Saturday, November 2, 2013

After some time...


Well as the topic says it has been some time since the last post. I wasn't in much mood to switch on the computer leave alone write a post. Imagine that! Our Service Learning Project makes us travel around doing workshops. So far all visits have been one day, which makes all the work concentrated to less than 12 to 6 hours and even more tiring. Anyway it is a good learning exercise and a good cause so I do enjoy quite a lot. And of course our project group is so much fun to hang out with, we practically played an imaginary card game just the other day!

And there were the CGU workshops and Wildlife lectures and trip. Oh yeah people I went on a 4 days, 3 nights field trip! (which I will write about later, because officially I have to write a journal for it and have to omit some data and their sources for ethical reasons. Which means it will take a while to sit down and write and then again proofread )

Anyhow I missed the chance of writing posts. 
But don't worry, exams are coming up. Time to get a bit stressed and write more.

Found some interesting websites. 

Found this web design tutorial series at Tuts+ which would be really useful for an amature web designer.

And this new website, called Colomboard, a lot like a local version of Pinterest.

Some awesome colours and designs on Venessa Jackman blog.


Whats there to not like? Maybe the material. Not so good for a tropic country like our. Still!!
http://vanessajackman.blogspot.com/2013/10/new-york-fashion-week-ss-2014yumi.html

Ok I'm not a big fan of long skirts. But this outfit looks classy
http://vanessajackman.blogspot.com/2013/10/new-york-fashion-week-ss-2014miroslava.html

Looks cozy isn't it?
http://vanessajackman.blogspot.com/2013/11/paris-fashion-week-ss-2014camille.html
 I love the print in this one. 

 
And this. Colours too!

Both at http://vanessajackman.blogspot.com/2013/10/marli-premier-model-management.html

I don't know why it took two days to write this one. Even when the content was not really mine and sharing other people's content with links to their respective posts. Perhaps I've been off writing freehand too long and out of practice.
Time to brush it up!

See you soon.
Cheers!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Field Trip Continued...

My time table for uni in this semester is almost empty except for a few lectures scattered here and there. Yet whether I get busy or not is quite unpredictable as the Service Learning Project takes a lot of time off the week, unnoticed. So about the field trip,I couldn't finish all about it last time. And here I am trying to make a lecture free day useful :-)

Unfortunately now I can't remember half the things we did. I'll tell you the other half anyway. 

So we went to that art gallery and then had lunch. Then we went to see the jungle beach in Rumassala Mountain and the Peace Pagoda there. The view from the jungle beach was magnificent. We took some photos there ( Of course we should be taking photos! It was a photography field trip after all!!) I can't remember taking that many photos myself. Sea is a place I love and enjoy. At the moment that I love and enjoy I prefer to indulge in the moment. 

We had to leave this place in a hurry. A storm was brewing nearby even as we arrived and it started to rain as soon as we reached the Peace Pagoda. It was time to pack up all the gear and head back home. We stopped at beach near the Kaluthara Pagoda. It was a great experience in taking long exposure shots of the lighter pagoda, sea and the setting sun. It was too cloudy to capture the whole yellow round ball of fire sinking into the sea, yet some of us with all those DSLRs managed to capture few clouds that were painted by its rays. I did manage to take some pics, even though compacts tend to go haywire when lights are low. Tweaked some settings that could be tweaked and took these photos. 


Couldn't resist taking one of these as a souvenir. They are designed well aren't they? 
By the time the photo shoot at the gallery was finished, we all were hungry!


At Peace Pagoda 
Kaluthara Pagoda

Rainbow right after rain

Sun setting behind the clouds

Sea :D

Sun going down and lights coming up 

When lights are low we can do a thing or two with compact cameras too, even though its hard to edit settings! :-)

Hope you enjoyed the post and enjoy Galle even more than I did if you ever get to go there!

Cheers!!

PS : Second field trip of the society is to Dehiwala Zoological Gardens. If any uni students out there didn't hear about it well we'll be going on this Saturday(7th September) and you are welcome!

