Monthly Archives: October 2012

Revamped… Apple collection|The all-new iPad Mini. Some good and bad news to Apple fanatiques.

So first, we talk about the all-new iPad Mini. BAD NEWS is, you don’t get the Retina Display with this model, BOO! However, portability is a HURRAH! Not sure if I’ll choose this over the other iPad, but it’s OK. Anyways… the new iPad (3rd Gen) is already replaced by the…|This is the new iPad’s replacement, the iPad with Retina Display! Notice the reflection beside the HOME button.

I don’t think this is a good idea, but I think the “new iPad” had a makeover, discontinued and replaced by this thing… with Lighting err… outlet! This is the first and only iPad “classic” that is Lighting-ish.

COMPUTERS (:|The all-new MacBook Pro 13″ with Retina Display!

So here’s what I was wishing for. However, I’m kind of disappointed is because of several factors: One is that, there’s NO optical drive! HAHAHA! Another thing is, its flash memory is max. of 256GB something… which can be configured. Also, it’s even much pricier than the typical 13″ MBP! NO WAY should I buy that! I’m like owning a thicker version of the errrrr… MacBook Air!|The all-new 1TB Mac mini.

Seriously, like… is this a gift from HEAAAAAAVEN!? I guess I should get this instead as a desktop CPU just in case I have my own office. (:|The new iMac! Slimmer than ever!

Nakiki-slim na rin ang iMac! Nyahahaha!

Well, it’s so shiny… but not interested. Sorry. But… for those who are part-time PRO photographers, I think this is for you!|The Thunderbolt Display! Yay, the display’s finally getting RETINA-ED!

HAHAHA, just in case I get a PS3, this is the display I’ll get. Soon, future! I’ll chase you! HAHAHA!

Lea Salonga: Why she’s all worth it

Disney’s Reflection

A Whole New World

Blessed with a God-given beauty and a heavenly voice, Ms. Lea Salonga is finally here as someone who is a Filipino pride.

What the…? Someone with God-given talent is outspoken at the same time?

Unfortunately, I’m no fan of Lea, but I think her voice is really angelic. Take note: Angelic. Not even the Pop Princess could even replicate it. Not even Charice. Or maybe others.

Lea Salonga is at-par with Regine Velasquez, Kuh Ledesma, Frenchie Dy, and any other singers who are not only talented but also blessed with a rocking voice.

Granted that her English accent is too foreign, but take note that she sings in Filipino without any ka-ere-ere.

Can’t believe she sang this. Hehehe, a younger version of hers is an evidence.

Lea isn’t only a singer, a Tony-award winner, a mother and an actress (in fact she portrayed the Fil-Am, opposite Aga Muhlach), but she is also outspoken, and with regards her opinion towards the RH Bill, she is PRO-RH, and she said that amidst any obstacle, she’ll be a spokesperson for it.

Also, she spoke about the Lady GaGa concert which resulted to many protests. Oo nga naman, although she was really eager to “let the concert be,” I think protesters were there to discourage the fans to watch the concert.

Lastly, with regards to the issue regarding Anne Curtis, it was a simple misunderstanding. Actually, Lea Salonga appreciated Anne Curtis’s accomplishment to hold a concert at a huge stadium. It was only that she thinks that it is very insulting to claim yourself as a singer if you’re consistently off-key (Oh-no. So that’s why Lou Jing was evicted from the Go! Oriental Angel program!).

At the back of my mind, I could actually tell that, “Hindi porke’t magaling kayong kumanta’t malayo ang narating niyo, lalaitin niyo na kaagad ang nais umawit sa harapan ng mga madlang, kahit hindi naman sila ganun kagaling sa pag-awit.”

However, Anne Curtis said, “Hindi talaga ako singer. I’m an entertainer.”

I cannot even… but anyways, if you think that Lea sounded haughty, she sounded more of sarcastic and doubting and said, “I think she (Anne C.) should not focus on singing.”

Seriously, I think that Lea Salonga is truly established.

When she was criticized because of Shamcey Supsup’s loss… for the champion position… in the Miss Universe thingy…

“Religion is a very sensitive topic,” she (Lea) said.

At least one Pinoy pride is well-rounded

One reason why I do admire Lea Salonga in some way is because she does not only limit herself into singing. Being a singer herself didn’t hinder her from speaking her mind and acting out in one of Aga Muhlach’s movies. Hindi lang si Ms. Lea ang naging well-rounded. Pati rin sina Sarah Geronimo (singing, acting, dancing, hosting), sina Manny Pacquiao (pulitiko, recording artist, actor, host), at iba pa.

For the elite only?

