Friday, 1 October 2010

Tripod, Sunset and The Lake

Tripod, Sunset and The Lake, originally uploaded by ZackTwin.

A friend gave me useful information that a place near to KaRaWeik Hotel is very good to take photo in sunset. After meeting with some friends, I decided to go to KanDawGyi Lake in an evening even though the time was a bit late. And I didn’t plan to go on that day, so I didn’t bring tripod with me. It’s troublesome to bring a tripod all the time especially you are travelling around the city by taxi.

I placed the camera on railing, hold breath, and took the photos. As the result, the photos are not great especially the focus. I am sharing one of the best photos I got on that day.

Thank You!

Thursday, 30 September 2010

Filter, Clouds and Trip

Filter, Clouds and Trip, originally uploaded by ZackTwin.
I went back to Yangon last month for holidays. Just before going back, I bought a Polarizer Filter to get better landscape photos. I didn’t have time to try that filter after buying. So, when I get onto the plane I just open the packing and fix the filter on the lens to take some clouds photo as I thought I will get better photos with it.

I am luckily enough to get a windows seat because the flight was nearly full. As it was the morning flight, the sun is rising and there were clouds as well. When I take photo, we are crossing the ocean, so morning sunlight was reflecting on the ocean to make the cloud in 3D effect. Frankly speaking I am not familiar to use it yet.

More photos will come later but please do not expect to see very stunning photos. :D


Saturday, 21 August 2010

Yangon Rain

I walked to the Submit Parkview Hotel from my home on the other day. When I was about to reach the old parliament building, It was beginning to rain. I thought it was going to be a heavy rain because this time is rainy reason in Yangon, Myanmar. Luckily, it was just a shower.
When I look at the umbrella, the rain drops were there beautifully placed. I took the photos with my HTC Hero. 

Tuesday, 3 August 2010

Under the sun

Under the sun, originally uploaded by ZackTwin.
I have not uploaded any new photos recently. Nothing other than I do not have nice-new-photos and I was busy. It’s transition time and very hard to find time for my hobby.

Even though I am not active in Flickr, I have been checking my friend’s new photo coming up here. Sorry for not giving comments to you guys’ beautiful photos. I am not a big fan of portraits but some photos really make me want to take some portraits. Cheers…

BTW: This photo was taken in Chinese Garden.


Friday, 2 July 2010

Mixed Messy Miss

Mixed Messy Miss, originally uploaded by ZackTwin.
We left home to search better life.
We fought until we strike.
Sometimes we got backstab by many knives.

Then we said ‘better to live with the family’.
Yet we cannot decide what to do firmly.

We visited home to stay with them alone.
But we got better-life missing syndrome.

It’s hard to take everything together.
To get the life we got, never say never.
Past taught us to be clever to endeavor happy forever.

Thursday, 1 July 2010

Tamarind Buds

Tamarind Buds, originally uploaded by ZackTwin.
You will feel very excited when you see something which can relate to your good memories.

I went to Lake Side to take some photos of Chinese Garden for my designers this morning. The weather was perfect for photo shooting; sunny with blue sky. When I was ready … and click… cannot fire… What’s wrong? … Check… no SD card… WTF. I forgot put the SD card back to camera after transferring photos to computer last night. I remembered to take the card before leaving home. Unfortunately a client called me while I was preparing to leave. After the conversation, I left home without taking SD card…


Anyway, I decided to go back home and take the card. Otherwise we will not finish the design in time. When I get back to Lake Side the weather changed. It became cloudy. What the luck? I was disappointed as my effort to come here early was wasted. Anyway I took some shots of Lake and temples and HDB and so on…

I walked along the jogging track beside the lake… and I found a tamarind tree and I was so excited. It has new leaves and buds. I was happy taking photos of tamarind leaves.

It really makes me to remember my home town, my mom and my mom’s cooking. She would make a salad with those tamarind buds, butter bean and onion. That salad is very simple yet very delicious.

I miss you, mom… and your delicious home cooking.

Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Life Stage

Life Stage, originally uploaded by ZackTwin.
"All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances; … “ (more)

In our life, there have been many exits and entrances. Sometimes the entrance is previously exit and, vice versa, the exit is previously entrance.

We cannot take everything as a constant.

Nothing is permanent.

Now I am going to exit from the entrance and going to enter to the exit.

“Life's like a play: it's not the length, but the excellence of the acting that matters." (By Seneca)

Monday, 28 June 2010

Multilingual Singapore

Multilingual Singapore, originally uploaded by ZackTwin.
Today, I went to a Malay cooked food stall for lunch. The Malay lady asked me ‘Makan?’.

I nodded and she asked me what I wanna add, I pointed and said ‘Mutton (Eng), Tauhu (Malay) and TauKay (Chinese) ... ‘ She looked at me and I think she was confused. She might be thinking like this guy looks like Malay but he is not a Malay, maybe he is Chinese.

Then the Malay lady asked me ‘ni yao la jia?’ :D

Thursday, 24 June 2010

When I get older, I will be stronger

I am just giving the title as I am having World Cup fever. I really like that WAVIN FLAG song which is very energetic with very good words. I really want to be stronger when I get older. Of course, stronger in term of mentally. When I get older I definitely will be weaker in physical as those sunflowers.

I am still using the photos taken during last year vacation because I don’t have nice new photos yet. I edited this photo with masking layer in GIMP. I previously do not like to edit photo with software but now I am enjoying it a bit more. Using software is also part of modern photography, isn’t it?

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Golden Paddies

Golden Paddies, originally uploaded by ZackTwin.
After looking at Ko Ye Tun’s sunflower photo , I remember that I took photo of paddies and sky. When I look at my photo it’s not very nice as Ko Ye Tun’s photo. But I would like to post it here to share. I took this photo on the same day as Golden Fields

Thursday, 17 June 2010

Simply Alone

Simply Alone, originally uploaded by ZackTwin.
I took this photo on the way to Mt. Fuji. I didn’t crop and leave it as it is. Just change level to enhance the brightness.

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

Princess and photographer

Princess and photographer, originally uploaded by ZackTwin.
I visited Thailand last year September with my parents on the way back from Japan. We planned to visit Ayutthaya City as my mom is very interested in history. I also wanted to see how Ayutthaya City is because we had heard about that city since we are young.

By the way, we are proud to be Burmese but we disagree on destroying the city and killing people when Ayutthaya was conquered by Burmese in 1767.

We rented a car to visit Ayutthaya City from Bangkok. The car owner is a Burmese living and working there. So it’s very convenient for us to ask him the places to visit in Ayutthaya. He drove us to visit Wat Phu Khao Thong (means Golden Mountain) pagoda first. It was built by King BaYintNaung of TaungGoo (Myanmar) in 1569 to celebrate the victory.

I climbed up to the pagoda to take some scenery photos. When I reached up there, I saw my dad was taking photos of my mom while she was taking notes at the foot of the pagoda. It was a sweet moment and I took their photo.

We had spent good time together in Thailand. I am longing to back Yangon to meet them soon.

Thank You.

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

The White

The White, originally uploaded by ZackTwin.
This white orchid photo was taken in Orchid Garden, which is located in Botanic Garden, Singapore. I went there in late 2008.

I still remember that I went there with a girl who always loves to be a model in front of camera. You may have a question, is there anyone who wants to be model behind the camera? No… I mean she will immediately change her position and poses nicely if she was pointed by a camera.

On that day she called me up to go out to take some photos because she has to update her Facebook photos or something like that. These days, there are a lot of Burmese model wannabe and photographer wannabe in Facebook. It’s nothing wrong. Technology changed the way we work, play and learn. Interesting!

Where I am… Oh, in short, we tried to get some good photos in the garden but it was an unfortunate day for her. I didn’t get really wow photos. I felt sorry for her but I am happy as I got some nice flowers photos :-P

I am browsing my old photos and found this one. I am inspired by Albert who took very nice macro photos. As I am busy to go out for photo shooting these days, I posted the photo here. Hope you guys are not bored with it.

