Gadget whore!

I always succumb to buying electronics every 2 or 3 months. One of my many many bad habits, I know. This year alone, I’ve bought invested in a polaroid (fujifilm instax mini 50S) and my long awaited wait for IPAD 3 was answered with it’s release in March! Right now, I’m in the midst of my camera hunt. Another camera I should add, apart from current collection that consists of my Sony Digital Camera (WX-1) that has been serving me well for over 2 years and my latest addition – polaroid. Despite being about SGD 1,500 poorer since the year begun, I wanted to get my hands on a Canon DSLR sometime by the end of the year or next year (depending on financial capabilities of course). But suddenly, I feel like putting that dream on-hold and giving film a shot. I’m been doing my fair-bit, more than fair-bit of research on lomo cameras, films, film types, cost of developing films etc. since yesterday. After the many back and forths, my choices right now are swaying towards getting a Sprocket Rocket, a La Sardina or a Fisheye camera. I’ve decided on getting a camera that uses 35mm film since I’m a beginner and more importantly, the cost of 120mm film is higher and so is, developing the film. I wish my pocket was bigger (i.e. 3 times more) to get myself LC-A+! That too the Russian edition (*RED ALERT*) , which is on a 44% discount (only valid yesterday and today)! IF ONLYY 😦 #firstworldpains

So, after multiple reality checks, I think I’m just going to let my first film camera be the Sprocket Rocket.

All images are linked directly to its source.

It allows me to take pictures like this! Need I say more?!

As for multi-lenses cameras, I’m deciding between ActionSampler and Oktomat. Basically, either 4 or 8 frames! My sister got herself a Supersampler a couple of years back. I know, I know. I take a while to fall in love (no pun intended, I think *raises eyebrows*).

I’ve got a feeling I’m going to be spending about the same money or more with all that I’ve mentioned (i.e. individual, specialized cameras) instead of just getting the LC-A+ (since it gives me the option of multi-lens). Is that good or bad? Ah, I don’t know. But if you do, please share with me your 2- cents worth. I’m new to lomography and the film world. So any advice is good advice. Thank you, in advance!

I love the entire process of researching up on specifications, comparing, make a decision then reconsidering it to see if I’m made the ‘best’ decision. Though, with regards to technology, the word ‘best’ is invalid as something new, better, sleeker, more stylish will always be coming up. And then, dilemma woes happen all over again and cycle repeats itself. I hope I’m not alone in this cause then, I should be termed more than a gadget whore. *fingers crossed*

See, I kept to my word of a light-hearted entry! *gives myself a pat on the shoulder and says “you’re welcome!”*

P.S. Sorry, I’m on a self-humour mode today. Forgive me! It might be due to the invasion that happened last night. #ladygagabornthiswayball

Distractions.

My morning (most of the time) ritual begins with me checking my gmail in which emails from all the blogs (via wordpress) I subscribe to, flood my inbox. In case you’re wondering, that’s about 120 blogs I stalk follow. And then when I’m done, I switch to google reader. I’ve about 200 blogs over there. You can already do the math and see how much time a day I spend reading blogs. These blogs vary from content to author’s background to entertainment level to intellect level also, if I may. Most are lifestyle blogs. Some interjected with fashion (both high fashion and low). A couple are blogs dedicated purely to marvel at the beauty of the world via photography. Some give more details and categorize themselves as travel bloggers by sharing with readers all about their wanderlust .  Some are just trash I still follow and smirk to myself.

In the midst of reading these new posts and getting updated on the life of my virtual friends, I constantly get interjected with the bombardment of hyperlinks. It has almost become a habit for me to right click my cursor and hit “open link in new tab” on every hyperlink I see, sometimes without even reading the post fully. And, it is only a matter of minutes before my browser has 10 other tabs apart from my existing ones.

These hyperlinks usually end up being other bloggers the author gives reference/credit to or nominees for awards or simply as means of publicity. Other times, it’s articles the author wants to share with his/her readers. Sometimes, it’s even pretty little things accumulated in the never-ending wish list. I open virtually every hyperlink I chance upon so that I don’t feel left out about the ‘knowledge’ before me. Some links end up being something I don’t have to waste anywhere between 2 to 132 seconds of my time reading. Depending on the length of the page of course. Some interest me and make me give myself a pat on the back for chancing upon it in the first place. I get such an adrenaline rush when I discover something new. Be it a good blog, good book, good online store or just something quirky. And then the link gets saved under my email drafts. When things get messy (i.e. every couple of days), I try to categorize them to my best by saving them under my different folders in my bookmark column.

Why is it that I don’t filter the sites I open, by reading the post fully to figure out what the link would be about and deem it’s usefulness and relevance to me? Why is it I have this need to read/skim/glance/see every site that comes to my attention? I find myself always being caught in this position. I hope I’m not alone. After all, the thirst for knowledge is supposed to be insatiable, am I not right? Or is that my convenient excuse. Or is technology to be blamed? For the convenience and ease of knowledge being presented to us. The constant bombardment of social media invading into our personal space is so scary especially when we forget that we should stop, cut off and de-clutter our lives every now and then.

