Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Sony A750 Rumours

A japanese poster featuring the Sony A750 that is being rumoured to be launched in 2010 (well, if it is not tomorrow, it’s 2010!).


It is said to feature Liveview, HD Video(?), fast FPS and using the EXMOR CMOS sensor with 18MP capability.  Stay tuned, more later …

Friday, December 18, 2009

Sony Handycam Trade-In Programme


Sony is having an attractive trade-in program for their handycam camcorder.  Basically, all you need to do is to go to participating outlets and trade-in your old camcorder of any brand and receive up to RM500 rebate on a new Sony Handycam.


They have 5 models for the trade-in programme.  The highest end model is the  HDR-XR520E which is a HD camcorder with a 240GB hard disk.  For that particular model, not only will you get the RM500 rebate, but also a free DPP-FP95 photoprinter (which somehow doesn’t sell very well) and also a starter accessory kit.


The lowest end model on this rebate offer is the DCR-SX40E, which after rebate is just slightly above RM1,000 and it too comes with some free gifts such as an additional battery pack and a carrying case.

Find out more at

Friday, December 11, 2009

Coliseum Restaurant Kuala Lumpur

It has been years since I have been to the historic Coliseum Cafe and Hotel (CCH) or more commonly known as Coliseum Restaurant.  Recently, a friend of mine mentioned that he has never been there although he has been living in Kuala Lumpur nearly all his life.  So, we decided to hop over to have a quick lunch over there.

The Coliseum Menu

The restaurant hasn’t really changed very much, it is still pretty much the same except for the waiters.  The original partners have not retired and the last I heard, some have sadly passed away.  These were the same people that served our country’s founding members in 1957!

The Coliseum Bar

Coliseum Restaurant

I thought I treat myself with a nice steak as I haven’t had one for ages.  Anyway, it was on the set menu, so I guess its an easy decision … medium well please.  Opps, soup and coleslaw (as an appetizer?) first.

Soup and Coleslaw


The Sirloin Steak, Medium Well Done

Covered with black pepper sauce.  Still taste the same, not much has changed in this place.  The mashed spinach is really yummy.

Black Pepper Sauce

I guess I don’t have to give directions to this place.  Just ask any local, they should be able to tell you where it is located.  For parking, there’s ample parking at the rear of the building (during weekends :-)

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

The Singapore Flyer

I also managed to take some pictures of the flyer itself, not from afar as you can probably find lots of those pictures from the various promotional materials by the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) and from others.  Anyway, I thought that I share some pictures of the Flyer taken from the capsule itself.

Singapore Flyer Capsule

Singapore Flyer Capsule

Singapore Flyer Capsule

Singapore Flyer Capsule

There are some capsules that are furnished for dining purposes too.  I don’t have a close up.  The picture below is one of those capsule although my intention was to show that the boarding platform curves with the movement of the capsule.

Singapore Flyer Dining Capsule

The structure of the flyer reminds me of a bicycle wheel (unlike the much more attractive looking London Eye).

The Singapore Flyer Spokes

Singapore Flyer Spokes

Singapore Flyer Spokes

Visit their website at for more information.

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Views from The Singapore Flyer

The Singapore Flyer, which is basically a very large ferries wheel and similar to the London Eye is located at The Marina and is just beside the Singapore F1 Grand Prix paddocks.


From the flyer, you can see ships on the Straits of Singapore, over the Marina Barrage.


As mentioned, the F1 track starting grid is also in full view.


The rear of the paddocks (which is actually where the entrance/exit to the Singapore Flyer is located).



Just over Marina Bay, non-stop work on The Sands Resort is well under way.  The Sands is one of the two casino based resort that will be opening its doors in mid-2010.


The Float @ Marina Bay.

The Float

Viewing the Merlion

You can’t miss the Durian … opps, the Esplanade as it is actually known but I am sure it is easier to identify it as the 2 durians of Singapore.


The City during sunset … actually OUB Plaza (I think).

Skyline Sunset

And finally, somehow, I just can’t help but to snap and share this picture.

Carrefour @ Suntec

Monday, December 07, 2009

KL Photoawards 2010: Calling For Entries

The KL PHOTOAWARDS is calling for entries to its Contemporary Photographic Portraiture Competition.  This is the 2nd time it is having this event and it is open to all international photographers, from amateurs to professionals alike.


However, whether you are amateurs, novices, beginners and professionals, the competition does not distinguish this and does not have separate categories (well, this makes sense as how do we know if you are a beginner or a professional anyway?).

Anyway, the important information.

  • Portrait Open (Individual)
    USD$ 10 per image up to 8 images
    1st USD$ 2,500
    2nd USD$ 1,250
    3rd USD$ 700
  • Portrait Open (Stories)
    USD $50 per entry minimum 5 images, up to 8, and a 250-word narrative to accompany
    1st USD$ 2,500
    2nd USD$ 1,250
    3rd USD$ 700


  • Launch 1st December, 2009
  • Online Submissions open 1 - 31st March, 2010
  • Closing Midnight GMT, 31st March, 2010
  • Announcement of short lists of finalists, mid April 2010
  • Revealing of Prizewinners and Awards Presentation evening, May 2010