Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Rome, Italy / May 2017


It was the second time that I operated FCO flight, yet first chance I witnessed the beauty of Rome. I was immensely grateful as I realized I saw only a portion of the city last time. It was in the middle of winter -  with the sun started to set at 5 in the afternoon, with freezing hands and starving stomach, I was lucky to see the Colosseo back then and had that Italian feels with our legit Italian pizza and pasta. I was with one of the best-est crew, so despite that I haven't gotten the chance to walk around Rome, still it was one of the best flights.


Allah indeed, loves me so much as He gave me yet another visit to Rome <3 I don't think my words could accurately describe how mesmerized I was with its beauty. Our flight felt like a time machine that brought me back to old times. Every corner is a sight of ancient remains.




Spring, certainly, is the best season to visit. The sun set at around 8 in the evening; surely Rome is beautiful at night, but unless you own the complete photographer kit, photos are always better when taken under bright, natural light. Also, the weather was just right, not too cold, nor too warm.


A try of legit Italian gelato is a must to include in your to-do-list. Gelato shops are just around the corner so you can easily just have as much as you want.



I believe Rome sells the cheapest souvenirs in Europe. Magnets are available for only 2 euros each, but if you're patient enough, about 10-15 minutes away from their most visited spots, you can find shops that sells it for one euro. My personal collection are snow globes and I got a medium-sized one for not more than 10 euros.


A visit in the Colosseo costs just 12 euros. I recommend to book it ahead of time to avoid the hassle plus to save time in case you only have few days in Rome; you wouldn't want to spend half of your day standing in queue for your ticket, yes?

Below is a compilation of the vidoes I recorded, aka my first ever, travel vlog. Please play in HD. Enjoy!


If you have anything to ask, feel free to drop a comment :)

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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Why I chose Sony a5100 in 2017




I cannot fully recall if I had mentioned before how much of a wise buyer I am. On every single peso I'll spend, I want to use it only on worthy things, otherwise on something I overly want. Money doesn't come easy. I learned it probably not the hardest way but hard enough to remind myself not to waste my earnings on unnecessary and impulsive wants. So when I was fully decided to get myself a decent camera, believe me when I say that I lost count on the number of days I spent watching reviews and reading comparisons of this and that. It was when i got sick of my indecisiveness that I finally entered an electronic shop and went home with my SONY A5100.

Numerous mirrorless cameras are available in the market today. So why, in 2017, I got myself a Sony a5100? Three factors affected my decision; first is the value for money (need I say more?), second is image quality and finally -  flip screen - because let's admit it guys, selfies are everything.


There's the sony a6000 with the highest ratings, most number of excellent reviews and consistently recommended by photographers -  it has good value for money and of course with impressive image quality, nevertheless, going back to my criterion - it lacks one major thing I need -  the flip screen. On another note, Canon's newest release -  the Canon M10 was also something I considered as Canon provides free download of their raw editor and we all know that shooting raw photos results to the greatest image quality. But no matter what I read or watch, reviewers say basically just the same thing -  Canon M10 is just a good upgrade from a smartphone. Canon M3 is a good alternative but apparently it is not available in this kingdom so I had no choice but to scratch it off my list. Then there's also the latest and famous for its retro design -  the Fujifilm XA3 (release date:2016). As compared with my Sony A5100 (release date 2014), the remarkable difference between the two, in my opinion, is the hot shoe, which, in case you don't know, is something a camera should have for attachment of external flash and other accessories. The price difference was something I needed to consider plus I don't see myself buying an external flash in the future. There will always be something better, it's just a question of whether you need it or not. In addition, upon my research, I learned that Sony, as well, has a free downloadable raw editor available on their website. So at the end of the day, I came up with the decision to get the Sony a5100.



So far I'm happy and loving everything even when I haven't tried putting it into test. Sure I've tried shooting lifeless subjects in our home and recording 10-15 seconds of random videos, but I haven't spend a day with it -  taking photos of this and that until the battery is drained, you know what I mean.. but InshaAllah soon I will and I promise to share outputs here -  ya'y! *excited*
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