Wednesday, 30 December 2009
I have edited this picture for umpteen times. The previous version which i think was 'over-edited'. Having traveled with three of them was fun and I have done things which i never have done before in my life- being unusual William. What is usual William? no alcohol may be.. no cigarettes.. talk about books and facts.. not crazy..being serious all the time.. yeah may be that's usual William. I told one of my friend that i used to have an account in ICQ and my nickname was badboy.. guess what was his reaction! He laughed every single time he mentioned about it in front of others.. Is it so hard to imagine me as a badboy? ha!
my fellow 2ndary school friends, wad you think?
Tuesday, 29 December 2009
unlike any other trips i had so far, i couch-surfed with Timothy and we stayed with a Hungarian for one night. His name is Maty. He told us a lot about history of Hungary, food eg Hungarian pickles and alcohol eg Palinka and Jägermeister like Unikum. Palinka is a traditional Hungarian fruit Brandy. I bought a 40ml Palinka and 100ml Unikum. Personally i dun like Unikum because it's made out of herbs.. not my type of alcohol i would say.
Things that you can do in Budapest(From my experience):
1. Sightseeing. just grab a map and navigate yourself around the city.
2. Visit the Great market Hall.
3. Pamper yourself at Gellért Bath. Thermal bath for 3800HUF (14Euro)
4. have your lunch or dinner at Restaurant Menza. This restaurant is highly recommended by the author of Lonely Planet and almost every tourist that walk in has Lonely Planet. The food there is quite nice, the service of the waiter and waitress is good and they are well coordinated (the waitresses are pretty!). For more information, click here.
5. Try some of Palinka.
6. Buy some chocolate with cheese filling at any supermarket or RELAY. Those chocolates are kept under refrigeration.
I climbed all the way up the Gellért Hill to have bird's eye view of the city. Having conquered Mountain Kinabalu (haha. not really actually) makes climbing any other small hills like eating nuts.. there are buses going up to the hill but i would rather climb than paying for the ticket.
The great market hall in Budapest is one of the nice places you should not miss. There are 3 floors. Upstairs are all those shops which sell handicrafts and foods, while on the ground floor are the stalls selling all kind of meats and vegetable. Well the first time i went to the market, i din notice that there are more shops underground. I know about it only after Maty brought us there. do not expect to have directories in market...At the underground level, there are many stalls selling pickles. The pickles all looked the same to me, the difference, according to Maty, is that the stalls are owned by different families. and the taste might differ from each other.
Talking about the public transport, overall the public transport is quite good. Even though the trains and the buses are quite old, they have time table and most importantly they DO follow the time table. Unlike KTM and Rapid KL buses. However you might end up buying a lot of tickets from go from A to B if you need to change from bus to metro or tram. One ticket costs 300HUF (about 1.20 Euro) or 250 HUF for journey not further than 3 stops. One ticket is only valid for one type of public transport. if you want to change from metro to bus, you will have to buy 2 tickets (600HUF). There is no difference if your destination is four stations away or 10 stations away. The price is same.
This trip was my first time traveling with my dslr.. I really find it very tedious to walking around with big camera and tripod around. Nevertheless it was fun looking at the world through viewfinder.
Saturday, 26 December 2009
just drank 2 shots of Becherovka and one shot of Absint
feeling a bit dizzy now..
have taken a lot of pictures during in Vienna and Bratislava..
tomorrow will be going to Budapest...
Merry Chrismast and Happy New Year.
Belated wish from me in Bratislava, Slovakia
William, 26.12.2009, Bratislava
Saturday, 19 December 2009
Monday, 30 November 2009
Saturday, 14 November 2009
really glad that he came.
Thursday, 5 November 2009
Wednesday, 4 November 2009
Wednesday, 28 October 2009
Thursday, 22 October 2009
Yes indeed there is! Think for a while......... .. do you hear anything?
oh well when the car goes forward, there is no sound except the engine sound.. of course when you reverse your car, there will still be engine sound.. you can't reverse you car without the engine started, can you? so when you enter reverse gear and press the accelerator, you hear some sound which will eventually get louder and louder... yeap that's the difference.. so it has something to do with the gears.. the gears that convert the engine power to forward movement are called helical gears (auf deutsch schrägverzahnte Zahnräder), while for the backward movement the gears are called .spur gears (auf deutsch geradeverzahnte Zahnräder)
i bet you are asking, WHY?
so this is the answer you looking for...
Specifically the way the teeth in the reverse gear are shaped. The forward gears in your transmission are helical shaped, meaning the individual teeth on the gear are curved rather than straight but reverse has straight cut teeth.
Why is straight noisier than helical? A helical gear's teeth are always in contact with the next gear thanks to their shape. Picture two straight gears moving very slowly. There's a split second that you'll see space between the teeth. The continuous tiny tapping of the gears remaking contact with each other creates the whine you hear. Since a helical gear has long, curved teeth, the point at which two gears meet is never out of contact, so no tiny taps, and no noise.source:http://autorepair.about.com/od/quicktips/qt/reverse_gear.htm
Tuesday, 20 October 2009
Face problems with no fear. Obstacles in life are inevitable. On our way to achieve something we often faces a lot problems, critics, accusations, even people who influence us or sabotage us.. be brave and roar!!!!
written by someone who could not practice what he preaches…
Monday, 19 October 2009
Saturday, 10 October 2009
Wednesday, 7 October 2009
My winter semester starts last week. The timetable is more hectic compared to the first semester. with so many subjects which are very new to me, to cope with.
