Thursday, August 30, 2012

Card swipe for smart phone

This is another shift from cash-based to card-based transaction system launched by Visa International Thailand. Anyone can process his or her cards through this payment platform, which has a tiny magnetic card reader that attaches to a smart phone. This functions as a card reader, which turns a smartphone or tablet into a secure acceptance point-of-sale device via a card swipe. An accessory can be plugged into the phone allowing merchants to accept payments by Visa credit and debit cards in any location.

No paper will be used as a slip for payment and no need to wait for a receipt, sign on the screen and sends a copy of payment record straight to your e-mail. I personally feel, that the movement is to attract the new generations, who wishing to make online purchases. And for many who are wishing to make online purchases, they have no choice but to borrow their parent’s credit card. 

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Macro photography

I just love taking macro pictures of any subject. The minute details are which I keep trying to capture, as I cannot admire those with my naked eyes. I always want to know how I get such wonderful pictures with such amazing detail. I take more than 100 shots before I get the right one with macro focus.  

My passion about photographing insects that, I can spend hours together behind a small creature to get that best shot. The macro that i use is 100mmf/2.8, which is specifically designed for close-up work. The lens have long barrel for close focusing and ensuring high reproduction ratios for macro photography. 

Monday, August 20, 2012

Subjects for August 2012

AIU cultural exhibition

Official Photographer

I was extremely obliged for being identified as one of the official photographer for Asia-Pacific International University.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

AIU Cultural Festival Night

Following pictures are taken with Canon 5D Mark II and 100mm f/2.8 macro during international cultural festival night at Asia-Pacific International University, Thailand. The high level officials from Saraburi province and Muak-Lek municipality graced the program. 

Friday, August 17, 2012

Women behind conservation

As time goes by, I tend to forget all my important agendas that I had in my University. But, it is hard to ignore seminar on Hornbill research addressed by Dr. Pilai Poonswad sometime in 2011. Dr. Pilai is a Professor in Microbiology Department, Mahidol University who consistently strive to conserve big birds in Thailand. She has been honoured “Great Mother of the Hornbills” among other conservationists on this living planet.
Hornbill is one of the world’s most striking bird, with a wingspan of almost 2 meters, feathered in marvelous colors and crowned with a regal casqued on its beak. It is one of the rare species in tropical rain forests of Asia and Africa, and listed as most threatened bird. With other seed-distributing animals, the Hornbill has become fundamental in maintaining the integrity of the forest. Its vital role in seed dispersal of big fruit bearing trees inspired her to embark research particularly on this species. She then established Hornbill Research Foundation in Thailand primarily to raise endowment fund for conservation. 
I belief, it is cruelest part of life to walk away from our loving family, friends and close community which nobody would dare. However, Dr. Pilai did this, sacrificing all her intimates for the sake of conserving Hornbills. She vividly remembers difficulties that she had from being chased away by wild animals besides infestations of ticks and leeches. 
Alike human, Hornbill struggles to find better environment to reproduce and nourish their juveniles. The GPS navigation revealed that, the Hornbills fly long distances in search of safe nest for reproduction. She discovered that, female Hornbill tend to live in sealed nest cavity to reproduce until fledgling could able to survive. She also found that, speedy closing and healing of tree cavities hinders timely reproduction and this remains silent worries for innocent birds. However, now Dr. Pilai is a happiest woman on this planet since her innovation of artificial nest installation proved successful. 
She had numerous challenges to convince people around rural Thailand, especially southern tribes from hunting this bird. Nevertheless, her unique approach “Community Based Hornbill Conservation” proved successful to handover this significant bird to the future generations. This move addressed the ecological problems within the community and country as a whole. Beside, it is best suited to replicate expertise to any other countries to conserve endemic birds that are on the verge of extinction.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Phallus: Bhutanese Rocket

The phallus plays vital role in Bhutanese unique culture and tradition. This is intended to drive away the evil eye, malicious gossips and believed to bring good lucks to individual, community and country as a whole.  

Who ever visits Bhutan, never forget to get blessed by wonderful Bhutanese rockets. Once you been to Bhutan, you will see this phallus everywhere especially on the walls, houses and buildings in countryside of Bhutan.