Wesak Day procession 2012 in Melaka

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2012 Wesak Day procession in Melaka

2012 Wesak Day procession in Melaka

Wesak is the thrice blessed day to commemorate the birth, enlightenment (nirvana) and death (parinirvana) of the Buddha. On every Wesak Day in Melaka float parade is held; and a larger scale one is held on every decade of the celebration.

This year 2012, Wesak Day was celebrated on last Saturday, 5th of May and it also marked the 50th year Wesak procession in Melaka, one of the grand celebration. Procession which is normally held on the eve on Wesak Day however was carried out on Wesak’s night this year.

Thousands of devotees thronged Melaka town and some from outstation just came by and joined the celebration. More than sixty Buddhist Temples and organisations took part this year’s procession which covered 7.7 km, from the former site of Eye on Malaysia passing through Jalan Merdeka and Bukit Cina, to Kubu Stadium in Jalan Kubu.

Kenn-Wai, Fred Yap and I didn’t miss such a grand celebration. We gathered at the main entrance of Dataran Pahlawan shopping mall which was also the judging stop and enjoyed the colouful and brightly lit floats, performance by dragon and lion dance troupes, rhythm from several school bands, Chinese and Sri Lankan dances.

There were tens of photographers gathered there to capture their best shots in order to take part in the Wesak photography competition. So we had to get a little room to see and photograph the procession.

The last float was from Seck Kia Eenh Buddhist Temple as usual. And it passed through the judging stop just before midnight and it was only half the journey to Kubu Stadium. We wondered what time the procession concluded. It would be very late we guessed.

We enjoyed ourselves on that night. Although the Wesak procession is held here in Melaka every year, we would have to wait for another ten years to see such a grand one again.

Thanks to all the organizers, volunteers, community members, students and supporters for the hard work in helping to make this procession such a success.

Sharing some shots taken. May all beings bEE happy.

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Mother duck fights off seagull to defend her chicks

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Murder most fowl: The seagull successfully securing a first course

Murder most fowl: The seagull successfully securing a first course

A murderous seagull that gobbled up a duckling got more than it bargained for when it returned for another helping.

It swooped on the ducklings as they swam with their parents in Herbert Park, Dublin, last week.

But the mother duck, who initially had eleven ducklings in tow, finally forced the gull away by aggressively flapping her wings.

Photographer Paul Hughes said: ‘I was taking pictures in the park and saw this gull watching the young family.

‘This is the time of year ducks raise their young, so predatory birds like gulls are always on the look out for an easy meal.

‘The gull was waiting for one of the ducklings to stray from the group and when it finally spotted one it swooped in for the kill.

‘The gull was able to grab hold of a duckling in its beak.

‘But when it came back for a second helping mum was ready and fought the gull away until it had to turn tail and fly off.

‘The chick ducked under the water. There was a lot of quacking and squawking going on.

‘It was a stressful moment for the mother, but in the end she saved her family.’

Foiled: The seagull scoops the chick out of the water, but drops it when the mother swoops in

Foiled: The seagull scoops the chick out of the water, but drops it when the mother swoops in

In a flap: The angry mother proved she was no sitting duck and chased the attacker away

In a flap: The angry mother proved she was no sitting duck and chased the attacker away

Brave: The fearless mother is not deterred by the seagull's size advantage

Brave: The fearless mother is not deterred by the seagull's size advantage

Taking flight: The seagull is in no mood to hang around

Taking flight: The seagull is in no mood to hang around

Happy family: The ducklings with their protective mother

Happy family: The ducklings with their protective mother

[source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2136932/Mother-duck-fights-seagull-defend-chicks.html]
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Sum-Ying + Thai-Boon = j.u.s.t. m.a.r.r.i.e.d.

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Congratulation to Sum-Ying and Thai-Boon!

Congratulation to Sum-Ying and Thai-Boon!

I was busy recently and didn’t keep up the pace with wedding shooting update. Happy Labor Day to all.

Right, Thai-Boon and I were classmate during secondary school. We didn’t keep in touch after we went for tertiary study. Until last year I started using FaceBook, we contacted again.

