On 5th of January, to kick start the new year of 2015, we decided on a rather ambitious journey of climbing the 4095m height Mount Kinabalu in Sabah, East Malaysia.
On the first day, accompanied by an accredited guide, which is part of this national park regulations, we started our climb at 8.45am. We needed to sign at Mesilau Gate, which is the starting point of the climb.
Our 9 and 10 year-old sons were super excited about this adventure, they didn’t complain of being tired, etc. Unless, of course, when they were hungry :-). Following their pace, we climbed slowly while enjoying the nature and had few break whenever the kids needed to.
So here are some pictures of our first day climb.
All are shot with GoPro Hero 4 Silver and iPhone 4S
I am back from our short spring back. On my post dated 23 March, I was contemplating whether I should bring the ‘real’ camera, as it was only a short break, whose purposes were actually more on eating, shopping and catching up with friends. In the end I did bring my camera, plus 2 lenses. Did I use it? Nope! The camera was never been out of the hotel room. Hah! Not a real photographer, huh? The postings of the last 4 days were purely done with iPhone and Snapseed.
Today I managed to sort out some pictures which I took on the last day before the break. I had a chance to go out for a photo outing with my mentor. It’s him on the picture above. We were blessed with such a gorgeous day, as you can see on the colour of the sky.
Shot with Canon 50D, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L, shot in AV @ 1/1000, f/4, focal length 24mm, ISO 250
On my run around the neighbourhood this morning, I almost stepped on this flower. I can’t help to pick it up as my object today.
Looking at it brings back memory of childhood, when my brothers, my sister and I used to “hunt” for either four petals or six petals frangipani. To be able to find one is considered good luck, as this particular species of frangipani commonly has 5 petals.
I found my last 4 petal frangipani about a couple of years ago in Singapore Botanical Garden, also during my morning run. Maybe I should run more regularly 🙂
Shot with Canon 50D, Canon EF 50mm f1.8 II, shot @ 1/2500, f/5, ISO 100
The thing about being tri-wife or tri-mom is, you are forced to wake up early every morning, and in the end it becomes a habit. But the good thing is, you have a chance to see beautiful view, which only happens early morning. Such as this one, which greeted me around 5.30am yesterday right in front of our hotel room in Dalaguete.
Shot with Canon 50D, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L, shot @ 1/8, f/4, ISO 1600
One of many good things about moving country all the time is, you make friends wherever you are, up to the point where you have friends in all corners of the world. Yes, it’s always sad to leave them after one or two years, but in this globalisation age, communicating with them is only a click away.
Oh, and don’t forget about all those farewell gifts you receive every time ;-).
These are my latest farewell gift from a good friend, back in July. We just had a dinner party at home last night, so, decorated with yellow chrysant, I used them as low centrepieces for the long table. Without flowers, they actually look like this :
It’s a set of pottery by Gary Wang from 2009, titled Chinese Kung-Fu the 2nd Six Forms. They look rather abstract, but they actually represent, from left to right : spinning, ambushing, kicking, meditating, turning and pouncing.
Shot with Canon 50D, Canon EF-S 10 – 22mm f/3.5 – 4.5 USM, shot @ 1/40, f/4.5, ISO 100 (1st picture) and shot @ 1/30, f/4.5, ISO 125 (2nd picture)