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Field Trip to Galle

The trip was organized by Photographic Club of University of Colombo Faculty of Science.
As all of you know I am one bankrupt photographer with only a phone camera and a compact cam that broke down recently. So කැමරාවක් නැති කළ මොන ෆොටෝග්‍රැෆි ද  ? Hehe So the sole reason I went on this field trip was to go an a trip, and because I hadn't been to Galle for ages, not counting the Aththaragoda field trip.

I borrowed a compact camera of a friend never the less :-)
So I have few captures that I found interesting.

I personally think Galle fort is the most boring place you can ever be. I love the beauty in diversity. I also like the beauty in simplicity, just like plain old black and white. But the environment inside Galle fort was not of either type. It was too much of the same thing and at first every thing is foreign and after a while you get sick of too much of uniformity. So I didn't take that many pictures of the architecture of the fort so many people talk about. Instead took things that looked different from the uniformity.


This was near the entrance to the clock tower
oh well I'm not sure it came right or not, but I surely enjoyed taking this photo.



The clock tower from different angles and different places.




Few crops of the same photo



There is a reason they call him "little psycho" :P


The lonely man on top of the fort.

View from the lower grounds near the clock tower was magnificent! Anyway I've always loved the sea, so that comment is highly biased. The vast ocean covers most of the view. From one side the cricket stadium and the buildings towards inland and from the other side the buildings inside the fort  covers the view.

As I remember a ODI match was scheduled that day

A weird ring inside the fort. Have no Idea what it had been used for. Looks pretty old and full of rust though. Probably helped to mount cannons.

To say again, I LOVE the colours of sea.
The Navy boats going around the fort in sea

I love to take these random geometric shots.
Sight of a temple and a church(from the view towards the inside of the fort)
This was at the front of the museum

So was this lamp post.
We went to see two old churches inside the fort. All Saints Church and the Dutch Reformist Church. Out of which one had really beautiful windows with coloured glasses. They did not allow us to take photographs in side it ( probably we because we were not tourists or white skinned for that matter) but they allowed us to take photos inside the other church. I took this glorious shot of the window without using flash. 


We got the chance to visit this small art gallery in Galle by some small luck. Apparently it was supposed to be opened in the evening on same day. The gallery has been open for quite a time, but not officially opened. So as usual I managed to ask and get one of post cards as a souvenir. You can see the works in the gallery by above link or this face book link https://www.facebook.com/pages/Saskia-Fernando-Gallery-Galle-Fort/150113481805582( because the above link takes ages to load with slow connection) I absolutely loved it. 
Reason one : The whole gallery was painted in pure white without that many dents in walls. I love white walls. I've been trying to paint walls of my room in white with no success. Painted 3 coats and it still have the colour painted before lurking about!
Reason two: Almost all art work were black and white! Well I personally think artists speak in black and white. And that a great artist could capture the colours in black and white too. I mean not exactly colours but a great artist can trick you to think there are colours in black and white photograph or a drawing just buy bringing it alive with the shading.

Anyway...  
This is one of the/the fan in the gallery decorated in a strange yet beautiful way.
I think I've made this post too long by describing the art gallery alone( And I'm not being payed by them to put this post) So I will write about the rest of the field trip in next post.
Expect lesser number of photos though. I had a point and shoot cam so it was not much friendly with low lights.
Until next time!
Cheer!!


Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Help!

Help to find her a home!



A friend of mine has a stray kitten without a home.
He cannot take it home since his house is near a busy road. The place has a high death rate for kittens and we are afraid this one will also die if we keep it there. I cannot adopt it since I live in a flat.
Its a female kitten about 2 months old. We can provide with vaccination if anyone is interested in providing it a home. Just need a nice home and a family for it to live with. For more details drop a comment below
Thanks

Cheers!
Have a nice week!!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Books



Books are strange creatures. I say creatures because they seem to be alive sometimes. Some books make you happy, some sad. Some are fresh, feels like drinking a cool Orange juice on a hot humid sunny day. Others make you tense, full of action and excitement. You don't get to read to the end of most of the boring ones. Some books are not that boring but you skim through the pages only to see where the story is going. Some stories are weird, as if  they could never happen in reality. Some are so realistic the story unfolds in front of your eyes as you read.

