Friday, February 01, 2019

Changes: #4 New hobby

I still love photography. But during the last six months, I've pick up new hobby and skill: leather craft.

It all started with a stop at a RM2-kind of shop. I spotted a sewing kit that have an awl in it. I had bought a spool of waxed thread ealier. I am not quite sure why I bought it, but I did.

My riding pouch was showing signs of tear. I decided to try to mend it myself using the sewing kit and the thread. The stitching isn't the neat, nevertheless, more that six months later, it still held!

After the first stitching on the pouch, I was curious. I wonder if I could actually make anything. I somehow found a shop selling leather patch. One thing let to another, before I knew it, the initial sewing kit have grown into a kit that need a small tool box. From mending a torn pouch, I've begun making leather stuff: keychains, wallets, cases (handphone, tablet, memory card), and also tool pouches.

Now I'm sort of 'addicted' to it. I would love to be able to craft at one item each week.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Changes: #3 Jobs

For the past one year, I've changed job twice.

It first started when I noticed that I was sickly. I wasn't exactly ill, but I wasn't exactly well. It felt like I was in constant fever that refuse to go away. I felt just fine when ever I was out of the work premise. I had lost quite a lot of weight.

I initially wanted to take a break and recuperated. Opportunity came knocking in the form of a job offer from a smaller company. Granted, the pay was smaller, but compared to the workload, it was a handsome pay. I enjoyed my time at the company. I had plenty time for rest and family. I even had time to pick up new skill - leather craft.

Alas, it had to end. The probation was suppose to be only three months. But when neither boss nor HR mentioned anything about my confirmation, I started to look for another job after the fourth month. After working for only seven months (among the shortest stint so far), I move on to another job in a bigger company. I'm still adjusting to the new workplace and work environment.

Hopefully this change is for the best.

Monday, January 21, 2019

Changes: #2 New camera

I still enjoys photography. And I still love my mirrorless camera - Olympus Pen.

After spending thousands of kilometres and hours on the motorcycles, I realized that I some time couldn't stop in time to capture some of the fantastic view that I saw. Furthermore, after becoming the road statistic for Eid Fitri a couple of years back (yes I was hit by a car), an action cam was in order.

The relatively cheap action cam, have limited capability. But at the moment it is good enough to capture moments while riding the bike. The buttons on the camera have some what 'worn out'. Some times they don't respond when I pressed them. Nevertheless the action cam still could capture decent videos.

Beside the action cam, I recently purchase another camera: Olympus TG-5. I've always wanted a 'tough' camera. After so many years oogling it, I finally bought it. The image quality is better than the cheap action cam. But I'm not going to mount it on the helmet yet. Now that I have the TG-5, the Pen, besides not being water proof, suddenly seems too bulky to carry around.

So now, I'm using minimalist gears combination.