the passenger seat


photographs and memories
September 24, 2009, 10:50 pm
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I’m not sure if you noticed, but I’ve used this blog title before; a while back. But I just have to use it again since it’s so appropriate.

These past few days have been very interesting. So many people have been bringing cameras to school and it’s awesome. People like Marcus have come out of their shells and succumbed to the photo-taking craze, allowing people like me to capture precious memories of our grade just before it’s all over. So, here’s a quick recap of what’s been happening these past three days.

Tuesday: Tuesday was a pretty ordinary day compared to the other days this week, with the exception of the Awards Day Assembly that seemed to last for an eternity. There were a few photographs taken, but not even close to the amount on the two preceding days of school.

Flickr Set: 22-09-09: An Ordinary Tuesday

Wednesday: On this day we experienced the weirdest weather that we have ever seen in Sydney as everything became covered in dust and the skies turned red and yellow. As a result, I was afraid to take my camera out of my bag outdoors; and no-one really wanted to be outdoors for extended periods of time anyway. I did, however, capture a few shots of common room clean up that afternoon.

Flickr Set: 23-09-09: SCR

Thursday: Today was a mufti day for “Crazy Hair Day”, even though I saw maybe a tenth of the school embracing the real purpose of the day. Still, it was a nice day, dust-free, and everyone was out of uniform for a change. The library was unusually packed with the entire grade attempting to get their Scholarship and Medicine application forms signed by Mr. Deigan, and I am still yet to get mine done. At the end of the day we had a party in Physics where Kelly prepared a delicious pancake mix and everyone took turns cooking and eating them, including a few visitors to our class.

Flickr Set: 24-09-09: Mufti Day

I’ve made a collection on my Flickr with all of these sets and the ones from Friday and Monday in it, so that’s where they’ll continue to be added until school ends. Find it here:

Flickr Collection: Ruse 09: The Last Days

Oh, and one more thing. Be sure to check out the photographs that Janet took when she borrowed my camera over the weekend. I think some of them are better than any photos I’ve ever taken, so I’m sure you’ll like them.

Flickr Set: 18/19-09-09: Janet’s Photography

And that’s all from me today. I will definitely post a full blog next week when our celebrations go under way and school is finally over.

But until then, enjoy it while you can.

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where did my baby go
September 18, 2009, 7:14 pm
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The other day I went digging for old baby photos for the presentation for the final year 12 assembly. I got Janet to scan them for me, and so I figured I may as well upload them also.

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And speaking of photos, I brought my camera to school today to give to Janet to borrow over the weekend. But during the day I got a tonne of shots, with a lot taken by Thashan, Bryan, James and Ambert. Some great memories were captured, so I’ll be bringing my camera to school everyday from now on. Check out the set!

Flickr Set: 18-09-09: At School

That’s all for today. Stay tuned for more photos next week.



in relief

Wow, it’s been so long that I think I’ve forgotten how to blog. Ah well, I’ll see what I can do!

So Trials are FINALLY over. I cannot stress how relieved I am right now. Four weeks ago I was thinking to myself, “Man, I CANNOT WAIT until Trials are over. There are SO MANY THINGS TO DO, but it’s SO FAR AWAY.” Well, that time is finally here (and I apologise to those people who still have exams tomorrow, you may stop reading now) and I am very, very relieved.

Usually I’m not stressed at all about exams; I seem to cruise through exam week and they seem to come and go real quickly. Well, that’s what it feels like compared to what Trials were like. I think the magnitude of these exams hit me for the first time, and I put more pressure on myself to perform than usual. Especially after a few below average results last term (science research). Anyways, I really hate talking about exams on my blog, so I shall move on from that.

I had heaps of plans going through my mind about what I was going to do come post-Trials. Having purchased my camera in the middle of the holidays, I really only had that week to play with it a bit (albeit through some studying), and then it had to be heads down in the weeks leading up to Trials. Well, let me say now that the “heads down” thing did not work at all; I found myself procrastinating even the night before exams, even though I still had things to learn. Anyway, digressing, it seemed that I chose the perfect time to do a lot of things. I bought a camera. I got into photography. I started following a whole lot of photography blogs. I found a whole lot of photography DIY projects. Crap, it’s all photography. And all of those had to come just before Trials. Great. So I’ve been itching for the past three weeks to start up those DIY projects, browse Flickr for hours on end, read more and more blogs (I have so many unread feeds!) and basically just go out and shoot heaps.

So, the first bit of fun came today, after my Physics exam. Went with the boys to Parramatta Westfield to watch Inglourious Basterds, and brought the camera along. Had some lols along the way, including A-fat (crap, I typed A-fart the first time) ghosting some really hard dude in a wifebeater and sunnies with more tattoos than bare skin on his arms (although he was kind of short). What happened was the guy finally noticed, and A-fat casually walked back to the group of us like fifteen metres back, and the guy was full calling on A-fat, calling him names and stuff. He spat in A-fat’s direction, and when A-fat said “I’m sorry” he was like “Yeah, sorry is right!” Then when we got on the bus and passed by him, he did that pinky thing you see on those ads for speeding. The whole thing was so hilarious from my perspective, and we were all trying to hold in our laughs in fear of getting beat up.

So we get to Parramatta and do the usual eating/walking around thing that we always do before movies. I headed to the watch shop for a bit to get my watchband resized and to replace the battery in Janet’s watch, and while waiting I went and browsed the camera shop for a bit (I’m looking for a camera backpack).

While eating, we persuaded Bryan to eat his first ever Oporto Bondi Burger with chillis. And a triple fillet at that (since that was what Deva and I ordered). A truly momentous occasion.

So the movie. I must say, I was quite pleasantly surprised. I hadn’t really heard anything about the movie before I watched it except that Brad Pitt was in it, and that was good enough for me. But I soon found out that it was directed by Quentin Tarantino and that it would be a Pulp Fiction “chapter”-style movie, where there would be a few seemingly unrelated chapters that all come together in the end. It was great. Some parts (like the beginning) were really gripping, and the climax was just insane. But I won’t spoil it; it’s definitely a must-see.

Anyway, I think that’s all I have to say today. After I post this I might try one of the DIY projects I’ve been meaning to try: the DIY Macro Studio. I’ll see how that goes and take some product shots of some of my stuff.

Tomorrow morning I will (hopefully) be heading the the Wildlife Sanctuary right near my house (you know the one; it’s the one we walked through once for junior sport (I think) and the one that rec-sport people still wak through (I think)). That’s what I reckon, because last Wednesday I was at home studying and I saw people walk past my house. Anyway, I will be going there to shoot the creek and bushland and to test my new Hoya CPL Filter (refer to my Tumblr post). I was hoping that it would rain today so that the waterfall would be flowing, but to no avail. I’ll see how it goes, though.

But until then (might blog tomorrow), adieu!

Good luck to all who have exams tomorrow!

PS. Visit the Flickr set from today!



sunny day

This will be my shortest post on this blog ever.

The only reason I’m making a post is to plug my Tumblr and my Flickr, where you can find some of the photographs Janet and I took today around Carlingford in between studying at the library.

My Tumblr: A Scent Of Evergreen

Flickr set: 27-07-09: Carlingford

Two of the best shots of the day:

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Keep checking back on both my Tumblr and Flickr, as I’ll be adding more photographs in the next few days when I get around to editing them.

Blog title, anyone?



the life of the party

So, if you’ve already read Belle’s or Sandy’s or even Janet’s blog, you’ll know that last night we had a belated (exactly a month after her birthday) surprise birthday party for Janet at Temasek Restaurant in Parramatta.

I would’ve blogged about it last night, but I was too busy editing photos to do some writing. Head to my Flickr for the photographs from last night as well as all the other photos I’ve taken with my new camera.

So anyway, the day began with me catching a bus to Parramatta. I arrived jsut before noon and decided to have some lunch and browse JB Hi-Fi a bit. While there I also played Guitar Hero for some time, which I haven’t played in ages, so that was fun. I also went around to the camera stores and had a bit of an ogle at all the gear and lenses. While at one of the stores, an employee noted my camera and we had a little chat about it. It was a little awkward but cool at the same time.

I probably shouldn’t be saying this, nor should I have done it, but a little while later I headed to the cinemas to buy tickets for Janet and me to The Hangover, which we would be watching at 2:20pm later that day. But while there, I met three of my brother’s friends and they were hoping to watch Bruno- except that they were all fourteen. So they then asked me to buy tickets to Bruno for them and I wasn’t so sure about it, but luckily I convinced them to watch The Hangover instead, which was also MA15+ but which I figured would be a cleaner movie than Bruno. So I figured I didn’t really want them to be sitting next to Janet and I in the cinema, so I bought three tickets and decided to buy ours later. In hindsight, the movie wasn’t too bad in terms of adult themes/images, so I guess it was okay.

I met Janet about an hour after I arrived, and we then bought tickets. On the bottom floor of Parramatta Westfield there were two people costumed as Daffy Duck and Bugs Bunny, and a lady with a Polaroid camera giving out free photos to anyone who lined up. So Janet and I decided to go down there, and we scored a sweet Polaroid of us with the two characters. After some shopping it was almost time for the movie, so we picked up a pie each from the shop next the Woolworths and also an Easyway each, taking advantage of the “Buy One Get One Free” coupon (for both shops) that was in the free Westfield coupon book that they had at the information desk.

