You’re wanted!

Who : Someone who is not camera shy and loves to express emotions.
When : 7.30pm, 20th and 27th July and 3rd August

Where : Radin Mas Community Center (Tiong Bahru Mrt Station)

I cant pay you with moolah, but you’ll have loads of fun and can add these pictures to your portfolio. Your pictures will be given to you via digital format. Email me, makawaru(nospambot)

Okay, time to pass out now. I’ll update more during the weekends 🙂 Goodnight!

Marina’s Debut

Picture of Rudy and Fais from my photography class

Am feeling quite tired now that I’ve started working. its definitely a change with the new routine of having to wake up early and get to work in the morning. Working all afternoon and then going to night classes straight away and study till late evening … Only reaching home at about 11.15pm or so. The same thing would be the same for the next day almost every weekday.

Anyways, been spending the week being trained about the proceedures about the company and now I’m attached to Shuqun Secondary School.

What I liked about the school was that it only took about 30 minutes to go there and I had a direct bus there too. Not bad. I dont have to suffer seat numbness, in the long bus journeys to the new school now.

I met the current trainer that I would be replacing. His name is Farid.

Farid’s a very friendly, and knowledgeable person. He patiently showed me the school, introduced me to some of the staff of the school there, the company portal and the duties that I was supposed to do.

So much to do! *stretches*

Anyway, there was a teachers meeting today and Farid took the chance to make it to be my debut to the entire staff. I took to chance to snap some pictures of the staff there too.

New people to meet and introduce all over again … I really miss West spring my kids, the teachers and staff there … Sigh …

But anyway, the amazing thing is, that I chanced upon a lady and I looked at her, hey .. she looks pretty familliar and she looked at me and thought the same too.

“Were you from Bukit View Secondary School?”
“I think you taught me english or literature”

Her name is Mrs Silva and if thats not amazing, just a few minutes after that I chanced upon another lady

“Mrs Soong!” I cried out! Mrs Soong was my science teacher back while I was in Bukit View Secondary. She was a wonderful teacher, so enthusiastic and dynamic. I enjoyed her lessons tremendously.

Well, I wonder how life would be like in the new school. We’ll just have to see.

Bwahh ..what happened to my photography skills? Everything went bad. All of the pictures are blur!

And some of the pictures are much too underexposed!


And then Rudy showed me how to increase the ISO and reduce the aperture and shutter speed. Ohh … And the pictures looked much nicer … A little too late when the model was gone ..but ah well, its learning through mistakes …

Here are a few of the nicer pictures. I increased the ISO to 1600 and set the Aperture to 20 with a shutter speed of 4.5 and it seemed nice even without the use of the studio flash. Lovely. Lovely. I’ll have to try this technique more.

Well, thats all for now, I’m going to pass out on the bed first.

Let there be light!

Wow, yesterday’s photography lesson was quite interesting. We were shown lightings and how it affects the subject matter. Very facinating. For example, without changing the settings of the camera at all with a few adjustment of the camera, one could do these type of pictures.

I love this dramatic lighting. It is done by using a snoot light.

Meet Rudy!

Yeah yeah yeah Marina … I’ll get you the next time …

With the aide of different type of diffusers and reflectors, one could do changes like these (absolutely no photshopping was done on any of these pictures)

Direct light

Diffused light

With reflector in front


Went to riding practise today after a week’s hiatus and to my horror, I find myself not as apt at riding … goodness .. I kept wobbling! And my goodness, my bike even stalled at the crank course! Holy toot! And it stalled at the plank too … Erghh!! I felt so inadequate … I had better buck up before my actual riding test this monday!

Am really starting to feel dry right now, after paying for another riding session and paying the net bills … Checked my bank account and saw that it was still not credited for my previous month yet … *heart aches*

I was starting to feel a little restless with all the resume sending and no reply. I complained to Rosdee, who was online, when I had a call this afternoon from a company asking me to come down for an interview tomorrow. Amazing … What a pleasant surprise … Lets see how it goes tomorrow 🙂

My interesting first photography lesson

Sent my resume for a couple of companies, I hope to hear a reply from them, one of the post I was very interested in was the teaching of graphic arts and multimedia to primary and secondary school students. Ever since, I started teaching in secondary schools, I’ve always loved graphic arts and multimedia. I’m definitely most enthusiastic about flash animations. I love the colour and the simplicity of the program.

These are some of the examples that I personally created for some of my lessons

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Not bad for an untrained huh? Well, I’m looking forward to a reply from the company. I’m not really expecting a reply though, but it would be wonderful if I got a call.

I was just surfing through ‘best blogs in asia’ and submitted Marina’s Bloggariffic just for the fun of it, when I stumbled across a particular blog that really caught my eye.

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Maybe it was the really adorable cat banner, or the wonderful images that the creator has posted. I really liked the blog very much. It’s in Malay, and I like her conversational style of writing.

Interesting first time night class I went to yesterday. I took the train to Tiong Bahru mrt and took the bus 195 to reach Radin Mas Community Centre. I wasn’t familiar with the southern part of the area but it was really heartening to see that there were people who was always ready to help when one asks them. 🙂

I met two other people in the course, Kathy, who was a mother who snaps picture for different type of sports and Rudy, a portrait photographer.

