Yearly Archives: 2006

Brunei Marathon 2006

James Kim found deceased.

I have been following the family’s ordeal through Engadget, and it’s with great sorrow to inform you that he has succumbed to the winter temperature in the wilderness of Oregon. The family has been missing for almost two weeks, and worried about his family, James set off to look for help. While the rest of his family was found after a rescue effort was carried out, unfortunately he didn’t make it. Condolences go out to his family..

Samsung SGH-i600 Ultra Edition.

11.8mm Ultra.
3G and HSDPA.
Dual Camera.
Link. Link.

Casino Royale

Daniel Craig was a logical choice for Bond this time. The amount of pain that Bond goes through wouldn’t have been possible for the earlier Bonds. And the amount of running in this movie is ridiculous. It’s no wonder they had to settle for a fit actor for this role.

As you may or may not know, Casino Royale is a prequel of sorts, taking its storyline from the first James Bond novel written by Ian Fleming. Here we see Bond earning his Double-0 license by completing his first two hits, and you will see how much reckless he is in this movie than his later (earlier?) incarnations.

This recklessness is the main theme of the movie, showing him in a light that is much different than the cool and suave Sean Conneries and Timothy Daltons and Pierce Brosnans. While it might not appeal to the hardcore James Bond fanatics, this new, fresh take on the same character we all know and love will no doubt attract newer and younger viewers.

The action of the first few minutes was meticulously set up, it’s nothing like anything seen before. The Parkour-esque free running sequence elicit “Ooohs” and “Aaahs” and “Whoas” from the viewing audience. To see a traditionally slow and methodical hitman running around, jumping on to and climbing up beams was quite surprising to say the least.

By the second half of the movie, the whole cinema was parked in their seats. The storyline was that gripping, that no one even got up from their seats to go to the washroom. Yours truly was one of those people. And it was revealed that another friend also held it in just waiting for the ending. In contrast, I went out at 45 minutes going into Pirates of the Caribbean.

By this point of time, the story reaches the part where this movie earns its namesake. The Casino sequence, even though it looked like it might be boring at first, drew the most gasps during the entire movie. I think that was the first time Texas Hold ‘Em was introduced to the Bruneian audience, but even then, most of the viewers knew what was going on and how the game was played. This made the whole sequence exciting and intriguing.

As the movie progresses, you see Bond transfrom into Bond of yore, turning from one prone to hurting himself by being reckless, to a calculating and methodical hitman. But even then, the movie still won’t let Bond get off that easily, with a torture scene much more painful to watch than Pierce Brosnan’s scorpion torture.

In all, the best, next generation Bond movie played by a fitting actor. This movie and it’s fast pace wouldn’t have been possible with the older Bonds, so their choice of Bond this time fits the bill perfectly. I hope as the franchise progresses, Daniel Craig would closely resemble Pierce Brosnan. In my opinion, Pierce Brosnan struck a fine balance between reckless endangerment, methodical hitman and charming and suave playboy.

My only gripe is, by the end of the movie, you’d definitely wanna get a Sony Ericsson phone. The amount of product placement in this movie is near ridiculous. Most of the plot is carried forward with use of a Sony Ericsson phone, namely a K800i, and an M600i. Fords were heavily used, alongside the exotic cars, Aston Martins. Even Sir Richard Branson and his airline made an appearance. I hope I was joking on that one. But I’m not.

In all, an awesome movie, an action packed night out. I’d give it a 9 out of 10.

Raya is Over.



Happy Hari Raya!

Pictures from Sipitang, Sabah.

Taken during the road trip there.


I just got my Nintendo DS Lite!

I ordered mine from QQestore, Brunei’s first online store? Anyway, after much prodding, they’ve decided to rush my order and got my DS Lite much earlier than the promised 7 to 10 days it usually takes. Well, anyway, here it is in full glory, along with the two relitively cheap games I also purchased. Relative to EGM anyway. Will post gameplay pictures soon. Stay tuned.

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Click on for a bigger view.

Anyway, here’s a couple of shots from a couple of days ago. I was supposed to take pictures of Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque, when I got sidetracked and explored the area along the moat. I was taken aback by the sparseness of the area. It used to be bustling and alive with people and children.


Bitten by Photography Bug = Photoman?

It has been a while now that I had my Nikon D80 camera, and I’ve been fully utilizing the thing to the best of my abilities. I admit, I’m not one of the most prolific of photographers you would ever meet, but in this case, I’m willing to learn.

As opposed to the other things I do, I don’t really have a knack for getting a good picture. I have the eye for it, looking around I can see lots of things to shoot at, but for the love of me, when the light hit the lens it didn’t turn out as good as I hoped. In all cases, it’s the blur caused by my shaky hands. I don’t know why that is so. I don’t take substances, if I recall correctly.

I’ll just have to practice at it and try to control my heart rate or breathing. In the mean time, if you stumble upon a photographer that carries around a tripod, say hi. I expect to meet my readers.

Another way to go at it is to make this hobby of mine really, really expensive. Mind you the body and kit lens is already expensive enough, but when I want to add in a couple of VR lenses (Vibration Reduction) and some Speedlights (Flash), I could be paying the same amount as what I have paid for the camera itself. I used to wonder why pros have thousands worth of lenses with them handy, now I know better.

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But yeah, I’ll slowly build my collection of lenses anyway. Afterall, it really is an investment.

You know, it’s really funny how people react when a camera is pointed towards them. And their reaction is all the more pronounced the bigger the lens that’s pointing at them. I’m the unofficial photographer of sorts at where I work and I’m getting popular. Everyone takes the effort now to talk to me and get my attention. Some even know my name now!

I have known of this reaction though during my school days a few years back. I was the Head of Visuals cum Head of Photography. These shy new intakes warm up to the camera quite quickly and I was their favourite person to randomly shout at/get attention of. I’m not your usual attention whore, but sometimes I can be, at the most inappropriate times. To the dismay of my friends. Too many times I’ve heard these words muttered to me under their breath: “Dude, please, don’t make a scene.”


Now is not a really good time to take pictures though. It’s the fasting month and everyone’s lethargic. Me included. And it’s quite hazy outside, which makes for a pea soupy picture. But at night, when the streetlights hit the haze/fog/mist, it makes for a completely beautiful sight, dotting the highway. I guess it’s a blessing though, for at the start of the fasting month, I was dreading the prospect of driving around at 2pm in the full blast equatorial sun.

I just got me a Nikon D80 baby!

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It cost me an arm, a leg and a kidney, but it’s worth it.