Oct 16 2016

Fujifilm X-A2 Camera + Fuji XF 35mm f1.4 lens!

The past week has been an exciting week because I’ve been busy playing with my new camera!!! Bought the Fujifilm X-A2 on a random note cos of some promotion and 2 days later I got myself new lens (XF 35mm f1.4) too hahaha.


Meet my new X-A2!! It’s a mirrorless compact with APS-C sensor. Previously I was using my Panasonic Lumix which served me very well for the past 3 years. The Fuji is about 1.5x bigger and heavier than my old cam and at first it took me quite awhile to get used to the weight but I guess it’s still better than carrying a DSLR around!


The camera came with a kit lens (16-50mm) but I wanted a prime lens. So happened I could hunt one on Carousell so I immediately got it! This is the XF 35mm f1.4, and the built of it is sooo pretty. I can just stare at the glass the entire day. :/


There’s actually a newer X-A3 model which was recently launched, but I prefer this one cos it looks more vintage while the newer one just looks like a toy. The person at the shop also told us that this is a more popular model compared to the newer version. There’s a few minor upgrades to the newer version but I can live without that. New version = more expensive too! I also love how vintage this camera looks and it also comes with a LCD screen which you can tilt for selfies! I was researching at other brands/models and there was no other cameras which looked this good and had a screen that could tilt.


Side by side with my Fujifilm Instax Mini 90. Matching colour!


So the whole week I was trying to test the camera and getting used to using it. Previously I was just using auto mode most of the time but I think it’s time I should start learning how to use the manual functions!

The shots below are all straight out of the camera and non-edited. Colours were really rich and pictures are sharp. Love it!


Under low light condition. I didn’t even adjust the ISO, aperture and don’t know what much so I guess photo quality could be better.


Visited Muji Cafe with Fawn on Thursday. We bought the cam together and this girl still hasn’t even taken her camera out to play while I’ve already gotten myself new lens.


Love the depth of field of this lens!


On Friday, Mel sent flowers to my office.


Went to Hana Japanese Restaurant whose flying noodles are all over instagram now. But we didn’t have that.. This pic was taken from the table beside me hahaha.


Abit too dark for my liking but I guess I could have increased the brightness. This beef don is damn good btw.

Make full use of the flowers by spamming pics of it. And also using it as a test subject for my camera.

Really like my camera with the new lens! Alot more to get used to still especially the settings but I think I’m getting used to the weight of it already! Not that bad actually. Only bad thing about this 35mm lens is that it’s quite zoomed in so it’s almost impossible to take a nice selfie! Now I’m thinking if I should get another wide angle lens :/

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Sep 5 2016

Cambodia Siem Reap Travelogue

Here to blog about my Siem Reap trip! So many travel posts to catch up on! Earlier this year, I had the chance to head to Cambodia Siem Reap for a management workshop.

Hahaha as you can see it was quite some time back, but better late to update than never!


My first time to experience being ferried to the airplane by bus then having to climb up this flight of stairs! Should have just checked in my luggage zz. But thankfully there were lots of guys on this trip so I just dumped my luggage to them hahaha.


On route to our resort! Along the way it was just very barren.


We stayed at Hotel Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf and Spa Resort for 4 nights.


Would have been better if it was not a work trip!


I shared a room with my colleague cos we were both scared to stay alone hahaha.


What greeted me in my room! So cute!! They actually made our company logo out of jelly?


First food I had after touch down. Some noodles which came in a gigantic portion.

Since our flight was a morning flight and we had all the way till evening to spare, a few of us decided to head down to the temples to take a look! We hired a mini van to bring us around and covered a total of 3 temples in about 4-5hrs. My colleagues were frequent travelers there since we have products there, so they knew who to contact!


You have to purchase this ticket (which covers all temples). Passes are sold in one-day (US$20), three-day (US$40) and seven-day (US$60) blocks that must be used on consecutive days. Your photograph will be taken a printed on the spot and you have to be ready to produce this ticket as and when they require it! So keep it safely!


First stop was Angkor Wat, which is the largest religious monument in the world, and one of the 7 wonders of the world.