The movie was actually quite good. I had heard people saying that it was a good movie before I went to watch it, and it was quite enjoyable. Basically, the story is about four guys who go to Las Vegas for their bachelor party, but end up waking up the next morning with the biggest hangover possible and no memory of anything that happened the night before. Turns out, a lot of crazy ish went down that night, and the movie is about how they try to find out what happened and to find their friend who they lost on the way. I’ve probably cheapened it somewhat through my description, but I do recommend it to anyone who wants to have a laugh at the movies without wasting your money.

So, after that we headed just outside Westfield where we took some shots. Unfortunately there weren’t very many good ones; Parramatta wasn’t as interesting as I first anticipated.

It was about six o’clock when we started to head to Temasek, where, unknown to Janet, there would be eleven friends waiting for us. I used my cool stalling tactics of forgetting the way to the restaurant (actually, I really did forget) and we ended up getting a bit wet walking through the rain to the restaurant. I wasn’t really worried about going the long way (apart from the rain), since Sharon had called me earlier and asked me to stall for more time.

Anyway, we arrived at the restaurant and everyone yelled “Surprise!” and Janet received her gifts. Then I ordered and we ate. It was good food, we ordered (between two joined tables and thirteen people): Satay Chicken x2, Kecap Manis Calamari x2, Beef Rendang x2, Chicken Curry x1, Black Pepper Chicken x1 and one piece of Roti Canai each. Pretty standard Malaysian food (except the Black Pepper Chicken which is Chinese), so I was pretty happy that everyone got to eat the kind of food that is so familiar to me.

Overall it was a really fun day and a great night; I haven’t had a chance to catch up with friends at all these holidays so it was nice to see everyone again. To see the other side of the story, that is, from the perspective of the group that greeted us at the restaurant, read Belle’s or Sandy’s blog.

Also, don’t forget to check out the photos at my Flickr, also named The Passenger Seat. Also, keep a look out for my Tumblr, A Scent Of Evergreen, where I have constantly been uploading photos, too.

I don’t think I’ll blog for a while after this, due to studying and such. So until next time (which could be far away), do take care.

PS. Oh, and nice job to Rohan again. The last title was the song “Symbol In My Driveway” by Jack Johnson, from his album On And On. This blog’s title is taken from the Fall-Out Boy song with a similar title, omitting the “(After)”.

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Flickr Set: Janet’s Dinner



symbol in my driveway

So today I had my driving test. Despite all the wishes of luck you guys gave me (which I greatly appreciate), unfortunately, I did not pass this time. One stupid mistake got me undone, so my car still looks like this:

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I took my test at the Silverwater RTA. It was a terrible day to do it. For some reason the traffic was all clogged up all the way along Silverwater Road. I think there may have been an accident somewhere, because at one point we did not move for almost 10 minutes, and as a result the testing officer decided to cut one section of the course due to time constraints. Anyway, it was actually just before this long wait in traffic that I failed. One big mistake cost me the whole test; the rest of my driving was perfect, with a score of 95+%. So what happened was that I was at a 4-way intersection and the examiner told me to turn right. Keep in mind that I was freaking nervous throughout the entire test; I haven’t been that nervous in a long time. So I was preparing to turn right into the closest of  the two lanes on my right. The light turned green and I proceeded, but in my nervousness and also somewhat due to the sunlight in my eyes (not making excuses, but that’s how it was), I didn’t realise that it was not a green arrow and I forgot to give way to the people on the opposite side of the road turning left into the same street that I wanted to turn into. I hope that made sense. Luckily no one wanted to turn into my lane while I was turning, so we didn’t have an accident. Oh, and on top of that there was a stupid pedestrian who tried to cross (running) after the lights had gone off, so that added even more to the danger of the situation.

When we got back she gave me the score sheet and I saw that apart from that fail item I only had one or two other little mistakes; the rest was perfect. I’ll be going back to do it again the Monday after our Trials finish, so I hope I can pass then since I now know the course and its tricks.

Anyway, after the test we went back to Harvey Norman in Auburn, since my mum needed to pick up the photos that she had ordered on Sunday. I decided to stay with the car in the carpark and, since I had brought along my camera in anticipation of this, I went around shooting stuff. You can find the best of these photos on my Tumblr,  as well as a few from yesterday. You can also find my photos on my Flickr, where you can also see the settings I shot with if you’re interested in that sort of thing.

That’s all I have to report today. I’m going to Parramatta tomorrow and I’m bringing my camera along, so keep an eye out for some more photos tomorrow.

