My Dear 'Ol Neophyte Cam

I never have imagined in my wettest este wildest dreams that to be a photographer is listed in my portfolio. It started out during my second stint out of the country, of course courtesy of my dear refinery. I thought I needed a camera, a digital cam that is. So as it sink in into my watery head I pulled my credit card out of wallet, drove to Alabang Town Center in a jiffy, went straight to the upper level in seconds and bought my first ever digital camera. (",)

It was a Canon. A good buy actually. Got it at 0% interest rate, with a free 16 and 256 MB SDs. Plus a warranty of a.....ok ok I will not go on with the details... but it is a good camera.

Anyways, this trip is probably my longest ever abroad. Lucky I had a stopover in Singapore so I've got tons of time to work on my shots. Thrilled as a todd, I shot almost everything ala Nippon tourist . From the miss that I met at the info booth of Changi Airport, who is a Filipina btw, to the oh-so-heaven-sports-bar beneath a humongous TIVO. Yeah, yeah, I know but hey, t'was my first ever digital cam, so what the heck.

When I arrived in Malaysia, no one can dare stop me. I planned my itinerary from the day I set foot in KL from the day I will board again. Of course, there still work, hehe nakalimutan ko, this was not a junket trip it's a business trip.

In Malaysia, I went to Petronas, Genting, & Batu. I was eager to go to the beaches of Sarawak but they said it's quite far from KL so I settled myself with the bars in front of the hotel where I'm stayin. Of course, I have with me my dear 'ol cam.

The experience in Malaysia was great if you can go to places where nature meets urban lifestyle. Unfortunately, I didn't get that much, apart from thugging with the monkeys in Batu Caves who almost stole my canon. Those f*!"... little rascals!

I had 2 CDs loaded with Sing and KL pictures when I arrived in Manila. I was so excited to print those I liked and archive the rest. So I went to a local shop and asked if they can combine the pics in the CDs into 1 single CD. Since this would take time, I scrammed into the nearby pizza parlor and bought a 4-cheeze thin crust pan pizza. Ahhh...this is the life. After a good one-week abroad, the taste of a 4-cheeze pizzaaaaaahhhh...

I came back to the photoshop after an hour. The attendant was a bit sweaty when he approached me. The sweat that tells you that he's either wanting to go to the bathroom and dunk his shit or that he's in deep shit cos something might have happened you can crush his head and throw it in the toilet bowl. Guess what? He was totally in deep shit, I could kill him.

The man has inadvertently deleted the pics in the CDs. I was gone wrecked. All my neophyte 5-day pics! WAHHHHHHHH!!! The only consolation I could get is that I still have the 16 MB SD with 42 shots in it.

As a result of that ill-fated encounter with that almost ill-fated man, I became more adamant in going to photoshops that I have back ups in my PC or SD. The trip happened a year and a half now and the camera? It's still working, it's still not stolen by monkeys or burglars for that matter. In fact it shot this one.

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