Hmm. Technically its 21st April 2014 now *as I am ‘completing’ this entry*. I have problems with writing/blogging. Something like a writer s block. No idea why. But in these couple of days. I have had several parenthood discussions with a couple of future parents. Natalie s delivery was always the main topic. Now let me try to recall some of the memories. Natalie is approaching two years old, so please bear with me if I cant recall some details. I still recall it was some time during Bulan Puasa *fasting month*. That morning I sent David Ong and Family to the bus station. They were catching the bus to the LCCT airport. My wife called me around 9 am if I m not mistaken . She told me was having gastric after the nasi lemak breakfast. As she was 8 months pregnant, we were worried. Told her to go see the doctor at her clinic first. After a while she called again, saying that she was in intense pain. This time I was pretty worried. So I rushed off to the clinic and we took an ambulance to Selayang Hospital. The provisional diagnosis was appendicitis. So off we went to Hospital Selayang.
Drama begins here when the A&E Department refused to take her in. They said we have to head to the O&G Department. Bloody crap.. Why asked us to come to A&E in the first place? Anyway they said they didn’t know my wife was 8 months pregnant. And to be fair to the staffs attending to us, they mentioned my wife would be better managed by O&G team. Up onto the ambulance again and we reached O&G department which was just nearby. By this time there was trolley and two nurses on the standby waiting for us which was great!~ So it was straight to the 5th Floor where the O&G department was. Surgeon and O&G doctors came over and had a look at her. And they decided to rule of appendicitis if I recall correctly (my girl is almost 2 years old now LOL). By that time wifey was already having diarrhea and vomiting episodes. It was quite bad as I can see her face was greenish/darkish and the fingernails were blackish. Signs of poisons. She was weak and all. I give thanks to her aunts and mom who was there to help her and care for her. The odd thing was the doctors did not start her on anything for diarrhea citing there was a need to do C&S to identify the bacteria that was giving her problems. I had no choice but to have a word with the doctor. I said. Look.. U dont know whats the bacteria. Fine. Start with something that covers broad specturms first and then perhaps narrow down when you get the results from C&S? The doctor agreed and she was give IV Cefuroxime. She got better almost immediately. Purging began to clear up and she got her appetite back. But it was no the end of the story. The next day.. She complained of back pains and the doctors said it has something to do with her kidney.
And to cut the story short.. She had this sepsis from the UTI. The culprit was E-coli. So pls dont look down on these normal bacteria. Sepsis was serious shit and she was hooked up to some nasal prong coz she couldn’t breath and all. And we had a quick discussion with the specialist who said she needs to have IV Gentamicin. So.. I was quite worried coz Gentamicin is known to be quite toxic. Hence she was transferred to the labour room for monitoring that night. I remember I got home around 12 am and I slept for barely one hour when I got the call from my wife around 1 am. She said the specialist came over and did a quick ultrasound and they found the placenta was detaching itself. So she had to undergo an emergency C-sec. So I woke up and rushed over to the hospital. There I sat in front of the OT biting my fingers and all and waited till 6 am. Natalie was wheel out first and I had to accompany the baby to the labor room where they placed her for monitoring. And then I went back to the OT area to wait for Yee Woon. She came out around 7 something. But she was groggy and all. I cant remember they infused her with how many packs of blood. At least 2 packs if I m not mistaken. After was better I went to check on Natalie. Unfortunately.. Natalie had to be transferred to NICU as she was not breathing well. So off to NICU she went. I would like to say that Selayang has the BEST NICU unit . Their doctors are very very dedicated. I may have some reservation bout the nurses coz I was kinda turned off by the methodology they used to feed the babies. Hahaha. Sorry. Anyway.. Premature babies there are under good care . Natalie was released to us after a few days . And we brought her home.
