April 2008

Monthly Archive

John Wood

Posted by chanxj on 20 Apr 2008 | Tagged as: Thoughts

I had just read a book titled “Leaving Microsoft to Change the World” by John Wood, and I have to say, the work done by him has just been incredulous.

John left Microsoft (the closed world) after a trip to nepal opened his eyes up to the reality of life, where many people are struggling and not given the chance for proper education. He started room to read, an organisation that “partners with local communities throughout the developing world to establish schools, libraries, and other educational infrastructure.”.

One lesson i learnt from this book is that although the path one walks is uncertain, we certainly can walk it one step at a time, learning from our mistakes, learning from our sucesses.

snail walking up pathway

Just like the picture on top, the determined snail(which is very slow) has a long path take goes on with the journey, the path we take can be long, but as long as there is determination, we can certainly finish the job/work set out for us to complete.

The Environment

Posted by chanxj on 10 Apr 2008 | Tagged as: Thoughts

Ants are a hardworking lot of insects. I have a friend called anthony who i will describe as someone who works as hard as ants.

Ok so why are we talking about ants here?

Today, i was the photographer for a “lecture” and Q&A session by Lord Nicolas Stern who wrote the Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change (Although i thought that he could have travelled to the lecture in a greener toyota prius rather than a BMW). There is a point that i totally agree with Lord Nicolas Stern and it is that everyone has a part to play in making recommendations work.

If we as humans can work together like ants :) there would be so much more that can be done in conserving our environment.

Excellent Roti Prata

Posted by chanxj on 09 Apr 2008 | Tagged as: Food

Yesterday after a trek to HSBC canopy walk at Macritchie trails  with pkchukiss, my uncle, and mr foo, we went for Roti Prata and it was one of the best i have ever ate. The coffee shop is called shibly Indian Food. Picture below taken by me using pkchukiss camera :)

 

HDR Photographs

Posted by chanxj on 08 Apr 2008 | Tagged as: Photography

HDR techniques are frequently applied by many photographers to give their pictures a high range of colors and exposure normally impossible with normal cameras. The common technique is to use multiple photos of the same angle exposed differently and then in the current digital age, map those photographs together using softwares like Photomatix(my fav) and photoshop. Below is a not so good HDR i took handheld(Please do not learn from me and be lazy :) )

 

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Reliance on Electronics

Posted by chanxj on 05 Apr 2008 | Tagged as: Music

My job as a soundman brings me to many places and day by day, I see the evolution of our reliance on electronics.

Over at Republic Poly sometime in march last year, they have a state of the art cultural center fitted with wonderful state of the art sound equipment such as the sennheiser 3000 series wireless mics and the industry reowned Yamaha PM1D Digital sound mixer. Below is me with the mixer.

Giant Yamaha pm1d Mixer at Republic Polytechnic Cultural centre

A Digital mixer is really a godsend if the performance ur mixing for involves more than 1 A Cappella Group UNTIL

The mixer crashes!!! YES IT CRASHES. Its technically a “computer” remember? That is the very time, I’m really wishing i had the analog mixer that i always want to junk.

The effects are not patched through, the sound kept clipping due to the processor not working properly etc.

This is one of those days where we really have to think whether we should increase our reliance on electronics.

Isotonic

Posted by chanxj on 04 Apr 2008 | Tagged as: The A Cappella Scene

The music scene in Singapore is growing, and i would like to applaud The A Cappella Society in supporting the youth group Tone in holding its inaugural concert.

For all music lovers, Tone’s inaugural concert called isotonic is a must go. Though young, these guys and girls really have a passion for music. Details below.

one\'s Inaugural Concert Isotonic Presented by The A Cappella Society

Food in SP

Posted by chanxj on 04 Apr 2008 | Tagged as: Food

Many people i know go out of SP during their lunch break to have their lunch. I often wonder why? Some of them haven’t even travelled to all SP food courts before and they really dunno what they are missing out on!

Here are some photos of the Zha Jiang Mian (minced pork meat noodle with sauce) sold at FC 3, a must try:

Delights of life

Posted by chanxj on 04 Apr 2008 | Tagged as: Food

In life, what can be better than enjoying your time with your friends and family? Here’s some photos of Ice Cream from Ben and Jerry I had with my friend at Suntec Yesterday :)