What do you do when you see someone collapse in front of you? If pretty girls, I bet the first thing that come to your mind is CPR. If you are not a biology student, you might think CPR is kissing the helpless one but it is actually Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation.
I am not here to give you some medical lesson here but telling you how important to have a basic knowledge of first aid. Not everyone can be first aider. First you need to not afraid of blood, disgusting scary wound, fracture bones etc.
Of course that are pre-requisites, then you have to enroll yourself in First Aider Course to train and qualify yourself. Now, you are certified. Is that it? NO, not really.. You need another gear, the first aid box.
This is the part where I really want you to know how important it is to have one. Many asked what I brought with me when I go on vacation and why is it overweight sometime. Oh yea, I bring my life support with me all the time. I’m not paranoid but it is cheaper this way than seeing a doc.
By the way, I am a certified first aider. If you travel with me, you should feel slightly safer. I am not only knowing Paracetamol or Aspirin but I know a whole list of medic gadgets and using them in right manner. Does is sounds cool if I told you what to do with hypo-allergenic tape or octenisept spray?
Ok.. I am not trying to show off what I know but to let you know there is this list acts as a guide to re-order the expire medication or bandages. So, you don’t need to get the whole brand new first aid kit but only replace the one that is run out.
Let me be honest, you don’t need to be first aider to use the first aid kit. That is just to resonate your brain to learn more new things. World will be a better place is many of us are first aider, don’t you think? You can be my vacation partner if you are first aider for sure.
The first aid kit comes with the first aid guidance and quick step by step to equip you with sufficient knowledge in the event of emergency. At least sufficient until you call 911 for help or 112 on your cell phone but I really hope you don’t need to use this kit at all!
ISOS First Aid Kit
Photography skill is an art that is close to impossible to acquire overnight. Many might own DSLR but not many can take good photos. Owning a full frame camera and pro lenses do not make you a pro. It only shows that you are rich.
You do not need to be rich to be a good photographer. Having said that, taking photography as hobby can be very expensive as the lens itself can cost up to few thousand dollars. The ability to buy the hardware is one thing and improving the end product is completely different ball game.
Learning about photography is getting easier nowadays with DSLR. Not like ancient film SLR where you need time to develop the photos to evaluate the outcome. Now, you can see the result instantly and alter the parameters by previewing over the LCD screen. It gets even easier with Live View.
Alternatively, majority will go to photography courses or join the field photography group to learn the fundamentals, tricks and sharing their perspectives. Contrary to popular believe, I decided to take up this challenge and learn everything myself from scratch.
Building the learning curve leads me to a lot of try and error. More like hitting my head and learn. I bet that is what many say, failure is a ladder of success. In my own defence, I was at wrong time at wrong place.
Let me share this and I considered this as one of the most memorable moment in the history of my photography adventure (<6 months). I bought a 77mm CPL (circular polarizer filter) recently for my 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM. I did not go for B+W but rather a local made as it was meant for experimental.
After spending about few hundred dollars, I am so eager to try out the filter but at the same time, I am too busy with my ‘daily commitment’ and only free after 8pm every day. So, I decided to give it a try to shot a light tower from my balcony window.
Not long before I realized that my CPL filter did not improve the photos at all and I can still see glare from the viewfinder. I also cannot see the different contrast and not even close to get a nice shot. I told myself, “I should not resort in cheaper filters or maybe I got cheated for a lousy piece of glass instead of filter!”
After few weeks, I read this, “CPL filter only works on day time as it filters out light polarized perpendicular to the axis of the filter. By having the filter, it will reduces the reflection from some surface, darken the sky and saturates the image by eliminating the unwanted reflection.”
So, I have learned a lesson that I wish to share here. Photography is not about stealing the show on who can produce the best photos or what you use to shoot it. If you don’t have the photography skills and knowledge, your style with cool camera is just for demonstration and the outcome is not for presentation.
My advice is, “Learn from expert and never buy anything without knowing what it can do or what is the limitation.”
AS you know, plagiarizing other’s work is a cheap shot to gain success. I am a believer in originality or genuine post as many people might know. There is no post is a bad post as it is a proof of one’s hard work and effort.
