That “Kodak Moment”


Working for a foreign company and never meeting or knowing who our subscribers are made me think I was so disconnected with my work. The things I write in our newsletters are as foreign to me as our bosses. I’ve written countless of bankruptcy-related stories, pored through thousands of court documents, followed numerous billion-dollar and mega-billion dollar bankruptcy cases, but none gave me such sadness as when Kodak, after more than a hundred years of operation, delivered its Chapter 11 petition. The company – the pioneer in the film and photography technology development – got left behind in the digital world. Continue reading “That “Kodak Moment””

Small Town Conversations


In a town populated by a little more than 20,000 souls, my hometown, Lazi, is indeed very small. It is also located in an equally small island that is just lucky to be surrounded by bigger and more economically-progressive neighbors. While we are not very technologically-backward — we have electricity, mobile phone sites, and Internet connection — our electricity is crappy just like the most part of the nation. We are plagued by brownouts and blackouts that last, often, more than 3 hours a day. When these power outages occur, in order to entertain ourselves, we go out and talk. Continue reading “Small Town Conversations”

Simply The Best?

I’ve always been fascinated with photography, taking pictures, and capturing what I think was “beautiful” or “significant” at a particular moment in time. Though I always drool over high-tech camera equipment, I never underestimate lowly tools. It’s not the camera, it’s the photographer. Phil Kneen, one of my favorite photographers, said (and captured) it best.

Phil Kneen Photography

DSCF3140-EditI was talking to a college student this week, I asked him why I hadn’t seen any of his work recently, his reply bemused me – “I’m getting a Canon 5D mark three in a few weeks, so I’m not shooting anything until I get that, it’s like ten times better than the camera I’m using now…I want to shoot my ideas on the best kit…should I get the seventy to two-hundred?”

Amazing. This talented young artist has actually put his photography on hold because he doesn’t want to ‘waste’ any of his creative ideas on what he considers to be inferior camera equipment. I was going to point-out that the Canon 5D mark III isn’t actually ‘The Best’, if he wants that then he should really be saving-up his student grant for an 8×10 inch film camera, but I’d have been wasting my time, I think.


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McDonald’s Morning


I am not a morning person — this means I have a hard time waking up early in the morning. I won’t even wake up early for work although it helps that work is just less than 10 steps from my bedroom. There are a few things though that motivate me to wake up early: travel, food, and family. Although I am not a morning person, I always eat breakfast no matter what time I wake up, because when I was younger I fainted several times because my stomach was empty. And I love breakfast dates because I have the whole day to spend together, unlike dinners where I have to hurry home before midnight (like Cinderella). Continue reading “McDonald’s Morning”

On the Streets, Buildings and Skies

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