Monday, 14 June 2010

The world is beautiful

The world is beautiful, originally uploaded by ZackTwin.
The world is always beautiful. We shape the world in our own way.

Sometime we didn't open our eyes enough to see it fully. Sometimes we close our eyes and ignore it.

If we open ourselves, the world is beautiful as it is.

Monday, 7 June 2010

Do what you love

Do what you love, originally uploaded by ZackTwin.
‘Do what you love.’

It’s easier to talk than do. The sentence and the meaning seems to be simple but it’s complicated, you know.

Because it is different between what you really love to do and how you really want to do what you love. Let me tell my opinion. I really love to read any kind of writing since I was young. I can remember every single word if I really like the writing. When I was in middle school, I read a play (Yay Thel Pya Zat) from my elder sister’s high school textbook, I like it very much. When I had to learn that play as my lesson in my high school, I started to hate it. Because I cannot enjoy reading it, I need to memorize and rewrite as what teacher told me to. I wished to read to enjoy and analyze myself rather than I am asked to.

I realized that same feeling apply to my photography too. I love photography but I do not enjoy taking photos at events or model shooting much. That’s why most of my friends complained that their photos, taken by me, are not great. I agree with them because I don’t enjoy taking photos with restriction. I need to open my mind more.

Even so, I have done photo shooting for 3 wedding receptions and 3 birthday events with my humble D60. This photo was taken during one of room-mate-cum-brother-cum-friend’s ROM (Registry of Marriage) ceremony.

I do love photography but I don’t like to take photos for events because I feel that it restricts me a lot. ‘Do what you love’ is not simple as you see, right?

Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Fly High

Fly High, originally uploaded by ZackTwin.
Limitation is only the sky

Best you can do is to try

So start your journey to fly

Remember not to cry

But to eye greats for all thy aye.

Thursday, 13 May 2010

Tōdai-ji Temple

Tōdai-ji Temple, originally uploaded by ZackTwin.
“ Tōdai-ji (Eastern Great Temple), is a Buddhist temple complex located in the city of Nara, Japan. Its Great Buddha Hall (aibutsuden), the largest wooden building in the world, houses the world's largest statue of the Buddha Vairocana, known in Japanese simply as Daibutsu .” (ref:

I went Tōdai-ji temple with my parents alone as my sister didn’t come with us. The main reason she didn’t’ come with us is to save the cost. You know what; the transportation cost in Japan is very high especially if you are taking Shinkansen (bullet train). We bought one week unlimited ride tickets, called JR Rail Pass, from Singapore, which cost about S$420 at that time. So we can take unlimited ride to any JR trains, Buses or even Ferry with that pass. Oh yeah, we exchanged the pass with the ticket in Tokyo just before taking first Shinkansen.

Ok, back to them temple. There are many deer roaming freely around the temple. They are not afraid of people but my mom was afraid of them.

We can buy a stack of cookies to feed deer. You have to be careful when you feed them because deer can be very aggressive. I didn’t have to go near to them to feed. They surrounded me once they saw me buying cookies. They even pulled my backpack from behind while I was waiting for my change. It was a bit scary even for me. While I was feeding one of them, another one will be trying to get cookies. I had to quickly feed and run away :D . They are very smart, they didn’t follow me because they know that I don’t have any more cookies for them.

I was wondering why deer are there but not other animals. I know after reading Wikipedia that deer are regarded as messengers of the gods in the Shinto religion, that’s why they are allowed to roam the grounds freely. I don’t have good photos of deer as I was busy feeding and running away from them. :D


Thursday, 18 March 2010

Come on, my mood

Come on, my mood, originally uploaded by ZackTwin.
It takes time to archive old photos because I looked at photos when I archive. Photos can bring back old memories.

I accompanied my room-mate on his pre-wedding photography day last year. The photographer was kind enough to allow me to use my camera. Normally they will not allow you to have DSLR while they are taking photos because that will affect their business. The couple can choose limited number of photos depends on the package that they bought only. If they want more photos than the package offers, they have to pay hefty price.