PS: Class finished early so decided to walk around in Esslingen to snap some photos. it's fascinating to see leaves of different colours...
decided to upload my pictures in Flickr account as well..ll upload pictures from time to time. this is the link. click here.
Tuesday, 6 October 2009
here's the video. enjoy...
Saturday, 3 October 2009
Monday, 28 September 2009
Many people around the world know about Oktoberfest. in fact most of the people where they are asked about what they know about Germany, they would say beer or Oktoberfest. Like Oktoberfest, Badcannstatter Volksfest is also one of the many regional fest in Germany. Ocktoberfest is the largest fest while Volksfest is the third largest.
We managed to find a seat in one of the tents. there was a very nice old man treat us 1.0 litre beer right after we ordered food and beer. PROST!!! i personally like Hefe Weizen. I find it very nice to drink but it ain't cheap. 7.90 Euro for 1 litre beer.
Munich is way too way from Esslingen so I went to the Badcannstatter Volksfest with my friends. and i was very happy because i got to use my friend's canon F1.8 50mm lens. i have always wanted to try some shots using 50mm f1.8. but i wasn't satisfied with the shots i have taken. Considering that was the first time i used that lens and i am still new to DSLR photography , i am contented with the result and i have learnt a lot from this outing.
Monday, 14 September 2009
I had a plan. my plan is to hike from kaki bukit of Bukit Bendera to the top. The trail which starts from the entrance beside botanical garden would need about 3 hours to reach the top. Oh Well.. plan always turns out to be just a plan at the end. i think sometime it's better to do something impromptu, because most of the time it turns out to be something. So instead of hiking, i went up to the top not with my own feet but with monorail and carried out my filial duty-spend more time with my parents.
First outing with my new camera was OK... try to get used to my camera. Taking a shot through the viewfinder was really different. how different hard to describe... i concentrate more on details...
I din take a lot of pictures of the monorail because of certain circumstances. eh like I was forbidden to saty at the platform of the monorail because it was too dangerous etc. One return ticket for adult costs you 4 Ringgit and it is about 45 minutes ride from the bottom to the top. you will have to change monorail when you reach certain height to reach the top. The monorail is tortoise like slow and frankly there is nothing nice to capture. i took some pictures but all turned out to be not so nice photo cos of the dirty windshield and windows.
Guess what that is? i dunno what it is called but the monorail depends on it to move downhill and uphill. if i am not mistaken the diesel motor is located behind those "wheels" inside the building.
There is nothing nice to see on top actually. but there is a observatory up there where you could see Penang from bird's eye view.. for me that will be the only thing that make the journey going up worth -while.
There are Police Station, Post Office, Health Center, Mosque, Hindu Temple, Hotels up there..
Wednesday, 9 September 2009
Thursday, 3 September 2009
Wednesday, 2 September 2009
孙燕姿的 《遇见》 听过吗？
Monday, 31 August 2009
Patricia was willing to lend me her camera so i took some pictures using her camera.
you know how many scoops are there, the middle one which was mine? 2 scoops!! and it cost only 1.40 Euro!!! In Esslingen (my place) it is like 6 scoops and it would cost me one Euro per scoop. i couldn't finish my ice cream because it was too much and i was really full...
Thursday, 13 August 2009
until i was whizzed into an unknown place.
I see nothing but darkness.
the nothingness in the dark lures the fear out of me.
my mind is so confused
and filled with hundreds or may be thousands of question marks
but i see nothing around me that can satisfy my curiosity.
then i start to ask myself:
Is this what they call
the stop before the end of everything?
the crossover from life to death?
Am i already dead?
If my guess is correct..
No! No! my guess is not correct!
my life is too brief to be ended so soon.
I have plenty to do and i know i could have done more!
Why! The Creator, why!
Where are you when everything's gone wrong!
Why do You bring me to this world
With a lifespan as brief as a candle..
Without your realization i was created
with a time bomb planted deep inside me
which would explode when the time is right.
It ain't fair not only for me
but also for those who have really believed in me
and have had faith in creation of yours and thus
spent a fortune for your creation that you take no responsibility.
For the past 2 years,
i had a really great time with him.
i was very well taken care of
and i still look as good as new.
Schade! that it's only the outer appearance.
what's left is just a piece or worthless junk inside my body
and a broken heart of someone whom i spent most of my life time with.
without him my life would have been even shorter than i could imagine.
I pity him
for what he has gone through getting me.
I pity him
for his lack of buying instinct and wrong choice he made.
I pity him
for he trusted the creator and the trouble he has been through so far.
if my guess is correct and this is the end of my life,
i just wanna say thank you to him for everything he has done to me.
the only thing that i am not regretful is having him as my companion.
with that i can walk towards the end with my head held high!
if you are wondering what the hell i am talking about... well that's me- HP tx1005au! hehe
(William: i wrote this for self-reassurance.. so that i don't feel so sad.. haih. Schade)
Saturday, 18 July 2009
i din manage to take any close shots cos i was sitting at the last row on the highest level of the bullring. so the bulls and the fighters were only as big as ants. So with my 3x optical zoom Canon 980IS, i came out with these pictures.
Bull fighter in action. the pictures are blurry cos i used digital zoom.. it was tiring to chase after the bull with my camera.
when the bull is out of control, the fighters would hide behind that wooden wall. look at the red yellow sticks on the bull, those sticks with hooks are used to weaken the bull by letting the bull bleed slowly. those fighters with pink cape appear before the matador (hero of the show) with red cape to allow the matador to observe the bull's behavior.
at the end, the bull was worn out and killed by the matador using his sword. killing animal for entertainment purposes... that's the reason bullfights are banned in many countries. but not in Spain..