Hot Pot

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Behind the shot
Camera: Oggl app ‘Food filter’
Re-size and Credit: Typesetter

I snapped this photo by iPhone4 using application called Oggl in order to prove to my friend that Oggl ‘Food filter’ is good for taking Food photos. And I think this shot can confirm my comment.

My friend and I went to the restaurant named Tensho Yakitori at Digital Gateway Siam Center, Bangkok. It is a Japanese restaurant which focuses on Deep Fried and Grilled food in Japanese style. That dish’s name is Buta Kimchi Nabe or we can call it as Kimchi Soup with Pork because Buta (Japanese) means Pork and Nabe (Japanese) means hot pot.

Kimchi is a traditional fermented Korean side dish made of vegetables with a variety of seasonings (source).

I really like Kimchi but I had never tried it as in hot pot before I ate that meal, and I liked this style too. However, I think it would be more suitable if we ate it in the cold weather, not in the hot and humid environment as Bangkok. Still, it was a tasty food.

You can see more of Phonegraphy Challenge: Challenger’s choice here.

4th and 5th Mondays: Challenger’s Choice (Pick One: Abstraction, Architecture, Food Photography, Night Photography, Portraiture, Still Life, Street Photography, and Travel)

The practice

Spaghetti with pork spam and sweet basil

Spaghetti with pork spam and sweet basil

If you notice on the right-hand side of this blog’s homepage, you will see the category called ‘Cooking with my mom’ which I rarely post under it. I think I can be good at cooking but I didn’t get a chance to help my mom in our kitchen that much when I was young as my regular house chore was helping my dad clean our home. The time has passed so much and I started to realize that I need to learn how to cook from my mom especially know my favorite dishes’ recipe.

The above food was one of my attempts to cook my preferred dish. I helped her prepare this dish 3-4 times before but this time I mostly did it by myself. It started by heating up water with a bit of salt and then boiling spaghetti around 12 mins. In the meantime, chop pork spam into dice and stir them in skillet without any oil until their color turns to be darker. After 12 mins for spaghetti are up, check its state and if it’s ok, put it in room temperature water. Then, stir garlic and dry big chili with olive oil until color of garlic change from white to yellow. After that, put spaghetti along with fried pork spam and put seasoning ingredient which my mom teach me to use dry fish stock (from Japan) and Thai fish sauce (Yes! spaghetti with Thai Fish Sauce!). Lastly, put sweet basil and mix everything together until sweet basil is cooked.

That dish was our breakfast last Saturday. The taste was good and I hope that I can do it without my mom’s help next time.

Behind the shot
App: oggl
Re-size, Crop, Credit: Typesetter

On the 4th Monday of every month, the phoneograph challenge is our choice among Abstraction, Architecture, Food Photography, Night Photography, Portraiture, Still Life, Street Photography, and Travel which I selected Food for this week. More photos from other challengers are here.

The war inside

I think ignorance might not be able to save me anymore. When I feel like there is a ticking time bomb waiting to explode. I’ve never thought I would encounter this kind of situation before. Last night it happened again and I couldn’t sleep well so I have a headache all day. It seems that I can’t do anything about it. When I dare to touch an issue, that person turns the hate toward me.

I could feel that there is an invisible war inside this place where used to be a warm stay. Even though I wanted to ignore it, that person wouldn’t let me. I’m punished because I chose to turn a blind eye to that issue. As I chose to walk away, the war has started…

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I’m stressed.

I fear for the next untrue accusation that person will throw at me.

I’m exhausted.

App: Oggl

Re-size & Text: Typesetter

Phoneography Challenge: Black-and-White

Start a War by The National

We are family

Wilbur, Charlotte, Babe…Come here. Let’s take a photo together.

Hurry up!

Say Cheese!

Our Family Photo. Let’s send it to dad.
Our Family Photo.

Behind the shots
Lens: iPhone4’s camera
Filtered+cropped+framed: Line Camera
Re-sized: EverClipper
Blog Credit: LabelBox

I misunderstood that this week’s phoneography challenge is Black & White but it actually is macro. So I didn’t prepare anything for a response to this week’s challenge until before typing this post.

I chose to snap photos of this small pigs made from glass. The big one has diameter around 0.8 inches while 0.2 inches for the small objects. They looked like a family so I created the story for the above shots.

See more Macro photos: Phoneography Challenge: Macro Mobile Photography.

Arrive soon


Don’t worry, I will arrive soon.

Behind the shot:

  • Photo taken by using Hipstamatic app. with ‘Americana’ Lens and ‘W40’ Film without flash.
  • Afterward, applied tilt-shift filter in Snapseed app.
  • Finally, writing blog’s name on the photo in Typesetter app.

