei, Prince Albert of Monaco, Serbian Royal Family, Queen of Denmark, King & Queen of Norway, 

At 10.12 am, we see Prince William and Prince Harry leaving Clarence House. The groom is fabulously dashing in the bright red colonel uniform of the Irish guard. There is exuberance everywhere along the route to the Westminster Abbey! The Princes look relaxed as they get out of their car, both as dashing and handsome! Diana would have been proud of her sons! *sob, sob*

At 10.30 am, we see the bride's mother and brother appearing from their car and arriving at the Abbey.The bride's mother looks sweet, collected and happy. 

At 10.35 am we see the Duke of York (aka Prince Andrew) with Princess Beatrice & Princess Eugenie who are now 21 and 20! How time flies!

At 10.38 am we catch the first glimpse of Prince Charles & his wife, Camilla leaving for the Abbey. 

At 10.41 am, the Queen is on the way dressing in bright yellow! She can be spotted from afar and everywhere in that bright dress! Oh wow, The Queen is 86 this year and had recently celebrated her 63rd anniversary! The Queen arrives at 10.48 am at the Westminster Abbey. 12 mins more to go and the church service will commence! This is highly exciting!

Of the 3 ladies who have now arrived, I must say I like Mrs. Middleton's dress best (designed by Anna Valentine)! It's simply cut and has a nice silky feel to it. Her hat is not too big and just the right size!

Kate Middleton appeared first at 10.50 am when she boarded the car and we get a little view of her wedding gown! It looks simple and regal from what I can see. Delightful! Delicate with a lot of intricate laces. Nothing like Diana's. Yes, Kate Middleton will be remembered for hew own beauty and style from now on! I like her bouquet of flowers, very modest and sweet :)

What a lovely view of the bride along her journey to the Abbey. The visitors and well wishers are all eyes on the bride and totally ecstatic! The bride is radiant and happy with her father by her side. Sarah Burton desinged her dress (click on the link for more details about the gowns and pictures). What a vision as she step out of the car. Totally exquisite! Very traditional and a timeless look!

Church Service
The wedding is due to commence. The bride arrives punctually at 11 am. She looks exquisite and totally relaxed in her beautiful gown. I love her tiara! Very princess-ty! 

Prince William looks more serious as he gets out and heads towards the alter. The sight of the bride walking towards the alter is magnificent. What a sight and a happy moment in time! Now, I know why so many girls dream of this moment. After this, any wedding would pale in comparison! Of course, we all can't compare a wedding as such just like we can never wiped out Diana's wedding from our memory. This wedding will instead form new memories for us and they are such wonderful memory to capture on films! I could almost glimpse the tears in the bride's mother's eyes.

Beautiful and lovely moments of the exchange of vows. The chorus is just as spectacular! The ceremony took 1 hour all in all and the couple steps out of the church at 11.08 am, greets the crowd and boarded the 1902 carriage. Celebration begins! The crowd is exuberant! This is the moment everyone is waiting for! What a climax!!!

This is definitely the wedding of the decade!!! Absolutely Gorgeous!

Checkmate, Kate! You've taken the King!

Balcony Appearance

Sharing their first (and then again, second) kiss officially as husband and wife, Kate and Prince William appeared on the Buckingham Palace to the delights of the crowded spectators and well wishers.  Well, folks, that's the end of the ceremony unless you've been invited to the afternoon reception for some 600+ guests!]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2011 10:33:15 +0000
<![CDATA[Wedding of Prince William & Princess Catherine Quick Tip by Sharrie]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2011 07:09:11 +0000 <![CDATA[Obama on Oprah: Birth Certificate Issue Raised During Interview Quick Tip by Sharrie]]>
Regardless of my personal feelings for his effectiveness as the President of the United States, he's a funny guy, don't you think? Unfortunately, his team is not so great!

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<![CDATA[ Counting down to the wedding of the decade (& it's not mine)!]]>

This reminded me of the many Chinese weddings I had attended. It's actually like a show put up for everyone's sake, other than the couple. Some couples enjoy the attention, some don't but still obligated to put up with it for their parents' sake. Now, one would wonder how this couple feel? Judging from the privacy, it can be inferred that they both prefer the wedding in private (for themselves and their respective family than for the country and the people who adore them). Time certainly flies, it doesn't seem that long ago Prince William was merely a toddler! Now, he's moving into another phase of his life.

