Saturday, 28 November 2009

My infrared pictures are 'featured' on Lifepixel website

It is an honor that Lifepixel 'features' my infrared picture on their official website for their new released filter.

Lifepixel website

Some of sample pictures

Friday, 27 November 2009

Japan trip 1st day, Nov 11th/12th 2009 - Asakusa Kannon Temple & Yodobashi

Our journey was started @ Nov 11th 11PM. We flied off to Japan by Japan Airlines, well ... the seat was a bit cramp but heyy.... what did you expect with economy class :P. This is our 1st served breakfast, Porridge with cold Soba, Tamago and Pickles.


arrived Nov 12th morning, waiting for a limousine bus to transport us to hotel. Didn't have enough sleep, panda eyes ... zzz...zzz...zzz

我们到东京上午十一月十二日, 我们等待豪华巴士运输我们酒店, 我们没有足够的睡眠,眼睛肿. 困倦 ...

We stayed at Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa and here is how our room looks

我们住在 Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa 这里是我们的房间

Our 1st journey was Asakusa Kannon Temple. Public transportation is normally by train even there is a bus but train is faster.

我们的第一行程在Asakusa Kannon寺. 火车是最喜欢的公共交通,因为火车比公共汽车快.

However we were in foreign land, had no idea which direction so we asked ... interesting, we talked in 2 alien languages and we could understand :D

只是我们在外国, 没有主意方向所以我们问。有趣的我们讲不同的语言但是我们相互理解.

[History: Sensoji (also known as Asakusa Kannon Temple) is a Buddhist temple located in Asakusa, the center of the shitamachi (lit. "low town"). The legend says that in the year 628, two brothers fished a statue of Kannon, the goddess of mercy, out of the Sumida River, and even though they put the statue back into the river, it always returned to them. Consequently, Sensoji was built there for the goddess of
Kannon. The temple was completed in 645, making it Tokyo's oldest temple.

[历史:浅草(也称为浅草观音寺)是在浅草寺位于该下町(大戏“低市中心”)。传说说,在628年,两兄弟捕鱼的观音雕像,观音,走出隅田川,即使他们把河流的雕像回来,它总是归还给他们。因此,浅草寺建在那里的女神 观音。该庙完成了645,成为日本最古老的寺庙.]

There was Chrysanthemum season so there were a lot of Chrysanthemum flowers, very big !!!


Some souvenirs


Time for lunch, our 1st lunch in Japan. Street food, very easy to order. Just insert coin on a machine, press the menu you prefer, you get a coupon and give it to a cook. Within a few minutes it's served ... however after finished you have to return the bowl back to the counter and clean the table.


Our next destination is Hard Rock cafe @ Ueno. Some interesting pictures while on our way ...

我们的下一个行程是在 Hard Rock Cafe 在 Ueno. 有些的趣图片.

Japan scooter
Mr. Macho
Iron Chef
Everywhere vending machine
Unbelievable ... electric cable is still on the sky
At the isle
A lot of bicycles just park anywhere ...

[Ueno Station (上野駅,
is a major railway station in Tokyo's Taitō ward. It is the station used to reach the Ueno district and Ueno Park -- which contains Tokyo National Museum, The National Museum of Western Art, Ueno Zoo, Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music and other famous cultural facilities. A major commuter hub, it is also the traditional terminus for long-distance trains from the northern Japan, although with the extension of the Shinkansen lines to Tokyo Station this role has diminished in recent years. A similar extension of conventional lines will extend the Takasaki Line, Utsunomiya Line and Joban Line to Tokyo Station via the Tohoku Through Line on existing little-used tracks and a new viaduct.]

Can you imagine how complicated their rail system is ?!#$#@$%*&^

We went toYodobashi-Akiba for dinner.

Yodobashi Camera Co.,Ltd. (ヨドバシカメラ) is a chain store mainly selling electronic products. Currently, there are 20 stores in Japan. The store in Akihabara (Akiba), immediately next to JR Akihabara station, is 9 stories tall and sells a wide selection of toys, videos, computers, laptops, cameras and audio equipment, including high-end items. It also has a variety of restaurants on the 9th floor. In Shinjuku near the west entrance to the JR station, Yodobashi has several tall stores close together, also providing a wide selection of electronics.]

Dinner @ Fugetsu restaurant. Their signature dish is Okonomiyaki.

[Okonomiyaki is often described as a "Japanese-style pizza" and it is a dish that is especially popular in Osaka. Fresh vegetables, meat, fish and/or shellfish are blended into the batter that is used as a base, and that mixture is then poured onto the griddle. Once it is thoroughly cooked, a special sauce - together with mayonnaise - is brushed on top, a further topping of dried bonito or seaweed is applied, and the Okonomiyaki is then ready to be eaten. The taste of the Japanese people, "Okonomiyaki" is something everyone should try at least once.]

Before that, we took appetizer Doughnut Plant NY 1st.
Looking @ menu
Cook in action
Time to eat
Thumb up
Recommended restaurant
Time to go back to hotel ... so tired ... while on the way back we saw a Singapore Seafood restaurant.

Some view of/from hotel at nighta UFO (???)
Some view of/from hotel at morning