We then met up in March, together with his lovely partner Sum Ying, and I was invited to shoot on their big day. It was a great honour to witness and photograph a good friend wedding.

On their wedding day, Brendon and I worked together to capture the wonderful and genuine moments of the sweet bride, groom and their family and friends. When the Thai-Boon and brothers went to pick the bride, they had to go through a few door games ‘designed’ by the sisters. It turned out to be hilarious later especially during the game with Wasabi, where one had to eat the Wasabi spread on a part of another person’s body.

After the wedding ceremony, we went to Heeren Street for a short outdoor shooting session with the couple before everyone headed back to rest and ready for the evening reception held at Restaurant Lu Yeh Yen. Everything was gorgeous and fantastic on that day and I got to meet many old friends during the reception.

A beautiful wedding full of laughters. Happy wedding to you Thai-Boon and Sum-Ying, and thanks for inviting Brendon and I to be part of your wedding.

May all beings bEE happy. Let the pictures tell the story.


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Hands on Canon EOS-1D X

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hands on Canon new flagship EOS-1D X

hands on Canon new flagship EOS-1D X

Canon upcoming flagship of the EOS line, 1D X has lots to live up to.

Thanks to Canon Malaysia. I had a chance to play with few of the upcoming Canon’s products including 1D X together with Kenn-Wai. I am however not going to do a full review on 1D X (which is available all over the internet) but to share some of my experience on playing with it and also the images of new Canon Speedlite flash 600EX-RT and the new Canon Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT.

My first impression: I really likEE the new ergonomic design of 1D X. The hand-grip is more comfortable which is quite similar to that of the new 5D Mark III, better than my 5D Mark II. Canon also takes a different approach on the 1D X’s button placement, allowing me to have quick access and navigation on menu and settings.

This new flagship of Canon EOS camera has a larger 3.2″ and improved 1,040k dots LCD screen. It will be a great advantage for us for on-site image evaluation. And checking of the ISO range on the camera setting, it can be expanded up to 204,800. I didn’t do any test on ISO performance because I was in a bright environment but hopefully I can do it next time.

I did a few of shots with the 1D X and the focusing really impressed me. Fast and accurate! 1D X has an entirely new autofocus capability with a massive 61 autofocus points, providing high autofocus accuracy and precision, low-light autofocus performance. Thanks to a DIGIC processor dedicated strictly to helping the autofocus.

Besides autofocus, 1D X can shoot at 12 fps (14 fps with mirror lock-up). It is a revolutionary improvement for a full-frame camera; remember that the larger sensor, larger and heavier mirror to move. Yet 1D X can produce a full frame quality at high speed. Check on video clip below on the continuous shooting of 1D X recorded. It was shooting like a machine gun. So wildlife and sport photographers are just going love it.

Next a real shooting, I took two shots with the 1D X camera, one of Kenn Wai with the new Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT and one of the buildings and beautiful sky. These were standard shots without playing much with the settings, therefore I wouldn’t comment much on the image quality.

Reading on the specification, 1D X is packed with top-end features which meet the needs of professional photographers. It should be released very soon as to be ready in time for the London 2012 Olmypic game.

Thanks again to Canon Malaysia for the arrangement. Sharing some shots of the 1D X.

May all beings bEE happy.

pro-looking of 1D X

pro-looking of 1D X

rear view of 1D X; 3.2" of 1,040,000 dots LCD screen, larger and clearer screen compared to the other 1D-line, the viewfinder is also significantly larger (0.76x)

rear view of 1D X; 3.2" of 1,040,000 dots LCD screen, larger and clearer screen compared to the other 1D-line, the viewfinder is also significantly larger (0.76x)

top view of 1D X

top view of 1D X

1D X has new autofocus system (61-point AF system with 41 cross-type points)

1D X has new autofocus system (61-point AF system with 41 cross-type points)

1D X pushing the ISO range to 204800

1D X pushing the ISO range to 204800

new battery for 1D X, LP-E4N (2450mAh, backward and forward compatible with LP-E4)

new battery for 1D X, LP-E4N (2450mAh, backward and forward compatible with LP-E4)

