Photohunt - Original

Photo taken with Pentax DA 50-200
photohunt - original with Pentax DA 50-200photohunt logo

I manage to find an original picture not post processed by Picasa. Now that I get used to organizing and do simple retouching with Picasa, I sometime don't even remember which pictures are original photo straight out from my camera. This is my first post participating photohunt with this weekly theme set for 'original'.


Stop The Verbal Abuse -- Bloggers Unite on 9/27/2007

BlogCatalog - Blogging For a Great CauseI am a day late for blogging about the meaningful bloggers unite event happening yesterday on 9/27/2007. I want to put a post about verbal abuse as they affect the relationships with close ones and the people we bump into. There are times that even the calmest of us will have used the abusive words when we run short on times or we are frustrated with what run against our ways in our daily routines as simple as in driving or waiting in line in a store checkout line. We use abusive words in many ways of manifestation of our emotional outburst.

More often than not, I overreact to negative emotions and stresses that I have no control of. I once saw a great article about 90/10 rule that 90% of our misery actually comes from our overreactions to the 10% of incidents that we have absolutely no control of, say the traffic jam or the needed attention of our crying children. Why sweat for that small percentage incidents that we can't
control. Next time around when people cut in front of us in traffic, let us say 'good for him or her' as he or she can get to work earlier. Yeah, right! At least, we do our part not to trigger our emotions into the wrong direction for the day. Why bring in unnecessary stresses in our daily routines, let's all be lighten up for the important.

I for one have to stop all the abusive wo
rds that I have at home. Yes, I do have frustrations at home when I lack sleep and my two boys and my very tiring wife wants the attention from me. I have to yield to their needs and lighten up with positive and praising words. I have way too many thoughts in my life that translate into negative abusive words. And I am tired of the negative words that seem so natural in me. I am here to share this blog post to remind myself and others to use positive words and stop any negative wordings that can become abusive to others especially to our close and loved ones.


Thursday Challenge: Reflection

0.5 sec, f/4.5, 38mm, iso 200, -1/2ev


Wordless Wednesday -- Panning The Moon

Panning the moon with Pentax FA 50 f/1.8 handheld

Panning the moon with Pentax FA 50 f/1.8 handheld
Panning the moon with Pentax FA 50 f/1.8 handheldAll pictures taken with Pentax FA 50 f/1.4
hand held with panning from left to right

Wordless Wednesday


Jack In The Box At Night

Picture taken with Pentax FA 50 f/1.4
Jack In The Box At Night with Pentax FA 50 f/1.4 & Picasa Focal B&WHand-Held 1/2 sec, f/5.0, iso 400, 0 Ev
Post procesed with Picasa Focal B&W

Not that I am a big fan of Jack In The Box, I took this shot for a personal reason going back in time to my past and the beginning career as a software engineer. My first job while in college was in a small software company, Horstmann Software Design Corp., which at one time was located in downtown of San Jose next to a Jack In The Box.

It was the good old time that I worked as a student of Dr. Cay Horstmann along with my best friends and classmates in College in Dr. Hortsmann's privately owned software company selling ChiWriter, a scientific word processor, and I am proud to be one of the few core engineers. I am a person of the past and this picture surely reminds me of the good old time working in the upper floor of a 2 story Victorian house next to a Jack In The Box and I missed all the laughters and late night works along with my best friends and buddies with Bing, Nhi, Jenny, Raymond, and many good old friends including my first boss and my best college professor with Dr. Cay Horstmann. I miss all of my buddies in college time as well as the smell from Jack In The Box. It was in that Victorian house office that I got my first full time job after college and my US Permanent Residence.
I thought of friends and co-workers that I have not had a chance to get acquainted over the years after Horstmann Software -- Calvin, Felix, Anny, Beneta, Christina and her brother and sister, April, May, Hong, Lei Hong, Michael, Tony, Peter, Margaret, Lucinda, Tracy, Max (Jochen Weiss), Hugh, Keith, Josie, Cynthia, Kwan, and perhaps few other names that I have missed unintentionally.

Surely I can smell the cheese burger in that late night picture of Jack In The Box. And it reminds me of my hours leaving work for school and home. This post is dedicated to all of my buddies and best friends in Horstmann Software.



New Camcorder Bag

Crumpler 2 million Dollar Bag
Crumpler 2 million Dollar Bag
Crumpler 2 million Dollar BagMy video camcorder Canon ZR 50 finally gets a new bag as a close out item in Circuit City. I paid $6.50 out the door, I still couldn't believe it. It is a perfect fit and I used my camcorder over the weekend in Children Discovery Museum with my boys.

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Grant & Tati

Pictures are taken with Pentax FA 50 f/1.4

Tati is my niece and Grant is the beautiful golden retrieval who is seven years old and he belongs to my relative family. Tati is now off to Florida. Loretta, Tati, Judite, Sophia, Lorraine, Ben and Wesley are the 3rd generation of the Man's family. Prayers, thoughts, and blessings go to every one of them in different states and countries afar. They have made me a proud uncle and daddy.