Wait.. Drama belum habis. Natalie was not the usual baby that I know off. She did not nurse well. And she was YELLOWISH. Jaundice is normal. But I noticed she was quite yellow mellow. So we decided to admit her back to Selayang. I skipped ER and went straight up to NICU. So happened they wanted us to go back too. Coz her blood test (placenta) came and showed hypothyroidism. My my.. It answered the questions on why she was extra yellow. The normal conventional UV light did not work. I had this newer type of high powered UV LED lights. And I spent hours sitting in the NICU sun bathing Natalie. Hehehehe. It was very very effective as the yellow goes off. Initially they planned to do blood transfusion as her readings was quite high. But thanks to the Medi Light she was ok. Yee Woon also checked into NICU and stayed with little Natalie for a couple of days. I forgot how long..This is why we should blog ASAP. Hahahha. Not after two years. Natalie now visits the dr every 3 months. She is under medication albeit very very minor dose. I think it could be a transient case. But lets not risk it. I m glad she has grown up into a cute and beautiful child. Healthy. Yea!~
This year alone, I think I kena Tonsilitis for the 3rd time d. Usually started off with a bit of discomfort before getting full blown a couple days later on. The odd shit is.. I usually kena the thing during durian season. Who can say no to the lovely lovely king of fruits? Yeah its heat-y in nature and one should drink more fluid after feasting on them. But this time, I stayed away from durians. I think overworked la. Been shooting none stop every frigging week. December 2012. Best month to get hitched/married. Last weekend didn’t sleep well. Assignments started as early as 4 am and break time was around 2 or 3 pm. Could only catch about 2 hours sleep in between before resuming shooting activities by 6 pm which lasted till way past midnite. Imagine the same routine again the next day. I think my body system is pretty fucked up. So I have been getting sick *especially tonsillitis* every now and then. Been having thoughts of removing the tonsils. Dear Brother Sarip did it. Wonder how it went.. Read online that tonsillectomy recovery ain’t fun Hahahaha. If I keep getting it, I have to consider it in future. Every time I get it, I ll get some form of blood stain. The upper respiratory tract inflammation contributes to it. Probably I bust some blood capillaries whenever I cough or sneeze hard. And the best shit is..Cough also kicks in. Its not the normal type of chesty cough *I rarely get this nowadays* I ll get the damn irritating dry cough. Its like someone puts his/her tiny fingers into your throat and tickles the area. Been on Augmentin for the past couple of days. Had to start Antibiotics coz I was having high fever on Monday when infection took place. Hahaha. I got more shoots coming up. Need to get well soon. Plus..I can t get close to my babies. Its the season I believe, coz I have customers that are having the same stuffs. Cough and cold and etc etc etc.
There is a bird shop where I get my birds from regularly near my workplace. Kooi Lim Pet Shop is situated somewhere along Batu 4 1/2 Jalan Ipoh. Its easy to spot the place. Just lookout for CIMB/Arab Bank/ Maybank on your left if you are coming from Jalan Kuching roundabout heading into Jalan Ipoh direction. Once you see the banks, look right. Ah Lim, inherited the business from his Dad. Apparently they have quite a lot of ‘jalan’ Hehehe. Although I live in a condo, my interest in birds were ‘awaken’ again when I worked at Jalan Ipoh. This is because during breaks, I ll be there ‘lepaking’ and checking the birds out. Common birds eg Merbuk/Budgies/Freedom birds are the norm there. Nowadays there are a lot of Merbah Jambuls (MJ). This is because the need to have a license to keep MJ has been abolished. But of course, the Perhilitan also came up with various new regulations to recoup the ‘losses’. I think I have bought quite a number of types of birds from Lim. I have tried the Merbuk, Sharma, MJ, White Eye and etc. But one of the best singers I kept was the Serinus Mozambicus aka Stone Finch. Its also popularly known as the Yellow Fronted Canary. But I believe there are two diff species or sub species as pointed by Lim. The online community probbalry mixed up the two due to the close similarities. I have seen both species and one is slighly larger than the other and the singing tune by the bigger one is different compared to the smaller one. The local birders calls the bigger species Tai Kam Chiang aka Big Gold Green. The bird originates from Africa. But the ones I bought were captive-bred in Singapore. It s a great singer due to a mixture of high pitches melodies. But one thing, the bird is a messy eater (seed eater ma). The empty shells dirties the whole place. Here are two pics I took of the birds. Forgive me if the perch is obstructing the pic. I ll avoid this angle in future. LOL.
