February 19, 2008 17:07 by Adrian

Ever want to look for a place to chill out and just relax but yet want some style and some cocktails added into the mix? well if that's the case, Breeze @ TTDI is the place for you.. Its located next to NAZA TTDI or more accurately behind the Bambooq bar.. its an open air concept that allows for good air circulation.. in part thanks to 3 gigantic fans located directly above the Breeze bar...

The pictures below are the view you'll see while sitting at the bar.. its helmed by a few really amazing and talented bartenders.. namely Bob and Marvin (who's now working in Euphoria Ministry of Sound.. this is the place where I got to meet Ben Ng.. a young talented and passionate mixologist from Penang.. 

Thanks to Ben, this place is like the UN of alcohol where booze from all over the world come here to get me high.. :P There's vodka from Iceland, Switz, Russian and god knows what else..  seriously one should try the vodka from Iceland.. its one word.. COOOOOLLLLL...!

The thing about drinking cocktails around KL/PJ is that the standard is not there.. every bar is just out to squeeze the most $ while delivering abysmal cocktail standards.. This is where Ben made this place different.. Only the finest (within cost reason) is provided.. such as fresh berries and mint leaves..

Tiny details such as how the mint leaves are muddled together in order to bring out the taste is factored into each drink requiring it.. that's the level of dedication to their passion for cocktails.. I'm inspired talking to Ben and am glad there is someone who's trying to bring up our Malaysian standards for drinks..

Take another example.. Margaritta.. all the places that I've been uses typical table salt.. eeuchhh..  its way too salty and the taste just punches you on the face.. @ Breeze? they use French Sea Salts.. larger and more smoother salty taste which unlike the table salt that SHOCKS your tastes.. this sea salt gives a warm welcoming.. To top it off, they also add in agave honey (which is what tequila is made of).. this drink ultimately tastes like..

Mildly salty -> Tequila flavor -> Mildly sweet.. its an amazing blend which is meant to be sipped and enjoyed..

That's the whole idea of cocktails..  using different ingredients to make a symphony of taste..

You haven't tasted cocktails until you come down to Breeze.. Let Bob and his fresh ingredients and UN inspired booze in creating the most unique and amazing tasting cocktails that will satisfy anyone.. Just make sure Bob knows what you fancy! something strong? refreshing? smooth? anything..

Did I mention that Bob also enters Bartending competitions and won?

Do check this place out and mention to Bob that Adrian the camera guy recommended you.. you are in good hands! 

Always remember... DRINK RESPONSIBLY! 

The view on the left of the bar.. and..   

 tada... the right.. :P there's a big projector screen there.. so if you plan to watch your favourite football or US open tennis match, here's the place to be!

 The drink is Citrusca.. a lady's alcohol drink.. mixed with only the best.. notice the fresh berries! its sweet and tangy.. nice and refreshing!

This drink for me is.. damn.. I forgot.. but it was goood! :P a man's drink.. stronger taste.. 


February 19, 2008 12:22 by Adrian

 Today, I've decided to give IKEA's foodcourt a go and wonder how that famed sweedish meatballs tastes like. Yeah I know.. finally :P Despite the fact that IKEA @ Ikano is located like a 5 minutes drive from my house is irrelevant.. trust me.. its irrelevant.. 

 Ok back to the meal ya..  first off the main dish was this lemon herb chicken leg. Seriously its nothing much to look at. At first glance it may look like some prison food.. okay fine its the tray but never than less.. it looks simple... but then again life has thought me that simple things isn't necessarily bad... 

Hhhhmm.. strangely I'm going to relate this simple IKEA dish to photography... ok here it goes.. to take an image, it needs to have a subject... Lets say you are taking a portriat.. when doing so, keeping the background relatively simple i.e. plain and boring brings the viewers attention purely on the subject which is in this case the person... This is where simple meaning the background to put the entire attention onto the subject is good ya...

Taking a portriat of someone with an iconic building at the back just robs the attention away and unless you plan to take a tourist photo shoot, then you have just failed.. keep it simple!

Ok back to the food.. now I'm getting hungry..  its actually not bad.. the chicken is soft and the gravy is well strange at first but it grew on me.. in a good way ok.. :P

 

As a side dish, the ever famous sveeediiissssshh meatballs... I was kinda shocked at first.. what the.. blue berry jam!??! that doesn't make sense at all.. Tasting the meatball with that brown sauce is amazing.. but.. now here's the weird part.. mixing it with the jam? takes amazing and made it AAAAMMMAA.. you get the point..  the sweet berry taste whackes you first then the it is completed by the taste of the brown sauce.. kinda like an orchestra of taste..

Damn those Svedish people.. they got it right..  

Below is the evidence.. before.. do notice there is no after shots.. :P No reason will be provided..  


February 5, 2008 12:14 by Adrian

Well its easier said than done as far as photographing sunrises is concerned. The tricky bit is getting the exposure right. Too much and the sky looks really horridly white and too little and whatever is in the foreground looks black. This is where a nifty imaging tool called DLighting that's present in the D80 and D40 comes in handy.

Do keep in mind that no matter how great the DLighting works, nothing beats getting the correct exposure. 

How do you do that? erm.. first of all, high contrast scenes like sunrises/sunsets usually make the camera's metering go nuts hence its best to use Manual for this type of scenes.  If you don't then you'll forever be fighting with the camera as even a slight change of view can make the camera's brain give different readings. 

Set the metering to spot and target an area which is somewhere in between the bright and dark areas. Adjust the aperture and shuttle speed accordingly. ISO should be around 100-200. Higher if you want to increase the depth of field. 

Those are just techno mumbo jumbo... the secret to a good sunrise/sunset picture? timing, timing and timing! .. some days the sky is just plain boring, others are just horrid and ocassionally once in a while, a wonderful sunrise/sunset will appear.. so far it usually appears when I'm on the road, which sucks since I can't just stop my car and take the picture. :(

That's why photographers go around in scooters.. simple and legal to just stop anywhere and snap snap snap without causing a nuisance. Below is just a sunrise picture I took on this day. I didn't do any DLighting on to this picture as this is what I saw on that day. Hence I ensured that the sunrise is properly exposed, ignoring the rest. It gives a sensation of just waking up to the morning sun. I tried using DLighting and it just looks fake as strangely the buildings get more light than what was available. 

Remember rules are just guidelines, its not going to fit into every single situation. Think on your feet ya! that's what that brain is for!  

Below is a sunrise lit of a row of lovely rock melons. I took this shot as the warmth of the morning sun casts a unique light that gave a warm glow to the rock melon plus the low angle of the morning sun gave the fruit volume through a combination of bright and dark areas. 

Photography is the mastery of light. The ability to make whatever light is available to you to bring out the best of your subject. It can make the most mundane look simply stunning.