Monthly Archives: August 2012

Two of my favorite Canon thingies


Here is Gordon, well, a British dude who hosts cameralabs on YouTube. Ahh… 15-85mm.


WhatDigitalCamera on YouTube hosted by Phil Hall

So what do you wanna say about it?

Unfortunately, DigitalRevCom (no offense to Kai and Lok though) failed to review the EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens. Too bad, because they focus more on the billion-dollar thingies rather than those lenses who deserve more recognition. Yep, biased.

Now I have to thank Gordon (Laine?) for reviewing the 15-85mm lens. I liked the review and he meticulously examined the features, pros and cons, which DigitalRev didn’t even bother to err… do? All DigitalRev is doing is nothing more than magnifying the products that they’re reviewing.

The EF-S 15-85mm is a PREMIUM lens, as what Gordon said. I have to agree with him since the 15-85mm lens is a combination of the 28-135mm lens and the revered 24-105mm L lens. Gosh, I’d rather spend a gazillion dollars with that 15-85mm not just because of its focal length, but because of its beauty.

On the other hand, WhatDigitalCamera isn’t that bad at all, and it showed all the features without even damaging it (compared to DigitalRev, the show’s not complete without damaging a lot of things.

Comparing the two British YouTube channels to DigitalRev (DigitalRev is more of Hong Kong), the two British camera review channels are very particular and very descriptive with their reviews, unlike DigitalRev, which only magnifies a certain product’s awesomeness, and sometimes they miss the other lenses such as the 15-85mm. I really couldn’t help but agree with a certain acquaintance who stated that DigitalRev is really biased with the products they’re reviewing, unlike the British reviews, which are more eye-candy to look at, and at the same time descriptive. The only good thing about DigitalRev is, it’s fun and interactive at the same time.

Japanese Models and their Beauty

After Tricia Gosingtian (me idol!) showed her you know, Lena Fujii thing… I’d like to present you how Japanese are naturally-pretty with their cutesy hairstyles and their charm.

Believe it or not, Japanese beauty is VERY ENVIABLE. It’s like you’re looking NOT ONLY on their almond-shaped eyes, but also on how they show off their charm.

If you’re gonna analyze how their combination with other races mix, it’s one proof that Japanese genes are stronger than you think. Most Japanese I think didn’t realize that — and those who look too foreign are often the subject of discrimination because of their homogenous err… beliefs.

PHOTOS ARE FROM THIS WEBSITE


Lena Fujii


Jun Hasegawa|Gosh, she looks like Denise Laurel right here.


Yuri Ebihara|It’s simply like Sayaka Akimoto + Baifern Pimchanok in one!


Kiritani Mirei|Take a look at her other KAWAII photos…


Now that’s KAWAII factor!

Other photo collections from afspot.net


Rosa Kato|Yes, one of the people I WANNA look like. She looks like a doll.


Karina Nose|Beauty at its finest. If only Rufa Mae Quinto is small-chested and taller, she’d look like her.


Take II.


Miss Universe 2007 Riyo Mori|Not fair-skinned, but she bagged a prestigious award.

They are like the Thais. Watching A Crazy Little Thing Called Love is a movie composed of uber-pretty girls out there. FAIR-SKINNED OR NOT, most of them look like models and dolls. You’ll see a lot of pretty Thais and Japanese out there that you’ll really envy at — those are the looks that most Filipinos wanted.

Okay, not to hate what is on my own, but I think Thai beauty is more enviable than Filipina beauty — well probably because Westerners do appreciate something that is really exotic to them, such as Venus Raj, sort of things like that but to idolize the Thais is “HOMG!” But if you’ll take a look at the Japanese, you’ll realize that your conceptions are wrong. Some people DID agree with me that there are prettier Japanese girls out there that you wanna date with.

Check these out…


LOL here’s what you wanna know most about… ehem!


Another thing to watch…

Oh, yes. It’s Nina Kodaka! The half-Filipino, half-Japanese soft-spoken lass is actually from StarStruck. It’s not only Iwa Moto who is another fella Japinoy who was one of the StarStruck people, but I really like to tell you that Nina’s more well-bred compared to Iwa.

