Happy New Year !

It’s the first day of the year and the first day of this  whereismap.com : )
It took me some time to come up with this name since the domain that I initially wanted was already taken *sob*

Connect with me on your convenient sites with the same name!
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I reviewed the stat of my blog last year, the number was surprising! Though I had posted not so many.
Thank you for your interest, random reading, and support.

Hopefully, I will keep posting religiously ….who knows?

Until then,
Map

By the way, Map is one  of my nicknames if you have ever wondered 😉

A bonus photo from me with my Canonet

 

 

 

The 1st Anniversary! (for my first roll of film) with complete set of photos

000022Unbelievably I drafted this content since last year. Now it’s time to publish.
 

Why started?

1.Photos developed from films look attractive to me.

When I was in middle school, lomography was boom. Chic people in the school back then, they all own one of the lomographic camera such as Diana, Fisheye, etc. I follow their personal blogs and always found their photos attractive. However, asking for the camera to my parents would not be reasonable at the time..
Time passed like 10 years later, I left my first job. At the time I wanted to buy a camera. My choices were either a mirrorless one or a film camera.. So it would be my first self-financed camera. Since I wasn’t gaining a lot during a leap time, it was more financially reasonable that getting a digital one was an ultimate choice. So that I could just take a lot.
Still when I saw film photos, I still thought they were so attractive.

2. Timing and Time to wait

After I started my second job for a while, my artist feeling came back during my idle time. I don’t invest in any fashion items, I would just put my money in my travel fund and some kind of gadgets. At the time, I followed many Facebook film-camera merchant fanpages and instagrams to check on prices and some beginner tips. So I decided to give it a shot.

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Let’s Read: All in Startup by Diana Kander

I have not been an entrepreneur myself. I know I want to be one. Another person who also know this is ….my boss.

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So when he came back from his long personal leave, he introduced me this book, All In Startup: Launching a New Idea When Everything Is on the Line. (Background: he is always reading books but has never recommended me any, oh thought of Hook by Niel, never mind. Let’s say this is his first recommendation to me hehe.)

It’s a fiction for a reason that the author believes this is the best way for readers to remember! Which is true. I normally forget what I read even a recent chapter. But it doesn’t occur to this one.

The book is embedded a story of an entrepreneur in a fun and easy-to-follow way paralleled with poker competition. Since in real life, we have like working world, romantic relationship world, family world, and so on. How to manage those then? I don’t know. I know only the followings key points are actually just 4 pages in the beginning of the book. The rest of the book is that entrepreneur-poker story, though.

Here are 4 Key notes for successful startups:

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LINE, the messaging app, is asking for money from chatting?

Absolutely Not.

 

I have been drafting this blog post since November, a month before the December news about LINE, a soon-to-be paid app after March 31, 2016…which is NOT TRUE and I would like to explain to my friends and family who had asked me recently.

 

There are majorly three types of accounts appeared on the LINE app: the personal account for each individual, the SMEs account for mainly small business used and the official account for business partners.

 

LINE account is for individual use with friends and familes. This one is mainly what LINE has shared the number that it has 33 Mn active users monthly and it is what I have used daily with my family and friends! In the past, in Thailand, is also one of the communication for SMEs to communicate with clients through messages.

 

But of course, if there ain’t broke, don’t fix it. LINE account also share other posts that those shops feel is too personal to show to others such as profile photos, status, and posts on timeline and inability to manage friend list well. Also, there is a limited number of friends that can be added.

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Review: Happend to be here – my 3 CANON’s Film cameras

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1st Canon Demi EE17
Advantages: It is light and compact. I could take numerous photos in one film since it is half-framed. Thus it is fun to be with.
Reason: I would like to get a film camera to test my taste as soon as possible. I was originally looking for Canon QL17 GIII since I have been researched on which model would be a great and worthy choice. I have found post selling that, but I was hesitating since it was my first time contacting to buy a some-number-handed film camera…. so someone else got it. Then, at the time there were not any sellers who posted about QL17 GIII, so I decided to go for Demi EE 17 first.
Drawbacks: It is really a rangefinder.. I mean there is no overlapped image inside the ช่องตา to check whether it is focused. I have to estimate well. I would say I have improved my skill of estimating and calculating Meters.
Behind story: This is only for this specific camera of mine that led to the decision to get the second one, the ASA meter could not be adjusted. So it stayed at ISO 100 all the time. Though it is ok to use ISO 100-200, but I would like to try out ISO 400 at night time and dimmed light as well as fast-moving objects as well. And especially,, I have already bought a couple ISO-400 films… T_T
Where I have brought you to travel: Bangkok by the river and in the city. Taiwan from Tainan to Taipei. Patthalung, the southern part of Thailand. Ari, a next neighborhood.

