Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Old Car Show

I'm not really into cars, but when I showed these pictures to a friend of mine, he said "Dude, that's awesome!" So I thought these would interest some of you out there.

The car show was a part of the Scottish Fair.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Caber Toss

Caber Toss is so interesting that I have to have a separate post dedicated to it. I've wanted to see it myself ever since I watched the movie 'Made of Honor'. So what makes it interesting? I guess I was just amazed at how these people were strong enough to do it. I mean, those logs must be really heavy, aren't they?

Step 1: get ready to lift the log up

Step 2: carry the log as far as you can

Step 3: throw the log (I don't have a pic of the same person throwing the log, so I'll give you some pics of different people throwing the log)

There is a rule that decides whether or not a throw is valid. From my observation, it seems that the log has to twirl at least one full circle in order for it to be valid.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Scottish Fair and Highland Games

Out of curiosity, I went to the Scottish Fair and Highland Games this morning. I really wanted to see kilt, pipes, and caber toss, directly with my own eyes. It turned out that the fair had even more interesting stuff :)


Highland Fling Dance

Sheaf Toss

Hammer Throw

I'd like to post several pictures of the Caber Toss so I'll create a separate post for it.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

May Day Festival

This afternoon I went to the May Day Festival. To be honest, I'm still not so sure what exactly they were celebrating. But judging from the parade (in which I found some common themes like green, soil, bugs, recycle, animals, plants, and some other similar stuff), I think they were celebrating the earth, or nature in general. The parade also had representatives from various cultural groups, social activists, and political parties. Basically everyone who wanted to be a part of the parade could register to do so. So many people took part in the parade, it took more than two hours to complete the procession! (and the participants had to walk so far away too)

After the parade, the festival continued at a lake nearby. There were music playing, small theatrical puppet performances, simple acrobatic shows, and food stalls everywhere. The park was extremely crowded, to the point that there was a traffic jam (or human jam, I suppose). We were there for only a short period of time, since I wasn't feeling well to begin with (and getting crunched among hundreds of people didn't help either). It was a pretty interesting festival though, I'd like to visit again next year.


The boar was big!

Wind power

Huge spider. It took a lot of people to carry this thing.

Tree of Life

That was made from real grass.

White bear

Sunday, April 12, 2009

San Diego Zoo

Let me show you a couple of pics that were taken during my trip to the San Diego Zoo last December.


I think that was the first time I saw a real-life gorilla. Sorry for the blur, I was in a hurry since the zoo was closing (and the gorilla was running here and there, and started banging on the glass O_o)

This is my favorite pic so far. The Meerkats were watching the guy cleaning their home, although before the guy could finish, they already started making a mess again ^^;;

There were two Pandas in the San Diego Zoo. The one in the pic is the kid.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

About Altaire12

I have made a couple of posts, but I haven't had a chance to introduce myself properly. So here it is.

The name Altaire12 is from the word 'Altair', which according to Wikipedia is "the twelfth brightest star in the night sky". I came across this word when I had to give suggestions for the team name at work sometime ago, so I started searching for articles about Constellation to give me some ideas. Since then I have grown fonder and fonder to the name "Altair".

Why Altaire12? I guess I add the character 'e' after Altair to make it look more feminine. Hahaha... I don't know, I just feel like putting an extra 'e' there. However, the ID Altaire had been taken in Google, so I had to pick something else. Since Altair is the twelfth brightest star, I ended up using Altaire12. I know, the number might change in the future but I don't care, it is what it is now :)

About the black square at the corner of each picture, I just wanted to put a mark on every single pic, but I didn't have any design in mind (I'm not that creative anyway). I ended up using a bar code generator, I think it looks kinda cute :P It's a QR Code generated from this site.

Ummm.. What else? Oh yea, I just want to point out that I'm not a professional photographer, nor am I interested in photography. I simply like taking pictures. My camera is just a small Canon digital camera and I don't have any special picture-taking skill, so the quality of the pictures might not be that good. Still, I hope you enjoy the blog :D

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Point Loma

I heard Point Loma is the highest point in San Diego (please correct me if I'm wrong). I went there back in December 2008. I love how I could see blue scenery everywhere I looked. Blue sky, blue ocean, blue is one of my favorite colors :)

This place that I went to is called Cabrillo National Park. I didn't really pay attention to the historical story behind it, but there were this huge Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo statue and a small museum about him (or about his journey maybe?). I don't know, I suppose you can google it and find more accurate information about it. There was also an old lighthouse. Again, I didn't really pay attention to the story. I was too busy trying to keep myself warm (Stupid me for thinking it would not be that cold in San Diego. It's December, duh...)

San Diego from Point Loma

The statue

I just happened to caught an eagle taking a break on top of the statue

The lighthouse