How do you eat an elephant?

August 25, 2011

One bite at a time.


I have a little project.  I will be building my first ever Gaming PC one part at a time…  the plan is I will buy a couple of parts at a time till I complete the PC.

The only problem is, I have never assembled one and I have no clue on what I am doing and I rely purely on the internet to be my teacher.


It will probably be an epic success or an epic failure.


As far as I can tell, I need:


  1. Processors (CPU) – probably an I7
  2. Motherboard or MOBO as most of you techies say
  3. Graphics card (GPU) – this could be expensive
  4. Power supply (PSU) – during my days, I did not to think about this
  5. Ram
  6. Optical drive
  7. Casing
  8. Keyboard
  9. Mouse
  10. Monitor
  11. OS
  12. Cables


I think this is what I need…  I need to figure out what part to buy first.


See you





The Generic Asian


This is sad…

July 3, 2011

Chinese teen offers virginity for white iPhone 4

The girl, known only as "Wen", advertised her virginity on Chinese microblogging site WeiBo in exchange for a white iPhone 4. (Photo: Penn-Olson)The girl, known only as “Wen”, advertised her virginity on Chinese microblogging …


A mainland Chinese teenage girl has been caught on Weibo in the act of selling her virginity — for a white iPhone 4.

The girl has been identified by Hong Kong’s branch of NextMedia as only surnamed Wen (pictured right), from Maoming city of southChina’s Guangdong province. She stated in her post that her “valuable first night” — which literally means ‘virginity’ in Chinese — was worth the gifting of a white iPhone 4, which retails in China forRMB 4,999 for the 16-gigabyte model.



I hope this is not true… full link here http://sg.news.yahoo.com/blogs/what-is-buzzing/hungry-apple-chinese-teen-girl-offers-virginity-white-165212298.html



Inflatable sharks

June 29, 2011

From the web article

“A treasure trove of hundreds of new species may have been discovered in the Philippines, including a bizarre sea star that feeds exclusively on sunken driftwood and a deep-sea, shrimp-eating shark that swells up to scare off other predators.

Scientists braved leeches and a host of venomous creatures from the mountains to the sea to uncover more than 300 species that are likely new to science. These findings include dozens of new insects and spiders, more than 50 colorful new sea slugs and a number of deep-sea armored corals “which protect themselves against predatory nibbles from fish by growing large, spiky plates,” said researcher Terrence Gosliner, dean of science and research collections at the California Academy of Sciences and leader of the 2011 Philippine Biodiversity Expedition.

Researchers at the California Academy of Sciences and their colleagues from the University of the Philippines and the National Museum of the Philippines conducted a 42-day expedition this past spring to survey Luzon Island, the largest island in the Philippine archipelago, as well as its surrounding waters. [Image Gallery: Colorful Creatures of the Philippines]”


I thought it would be interesting to share

full article here: http://sg.news.yahoo.com/inflatable-shark-among-300-species-discovered-philippines-135007930.html


Googling the Generic Asian

June 23, 2011

Just random stuff…  you can tell I am in a hotel somewhere doing nothing.  For some reason, if you type generic asian in google, this is what you get.





bye for now…


– the Generic Asian –


Investing for the future

June 23, 2011

Again, please read what I write with a nano speck of salt.   I am in a situation where I find myself looking for answers to questions which I have asked other people but have not gotten a clear cut answer.

Therefore, I wil blog it so I can get my thoughts out.

I caught the idea of investing.  Frankly before I lived Singapore, I did not understand nor did I care about investing for the future…   but living in Singapore and ignoring ivesting is like being in Disneyland and not being able to see Mickey Mouse.

I started “seriously” investing in late 2006 and it felt good.  I bought a fund which was not doing as well as the agressive China mutual funds, but hey it was as safe as it can be.  Modest to mediocre gains relative to the big India and India funds, but hey was fun.  I got some profit sold it and I was no longer a virgin.

I put the money in cash then I moved it into a more agressive mutual fund which was aimed towards the Middle East and Africa markets.  Made some serious gains, but it started to go down so I pulled it out to lock in some profits.  It was still fun.

I did the two without any help from anyone.  I traded online, did all of that, and it was fun.

So I said hell ya!  I want some more of that.  I figured if I invest with the right people with the correct advice, I could make even more money and double the fun.

So I went to a Financial planner.   I said if a dim wit like me can make money, a well dressed, well versed veteran of the investment field is giving me good advice, I can have more fun.