Oh, blog title? I’m surprised no one guessed the title for my last two. “Split Screen Sadness” is by John Mayer, off his album Heavier Things.



split screen sadness, part ii
Lately I’ve also been watching a lot of Entourage. Now, I haven’t really been into many series before, mainly because I can never be bothered to follow it in its entirety, but I really enjoy watching Entourage. Great show; my favourite character is probably Ari Gold and his relationships with his wife and his gay assistant, Lloyd. For those of you who haven’t heard of or watched it, Entourage is a series about four friends who live together, and one of them, Vincent Chase, is a move star. So it’s basically all about him and his agent (Eric) getting movie deals and partying and the likes, but with a lot of lols and girls thrown in. There are also side plots with the other guys- Johnny Drama (Vincent’s older brother, washed up TV star) and Turtle (a guy who does nothing a lot of the time except check out girls)- getting some action in the business, too. It’s an interesting take on media and the entertainment business. I’ve watched up to the end of season 4 so far, and I’m now beginning to download season 5. Season 6 is in filming at the moment, so I look forward to that also. After Trials/HSC/whatever, that is.
So yesterday I watched Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince with my family. In my last blog I talked about Angels & Demons and how it was not faithful to the novel and that annoyed me a lot, so I think it helped that I had forgotten the story of Rowling’s book at the time of viewing. I did notice that certain parts of the story were removed, some in key scenes (where was ‘petrificus totalus’?), but I think the producer/screenwriter did it well, and the movie did work for me.
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To start off, I have some very exciting news. Today I went to Harvey Norman in Auburn and purchased something I’ve been wanting for a while now: the Nikon D5000 DSLR Twin Lens Kit. Thanks to John for helping me out. Although I did not use his sister’s staff discount at Harvey Norman Moore Park (too long a drive), it did help when I quoted that price to the salesman at Auburn, and I ended up getting a similar price without the trip to Moore Park (since my parents needed to print photos from their holiday at Harvey Norman). What can I say, I love it. Photography is really fun, but there’s still a lot of practice needed.

Please direct yourself to A Scent Of Evergreen. It’s my secondary blog on Tumblr, and it’s been waiting in the wings for a little while, in anticipation of this camera. It’ll be a photo blog as well as a place to post little random things like quotes that don’t really warrant a full post here. It’s much in the vein of James’ blog (Team Nikon!), which has moved to a new address: Written With Light.

And now onto the second part of the movie post…

Lately I’ve watching a lot of Entourage. Now, I haven’t really been into many series before, mainly because I can never be bothered to follow it in its entirety, but I really enjoy watching Entourage.

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Great show; my favourite character is probably Ari Gold and his relationships with his wife and his gay assistant, Lloyd. For those of you who haven’t heard of or watched it, Entourage is a series about four friends who live together, and one of them, Vincent Chase, is a move star. So it’s basically all about him and his agent (Eric) getting movie deals and partying and the likes, but with a lot of lols and girls thrown in. There are also side plots with the other guys- Johnny Drama (Vincent’s older brother, washed up TV star) and Turtle (a guy who does nothing a lot of the time except check out girls)- getting some action in the business, too. It’s an interesting take on media and the entertainment business. I’ve watched up to the end of season 4 so far, and I’m now beginning to download season 5. Season 6 is in filming at the moment, so I look forward to that also. After Trials/HSC/whatever, that is.

So yesterday I watched Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince with my family.

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In my last blog I talked about Angels & Demons and how it was not faithful to the novel and that annoyed me a lot, so I think it helped that I had forgotten the story of Rowling’s book at the time of viewing. I did notice that certain parts of the story were removed, some in key scenes (where was ‘petrificus totalus’?), but I think the producer/screenwriter did it well, and the movie did work for me. As always, the movie had its funny moments, and I loved the awkward love scenes. The Ron/Lavender relationship was especially amusing. The only problem I have with the movie was the ending. I remember someone on the forums saying that it was good except the last half-hour? Well I agree. I think they spent a lot of time on the love potion parts and stuff like that without moving onto the actual horcrux part, and then they rushed that. Overall I did really enjoy it; it had me gripped for most of it. Oh, I forgot to mention Emma Watson. Let me just say that she was good viewing.

Hmm, MasterChef. I’ll keep this short. I still think Julie is not professional chef standard. I still think she should have gone home at the beginning of the week. Poh should have won. Although it was stupid how she didn’t follow the instructions for the tempered chocolate, and she left her sorbet in the freezer for far too long. I guess she paid for those mistakes. The look on Julie’s husband’s face as he walked in was priceless. You could really see the emotion, so I’m happy for them. She’s a nice person and a mother, so it’s pretty hard not to like her. Like a lot of people, I noticed that she used her patented touching speeches again today. Ah well, looking forward to next season.

I think that is all I have to say today. I hope your holidays are all going well. Bye for now.