Thursday, March 30, 2006

the dogs did this:

Originally uploaded by monster-ru.

and as punishment, i decided to do this:

glowing belle
Originally uploaded by monster-ru.

nyuk!nyuk!nyuk! ...

just look at her sorry face! =)

(as i am writing this, finn is trying to ensure that the poor stuffed dino is truly dead.)

Monday, March 27, 2006

went from ondine's blog and tried this. my fav colour!


You are a very calm and contemplative person. Others are drawn to your peaceful, nurturing nature.

Find out your color at Quiz Me!

Saturday, March 25, 2006

saturday nights in with the blue nile

i was listening to this new (for me, not new release) song by the blue nile (yes, nothing but tracy chapman all day, and then thought i'd do the usual sat night thing of listening to TBN all night).

then, i found this link to the song. now you can all go and listen!

tracy chapman

recently borrowed the Tracy Chapman Collection CD from a friend, and the album has been on repeat for the last few days, especially today. i have listened to nothing else.

she's got an excellent voice...

"So I remember when we were driving, driving in your car
Speed so fast I felt like I was drunk
City lights lay out before us
And your arm felt nice wrapped 'round my shoulder
And I had a feeling that I belonged
And I had a feeling I could be someone, be someone, be someone..."

- "fast car"

Friday, March 24, 2006

English menu in a 3-star hotel in China

my friend sent me these today. fucking hopeless!
(still Rotfl!!!)

"fuck to fry the cow river", originally uploaded by monster-ru.

"pick type", originally uploaded by monster-ru.

Saturday, March 18, 2006

vondelpark revisited

Originally uploaded by monster-ru.

a photo i took in Vondelpark some time last year. it was supposed to be an i/r converted from a colour photo, but i continued messing around with it and got this. i kind of like the hint of green in it.

what kind of sick parents would give their daughter a name like "Joy Oh Sux Lan"?

i hope to god that it was some kind of spelling error that the teacher made. poor girl.

Friday, March 17, 2006

Happy Tree Friends

one of my friends recommended this to me.

Cartoon Violence, not recommended for children. Seriously, not for the faint hearted.

Monday, March 13, 2006

consumed today, twice.

i ran out of ham, so i put pork floss and twisties (curry) between my bread today.

quite nice actually.


i rang up IRAS earlier to make enquiries about my tax. after putting me through a string of recorded voice instructions, i was told that i would be put through to an officer who would assist me. after just ONE ring, the recorded voice message told me that they were all engaged. i tried this a few times, and every single time, the same thing happened.

it depresses me to think about the sort of efficiency they claim to have.

Sunday, March 12, 2006

cabin stop

Originally uploaded by monster-ru.

this is a stitch of the scene outside the cabin where we stopped for lunch during the dogsled ride.

i braved the extreme cold (-25 degrees celsius - yes, i had to say it again!) and went outside of the warmish cabin to take some shots.

and no, the camera did not freeze at this point in time. =)

Saturday, March 11, 2006

another quiet night in tonight, with a bit of Photoshop'g (see post below with pic) and The Blue Nile again. if you've still not heard the band, check them out. they're simply amazing. not the kind of music you'd want at a party, but it's perfect for a quiet night in.

also saw Ray on HBO. funny how similar Walk the Line is to it. i guess there is something about brilliant musicians, artists and the like. something in their childhood traumatises them, but because they are brilliant anyway, this spurs them on to become something extraordinary, and then their success becomes threatened inevitably by some kind of addiction, be it drugs or alcohol. then they quit it and become legends...

Tree to Keep

Tree to Keep
Originally uploaded by monster-ru.

it's nice to see that they care about their trees at this particular Institution.

Thursday, March 09, 2006

practising with the Intuos3 pen. really does take a bit of getting used to.

not easy when you are also trying to fake DoF with a photo and suffering from vertigo, without knowing much about layer masks...

nabeh! middle ear infection again!!!

i've been feeling a little vertigo for the last few days, and today, i gave in and went to the doctor. As i've suspected, i've got a middle ear infection again. NABEH! i've been having this same infection for many months already, and it keeps coming back? WTF!

Sunday, March 05, 2006

My First Composite

Symphony Stage at Botanic Gardens
Originally uploaded by monster-ru.

this was what i was working on using the Intuos3 for the first time.

W & I decided to do a composite of this from different angles.

i'm finally using my intuos3 today. very cool (thanks NAB!), and i'm looking forward to learning all its features.

on a different note, ginseng makes one randy?!

Saturday, March 04, 2006

IR #1 on the 20D

Originally uploaded by monster-ru.

i am really quite chuffed that i can now take B/W IR shots on my 20D, and not have to do too much work with the images in Photoshop after to make them look like this one. YAY!

(for more details on the shot, please go to the flickr page.)

(thanks, W!)

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

quiet night in with The Blue Nile all night. very good idea, especially as i am trying to rid myself of this terrible marathon (7 days now) headache that runs all the way from my right temple down to my neck!

i suppose trying to sort out the hundreds of photographs i took over the 2 weekends - Thaipusam, Ampulets' wedding, and my sister's - doesn't really help the headache situation!