Monthly Archives: August 2010

(EZRA) 33/52 : “Eating greens is a special treat. It makes long ears and great big feet….but it sure is awful stuff to eat”

Ezra’s portrait last week

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We went shopping last Sunday and I bought this cute hoodie with rabbit ears. I’ve always wanted one before but I could only see them being sold online. I’m happy I found this at the mall.

When I was a little kid my favorite movie/cartoon was Bambi. My mom said that I would watch it several times in a day. Thumper (the rabbit) was one of my favorite characters.  He’s also the one who said this quote in my title.

I really don’t like eating vegetables either.  That’s why I think what he said about it being awful is so true.  But I do try to eat it sometimes because I know it’s really good for you, hehe.

Thanks a lot to my sister for taking my picture and editing it!
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(I just realized we both used quotes from Disney films for our titles this week)

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Week 33/52 : “Second star to the right, and straight on till morning.”

Last week’s self portrait

I wish I had my own supply of pixie dust so I can fly away and escape from reality every now and then.

I really like how the lighting turned out on this one.  I closed the curtains in my room and used a desk lamp for this shot (I have blue walls and a blue curtain).  The “pixie dust” are glitter brushes from Redheadstock on deviantart

Title is from one of my favorite Disney films when I was  younger.  Peter Pan FTW!

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Ninjas and milkshakes

I don’t really have anything interesting to write about these days since I’m pretty busy with school stuff, so I thought I’d post some random pictures from my last meet-up with the girls earlier this month.   We had a quick dinner at Dairymoor and updated each other on our everyday lives.

Brinks came dressed as a ninja. JK!  She’s been having problems with wrist pains so the doctor advised her to wear this brace.

Moy looking fresh despite all the stress from work

Dr. Camille explaining some medical stuff to Ezra

Carbonara which Brinks and I shared

Shakes

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Week 32/52 : Leave them now and see what tomorrow brings. (Tutorial)

(For the “Theme of the week” group on Flickr  – “Freedom“)

Another photomanipulation with a sky background.  I hope you guys aren’t getting sick of these yet.  They’re really simple to do, which is why I end up doing them when I can’t think of anything else.  Plus I love clouds <3

This was shot in our garden as usual.  My sister took the picture.  I added the birds (in Photoshop) because they seem to symbolize freedom for most people.

Title is from the song “Melodies of Life” from the Final Fantasy 9 OST.

Bird and cloud brushes from redheadstock.deviantart.com

EDIT: Since greysqrl wanted to know more about this photo, I decided to post some screen caps of my editing process :)  I normally don’t share my editing techniques but I figured I learned everything I know about Photoshop online, so there’s really nothing new here.

First I opened the original photo in Photoshop:

This was the original shot of me running in our garden.   My sister took the shot. Very simple, nothing fancy.

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Then I took a picture of the sky and placed it over the original photo:

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(EZRA) 32/52 : Everything begins with one small step

Ezra’s portrait last week.

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I’m in a slump so my portrait is pretty simple this week.

I tried a lot of other (different) shots, but none of them worked out for me. Then my sister suggested this idea, haha.

Thank a lot to my sister for lending me her skirt, taking my picture and editing it!
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I suggested it because it made things easier for me too XD  Minimal editing.  Mainly cropping and adjusting the tones :)

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4 years and 8 months

Ckloy and I celebrated our 56th monthsary together a few weeks ago.  I don’t really have much to write so I just thought I’d share some pictures:

Alvin and the Chipmunks!!!   We watched a movie and found these little guys outside the cinema.  They’re so cute!

Ckloy and Chloe, haha

Rose from Ckloy <3

After the movie, we shopped for a while before heading home.  Here are some stuff I bought:

I’ve been eyeing this guitar bag from YRYS for a while now.  Ezra bought a blue one last year and I thought about getting one too, but it was just too expensive for my taste.  Luckily, there was a sale earlier this month and I was able to get this one for half the original price :)

Black and white striped cardigan from Forever 21.  I was wearing this in my self portrait earlier this month :D

And some stuff from Etude House + Fashion 21 Liquid Liner.  I was planning on getting the Proof 10 Liquid Liner from Etude House, but they were out of stock.  Luckily I found this one from Fashion 21, which seems to be just as good, and for a fraction of the price :)

It never fails to amaze me how patient Ckloy is when it comes to shopping.  He doesn’t mind going into the “girly” shops with me  (except for Etude House – I think all the pink scares him) and he never complains about being bored or tired ^___^

Happy 4 years and 8 months Ckloy.  I love you!