Kenn-Wai with 1D X; its enhanced ergonomic design is more comfortable

Kenn-Wai with 1D X; its enhanced ergonomic design is more comfortable

my Canon Speedlite 580EX II and Canon new Speedlite 600EX-RT

my Canon Speedlite 580EX II and Canon new Speedlite 600EX-RT

Canon new Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT

Canon new Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT

model: Kenn-Wai, shot with Canon EOS-1D X and Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM and Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT

model: Kenn-Wai, shot with Canon EOS-1D X and Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM and Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT

subject: Melaka Raya, shot with Canon EOS-1D X and Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM

subject: Melaka Raya, shot with Canon EOS-1D X and Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM

a short clip of 1D X’s burst mode:

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请照顾我女儿

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特列宁·晃子《请照顾我女儿》

特列宁·晃子《请照顾我女儿》

“妈妈生下你这么可爱的小宝贝,妈妈想要陪伴你,教你很多事,和你说很多话……但妈妈没办法陪你一起长大……”日本年轻妈妈晃子,怀孕时才知患上脊髓恶性肿瘤,自知时日无多,不能陪伴女儿尤莉亚长大,在生命最后的日子里,她透过写书,教女儿人生哲理,字里行间,倾尽母爱,感动人心。

晃子已於2008年2月25日离开人世,走时只有36岁,那一年尤莉亚只有2岁,今年已6岁。

晃子是在2006年诞下精灵可爱的尤莉亚。但命运捉弄她,一边迎接新生命,一边却要面对自己生命的终结。

万般不捨也不能改变命运,她將对女儿的无限牵掛化成文字,写成了“遗书”《请照顾我女儿》,这本书日前更翻译成中文版。

纵然化疗令身体虚弱的晃子连提笔的力气也没有,她仍竭力口述录音,將生命里各种课题――朋友、吵架、恋爱、金钱等娓娓道来,要教女儿人生智慧,教她如何做一个女生。

口述录音教女儿生命课题

晃子在每段录音,都充满元气地跟尤莉亚说早安,每句话都充满关爱和思念,她把握一分一秒向女儿做最后告別,希望留下这书作女儿的礼物。这份礼物,母爱满泻。

晃子希望女儿將来读起妈妈留给自己的书,知道妈妈的爱及面对的痛苦抉择。

晃子在怀女儿时腰痛得厉害,初时以为是普通孕痛,到一天痛得无法走路,才发现脊髓有恶性肿瘤。於是,在保住自己还是孩子之间,她面对痛苦选择。因为分娩后才治疗將有生命危险,但她最终选择保住孩子。

晃子死前的遗愿,就是希望读者看了她的书后可以写信给尤莉亚,照顾尤莉亚,给尤莉亚力量成长。

妈妈想用各种方式,陪伴未来的你……

写给我的亲亲尤莉宝贝,妈妈要用笔写下给你的话,用声音录下对你的叮嚀,妈妈的生命已经接近终点,但妈妈想用各种方式,陪伴未来的你……妈妈每天看你一天天的长大,你的笑容像天使一样,脸蛋像花儿般灿烂,但妈妈的生命却一天天的削减,在病房独自面对孤独与恐惧,有甚么办法可以让时间走慢一点,陪在你的身边久一点?如果你看了这本书,能够知道妈妈在甚么样的心情生下你,时时刻刻为你?想写下这些话,那么妈妈就感到非常非常幸福了……

2月6日妈妈剖腹生下你

妈妈从2005年秋天开始生病。那年夏天,妈妈才怀了你,所以发现时,你还在妈妈子宫里……10月之后,腰突然很痛……医生都说“你是孕妇”,既不为我做检查,也不做任何治疗,只说“等你生完孩子再治疗……”

进入12月后……双腿开始发麻,排尿困难,走路都开始有问题……医生说脊髓出现肿瘤,要马上动手术切除,妈妈嚇坏了!

因为在怀孕状態下不能接受癌症治疗,如果以妈妈的治疗为优先,就必须让你早產,这代表你无法像普通的小宝一样出生的可能性很高……然后,妈妈向爸爸保证,一定会带给他一个健康小宝贝。妈妈问爸爸:“Do you really want this baby?”爸爸哭著说:“Yes,对不起,I want both。”

2月6日妈妈剖腹生下你。

尽可能和喜欢的人在一起,好好享受人生!

