I Faced the Moon As My Block Leave Began

Camera : Nikon D700 Lens : AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G IF-ED Exposure : M mode, 1/1000 second, f/4 Sensitivity : ISO 200

I have been holding back on writing the crazy drama and frustration I faced at work questioning why some people have this lens that see the perspectives in life that is so different from mine.  But I choose to focus on the happy things in life.  It was hard till the very last few hours countdown to the start of my compliance leave and it is all worthwhile.  I always see my work environment like a game of survivor.  Season 2 begins unexpectedly even before I wrap up this meant-to-be a wonderful year at work.  I still hold firm to my belief that do the right thing and I will be taken care of.  So I do just that and the moon has smiled at me tonight.

So I am happy, very happy today.  I can’t tell you too much about a Singapore entity I am involved that is officially registered today, nor I can tell you too much about the fruition of this global initiative that I have poured in 18 months of blood and sweat.  Just take my word.  I am a happy man.

My brother-in-law-to-be called me if I would be his best man for his wedding with my sister in Hong Kong.  Certainly I am honored to be.  I have known him for so many years ever since I have stepped into Singapore.  I can’t think of a better man on moon earth to marry my little sister.  That reminds me.  Wasn’t I the emcee for my guitarist’s wedding with my band manager just earlier on this year?

Life is good.  I am happy.  By the time you read this, I shall be inside a jeep taking pictures of the wildlife in an Indonesian Safari.  I still want to see the volcanoes although Cynthia told me that recently, these volcanoes have coughed out poisonous gas.  Some tourists have died.  Maybe we could … wind up the windows and hide inside our jeep?

I will have Internet access, however limited it is going to be.  So, do keep the comments coming.  This is going to be an exciting block leave.  All the way till Jan 4 next year.

~ 12/12/2008

PS. A casual picture taken from my window.  No post production work has been done to the … moon.  Actual image resolution after cropping.  The picture of the moon does look better on a Google browser, less jagged than on IE.  I wonder why.


  1. Aiyo!! Your moon is so nice!!! 🙂 The moon captured by my camera is worse than looking at it by my naked eyes…. *envy* the moon is indeed bigger and brighter on the other side! LOL!

  2. Don’t know if it is really coincidence, or perhaps it is a photographer’s instincts, but at exactly 1.05am this morning, I was trying to take a picture of the moon too!

    Unfortunately it was pretty tiny and I did not have a powerful zoom lens. But I did managed to take a picture using a shutter speed of 1/125, f/11, ISO 200, just to see if I could do it. Photo was too tiny though.

    I like your moon. Looks like a Death Star.

  3. Suety – I am sure you are being humble 🙂 Same same moon we see.

    I wonder what the Singapore weather is like. In Bandung, Indonesia, it rains mostly every day and it rains non-stop every night. So, no moon shot for me!

  4. Darkspore – It has got to be photographer’s instinct to capture significant moments in life!

    My zoom lens is far from powerful! I need a telescope to take a proper picture of the moon. Mine also very small. But because of the clarity, we can still see some level of details.

    I was hand holding my lens so I went for faster shutter speed. Otherwise I would drop the aperture like you.

    Death Star … that sounds like from a …

  5. G – Thanks! And we came back from the volcano, alive!

    The scenery up there was breathtaking. The crater forms a lake and the water is filled with sulphur. Green-ish. There was this mist formed hovering above the lake. Very mysterious. Very ghostly. There was a film shooting crew too! I will share the pictures with you later.

  6. Come back quick! We need you! hehe….

    Your moon is awesome! I tried to take a photo but it didn’t turn out well. It was expected, I was using a lousy camera. 🙁

    Ooops…. I feel funny. I think I’m changing …

  7. ECL – Lol … you crack me up! Didn’t know that there is an … animal aspect in you.

    Ah … I am still enjoying my holiday here in the world of limited access to the rest of the world. Pretty therapeutic actually.

    Ok. I will give you guys a call when I am back.

  8. I’ve been repeatedly unsuccessful in capturing the moon, maybe some mystic forces from the moon has disrupted me and the camera, or maybe my technique was just crap haha! Yes admiring the moon makes one happier perhaps due to its mystique.

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