What is interesting to me is the speculation around about the bride being pregnant! That's good news and one that if it's true is translating to a change in the law about the heir to the throne. If it's a princess, she'll have a right to the throne ahead of the prince (traditionally, boy has priority). The order of birth is of utmost important now. And... the talk is that it's going to be a princess! Now, that's something I'll look forward to. Princess is most adorable! :-)

Before that happens, it'd be interesting to see the bridal gown! I think every woman loves the wedding gown. With Kate being tall and slim, she'd look pretty and regal, I'm sure. Yet, it'd be a tough comparison (and many people would do it regardless) when the images of Diana in her wedding gown popped up. Those of us who are old enough had seen that fairy tale wedding of the century and many of us had loved Diana in all her innocence. She certainly had been one special princess! Ok, enough about Diana and let's focus on the bride in this wedding.

She's the star of the day, that day being a week from today, Apr. 29, 2011. Here are the sites you may want to check out if you're interested in following the progress and counting down to that very day:

There will be Live Streaming on this site:
If you're interested to shop for souvenir, this is the site:

I took a peep and found even iPhone cases other than the normal china, coins, key chains and t-shirts are offered for sale! (Do know that most of these are Made in China products!)

I thought the Royal Charitable Gift Fund is one of the greatest idea! If you're really interested in giving, click here.

Some tip-off about the wedding:
  • 1900 invitations had been sent to friends and family.
  • There will be 2 cakes. The fruity traditional cake is designed by Fiona Cairns. The bride has asked for 16 different blooms & types of foliage on the cake (each with different symbolic meaning). Prince William's childhood favorite Chocolate Biscuit cake will be the other cake. 2 wedding cakes?!
  • Prince William will be the last one to see the wedding gown (after an entire world had seen it!). Rumors had it that the gown is designed by Sophie Cranston earlier but now the Daily Mail claimed Kate Middleton designed it herself!
  • The Wedding will be stream live on Youtube (local time, 11 am). It is estimated that there will be 4 hours of filming.

So, see all of you there, on YouTube (unless you're one of those who are lucky enough to be invited to the actual wedding at Westminster Abbey) ;-)

PS: I'm rating it a +5 because essentially I love weddings. It doesn't matter whose, wedding is a cause for celebrations :-)

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<![CDATA[The Cool Hunter Quick Tip by Sharrie]]> HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!

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<![CDATA[ The Spirit of Adventure]]>

I first saw this film a decade ago at the Singapore Omni-theater. If you are able to get them in a theater near you, by all means go and see it there. That’s when the large screen will make a huge difference to your visual experience. This is the 2nd disc which I recently bought in Shanghai. My first one is somewhere in the warehouse where I stock up my belongings. Yep, I’m living out of suitcases for the last few years. In fact, many suitcases  :D
After seeing this film on large screen, then on a DVD which I bought many years ago and now a Blu-ray disc, I am happy to say that this film is still as good as I first saw it.

Hazel Barton and Nancy Holler Aulenbach are the two cavers who also ventured to the Yucatan where they explored the longest underwater cave system in the world.  Nancy is actually a teacher who went around the world looking for microbes which might be the solution to new medicines. What she found was the halocline which has some microbes essential for leukemia medicine. 

This film is great not just as a documentary but also has some of the most awesome sights and perspective which we might otherwise not come into contact with. A great film about not just caves but the traveling spirit in general.]]> Sun, 20 Mar 2011 12:30:55 +0000
<![CDATA[ Alphabet Photography Gifts for Environmentalists]]> alphabet photographyWell, I don’t usually do this as the focus of this blog is green tech, but I’ve stumbled upon something cool that is definitely pro-environment but not necessarily high tech. Now, I’ve seen many different kinds of alphabet photography that focus mostly on industrial design, which may not be all that environmentally friendly.

However, this kind of alphabet photography focuses on photos of beach foam. Now, this seems a little peculiar until you see the images for yourself. What has happened is that the photographer of the Words from the Sea website has taken months to put together a collection of letters and shapes made from the sea washing against the shore.

For just one barely discernable moment, the seafoam will form a letter and the photographer shoots this in the water. None of the images has been Photoshopped, manipulated or doctored. Besides the ABC’s in seafoam letters, there are also interesting shapes like that of a whale, a heart, and an exclamation point.

The letter art can be arranged as desired to spell out whatever words one desires. For instance if you want to decorate your child’s bedroom you can with this seafoam alphabet photography and you can arrange the letters on the website to see what you’re getting before you buy.

