Saturday, 23 January 2010

The Old Is Gone, The New Has Come


as my new still-very-shy 7D (his name is "shichi-kun" meaning "little 7" (shichi-chan is more difficult to pronounce then shichi-kun la)) peeks from behind his box to explore the unfamiliar surroundings, i have to pack my 400D for re-sale and it's rather heart-breaking =(


yes, it's time to say goodbye to my beloved 400D =( although people think he's just an entry level camera, we have spent a good 3 years and shared many happy memories together =)

The first photo i editted using Lightroom ^^


I took part in a Hort Park Photography Exhibition (I think Quentin took part too) and was thrilled to see my photo in their gallery. I remembered I took Mr Tee and CC to see =)


we explored many firsts in Perth


[photo courtesy of Eunice]

and macro in Phuket


we climbed the steps of Angkor Wat


and captured the colours of Malacca


We basked in the warm glow of the evening sun in Koh Samui


and felt the winds kiss our cheeks in Iwakuni


we saw sun rise in kyoto


and the sun set in Bali


we strolled along the river in Kinugawa


and admired the sacred bridge in Nikko


we breathed in the fragrance of the furano blooms


and savoured ramen in Hakata


we adored the vibrant colours


and the friendly deers of Miyajima


we took a cruise around kujukushima



and a boat ride in Huis Ten Bosch

we ate kurobuta in kagoshima


and drank puffer fish tail sake in osaka


we appreciated the beautiful gardens of Nara


and the serenity of Arashiyama


we celebrated the union of Meoto-iwa


and the magnificence of Takayama


we endured the hike up shiroyama


and the cold of shirakawa


we got to know Mozart better in Salzburg


we remembered the victims of war in Hiroshima


and the Jews in Dachau


we almost fainted in the lourve


and almost died scaling Notre Dame


we enjoyed quiet moments by the Alpsee


and chased a bumble bee in Germany


I will miss my 400D... after carrying the 7D for like 5 mins, the 400D felt more like a toy but still, he will always be my first camera =) 我的第一個 i have grown to know the dial and buttons so well that i don't even need to take my eyes off the viewfinder to get what i want...

as i was writing this post, i teared... i will really miss my first camera and then it occured to me, i want to thank someone... chris =) thanks dear, for the camera... without which i could not have captured all those special moments i spent with you =)

Monday, 18 January 2010

Animals Have Pride

hahaha... west and claire are so funny and cute... whenever they hear the "chak chak chak" sound of shaking the treats box, they'd SPRINT toward us... makes us feel so loved (we're such delusional pet owners... it's the treats they love, not us -.-) and usually they'd be ALL OVER us (the box actually -.-) and get very excited.

anw, they hate to be brushed and will run and hide so we tried to trick them by shaking the treats box. when they came, chris caught west and started brushing his fur. he got very upset. when chris was done, he offered west a piece of dried banana (west loves that) but west refused to eat it. he ran into his enclosure and sulked. chris went in too to coax him with the banana... west turned around and showed us his backside and bo hew-ed chris! i swear i saw him "geen" us!!! hahaha... end up we both went in, bent down, said sorry, stroked him and offered him the banana again... he finally mianqiang-ly (grudgingly) ate it.

this bunny got pride one k! LOL

(claire escaped being brushed because she grabbed the banana and slipped through chris' hands hahah clever girl)

Sunday, 17 January 2010

Visit to the Vet


That day I found a drop of blood on the floor near West and Claire's toilet and told chris. He was so kancheong and checked their bodies for any wounds or bleeding but could not find any so we brought them to see the vet and do a general check. we usually bring them to The Animal Doctors at ang mo kio. they vets there are very good with small animals. there's a nother vet at Namly Clinic that's very good too but AMK is much nearer to our home.

they were sooooo cute and docile... ah yo such good actors (at home they're tyrants!) hahaha while at the vet, i snapped a few pictures with my i-phone =)

here's west in his signature "underexposed" pose


vet checking west's "boy boy" (which is the size of a cooked green bean LOL)


vet checking claire's heartbeat


Claire posing for photo



vet checking claire's "girl girl"


she didn't find anything abnormal except a broken nail on claire's left paw which seems to have healed by itself. her guess is that claire might have been sprinting around the house and didn't "brake" in time, rammed into the wall and broke her nail, hence causing some bleeding. hahaha rabbits can be quite dumb sometimes LOL they'd miscalculate their speed and skid around... the thought of that just tickles me =D

oh, the vet weighted them and they lost about 10% of their weight each and are now in the ideal range so that's great =) the diet worked!

Sunday, 3 January 2010

Chawanmushi


WA! i tried the cooking with dog chawanmushi recipe using my newly bought chawanmushi bowls and it's v v nice! ^^ like restaurant one!! and it's so easy =DD i skipped the frying the chicken part cos i was lazy and it was fine! and since i was just trying out, i only added chicken and ginko. next time i'll put everything!! i used a bamboo steamer which worked perfectly cos it doesn't have the problem of water dripping down. the egg was so soft and smooth like towhway!!!

OISHII!!!