I think Lea Salonga is looked up as targeted for the elites is because of her high standards. You might not notice her American accent when she is usually being interviewed, parang lumaki lang siya sa ibang bansa. For those who were fresh out of middle-class exposure, I think you’ll really be very annoyed when you talk to someone who is puro f*cking English ang sinasalita. In other words, conyotic. However, if you’ll take a look at their backgrounds, I think you should get used to the norm since it’s not their fault if they’re exposed to another culture or so. Since Lea is very much experienced, everyone should get used to it when she mimicks the accents of other nationalities. I think there’s nothing wrong it when she does the American accent, but sometimes, it could get really very annoying, lalo na kapag ang local media pa ang nagi-interview pa sa kanya. It’s like, “Dear, parang fresh out of abroad ka lang, ah.”

I don’t think it’s a good idea to think that when a Filipino has a distinctive English accent (e.g., American, British), you lash out and say, “Conyotic!” Lea may seem to be conyo, but to take a look from where she came from, I think it’s time for you guys to rethink again. She grew up in an environment that was full of strict rules since her father was from the military. Imagine, she graduated from Ateneo de Manila University, which probably made her speak in an unusual, distinctive accent.

If the masa cannot even appreciate Lea Salonga, at least there are a lot of singers to choose from besides Regine Velasquez, Sarah Geronimo, Kuh Ledesma, Frenchie Dy, et cetera.

Herzlichen Glückwunsch, Megan Fox!|Whoa!

That’s a relief.

Anyways, congratulations to Megan Fox for being a new mom… biological mom.

This time, I’mma embrace her again! Despite the Transformers controversy and the “dark sides” she had, I think she’ll follow Nicole Richie for at least, changing those bad days as a “sexy star.” (Nicole is sort of a juvenile delinquent, but has a reputable side.)

Her son is BTW, Noah Shannon Green, and yes, Austin Green is the dad, and her hubby! I’m wondering about her son’s future reactions on her tattoos? LOL.

A very sad decision to make…

Since I have made a new deviantArt account (yeah, for mah new life actually), I believe that I should move the Photography category to a new blog. Yeah, I know this news is sad, but I’ll tell you the new blog link so that you’ll view it…

Also, I really need a new MacBook Pro. The shopkeeper in the Mac shop in the condo said that the battery pack is not compatible with 2010 MBP’s. How sad. Oh, and the GoFlex drive needs a new upgrade cable. Seriously, I need a new MBP. Err… but I have to go back to square one or buy a new HDD which will serve as a “Time Machine.”

I cannot simply live without Photoshop, Lightroom, Skype, Torrent, VLC, Adobe Reader… those things are really very important to me and also, I think a new MBP will really rearrange anything. 😦

What do you think guys? Should I transfer my photography category to a new specific blog?

Gadget dilemma and sales shenanigans in the Sinosphere!

If you’re going to shop in countries like Hong Kong or maybe Singapore, you’d rather do a lot of research regarding shopping tips FIRST before you ask the best and the most reputable shops there.

According to Roland Lim:

Avoid shops that have “Tax Free” sign prominently displayed outside or inside the shop. Another trait of these shops is that, most of them have famous brand names like “Canon”, “Nikon” or “Sony” prominently displayed in large signs outside the shop. However, you will be hard press to actually find the name of the shop anywhere. Legitimate and reputable shop would clearly display the actual name of the shop on the sign outside, not just Canon, Nikon or Sony or whatever famous brand. Most of these shops are found along Nathan Road at Tsim Sha Tsui area. These shops are usually scammers, where “bait and switch” is common . They usually have lots of sales person inside a smallish shop. The ratio of salespersons to shop floor area/clients would be far to high to be profitable if these were legitimate honest shops. There is no sales tax or duty in Hong Kong except hard liquor and tobacco anyway. The “Tax Free” sign is basically just a trap to attract unsuspecting tourist. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!|Don’t be too deceived on these lenses. Eye-candy, isn’t it? (Film cameras included!)|If you’re going to Tsim Sha Tsui, this is the best shop, and so far the most reputable.|Look what we got here! Wonder if this shop is reputable or not.|Thanks jbilocca for the photo. I think this shop seems familiar to me.

Yes, I have ranted endlessly about this worst, traumatic experience ever. However, back in PH, I think it’s better to shop in your home country unless the product is not available in your region. If you’re going to ask me about shopping in the Philippines, the most reputable shop would be Infomax (TriNoma and SM Annex). Infomax is the elite version of Hidalgo (haha, never been there) since compare their prices to that of the brochure. If you’re going to analyze brochure prices, Infomax prices are quite lower, but not going to be dramatically cheap (LOL!).

Luckily, I am not alone in terms of sales dilemma in the Sinosphere.

So yeah, going to another sensitive topic again. It’s like asking Koreans or let’s say, mentioning anything “Japanese” or “Japan” with it (peace out!).

Apparently, Roland Lim’s advice doesn’t only apply for Hong Kong and Singapore wanderers. Maybe if you’re going to a shop that practices for-profit tactics, don’t ever come close to those. I’m warning you, don’t be to kiss-arse this time!