One motive of course is profit. But behind this motive is one of ocean conservation. The photographs, papers and canvasses are made with environmentally friendly materials. In addition a portion of the proceeds of the sales is donated to ocean conservation organizations such as the San Diego Ocean Discovery Institute.

So, you see the alphabet photography from Words from the Sea is fun, environmentally-friendly and helps to promote ocean conservation. What’s a better green gift to give this holiday season or any other time for that matter?



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<![CDATA[Up Close & Personal]]> Sat, 18 Dec 2010 18:02:18 +0000 <![CDATA[ What lies below]]> Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico. Other interesting caves I've come across are those in China.

This film about caves was made quite some time ago. I watched it initially in the Omnimax theater at the Science Center, a great place to indulge oneself in nature films where you get to see a 360 degree, like a globe, of the sceneries on film. I was so enthralled with it that I immediately bought the DVD after the show. It is still by far the best caves documentaries I've ever come across. It took me not only to some amazing caves but also to caves that are not even opened to public! In some scenes, the cave explorers even need to go under water to get to the caves. This apparently is quite common when it comes to caves.

Anyhow, if you're into caves, this is it for you. Of course, you may prefer to go out there and explore them on your own (although that present some risks of its own, not to mention the great effort!), but for me, this is something I would not miss out on. A great film with great narratives and photography! 

I've been trying to search for some videos of the film but for some reason (perhaps because it's been more than a decade since it was made), I found very little. Most of the Journey into Amazing Caves videos are trailers, no actual videos found except the one above. If you're interested in the entire video, it is available for sale at the OmniMax in Singapore. That's where I saw the film as well as bought a copy of the DVD. This is all I found. For some reason, part 1 of this video on YouTube has been blocked in Singapore but I can access part 2. So if you're interested in Part 1, follow this link.

 Incidentally, Planet Earth came up with another good one on caves. If you are interested, take a look at  the 2 videos below.

Planet Earth on Mexico Caves (Videos):

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<![CDATA[ Our Land, Our Legacy]]>, the equivalent of in China. The DVDs can be played in English, French and Chinese. I'm very pleased with this purchase, so much so I'm planning on getting more for my friends in Hong Kong and Singapore. I'd also love to get it for my cousins in Canada but I'm not so sure if the DVD code is in the right region. Never mind that, I'm still going to get a set for my cousin so that he can at least watch it on his computer if it can't be played on the TV!

After watching the above Youtube video, I now realized why it's sold at such a low price! Apparently Yann Arthus Bertrand distributes his works for free, ie. no copyright. One can even download it from the internet! Where from? I've no idea. You'd have to try googling for it if you're interested!

In my box, there are 4 DVDs focussing on Earth & Its Resources, Sea & Oceans, Fresh Water and Biodiversity + a CD of the original soundtracks. This set of DVDs was released in 2008 and it takes documentary form with images shot by the famous French Photographer Yann Arthus Bertrand. Lots of information and discussion about our depleting the world resources and also about green energy. It's extremely well done and it takes us all over the world. Even if you're not a "green" person, you'd still enjoy the film if you're someone who loves photography or loves to travel. It's a great sensory delight!


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<![CDATA[Flickr Quick Tip by KristiSauer]]> Sat, 4 Dec 2010 21:22:28 +0000 <![CDATA[Base Jump Quick Tip by Sharrie]]> Sat, 27 Nov 2010 10:43:37 +0000 <![CDATA[Yellowstone: Battle for Life Quick Tip by Sharrie]]> Sat, 27 Nov 2010 10:37:18 +0000 <![CDATA[My favorite nature's call ;-)]]>
In any case, here are some of my most favorites, hope you like it too! If you want to see most of the pictures I've added into the Images community, you're more than welcome to join the community and take the Nature's Call Poll! Have fun!]]> Sat, 27 Nov 2010 06:36:31 +0000
<![CDATA[Cloud and Ship Quick Tip by Sharrie]]> Sat, 27 Nov 2010 05:11:16 +0000 <![CDATA[Ocean Waves Quick Tip by Sharrie]]> AWESOME!!! This looks like some storm hitting an out of this galaxy's planet! I've never seen ocean waves so raw, beautiful and out of my imagination! Great perspective indeed! What a special treat!!!]]> Sat, 27 Nov 2010 05:07:36 +0000 <![CDATA[Earth from Above Quick Tip by Sharrie]]> Wed, 24 Nov 2010 06:17:33 +0000 <![CDATA[Yann Arthus-Bertrand Quick Tip by Sharrie]]>
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<![CDATA[ Color Crazed]]> Ever wonder what makes you red with anger, green with envy and feeling blue for the day?
The Color Purple is a movie. It is also my favorite color :-)
Yet, colors seem to dominate our homes, feelings and lives. We have lucky colors, colors that we love and colors that we adorn.

