July 10, 2016 by Kelvin Hobby 0

Taking up guitar lessons

Had my official guitar lesson last Monday. Boy it seemed to give my brains a workout. I played guitar on my own. Just chords and picking on my own time and feel. But this is the first time taking instructions from someone. It’s no official music theory stuff but enough to get going looking at guitar tabs and scores to play. During the lesson, I had to learn to follow the metronome, pick and fret with the correct finger. Just feels like driving manual for the first time. The score’s the road. The frets’ my gears and the finger picking are the steering. I must have crashed so badly. But music discipline allows you to pick up a score and play the song close to real thing even though you may not have heard of the song before. Looking forward to the next lesson. I think my brain is rested.

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July 5, 2016 by Kelvin Hobby 0

1st experience shooting studio

I had the opportunity to help out Lawrence Loh Photography on his We Are Family 2 project. It is a family portrait project started with HCA Hospice Care for their hospice patients and family It was going to be my first time shooting for portraits, and what more, for more than 1 person at a time. I feel very honoured to be given the chance to take a family portrait, even if I was just standing in at times when one of the main photographers goes on a break. Overwhelmed. That was my feelings inside. I feel pressured as some of these portraits could be someone’s one and only ever family portrait. There seem to be no end of details that I should take note of when snapping the photos. We were shooting with studio lights. So the lighting aspects is kind of taken care of by the photographers who knows lighting better. But it also showed more specific on where I should improve on. Placing of the subjects – Everyone has to look proportionate. Everyone has to be seen clearly. Posing – My subjects are no models. If there is any similar assignment, I should do some homework learn to pose my subjects that is appropriate. Interaction with the subjects […]

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June 10, 2016 by Kelvin Closet Cook 0

Runny eggs

My eggs run away from the kitchen. No they weren’t literally running. Tired of eating outside, I made simple dinner with packed food from my Tokyo trip. Since the dinner had a tinge of Japan, I went to make Soy sauce eggs (Shoyu tamago) as well. I have been wanting to make these eggs. Solid on the outside, runny on the inside. I have to plan and cook it earlier next time as it would probably taste better with the marinate soaked and absorbed by the eggs thoroughly. The eggs straight from the refrigerator, went into the boiling water for 6 minutes. Elly says to cook and stir it for the first 2 minutes. I did but my pot probably wasn’t deep enough. The eggs were standing while cooking. The yolk ended up at the bottom very close to edge. I plunged the eggs into ice water to stop it from cooking. Peeled it gently and soaked it in soy sauce for a pathetic 15minutes. I served it with the scallops (only need to heat it up) and there’s my dinner. The texture looks OK. Just need to marinate it for hours next time round

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June 2, 2016 by Kelvin Gallivanting 0

Visit to Tsukiji Market

Tsukiji market is often touted as a must visit. So we did. However we didn’t do the early morning 4-5am tuna auctions. We are just too slack for that. Getting there is pretty easy. Look for Tsukiji station on the Hibiya Line. 2-3 minutes. Although it’s an attraction for tourist, Tsukiji market is still where legit business takes place. I would think it is mainly for seafood. This market is a hive of activities by the time we arrived. The workers are transporting their ware up and down the streets in carts. Tourists are all around. One would have to look out for these carts moving around. It’s crowded. I don’t really like crowd. But i can do it here. Why? Street food. That’s why. I love their mochi. Grill scallops Fresh oysters Beef Stew & Beer in the morning. Why not? I’m on vacation. Just go take part in the bustle. Enjoy the food or dried snacks that’s all around the outer market. Catch the rest of the Tokyo trip photos here

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May 30, 2016 by Kelvin Gallivanting 0

Visit to Meiji Jingu

We started out the second day in Harajuku to visit Meiji Shrine (明治神宮, Meiji Jingū). The Meiji Temple, a Shinto shrine dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and wife, Empress Shoken. It is about 3-5 minutes walk from Harajuku Station. The shrine is not there the moment you see the signboard about the shrine. It is actually about another 10 minutes walk. There is a very wide pathway, as wide as about 3 lane road, with forest lining both sides of the path, that leads you to the actual shrine. The cooling morning, slow stroll along the green forest, listening to the rustling of the tree leaves just relaxes you. This path seems to be preparing you to get into the moment before you reach the actual shrine.    Along the way, we see barrels of sake were stacked and placed. They were offered to the enshrined dieties by members of the Meiji Jingu Zenkoku Shuzo Keishinkai (Meiji Jingu Nationwide Sake Brewers Association) as a way of showing respectfor the souls of Emperor Meiji and wife, Empress Shoken.   An open courtyard just before the shrine itself dampens the crowdiness effect from the visitors.    While the rest of the […]

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