Several experiences with sellers who fool around:

acecardenas said:

I was at HK last June 11-14, 2010. I did a canvass around Tsim Sha Tsui area and found this store selling a very cheap Canon 10-22mm at HKD 3,500. I tested it and it has a flare when shooting it with lights. I tried shooting and shooting until they discourage me to buy canon 10-22 mm. The seller said efs lenses are made in Taiwan. I was not expecting that statement and then he elaborated and recommended the new Sigma 10-24 f3.5. However, the guy seem to know that I am fix with 10-22 so he suggested that he can get the Japan 10-22mm. I waited and tested the lens and it works so well, so good. So I ask him if its the same price. He said Japan is expensive HKD 5,600. So I haggle it down to HKD 5,000. In the end I was upset and did not buy and the guy keeps on shouting at me “p**t** in*”. To make the long story short HKD 3,500 was really a bait and a fake one.


I hope you don’t mind me posting this.

Good thing nag-walk out ka dude! Gusto ko talaga gawin ‘yan! Promise!

To those who do not know yet, I should have not bought anything in Singapore. Yeah, I’d rather be empty-handed than end up with something I really do not like. HAHA, eh asa ka naman kung may kasama kang sipsip sa mga ganung tao! (Oh no!)

Okay, so what if something is Made in Japan and the EF-S is made in Taiwan? To make the story short, WE DON’T GIVE A FUCK about the country of manufacture. We don’t care at all, and I have tested the Sigma, pero nag-give up lang talaga ako kasi mataas talaga ang standards ko. This is the trait that even demure people won’t ever learn or develop.

Bait and Switch Tactic: So that’s why it’s better to go on a shopping spree in the USA


It doesn’t only happen in Hong Kong, actually, and in Singapore. In every part of the Sinosphere, this bait-and-switch tactic is almost everywhere. If this happens to you, I advise, you’d rather walk out than end up for something you really don’t like at the first place.

At least, if you’re going to shop in the US, it would be more beneficial since people there are really very frank. Also, there are a lot of Filipinos there so you won’t get out of place (OP). An Austrian deviant *spike83 stated that he’d like to purchase his 5D Mark III in the US because of very high prices in his native country, but his only concern is the warranty (I know right?).

Again, if you’re going to the United States to go on a shopping spree, make sure that the place you’re going is definitely tax-free (please enlighten me American people!).

Wonder why I am telling you that the US is the best place? Okay, here’s the thing. If you’re going to buy in Japan, yes, it is granted that gadgets are cheaper there, however, you’ll only have two language options (English and Nihongo), especially if you’re a Canonican. Canon’s marketing strategy is very regionalistic, so you’d rather opt for the US instead.

Not to generalize the Sinosphere but…|Infomax — best shop ever.|The cleaner environment of Infomax — LOVE IT!

I’ll make a separate article about Infomax. I really do recommend this shop to those who are not fans or haters of Hidalgo, Quiapo. Nyahahahah!

Vikings, a second time around

Apologies if I have a laptop that runs slowly (unexpected for a Mac that has been solid for two years!), but anyways, the last photo is the only one edited twice by the 60D, then Lightroom. No wonder, it comes with a good result.

Good thing this made me become selective when it comes to photos. I would post photos here and choose the more presentable ones in deviantArt since it doesn’t make sense if you keep uploading photos that do not really… impress the artful eye.

Food photography has always been a fascination to me. No one would ever deny that. Not even the know-it-alls, or walking contradictions. They cannot say, “OMG you a photographer!?” Not even the most arrogant of all people would think I’m vulnerable.

Well, I’ll make a separate post about tips in taking photographs of food. AS IN THE ONES THAT YOU SEE ON MAGS! ((:

Why I chose Canon over anything else?

Maybe people might be wondering why I chose Canon.

There are many reasons why I chose it over Nikon, or Sony, or Olympus. In the case of Sony, I like their Cyber-shot line. For Olympus… I like their waterproof series. In Nikon’s case, maybe their film cameras.

Now that’s what I was thinking of… maybe because:

– Canon’s EF and EF-S lenses are actually designed as if a graphic designer designed it. Notice its appearance and you really wanna treat it as a museum object.
– You don’t need to worry about the autofocus dilemma in Canon — one reason why Canon was the original in terms of the autofocus system.
– Memorizing the terms L DO IS and USM is easy. Okay, for instance, EF, EF-S, TS-E, MP-E –> they’re not hard to memorize at all. Canon has this reputation for being “organized.” Naming of lenses, camera bodies and the like –> they’re labelled in a very organized way, so Canon fans find this convenient.
– Another thing about the Canon EOS camera bodies — they have more beautiful and stylish designs, but never sacrificed build quality and ruggedness.
– Starting year 2009 onwards, focal lengths of lenses are labelled by using the Myriad Pro font (except for the 70-200mm L IS II USM) and cameras that are released starting 2010 are already featured with a 3:2 (720×480) LCD monitor, which is conducive to view your photos as if you’re viewing their native 3:2 aspect ratio. In fact, 3:2 LCD monitors are considered “widescreen.” Semi-pro and entry-level cameras (within the xxD and xxxD range) usually feature this articulate LCD monitor.
– The Canon EOS system is intended for obsessive-compulsive people.
– Regardless of megapixel count, DiG!C quality is really impressive, similar to that of BIONZ + EXMOR combined.
– User-friendliness is another thing. With regards to exposure compensation, Canon’s pointer is the same with Sony and Olympus.
– Nikon did never hit the 18 Megapixel count (actual count is 17.9), but Sony achieved this.
– Canon’s Clear View LCD monitor almost has the same quality with Apple’s Retina Display, which is very much conducive for viewing photographs. I think Nikon failed to provide this, even for the D3000.
– Telephoto lenses are dirty white. Also, they’re stylish.
– Canon EOS bodies are generally lighter despite looking wider and bulkier.
– Their marketing style is “what-you-see-is-what-you-get” in terms of style, and their marketing strategy is at-par with Sony.
– Talking about wider range selection of lenses, I think Canon is the best when it comes to those things.