 

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2nd Canon QL17 GIII
Advantages: Pocketable size, low tendency to be out of focus, and easy to find reviews.
Reason: It was my first chioce, so when I was during my Taiwan trip, I could not resist to PayPal it right away. (and that was when I knew how useful of it when having no use of OTP-functioned ways which need to send the code on my Thailand’s number.)
Behind story: During the Seoul trip, I had brought 3 different films with me to try out. I have finished the first roll on my last day of the trip even though it was just 36 shots – -. I thought that was bad enough that I had timidly shot during those 6 days. Until I ran back to the room and tried to remove the film…and turned out that I turned the film rewind instead of just raising it up…so it came off and could not be put back by anyone there….so I brought it back and get it reunited at a shop T_T Bye, a one-roll-of-film trip.
Where I have brought you to travel: Seoul, South Korea, into the winter of city and suburb’s skirt.

 

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3rd Canon EX EE
Advantages: Focus. Interchangeable lens. You see what you’ll get.
Reason: I was looking for a SLR to be able to play with the focus and depth of field. Then I was looking for Olympus OM2n in the market for a while. The appearance and its aperture priority attract me. And I also would like to try the system/ process of other brands rather than Canon. Note: when I use my digital camera, most of the time I set it as aperture mode. (Though when I use above two camera, I always use manual mode and don’t rely on in-camera light metering at all.) But since new year, there have not been posted on any sites… then one day I came home and was about to pick up something for a friend from the storage room, then I had found a Kodak camera bag on the floor! Turned out inside it was this Canon EX EE with full-body original case, a lens cover, a small tripod and a Vivitar flash! and they were really really in a mint condition! My flash thought was there must be a visitor at my home who brought this for me today! Because before I bought my first film camera, I had already asked around my parents whether they had any available and working film cameras which we had found a couple compact and quite recent film cameras but they seems not working anymore. However, turned out it was my mom’s! She just found it while rearranging things in the room : ) I have always wanted to use a camera with an attached story from previous beloved owner like this one.
Drawbacks: the heaviest of all ! It was my first time to think that how could I travel with this? I would have to be really strong to carry around this thing the whole day during the whole trip : (
Where I have brought you to travel: Bangkok and surroundings

On Foot: Let’s just SKI and SNOWboard (Part 2: Whys and Hows)

Winter in Korea
Why not enjoy the snow then : )

The instructor is teaching a student how to put a foot in
The instructor is teaching a student how to put a foot in

So, we went to this ski resort twice; once for skiing and the other for snowboarding.
This post will explain about how and why. Then another post here is including only photos.

Q: Why did we choose Jishan Ski Resort?
– Free shuttle bus back and forth especially from Hongdae area: since most of other free shuttle buses would leave from Gangnam area
– Leave from ski resort not too late: it leaves at 5:30 PM while at some other places would leave 6:30, I was afraid we would get back to the city too late and too lazy to do other things
– It takes only about 1:30 hr to go there: I don’t want a long-hour bus trip

A small mart sell something like a cup of noodle, ice-cream, etc.
A small mart sell something like a cup of noodle, ice-cream, etc.

Q: How to go with the free shuttle bus?
I stay around Hongdae (Sangsu Station to be specific), so the closest bus pick-up point was Sincheon.
Bus departure time from Sincheon is 7:50 am. So I would advise to get there around 7:30 am. When the time is reaching, you will find other people lining up.

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On Foot: Let’s just SKI and SNOWboard (Part 1: Photos)

Photos at Jishan Forest Ski Resort.

It was where I have spent time for 2 days during the trip.