We were taught by Faiz, a photographer who has about 10 years of experience, and from his portfolio, has taken many pictures of Asian Celebrities. It looked beautiful, these pictures.

I loved listening to Kathy and Rudy speak, they have such lovely accents and were wonderfully friendly. I think we’re gonna have a great class ahead.

We learnt about the basic parts of a camera, apertures, and shutters and the many different types of cameras that are used in the industry. Faiz, tells us that the lens used for the SLR are very important. He showed us the modular camera too, which was easily interchangeable. But the more I listen to him talk, the more my heart nearly jumped out when he mentioned the costs of the parts of the camera that he uses – 8k for just the lens alone. Ouch. I quite like the tamron lens though, that I used for the photoi excursion.

Anyway, going to end here for the moment, hopefully I’d have time for a run before I head out for the Buskers Opera later tonight.

Juli’s make-up graduation and my photoi esplanade trip

Always Jurong girl at heart. The beautiful illumination from the HDB blocks reflected on Jurong Lakeside.

I had to rest the entire afternoon as I was completely exhausted after Thursday’s night drama with the company, Friday’s afternoon fiasco then night class and spending the day at Juli’s final make up practical and then spending today’s afternoon at the esplanade photo-shoot. I could hardly keep my eyes open while talking to Cart.

Anyway Saturday, was Juli’s final make up practical. It was so exciting for me, I remember accompanying Juli to register at Cosmoprof and I remember her telling me about how she had to rush from work in a cab every Tuesday and Thursday for her course and now it was already her final practical. How quickly the months go by. I’m sure that she’ll feel a change starting next week with no classes.

I dropped by Paradiz Center at Dhoby Ghaut at about 11 am and I already saw Juli working on a model. She looked busy and focused at the task at hand.

Juli introduced me to her, Siti was her name. They met while they were in a Thailand trip. Siti looked at me and said that I looked very familiar. Were you from Jurong Mendaki when you were primary six? She asked me. I stared at her and wondered how she knew. It’s me! We were classmates then. And we chatted about how we were the only girls in a class full of boys, our tutor, Ms Fauziah who we loved so much. She said that I was very tall and thin then. I don’t know where I kept the group picture of us though but I only found this.

That’s Siti on the extreme right, me. Was I really *that* skinny?

After a couple of minutes, Juli was done! And here was how Siti looked like afterwards.

Isn’t she pretty? I love the day make-up done on her. One thing about Malay bridal make up which I wasn’t fond of is how thickly slapped on it was, making the bride looking unnatural. This looked lovely to me.

Then it was Hema’s turn

Beautiful, Beautiful! I love it.

There were a lot of activity in the Cosmoprof room with a lot of other graduates doing their make up too. When the models were done being made up, there were supposed to queue up for the professional studio photographer for the student’s portfolio.

There were also things that made me chuckle:

This was the make-up artist for the creative make-up. One of her models looked like he was violently punched and the other aged. It was just too funny to see them role playing as if they were father and son. The father being a violent man and the poor abused son.

This lady here is a runaway bride. See her running shoes and jeans. All ready to run away from the altar!

And me.

We ended at about 6 pm or so. It was tiring day for me, I am sure that Juli felt more exhausted than I was. But I was really proud of her and I know that we would do well.


I kind of overslept and was about half an hour late to the PhotoI field trip. I tried out the Lenses that was sponsored by Tamron and I love it! Pity that I could only use it for an hour. I couldn’t try out every one of the different lenses due to the large tunrout.

I am very impressed by the Af18-200mm zoom lens. It had a large range and shoots really fast! Here are a few unedited shots (mainly because I’d like to complete this blog asap and rest)

cant you let me eat in peace, marina?

The magnificent Durian


Goodness … 2.30 am already! I’m going to bed already. Goodnight!

Ahem just one more picture since I’m egocentric 😛

Snapshots in Pasir Ris

A quick post before I start the day. Mum has been very involved with the resident comittee and organized a picnic for the zone c residents of Taman Jurong at Pasir Ris yesterday. I tagged along. I could snap some pictures too.

Compared to the snapshots from the Japanese Garden, I thought that I’d try more people expression shots this time. So here are a few unposed pictures :)Bigger version of the pictures here Unphotochopped.

Its times like these, I realise that I would like an even more zoom angle lens for my camera. There were some shots that I couldnt take. Like zooming in to a scurrying iguana. Even the macro shot of the bee on the flower that I tried to snap wasnt large enough. Hmm …

Field day at the Japanese Garden

Well, here’s a maiden voyage – me and my new canon Eos 350D 🙂 Initially I wanted to go to the botanical gardens, however, I thought the better of it since it was a little far away and I really wasnt in the mood for travelling. I thought I’d just drop by the Japanese garden since its just a short distance from my home.

I’m pretty pleased with the turnout of the pictures – its pretty sharp and fast unlike my older camera. And honest to goodness, I didnt even photochopped these.