There are some other things, however, that are not in Canon (or let’s say, needs improvement)

Image Stabilization in-camera: This is a Sony Minolta Alpha feature (Super Steady Shot). Whether everyone likes it or not, it’s OK to buy lenses that feature NO image stabilizer/vibration reduction/vibration compensation/optical stabilizer if you’re asking for a lens for the Sony A-mount.
More superzoom lens options: Nikon has this 18-105mm lens, I really do not know with the rest (you know me, Canon-biased!), but Canon only has the following flexi-lenses: EF-S 18-135mm IS, EF-S 18-135mm STM, EF-S 18-200mm, EF 28-300mm… et cetera. Superzoom lenses are often lacking full-time manual focusing, so that’s why I really do avoid those kind of lenses.
EOS M’s underrated status: I think Canon is not yet ready to market their EOS M system just yet. They’re still starting and they’re focusing on the DSLRs first to find new ways on developing their EOS M series
Biased between the 7D and the 6D: Supposedly, full-frame cameras should have 100% viewfinder coverage. While some of you might wonder why the Canon EOS 6D only has 97% viewfinder coverage, well for me, it’s a true embarrassment. While the 7D has 100% viewfinder coverage, why can’t it also be for the 6D (This case scenario is really much worse than the 5D Mark II’s 98% viewfinder coverage)? After all, the 6D is a FULL-FRAME camera, whether it is a consumer-level one or not. This made me push through the 5D Mark III dream, though.
Japanese version of EOS camera bodies have limited language options: Another embarrassment! This is a very tough job for lazy people, but having only English and Japanese as your only language option is the worst case scenario for those of you planning to buy a DSLR in Yodobashi Camera. I think, most Japanese people will really be very insulted with this one, because it doesn’t have to mean that Japan-targeted products = two-language options only. The only way to solve this problem is to update the firmware, but make sure that the firmware should come from non-Japanese Canon websites. (Okay correction, I think even updating the firmware does not help. There’s something in the camera that is exclusively for a certain region.)
Lens hood for non-L series: This is one of the most sensitive topics ever, I believe. Unlike Sigma, Tokina and other third-party lens manufacturers, Canon only provides lens hoods and other accessories for their L-lenses. I do understand that since they do observe “hassle-free” investments, but for lenses that are not part of the L-series, they do not include a lens hood or a lens pouch. BAH, we need to work our arses off to get that freaking lens hood! One thing why third-party lens manufacturers could actually be venerated — they OFFER lens hoods, included with the lens!
The 1D series deserves more megapixel count than the 5D series: Seriously, who does not want a tall full-frame camera with MOAR megapixels, right? This should also be the same for tall Nikon D’s.
– More EF-S wide angle lenses: I seriously don’t get it why Canon hasn’t released any wide-angle lens with a 12-24mm/11-24mm zoom range. Actually, this is really beneficial to those who are using APS-C cameras. It’s like supporting the fact that APS-C is meant for telephoto, full-frame for wide-angle shizz… which shouldn’t be actually happening.
EF 24-70mm f/2.8L with an IS: This never happened at all. Reverse zoom or not, I don’t care. For as long as there is IS on it, I’ll definitely go for it.
35mm lens with a 58mm filter thread: I hope this might have IS too!
Canon shops (with the Canon logo, ok? Like Apple stores with its signature logo/icon) do not provide the 15-85mm lens: HAHAHA, this is the severe problem, I think Infomax is more prepared after all (yep, my favorite shop! Much better than Hidalgo, swear that!).

Canon isn’t only about photography

Not your typical Digital ELPH/IXY/IXUS, PowerShot or EOS provider, but come to think of it, they also do offer printers, scanners, calculators (hahahah, yeah this is very unusual) and other products. It is the same with Sony (almost, actually since Canon never did offer any mobile phone or laptop, which would appear WEIRD if that really happens), but the difference is, Sony is somewhat the Japanese version of Samsung (yep, from radio, stereo, TV, laptop, mobile phone, camera…) for their versatility and flexibility — and their diversity to offer a lot more for their fans.