Paalam, Ginoong Robredo ng DILG


Shared via Facebook|The late DILG secretary Jesse Robredo shows a very good example to the government.

Of all the politicians in the world, why Robredo?

As expected, God usually saves the good people and lets them live in Heaven.

It’s a good thing for his family that they still hoped something positive when they are ready to face the worst news.

One of the people with a low-key profile, he’s very competent in his academics, explaining how much he was a disciplinarian to his children — in terms of academics.

Another great news to talk about: He never tried vices.

He’s the only guy I could actually call as “credible.” Indeed, a sincerely good man, I think other politicians should really look up to him. He became a Naga mayor at a very young age. He earned TWO degrees in Engineering in DLSU. Lastly, he really kept a low-profile life, serving the poor people. He does not discriminate.

Concern for his family

I was really worried what would his family think when the bad news comes? One of my teachers thought that being “saved” by the fishermen only happens in fiction, but not necessarily in real life. Also, people really assume that he’s dead — so it was for real that he wasn’t spared. Only his aide was, however.

Similarity to Antonello Joseph

Both valued education and work as their top priorities. Both passed away because of God’s will to let them enjoy a problem-free life. In fact, this means that “mission is complete.”

They were both people who do not choose friends or maybe — treat people unfairly. They treat people as if they are friends, and you’ll never doubt them, though.

May he rest in peace

He deserves not only a half-mast, but also a reward for his good deeds.

Photodump: A Day in the Royal Palace

Well, not so royal, but the interior design’s very nice. Used the iPhone rather than the DSLR, because I’m preparing for the lens that I really wanted. You know me!

Review: The MacBook Pro

I had one during the year 2010 — aka for me, it’s a HELL year. Living hell due to the fact that I was fresh off from the EVIL years of fourth year high school (Thank you so much, to that sectioner person, I might as well slit yer throat and f*ck you!)… but forget it.

The MacBook Pro is one of the best gadgets I ever owned. It is SOLID, despite being two years old. Its price speaks for itself. Overhauling the MacBook Pro doesn’t affect its unusual strength. Not to magnify things, but compare it to a Lenovo thing, this one works anytime without malice, together with the ThinkPad.

The IBM ThinkPad is second to the MacBook Pro in terms of durability. It does not die that much, like the type of recyclable type of laptop? I think, the MacBook is really for power users. NO biases here. The personal experience of mine tells it all.

People would tell me that the everything Apple has a reasonable price — imagine owning an Apple product. Although you may drop it accidentally, it still works, but make sure that there are no broken screens, Imma tell you that.

Revised: Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC

If you’d notice that my account in dArt is lately about endless ranting, let me tell you about these bullshit that I encountered. Call me discontented, but please, it proved that my intensive research is true. I was right all along, and please, leave me be when I go shopping (yes, you manipulative narcissist, good thing I will not name-drop you here because that’s how I love you!) for I have higher standards and better taste.

Before you read this article, please read THIS and THIS. I am too keen and particular about things.

The kit lens is too honest when it comes to quality

Deeper blacks. LESSER Chromatic aberration shit. That is how I describe the kit lens. It may have limited focal length but at least its quality is unbeatable. NO NEED to use Photoshop and some add-ons. What you only need is this: Filters. UV filters, C-PL filters, there’s NOTHING wrong with it.

I’m sorry if I have to post the disadvantages of the Sigma lens, but let me tell you that the telephoto end has a crappy quality. Call it Made in Japan, but I don’t think it’s credible. Also, there’s NO OS.

This serves as a lesson to some Singaporean Chinese sellers out there. I don’t care if I get banned in SG for being too honest about the sellers’ behavior out there.

Also, there’s NO full-time manual focus. Aspect ratio? 1:8.

Aspect ratio 1:3 equates full-time manual focusing. Yeah, you may still insist that Sigma offers a variety of choices, but please, please, please! Always look at the quality (CA, extreme end clarity) first before buying it!

Add-ons are only putting weight to everything

I really do not want to discriminate, but the add-on macro lens and the wide-angle add-on isn’t working as well. It only worsens the amount of Chromatic Aberration and also the poor quality. The appeal is LOST. I think I made a big mistake during the year 2011. I should HAVE NOT BOUGHT ANYTHING IN SG.

