Welcome to Vincenz’s Outpost

Welcome to my new website, should have say new personal webhosted domain!

1st of all, I never would have thought of getting 1 personal domain myself. Why? Because Nowadays, alot of things you can get it free from internet. Whether it be Mp3, movies, informations and etc. Blogging? No problem at all. There are numerous of websites provide free blogging, especially those giant provider like Google, Microsoft (msn), Yahoo and so, you name it, you have it! So who would pay few hundreds just to get a domain and doing the same thing- blogging? Of cause, things you get it free, you couldnt expect too much features you might want, the limitations were there. Just give and take.

Why would someone paid few hundreds to get a domain? I must clarify on this. You’re not just getting a domain name at your call, you get web spaces as well. Probably 10Gb or so. The larger you have, the more you pay. None free provider can offers you 10Gb of space, so this the 1st limitation. What’s the space for? Hmm… tricky question. If you just pure writter without need of any picture or photo for illustration, well, just get the damn free one! The spaces you can used it to store your photos and shared it to others in larger and quality format. That is the reason you need it. Normal free blogging site were only allowed standard size and lower in quality photos to be uploaded. So if you’re not perfectionist, and expect readers won’t notice it, then you’re so wrong. In that case you might as well don’t post it!

With various and thousands type of widgets and plugins allowed to use in a domain hosted blog, your blog will had a fresher, outstanding, unique layout and Differently that non others free blogger site can offer! There’re a lot of other cool stuffs that I can list out which I won’t do it now. So get yourself a webhosted domain blog, I’ll show it to you personally!

I don’t really know why I need a blog. What’s the point? Sharing? Perhaps, but don’t expect I would tell you my secret or personal life over here! There’s no so called secret in this world, WWW (World wide web). Personal stuffs will share it personally. Secrets, will remain sharing between me inside. Told you its secret, how to tell? Haha… So  basically what you can read or get from here are some photos I took, my views, events that happened recently which I did involved in, and some reviews. How about news? Go to read newspaper yourself, I’m not a reporter!

Ok, again, welcome you guys giving me supports all this while. Highly appreciated. Feel free to drop by and  have a look, check out what’s going on recently by me. Of coz, I don’t think I’m charming enough to attract you guys just to check out me all the time, beside me there’re still other infos or photos can be viewed from here! Give some comments and so, I’ll try my best to keep this blog updated as frequently as possible.


Grandma’s House

Just to share some photos I took while I’m at my grandma house recently. Few months ago I went KL to visit my grandma who was sick and admitted hospital. Although released from hospital just a few days stay, but stil not in good shape and mentally weak, cant really recognizing me. Revisitted her few days ago and saw her in good health and physically strong which makes me relief now. Wish her stay sickness free and healthy always!

On the 17/9/08, a 1 day public holiday (Nuzul Al-Quran) for most states, including Penang. So I took 1 day trip to KL to fetch my mom back to Penang. She’s back from Travel to Guang Zhou, China. Its tiring because thru and back from Pg-KL-Pg in 1 day! In the meantime I can pay a visit to my grandma, so is worth the tiring drive. Hopefully didn’t received any speed summonses all way long, get my finger cross!

Belows are some shots I took with my DSLR. I’m came across that the dog is very nice for photograph because of its eye contact on camera. Comments are welcomed!

Its not out focus, just some motion effects

Nikon D60

After weeks of research and survey, finally decided to choose Nikon over Canon. From what I heard and read, Nikon produced much natural photo than Canon, though it might biased caused some canon users did captured a very nice and natural photos. Anyhow whether the photo already PS (photoshop) to look natural, we might not know, only those who owned one should knew better. My primary aim is to shoot and ready to use without PS, which Nikon seem ahead on this. Any doubts that your canon has better, let be it. Yours better!
So why this model? Initially my preference was Nikon D80, but rumours mass spreading that Nikon D90 will be out this quarter during Photokina on September. It is the replacement for D80, which aged 2 yrs and some useful features like anti dust, live view and etc are not available. But it still a very powerful and advanced DSLR, a level higher than any entry-level DSLR but a level down to a Pro DSLR like D300 and above. I’m kinda struggle during that period to choose whether to get a D80 or wait for the D90.
As the D90 still remains rumour, and D80 will be obsolete soon, so I decided to look around other models like Canon 450D and Nikon D60. Of caused from specification POV, Canon should be the winner but the reviews on that doesn’t look good. At the end, I opt for the Nikon D60, although it don’t have internal focus motor and the focus very much depends on the lense. But who cares, nowadays alot of lenses coming out new specs which support internal focus, as long you got the money, you can have one, just the compatibility to older lense might be some issues.
I bought my Nikon D60 on 16 August 2008 and ironically the Nikon D90 announced launching on 27 August 2008 world wide… damn! Only if I could wait a week more, I might able to get the new D90! Sigh… so guys, dont ever too dependent on the news or infos you get from WWW, and always be patience in purchasing anything, never rush. Slow and steady. But, if everything is under control, means you’re going too slow!

