Monday, February 28, 2005

Santha and Takhmina

Two lovely models our club shot at Taman Bukit Cahaya, Shah Alam, last week...

Here are some of my selected shots - done with my new Tamron.

Click on each of the girls' photos for their respective galleries.

Friday, February 25, 2005


It has been a whirlwind week for me so far. A group of friends arrived from South Korea (along with that special someone) and I took a few days' leave to take care of them. It was tiring as the group sponsor was on business and I had to link them up with the local business contacts (which involved tons of driving etc).

Anyway, that special individual left last night and this reminded me of how painful it is to drive home alone from the airport...

The Tamron SP AF90MM F/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 and bloggers' gathering

A new lense I have. Bought it last week. Finally I own a true macro lense. Chose this one due to its high quality results.

You can view it here.

The only draw back is that the lense extends when it focuses but I can live with that.

Here are some samples...

On another note, I attended a bloggers' gathering organized by Sui Lin. It was held at Bangsar's Alexis last Saturday and was cool to meet up with other bloggers. Thanks to Tracy for bringing me.

Friday, February 18, 2005

Latest high end Swiss watches

Some of the latest watches from the Swiss ateliers...

Thursday, February 17, 2005

Vacheron Constantin's 250th Anniversary

Wow... it's VC's 250th birthday this year and what a big bash it will be. I may even be going to HK to view these pieces that were made to commemorate the event.

This is the world's most complex wristwatch, the Tour de l'Ile

As for the other 4 special releases...

Jubilé 1755

Les Metiers D’Art

l'Esprit des Cabinotiers

Saint Gervais

On a side note, Rolex is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2005. Curious to see what they have in store for us...

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Gong Xi Fa Cai

Well it has been a bitter sweet CNY for me so far.

Was back in my hometown celebrating but hardly saw any friends or met up with any relatives (save for the compulsory few). Was most of the time helping out at my parents' food shop so it was tiring. Gambling was non-existent during this time too.

I even got myself a sunburnt neck.

As for Valentine's - it was a missed date but I had some nice moments during that day.

Anyway, tonight is the Jade Emperor's night so I'll be heading to a friend's house to celebrate - it's a Hokkien thing. I'm looking forward to the weekend when I can get a better rest.

Sunday, February 06, 2005

New Omega Diver

The new Seamaster Planet Ocean aka 600 from Omega coming in 2005. Looks great and definitely worth a consideration if you're looking for a diver. The orange one is damn attractive!

Even more pictures and discussion at Timezone.

Saturday, February 05, 2005

Antoine Preziuso, watchmaker

Wow... had the privilege to attend Antoine Preziuso's watch launch in KL organized by Swiss Union at Westin the night before last...

For those who do not know this name, he's a master watchmaker who has made watches for Patek and Gerald Genta (one of which is the Gerald Charles Tourbillon). In fact, an watch collector who turned up was wearing the one and only piece of the Gerald Charles tourbillon in the world.

You can view his website here

Anyway, Antoine was present last night and it was such a great honour to meet him and talk about his creations with him. He's one of the 5 watchmakers who have the Geneva Seal (criteria about how to obtain the seal here) the other 4 being Patek, VC, Gerald Genta and Roger Dubuis.

As he was launching his own product range for the 1st time, a lot of people in attendance are still unfamiliar with his new products and they felt that the prices were a bit high for a brand relatively unknown in the market.

Anyway, then, he debuted his latest and finest creation, a triple tourbillon (calibre is 52mm in size). It had yet to be shown in Switzerland even and the press over there was very anxious to hear about it. Therefore, us Asians were very excited to hold the thing. They expect only 10 pieces (over 5 years) to be produced and will probably cost 1.2 million Swiss Francs retail when it is released.

Other interesting pieces were saw were a chronograph which had a case made from meteorite. He showed us a solid piece of meteor which cost him USD10k to buy.

I also loved a nice green dragon watch and Moonlight, a moonphase model with rose gold and carbon fiber engraved dial.

So some 'photos'... here you can see some lovely watches... especially the 'special' one he revealed. A couple of moonphases, a chrono and a triple tourbillon! You'll notice that Antoine likes to use exotic material e.g. the stingray skin for some of his straps. Sorry for the crap photos... only had my camera phone with me!

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Another set of watches including an eye-catching worldtimer. Notice the piece of meteorite on the table? It's worth USD10k!

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Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Sting's Concert

What a show from one of the world's music icons and legends. This was indeed a slick production and everyone was brilliant... from the musicians (especially longtime Sting guitarist, Dominic Miller who really made the night) to the backup singers (the definition of power vocals).

The crowd went wild everytime the man went into his well known hits and he lavished us with 3 of his biggest during the 1st encore (Desert Rose, If I Ever Lose My Faith In You, Every Breath You Take).

As a footnote, I must say that the man has aged a bit and the crowd reflected this too :P

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Only Mee

Only Mee, a new noodle shop in 1U just near the food court at the basement. Tried it out...

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Ordered the Klang fish ball mee and a bowl of prawn wantans. I must say that while it was a bit pricey for the size of the portion, the noodles were tasty and I was glad to find them served with crispy sambal... well actually the condiments are self service

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