But today, I am going to break this rules to share with you something that I personally think is humorously meaningful. This is a snapshot from Virtual Hilarity in Reader Digest, February 2003 edition:
Jesus and Satan were arguing over who was better with computer. Finally God suggested a way to settle it: Each would spend two hours using spreadsheets, designing web pages, making charts and tables.
Two sat at their keyboards and began typing furiously. Just before the two hours were up, the power went out. Once it came back on, they booted their computers.
“It’s gone! It’s all gone!” Satan screamed. “My work was destroyed!”
Meanwhile, Jesus began printing out his work. “Hey, he must have cheated!” Satan yelled. “How come his stuff wasn’t lost?”
God shrugged and said simply, “Jesus saves.”
- LAURA MASON
in Reader Digest February 2003
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A lot of people was asking when I will officially share my blog to the world. I have been thinking about the right time, right date and the right day to officiate all my website. Don’t guess, I am not a true believer of feng shui but getting “easy to remember details” always makes my life easier for the anniversary celebration.
Many talks about 10/10/10. I always wonder why 10/10/10 ? why not 11/11/11 instead? After a long search, I finally found the answer:
i) 10/10/10 only happen once .. duh..
ii) 10/10/10 happens on Sunday..my favorite day of the week
iii) 10/10/10 happens to be 3 x perfect score ..
iv) 10/10/10 @ 10:10 means besides 5 x perfect, it is time that I wake up on most of the Sunday .. hehe..
v) last but not the least, I need a day to officiate my web anyway ..
For the past few months, I managed to setup a few websites by myself. All these websites are full with my original ideas and genuine contents. Although I sacrifise a lot of my time in developing these, the results are encouraging.
The first website that I own is TikkoSS’s Blog. This web is all about “Sharing my Senses, Experiences and Thoughts !” with my readers. In TikkoSS’s Blog, you will find a lot of information on Jokes, Food, Travels, Recipes, Hotels, Cars, Arts and many more to come. It will also serves the purpose of recording my wonderful experiences and exciting moments in life so that if one day, when I look back, they will be full with colors of unforgettable memories and capture all my hard works.
The next website is TikkoSS’s Photoblog. I just invested in Photography. Most of the time, I enjoy snapping photos but never like to share and most of my photos are never organized. So, I decided to put some efforts in sorting all photos to enable all my readers to view and appreciate them. The world is too big for one’s eyes to see, that is why my main aim is to share the world as I see it through lenses.
TikkoSS’s Talk is the most recent website that I setup. Studying from the trends, I noticed that many are passionate about food and not much on reading my blog. I don’t denied that some really enjoy reading my creative writting. That is why I decided to only share pictures of food with minimal wordings and receipes. Well, this website is not only limited to food, but it is more of a place to express myself freely on broad ranges of topics.
Last but not least, TikkoSS’s Forum. This is the forum that dedicated to everyone to share your opinions, knowledge, views and more importantly, to link everyone to make the world smaller. I noted that many of us have specific knowledge on respective areas and hardly share with others. With TikkoSS’s Forum, this will be the channel for all of you to share your expertise in helping others who are in need.
One thing that keep me moving is and dedicated to my blog is Charity. If you notice on all my websites, I have included a charity page. This is to help those who are needed to make the world a better place. A lot will wonder, how can I ensure the contribution will go to charity and not to my own pocket? Valid question indeed, infact I will ask the same thing if I want to contribute.
Most of the website you go to will put up “donate to them button”, not to the charity. What I am intended to do is to put up all the links so that it will makes your life easier if you decided to contribute directly to the charity body or via me. All contribution via me will be documented and published so that you know where your contribution goes to.
Besides all these, please contact me if you are interested to put advertisement on my website, share interesting ideas/comments, delicious food or even if you need a photographer. How can I compete with those who already in blogging for so long? I never compete and I always work on my own pace. What I can offer is not the traffic only but a sustainable readers who share the same passion as me. You can contact me at email@example.com .
If all this websites still do not excite you, don’t worry as there are still more to come. Share with you friends and stay tune !
Click on the “Screenshots” to various TikkoSS’s websites