尤莉亚,你是女生,所以我相信你不至於和別人打架,但可能会常常和別人吵架,和爸爸,还有朋友……人不是单独活在世界上,必须和很多人產生交集。一样米养百样人,当然可能遇到合得来或是合不来的人,在和这些人相处的过程中,难免会发生爭执。

吵架不是坏事,但更重要的是,吵架后要言归於好。和好的秘诀在於“隔一夜”……隔了一夜,双方心情平静下来后,就可以冷静思考。

活在人世,要尽可能和喜欢的人在一起,好好享受人生!

要记住,绝对不能先有后婚

在瞭解对方的心意之前,整天都提心吊胆,心神不寧,对方的一举手、一投足都会让人的心情跟著一喜一忧(笑)。学生时代有很多时间,也有很多对象,可以谈很多恋爱,和同学一起分享恋爱的点滴也很有趣。

再长大一点之后,就要展开一场寻找人生伴侣的漫长恋爱旅程……这时候的恋爱和以前那种只要不喜欢,马上就分手的恋爱方式不同,可以花更长的时间观察对方。

不要忘记“即使再亲密,也要注意应有的礼节……”

每个女生都希望有朝一日可以和喜欢的人结婚……尤莉亚,要记住,绝对不能先有后婚。

[source: http://www.sinchew.com.my/node/243976?tid=2]
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民眾自由决定‧更新驾照可签捐器官书

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Organ donation advert (google image)

Organ donation advert (google image)

(雪兰莪‧八打灵再也4日讯)交通部长拿督斯里江作汉今日宣佈,凡更新驾驶执照的民眾,可以选择是否填写器官捐献意向同意书措施。

询及上述措施何时落实,江作汉並没有说明明確期限,只表示会儘快落实,因为目前交通部法律顾问仍需研究相关的法律事宜,並克服一些技术问题。

签署捐器官须亲自办理

他说,有关问题包括一些人士並非亲自到陆路交通局更新驾照,而是通过朋友或跑腿,也有者是通过诸如MYEG电子政府服务措施上网更新驾照,但是签署器官捐献意向同意书需要个人亲自办理。

“这些都是我们须要克服的挑战。”

江作汉今日见证阳光无线电德士私人有限公司的100辆德士参与“传播爱,拯救生命”活动,並繫上象徵器官捐献醒觉运动的“绿丝带”仪式上,这么表示。

他表示,上述器官捐献意向书是属於自愿参与性质,並非强制性措施,同时,一些国家,如美国已落实这项措施。

他说,我国去年就发生逾40万宗公路意外,其中在车祸中丧命的人数有6千877人,比2010年的6千872人增加5人,相等於每10万宗车祸有3人死亡,而一般上器官捐赠者都是车祸死者。

德士司机参与活动

活动总策划人周虹伶表示,参与上述活动的德士司机及德士將繫上“绿丝带”,同时德士上也將放置活动传单供乘客索取。

她表示,今日活动也推介面子书专页SpreadLoveSaveLives,以便通过社交媒体让讯息更广为流传。

阳光德士私人有限公司首席执行员崔卉仪表示,该公司德士司机平均每天载送15至20名乘客,每天平均行驶200至300公里路程,这意味著100辆德士一个月將会有至少6万名乘客可以接触到这项醒觉运动。

李霖泰:366死者已捐出器官
万五人痴等换器官

卫生部全国器官捐献行动委员会主席丹斯里李霖泰表示,我国仍有1万5千人等待器官移植,迄今共有366名自愿捐赠器官者遗爱人间,拯救无数人性命。

李霖泰也宣佈,截至今年3月,我国签署器官捐献意向同意书的宣誓捐赠者总共有19万1228人,无论如何,该人数仍然不到全国总人口的1%,仍然须要鼓励更多人参与这项活动。

国家器官移植资源中心首席协调员拿汀丽拉雅斯敏表示,19万名宣誓捐献者当中,以华裔最多,约有55%,其次是印裔约25%,接下来是巫裔约15%。

[source: http://www.sinchew.com.my/node/242542?tid=1]
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