I requested the photographer that I would just take photos of the photography event, not the couple’s alone. He agreed and I helped him in return.

This photo was taken in the backstreet of the bridal shop. The photographer wanted the bridegroom have nice smile but the groom can get the mood. So the photographer asked him to take time get the right mood. At that time the bride is staring at him that way and I clicked.

When I showed this photo to them, I joked. ‘The groom got pressure to get married while the bride is starring and saying that no use to be sorry and scared by now. You can’t change your mind anyway.’

It was exactly one year ago. As the room-mate is not living with us anymore, sometimes I miss him because he is not only friend for me, he is like a brother to me as well.

Happy Marriage, Thar Latt.

Wednesday, 17 February 2010

I should be like this Vodka

Drunk Swedish-French, originally uploaded by ZackTwin.

The client sent an email attached with a photo of sliding windows and called…

Client: Can you make animation with the photo to show how the windows open and close?

Me: Sorry, we can’t make a static photo to animate. We need to create 3D model to animate.

Client: Why? It’s a very simple job; just make the windows open and close. That's. Simple, right?

Me: Photo is static, so we can’t make animation with it. Perhaps, you take video of windows, so it’s animated and your clients can see windows as real one instead of a model.

Client: It is not easy to take video, so I ask you to crate it in simple way…

Me: '......'

Thursday, 4 February 2010

Miss You

Miss You, originally uploaded by ZackTwin.
The traffic in Bangkok is notorious. I didn’t have experience of it until I was there in September 2009. I went there with my parents, after coming back from Japan, to visit.When we came back from Ayutthaya it was late to visit The Emerald Buddha, which is close at 5:30 PM. So we decided to go to MBK Shopping centre to buy souvenirs and have dinner.

After getting back to Bangkok, the rain started falling. It was raining cats and dogs later. The traffic was so bad that we could barely move. We took about 3 hours to travel about 3 km. If it hadn't been raining, we would get out of the car and walk to the shopping centre.

While I was stuck in car in traffic, mom and dad fell asleep and I have nothing to do except playing with my camera. I took this photo of rear-view mirror from front seat of the car… At that time I was missing someone...

I think my feeling reflects on the photo.

Monday, 25 January 2010

Water Drops

Water drops, originally uploaded by ZackTwin.
After buying DSLR, I was very excited to take nice photos, but after trying some test shots I was a bit disappointed because it was not easy to get nice photo even with DSLR. Some photos were even worse than taken by point-and-shoot camera.

What I thought was wrong. I thought if I take photo with DSLR the photo would be automatically nice. After I have gone for few photo taking trips, I decided to take a basic photography course. I have learnt some basic photography like depth of field, composition and so on...

This photo was taken during my photo trip to Orchid Garden in October 2008. This is one of the best photos among 200 photos of that day. After taking the basic photography course, I understand why this photo is good; because of its composition.

Thursday, 21 January 2010


Green World, originally uploaded by ZackTwin.
“Green”, this is the main keyword of politicians nowadays. Whether or not they are really trying to tackle with climate change, they use the word “GREEN” to win the heart of people. While many people in the world are concerning about global warming, the world leaders couldn’t make any major decision in Copenhagen.

In future, a country which has many forests may make a lot of money by carbon trading, I think. A forest cannot be created within few years, so keep them is a major asset for countries like Myanmar. Singapore is too tiny to make money from forest but it is a very good example to the world that even a small country can make itself GREEN.

I took this photo of GREEN near to a golf club during a hiking trip from Bukit Timah Nature Reserve to Mac Richie Reservoir of Singapore. You would agree that if I say green can make people happy and relax. We should keep the green to save our one and only planet. (We still haven’t found Pandora Planet yet, right?)

Anyone can save the planet by using less water, less paper, less electricity or driving less gas-thirsty cars.

Small changes can make big difference.

Monday, 18 January 2010

Don't waste precious water!

Don't waste precious water!, originally uploaded by ZackTwin.
We normally give warning to the person who didn't turn faucet off properly in our house because we just don't want to waste precious water. I didn't shoot this photo to have evident to give warning. I just turn faucet on for a while to take this photo and wasted some water.