I had basically put triple of what I had invested on my own and put my hands with theses fellows.   a little over a year later.  Its down 30%.  The fun feeling was gone…  It was not fun at all.

So now… a few years later, overall with all my investments,  I have made about 10%.  You say not bad for a market that has been extremely volatile.

Some say,  its only a loss if you cash in your chips right.   Buy & hold!  That should be your strategy mister.  Others say, this is a time for you to take your finances into your hands.  The buy & hold strategy went extinct the same time as the T-rex did.

I listen to many podcasts, read books and magazines and yet again, its been confusing times.  There are a few that I really like.  There is Brian Preston’s the money guyThe Disciplined Investor and Dave Ramsey are the three of my favourites.

Hours of listening to them have not made things clearer.  Which brings me back to my dilemma….  How should I invest?  Anyone?…


The Digital Immigrant

May 21, 2010

I am of an age and from a place that when this internet thing happened I had enough in me to understand it, but also old enough not to understand it.

Where I am now, I sort of get the net. Somehow I really don’t. But really who really understands the net? How can you understand the internet when, as of March 2009, there is an estimated 1 trillion unique URLs.

It is amazing, again… 1,000,000,000,000 unique URLs.

What is even more amazing is that no one is in charge. The internet is this living, growing, moving thing that is seemingly moving on its own without anyone really standing up to the plate and is saying I am in charge.

Who is the President of the Internet? Who is the CEO of the internet?

There’s got to be someone at the steering wheel or is it like what Jeff Goldblum’s character (Dr. Ian Malcom) in Jurassic Park said “life will find a way” it always does. Is the internet finding its way on its own?

Anyway, another Jurassic Park quote…”just because we can does not mean we should” but let’s do it anyway…

Here is a the top 5 most visited websites in the world according to http://www.alexa.com :

1. http://www.google.com – Do I even need to explain what they do? USA, India, China, Germany and Brazil are the top 5 coutnries that visit google. They apparently use GMAIL a lot.

2. http://www.facebook.com – Facebook who? Just ask your mom who they are…. Again, the USA and India top the list of users of this website. The French, Italian and the Brits are the most frequent visitors

3. http://www.youtube.com – Another google franchise. The Americans again lead the way, followed by the Japanese, Indian, Germans and then the English. Yes you know who you are. I am amazed how many of you guys visit the site on a regular basis just to get your dose of watching cats on skateboards. Yes you know who you are… : )

4. http://www.yahoo.com – I actually love yahoo! This is the only site on the top 5 where the top 5 users are from Asia. 1. USA; 2. India, 3. Taiwan, 4. UK, 5. China

5. http://www.live.com – Finally from Microsoft. Again it’s the Americans, Mexicans, Brazilians, French and the English are the driving force for live.com. Great URL! Just love it I must say, I have never used Live.com before. Amazing they beat Wikipedia!

Again just because we can…

In Asia, here are the top 5:

1. http://www.baidu.com – China baby!

2. http://www.Qq.com – Sorry, can’t read the website. 100% China

3. http://www.taobao.com – another Chinese site?

4. http://www.sina.com.cn – Chinese… still

5. http://www.yandex.ru – Яндекс From Russia with love! (Russia is strictly not Asia… but hey I would like to think they are practically Asians : p )

What’s the stats on our blog!? Nothing… we got nothing… : )

Anyway…. That’s it for now!


My “choice” photographers at least for this month.

May 7, 2010

Let me tell you, nothing beats original thought.  I am linking the best of the best!

Linked here a Chase Jarvis does a lot of creative work and his images are just so inspiring!


You know you’ve made it when art directors start telling people that they want the Dave Hill look. Check his website out…


Its amazing what this guy can do with OneLight. Zack Arias is just all inspiring for guys like us… In Generic Asian speak… CHEAP. He can do more with one light than many try to accomplish with a dozen of xxxx watts of strobes. (ok I exaggerate), but he is extremely creative on how he uses OneLight


David Hobby aka the Strobist. According to Wikipedia, David Hobby was working as a staff photojournalist for the Baltimore Sun, and had taken a year off to focus on his most popular blog. He is the master of small flashes


Last but not the least, flickr. They have done so much for so many photographers that although flickr is not a single photographer, flickr is just awesome. Be sure to click on explore and get ready to be blown away! (note: I did get into explore once – that was a fluke)


That’s it for now! the Generic Asian


Food photography, or something like that…

August 23, 2009

Yet again, I am pushed to the limit.   My photo bud has beat me to the punch and he has again made an image ahead of me. On top of that, I have to watch a movie with my boy, which is mostly in Afghan language… in subtitles.  So if I  become incoherent… it is because of Kite Runner, so far it has been  quite good… but distracting to photography.

