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Behind the Stormy Sky

Why didn’t you ever tell me that the comment form wouldn’t save your information? Oh wait. You never did comment so you had no way to know! I got it. Sigh. I guess that’s what you get for being a blog lurker. Lurkers beget lurkers. Anyway, just wanted to let you know that the comment form cookie script is fixed and that if you don’t want to have to fill out your name/email/URL ever again when you’re commenting here, just leave a comment on this entry and check “Remember personal info?” box before pushing the “Post” button. If you don’t really have any comment, just tell me what your favourite ice cream flavour is. Mine is Gold Medal Ribbon™ from Baskin Robbins. Mmm, ice cream…

I was going to cut the entry short there but I thought I might as well tell you more because who knows when I will feel compelled to update this here blog again next. Soooo, I had three firsts this past weekend. The first first was buying a lens for my DSLR new instead of used. Well, technically Troy bought the lens but you know what I mean. He bought me the lens I’d been wanting for awhile, the Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM, because he’s the most awesome husband in the world. Yay! The second first was selling prints. Oh yes, SMooSH and Loba, you are indeed my very first buyers. Your names have been recorded in the history of my life. Or something to that effect. And the third first was being the official photographer for someone’s wedding. I tried to shoot scenes that I thought would look romantic and wedding-y and stuff but I think the results look more funny than anything. Oh well. Let’s hope the newlyweds won’t defriend me after seeing the results.

And oooh, oooh, Friday next week we’re going to begin our two-week adventure out west! So excited! I still have yet to decide which ones of my 170-something film cameras to bring. Troy would only let me bring three of them, sadly. But he’s the one who’s going to be carrying all those cameras all over the place for me so it’s understandable. :D Last night I actually had a dream about the trip in which I forgot to bring my film cameras and I was so upset. I had my DSLR with me but I was still upset. I take it as a reminder for me not to forget to bring the film cameras, or else. As much as I love my DSLR camera, film is still my favourite medium.

Well, I think that’s all the news for now. I’ve got stuff to do. You know, like procrastinating from doing stuff. It keeps me busy. ;)

This and That

How to publish your Facebook status to Twitter

I’ve had a Twitter account for a while but had always been too lazy to update it and yet I update my Facebook status at least once a week, so I thought, why not connect the two. A little search on Google revealed this little gem of tutorial that shows you how to do just that via TwitterFeed. Finding my status feed on Facebook was actually the toughest part because it was way buried. On TwitterFeed, I set the update frequency to every 30 mins., post up to 5 new updates each time, include title only, uncheck include item link, and no prefix. If you look at my sidebar at the bottom of The 411 section, you should be able to see my current status.

If you are a non-creepy person with a Twitter account and you’d like to follow me in a non-stalker kind of way, feel free. I wouldn’t understand why you’d want to do that but don’t let that stop you. Heh, and don’t forget to give me a follow on Instagram, this guy happens to have lots of Instagram followers.


Long Walks on the Beach: Overrated?


I don’t find the idea of long walks on the beach very appealing, yet a lot of people put it in their personal ads, thinking that prospective matches will see it as a positive point, perhaps because it implies romance or something. I wonder if it really works. You see, this past Sunday Troy and I went for a walk on a deserted beach in Turkey Point (crappy weather == deserted beach) and it was anything but romantic. Don’t get me wrong. Troy and I are very much in love, but long walks on the beach are just so overrated.

It’s all about the sand, really. Walking on a thick layer of sand, your steps become heavy and you get kind of wobbly because, well, sand is no concrete, and it makes you walk like you were drunk. And then you get grains of sand inside your shoes which may result in blisters if you insist on taking a long walk with it. Just imagine if your date suggests that you get into the water after the long walk and it’s saltwater and you have open wounds on your feet from the blisters but you couldn’t say no. How romantic would that be? Troy said that it would be better if you were walking barefoot but there’s a lot of sharp objects on the beach that can stab you on the feet. If I had to take a long walk on the beach, I’d rather get blisters than walking barefoot.

I think this paragraph from an article on long walks on the beach at says it all:

This is … an example of something that sounds romantic but when put into practice often results in muppet hair, a small grain of sand in your shoe resulting in a large blister, and a very unromantic odor of salt spray.

Long walks on the beach makes me think of Bacon Exotic Candy Bar, Smoked Salmon Paté Soda, and Crab Ice Cream. Basically, everything that belongs to the Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time category. Really, every time I went for a walk on the beach, I always ended up thinking, “Now I remember why I don’t go for long walks on the beach!” But next month, I think I’m going to have to do just that since we will be staying in an oceanfront cottage for a couple of nights. I’m sure I would wish we could stay longer, but alas, we don’t live in France. How does 30 days of legally required paid annual leave sound to you? Pretty sweet deal, eh?

I’m not a beach person. Can you tell? ;)


Ebony and Ivory

Conestoga Mall Photobooth

Yesterday I went to the dollar store for the second time after supper, but this time with Troy in tow. When we were lining up to pay for the stuff we picked up, this scrawny kid (probably 7 or 8 years old) with seemingly over-sized eyes in front of us started making faces at Troy before asking us questions.