What then is the role of colors in our lives? Is it merely our liking or does it has deeper meaning and influences the way our lives turned out? Do you argue with your spouse the kind of colors you’d like in your bedrooms and homes? Well, your guess is as good as mine.

Let’s explore the world of colors in our lives and our mindsets. Yes, we have a bias against and for some colors. That may be innate or may also be social conditioning.

Let’s elaborate…
For some societies and cultures, black is the color of death. For the Chinese, red is auspicious while for most western society, red is a color of danger or alert (think of your traffic light). In the stock markets in western world, red denotes fall while green denotes rises. The opposite holds true for the stock markets in China. Interesting, isn’t it? In addition, we do not wear color black during Chinese New Year, that would be deemed to be inauspicious. As with Chinese weddings, some truly hate to see you in black (even if it’s a dinner banquet at a 5* hotel; especially for the old generation). 

I read in a book the Color Code by Dr. Taylor Hartman a while back ago which personifies countries & people into different color code & different Driving Core Motive (DCM). According to Dr. Hartman, DCM is innate & not learned or developed. [(Follow this link to do a free personality test)]

Why is it of upmost important?
Because to understand EI (Emotional Intelligence), the key to success in life, self awareness is essential. Self awareness is the understanding of oneself, one’s goals, intentions, responses and behavior. It also encompasses understand others and their feelings.

Color Codes & corresponding DCM:
Red (the power wielders); DCM: power – China, Germany
Blue (the do-gooders); DCM: intimacy – U.S.A. (how true this is remains to be seen ;-) I might have remembered it wrongly, I did read the book more than a decade ago!)
White (the peacekeepers); DCM: peace – Switzerland
Yellow (the fun lovers); DCM: fun – Australia
Essentially, there is some conditioning which is hard to get rid of. My personal experience tells me that I tend to like Gold, Silver, Purple, Green, Yellow, Black and White. Yet, I’m now trying to redefine those preferences & “taste”.

In recent days, I began to explore the subject of Fengshui (ie. Geomancy). Fengshui is the study of natural elements and how to take advantage of the element that will impact us most. To keep things short and simple, here it is.

  • If you are born in Spring (Feb 19 to May 4), your element is Wood/Tree (& you lack Gold). The color that enhances you is Gold.
  • If you are born in Summer (May 5 to Aug 7), your element is Fire (& you lack Water). The color that enhances you is Blue.
  • If you are born in Autumn (Aug 8 to Nov 7), your element is Gold (& you lack Wood/Tree). The color that enhances you is Green.
  • If you are born in Winter (Nov 8 to Feb 18), your element is Water (& you lack Fire). The color you most need is Red.

Hence, colors suddenly give a new "hidden" meaning and light in my life. I began to use less of certain colors and more of others. In the process, I learned that we could condition ourselves to like certain colors (which we previously abhor) when we give them a meaning. Instinctively, our tendencies is to like colors which we don’t “need” or have too much of. That doesn’t bode well for us, in the realm of Fengshui.

As for the non-believers, what are your preferences?
Do you like yellow which is purported to improve one’s appetite? Does that affect your food intake and hence your struggle with dieting?

Color Psychology postulates that people who feel cold have a preference for warm colors (red & yellow) while the reverse is true for people who are feeling hot. Chromotherapy suggests that distinct colors have health effects although it’s been considered pseudoscience. However, we do know that certain colors affect how we feel and interior decorators have been trained to be sensitive to the effects of different colors on our moods.

Colors figure prominently in our lives. How attune we are to it depends on how much awareness we accord to it. We ought to pay more attention to it when it affects our preferences for liking and dislikes. Afterall, our success and future might also be affected by the color we are/were wearing when we meet certain people who are going to have certain positive (or negative) influences in our lives. If not for others, we should at least be aware of it and the effects it has on our moods.

