Eating lotus seed

Posted: 8th August 2015 by Jacky Yong in Silly me
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Believe it or not, these kids have never eaten lotus seeds before!

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Lotus seeds are a delicacies for us when I was small. It was quite common in fact. But when I got to KL, I realised that it is not so common elsewhere. Specifically it is more common only in the middle part of Perak, where lotus plants are abundant.

Now that I have kids, I try to let them try it. But it seems that they are not enjoying it as much as I did!

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Is Bahasa Melayu still relevant?

Posted: 30th June 2015 by Jacky Yong in Current Affairs

Bahasa Melayu (BM) (or Bahasa Malaysia if you choose to be patriotic) is Malaysia’s national language, nothing can dispute that. All of us learn the language in (national) school, and all official government matters must be conducted in BM. But in this continually evolving and globalised world, is BM still relevant?

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My Estima is now a full-time petrol guzzler

Posted: 1st May 2015 by Jacky Yong in Cars, Silly me

The inevitable is finally here. The hybrid system is giving me a lot of headaches lately. Right after I bought it until now, I must have ridden on the tow-truck with the Estima Hybrid in tow all the way back to Johor, for at least 3 times! I have really lost count, all I can remember is that the hybrid is giving me so much issues, I get paranoid whenever I see some light on the dashboard, even just a reflection!

The final straw in the hat happened after the CNY. I was on the way back to KL from Johor. Taking the trunk road because I know the highway will be jammed. We were scheduled to go to PD to spend the night. The stupid Estima died on a very quiet road, with nothing but trees and grasses. And the kids are all inside the car! Scenario for the worst nightmare! The stupid Maxis only have voice connection, not data, so I was unable to surf the net or send my exact location to anyone!

Luckily I managed to call Ming. He was stuck in the highway going back to KL too, so he will try the trunk road. He’s ok to help us, but his Accord can only fit some much. Mei Fen and the kids follow Ming to PD, taking only the essentials. I stayed with the car while waiting for the tow truck to arrive. Luckily it was only about 2 pm when it happened, and the tow truck came at about 5 pm. I sent the car to the original owner to check the hybrid system.

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Gomen pandai tipu!!

Posted: 1st February 2015 by Jacky Yong in Cars, Current Affairs
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Does the government think that we are really that stupid? I read with amusement about a stupid minister (Minister of International Trade and Industry Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed) who claimed that car prices actually dropped! And is there any grain of truth in it? NONE WHATSOEVER!! That fucker used figures that are gravely misleading, hiding the whole picture, painting a flowery picture with rubbish facts!

According to that fucker, a Mazda CX-5 dropped RM15,000. At first glance it looks like an impressive number, until you realize that it’s because it is being assembled here in Bolehland. And we all know the qualities of CKD cars in Malaysia. No stability control, no air bags, no Bose speakers. In other words, tin kosong! And the fucker claimed that BN has reduced prices of cars by 10%! A really bold claim! There is also the Proton Saga price reduction, but again we all know the reduction is due to the introduction of the tin kosong spec! For crying out loud, this is all lies!

Satu lagi projek Barisan Nasional. Rakyat diperbodohkan, pencapaian dipalsukan.

Read more: http://paultan.org/2015/01/30/car-prices-down-7-percent-average-last-year/

Quitting DSLR

Posted: 25th January 2015 by Jacky Yong in Photography
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Yup, you heard me right. I’m quitting big chunky DSLRs. I sold off all my Canons. My last lens, the EF-S 17-55 was sold off on 22nd January. I hope all my cameras and lenses find new uses under their new masters.

But I’m not quitting photography. In fact on the contrary, I hope I will be going all out taking more photos this year, now that I have sworn that I will never take any weddings or events for money anymore. Taking photos for money feels very restrictive, I feel I am limiting my creativity.

I have just sold off my old X-E1, and bought an X-T1 to replace it. Very soon I will be getting all my gears in Fuji. Yes, I am going mirrorless! It certainly is a very bold move, coming from a DSLR. But mirrorless has come a long way since the days of micro-four thirds. Its quality is now comparable with DSLRs. I am also quite satisfied that focusing speed is on par, and some even better than big DSLRs! I personally feel that Canon and Nikon, with its baggage in its heritage lenses, flashes and other accessories, will fall far behind if it chooses not to go the path of mirrorless. You know what they say, “the bigger you are, the harder you’ll fall”.

The world is joining the mirrorless revolution. Isn’t it time you do too?

Giving up

Posted: 15th November 2014 by Jacky Yong in Photography

Sometimes giving up is the right thing to do. Tonight I would have finally completed taking Wan Yee’s wedding pictures. After this I will do something drastic, like selling off all my cameras and only live with small mirrorless cameras. Think I’m kidding? Wait till you see this…

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Disney’s Big Hero 6 proves its mettle again

Posted: 14th November 2014 by Jacky Yong in Movies and TV Shows

I was in Midvalley yesterday to catch the second movie that I watch this week. This time I watched it with Hui Yan and Kit Yan.

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Interstellar was stellar!

Posted: 11th November 2014 by Jacky Yong in Movies and TV Shows

Interstellar is unapologetically a nerd’s movie. It was a good thing that I went alone to watch it; I would have to do a lot of explaining if my wife or kids were there. Lots of concepts about relativity, worm holes and inter-dimentional travel. It’s all a mind-boggling experience for those weaker in Physics. That said, it’s not at all a bad experience too. I watched it in IMAX, and let me tell you, I was totally immersed! There were lots of moments when I found myself gasping for breath in the darkened cinema. The ending itself sends a chill down my spine, although to be honest I find it a bit hard to believe. Ending too happy in my opinion. Also some minor plot holes, like….

* spoilers alert *
… Cooper was in the traseract, he wanted himself to stay. So why the hell did he send the location of the secret NASA Facility to himself in the first place?

* spoiler ends *

But all in all, a great story. Go catch it even if you are in it for the action sequences.

Alone at the movies

Posted: 11th November 2014 by Jacky Yong in Movies and TV Shows
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Drink in my hand, popcorn in the other. An empty movie hall on a weekday. IMAX! This is the life!

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Movies weekend

Posted: 2nd September 2014 by Jacky Yong in Movies and TV Shows
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I watched two movies over the weekend, Guardians of the Galaxy and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I had higher hopes for GOTG, and I was let down. Even IMDB rated it higher than TMNT. But it was rather boring, so I’m not going to write about that.

Then I watched TMNT. I had expected it to be a slug-fest like Michael Bay’s previous movie, Transformers 4; all bangs and no stories. I was right about the bangs, but it was miles better than either Transformers or GOTG.

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