Saturday, August 22, 2009

New Home - WYNG Images

Dear All, I have now moved to WYNG Images.  Thank you for visiting.  Please come to the new address and bookmark it!

The 100th Post

Started back in March last year (23rd March, 2008) and with much hesitation I started this blog.

I was at first (and even today) doubtful over my ability as a photographer, writing skill and persistence in keeping this blog going...

It is really to the credit of you the reader and many friends who follow this blog (thus my journey), who gave me many great comments over time, correcting, encouraging and affirming me. And that's not limited to photogrphic skills alone.

Also, the great many who put their faith in me to capture your precious moments, and thus allowed me to witness and be a part of your life. Thank you very much indeed!

The one deserving the greatest thank is none other than God who gives me the eye, the strength and persistence everyday. It is through photography that I have come to appreciate Him more, and it is through Him that I appreciate photography more.
Colossians 1:15-17

This a rock given to me in Japan, one that is fashioned by fire.

This post also marks a new beginning!  I have officially changed the name of the blog to WYNG Images.  Hope you like that new name and continue to visit this blog at the new address!  Thank you!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Cooking with Love

Haven't posted my wife's cooking for quite a while. It's because wife has been very busy at work and had little time for this "leisurely" activity.

From the top:

1. Cassava Cake,
2. Assam Prawns,
3. Pumpkin Cake and
4. Radish Cake

Cassava Cake is my favorite! Esp when it is hot and fresh out of the oven! :)

Despite I really like Assam like Assam Laksa, Assam Prawns is my least favorite.

The problem is me, 100% me - I am too lazy to de-shell prawns. Thank God that my wife de-shells them for me. I am so lucky!

Like the Cassava Cake, I love the Pumpkin Cakes when they are really hot out of the fry pan. Shame that I had a cough when they were made so I couldn't shove them down my throat without constraints..

The Pumpkin Cakes are filled with red bean paste inside. Yum!! There is also a steamed version, you can read about it here.

The Radish Cake is not as "smooth" as what you might find in a restaurant. However, that is because it is packed with radish, not flour. It is therefore heavy in radish flavour. I love the spring onions topping also. It is not over-whelmed with pepper.. no need for that because it is the genuine article!

As said, the Cassava Cake is my favorite. Wonder when my wife will make more for me?! :P

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Charity = Generosity - GFC

Thank you Aynur for the opportunity to photograph the Charity Trivia lunch in support of Cystic Fibrosis Victoria.

There was a generous turn out and everyone gave generously toward this great cause. This is the tin with the donations inside. The photo doesn't do it justice but I shouldn't touch the money.

CFV Mission statement: "To promote research, increase awareness of Cystic Fibrosis and provide education, support and advocacy to Victoria's Cystic Fibrosis community."

Really exciting to see the spirit of charity not snuffed out by the global financial crisis (GFC)! Charity is a positive number because Generosity is always greater than GFC (or crisis).

Thank you to NAB and management for empowering its staff to contribute to the community in this way. If you would like to make a donation to CFV, please visit here.

Isaiah 58:6-7,14a, "Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter — when you see the naked, to clothe him, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood? ...The mouth of the LORD has spoken."

UBank Celebration

UBank or NextGen Release 1 has take off!

UBank is the fruit of many months of hard work, of many wonderful people from different teams, departments, and vendors, working together.

I've learned a great deal and achieved much myself. Thank you all who collaborated and cooperated with me on SCM.

Praise be to God! Philippians 4:13

This is the day to celebrate, and we did that in style at a Swiss bar restaurant, Terra Rossa.

There were lots of great foods and drinks of course. Good to see so many letting their hair down for a second to have a great laugh and getting (and giving) a slap on the back for job well done. Many awards were handed out in recognition.

I really liked the decor in the bar, very retro.

Saw $13.25 on the table not far from the entrance and wondered who would leave them there? Soon I realised that it is a piece of art! The coins and notes are sealed inside a very thick layer of lacquer and is part of the table. Sorry, this is not a good pic, but it is one of those times, where the story is more important than the image. :)

Don't think my camera liked the showers half as much as I do.. The showers, combined with lights created wonderful effect of reflections on the street.. so much life and richness!

*Please take a good look at UBank and work out for yourself whether it is the right vehicle to manage and grow your hard earned money. :)

* This is not a financial advice nor an advertisement for UBank or the National Australia Bank (nab). Please consult your financial adviser for advice.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Generosity, I recommend

I have a confession to make...

Been taking Robitussin Honey Cough Drops recently because of a persistent dry cough. They were great except that they are impossible to find. I have depended on them at work - for meetings, presentations, on the phone, etc, so it was terrible when we couldn't find them after going to no less than ten pharmacies...

With my one and only pack of Robitussin, I was at a friend's two days ago with lots of friends. Several were suffering from coughs also. With a little hesitation, I shared my precious Robitussin...

Today, we shopped at a grocery shop that is opposite a pharmacy, so I thought I will walk in and take a look. You guessed it, they have Robitussin Cough Drops, several packs in fact! The sales assistant was so nice that she even gave me a pack of 20 for free!

Thank you, thank you, thank you. :)

Proverbs 11:24,25 "One man gives freely, yet gains even more... A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed!"

PS, I don't work for Robitussin or get any commission from Robitussin. :)

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Melbourne Open House

MOH was a fantastic event!

One day in the year, 32 buildings in the CBD open to the public for free, most accompanied with guided tours. More than 50,000 people turned up for the event and God was kind and gave us amazing sunny weather on the day.

I love architecture so I wasn't going to miss this!

Yes, the queues were very long... But, my wife and her girlfriend later joined me which certainly made the day even more pleasurable. They saved a good two hours as well. To top it off, we had a fab lunch after that. Although it was kind of small. Loved the risotto and the company. I am hungry just thinking about it... :O...

This is the roof top view from MU.

I was lazy or perhaps just being realistic on the day... left my tripod at home... was going to bring it... it went as far as the door. Sorry tripod...

Tripod could have been useful at the St. Paul Cathedral. Anyway, had to do with handheld on the day. A wider angle lens would be nice too. I do love this cathedral, a wonderful house of God.

This is CH2. CH2 is the first purpose-built office building in Australia to achieve the six Green Star certified rating. A truly fasinating and innovative building albeit it took a long wait to get in also.

Love those infamous wooden louvers, yellow roof top turbines (also called wind crowls) and cooling through heat absorption into the concrete, etc... Magnificant!

After a long day of walking, met up with friends at Shanghai Village for dinner. The chicken dish was so nice! We are definitely going back again. Good choice Rumi/Yoshi. :)

A Sydney-sider told me buildings are even prettier in Sydney. Oh, I certainly love the Sydney Habour Bridge, the Opera House and I like The Circular Quay also. But this Melbourian is more than happy with what Melbourne has to offer.

Melbourne Melbourne Melbourne! =3=