Jul 162012

Mama lioness showing her cub some loving.

Typical Dutch Weather. When you are not from Holland and you hear a local Dutch mentioning ‘typical Ducth weather’, it means unpredictable weather. One minute the sun is shining the next moment hard rain pouring down your head, cold too like the sun was not even there minutes before!

That exactly was the weather yesterday we had when my aunt and I visited the zoo in Rotterdam, Blijdorp. My aunt had two small cameras hanging on her neck while I with my big dslr with a telezoom dangling on mine when we braved the rains and hard wind. It wasn’t fun the first hour being there in the zoo with all the gadgets we were trying to protect from the rains, but then the sun showed up and we had a dry and sunny skies the next hours. Only it was also cold. To make a long story short, because of yesterday’s crazy weather I am now nursing colds and coughs. Nose running so fast I couldn’t ‘catch up’, darn!

But I’ve no regrets you know. It’s been 13 years since I last visited the zoo and yesterday was extra fun because I did it with my aunt who is only visiting from the United States. She too had the time of her life and enjoyed photographing animals. Her last visit to a zoo was almost 3 decades ago!

Anyway, above was one of the sweetest moment I’ve witnessed yesterday.

Jan 242012

Three of my five Frankie Stein dolls.

Isn’t she lovely? (*^0^*) Even my almost 60 years old aunt is slowly falling in love with these dolls! I now have 29 in my collection, thanks to my aunt and friend living in the United States for taking care of the packaging and sending them to me back here in Holland. Yes, some toys stores sell them here but not the complete cast. And most I find are jacked up in price. Well, they do have to ‘translate’ the boxes into the local language because they are manufactured in China (Mattel) , so that explains why they’re pretty expensive around here thus I ask my aunt and fiend to buy them for me instead.

But sometimes I just couldn’t wait that long for the new ones arrivals. Like right now, I am itching to order them online eventhough price are doubled. *Breath in- breath out* ┬áThink twice before hitting that ‘enter’ key.

Gah! I must resist! :D

May 042011

I am holding my camera again and I’m starting taking photos.

I’ve lost my interest in photography for almost a year (due to personal reason) but I have decided to snap out of this period and enjoy it again. Or at least I will try :)

Thus, this afternoon this is what I found in our backyard while I let my pug Charlie play there. Focusing on its center but I failed. Not only that my hands were shakey, wind blowing did not help as well.

Practice. Practice. I need to practice a lot, again, and again.