I’m still standing…

some fuckers thought it a great idea to come in and mess with this site.. so it’s been down for a while! with the frequency of updates, one could argue it’s been down for a very long time! I’ll see what I can do on it.

For know, I’ll quote Elton John :

Don’t you know I’m still standing better than I ever did
Looking like a true survivor, feeling like a little kid
I’m still standing after all this time
Picking up the pieces of my life without you on my mind

It’s a good occasion to remember that scripts are nothing but software and it’s important to keep them up to date.. let it be a lesson learned!

Capoeira and Lifestyle….

Wow, feels like the blog is a ghost town since I started running Beijing Daze and The Noodle Diaries… truth be said, Facebook actually is the main culprit as most people that used to read things on here now keep up with my adventures over on Facebook. Still, every so often, I do get the urge to write and it’s not necessarily related to music or Chinese food or even Beijing in any way, shape or form.. I guess I just have a lot to blabber about.

Granted, this is not much blabber.. it’s a lifestyle issue!
I’ve become really addicted to Capoeira and obsessed with health to some extent ( not to the extent of quitting cigarettes though).

So, I started Capoeira about 2 years ago now, on and off depending on injuries and other distractions… still, what started as a new mean of exercise to stay in shape and keep the diabetes demons away is slowly turning into one hell of an important part of my life: I love the dancing and martial arts aspect but what I love even more is the spirit behind Capoeira: that sense of community i was actually missing when I played football with my teams between ’06 and ’09.

This past weekend, my relationship with Capoeira took yet another turn after our group organized and hosted a fantastic set of workshops with world renowned Ido Portal… This guy was an amazing Capoeirista in his own right until he threw it all out the window and started again from scratch learning about the basics of the body.

I was kinda of afraid that his workshop would be a bit too intense for me but i left it craving more and wanting more…. the guy can teach and has charisma! If u get a chance to attend any of his workshops, do go for it.

back to school… yet again

It’s been a while folsk.. that’s a recurring theme but it will get better!
Things are changing quite fast here in Beijing as far as life goes, both personally and professionally. I’ve decided to take the plunge and head back to school with all its implications!!

To do what? A Masters degree in Environmental Science and technology at Beijing Normal University….. oh yeah

personality Test results hit the nail on the head?

Every so often, I’ll indulge myself with one of those online personality tests that pretend to answer the problems of the world, and if not, maybe just tell me more about who I am ( note the sarcasm please)
The following test is one of the weirdest ones I’ve ever taken and pretty accurate I would say… in a scary kinda way…

You are in a perpetual quest to find the new, the exciting. Emotionally volatile, you are known for sudden changes of opinion, of appreciation, and behavior. Following rules and established methods is difficult for you and the difficulties of higher education are usually quite daunting. Knowledge is best gained through an intimate association with the matter at hand. Usually driven by attitudes and desires of the group, you are talented in an established field of endeavor. Emotions come and go without a strong understanding of their causes. They are unexpected guests in an otherwise placid landscape. You live by your own codes of conduct, which can be noble or terrible depending on the individual. Authority is meaningless to you. You hate to be predictable, at all costs. Rarely verbally effusive, you can at times feel as if your feelings are too deep for words. You are very observant, but rarely express these observations to others.

color me impressed and try it out for yourselves.

scary, ain’t it?

a new passion: shutterbug-head with the Sony NEX5

It was waiting to happen…. find a new distraction to concentrate on or just something new to get hooked on! And photography got me by the balls. Through the two years I’ve been running BeijingDaze, I’ve taken close to 100,000 pictures of food and music, not to mention the tons of pictures during various trips.
I’m not implying that I’ve developed an eye for it but i’ve definitely become more interested in the topic! I’m juggling terms like exposure, aperture, shutter speed and what not in trying to get a certain look and feel.

To help me achieve that, after a year of research, I’ve settled on Sony’s NEX5 as my tool of choice! and it was love at first touch!

I had a few requirements when i set out reading about cameras:

– Lightweight
– High ISO potential ( for low light concert shots)
– Superzoom or replaceable lenses
– Solid body
– upgradable

The first criteria pretty much cancelled out most SLR type cameras as I didn’t want to lug them around shows in my backpack. I’ve seen people do that and can’t imagine being stuck in the middle of a moshpit trying to protect one of those monsters… I was gonna wait and feel it out, but it was a long shot getting anything too heavy! Still, Micro 3/4 cameras were on the radar with the EPL-2 and NEX5 leading the way. Nikon’s D3100 had a shot i felt.

ISO is beyond important considering how often i find myself in dark dark places shooting musicians in weird light situations… simple and important! most cameras i was considering would be an upgrade from my Lumix FX48.

Considering how far i could be form stage sometimes and my fascination with taking pictures of musicians’ faces, I just had to get something that would allow me to zoom in. Simple enough.

I also don’t like plastic, never did! This is how the EPL-2 lost out! it felt like cheap plastic crap

When all was said and done, I walked out with the Sony NEX5. EPL-2 felt cheap despite it being more modern and similarly priced. The Nikon felt bulky and was also plasticy…

I’ve been shooting it for over a month now and couldn’t be happier. My shots have improved and I’m getting pickier as time goes by. look for more pictures to come up on wondering mind in the future.