Fields Of Dreams with Pentax



All pictures taken with Pentax FA 50 f/1.4

I have been troubled all week deciding if I want to upload pictures that I normally don't want to talk about. I make the decision to post some of Ben's pictures while taking his daily preventive medicine for his asthma problems. Ever since his first visit to Emergency Room around the age of 7 months old, his asthma attacks have sent us to many late night visits to ER and doctor's office. He is fine this week and all pictures are taken while he is doing well.

I still remember my last post where I mention about 'no picture today' and Ben has recovered well in his last attack and his doctor has bumped up his daily dosage of pulmicort. His asthma attacks usually come after a cold but his last one seemed to be triggered while visiting new place with new paint and dust. As a parent of asthmatic child, it has taken a toll on us but I never lose hope and faith that he will outgrow his asthma.
And I appreciate my sweetest Ben with or without his inhaler. He can be messy and a little brat at times but he is always the love and joy of my life. My daily favorite moment is holding him and kissing him on the back of his neck.

Life is much tougher than I had imagined while holding on to him in the first ER visit going through the pain in seeing all the procedures in helping him to get well. This post serves to honor my wife for her untiring caring of Ben on and off from hospital and outpatient care.

Links:Photograph ABC on 9/19/2007:


Little flower

Picture taken with Pentax FA 50 f/1.4

I continue to take many pictures with the exchanged copy of Pentax FA 50 f/1.4. I get this flower shot in bright afternoon. It looks overexposed and I have not tried post processing to enhance the picture.



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Kids Having Fun

Picture taken with Pentax FA 50 f/1.4

Normally Ben won't go this far in tossing his dinner all over his head and toes. But with the support of his older brother laughing all the way and me holding my camera to capture the moments, he goes wild last night. It is much more fun in taking and viewing this photo than the clean up that I did after the dinner. I love Ben and Wes but there is the limit that I have to enforce them within boundaries of acceptance.


My One Money Advice

Picture taken with Takumar Asahi 28-80 Macro

I had an old article in my Tech Corner Blog that may be interesting read on My One Money Advice.


Sepia Pentax K100D

Picture taken with Fuji F30
Post Processed with Picasa Sepia


Eyes Closed

Picture taken with Pentax DA 50-200


High Five

Picture taken with Pentax FA 50 mm f/1.4

Links:Photograph ABC on 9/12/2007:
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Grant -- a beautiful Golden Retriever

Picture was taken with Pentax FA 50 f/1.4


1st day kindergarden

Picture taken with Pentax K100D and Pentacon M42 50mm f/1.8


Beautiful Sunset in Fremont

I have some unplanned sunset pictures when I happen to have my camera bag with me yesterday at pre-school meeting for my younger boy. Sunset picture was taken with Pentax K100D and Pentax DA 50-200.


Dad and Mom

I have been wanting to have a blog post for my Dad and Mom. I have few pictures taken of my Dad and Mom while visiting home in beginning of this year. I went alone in the trip. I was sick throughout my entire visit and I was not enthusiastic in taking pictures in my stay at home. Though these pictures only show the back of my beloved Dad and Mom, I never thought about having them in my blog when I took them. But I am very glad to have few pictures of them.

I love my Dad and Mom and they are the most loving persons dedicated completely to their family and children. I have been truly blessed to have been raised up in a loving family with lots of fond memories with love and cheers. Dad and Mom are getting old and I forget to take a picture of the medicine box that my Dad is organizing every morning and late evening for all the medicines that he and my mom need to take daily. And I forget the exact count but it is a large number of boxes that my Dad have to keep them in two separate boxes bigger than a shoe box.

I am glad both the medicines and medical facilities in Macau have kept them very healthy and they manage to live an active life style. Though my Dad seldom holds the hands of my Mom, one can see the strong love and dedication in how they care for each other in daily routines as simple as my Dad organizing medicines for my Mom in the early morning and late evening.


Wordless Wednesday -- Garage Alarm

Picture was taken with Pentax DA 50-200


Views To Garage

Our home has a detached garage and it is always a pleasant experience to walk home through our garage. Home gives us a sense of belonging and I am forever grateful for my home that offers us shelter and a place to bundle up for joy, rest and comforts. Sometime I come home late from work and I pass by those dimly lit light in my driveway and all I can think of is the thankful thoughts I have for my kids and wife safely kept in our beloved home few steps away from my garage.

The few pictures above offer different views of our garage. My photos can give the wrong impression of my garage being tidy. It is kind of a mess in reality. It has a second floor for storage and it has spoiled my family in keeping all the old cardboards of any household items from going from baby stroller to Dell computers that I purchase years ago.

Pictures were taken with Pentacon M42 50mm f/1.8 in the 1st photo, DA 50-200 in 2nd, 3rd and 4th, and last one was done with Takumar Asahi 28-80 Macro.


Photograph ABC on 9/05/2007: