Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The last of Chow Kit Market

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* Independent day is coming soon! *

So, I heard Chow Kit market gonna close down (or maybe renovate into new facelit). The construction is on going now in one of the part and the stalls all shifted to further and newly built building. Anyway, I managed to have shooting with Robin on last Tuesday morning at Chow Kit. Probably my last time here before it completely tear down. Phew, not a good idea to do shutter theraphy on weekday due to jam! Well, at least it worth my travel. We managed to have our breakfast at Kin Kin Pan Mee.

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* Pan Mee from Kin Kin *

Reason being Robin shooting on weekday is to prepare something big. What it is? Something exciting gonna announce from Olympus on next morning! Done our breakfast, we attack the Chow Kit market.

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* Choosing *
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* Knife *
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* Red chillies *
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* Walking in *

I returned the Panasonic 25mm f1.4 to Alex on that day itself. So most of my shot this time around were with Olympus 45mm f1.8 and also Olympus 12mm f2! Ahhhh miss my wide angle lens so much after lending it to Alex so long. I bet he miss his 25mm too LOL.. In the same time, been hogging around 25mm for so long made me almost forgot how awesome Olympus 45mm f1.8 is.

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* Answering phone *
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* Texting *
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* Background *
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* Space *
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* from top *
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* One of the scenery from the top of the market building *

Managed to pump my Olympus OM-D E-M1 ISO to 3200 too on one of the market part. Well I don't really love shooting in high ISO #youknowwhybecauseofhighnoiseuglycolorimagenotsharp but once again, technology nowdays proved to me what they are capable of.

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* Yellow boots *
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* Now kiss *
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* Working *
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* awww look at the eye *
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* Sharpness on Olympus lens *
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* One of the image taken with ISO 3200 *

Done our shooting, we walk all the way to Dang Wangi for lunch. We went for the brand new shifted Yut Kee! Well they actually just shifted to behind building from their previous location. The environment look much better but I think the menu went price hike too. Nevertheless, I had awesome Pork Chop as my lunch! Yummy! Still haven't got chance to try their roasted pork. Someday!

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* Pork Chop!*

Friday, August 22, 2014

Samsung NX Mini - Stylish Because I can

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What if I tell you, camera can be also a part of fashion accessories? No doubt on that because some camera nowadays are colorful and refreshing. Samsung NX Mini are one of them. Besides small and compact, Samsung NX Mini also came with various of colours -black, brown, pink, mint and white leatherette design for individual preference.


The leatherette design added bonus point in terms of style and also premium look.

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While it is not real leather, but it still look good generally! I love white color too since it easily match with everything. Is either it blend with me, or create a contrast when I am wearing dark color clothes. Personally, Samsung NX Mini is suitable on any situation be it casual or for something formal. It just look stylish and able to blend well to everywhere.

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Unfortunately I am not a lady. Hence my usual bag is much manlier looking. This are gears I usually bring along when I went for street shooting. A small camera bag, 2 lenses, and 2 camera body. Of course with the size of Samsung NX Mini, it wouldn't hurt to add extra camera body in my bag or I could easily fit it in my pocket.

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The Samsung NX Mini will be priced at RRP RM1,399 with 9mm f3.5 lens. So what are you waiting for? Just grab one and be stylish! Not because only I can, you also can!

Friday, August 01, 2014

Pudu Wet Market revisit again and again

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Never get tired or bored with Pudu market. People are friendly there. The market are busy and happening as usual especially it was near Raya on the weekend I went. On the other note, I took my sweet time updating my blog it seem.. No wonder so little post per month now la! *slep self*.. gotta be more hardworking and back to my old momentum... I wish

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Nevertheless, all photos are taken with my Olympus OM-D E-M1 + Olympus 45mm f1.8 and Panasonic 25mm f1.4. All shot at wide open aperture of course. Noticeable an obvious purple fringing in some of my photos when taken with Panasonic 25mm. Not surprise since Olympus did not do software correction on Panasonic lens. Damn!

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Overall, I love Panasonic 25mm f1.4 but then again, I would prefer Olympus 25mm anytime due to various reason :
1) Cheaper in cost
2) Noticeable smaller and lighter design
3) f1.8 vs f1.4 not much difference in terms of bokeh.
4) As Robin said, Olympus 25mm noticeable wider than Pana 25mm but then again, could be because we use it on Olympus body.
5) Olympus did software correction on it's own lens.

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Overall, always feel great to be able to shoot on street. C&C as usual welcome :)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Eldritch Horror : 4th attempted on Yig, the serpent Ancient One

YIG!! It is a new Ancient One (AO) from Forsaken Lore expansion. He is hard to beat! Been fighting him for 3 round and received utter failure on solving his mystery. First attempt was last 2 weeks with 6 of us and we died on the Serpent Crown mystery (who appeared as our second mystery). Then both me and gf tried to revenge by controlling two character each and again, we failed to solve third mystery (we ignore most of the gate and rush for last mystery in result Yig awaken and killed us). Lastly on same day we tried again and failed again. The doom track just move too fast!

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Since then, I couldn't sleep well. My mind keep thinking a way to beat Yig. There must be some secret. The amount of players? The correct investigators? Improved stat and get better weapon first? Close gate first? Or rush all the way to solve mystery first? Finally few days later I decided to man up and take the challenge myself. I myself controlling 8 investigator (chosen by myself) which I think is the ingredient to counter Yig.

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The investigators are none other than Lola, Charlie, Akachi, Jacqueline, Norman, Lily, Diana and Mark. Here is my strategy :- Two high influence investigators stay at Tokyo, two fighters, three gate closer cum spell caster and one Cultist counter. Yup you can guess it who is whose role. I proudly said that I managed to complete the Yig mystery with still 6 cards left in the mysthos deck and also doom track was on seven. Not sure it is luck that I did not encounter the Serpent Crown mystery. But I have confident I can solve it too even it appear (unless it appear as first mystery.. This can GG).

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Check out my investigators end game stat and cards. Note that the health token and sanity on the character sheet indicated damage taken instead of what left.

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Mark Harrigan, The Soldier is my main fighter who roamed around the map and whack whoever he encounter. My first mystery are required to kill Winged Serpent and I managed to bring him and Lily to Tokyo (with some weapon ready) to whack it. I discard the Kerosene belong to Mark to do the final blow on Winged Serpent. He got the Lighting Gun from Charlie (Charlie got it from Tokyo encounter and pass it to Mark) for the final mystery, Child of Yig. Overall, nothing much strategy needed for Mark. Give him a good weapon, protect his sanity, he'll do the killing job.

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Charlie Kane, The Politician. He is fragile, can't fight and almost boring investigators. But he is essential for me because his passive ability to purchase any asset and pass it to others freely. Plus, he has high influence where he is suitable to stay in Tokyo to assist in damaging monsters. Combo with Blessed, Fine Clothes and Urban Guide, Charlie are almost unstoppable. I got him a Spirit Dagger just in case a monster ambushed him.

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Akachi Onyele, The Shaman. Another fragile investigators that easily die due to low health and backfired effect from Mist of Releh. But I love her. She is purely a gate closer in my team. I wish I could use her to get more spell cards but looking at my other investigators doing well, I just made her purely close gate and fly around. On mid game, I managed to increase her lore and gained Arcane Scholar for her to increase her success roll for Mist of Releh.

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Diana Stanley, Redeemed Cultist. She has one and only job. Stay at active expedition area and discard whatever cultist monster spawn due to Yig reckoning effect then just survive. That being said all her encounter are basically general encounter - wilderness. Before move her to active expedition, I managed to gained her some ritual and incantation spell to used since she has pretty high lore plus her Arcane Manuscript modifier. A must character to counter Yig Cultist monster spawn!

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Jacqueline Pine, The Physics. Reason I choose her are three : Spellcaster, gate closer and clue takers. She has pretty high lore and a good team support through incantation spell she gain. Not to mentioned her passive skill that able to gain clue token once per round once any of other investigator except herself gain a non-common condition. But her moment was truly shine once she gain a blessed and Blessing of Isis card.

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Yes I used Jacqueline action to blessed herself almost every turn and with that, I managed to flip her existing blessed card and perform the condition. Retreat Doom by 1 babe! This is how I almost managed make the Doom counter stop advancing.

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Lola Hayes, The Actress. She is versatile. But in this game, I made her Charlie bitch. Opss. Her stating item was included one improvement token and I just put it under influence. Throughout the game, I used her to gain some asset and also stay at Tokyo together with Charlie, to support him. Guess Tokyo really a good spot for both of them huh? :P

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Norman Withers, The Astronomers. One of the best character in my game play. He stay in Arkham for few round to gain quite number of spell cards. His starting spell, Feed the Mind helped in increasing his lore twice and later also strength (just in case he need to fight). Look at his spell card! He is one of the best support I had beside Jacqueline and I used him, he alone to complete the second mystery, the K'n-yan special card encounter in 4 rounds.

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Not to mentioned he had Blessed and Blessing of Isis as well. I used him to blessed himself none stop to gain more clues. He can get almost three clues each time (2 from the blessed and 1 from blessing of Isis). It would be cool if this blessed card was with Jacqueline.

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Lily Chen, the Martial Artist. Another pure brawler from my team. Give her a good weapon (in my case Double- Barreled Shotgun) she can easy make all monster pay even Epic Monster (thats it if you have alot success roll). I also get her an Axe asset. Weapon modifier couldn't stack, but the effect can be used! So even she miss in strength test, she can easily spend two of her sanity to reroll any number of dies.

Overall, I think the ingredients needed to win Yig is need 8 players. Anyhow, a Diana is needed to stay at active expedition to discard cultist, Akachi for gate closer, Charlie as buyer and two fighters. The rest such as Jacqueline, Norman and Lola are more on supporting which I think is important especially in preventing sanity and health lost. Most important task is to prevent the doom track from advancing!

This is my first time won against Yig after 4 attempt. Would love to encounter it again next time with new mystery. Serpent Crown mystery? Bring it on!