2006 Recap


Well, since this entry is probably my last entry for this year, I might as well post my 2006 recap. When it comes to photography, 2006 has been a good year for me.

— One of my honeymoon photos made the Utata front page.
— I learned to do my own black and white film development and Troy got me a scanner than can scan both 35mm and medium format films.
— I participated in this year’s World Pinhole Photography Day and one of my pinhole photos ended up being my most popular shot on Flickr.
— One of my Holga photos won a prize in this year’s World Toy Camera Day.
— I got the word this month that another one of my Holga photos will be published in the Winter issue of Lightleaks Magazine, coming out either in late January or early February 2007.
— I got all the cameras I’d ever wanted (this includes a Rolleicord, a Yashica Mat, a Canon Digital Rebel XTi, and a Lomo LC-A).
— I got around to putting together my photography portfolio, even though it’s still very much a work in progress.

Photography aside, this year has been pretty uneventful, except for Troy’s one week of hospitalisation due to appendicitis and my stomach problem. Both were big pains in the backside.

Here’s hoping for a better health next year, another good photography year for me, and an all-around good year for everyone!


Yesterday Was Da Bomb!

Creepy Mrs. Clause

Yesterday was my first day of that time of month and I thought it might be a good idea for me to do some running around catching buses and shopping for Christmas presents to give to my beloved husband. I don’t know what the hell I was thinking.

The first bus was like 15 minutes late, so I missed the second bus — no thanks to the first bus — and had to wait for 15 minutes for the next bus. When the next bus arrived, the driver had to wait for another 15 minutes before he moved the bus. At least he was cute and said thank you when I dropped my fares into the slot. Plus, he was the only bus driver I came across that day (there were four of them) that wasn’t grumpy. Bus driver #4 actually looked like he was ready to kill me by the time I hopped on the bus. And I didn’t do anything to him other than say hi! Is it wrong to say hi to bus drivers? But then again, his bus kind of smelled like stale pee. I’d be grumpy too if I were him.

People in general were also grumpy that day. When I mentioned it to my beloved husband, he said people were always grumpy when Christmas was near. So much for the Christmas spirit and all that jazz, eh? Anyway, their grumpiness kind of rubbed off on me. I couldn’t help cussing to myself over and over again under my breath during my running around. It wasn’t a good day, but at least my Christmas shopping is almost done and soon the only grumpy person I’ll have to deal with is my beloved husband. Not that he’s grumpy all the time. He’s only grumpy when he’s driving. Poor boy just doesn’t get along too well with other drivers.

Aaanyway. Have I ever told you how much I love gift-wrapping? It is a stressful activity to some (including my beloved husband), but to me, it’s very therapeutic. There is something zen about it. It makes me feel at peace and all that new age crap. I wrapped all my presents to Troy and some others last night and had a good time. I even offered to wrap Troy’s presents to me but he politely declined. Boo! I’m glad we still have a bunch more presents to buy, because it means I’ll have a bunch of things to wrap, which is awesome. I’d buy people presents just so that I could do some gift-wrapping. Too bad I’m not rich, eh?

Oooh, ooh, I almost forgot. I saw the best graffiti ever yesterday on some pole by a school. It read “Different doesn’t mean your clever.” (Emphasis on “your” is mine.) Hadn’t I been on a bus with a bunch of strangers, I would’ve laughed out loud.


The Obligatory Post About My Brand Spanking New Digital SLR Camera

New Toy!

Watching Death Cab For Cutie’s I Will Follow You Into the Dark video first thing in the morning is really not the best way to start your day. I ended up bawling my eyes out. If you think the song is depressing, wait until you watch the video. I actually watched the video a couple more times after the first time because I’m a glutton for punishment and I ended up bawling. Every. Single. Time.

I did get my brand spanking new digital SLR camera in the mail on Wednesday, by the way, but it came with an additional feature (since Canon refuses to call it a malfunction): a dead pixel on the 2.5 inch LCD screen. If you paid lots of money on a product, you’d expect the product to be perfect, right? So that night we brought the camera back to Future Shop for an exchange. After waiting around for what felt like ages, we drove home with another Canon Digital Rebel XTi. I hated having to charge the battery all over again (90 minutes is a frickin’ long time!) but I didn’t have any other choice. Once the battery was all charged, I tested the camera and this one turned out to be perfect. Yay!

I wanted to call my camera Chuck Norris but Troy thought it was dumb. He wanted to call it Christi (XTi, Christi — got it?) but I thought it was lame. I think I’m going to call it Penelope instead. Not after Penelope Cruz, but after one of James Kim’s daughters. I didn’t post about the camera on Wednesday because I was upset about James Kim — the CNet senior editor who went missing while searching for help for his stranded family — being found dead. It’s amazing how much the live (or death) of strangers can affect you.

I still have yet to take the camera outside. Hopefully I’ll be able to do it this weekend. The weather is supposed to be warmish on Sunday. That would be nice for a change.