If you’re going to buy camera equipment, I think it’s better in the Philippines. At least etiquette is observed by the Filipino people. Not being racist, but I think me personal experience would tell you to be more careful about choosing what is more credible or not.

Random Thoughts: R.Y.


mancentral1.blogspot.com|R.Y.!

Rico Yan is no other than… the matinee idol-next-door who died at the very height of his career. If you’d notice, he is best known for his good boy image.

He may not be a saint, but he was advocating education to everyone. This was also Antonello’s dream: Education for everyone.

However… Rico has a dark side. Or maybe not.

Rico’s… dark side?

LINK

It really sucks to write an article like this, but I have to admit, not really a shocking moment to know about his break-up with Claudine Barretto, yet their relationship ended like a tragedy.

Really bloody, isn’t it?

So Raymart Santiago was the third-party on the Rico-Claudine couple simply before the former matinee idol died in March 29. Alright, I don’t want to be judgmental right here, but it seems that the article is showing that Rico is the bad guy. Not to be concluding right here but for me, a guy like Rico won’t ever reveal his private life with Claudine.

Hindi talaga inaasahan na mangyayari ang ganitong insidente.

The break-up was thought to be something like hindi nagpapansinan sa isa’t isa, but reading the article was like, “Weh, hindi nga? So ang rift pala nila, nauwi lang sa rambulan!?”

I really cannot imagine Rico being a violent man. Well, I could, but looking at him, he’s not really very tough to hit a woman. However, Claudine’s ate Marjorie defended her and she said that Rico was the one hiding a girlfriend in Cebu.

The other side of the story shows that Claudine is a very jealous type of girlfriend — hindi talaga nakapagtataka. Ever since, Claudine always had a bad reputation, and you know what? Her reputation speaks for herself. From Mark Anthony Fernandez to Rico Yan, she ended up with Raymart Santiago. Well, I’m not saying that Ray is the bad guy, but if I were to be asked, I think it was Barretta who made patol, not Raymart.

Why?

What do you expect from a hypocrite like her? Being able to create a mess in NAIA isn’t really a good thing for a celebrity, and a mom. But at least, she admitted her mistake — but what she did is simply humiliating. Wala talaga siyang hiya, unlike some feisty stars, they would simply apologize for their mistakes.

Okay, Claudine and Rico won’t ever end up in a violent break-up if the former didn’t made patol with Raymart. True or not, I think it was Rico who was hurt, so you’ll really wonder if he really died of overdose.

It wasn’t his fault if he was hurt. Alam mong siya talaga ang mas credible sa issue because he cannot be an A-hoe unlike other actors who would openly deny a girl because of a free fellatio (HAHA, another parunggit!).

He is also the type of celebrity who won’t ever initiate any type of controversy — he came from a well-respected family and guess what? His Chinese roots was a plus factor for him to become an entrepreneur, owning different businesses… no idea if they’re still existing, though (even without his presence).

There are more things that I could say more about him compared to AJ Perez. I dunno, maybe because he reached the age of 20, at least, unlike the latter who died before his 20’s.

If you think that RY died of an overdose, you decide, but I really understand it — he died for a reason: HE WAS HEARTBROKEN. If you’re gonna slap to me that he never liked Claudine, well, get yo’ facts straight. Rico and Claudine became together, but there were different challenges:

1.) Rico’s family did not approve of Claudine at first.
2.) Claudine’s reputation is rusty.
3.) They’re exact opposites, overall.

So, history repeated itself when AJ Perez died of a tragic car crash. Nobody knows who he really is, but the AJsters were at least there to share the word that AJ’s legacy is still living… breathing fire. AJ became a poster boy for Eye Bank and Larunungan.

Indeed, people retain the legacy of their beloved ones. If you’d notice, there’s a Rico Yan Youth Foundation.

HMMMMMMMM…

This is when Claudine Barretto started to relate with AJ’s girlfriend, Steph Ayson. The tragedy made them close with one another, thinking that this is the right time to get to know one another.

It’s really cool to have a non-showbiz partner. It was AJ’s decision to date someone NOT in showbiz because he believed that it is more peaceful in a non-showbiz world.