Okay, I’m really Canon-biased, but that’s because their marketing strategy and err… manuals and the like are very much like Sony. I think Sony started their Alpha line when it merged with Minolta because they’re the only Japanese company left behind not pioneering their very own DSLR technology. I think, Canon never needed to merge with any other company, same with Nikon. Same with Olympus, Pentax, any company that does not need that strategy. Maybe if I were to go full-frame, I think the 5D Mark III is the only thing I’m waiting for.

I hope that Canon does everything in my second list! There are a lot of things that they should improve, since I told a while ago, that it is for obsessive-compulsive people. Oh, dear. Yep, those things I have mentioned are a huge embarrassment for Canon, and another thing is that, why do they have to put ONLY TWO FREAKING SPRACHEN in their Japanese version?

Thanks justinonenonly for the article! Yeah, despite negative write-ups about the Pop Princess’s mother, I believe that tama ‘yung sinabi ng isa kong kakilala, na kahit superstar parin si SG, she won’t ever be as rebellious as any other star out there, and even though she has diva moments too (yeah, actually aminado naman siyang mahirap mag-retain ng almost-perfect image diba?), she gives a very great impression to her fans. Sabi na nga eh, si Mother of Divine Mercy pa ang magte-take action kapag may mishap na hindi katanggap-tanggap ang Pop Princess, hindi ba?

Amuro Namie facts and trivia, according to a fan

Thanks Pampril aka for posting this! Hope you don’t mind if I make this a blog post!

All Amuro photos are from again (:


Okay, not really much of an Amuro fan, but the owner of commented on Amuro Namie and the Tattoo Connection, which is an honor since this is the first time I was acknowledged as a blogger, but her reactions with the things I have posted about Amuro were yeah… actually I was intrigued, so I decided to post her comment right here.

Here’s the official statement

Hi, I’m the owner of Toi et moi v4. Thank you for crediting my website, not everyone takes the time to do it.
If I may, I would just like to correct a few inaccuracies in your article about Namie’s tattoos.

First of all, you may have not noticed it because it was discrete but Namie had her first tattoo in 1996 while she was in Jamaica. This was a barcode with her birthday date. It’s on the cover of her first photobook #19970920.

She then had a second tattoo on the same wrist, some flowers but I don’t remember when…

She finally had the two tattoos you mention in 2002 (and not 2003).

On these two pics dating from May 2002, you can already see them.

She has recently removed her two first tattoos and it seems like she replaced them with one tattoo in the interior of her wrist: it reads Love Peace World.

The second thing is that Namie has never been married twice. She only married Sam in 1997 and gave birth to Haruto in 1998. Her mother did not die at this moment, she was murdered by her brother-in-law in 1999, the day Namie’s second come-back single, “Respect the power of love”, was out.

Namie said several times that she was happy her mother could see her son before dying. After her death, she considered stopping her careeer. Then she remembered how proud was her mother everytime she could see her on TV: she decided to keep singing.

Third thing is about Japanese people loving her tattoos. Well, it’s a very new thing! Tattoos are still associated with yakuza and wearing them is still seen as a bad thing in Japan. If you may not see her biggest tattoos in some commercials, it’s not surprising, they were hidden. The sames goes with NHK Kouhaku Utagussen: when Namie used to participate, they would make her hide her tattoos because it was not “correct” to wear them.

Namie has long been the target of the medias: she used to be called a “has-been” as well as a bad mum (for primarily leaving custody of her son to Sam). Divorce is also very ill-considered in Japanese society.

Lastly, it has never been proved that Namie was of Italian decent. It used to be written in all profiles and magazines back in the 1990’s, but Emiko Taira herself (Namie’s mother) stated that she never known which origin was her father. She only knew he was European, she said “maybe English or Italian”. I think Namie’s company thought that Italian was fashionable and exotic at the time and decided to go for it. The truth is that Namie only know she’s not 100% Okinawaian. Her father may also have been an American of European decent, that’s what a few Japanese website write.

As for her English, I absolutely don’t know is she’s able to hold a conversation. She doesn’t write her lyrics and she was really surprise to learn the meaning of some slang in “Want me, Want me”. She only learned the meaning of them quite a long time after she has recorded the song! I guess she can understand a few words, but she may be really bad at languages. It’s true that the full-English songs in Uncontrolled are intriguing, but I don’t think it means her skills have greatly improved.

My Take

Please read at your own risk. You might get disappointed once I rant, but if you can’t stand all the comments I have posted/vent(ed), try reading another blog entry.

The ancestry dilemma

Oh, yes. I forgot about the website I saw… I think one website stated that the part-Italian thing is actually the agency’s decision to make it a part of Amuro’s identity. However, some sources said that she’s “one-quarter white,” but did not even specify the ethnicity.

Okinawa used to be a part of the United States of America, so no wonder you won’t really question one person’s ethnicity if they’re half-white. If that is so, I think that you might get used to it when you hear that Olivia Lufkin was from Okinawa (Olivia BTW is Japanese-Norwegian-American).