The next post will be about how to go, why did we choose to come here, etc.
But before then, let’s just look around first : )

I also shared these in Thai here:

On Foot: Bukchon Hanok Village while wearing Hanbok

Category: Walk
Place/Activity: Wandering around Bukchon Hanok while wearing Hanbok
Subway: Anguk exit 3

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|Film| Amazing view of Bukchon Hanok Village : D

We were there in the morning, so we were searching for a Korean restaurant but turned out they were closed for breakfast and will be opened about 11am for lunch time.

We ended up at a cafe called Athena. They had a breakfast set for a choice of huge muffin with a cup of hot Americano for KRW 5,000. Free wifi and toilet are also available.
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Our breakfast set at Athenna

We walked up from the cafe to the tourist information center to get a map. Then before crossing the road, my friend saw a hanbok-rental shop, 3355 shop. We went down to the basement to check them out.

At first, I was still indecisive whether to wear it because I thought it would make me clumsy while walking up and down the hills with my cameras. But then, I was turning the first dress on the row just to check out while my friend was choosing hers…. turned out I then finished with wearing it on, choosing a purse and completing with a hairpiece before my friend did T_T

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Phonto: My fave PHOTO-related application at the moment!

Phonto!
Phonto!!

Ok. So. It is sitting on my phone screen for almost a year now. But I just knew that it can do much more than just simply “text on photos” like their tagline says.

I just found out about their comprehensive skills last night…. (What!) I got tricked by their clean and sleek UI back then lol. I was just feeling sad that how could I overlook this wonderful app.

What I originally want on the app:
  • Add many texts on one photo
  • Clean UI
  • Fast and not bulky
  • Save to gallery for free

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What they actually offer:
> Common features:

  • Add texts on the photos. Anywhere.
  • No application’s watermark at all (for free!)
  • Various font styles offered
  • Able to save on the phone or share to somewhere else like Instagram
> Beyond-expected features:
  • Install more fonts! By our choices. It is spectacular! especially for adding other languages rather than the existing English fonts which are a lot already.
  • Photos on photo. sometimes I just need to reinstall my other apps just to do this.
  • Preset ‘word’ list. (I am still searching for preset word list with saved ‘font style’, that could me a logo)
  • Background style: the frame, lines, price tag, etc. T_T
  • And many many more I am still discovering : D
I just paid for the ad-free version since I would like to stick around the app for a while.
I gotta tell you that I first installed this application because I wanted to add some quotes on my photos… which I have never done till now. Also I thought it could set and embed some personal watermarks which I have not found out about this yet (would not say they don’t have it though haha.)

Several FREE offered features here are need-to-be-paid on other applications that I would not list them here 😃
Just try Phonto first!

Till next time,
MP

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Here is my upcoming album cover on my Facebook page, stay tuned for the whole list! here (in English) and there (in Thai).
P.S.
I switched to edit things on my mobile instead of editing on laptop since I have found myself doing it so slow and procrastinating it a lot when decided to do on laptop back then (Lightroom..Photoshop… T_T) and the results are not that different.
External links:
  • Phonto’s official site  – P-H-O-N-T-O! haha sorry. The developer also offers some other things such as text on video
  • Additional fonts sites, please check the permission before use.
    • ฟอนต์.คอม – for TH special fonts.
    • DaFont – a website that I can ask for anything on my artwork since high school! (I was taking a graphic class back then)
    • For the other languages I could not read much,  here is for Korean fonts – not many fonts but could be useful. It will link to the original websites later but permission notes are provided

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Life and Thought: Brief Lessons – 01

  • If you can finish it within 5 minutes, do it now. don’t even spend time putting it on the to-do list.
  • But unless you are during the ‘focused mode’: jot it down on the paper nearby such as ‘googling list’ to be searched later on and when you have a long list of keywords, you will not waste too much time on each
  • What you can think of, the others can too. so search it. sometimes people just want to explore the new market with the same idea.
  • When you are skeptical and wonder on something, do not take too long time to wonder further on and it will be wasted later when it turn out that you can just search the answer for the first question right away. The internet is so useful and full of everything.
  • Find something which makes you laugh before sleeping each night
  • Meditate even a minute each day
  • You were given with one body, take care of it nicely.
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[Film: Color Plus 200| Time: November 2015| Location: Sathorn, Bangkok]