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<![CDATA[BLM-01 Quick Tip by Kort_Kramer]]> Tue, 24 Aug 2010 17:02:22 +0000 <![CDATA[ A Solid Battery]]>
My C8080 is still a terrific camera. You better believe that when I need a replacement battery, I am going to get a BLM-01 next time.]]> Tue, 24 Aug 2010 16:59:39 +0000
<![CDATA[ Nature's Orchestra]]>
I first experienced this incredible view back in Coldfoot, Alaska in the middle of winter 2004. It took me a great deal of effort to get there especially since it was an unplanned journey, a decision made when I was in Ushuaia, Argentina awaiting to board my ship to Antarctica! Yet, the idea of traversing from South Pole to North Pole in a single trip was so attractive that I grabbed at the chance without much thought. Luckily for me, everything ran smoothly and I made it to my first Northern Lights. 

Hell, it was not in the comfort of Summer that some of you are blessed with to see these auroras. It was freezing cold, at -40 deg. F. (& C.) and I'm the lone crazy woman who got out of bed to go look for auroras! It wasn't a great display that night though and since I didn't prepare for the trip, I didn't have the necessary equipment to take those pictures too. Luckily, some photographers managed to catch this amazing event which just occurred 2 days ago and we can now enjoy them from the comfort of our rooms.

Granted, they are unlike anything we've seen before nor is it the same as viewing it in the sky. Don't despair though, I read that this spectacular event will be repeated often in the coming days. So, do watch out for them and make a date with one of the most amazing events!

In the mean time, enjoy these pictures which I've gathered from the net...

From Norway:

From Sweden

From Iowa, USA
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<![CDATA[ Great footage, but slow pace]]> Life (narrated by David Attenborough) [Blu-ray]. Like all of the BBC Nature Unit's work, Yellowstone has incredible footage, especially in blu-ray. The contrasts between winter and summer are truly remarkable. However, the narration is a bit dry and the pace of the documentary is a bit slow. Furthermore, there aren't as many memorable scenes (although there are a few good wolf hunts, and nice shots of hummingbirds feeding their children). Overall, I'd recommend renting rather than buying this, unless you have a particular love for Yellowstone National Park.]]> Wed, 7 Jul 2010 12:00:00 +0000 <![CDATA[Alegria Quick Tip by Sharrie]]> Sat, 26 Jun 2010 14:11:39 +0000 <![CDATA[Lindsey Williams Update - Mar. 31, 2010 Quick Tip by Sharrie]]> Tue, 15 Jun 2010 07:57:14 +0000 <![CDATA[ The Voice]]> Farsi and Arabic so as to avoid censorship by the Iranian government.

The true story of Neda, a young Iranian woman shot about a year ago during a protest on the street. It reveals the political situation in Iran but it more accurately shed light on a woman's quest for freedom. Freedom of expression and freedom from the some of the horrifying practices of the Sharia law. I don't profess to know much about Sharia law even though I've lived in a Muslim country for an extended period of time. There are different aspects of Sharia law in each different country and to what extent it is practised. 

I must say that it is a highly unsettling video to watch. It is one that you must watch though. Unsettling in that in this age and world, there is still a part of world that feels unreal; where dictatorship rules. I can grasp the concept intellectually but my reality is so different from that of what I see on the video! For most people, Iran is an evil country. That is to put it simply. Because the media has portrayed it to have nuclear power and to be under the dictatorship. This video takes you beyond that of a name though. It is not Iran that it is showcasing. It is the real people of Iran. People who are like you and me. The only difference is we take for granted our freedom and our resources. Iranians fight for their freedom and are just about the same as anyone of us. Put them in a democratic country, they will appear no different.

It is easy for the western media and people at large to associate Muslim with terror but that should not be the case. That's just ignorant and pure generalization. From this video, you see for yourself what life is like in Iran. The family, the people, the government. To affect changes, we must be more conscious of what's happening around the world. Iran may not be a country I've ever visited nor do I personally know anyone who lives there, however, it is one that I might visit one day. Not now, not when the government is a maniac. But then again, to call names is not going to change the better for the Iranians. They have a war to fight for themselves. Neda has become the powerful symbol and an icon for many Iranians. An icon for their quests for freedom. She has certainly not died in vain.  As for how much change her death can affect, it is really up to the society at large.

The scenes from this film not only shown Iran, but it could be any country in South East Asia. Not long ago, Thailand was in a state of emergency. The scenes look similar. And despite the fact that we live in peaceful countries, there are still a lot of uncertainties and instabilities out there. It is thus a film which brings one's consciousness to a different and higher level. Especially for those of you who tend to travel, be aware of the environment you'd be operating in, especially political environment. I had thought of going to Kyrgyzstan this summer but after seeing the unrest that's prevailing in the country, it makes me think twice!!! 