I chose this photo to response to iPhoneography Challenge which the 4th Monday’s theme will be any of the following choices: Abstraction, Architecture, Food Photography, Night Photography, Portraiture, Still Life, Street Photography (my choice for this time), and Travel.

Although I enjoy street photos, I don’t think I can do it myself as I’m not good at initiating conversation with strangers or pointing my camera to anyone around me. However, I like observing people or every thing surrounding me and if I’ve got chances I might take photos from afar.

For the above photo that I took from a flyover in front of department store near my home area. At that time, the ray of light was beautiful as it was in the evening. The sun prepared to leave the sky. Everyone seemed to be ready to go home by various forms of transportation; bus, car, taxi, tuk tuk, motorcycle, or bicycle. In order to make the bicycle stands out, I decided to use tilt-shift filter for the required outcome.

The Rising Sun

The Rising Sun


More Black & White photos is here ‘iPhoneography Challenge: Black and White‘.

Behind the shot

  • I took this photo at my company’s parking lot in the morning on one of my working days.
  • Photo taken using Hipstamatic apps in iPhone4 with ‘John S’ Lens and ‘AO DLX’ film. 
  • The Blog name caption and a photo re-sizing has been done in Typesetter app.

I wasn’t fond of black and white photos when I was younger. Whenever my aunt, who is good at photography, was trying to capture photos of me in this two tones, I would complain about how I wanted my photos to be in color. However, my aunt would tell me that black and white photos were classic and I would say thank you to her later when I grew up.

And just not a years ago that I finally took her point about black and white photography. I’m gradually taking more interest in this photo style. I’m also learning how to see light vs shadow. It added another aspect to the way I perceive my surrounding that the colorful images are not only answer for the eyes.

The Lucky Smile


Good luck comes with Smile.

Good luck
The 5 yen coin in Japanese is pronounced “go-en”. This also coincidentally means “good luck”. For this reason the 5 yen coin is thought to be good luck.

Source: yesjapan

5 Yen <五円>

Behind the shot

Device: iPhone 4 camera

Crop: Out-of-the-box Photos app on iPhone

Filter: BasicCamera app

Blog credit: Phonto app

The 2nd Monday’s theme for iPhoneography Challenge from Lens and Pens by Sally is Macro. It quite worried me because I don’t have much experience in this category of photography even though I’m always fascinated by them.

As I’ve never used iPhone to take the macro photos before, I consulted one of my best friends who happens to name ‘Google’ with this question ‘how to take macro photos with iphone 4’. I’ve got recommendation from iMore that the best estimated distance from the subject for iPhone 4 lens is 4 inches. Moreover, we should use AE/AF lock to keep the focus and exposure on the lens. Another suggestion that I’ve followed comes from osxdaily is to enable HDR during the snaps.

I decided to set up some scenes for practicing the shots by using the unique Japanese coin (5 en) which has a hole along with a 10 en coin and the lucky charm bought in Japan .

Size comparison between the prop and a quarter Dollars coin.

Size comparison between the prop and a quarter Dollars coin.

The lucky charm is the miniature of Seven Lucky Gods, and the one that we are seeing through the hole of Go-en is Benzaiten (Benten-sama) who is the goddess of knowledge, art and beauty, especially music. (I’ve lost 2 miniature so I have only 5 of them now.)

It was really fun trying to take several macro shots from various angles. The final outcome might not be that good but I was satisfied with it.

I feel lucky by just looking at the double good lucks from that photo :o)

Nature in our hands

The 1st Monday of month for the iPhonegraphy Challenge is Nature. I used this set of photos to represent Nature.

Yesterday, our family visited my grandma at her home in Chonburi. We talked to her and then went to market to buy seafood. After we came back to her home, I saw her walking back to the terrace and holding some flowers in her hands as she just plucked them from her small garden.

They were Lunthom or Leelavadee (Plumeria) and Mali (Jasmine).

Lunthom is the name we called Plumeria in Thai. Because Lunthom sounds like Ra-Thom in Thai word which means sad or sorrow, so those who own authority has tried to change the name from Lunthom to Leelavadee. Thus, people will feel comfortable to plant them in their house without worrying about the unfortunate definition. However, we still call them in both names.

My grandma would like to put them in a thin wood stick so she could arrange them in a vase. This is the way she could see their beautiful color before they wither.


Behind the shots:
Shots: iPhone 4 using Hipstamatic app

  • 1st and 2nd photos used Lens ‘Jane’ with Film ‘Blanko Freedom 13’
  • The 3rd one was shot by Lens ‘Tinto 1884’ with Film ‘D-TypePlate’

Re-sized: EverClipper

Credited: Labelbox