Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Instant gratification – Fuji Instax Mini 7s!

Inspired by the relaunch of the Polaroid film, but put off by the exorbitant pricing, I got inspired instead to purchase a Fuji Instax!

The Fuji Instax has been around for a while now, and the movement has been picking up steam since the demise of Polaroid. Maybe the market for instant film is too small for two players, or the end of Polaroid made people treasure the last player in the market more. Anyway, I always felt that the Fuji cameras gave much sharper and more vibrant prints.

About the size of a pair of small binoculars...

So on to my latest purchase – the Fuji Instax Mini 7s. There are other models available in the Instax range, but the most popular model is the definitely the Mini 7s. The camera is the most compact in the range (the others are just too large!) and the film is the most affordable and fits nicely in your wallet.

Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Tweet... tweet... I tawt I taw a puddy tat...

Ah... yes... Twitter...

Follow "nelsontheone" on Twitter if you're interested. Yes, I apologize for the obnoxious nick... it wasn't easy finding a user name when you enter the game so late.

Monday, 22 March 2010

Make the most of today

Carpe diem - seize the day, my friends! This is the beginning of a brand new week, so what will you accomplish? Your attitude determines everything!


I woke up early today,
excited over all I get to do
before the clock strikes midnight.

I have responsibilities to fulfill today.
I am important.
My job is to choose what kind of day I am going to have.

Today I can complain because the weather is rainy
or I can be thankful that the grass is getting watered for free.

Today I can feel sad that I don't have more money
or I can be glad that my finances encourage me to plan my purchases wisely and guide me away from waste.

Today I can grumble about my health
or I can rejoice that I am alive.

Today I can lament over all that my parents didn't give me when I was
growing up or I can feel grateful that they allowed me to be born.

Today I can cry because roses have thorns
or I can celebrate that thorns have roses.

Today I can mourn my lack of friends
or I can excitedly embark upon a quest to discover new friendships.

Today I can whine because I have to go to work
or I can shout for joy because I have a job to do.

Today I can murmur dejectedly because I have to do housework
or I can feel honored because God has provided shelter for my mind, body and soul.

Today stretches ahead of me, waiting to be shaped.
And here I am, the sculptor who gets to do the shaping.

What today will be like is up to me.
I get to choose what kind of day I will have!

Have a great day...unless you have other plans.

Saturday, 20 March 2010

Are you afraid to take risks?

A lot of people have been asking me why I have chosen to step out of my comfort zone and taking such a big risk in setting up my own creative agency. Those who know the story will understand that it wasn't entirely my decision to leave my comfort zone, but since I've to move on, I needed to make a choice for the future.

Starting out on my own is as big a risk as working somewhere else. I get more nervous sitting in a plane miles high up in the air, much more than driving around in my car. And I bet you feel the same. Statistics show that air-travel is much safer than driving on the road, but yet most people feel more jittery sitting in a plane than driving their cars. Why?

Control - that's why. In a automobile, you're (presumably) in control of the vehicle and thus in charge of the outcome. You know you have the controls and you steer your own fate. In a plane, you've elected to put your life in the hands of a total stranger sitting in a cockpit behind closed doors. You assume he has the right skills and the engineers did a good job servicing the plane. However, you do not feel that you have control over whatever will happen once the plane leaves the ground. Your fate has been taken out of your hands, and you perceive that to be risky.

Most people shun risks in life, because they loath the unknown. However, only two things are certain in life - death and taxes. For every decision we make, there's an element of risk whether you realize or not. More important than fearing risk, is to take calculated risks and learn along the way. The more risks you take, the better you will be able to manage risks somewhere down the road in life.

Someone once said, "to risk nothing is to take the biggest risk of all". Here're two great short videos about risks taking in life, and you should definitely watch it.

Monday, 8 March 2010

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Turning negatives into positives

Just two days ago, American actress Sandra Bullock turned up at the Razzies Award to accept the "Worst Actress" prize for her role in All About Steve. In case you haven't heard, the Razzies Award is the spoof counterpart of the Oscars, and they're given to the worst performance in the movies. As an actress who's hotly tipped to win an Oscar for her role in The Blind Side the following day, winning the Razzies for being the worst actress is probably one of the worst things that can ever happen.

What would you do in her situation? Most publicists and managers would have told her to pan the critics for being stupid and blind to her talent, and simply focus on the Oscars instead. Not Sandra Bullock. The spunky actress turned up at the Razzies (something big-name artists seldom do) and accepted the award to a standing ovation. Amazingly, Sandra Bullock came with a a trailer full of "All About Steve" DVDs so that everyone at the event can have a free copy of the movie!

"Something tells me you all didn't watch the film because I wouldn't be here if you really, really watched it and understood what I was trying to say," she said in her acceptance speech. "Everyone gets a copy and this is the deal I'm going to make," she told the cheering crowd. I will show up next year if you promise to watch the movie and really consider if it was truly the worst performance. If you're willing to watch, I'll come back next year and give back the Razzie." Needless to say, she was a huge hit with the crowd.

Being nominated for worst performance is something that will go down very badly with most artists, and yet Sandra Bullock is able to charm the pants off the crowd with an amazing twist of PR genius and lots of spunk and guts. The next time you find things going very badly your way, perhaps you will dig deeper and find a way to changes things around radically - to your favour!

Monday, 1 March 2010

Enlightening approach to go green!

I won't say much to give away the surprise, but this is one enlightening approach to go green!

I'm so inspired that I'm gonna order 2 dozen 2-litre bottles of Coke right away!