Long week-end

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We had a long week-end this time, and we tried to make most of it.
Friday night was an un-called party. Me and Vishi were having couple of drinks and the whole friends club started to show up one by one. By the midnight, we were over 20 people singing and dancing madly in vishi’s apartment. Thank god, no one called 911.

Next day I watched "Night At Museum" at iMax. It was a nice and well-made movie. Its going to release in India with a funny name. I really liked the concept and execution of the subject. It was a great entetainer. And watching it at iMax was like an icing on the cake.
The screen was huge and crystal clear and the sound was 8000 watt loud!

Next day, we went to Syracuse. Its not a big city but we didn’t wanted to leave the NY state.
We visited a Zoo and a science museum there. Zoo was good. I don’t remember when was the last time I went to a Zoo.

I saw people getting facinated by watching an Elephent. I wanted to tell them that in my country, you’ll see bigger elephents than this.
Science museum was boring and was for kids.
But still Syracuse made a nice week-end gateway.

25th is definately a big day in US.
My boss Rosa Diaz invited me for the dinner. In India, I used to go to Koshy uncle for x-mas. But what i experienced at Rosa’s place was completely different and was a nice experience.
Rosa has got a big family. Lots of gifts were kept under the Christmas tree. We prayed to god before the dinner.
Then they started to give gifts to everyone starting with childerens first.
Childeren’s got toys, teens got mp3 players and DVDs and elders got watches, books and cloths.
Rosa became emotional when she received a childhood photo from one of her relative.
I also got couple of gifts from office colleagues.

Friends are planning to go to Canada for next week-end.
I’ll try to get my Visa done before that. Which i think is a bit difficult considering the work load.

Canon S3 IS a black beauty

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I got a new gadget this week.
Its CANON S3 IS digital camera. I got it for $370.

Making this purchase decision was not an easy task. I was doing research on the net since past couple of weeks.

I was not sure whether to go for sleek models or for the powerful ones. Now the sleek models do offer large number of mega pixels but all of them lack good optical zoom.
I had almost decided to go for SD 800 but the recent trip to Niagra changed my decision.
Canada is easily visible from this side of Niagra. I could video-tape it easily with my panasonic handycam which has 30x zoom.
But my good old FujiFilm’s digicam couldn’t capture the huge casinos disappearing in the fog.
I would have taken great pictures if i had a camera with a better zoom.

Now, this model is lot similar to the sucessful Canon S2. That comes in silver. I wanted black.
But for that i had to shell out $120 more. But then, if you want it, you want it in your way. This black beauty feels like a professional photografer’s camera. Extenal lenses can be attached to it.
It feels great when you hold it in your hand. Trust me, its not bulky. Its sexy. Its powerful.

It takes good quality videos too. Which are comparable to my handicam’s videos.
But it eats lot of battery. Two pairs of AA bateries dried up in one day’s use.
A high capacity SD card is also needed. I had to buy one of 2GB storage capacity.

Its worth the every penny i spent on it. I’m still descovering its ISO features.

Image stabalisation is very very impressive and it produces high quality images.
May be in future, i’ll buy powerful lenses for this black beauty.

I’ve uploaded few snaps from my Syracuse trip on flickr. Check them out.

Just Chill chill.. just chill..

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The festive season in US has started and so is snow.
Its chilly everywhere.
Last week, the temparature fell down to minus nine degrees !!
So, to match the mood, i’ve change my theme and using profile photo given by Elaine.
Vishi n Me are standing in front of Shanghai Reds restaurent in down town. We had a holiday lunch there..
People here are gearing up for the X-mas. Everyone is in a festive mood.

I got very busy in last week due to office work.
So couldn’t post any entry. But now will become regular.
So, keep visiting.

Check out more photos on Flickr.