As water, another important thing we shouldn’t waste in our life is TIME. "You will not get back the time that you wasted...". That’s so true that I regret the time that I wasted in the past but I didn’t learn. I am still wasting time again and again. I would like to spend the time wisely but I am a little bit emotional than other people. So I follow feelings rather than plans.

When I stop what I am doing and think but there are dilemmas … I think “What if…” Then my thinking stops there and I do as my feelings again…

I really need someone to give me a warning to stop wasting my time… In our life, no one will give you that kind of warning but yourself. Fortunately, I have great parents who always think about their kids and gave advices or suggestions or warnings whenever they think that they should.

So … you know?

I don’t know what will be next …

Friday, 15 January 2010

Lying Down Johnny

Lying Down Johnny, originally uploaded by ZackTwin.
I wrote “when I am bored and not lazy to go out, I normally bring my camera and take some photos”, so you may have a question in mind that what I normally do when I am bored and lazy to go out.

Well, I take photos of things that I have when I am bored at home. During weekends, I need to wash cloths and clean up the room. One weekend in Nov 2009, after housework is done, I still have some free time. I looked for things to take photos.

I saw liquor bottles in my room. I cleaned up those bottles and place on sofa to take photos. I used my Nikon D60 50mm f/1.8 Nikkor lens and took with manual focus because D60 cannot auto-focus with 50mm lens. But it is really fun to focus manually. The lens is small but really a great lens to play with depth of field because of its aperture. It’s a very sharp standard lens without fish-eye distortion of the face when you take close-up portrait.

You may think that I drink a lot because I have many liquor bottles at home. I usually ask friends, who are coming back from overseas, to buy a bottle for me because the price in DFS is much cheaper than outside. I haven’t drunk for long, so I have 3 bottles of liquor now, 1 Remy, 1 Johnny and 1 Absolut which are waiting to be consumed.

Interested... ?

Thursday, 14 January 2010

Our Date

Our Date, originally uploaded by ZackTwin.
When I am bored and not lazy to go out, I normally bring my camera and take some photos. This photo was taken about last six months ago. I still remember it’s was Saturday. I went to Library @ Esplanade to borrow some movies to kill my boredom at home. By the way, Library @ Esplanade is the only library that has widest range of movies and music albums in Singapore. After borrowing, I went up to roof terrace of Esplanade. The scene from the roof is very nice. One side is night view of Marina Bay with Singapore’s trademark, financial buildings backdrop. Even thought the camera was in my hand I didn’t take any photos because I know that I couldn’t get good photos without tripod as I have to use slow shutter speed.

On the other side of the Esplanade is Raffles Ave. I saw a group of photography hobbyists. One guy was seemed to be the trainer, who is guiding the rest what aperture and shutter speed to use to get good photos at night and so on. When I turned back, I saw many youngsters sitting and chatting in dim light. Among them one teenage couple seemed to be very interesting. The boy hugged the girl and the girl took the photos of them with their mobile phone. After taking, they looked at the phone and smiled.

They are so cute. I wanted to take photos but I don’t want them to notice that I am taking their photo. So I leaned on the wall and hold the breath to take this photo. I needed to zoom in with my 18-200lens. I had to use ISO 1600 because the light was dim and I was taking from the distance. The image’s resolution is not very good but I am quite happy with the moment that I captured.

Hope you are happy to see this photo too. Thanks!

Wednesday, 13 January 2010

Wild Grass

Wild Grass, originally uploaded by ZackTwin.
This is another photo taken on the way to Yaku Shoji Temple. I saw wild grass roadside and took this photo with the background of blue sky.

I edited this photo with GIMP to get nicer blue sky. I am using GIMP as image editing software even though it is not user friendly. I want to use Photoshop but it is expensive for me. At the same time, I do not want to use pirated copy because I feel that I should be more sensible as I am working in software industry. This is just my feeling. No offence.

