Monday, 28 May 2012

As Summer Draws to a Close

Blue Summer
A shot taken during my short stay at Grande Island Resort at Subic

Classes are about to start yet again, thankfully I am now at my third year of medical school. But it comes at a price; halfway done with medical school proper, but from here on out, I wouldn't have a real vacation for three or so years.

As the hot summer days seemed so endless, but like all good things, it has to an end. As it draws closer to the last day of summer, I can only look back at what will be remembered as Summer of '12.

Have I done what I planned for the summer? Well, yes and no. Yes, I have visited my granny at Pangasinan and got to visit my late gramps gravesite; I got to see old friends and relatives; made new friends along the way; got to visit the chruch in Manaoag; and got to raise awareness to my Flickr site and the like. No, because I didn't go the States as I intended; my computer components are not available until early June; my Sigma lens that I sorely wanted to purchase isn't available in the Philippines, yet; and I didn't get to meet up with my old bandmates to recreate our band.

But with such a mixed accomplishments and failures, did I still enjoy myself? Of course I did. These are the kind of days that I took for granted as a child. These are the days when you just want to sleep 12 hours and beg for more. These are the days that if you are lazy to do anything, but all means, don't do anything!

Alas, it is time to get back into reality, time to become an adult again, because let's face it, school is a stepping stone to my future career. This is for me and my future so I can't always slack off forever. It is as my eldest sister, Maggie, tells me, "Do all the hard work now; Have those sleepless nights now; Sacrifice now. Then when the dust clears, that's when you can have all the fun in the world". True enough; when I finally reach my ultimate goal, have a stable paying job, and have my own happy family, that's when I, along with my current family and my future family can just have fun like all those summer days that passed.

So here's to the wonderful summer I will have had courtesy of 2012.

Peace!! Keep shooting!!

Saturday, 26 May 2012

What Do You Expect From a Judge Named Moriarty?


I just read an article from TekSyndicate.com (Click Here for the article) about Diane Tran, a 17 year old honor student in Willis, Texas, who was sent to prison and given a fine for missing "too much school".

In the article written by LittleViking, it was said that Diane's parents just recently had a divorce and they just left her and her siblings (one younger sister and one older brother) alone. Obviously, now since both her parents have gone their own ways, this left her and her siblings with no financial support.

Diane has since been scouring for jobs to just make ends meet at the of the day. With juggling 2 jobs, in order to support her younger sister and support her older brother's college expenses, it is no surprise that she has to miss out on school. But even so! Her grades are high!

So why Judge Moriarty would even try and slap her with a sentence for imprisonment and a $100 fine is just bonkers. Have a heart! It is not like she is totally losing sight in her studies for missing some days thanks to work to support her siblings; just look at her grades! Look at her determination! In the article, her classmate and co-worker, Devin Hill, said that she stay up until 7am just to get her homework done. She is, by no means, losing focus, or disrespecting her studies. Not one bit!

It's as LittleViking said in her article, "She has done what her parents failed to do, she is supporting her family--and she's still maintaining an impressive work load."; indeed she has. And to just put her in jail like that, give her a fine like that, for what she has gone through and what she is doing for her family, missing a couple of days of school seems irrelevant.

Please click the hyperlink to get redirected to the article where you can even find another link to give you some information to Judge Moriarty.

Diane deserves to know that what she is doing is valiant and very much appreciated, not just by her siblings, but all of us else. Once I find a way to digitally contact her, I will give her my praise and respect. She will also be in my prayers. Someone as strong as her... deserves to be trending online! No offense to American Idol or anything, but this deserves to be trending more.

Bright Ideas Expanding... Again?

As I have mentioned before, I will venture into music and video editing later this year. And yes, I will still be doing that. But as I met up with some old buddies of mine yesterday, they heard about my digital art interests and now they want to jump in the action. Apart from simple digital art, they even want to go as far as making graphic novels that we will host ourselves in a website that I will be creating later on.

We are trying to monetize these (yes, it is awful to think that I am trying to sell out, but hey, we need money to pay bills LOL) by way of ads and the alike. I am also trying to raise my service fee for photography and computer repair. These earnings, as humble they may ever be, is still a blessing for us, as a simple private company working mainly as a hobby, to make ends meet.

In time, I hope you, the readers, the followers, in this site and my various other sites/profiles, will spread about my "Bright Ideas Media" website/blog and it's subsidiary website/blog by word of mouth, liking through FB, sharing through Twitter, +1 by way of Google +, etc.