I had to scramble to do my assignment.  I had to make something simple.

Off to the fridge!

A lonely tomato.

I shot the tomato using a white plexiglass which I picked up in a signage workshop when I was still stationed in Thailand.  Got it for free and I still kept it and brought it with us here in Singapore as it is quite useful…

That plexiglass got me my Istock contributor status… it been really good.

I had cut the tomatoes and place them on top of the plexiglass put a Canon 550 ex underneath set at 1/4 power. The flash was triggered by a poorman’s wizard.

That’s pretty much it.


the Generic Asian

p.s.  Here are his images and explanation

used available light (direct sun)

f7.1, 500s, iso100 (veg 016)
f7,1, 40s,  iso100 (veg 008)

these 2 are a staple in every refrigerator unit in the philippines.  its almost that a day will not pass that the simple onion and / or tomato will not be pulled out for use in the kitchen (in this case differently).  used most often as an ingredient to dishes, in the philippines, it extends its use as salsa or salad.  you see us pinoys can barely eat our food without having ewach and everyone’s side dish of salad (in our case its called “sawsawan”) which literally means to “dip”.

Jerico... my friend's image set upNice simple set-uplast one

Spoon & Fork

August 16, 2009

Being Asian, by and large, you either eat with your hands or with chopsticks.

On the other hand, some come from a part of Asia which uses the spoon. I use it as part of my regular arsenal of dining artillery.   Yes I like my spoon as much as I like my fork.  Let’s say I am an equal opportunity diner.

In photography however, the spoon has been difficult to photograph side by side its beloved partner, the fork.

The shape and curves of the spoon and the fork are different.  Those westerners may have been onto something.

This is again part of a series of images we will be trying to make on a weekly basis.

I found that it was extremely difficult to include both in one image.  My agreement with my shooting buddies is that we will shoot both spoon and fork in one image.

Very challenging from a lighting and  composition point of view.

fork in chili

The thing with shiny objects is that they are a beast to light.  This was particularly difficult with the fork I used, as this was our normal everyday utensils.  They were scratched and abused and therefore not very photogenic.  I also could not polish it as my wife would probably kill me if she sees me using some form of chemical to polish them.

To overcome this, you would probably want to kill all the shadows.  I did this by using a extremely large light source, which is not so difficult if your photographing small objects.

The other thing I had to watch was the reflections.  To recall, light travels in a straight line.  Placement of the subject relative to the light and lens is critical.

I shot the above image with a Canon 550 EX on TTL, with exposure bias of + 2.  The Speedlight was fitted with a softbox.  I set the aperture at f 2.8 aperture priority.

See my setup here.

set up shot

I had to shoot at almost 90 degrees to the softbox to avoid glare and reflections.   I also used a white plate below which helped fill in some shadows.  I also brushed some oil to the chili so we can get the pickled fresh chili look.

I thought it was a pretty neat and simple setup.  No frills TTL lighting.

However, I was still spoonless!  SO in my lame attempt, here is a shot with the agreed spoon.  The chili was added to the scene to create tension.  I can here the fork whisper “Come on Ms. Spoon… spice me up!!!”

fork in chili 2I also added a yellow kicker to give the spoon some points for interest.

Anyhow, that’s it for now.  I am open to suggestions and comments so please drop me a note or two.


the Generic Asian


Old Speckled Hen – Beer Photography

August 10, 2009

I recently had beers with a friend and he is a big fan of this beer.

From where I sit. Its not the best tasting beer, but my friend loves it to bits.

Anyhow, the beer as long as it is not made from sewage water is great especially when your around people you like.

Shifting gears, as part of an ongoing project with another friend of mine, we agreed to take photos using our available portable flashes and this time photograph beer.

This time he submitted earlier than me so I had to rush.

I basically used coffee to simulate the Old Speckled Hen Beer look and used soap as my foam.

I did use one light the Sunpak 120 J bounced off the white wall.  The flash is triggered with a cheap wireless trigger bought from Ruby Photo from Singapore.

I used a Canon 40D hand held set between f11 to f 20 @ 1/250th of a sec.

Hope you like it!

all photos are photos by the Generic Asian except where indicated otherwise.


the Generic Asian