On Sunday, when I headed for my weekly swim I was forced to cut myself off. My gadgets (i.e. Blackberry and Ipad) needed to be charged. So, I opted to leave both my gadgets behind and head out. It felt so good when I didn’t have a phone to check my notifications, messages, missed calls, twitter, facebook on after I came out from the pool. I did worry though, if I had missed a call from my sister, who is overseas. No, actually, I didn’t worry, the thought just crossed my mind. Turns out, when I got home, it was just a message from my sister that wasn’t that important after all. So, lesson learnt, you can live without being connected. You just worry you can’t and don’t bother even trying to and conveniently label technology as a neccesity.  It doesn’t always have to be a neccesity. At least in my case it worked.

How often, if you ever have that is, have you done nothing? Like absolutely nothing. Sit in a park with lush greenery and just contemplate/meditate/pray/think/stone. Not with music plugged in your ears, not with a book, not with any distraction. Is multi-tasking the bane of technology or have we just become so busy and feel so important that we feel wasted time is lost time. We worry time is never enough so we keep doing everything that needs to be done (or we think we need to do) one after another, sometimes even doing 2 or 3 at a go. We don’t always have to feel guilty about wasting time especially when you’re doing something good to yourself, your body, your mind. You relax your mind, rejuvenate, think creatively and feel so much better. It’s like a personal sanctuary we all need to visit frequently. Not when we retire. But starting from now.

So, the next time I go missing on you, you should know what I’m up to.

Sorry, I’m not helping this situation but read this (Art of Doing Nothing by Moments with Millie).

P.S. I gave you details instead of just saying ‘this’. Stop by only if you’re interested. Otherwise, I thank you for stopping by solosingaporean and take my leave after you.

“It’s all a matter of just finding the place within to escape, lighting a candle and following the light.”

Guest post: Glamour travelling.

This piece below has been written by P, who doesn’t want anything beyond his initial and oh, gender revealed since I used the word ‘his’. Feel free to comment on his first post on solosingaporean.

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Everyone wants to talk about travelling.

Traveling has seen a remarkable resurgence in the past few years. I think people are not so much as in love with moving and seeing but in love with the idea of it. It sounds pretentious does it not? “Oh I’m thinking of trekking in the Andes for a month.” Even better yet: “I’m thinking of spending six months in an ashram in India.” Really? When it really comes down to it, these people are more in love with saying the aforementioned things than doing them. This is not to say that EVERYONE is like that. But its just a recent trend I’ve been observing.  It becomes a somewhat glamourized way of saying “I’m doing nothing for the holidays except lying on the couch watching movies.” Hence, the word “travel” in and of itself has become a certain lifestyle choice. By saying I like travelling, I’m saying that I am part of a group of people who are elite in a sense that they become an aspirational goal. In other words, I buy into a certain culture, whatever that may be.

The social media have fanned the flames of travelling, so much so that choosing to stay home has become the abnormality. Ever had an acquaintance who you randomly come across greeting you with “Oh have you been anywhere recently?” If it has happened once, it has happened a million times. Like I mentioned earlier, the social media (Facebook, Instagram and the likes) have increased the prominence of this culture we are increasingly buying into. Why are people obsessed with posting their photos of them vacationing in Hawaii, on Facebook? Is it to show their pride in being part of this culture? Maybe. Even so, we sitting at home, feel jealous- and rightfully so. I mean, c’mon man, do you really need to rub your vacation pictures in my face? It just highlights that you’ve been doing something and me, zilch.

Nevertheless, travelling broadens the mind, expands the human imagination and forces us to contemplate the human condition. Everyone should travel when they have the opportunity. It’s just this new form of ‘glamour travel’ that annoys me. And I know for a fact that I’m not alone in feeling this way.

Friday favourites!

1. This reminded me again why I love having a camera with me at all times. You just never know which moment you’d like to capture and look back on 10 years from now.

2. Current blog I’m loving, Simplistic living.

3. Post of the week: Those lovely scary feelings

4. Favourite TED talk I just watched and you should to;

5. Favourite Art Store: Society6

How pretty are their Iphone cases? If I ever switch from BB, you know why. I might just settle for some framed art prints, though I might need more walls in my room to actually hang all the pretty things I’ve accumulated over time.

6. Mantra for all readers/bloggers

7. Highly anticipating all the books that are on the way to reaching my hands.

1. The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs

2. Where we belong by Emily Griffin

3. The lazy millionaire by Marc Fisher

4. Looking for Alaska by John Green

5. The Lost Girls by Amanda Pressner

I’m almost 3/4 way through Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage. I can barely put it down despite starting the book just yesterday. Hopefully, my books arrive just in time to fix the bookworm in me.

I need either to get myself a Kindle or get a new cupboard for my books.

Happy friday, ya’ll.

Insta-april!

Follow me on Instagram (@subathrad)! You don’t need to have an Instagram account to stalk me. Kidding!

I have switched to taking photos on Camera+ (US $0.99) as picture quality really has stark difference when compared with a normal camera shot and they’ve easily over 20 filters. For a quality photo-editing app, check out Snapseed (US $4.99). It’s awesome. Other apps, I think I’ll be hooked on in no time are, PictureShow  (US $1.99), Hipstamatic  (US $1.99) and Pixlromatic  (Free).

And in case you don’t already know, there are quite a few apps that allow you to send your Instagram shots via postcard. InstapostPicsicle and Postagram are a few I can name off-hand. All are free apps but sending each postcard may incur some charges, depending to which part of the world you’re sending them to, I reckon.

Recommend me any cool apps you’ve recently fallen in love with! Would love to expand my present collection of about 20 apps under my photography folder!

P.S. I want a fussball table in my house! Any donations coming my way? Thank you in advance! 🙂