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<![CDATA[For Neda Quick Tip by Sharrie]]> Sat, 12 Jun 2010 14:59:15 +0000 <![CDATA[For Neda Quick Tip by Sharrie]]> Sat, 12 Jun 2010 14:53:00 +0000 <![CDATA[ The Perfect camera for FIFA World Cup! Compact & yet powerful!]]>
Hence, this is a deviation from my common brands of cameras. I have had Sony, Panasonic, Casio Exilim and also Olympus digital cameras. I've yet had a Canon digital cameras despite many favorable feedback from it. Part of the reasons being that I didn't find any long zoom compact digital cameras from Canon which I like in the past. I found one when I'm not looking though... just this past weekend! And part of the reason why it caught my eyes were the colors they come in. Another factor which make or break a deal is "Made in Japan" factor! Yes, most of the cameras are Made in China or some other countries these days. Hence, when I come across one that's in my budget and also Made in Japan, the deal is more or less sealed! I guess you can call me snobbish, hehe ;-)

Canon SX210IS

The other reason why I got it is because of its size & weight. I like a camera with 14x optical zoom to be light. Up to recently, I haven't found one that's in the compact department. The Sony I had with 15x optical zoom, although great as a camera, can be a drag when I'm out there for days for hours, like during my recent Expo trip. And in most cases, a high zoom does not entail a widescreen function with a 3.0" LCD! This one fits the bill totally! Bravo!!! At 215g (7.58 oz) with battery and SD card in, it's a breeze to carry this camera around! It'd be perfect if it comes with an extra battery! Since I just got it, I haven't had a chance to test out its battery life. I'm not worried though, most of the cameras these days, even the cheap range cameras, have decent battery power. This is not an issue at all. 

As for widescreen camera, ie. one that offers panoramic setting, it's something I've come to rely on, especially when I was at the Expo. It is essential to have this function in order to take pictures of huge and wide architecture. You won't know what you missed until you've tried using one such camera; my old Panasonic DMC-LX2 has this and my cousin more or less lose interest in her camera after having handled mine a few times! It's no fun having to have your pictures cut off part of the building on the sides or to have less of a full mountain range. Same for pictures of airplanes! I must admit I've more or less lose interest in cameras that don't offer widescreen capability!

The 3rd great attraction for me is the HD movie recording! It captures HD video (720p) with stereo sound! Although I could use a 1080p video, this one is not my major concern since I hardly take videos. In addition, I'll be getting my first DSLR compact camera from Sony (NEX-7) as soon as the product is launched and that one has a 1080p video recording, hence, there's no need for that here. For video enthusiasts, you'd be delighted with the high zoom (14x optical!) video capability. Great for concerts and also sport events like the World Cup! Definitely a big plus factor!

Last but not least, the colors. I was looking for the fashionable purple color in my camera this year. Seems that after pink and lime, purple is the "in" color for gadgets. I like the shade of this camera. In fact, I also like the gold color. They are both unique and I did take some time to decide on the purple. Afterall, it's much easier to get a gold or champagne color camera from most brands but the right kind of shade for purple or violet is hard to come by! For most guys, this is probably not a big concern, but for ladies, a lot of gadgets, especially one which we travel with, is a fashion statement! Hence, choose wisely, ladies ;-) Black can be a tad boring as far as I'm concerned :-)

To round it all up, the expert will give you a better idea of its functions and all the tests done on this camera. 
From Canon introduces PowerShot SX210 IS

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<![CDATA[Sony NEX-7 Quick Tip by Sharrie]]> Sat, 12 Jun 2010 03:01:23 +0000 <![CDATA[Singapore PC Show 2010 Quick Tip by Sharrie]]> Sat, 12 Jun 2010 02:44:50 +0000 <![CDATA[Canon Powershot SX210IS Quick Tip by Sharrie]]> Sat, 12 Jun 2010 02:36:31 +0000 <![CDATA[Dancing Sony Robots Quick Tip by Sharrie]]> Wed, 9 Jun 2010 15:05:27 +0000 <![CDATA[Robot Violinist Quick Tip by Sharrie]]> Wed, 9 Jun 2010 14:50:30 +0000 <![CDATA[A little boy climbs the flagpole near China Pavilion Quick Tip by Sharrie]]> Sat, 1 May 2010 04:15:26 +0000