This was the king’s pool I think.

The place was quite big but it’s just a straight path down and you exit from the other side. Our van was just waiting at the other side for us. After that we hopped on, and he sent us to the next temple!


We visited Ta Prohm temple next which is more famously known as the temple where Tomb Raider was shot at! Similarly, it’s just enter from one entrance, then exit at the other side.


One very interesting thing about this temple is that you’d realise the roots of the trees actually grow out of the ruins.


Things you’d do for a good shot.. Climb up a few level of rocks. It’s actually quite high up!


Meet my new friends!


To be honest I’m abit lost now which temple is which cos ruins all look roughly the same lolol.


Bayon Temple – The last temple we visited!


This temple is where you can find lots of faces on the ruins.

So with that, I survived climbing up and down stairs and rocks for 5hrs in freaking 37degrees. Remember to stock up on water!!

Along the way there would be young kids coming to you to sell stuffs like fans, books, etc. If you’re not interested, just try to not have eye contact with them or entertain them. If not, they’d walk with you all the way till you get something from them. And after you’ve gotten something, they’d try to get you to get even more things. Honestly, I think they make quite good salesmen in future but that is if only they can get proper education and not think that they can do this for a living. :(

Went back to our hotel all tired and sticky. Went for a quick shower before heading to our welcome dinner by the pool!


Buffet style.


On the spot grilling. I didn’t take the full spread but there was so much food to feed an entire army!!


Day 2 was the start of our 2.5days workshop. It’s a workshop involving 5 different countries and a few different functions, so it was quite a big turnout! Good to be able to see my colleagues from overseas again too!


One of the nights, my manager brought our team (4 of us) out for dinner. The restaurant sent a complementary tuk tuk to bring us there. It’s actually just a short 10mins walk from our hotel. But you can get the hotel to call the restaurant for you to check if there’s seats, arrange transport, etc.


This is like my ultimate favourite dish there. Some grilled mushrooms. They added black pepper and some sweet sauce and it’s SO good! Shit I miss it so much now.


Some spring roll thing.


I obviously did not touch this cos it’s just a pile of raw vegs.


As you can see, Cambodia food is like a fusion of Thai/Vietnamese style.

Had some time after our workshop on Day 3 so I decided to tag along with some of my colleagues who wanted to try the Quad Bike.

I had an ATV experience before in Bintan and it was just not very memorable. So I initially was dreading this cos along the way I thought: “Oh shit, Imagine 4hrs under the hot sun.” The other time in Bintan it was only 1hr, but now it’s 4hrs of driving.


But after doing the test drive and getting on the road, it was really fun! And windy!! Not hot at all like what I imagined. We drove along the countryside and the paddy fields.


Rest stop. Sun was setting and it’s so beautiful!


And as soon as I saw this view it was so serene?? Huge patches of vast land that seemed endless. Something you’d never see in Singapore!

No regrets for this trip even though it’s not exactly very cheap. Can’t remember how much but I think it’s about 50-80usd per person? But I highly recommend going at least once in your life if you’re there! I can’t remember which was the shop that we went too but be careful of scams especially if you’re in a large group. We were scam of the change where the shop owner insisted that they already gave back the change to xx guy but he didn’t receive it. Said that they’ll view the CCTV records but the CCTV was never connected in the first place.

Super long post which marks the end of my 5 days trip in Cambodia, Siem Reap. About 3 days was occupied by work stuff but glad that I could still explore key attractions there! I almost couldn’t make it for this trip as initially it clashed with my Japan holiday. And I guess without work, Cambodia wouldn’t have been on my to-go list. So I’m thankful for all the opportunities I get from work.

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Dec 30 2015

Skin Updates!

So Mel and I have been to New York Skin Solutions for my facial treatments for about 5 times already and here’s to share with you guys on our skin progress!

After our last treatment recently, we did a skin analysis using New York Skin Solutions’s scanning equipment.

Here’s some before and after shots of my skin condition:

Less clogged, and you can see that my skin has more collagen now (the zig zag lines are collagen within the skin). With more collagen my skin will become naturally more hydrated and hence less oily. Those black spots you see are very stubborn “dirt” that has accumulated within my skin for a long time due to lack of proper extractions and they can only be improved after a few more rounds of treatment.