I don't call myself a student of literature. Although I studied both Sinhala and English literature for my Ordinary Levels and I have read quite a number of books from both languages, I haven't exactly followed it in a disciplined manner. I think for one to be a disciplined student one has to read all those golden works by Shakespeare, Wordsworth and so on. People usually get inspired by those works. For me the case is different, same as animations. Almost every animator say they were inspired by Toy Story, Cars, Jurassic Park or one of the award winning golden oldies. I however started learning animations because I liked to learn the techniques and later got inspired from recent work of Sebastien Laban and Virginie Goyons "Meet Meline". Many would say its not a big deal as much as works of Disney and Dreamworks. But for me there was some strange kind of fire in it that got me inspired.

Back to books, I started to associate them before even I could read. Like most of the things in my life I tagged along with my sister to first the Children's Section of the Colombo Public Library and then the Lending Section when I was too old to be in the children's section anymore( According to them! I however wish that I can borrow books from the children's section. I do love those books than the more realistic and harsh books in the leanding part).

We went there with our grandfather who used to read newspapers there until we were finished with the hard chores of choosing the books we wanted, reading one or two and in my case looking at pictures in the early days. My sister borrowed Sinhala translations of Tarzan, the largest books there, and ladybird series books with large letters in English and colourful pictures. Mother used to read the English ones to us. We were all a lot behind in learning English than Sinhala as it was only the second language and not much used in day today life. But reading books did help to "think in English" as well as Sinhala, as Rudyard Kipling says in his book Kim.

From the books I've read I love a strange collection of books and writes. I don't see any similarity in their writing style or topics.

All the lady bird series books
All books by Enid Blyton
Biggles series by W.E. Jones
William series by Richmal Crompton
Jennings by Anthony Buckeridge
Sinhala Translation of Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Hucklebury Finn by Mark Twain
Ganga Niroshini Suduwelikanda's Sinhala Translation of Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Sinhala translations of books by Edith Nesbit
Nancy Drew by Carolyn Keene
The Hardy Boys
Sinhala Translation of Great Expectations
Sinhala Translation of The Children of the New Forest
To Kill A Mocking Bird
Kim by Rudyard Kipling
Hover Car Racer by Matthew Reilly
Lord of the Rings series by J. R.R. Tolkien
King in the Window by Adam Gopnik
All books by Roald Dahl
All books by Gerald Durrell
Sinhala Translation of A Story about a Real Man by Boris Palevoi
Most books by Arthur C. Clarke
Sherlock Holms by Arthur Connan Doyle
Covert One series, Bourn series and most of the books by Robert Ludlum
Inheritance Series by Christopher Paolini
Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

I'll add the names as I remember.
Any patterns you see? I see non.
Have a wonderful week full of reading and books :)
Cheers!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Cakes and Cupcakes


Made some cupcakes with the leftover batter and well after icing was put on all the cupcakes there was a shortage. So the cake was covered rather than designed really. Most of the designs on cupcakes are by my younger sister.





Unexpectedly these two weeks have been very busy. The busiest days since I stopped rowing. Inter Faculty swimming meet, athletics meet, badminton selections and I still got 3 lab reports to finish before end of this week and Inter Faculty Karate tournament yet to come. Fortunately last week was mid semester break so I'm still alive to tell the story.

So on this holiday (Today is a holiday because its a full moon day, all full moon days in Sri Lanka are holidays since they are Poya days) I thought of baking a cake and put coloured icing instead of pouring chocolate mousse or throwing chocolate fudge frosting over it as I usually do. It took about 6 hours to get in the mood to make the cake, and then about half an hour to find that there isn't enough sugar at home. Another hour to go shopping and the whole day to make the cake :P

I found this amazingly simple, yet tasty creamy butter frosting recipe on about.com

http://southernfood.about.com/od/icingrecipes/r/Creamy-Butter-Frosting-Recipe.htm

Usually when it comes to toppings tastier ones are either hard to make and you just can't find the ingredients. When you substitute them with local ones they end up worse than a normal topping.
This recipe however was quite tasty and easy to make. But I do accept the fact its a tad too sugary to suite taste buds that are customized to taste the usual bitter chocolaty toppings I make. 










