Of Rocks and the Sea

Big rocks off the private beach  at the Bintan Angsana Resort
Big rocks off the private beach at the Bintan Angsana Resort

It has certainly been a long time since I’ve revisited this space.  The last entry here was four months ago in July. I’ve been so preoccupied with developing Dominique’s Desk and focusing on the kids that this blog has been neglected.   I haven’t had time to experiment with different photography techniques as I haven’t been snapping as many photographs.

I’ve been trying out more dishes though but have posted them to instagram instead as it’s really more convenient to snap and post up on it as compared to blogging about the dishes/ bakes that I have tried this few months.  Some of the times I forget to snap a picture before I start eating the dish. On several occasions the dishes don’t really look very camera worthy due to me putting it together haphazardly. ( Focusing on getting the dish to the table for dinner is my priority over arranging it  in a nice presentation)

I think I need to revamp my schedule so that this blog doesn’t get neglected again. No doubt I don’t intend to post here as regularly as the other  main blog  and I have yet to figure out what  to do to make full use of this space.

Rocks and the seaside
Rocks and the seaside

It feels like I’ve hit a rocky patch in regards to this blog and have yet to think through carefully on which direction to take.  I don’t want to duplicate the type of post on both blogs as both should have their own unique characteristics.  I have been reflecting a lot on how I am leading my life this year and quite happy where I am at the moment.

Even though I still have some challenges to complete I  am working my way towards getting them done before their deadlines.  I have been lucky to be able to  have the opportunity to travel frequently each year and experience a change of scenery.  Last month we traveled to the island of Bintan, Indonesia and  the kids and I got to enjoy the sun and the sand. It has been quite a while since I last went to the beach  and it was certainly great to be able to feel the soft white sand in between my toes while listening to the waves lapping against the shoreline.

It was really refreshing to have the sea breeze blowing at you racing around on a jet ski while I was in Bintan. It felt as if I was like a bird flying across the surface of the water without a care in the world.  It was surprisingly thrilling and relaxing experience to  me being on the jet ski for the first time.  Nobody was the wiser that  I hid the fact that I do have a phobia of drowning. I used to stay away from being in the sea due to this fear and  still pass on the opportunity to go scuba diving. I guess as I grow older I try to face up to my fears and not let them  paralyze me.

I guess that it will take me a bit longer to decide how to efficiently use this blog. Meanwhile I’m open to any suggestions that you readers may have. Do let me know in the comments below.

 

Purple Blooms

Light purple bloom
Light purple bloom

I have always love taking pictures of flowers. It is one of my favourite subject.  I love how the light bounces off the petals of the flower and make it look so “alive”. I didn’t manage to go to the Botanic garden or view any flower exhibitions during my last trip aboard. I did manage to view and capture some blooms when we visited the Hong Kong Wetland Park.  It was the only place where I could get up and close with nature.

Another shot of the purple blooms
Another shot of the purple blooms

I spotted these light purple bloom among a bush during our walk around the park.  The color really captured my attention and I stopped to take a closer look and to snap some pictures.

the final shot
the final shot

I didn’t have my regular DSLR with me as I only brought a point and shoot. As a result, I couldn’t really take the type of close up shot which I really wanted to. I had  to be more creative in the type of shots I took with the camera. Out of all the flower shots I felt that this third picture was the most captivating one that I took of that purple flower.

What do you think of the final presentation shot?

I have been thinking

Ice drink
Ice drink

It has certainly been a long while since I last posted in this blog. Initially I had the idea of posting my photography and travel pictures over here however since the start of the year I’ve been much more busy to be able to post regularly to this site and am posting on my main site- Dominique’s Desk more regularly.

I’ve decided that I will be using this site more to experiment with different techniques which I may learn in photography and showcase my latest adventures in my culinary pursuit. There are many different dishes that I wish to try out and have yet to get around to cook or bake.

At present I am thinking of experimenting and trying out more Korean dishes as I recently bought a Korean Cookbook. The recipes inside that cookbook do not look too complicated and the ingredients relatively easy to purchase from the nearby grocery stores. I aim to try about one to two new dishes a month and also work on tweaking the existing dishes within my compilation cooking file to make the dishes more tasty and healthy.

I do love traveling and taking pictures. I will be featuring my travel pictures both here and on the other blog but focusing on different details and angles. This way there will be no overlapping of post and I’m able to share my views on different aspects reading travel photography and other more technical related matters.

What do you think about this arrangement?

What have you been thinking about lately?