Don't worry, we won't be to corporate about this and become a faceless money grubbing company. We won't ever sell out. Just want us to be a little more "famous" and earn a few won't hurt one bit to make ends meet.

Thanks my buddies!!

Thursday, 24 May 2012

Where Have All The Flowers Gone?

Where Have All The Flowers Gone?
As the flowers fell off my second and last day of my trip to Grande Island Resort in Subic; is this a tad too saturated for your tatse?


It has been another period of absence in updating this site, but I am back... again... for now... again. I have been away because this month of May I have gone to Pangasinan and not too long ago I went to Subic for a vacation of sorts; I have also been on the market for my next desktop build to please my tech side that I have neglected  for quite some time; I have been reading up on new Sigma lenses, one of which, the 50-150mm f/2.8 OS, I am saving up to purchase later this year.

I got some amazing shots and stories to tell about my trip to Pangasinan; that's the area where my mom grew up and she introduced me to her old high school buddies (they had a reunion that time), she re-introduced me to my relatives whose names continue to evade my long term memory, and she was willing enough to show me around, especially at night near the market area, to take street photos. She is simply awesome. I will definitely be sharing my photos and stories here in due time.

My trip to Subic was just as entertaining, but was short lived; it was just a two day trip. I was with my sis and her colleagues from Angeles University Foundation Medical Center (AUFMC) Department of Internal Medicine. I had fun exploring Grande Island Resort and got to bond with my future professors in medicine and probably my future consultants and residents when I become a clerk or intern later in my life. Overall, it was an interesting experience, one where I avoided the water since I don't know how to swim, but it being just a short time, I wouldn't be making a separate, more in depth, blog about it. It stops here.

I have been keeping myself busy finding ways to reach out to my old computer geek buddies and finding great shops to buy components for a price that is considered a steal. Just last year, my custom built (yep, I bought all the components separately and built it at home; apart from photography and music, my other passion is anything computer related) quad core died; I overvolted the whole system because of my lapse in judgement that day when I was overclocking. It did serve it's purpose for four years prior to that unfortunate accident; I built it circa 2007. So I started using this laptop, which at that time, was a formidable gaming grade laptop. But as time went on, it just doesn't seem to cut it anymore; extremely slow, HDD caches like crazy causing my system to halt for at least 3 minutes, no such thing as hyperthreading, and the dual core just won't help me in my multitasking like it used to.

This prompted me to have a resurgence of my old computer geeky self and started reading and speaking in Greek (or that's what my family and friends say when I start talking about PC components). This also made me just save up enough cash to get me an i7 3770 (the locked version of the 3rd gen i7's; I will not get the unlocked version because I won't overclock to avoid my idiotic mistake similar to last year); I will also get higher mid to high end components as opposed to my purely midrange components on my older quad core build. I will still go for dual monitors but I am trying to budget my expenditures so it is either two 20" LED monitors or two 22" monitors. As for the GPU, I was going to buy a midrange Fermi card since I won't be gaming as much as I used to when I was younger, but the new, more expensive, Kepler cards can take advantage of the new PCIe 3.0 that my Z77 motherboard offers when one uses an Ivy Bridge processor. Then maybe some of you will say, "why not and AMD GPU?", I am an Nvidia fanboy... end of story.

I saw a video from Jared Polin A.K.A. "Fro" from FroKnowsPhoto.com, about the Sigma 50-150mm f/2.8 OS which replace the non-OS version of the same focal length. This immediately got my attention as I am a crop sensor user and have no intentions, even when I become a doctor with a stable income, to ever switch a full frame camera. I do plan to buy the successor to the D7000 in the future since that is quite a high quality crop sensor camera (Nikon fanboy here). The 50-150mm focal length on a crop sensor body is equivalent in a way to the versatile 70-200mm focal length in a full frame body. It will work great, side by side, with my 30mm f/1.4 prime from Sigma (equivalent to a 50mm on a full frame), and will be my second lens on my projected "Trinity" of Sigma lenses. But with my crazy expenses on my projected PC build, I am planning to get this lens later this year. Plus, it isn't available yet in the Philippines as far as I know...

School is like 2-3 weeks away if I am not mistaken, so I am nearly going to be twice as busy. I will, however, do my best to keep my Flickr, Facebook, Twitter, and this Blogger, accounts as active as possible; I will also be active in the forums as much as I can in Cazillo.com and TekSyndicate.com

So, that's all for now! Keep shooting! Never look back!!

PEACE!

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