By the way, a friend from Japan visited Singapore on last Saturday. So last Saturday was like international friends reunion day for me. I met with New Zealander friends from Australia for lunch and this Japanese friend for dinner. He is very friendly and nice man. When I visit to Japan, he gave us a treat in a Tofu restaurant in Tokyo which is really exclusive. The tofu they served was fantastic as well as fish.

This is my turn to ask him what he would like to have for dinner. He said anything is ok. So I suggested we would have a nice Indian food for dinner which is delicious and not very spicy. I brought to an Indian restaurant in Boat Quay to have dinner. The food is good while the talk was better. We were making jokes and laughing until our cheeks were tired. The price of food is pretty expensive compare to the service we got. Too bad, I forgot the name of the restaurant but I remember if I see that again. I should take note shop information if I want to write about it. I will do that so in future.


Tuesday, 12 January 2010

Golden Fields

Golden Fields, originally uploaded by ZackTwin.
I went to Yaku Shoji Temple which is in a village near to Urasa Town in Japan. The main reason of visiting that template is to see the place where Dr. Ba Maw of Burma (Myanmar) hid during WWII.

Dr. Ba Maw was "Naingandaw Adipadi" (head of state) of Burma during Japanese occupation in 1943. He was regarded as traitor, at least by me, before knowing about him details. In fact, he is a patriot who helped to cover up General Aung San’s plan to expel the Japanese from our country.

On the way to the temple, we saw many paddy fields, in golden color, which were ready to harvest. I am told that the rice from this region is famous and expensive because the quality is the best. The view of golden color paddy fields with the background of blue range of mountains is stunning. I couldn’t stop taking many photos of the scenery.

Firstly I didn’t upload this photo because I thought the nice view was obstructed by overhead power cables. When I see this again, I feel that it’s a feature of Japan because we can’t easily find an overhead power cable in Singapore… So I am sharing this lovely photo to enjoy.

Thank You!

Monday, 11 January 2010

Great Gathering

HortPark Singapore, originally uploaded by ZackTwin.
I went to Hort Park, Singapore to take photos with 2 friends a year ago. One is Japanese and another one is New Zealander.

Let me share the history of how we know each other because the way we met is little bit interesting, I think. I attended a class to learn basic Mandarin speaking in 2006 together with 2 of my friends. I didn’t learn a lot of Mandarin words but I got 5 incredibly great new friends, 2 New Zealanders (Reuben & Kim, they are couple), 2 Singaporean Indians (Durai & Shahi, they are friends), 1 Japanese (Chikako) and, of course, 2 Burmese who are already friends before attending the class. Even though we have different backgrounds and professions, we can get along very well surprisingly. We know that after a drinking session in Chimjes. Whenever we have gathering, we could eat and talk for more than 6 hours.

Among those friends, Reuben, Chikako and I are interested in photography. One day, we decided to meet on weekend to take photos together, so we can share our knowledge and ideas of photography. Reuben used Canon DSLR, Chikako used Olympus SLR and I used Nikon DSLR. Above photo is one of photos I took during the photo taking session in Hort Park which was on 21 Feb 2009.

Not long after that Reuben and Kim moved to Australia. After they moved, we didn’t meet as everyone is busy. Another reason is that Kim is the best organizer among friends. Since she is not here, no one can organize and plan like her to have a gathering.

Last Saturday, we met all those friends again. You guess what. Kim arranged that meeting too. Reuben and Kim were going back to Australia from India where they had their holidays. They transit in Singapore for 6 hours. So we had a chance to meet with them for about 3 hours. Kim knew what she wanted to have for lunch. So she arranged to meet in Jumbo Seafood in Clarke Quay. The food was nice. The talk was great. The feeling was happy.

By the way, I gave photos as present to them. One Bagan photos from Ko Ye Tun whom I know in Flickr and One Miyajima photo which I took during my trip to Japan. They liked both of photos very much.

I am sad to say good bye to them but I am really happy that we had a nice gathering again. I really feel that I am very lucky to have them as my friends. See you again guys!