No wonder Namie has an innocent look, and you won’t ever believe that she’s a mother of one.

English lyrics and tattoos look cool… really?

My thoughts about Amuro’s English lyrics and tattoos — well, I’m not ranting against the comment stated above ok? These are the thoughts that I really want to vent out, seriously.

With regards to the English lyrics, I really don’t know why THE HELL should someone sing in English if that person does not even speak the language, right? Okay, there’s nothing wrong with singing in English despite your lack of proficiency on it, but please, I don’t think it’s a good idea to say, “Body Feels EXIT! Body Feels EXCITE!”

Gosh, it does not make sense when you say, “Oh, me body feels EXIT!”

Like, “WTF!?”

It’s like you’re trying so hard to seem cool, if in fact you’re only doing it to look cool.

Read the article here.

Jpop Addict stated:

The first example is the recent release of Namie Amuro’s single 60s 70s 80s, which features the song ROCK STEADY. In the chorus, Namie uses the phrase “bungee jump” in the middle of some Japanese lines. If you’re like me, you’re wondering what the hell she is talking about and grow increasingly angry each time she says it. In my opinion, it would have annoyed me less if she had just used Japanese instead.

Granted that Namie does not actually write her own songs, but just in case you’re wondering whether she could actually speak in English, you’ll really gonna scratch your head off! Also, I heard that her son Haruto was making fun of her English proficiency as well (and it was reported that his English is better!).

Actually, these things are the reasons why I was looking up to people like Ayumi Hamasaki, Angela Aki, Utada Hikaru and Gackt. Although they have English words on their lyrics, at least they really have the nerve to speak in English (or can speak, fluent or not). In Ayumi’s case, she learned English, I think, from her ex-husband. Good for her, and you’ll notice that most of her songs are purely Japanese, and there are only a few English words on it, so no wonder, she was more recognized at the Western world, although Amuro was the original. Not promoting Amuro-Hamasaki rivalry here because their style is waaaay different from one another. Ayu-chan is more of the kawaii type, while Amuro diversifies.

Okay, no offense to Pampril (I know she’s a real Amuro fan) and to the rest of Amuro Namie fans, but those tattoos? I have nothing against people who think that Kanji tattoos are cool, just in case they don’t speak Japanese/Chinese at all, same with non-English speaking people having tattoos of Shakespearean words on their bodies. However, quoting Kouhei Smith, Kanji tattoos are not that cool at all. Maybe your Chinese character for love is actually not “love” at all. LOL, same with Engrish tattoos.|WTH does that mean, anyway?

Maybe it’s the Engrish version of Love, Peace in this World. So again, I’m not being a grammar Nazi right here, but I don’t think English tattoos for non-English speakers are not cool, actually.

Look at these dudes’ tattoos below:|LOL, like when someone needs something, he/she’s a true friend?|Perfect, NOT “prection!” Wait, maybe “Actions need more erection than words”? LOL!

It should also be taken note that Amuro Namie’s oval tattoo (which is bad-ass) is also in Engrish.

“My mothers love live with me, Eternally in my heart. RIP”

Should it be, “My mother’s love lives with me, Eternally in my heart.”?

Seriously, the tattoos look reeeeaaaally ugly. No offense meant to Amuro fans, but I think these tats look like jail tattoos.

It’s like this: Oval-shaped memorial tattoo, right? Reminds me of an elongated coin coming from that coin-molding machine in Canada. Also, the “Haruto” tattoo is like, “Wait, is that her ex or something?”|, may I have your attention, please?|I am really calling, seriously!

Yeah, curly and straight hair and cute clothes — she can carry those, but tattoos? I don’t think it really suits her personality so well. While I do enjoy her songs (yeah, her songs are great, actually), but please don’t call me jealous. I really can’t stand these types of tattoos at all, so no wonder her arm tats are concealed, because according to Pampril, it’s not correct to wear them on CM’s.

I think I’m the only one who does not really like her arm tattoos. It may be endearing and meaningful, but I can’t stand it. Okay, go on and slap to me, “Get used to it!”, but some people might not like it too!

Seriously, that disturbing oval-shaped vandalism (together with her son’s name) reminds me of a wine label, but TWG teas had it! Overall, Amuro Namie’s tattoos are like jail tattoos, as if she has an elongated coin together with a guy’s name below it. Like a wine label, really.

Not being a hater, but those tattoos really look nuttig to me! I like her right arm tattoos better, since it’s really more fashionable-looking.

Okay, enough with the tattoo thing! It really sounds intriguing if you lately knew about your idol having arm tattoos. If that would be a girl… oh wait, I think I’m not the only person who thinks about Amuro’s tattoos as not very cool…


GTK: Am I only one who thinks that Namie is like….a japanese version of Cheryl Cole?
OSR: Yes.
Namie Amuro:
– 20 years long career
– 32 million records sold
– 16 top 5 albums, including 10 #1’s, 2 #2’s and 2 #3’s
– 39 top 10 singles, including 11 #1’s, 9 #2’s and 8 #3’s
– can sing live
– can sing live AND dance at the same time
– etc.
GTK: Didn’t mean anything negative by that and didn’t mean literally. They both have same appearance, same level of popularity in their countries, their music/fashion style is close, they are both great dancers and ok singers….they both have ugly tattoos.

Amuro and Tweedy are both tanned, sexy… but the tats?

Oh yes, Amuro’s arm tattoos may be meaningful, again, but they’re really haesslich, but Cheryl Cole’s tattoos are REALLY VERY TRASHY! Her thigh and arse tattoos are really disgusting, really ugly and yeah… search for more Cheryl Cole tattoos on Google because I’m too lazy to post them, and yeah, I can’t stand it too, but I think those are trashier, uglier and more dirty-looking than Amuro’s arm tattoos.

I think Cheryl Cole should’ve not been too drunk to have these arse and thigh tattoos done. It’s sluttier and more disturbing. Would you ever date a girlfriend who has those fugly tats? Maybe Apnea and Felice Fawn’s thigh tattoos are better since they’re really ART, but as for Cheryl, I really have a feeling that those are drunk tattoos!

Okay, it’s like Engrish lyrics and tattoos for me are NOT cool at all. In fact, you’re like being an idiot when you speak English without any sense at all!

I really cannot stand people who constantly sings with English words and have Engrish tattoos, but you know… because people might wonder really, if you really know the language. Quoting J-Pop Addict:

Ironically, I complain about bad English lyrics in Jpop when my English is poor and I write articles in this blog. I’m a hypocrite, there’s no doubt about that. I hope I provided some decent examples of bad English in Jpop. I know there’s an abundance of terrible English in Jpop, but I typically stop listening to those songs and remove it from my memory. If you have some examples you’d like to share, feel free to leave a comment. If I’ve offended anyone, say if BoA’s Next World album is your favourite album of all time, direct your anger towards clicking some ads or something…so I can continue buying better Jpop.

I’m not this type of person. I do like songs that have English lyrics maybe because of the music, but being unable to speak in English despite singing English songs and having English tattoos is really cringe-inducing. It is like you’re trying so hard to look cool, if in fact it might offend native English speakers. It’s similar to real singers being insulted to people who claim to be singers if they’re actually off-key. HAHA, I really do have high standards.


So I was really like, very disappointed with the Engrish thing. Okay, Amuro’s oval tattoo is for her mother, but I cannot imagine someone with the same ink for fun. Choz!

Canon EOS 60D: The First-Hand Review

After almost two years of photography experience, I finally upgraded to a semi-pro camera body… so please welcome Blooregard, aka, the Canon EOS 60D!

I named it Blooregard. Well, one thing that I want to tell you guys is that, I rarely make names for gadgets, but since it is a “norm” for mainstream popular kids, whoa like… what DAFUQ!?

Before buying the 60D…

Here’s one milk tea experience. But I still think that Pao Pao is still heaven!

Ever since, I thought of upgrading, if not the 5D Mark II. However, because the 5D MkII’s screen is 4:3 in aspect ratio, I chose to wait for the 5D Mark III only for higher megapixels, SD card slot, 100% viewfinder coverage and a ginormous 3:2 3.2″ LCD monitor (which is sadly not articulate).

The 60D is actually a second choice, next to the 5D Mark II. Actually, this made me realize that the 60D is actually a real semi-pro model. Why? I’ll show you everything (haha, check out soon!).

Here it is! The 60D supplied with its kit lens (plus an 8GB SD card).

Okay, so the 60D with the kit lens. However, I still decided to use the EF-S 15-85mm lens because the 18-135mm will belong to me momma. There were “challenges” actually, rather than meticulous organized… shizz. First of all, the 60D’s manual is in Nippongo! The seller told me that their suppliers are Japanese (hontoni desu ka?). Worse, the serial number is worn out (black background is better than the white one nyahaha!).

This is how the 60D looks like with the kit lens (:

So, here’s the story that I’d like to share with all of you guys…

One thing that I really like to share with you is an advantage when upgrading to a semi-pro model/body: Usually, people using an entry-level model (e.g., xxxD, xxxxD) upgrading to full-frame might have a hard time adjusting. Another thing is, if you’re planning to upgrade to full-frame, remember, EF-S lenses are NOT compatible with full-frame EOS bodies (e.g., 5D series, 1Dx, 1Ds). Instead, you have to invest to an EF lens, specifically the ones that are L-series (EF lenses with a red barrel, for Nikonians, it’s usually the gold barrel).

Another thing is that, third-party lenses are actually very limited in features, which is not exactly true. In fact, there are some lenses that are almost at-par with marque lenses, but marque lenses are still the choice of professional photographers.