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Meet the newest member of our family

This little guy has been with us for about two weeks now:

Isn’t he adorable?

I wish I could say that there’s a happy story behind how we got him.  It’s really not something I wish to remember, so let’s just say he came at a heavy price.

Anyway, the important thing is he’s with us now, and we love him.  It’s been a while since we had a White Shepherd, and a male one at that!  We currently have three regular German Shepherds, all of them female.  We had a male shepherd but he was poisoned over Christmas break while we were away on vacation.   My dad has been looking for a white shepherd for a while now, so we’re really happy he found this cute little guy.

We named our new baby “Squall”, from my all-time favorite game, Final Fantasy 8.  I wanted to name him Noctis (from FF13) but my mom didn’t like it.  She wanted to call him “Tidus” (from FF10)  but we already had a white shepherd named Tidus in the past and I don’t really like the idea of recycling names.  Eventually Ezra suggested “Squall”, and my mom agreed.  It may surprise you, but I wasn’t all that thrilled with the name.  Squall may be my favorite (male) character from the entire Final Fantasy series, but I’m not that fond of his name.  But, I suppose it’s better than the other name my mom suggested – Wolfy.  How original.

Squall relaxing in our garden.  He has droopy eyes

He likes grass

I love this shot.  He’s so AZN, hahaha

Awww

He seems to love the camera

He’s still pretty scrawny, but we’re hoping he’ll gain some weight soon.  He’s already twice as heavy compared to when we first got him, so that’s a good sign.

It’s funny how our nanny has a hard time pronouncing Squall’s name.  She usually calls him “Is-kwal”, “Skal” or “Kwal”.  We heard her call him “Koala” once too, LOL.

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(EZRA) 31/52 : Wandering without a glimpse of where I’m heading

Ezra’s portrait last week.  Something simple since we were both pretty busy.
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In this shoot I tried to dress up as a guy, however I don’t really have manly clothes so this is as close as it’s gonna get.
I’m now watching the 2nd season of Kuroshitsuji and I love it!  More than the 1st season. I really like Ciel’s fashion style.  He usually wears shorts paired with with high socks and boots.  I used that as inspiration for this picture.
Title is from the song “Bird” by Yuuya Matsushita (ending theme song of Kuroshitsuji 2).  Thank you to my sister for taking the picture and editing it!
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Outtake:

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Play SNAKE on YouTube

I just wanted to share something cool I discovered today.  I apologize if this isn’t new to you, I was just really excited that I discovered it on my own by accident.

I was in the lab today waiting for my XRD results, so I decided to watch some videos on YouTube to pass the time.  The internet connection was really slow so it took forever for the video to load.  I’m sure you’ve noticed that YouTube displays this little spinning circle thing while a video is buffering:

Well, apparently if you press pause and then hit an arrow key, the swirling circle thing turns into this:

It’s a hidden Snake game!  Now you can play while waiting for your video to buffer.

This feature only works on the new YouTube video players.  And it doesn’t work on embedded videos either, you have to be on the actual YouTube page for the game to work.

Pretty cool, right?

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China Picts (part 3 of 3) : Walking around Beijing

(Finally, the last set of pictures.  About time too, it’s already August XD)

One of the things our family loves to do when we visit a foreign country is just walk around the city, exploring the place for ourselves.  Sure, package tours are nice, but we still enjoy discovering things for ourselves.  We end up lost most of the time, but we love the feeling of being able to find our way back at the end of the day.

Ezra with her map.  She’s all ready for the day ahead.

Big meal so we’ll have lots of energy for the day

Lots of people also exploring the city.  The ones wearing the red hats are part of a tour.

You can see the Wangfujing street stalls in the background

Checking our map.  We’re lost already, LOL.  We wanted to find our way to Tiananmen Square.

We kept walking anyway and came across this weird rock thing.

I’m too lazy to put captions on all the photos, so let’s just admire the pretty pictures XD  These are just random shots of us walking around and a few interesting sights we saw.

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