Stepping into world of DSLR photography, you must expect your wallet in fulltime diet mode. Upgrade, upgrade and upgrade. It never end when you reach certain level, you will keep going and going. Lenses, tripod, filters and lots more stuff you may need to upgrade or enhance. So better make yourself clear on what kind of photograph you intented to : Portrait, Landscape, Candid, Studio and etc. Buy only suitable lenses to what you need, otherwise you might be the youngest ever photographer who declare bankrupcy due to lenses and other gadgets purchase.
Well, if you’re rich enough, that’s of cause not a problem. Only problem might be you need a large suitcase to fill in all your gadget wherever you go.
Overally, I’m quite impressed with this camera as it is very user friendly and ease of use. Very suitable for a beginner like me. Now just need to try a few shootout and train on the usage of this camera, see what it can be done. I owned a Canon Ixus860, so i expect the DSLR outcome must surpass the P&S DC anytime. Anyway, still on learning stage on the composition of a frame, don’t expect to much. Below are some sample of my photos captured with it. On the nightview photo, focus yourself on the “starlight” of the lamppost, ignore others! Still newbie, dont comment to hash ya… By the way, all below photos were original shot direct from camera, except the black n white.

UEFA 2008

The new trophy for the UEFA Euro 2008 tournament
Just came across these few days seem the traffic kind of easing without many cars on the road. Is it because of Euro 2008 or due to lately fuel price increase? Personally i think both also play the part.

Everyone seem to sleep early in prepare for the late kick off matches of Euro 2008. The earliest match starts at 12am which most peoples were already sound in slept, whereas the following match starts at 2.30am where majority peoples were having sweet dream counting their money or dating someone in dream. Except those hardcore football fanzy or gambler holding their hand for the team they bet on or support on. Well, who really does care about this Euro if your neither both of them. Anyway, maybe just “Ooh, who win or who lose?” on the next day. At the end of the tournament, “Wow, XXX Team finally won!”. So? My pocket or wallet won’t full disregard which team won, so better have a good night sleep much practical! By the way, I do hope Holland could win this Euro2008 as I’m supporter for Holland team. Viva Holland!

Hmm…RM2.70/L of RON97 petrol, sounds a little bit ridiculous in Malaysia as we are one of the crude oil exporter country. Thus we still being the scapegoat for the price increase in crude oil by our government. THANKS FOR OUR “HELPFUL & RESPONSIBLE” GOVERNMENT! New rebate scheme is useless for those frequent traveller like me. Because of this I have to train hard on my right foot to the accelerate pedal. Keep the car movin smooth and without pushing too hard on it. Sigh, some good points maybe can help on reducing receive speed summonses and probably can squeeze a little extra mileages. Safety one thing, perhaps it can improve your joy of driving by seeing things you never had seen when you’re on speeds. Yeah, right! How ironically! It is not country seaside with beautiful scenery to stop-look, majority just some same old shop houses.

Back to the title, so peoples are cutting short all those unnecessary trips to save fuel? To do that by taking our crappy public transports or car pool? I doubt on that as nowadays human is too dependent on their car than their legs. Even within a few hundreds meter they still prefer to drive over. Actually can’t blame on them as crime or snatch thugs happened anytime anywhere, better in protection by a square box than exposed to them. Perhaps they all just stay at home and sleep early for a healthy life rather wasted fuel hanging outside.

So at the moment I think they still haven’t overcame the aftershock of the fuel prices hike, but gradually after some while the busy traffic will resumed no matter how. With in progress Euro2008, hopefully coming weeks the traffic still smooth flowing and easing to drive on. Get my finger cross!

Police’s love letters

Well, a hated word to be heard or received. I am sure everyone agree with it. To me, receiving traffic summonses isn’t new, as i already received total of 12 speed summonses for the past since i have my driving license.

But, this month i got something new. I received 2 summonses for illegal parking. No big deal, right? As most people also did receive illegal parking summonses. But , it neither summonsed by MPSP or MPPP, it was issued by the “very Free Traffic POLICE”. Damnit, for the past 11 yrs, i never had received such summons by POLICE, although by MPSP alot (near 30 summonses, luckily now waived 😀 ! ), so cant complaint much. (a good lie though!)
Actually i fully support to have such free polices to patrol around those busy roads, summonsed those illegal parking cars which caused traffic jam. Some brainless peoples simply just stop their car in the middle of road and walk off, what the heck, they really thoughts their granny bought the roads!?!? (My summonses not because of that ok, i parked beside a ABSOLUTELY Non busy raod with double yellow lines)
Ok, to summarize it, I just wanna know anyone who have/know people inside police station, can they help me to get these 2 summonses discounted? Please? its not cheap ler.. Its RM80 each, RM160 for two. The most expensive fees i ever parked!! Anyone?

Jln Salwen, Behind Menara BHL, Penang.

Beside HSBC Sg Petani, Kedah.