Notice that the camera is really much bigger than the Canon EOS 550D/Rebel T2i/Kiss X4

Higher-end camera bodies tend to be heavier and more advanced in features, but the 60D serves as a mediator (or bridge) between the entry-level xxxD bodies and the xxD ones (7D included!). Usually, xxD bodies have CF card slots rather than SD card slots, but the 60D rather has a/n SD card slot, which is more accessible to those who were using xxxD models that start from EOS 450D to the latest. The only xxD features retained on the 60D is the pentaprism viewfinder (don’t get me wrong, I have a very hard time dealing with a pentaprism viewfinder, so I often adjust the grade), different battery pack and… hmmm, I’ll think about it. I’m a first-time xxD user, BTW. (:

With the signature strap! Usually, most DSLRs are equipped with “EOS DIGITAL,” but xxD and xD models are different.

One advantage about the xxD models is that, their strap is an identification whether a person uses an xxxD/xxxxD, xxD and/or an xD model. When you see a strap with a xxD model in it, it means that they’re using mid-range bodies, but if you spot someone with a camera strap with an xD model in it, you’re going to say, “Whoa, this person must be rich,” or “That person must be a professional.” Don’t get me wrong, that doesn’t mean that if you own an xD model, you’re automatically a professional photographer or a well-off person.

You don’t need to be a professional photographer to buy a full-frame camera body, however, is is still considered as a luxury item for some few.

Original quote. LOL.

Usually, full-frame cameras offer something that APS-C sensor bodies cannot even do, and you guessed it, wide-angle capabilities! A full-frame body is ideal for standard telephoto and wide-angle focal lengths since most camera manufacturers tend to be VERY biased in terms of focal length — especially for wide-angle lenses that are not conducive enough for an APS-C sensor.

However, there are some advantages when using a crop sensor body — and that is telephoto capabilities. You could actually use the 60D when using a 70-200mm L lens if you want to stalk your crush (oh no, BI right here!) or maybe capture a very wild animal.

EF-S lenses or short-back focus lenses are considered as “digital lenses” since they only work on digital SLRs with an APS-C sensor, while EF lenses (or non short-back focus lenses) are made for EVERY digital SLR, and also for film cameras. Make sure that the mount matches — you can’t fit Canon lenses on a Nikon or a Sony body unless there’s an adaptor. Right, yowayowa-san?

Since I’m a 60D owner already, I think I am ready to use a telephoto lens! Kidding!

This is the mode dial, together with the switch.

Actually, the 60D and the 5D Mark III have some certain similarities. The photo above shows you everything.

Unfortunately for the 60D, there’s only one C mode (yep, custom mode, but I don’t have a hell of an idea to use this function!). But that’s okay, I don’t even know how to use it. I though that was the “Creative Filter” mode. LOL.

The switch is actually at the TOP LEFT side of the 60D, if the 550D has it on the TOP RIGHT SIDE. Indeed, this is very difficult if you’re used to having that mode dial and switch at your RIGHT side, all thanks to this LCD status panel that appears in orange light, it is actually an “obstacle” for me, but for some pros and serious amateurs out there, it is convenient.

LCD status panel|One is not lit, the other one is lit!

Now how the hell should I use this… LCD status panel? All I know is the ISO thing, and that’s about it. If you’ll notice the EXIF data of some of my photographs, the most frequent ISO would be ISO 100, making sure that the photos are smooth and grain-free, but to achieve the ±0 EV, I think it’s almost impossible to achieve something that is formula-driven by:

ISO 100 –> EV ±0 –> shutter speed + aperture. Usually, everything should be balanced, from aperture to shutter speed, but it should be taken note that EV ±0 is usually the standard when it comes to adjusting the aperture and the shutter speed.

Before, 1/30 would be the default in my standards. But come to think of it, you’re not a true-blooded amateur if you’re going to rely on the default settings. Experiment on a certain basis so that you’ll get the best results.

Articulate LCD screen — this has the same quality with Apple’s retina display, brought to you by Sharp.

It is not a joke that the LCD screen of the 60D is very much crystal clear — similar to that of Apple’s retina display. If you think about obsessing with crystal clarity, the 60D’s LCD monitor is actually much more crystal clear than (that of) the 550D’s.

It is also helpful when you’re going to take photographs of amazing ceiling art (hello, Basilica fresco!).

Sample Photographs

Apologies if I failed to use the RAW mode (Large — high quality). I only used the S-RAW mode, which is SMALL!

How to take a shot using the articulate LCD monitor?

Especially for the “almost-peace sign part,” this was the procedure…

I believe this is the subject. Oh yeah, it’s very difficult to take a shot of a perfect circle of this one unless your LCD monitor’s actually articulate.

Okay, so this is how the articuate LCD monitor looks like… but what about the camera? How does it look like if in this case?

Here’s the set-up! Tee-hee, pardon me for the photo! It seemed that I was not ready to shoot it properly, though!

Anyways, this is it! Shoot like a PRO will come back just in case you want more tutorials! ❤ However, there’s a part II for this post, so stay tuned!