Friday, 8 January 2010

Singapore River Festival 2008

Singapore River Festival 2008, originally uploaded by ZackTwin.
I bought a prosumer camera, Sony H5 in 2007 without doing a proper research. I wished to take better photos than existing Nikon point-shoot-camera, so I decided to own a better camera, but I was not sure what camera to buy. I was not thinking to have DSLR at that time because the cost to own a DSLR at that time was not as cheap as today. I still remember that I was checking features of Canon PowerShot S3 or Sony H5 as both were within my budget.

One weekend, I talked about buying camera with a friend in City Hall (Singapore). He suggested we should go and check cameras in the shop in Funan. So we went to Funan and saw Song Brother Shop there. We go in the shop to ask the camera prices and see the cameras. When I saw Sony H5’s big and clear LCD, I was so excited and bough it immediately. I paid that camera for nearly S$900.

At that time, I didn’t know about camera shops; John in Funan or Cathay in Peninsula which are good cameras shops in Singapore.

Prosumer cameras have more features than point-and-shoot, like allowing you to change shutter speed and aperture but lens. Moreover it has smaller censors than DLSR which I totally didn’t know until I owned it. How naïve I am?

Getting restriction feeling after using prosumer camera and its incapability to take good night shoots made me think to get a DSLR camera, especially after taking photos of Singapore River Festival in Sept 2008.

This is the one of photos I took during Singapore River Festival 2008.

Thank You!

Thursday, 7 January 2010


Happy Birthday, originally uploaded by ZackTwin.

It takes courage
... to live strong where something is wrong

It takes courage
... to make song which you belong

It takes courage
... to sing along with someone you've found

Make yourself strong
… not to prolong getting what you long

Sing the song which you belong
... with the someone you've found

Nothing won't be wrong...

Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Cloud of Shan Plateau

Cloud of Shan Plateau, originally uploaded by ZackTwin.
I browsed my old photos and found this beautiful photo. I took this photo when I went to Taung Gyi City in Myanmar in December 2005 to attend my brother's wedding.

We went to interesting places around the city during the trip, including KatKu Pagodas. This place was not easily accessible in 1980s because it was stronghold of PaO rebels who were fighting for autonomous state. Now PaO signed cease-fire agreement with Military Government and are doing business in the region, so visitors can enjoy this kind of beautiful scene in Shan Plateau.

I took this photo with point-and-shoot digital camera, Nikon E4300, so I think the sharpness is not great but still beautiful for me.

Hope you enjoy this photo too. Thank You!

Tuesday, 5 January 2010

Sunset in InnLay Lake

Sunset at InnLay Lake, originally uploaded by ZackTwin.
I went to Taung Gyi, the city of Shan State, Myanmar in December 2005 to attend my brother's wedding celebration. The ceremony was held as in PaO traditional style as my sister-in-law is a PaO.

After the wedding ceremony, we went to InnLay straight away. We stayed at Golden Island Cottages Hotel (, a floating hotel in InnLay Lake.

Just after dropping my bags, I took out my first point-and-shoot digital camera, Nikon E4300, and took the sunset scenery. I found this photo in my HDD and edited a bit to make it brighter.

Now I have Nikon D60. I think I can take better photos than point-and-shoot. I wish that I can go back to this place and take more photos.

Photos always remind memories. That's one of the reasons to take as many photos as possible...

Monday, 4 January 2010

Sunset in Miyajima

Miyajima at Sunset, originally uploaded by ZackTwin.
This photo was taken during my vacation trip to Japan. The place is called Miyajima, which is a small island near to Hiroshima City.

When I get to the island, it was about 4:00PM and the weather was cloudy. I was a bit disappointed because I wanted to take this giant torii gate with sunset view. Anyway, I took this photo after visiting nearby temples, when light of the gate on.

With the light from the gate and the sky, I got this nice photo though I didn't have chance to take the gate with nice sunset. I rank this photo as the most favorite photo of Japan Trip, and also My Photo of 2009.

Thank you for visiting.

Happy New Year 2010 and Happy 62th The Independence Day of Burma (Myanmar).