This is one lesson that we should learn: Showbiz relationships are never as good as non-showbiz relationships. Always apply a little mystery on it.

The Social Network


Wikipedia.org|The Social Network Cover

Short Intro

I thought that Justin Timberlake portrayed Mark Zuckerberg in the movie. It was Jesse Eisenberg who portrayed him.

Alright, I’ll be honest. Esisenberg reminds me Ben Whishaw, a Brit actor who protrayed Grenouille in “Perfume” movie.

I was wondering if Erica Albright is real or not, but speculations said that she is only fictional (oh yeah, just like the characters in Osaka Monogatari, I doubt that there are some people there who will exist for real).

Before watching the Social Network, I highly doubted that Mark Zuckerberg only had Priscilla Chan as his first and last girlfriend, but it turned out that she wasn’t. I was really doubting if Albright was for real.

Wait… are we talking about Gabriela Robin here?

If people would ask, “Who the hell’s Gabriela Robin?”, well, she’s THAT singer who sings in Gibberish. It is Yoko Kanno’s really dirty secret and she won’t EVER reveal who that person is. While people speculate that Robin is Kanno herself, it is really questionable.

The Summary [Leave this page if you don’t wanna get spoilers]

Mark Zuckerberg faced lawsuits coming from his best friend Eduardo, and also the twins Tyler (?) and Cameron, the rowers. Zuckerberg is indeed, a nerd, but he had different connectios with Sean, Napster’s CEO. Teamwork came and this broke the friendship between Zuck and Ed (not sure of the monicker).

Review

I really do recommend everyone watching this film. For the prospective lawyers, this is for you.

So you see, Bill Gates was also featured, but I highly doubt that HE portrayed HIMSELF in that film, or is it really him after all? For those who do not know the whole story about Mark Zuckerberg’s creation, Facebook started as “Facemash,” a website designed to compare the best faces in Harvard.

But from the short intro I made, I thought Albright was real, but after all, she’s more of fictional, so we really cannot tell if she really did exist. After all, their conversation in the movie started as serious, but there were no signs of disagreement. It was only then that Mark proved himself a nerd.

What nerd?

At least he never ended up like Cho Seung-hui (RIP).

Bagyong Gener thoughts and err… .avi-friendly tablet

Taken with Nelly. Of course, you might wanna see this somewhere… hehehe.

Raining cats and dogs… that’s what rain is all about.

Now why should everything FLOOD!? That’s because of the poor drainage system. Underpasses have been flooded as well, and imagine how to walk or swim in these disgusting floods.

Disgusting!? Well, yes, flood is really disgusting, but just take a look at the surroundings. Would you ever express yourself like that if you’re the ones throwing garbage OUTSIDE the bin?

I really feel bad for those who were the victims of the current calamity. It may be like Ondoy in terms of class suspension, but I hope it won’t be like the said storm again.

Hoping for .avi tablets

Now I really cannot decide between the Galaxy Note and the GT 7.7. I wanna watch movies without the need of a laptop. You see people, I have .mkv files, .avi files, but most movie files are in .avi format, which is annoying because NOT even Mac OS could do something to make it “fit in” the Mac world. Another thing, you need to convert everything to .mp4 so that it would work on the iOS.

Hmmm… which one’s the best for watching a lot of movies? Galaxy Tab or Galaxy Note, or iPad? Please, something that is compatible with BOTH .avi and .mkv format, please.

For the very nth time, AA Klenk is not the ideal girl (and a good example)! Take Two

Disclaimer: Photos are via statigr.am (a web version of Instagram)


Do you think it’s sexy or slutty?

One very good comment stated:


Of course, this is really like good! I like this one!


AA is bald here… still looks gay, though. You defeated Justin Bieber! *jackpot*


This the song that she sang as a “recording artist.” Takte, parang bakla ang boses niya hahahaha.


Well, here’s another video… with a negative comment on it.

julius1416 stated:

SAKSAKAN NG PLASTIK PALAPIT LAPIT P SA TAO….

White skin doesn’t rock at all. Well, occasionally, white skin is only for the elites, but for the real white-skinned people, they wish to be darker. Oh, hindi ba?

Pero ang white skin naman ni AA, parang Michael Jackson.