Pics were shot with a Canon 5DMkII + 50 mm F1.4 wide open
Thanks to David Nikon/David Leica/David Canon/David Hasselblad (OkOk.He virtually used every damn system) or the real name David Tan, I managed to land aka purchase a reasonably good condition used Canon 5D Mk1 (Classic) as a backup body. The unit originate from Singapore. Went through complete shutter overhaul and the ‘laoyah’ mirror was replaced as well. And at the price of under RM3k..This is the best bang for buck back up body in the market. Full Frame ma..I had actually almost bought another unit from another guy. His unit came with a Batt Grip. But upon closer inspection, the unit was in a very used condition and best of all..the battery grip was actually faulty. It couldn’t read the power correctly. It was priced somewhere near to David’s unit hence I decided to not go ahead with the faulty unit. Lets just say..I got a really sweet deal for the unit.
Well..A couple of years back before the 5DMkII was released..The 5DMk Classic was actually priced around RM9k. It was highly rated. Full Frame..Good noise control at ISO 1600. Highly rated for natural skin tone. Highly rated for studio work as well. There was no real competitor to it until Nikon D700 was released. Most of the wedding photogs in the industry was using the Canon 5D classic too. So..Getting one as a backup to my Canon 5DMkII is not a bad idea at all. Hahaha. My only qualm is the lousy LCD panel. Its just like Leica M8. Excellent image quality but friggin lousy LCD panel Anyway..I managed to give it a quick test today. Took some shots of Nathania while she as home and also Desa Parkcity. Here are some of the shots. As usual..Black and White.
Most would be aware by now that both the D800 and 5D MKIII has hit Malaysia’s shore. The RRP for Nikon D800 is RM 10899 while the Canon 5D MKIII is RM 11199 (source: www.shashinki.com) . Sometime in 2010, I think it was around November, I decided to sell off my 5D MKII in anticipation of the new 5D MKIII release. It was merely a speculation that it would be released sometime in 2011. I thought it would be around June 2011 or sometime before that. But the ill fated Tsunami threw everything off the plan. Both Nikon and Canon manufacturing plants in Japan were affected. So my plans were affected as well. Thanks to my cousin Anderson, he loaned me his 5D MKII for my assignments. But soon, I knew I cant be waiting anymore. Finally I went and bought another unit of used 5D MKII that came with warranty which in a sense was a good buy as the warranty goes into late 2013. Best of all, I bought it at RM6.3k. Good deal lo..Hahahah.
So when they finally announced the new 5D, I wasn’t that really excited when I heard the specs. Yes..They finally upgraded the AF system. Its basically a ’1DX’ AF system. I am pretty sure it will be a much welcomed improvement over the MkII AF system. ISO range is still around there there region. I would say its no where near Nikon at the moment. Anyhow, to pay around RM5K for improved AF..I think its a little bit too much to pay. AS of today 22/05/2012, I think the 5DMkIII is available around RM9k plus for CPS members whereas the Nikon D800 is around RM 9.2k (No available stock though). I recently acquired a cheap Canon 5D (now called Classic) for under RM3k. It will serve as a backup camera to my existing Canon 5DMKII body. Despite its considered an old technology now, the Canon 5D Classic is highly regarded for its beautiful skin tone reproduction. Some says..Its better than Canon 5DMkII and for the price I paid..Lets just say its a steal. Mint-ish body and new shutter. What more can I ask for?
According to Nikon rumors, the D800 is not a D700 replacement model. There is a D600 in the pipeline. The drawback is that its rumored to be motorless..This means it would not be able to drive the AF lens. Only AFS lens can be used. Also speculated was the size of the D600 whom they claim is a smaller design compared to the D700. Lets look forward to more cameras. Though, I doubt I ll be upgrading. No money..Hahahaha. Cheers.