My skin used to have random acne popping out here and there and that causes alot of scarring. Ever since I’ve started my skin treatments here, I find that my skin is less clogged and more radiant looking. It also feels smoother and more supple thanks to the collagen treatment!

You can see that my skin is smoother and more radiant now!

I also see significant improvement on my chin area which used to be soooo clogged!!

For Mel, his face feels less oily as compared to the past and one drastic difference is that his face is so much brighter.

If you’ve remembered, this was his ‘before’ scans:

Which was super dull, clogged and really dirty. I get goosebumps whenever I see this.

This was his most recent scan:

His face doesn’t absorb the collagen as well as mine but it’s now much brighter and less clogged.


Thank you New York Skin Solutions for taking such good care of our faces!!

I cannot stress the importance of facial treatments enough, which I’ve mentioned in my previous post.

If you’ve not redeemed your FREE HYDROCOLLAGEN TREATMENT (Worth $300)! Hop over to this link (http://goo.gl/SOl4sm) to fill in a very short form stating your particulars + preferred appointment time!
(*Note that promotion is only for first-time customers!)

You can also visit New York Skin Solutions’s website here for more information:
http://newyorkskinsolutions.com.sg

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Dec 23 2015

Importance of facial treatments!

Everyone should incorporate facial treatments as part of their skincare routines. Having experienced my skin with and without facial treatments, I can definitely feel the benefits of facials. And it’s very important to find somewhere that is professional and has good beauticians. So far Mel and I already had 4-5 facial treatments with New York Skin Solutions and our skin has showed great improvements!

So why should you get facials done regularly? Our face is constantly exposed to dirt and dust outside and it’s important to get our pores cleansed. Pimples arise because our pores are clogged which leads to the growth of bacteria that causes pimples. So clearing your pores regularly would ensure lesser breakouts!

During my facial session with New York Skin solutions, my beautician uses steam to safely open up the pores to get ready for the extraction step. This also allows the pores to breathe. My most dreaded part of facials is the extraction which is really a torture. But at New York Skin Solutions, a softening mask is put before that so that extraction would be easier and faster too.

And one super important point to note: If you don’t know how to correctly pop your zit, leave it to the professionals!! Ever since I started my facials here, I make it a point never to squeeze pimples myself because I would end up doing more damage to my skin. I also constantly remind Mel not to squeeze his zits cos he’d scratch his face and cause a deep wound which leads to acne scarring which is even harder to repair. The people at New York Skin Solutions are well trained and they’re really fast and precise at popping zits and extracting blackheads!

After the extraction, a collagen treatment will be done on my face which is so cooling and shiok! Collagen helps my skin to naturally repair itself so it’s good to pump up more levels of this especially as we age. After this step my skin is always glowing!!

Lastly, a soft and hard mask will be placed and sometimes I get so relaxed that I really dozed off. I see facials as a good way for me to just relax, get away from my phone for awhile and to just really pamper myself.

Taken right after my facial session.. Feeling my face all nice and cleansed!!

Here at New York Skin Solutions, you’ll be able to get detailed scans on your skin condition and you can see what’s going on underneath.. Something that you’ll never be able to do with your naked eye. Going for facials allow an expert to help you identify skin conditions, and educate you on how to treat them. Like how I’d never know that I’m using the wrong skincare products if I never visited them!! Same for Mel because after eliminating all the wrong facial products, his skin is now less oily. And I encourage all guys to go for facials too!! They’re not only meant for ladies! Both of us not incorporate facials as part of our dates haha.

Just for my readers, you can also try out New York Skin Solutions yourself! New York Skin Solutions is giving away 1 FREE HYDROCOLLAGEN TREATMENT (Worth $300)! All you have to do is use this link to fill in a very short form stating your particulars + preferred appointment time: http://goo.gl/SOl4sm
(*Note that promotion is only for first-time customers!)

Also, hop over to New York Skin Solutions’s website here for more information:
http://newyorkskinsolutions.com.sg

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