Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Mother & Child Soundtrack



The sentimental stuff keeps pouring inside of me whenever instrumentals like these appear. Always brings me to a mental place of solitude, and reflect backwards at the time I wish I could be. What a great feeling to have when music touches your soul.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Inception

I just came home from watching Inception with my wife. A 2hrs 20mins movie about the exploitation and manipulation of someone's dream to extract or plant information. Inception is mostly about the latter.

When 'themovieblog.com' gave a 10 out of 10 review on Inception, I grew very excited. However, it did warn about the movie possessing a profound storyline and can be difficult to comprehend. After having seen the film, I wouldn't say that it scores a perfect 10. In fact, it scored a 6 out of 10 for me. Perhaps, movie critics who love the idea of a critical, complex and thought provoking film would gladly give the highest rating. Trying to make sense of those dream states and who dreams what, distracts you from enjoying the film. Although the visual effects were stunning, it didn't entertain me as much.

It is a heavy film to digest; not for laymen moviegoers like myself. But as a science fiction genre, I believe the film is absolutely genius. The way dreams are represented are astounding and breathtaking. It provides utmost satisfaction to patrons who possess a more welcoming capacity to absorb complex information, a.k.a smart people.

In a nutshell, Inception was not as I had expected. It is a visually compelling film, action packed and filled with 'deep' words.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Not Exactly Wood

Resysta is a new hybrid material made of 60% rice husk, 22% common salt, and 18% mineral oil, which has the look and feel of tropical wood. Resysta was inspired by 2 Singaporean brothers whom have discovered the formula of 100% no wood materials way back in 1998.

Since then, this composite material has been tested on real life implementation on outdoor structures (Decking of Hong Kong's fisherman's pier) and has proven itself a viable solution as a substitute for outdoor wooden infrastructures.

This is some good news for the environment and trees specifically. For more info about Resysta you can head down to this link.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

3D Cinema at Suria Sabah

GSC Suria Sabah has the first 3D Cinema in Kota Kinabalu and Sabah which opened this month of May. The fee comes to RM15 which is more than double normal ticket rates but the additional cost is all in favour to entertain you more with an immersive visual experience.

The third instalment of Shrek is the first movie I've watched on 3D technology. The introduction of 3D cinema whets my appetite for more. The visual experience is absolutely awe inspiring. You literally see things come off the screen and appear inches away from where you're seated. Yeah! It's that real. Awesome stuff.

The 3D glasses you'll be handed at the entrace comes in black and probably made of carbon fibre material I think. The glasses itself is not very cheap coz if you accidentally break one you'd best have RM200 to replace them.

As newcomers to this form of technology in entertainment, we've been given previews of upcoming movies that has embraced 3D, namely Toy Story 3, Despicable me (animation) and another Resident Evil movie. The realism of live action film incorporating 3D is indeed captivating and I'll be looking forward to watching such movies in this format.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

2nd Hand Canon Sx10is for RM800

I believe this to be a very good bargain for a second hand camera from mudah.my. Physically, it looks almost brand new. The retail price for a new one costs around RM1,800++ as seen in Canon Malaysia website. At mudah.my, it cost just RM800 and even negotiable to an extent. However, this is presumed specifically for those living in Kota Kinabalu/Penampang area, unless one is willing to travel the distance for a first hand look.

The Canon Powershot SX10IS doesn't fit well into one's pockets but it is not bulky either like DSLRs. It's still light weight and convenient to bring around. This 10 Megapixel camera is powered by 4 AA batteries.

The strong points about this camera is its 20x optical zoom and bigger lens which is likely to produce detailed photos with better control of depth-of-field compared to the more compact digital camera lineups. And it has a flash hot shoe built-in for those who prefer using external flash as an alternative. Also, a cool feature about this camera is its adjustable viewfinder which can be swiveled 180 degrees to the left and vertically rotated as well. This gives the ability take those difficult low or high angle shots while still being able to preview through the viewfinder and composing the photo before commiting to pressing the shutter button.

With that said, for me, it's a very good buy. I too am tempted but I don't think that I have the need for another camera now.

Looking at 2nd hand stuff

Lenses

Canon EF 50mm 1.8 II, RM300, posted 16/05/10
No more ad. Presumed sold. Checked 18/05/10
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Canon EFS 18-55mm 3.5-5.6 IS, RM200, posted 20/05/10
No more ad. Presumed sold. Checked 21/05/10, NYESAL I DIDN"T BUY. Can sell balik kasi up the price!

Canon EFS 18-55mm 3.5-5.6 IS, RM450, posted 16/05/10
(New: RM680-RM850) w/ UV filter, lens hood
No more ad. Presumed sold. Checked 18/05/10

Canon EFS 18-55mm 3.5-5.6 IS, RM200, posted 06/05/10
Faulty auto focus
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Canon EF 28-135mm F3.5-5.6 USM, RM1,400, posted 15/05/10
w/ Hoya filter, lens hood

Flash

Canon Speedlite 580EX II, RM1,500, posted 13/05/10
(New: RM2500)

Canon Speedlite 430EX II, RM1,050, posted 16/05/10

Cameras

Canon 450D Body Only, RM1,700, posted 06/05/10

Handis Fondis

Sony Ericsson T707, RM270, posted 12/05/10
No more ad. Presumed sold. Checked 25/05/10

Nokia 6600, RM300, posted 12/05/10
No more ad. Presumed sold. Checked 25/05/10

Misc

USB Wireless LAN Dongle, RM30, posted 12/04/10
Wireless WiFi Card for PC, RM50, posted 17/05/10

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Avi Buffalo - Remember Last Time



Labelled as subpop in music categorization, Avi Buffalo has a decent sound which is playable around people with varying appreciation for music. In a sense, it's non-invasive musical formula coupled with a fantastic vocal amounts to an amazing experience for both sonic and emotional elements. Listening to this, I'm always tempted to thinking about happy thoughts and natural landscapes like the beach on a clear sunny day where people just hang around and play. Hey, it's a wonderful song after all. Check it out.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Massive Attack - Angel

Adidas Commercial

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Where The Wild Things Are


Great story telling and tasteful soundtrack. Where the Wild Things Are is a film that explores the vivid imagination of a young boy named Max. Max immersed into his own realm following an argument he had with his mom, and set sail towards the open sea to an enchanted island where the wild things lived. These eccentric creatures could speak and each have their own unique personalities but all desired the same thing, which is happiness. Max's ascension as king was thought by all to augur good things, to not allow lonliness to descend on them and to right things which are wrong. But the very nature of the creatures made it impossible for the King to please everyone. The story perspired into a series of happy and bitter moments, and the culmination of Max seeking his way home and leaving the place where the wild things are.

A very entertaining tale capturing the various musings of a child and it wouldn't be glorious without the beautiful soundtracks. A highly recommended movie to watch.

Paradise Lost by Rhymeweaver



Visit Rhymeweaver, at his blogspot for more hip hop tracks which you can download for free. Above is an awesome song and thankfully without verbal profanities.