Oh and await blog posts and photos on few trips I've been recently :)
Cheers!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Sports and Satisfaction


After quite a while I thought I'd write a post again. I did feel like writing a post yesterday but no topic came to my head and no idea to write on either. But today the topic found me still in mood to write. So the theme is " Why do people do sports and games? "

Hmm?

If I asked the same question from different people, most would give same common answers. And some would give quite different reasons. Common ones being to stay healthy, build character, to make friends, to learn to work as a team, to learn victory and defeat, to learn to respect others, self confidence,... etc...
But do we actually think of all those noble useful things all the time?

It is true that sports gives us good health, good qualities and they are quite useful for the optimization of day-to-day work. But initially or eventually to keep doing a sport you need a good valid reason than that. After all we don't eat all the cabbage and carrot in our plate if we can dodge it. I mean after the time when you were a kid and your parents wanted you to do a sport why would certain people keep doing sports even when there is no one pushing you?

On the unique reasons category one of my friends said he does sports because it gives him "can do anything" feeling/attitude. And I do remember once a friend of mine saying she does a certain sport because it is popular and would look good on her CV.

I guess reasons are different for different people. Otherwise all of us would be either doctors or engineers or professional sportsmen and women if we reasoned the same.

As for me I've done number of sports for different reasons. I played Table Tennis because my dad took me for practices with my older sister. I did learn a bit of it and still remember. I wasn't even as tall as the table tennis table at the time. And the coach was always shouting for all of us to bend from knees instead of bending from the back. I of course had no trouble bending from the knees. The only problem I had was when I did bend my head was almost below the top of the table!

And then I played badminton as a long term sport for almost 10 years. That too I started with tagging behind my older sister. Now that is one of the sports I love dearly. If one wanted the reason for doing the sport the right question to ask would be " Why did you study so hard? ". The answer being " So my parents wouldn't say, Shane we think you need to stop playing badminton and concentrate on your studies more". For all the years I've played badminton I didn't win that many matches, but won or lost I remember enjoying each and every one of them.

And there is the brief period I did Athletics and swimming. Starting athletics was purely by chance. Swimming I did to learn it, being almost drown more than once. But I do like swimming now. Going to pool on a hot sunny day is so refreshing and lately pool had become the gossip spot too :P Discussing topics from "which course units to choose this year" to "who is going out with who". Believe me a swim in the afternoon during the study leave is the best medicine to reduce the exam stress and keep you wake during a kuppi ( discussion and teaching sessions done usually by fellow students or seniors in university) session in the evening!

When I entered university I had stopped doing any of the sports almost for a year, during which time I couldn't use sports facilities since I was out of school so I didn't really belong to school and I wasn't in any university so I didn't belong to any university either. So in university I started rowing as a challenge, to see how far I could push myself to perform. I said I loved badminton, as for rowing I loved it more. Hard practice sessions, 7 days a week was a really tough schedule for me, along with having mind boggling 3 hour practicals on 4 days of the week as well. So with all that why did I row? I really can't explain why. I think I rowed to feel the taste of winning and the satisfaction of rowing. It is a sport where if you worked hard enough, if you used your head good enough and did no mistakes you had a very fair chance to win. But most of all you had to know each and everyone of your crew like the fingers of your hand.

For me I love sports and they are something I cannot live without. When I stopped one I had to fill those time slots with another.

So why do you do the sport/s you do?

Cheers!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The Nice blog posts I've read recently












This is why I love blogging and surfing. You get to follow so many nice blogs and read new blog posts daily even though each of us write only once in a while. And you find new blogs and websites you have never seen before, everyday!

So these are the interesting stuff I found

1)
"We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude…"
from : http://www.thisheartofmineblog.com/2013/01/14/attitude/

2)







from : http://vanessajackman.blogspot.com/

3)




from : http://neighborhood.vivint.com/good-neighbor/neighborly-dishes-to-share/ via http://www.readingmytealeaves.com/2013/01/savory-tarts-final-word.html

3)



All the recipes at http://yummy-books.com/

4)







5)
 

                                  
 


Cheers!!