Archive | April, 2012

10 things to pack in your SLR set for ‘light’ travel

25 Apr

London Eye - Ferris Wheel

Traveling light has always been my philosophy ever since I get to pack my own stuff and carry my own bags. I have never been a fashionista (hence my sense of dressing) so I really don’t mind wearing the same clothes and wash them for at least 2 cycles for a 1-week trip. I rather pack more food than any other stuff for my traveling trips as after consuming them, I’d have some space for my souvenirs. Furthermore, I’d rather use my time visiting places of interest than busy looking for Halal restaurants.

Fountain and Tower Bridge London

Of course my philosophy needs some flexibility when I got married and start having kids. Traveling light gets more challenging. Besides the children’s essentials, I have to remind my photography-perfectionist husband to limit his photography set. This scenario is almost non-existence in his career mind but somehow or rather he managed to pull it off all the time.

By the Tower Bridge London

I always wonder what he packs inside his Camera Bags which weigh tones where he simply could not reduce any. This year, Ariffin Aris Visualswas fortunate to celebrate Q1 in London and Hong Kong. Wait for Q2 for all his new and amazing underwater collection. Among all those work necessities, Ipin managed to squeezed his personal agenda into trip schedule. Below is 10 things he could not leave without.

Camera Equipment in Ipin's Camera backpack

  1. Nikon D3
  2. Nikon 17-35mm lens
  3. Nikon 50mm lens
  4. Remote trigger (Pocket Wizard)
  5. Manfrotto 055 Pro-B tripod
  6. Nikon SB–800 and SB-900 flash
  7. ThinkTank Airport Antidote Camera Bagpack
  8. Multiple SanDisk CF card (8GB/4GB)
  9. Manfrotto Pano head
  10. Nikon SC17 cable for flash

All those easily weigh at least 10kg and can you imagine how much balance left to carry ‘other stuff’? Nevertheless, at the end of the day he is satisfied with his exploration and achievement from every trip and I’m very happy to share them with you. Read more about how to HDR your photos here.

Victoria and Albert Museum, England - Entrance in Panorama

Victoria Harbor, Hong Kong - sunset panorama

There you go, if you are a photographer and planning to travel light, you have guideline above to reason out to your partner. (Somebody get us a Leica set please).


Hot Daddies in Baby Carriers

18 Apr

New daddies this century are totally different from our parents’ era. They are more attached to their kids and hands-on when it comes to handling their kids’ needs. 7 out of 10 new daddies that I know actually bathe their kids everyday, change their diapers, prepare milk for them and some even make a point to put the kids to sleep themselves. Even though those are not even close to a quarter of errands a mom has to do every day (especially those without domestic helpers), at least these daddies tried and 3 cheers for them! Hiphip hooray – Hiphip hooray – Hiphip hooray!

I have to make a confession. It warms my heart every time I see any of these hot daddies in action. I feel like the luckiest woman to marry one too. A man carrying his woman’s handbag over his shoulder gets a smirk from me but a dad carrying a child in a baby carrier around the shopping mall earns a salute from me. It reminds me during the time I was pregnant with my 1stbaby. My hubby and I were planning to buy some of baby essentials. He reminded me not to get too hippie design baby bag and do get baby carrier that matches his eye color (ok, I’m just exaggerating). Lucky for us, our closest friends bought black baby bag from Australia and another got us navy blue ring sling. How often do you bump into a man carrying his baby in a wrap or a sling? Well my hubby did use the ring sling after trying hard to understand the instructions in YouTube and practicing at home. I was not too sure whether if it was for the sake of easing the burden off me or for the love of his first-born? Nevertheless, I love him for it anyway.

My favorite men in Boba Carrier during our recent trip to Hong Kong.

Then we got another baby gift from a friend for our 2nd baby and this time was a Boba Carrier! It was not like any other baby carrier because I personally think it makes my hubby looks hotter in it! Besides, the carrier is so easy and quick to use, comfortable for the baby and the wearer as well as practical. I have to highlight here why I think Boba is practical and value-for-money for the benefit of many parents who are as calculative on the ROI as me. Money has never come easy for me since Day 1 and I have to ensure that each and everything that I spend on is really worth the price tag.

Ayfaa’s look of approval to be carried in Boba Wrap while his brother is on Boba Carrier in Hong Kong

Adjusting Boba Carrier Size from Toddler’s to Infant’s

Currently I have a 3.5 year old son and a 9 month old daughter. I move around a lot with my kids as a working-from-home mother as I try to ‘home-school’ them. I am blessed to have family and friends who shower us with lovely gifts every now and then. We now have a Boba Wrap AND a Boba Carrier, which elevated our traveling experience. In a nutshell, Boba Wrap is very comfortable as the baby is gently attached to the wearer’s body (the body heat and sound of the heartbeat make it more cozy for the baby) and the baby’s weight is well distributed. I find wearing it is as comfortable as when I was pregnant. Read more about my Boba wrap review here.

Handbag strap on Boba Carrier to secure your handbag on both sides

Boba carrier can be used on my daughter AND my son! My hubby and I walk a lot and we try to bring the kids as often as we can. Sometimes my son gets tired and needs his Babah to carry him on his back. Boba carrier helps to secure my son. The best part is it is easily adjustable from baby’s ‘configuration’ to a toddler’s in a matter of seconds! If you have experienced the complexity of putting on a baby carrier, adjusting it between your settings and your wife’s/husband’s settings, putting the baby in it and securing it and to make matter worse, you have to do all that within 1 minute because you are all alone and your toddler needs to go to the toilet badly – then you would definitely appreciate what Boba carrier has to offer. As my scuba diving buddy Azri (who happens to be one of those Hot Dadddies too) said, putting the Boba carrier on is as easy as putting on your BCD. If you have more than 1 child who are less than 4 years old, Boba carrier is a must-have.

Rubber band on every strap ends

I’ve also noticed and appreciate some additional attachment and features a Boba carrier has to offer like the leg strap, hoodie, little compartment to store handphone and keys, and handbag strap. I’ll let you to explore it yourself and repeat “wow, that’s cool” many times like I did. Another feature that is worth mentioning here is the rubber band at every end of the straps. Therefore you can actually roll the extra straps up and secure it with the rubber band. No more dangling excess straps.

Before I started writing this post, I made a quick survey on my hot daddy friends on what they think of baby carriers. 90% of them prefer baby carrier (and own at least 1 baby carrier) to baby wraps as they are easier to put on. A good 60% of them bought the famous baby carrier brand in Malaysia, 10% a mixture of brands and another 30% of them (who are currently staying outside Malaysia or was educated overseas) own carriers like Ergo and Belle organics. Other than the common features that parents seek in a baby carrier, I like Hanson’s and Kevin’s comments where it was also important for the baby carrier to have a clear instruction booklet including videos on YouTube, warranty, baby safety compliance, washable and good testimony from other parents alike. Thank you for your feedback daddies and you guys ROCK!

For those of you who are reluctant or find it a hassle to travel or go on a holiday with your young children (without other adults to assist, mind you), click here for my tips on Traveling with young children to Hong Kong -Disneyland. Share AND Like this post with others AND share with me your Hot Daddy with Baby Carrier experience in the comment box below – AND win yourself a Boba Carrier thanks to Aboo Family! I would love to read all of them.

Finally, those who have Hot Daddy as hubby say I! – I!!!