Kid: [eyeing my wedding band] Are you married?
Me: Yup.
Troy: Yes, we are. [showing him his wedding band]
Kid: Why is she brown and you are white?
Troy: Because we’re from different families?
Me: Different races?
Kid: [staring at us disapprovingly] Why is she fat and you are thin?
Me: !

Thankfully, another cash register opened and the kid switched to the other line. I’d had countless kids calling me fat back in Indonesia but in Canada, this was a first. To be fair, Troy is not exactly thin, either. He’s not fat, but he’s not exactly thin! Anyway, here’s hoping that the kid won’t grow up to be a racist bully.

Don’t you think we look like Happy Tree Friends in the photobooth pictures? ;) I know, we’re so adorkable! Heh.


Upgraded and Uninspired


I thought upgrading my version of Movable Type to version 4 would inspire me to post more, but not really. Well, I was thinking of writing a post about how frustrating the upgrading process was yesterday, but that would be old news. Upgrading Movable Type has always been a pain in the butt ever since they got lazy with writing the documentation. I still have no idea on how to take advantage of all the new features. It makes me miss the good old days when MT came with a built-in documentation. Maybe I’ll eventually figure out how to use the new features, maybe not. Maybe I shouldn’t have upgraded in the first place because I’m a basic blogger and I don’t need all the bells and whistles. Hell, I never even bothered enabling the trackback feature. Let’s just say that I upgraded because I was bored. One thing for sure, upgrading made me feel pissy for the rest of the day. Poor Troy, having to deal with pissy Firda all night. Oh, in case anyone from Six Apart read this, I’ve noticed an increase in comment spam ever since I upgraded. Just so you know. At least the upgrade didn’t kill my poor, old weblog. And the new user interface sure is pretty!

Not only am I not feeling inspired enough to write a post, I’m also not feeling inspired enough to take pictures or to do just about anything. Yes, things are really that bad in the inspirational department. Troy had to bribe me with a $20 bill just to get me to bring the last roll of film I shot with the Holga to the photolab today, and the photolab is only less than 10 minutes away by foot. So I walked to the photolab, made a stop at Tim Horton’s to have lunch and then to the dollar store to pick up stuff, and when I got home, it was back to feeling uninspired. I usually find the dollar store pretty inspiring, what with all the tacky stuff it carries (Hallowe’en decorations are already out for sale, by the way), but not this time.

I think what I need is a new lens. You know what you should do? You should buy prints from me because they are pretty, are professionally printed, and you want to help me buy a new lens. :) I already lowered the price, by the way. If you see any of my work that you like that aren’t available at Imagekind and you’d like to buy the print directly from me, just let me know. I like having a reason to print my work. Mind you, we don’t really have much space to hang pictures in our apartment so I don’t get to print my work as much as I’d like to. Well, I’d better end this post here. I’ve got to get some prints ready for mailing!

Canada · Travel

Travelling is Expensive

Hang to Dry

So somebody dropped by yesterday and handed me a cheque with a nice number on it. It was the cheque I was going to spend on a new lens for my DSLR and a plane ticket to the West Coast and back. It was kind of nice holding the cheque in my hand while thinking of all the lovely things I could buy with it. But in the end, I decided to forego the new lens and put all the money into the West Coast trip fund because, damn, hotel rooms are so frickin’ expensive, even in September. The average cost for one room is $150/night! It’s crazy! Why the hell do they still count September as Peak Season? Kids would have gone back to school already. When we went out East two years ago on our honeymoon, we could get a nice hotel room for $50! And we were there in August, which was obviously still in the Peak Season.

In addition, the fun things I want to do during the trip cost a lot of money. Here’s the list so far:

  • Tofino Whale Watching $69
  • Jasper Tramway $24.00
  • Maligne Lake Cruise $40.57
  • Jasper Rafting Trip $49
  • Columbia Icefield Ice Explorer Bus Tour $35.95
  • Lake Louise Canoe Rental $60 (per hour!)
  • Banff Gondola $24.95

Everything times two because I’m not going to go alone. Well, except for the canoe rental maybe. See how expensive it gets? I might have to forego the tramway/gondola thing. And I still have yet to put food and gas into account. I’m actually considering buying a box of Indomie (an Indonesian instant noodle brand) in Vancouver and eat just that all through the trip. Hey, it’s only $10 for 30 packs of noodles! Just enough for two weeks if I had two packs a day. Heh. But I got the feeling that Troy wouldn’t let me do that.

By the way, thanks to everyone who left me travel tips on the previous post. Those come in handy as I’m writing up our itinerary. I’m actually a little afraid of Banff. The prospect of having to fight the hordes of tourists in Banff for the best picture-taking spots just makes me cringe. I’m also not going to do too much hiking while I’m there, or at least just do the easy routes. Mind you, I have bad knees. It kind of sucks because, seriously, when you’re in the Rockies, you’re expected to hike. That’s why I’m thinking of renting canoes instead, which would cost a lot more than hiking, but what can you do.

When it comes to affordable accommodations, I’ve figured out that getting a two-bedroom suite would cost a little less than paying for two hotel rooms since there’ll be the four of us travelling together and we’ll split the expenses between the two couples. Here’s hoping that there’ll still be vacancies in places with two-bedroom suites when we get around to making reservations!