Archive for June, 2009

Ari does New Zealand…

Posted in Friends, Models, Photography, Travel with tags , , on June 21, 2009 by ari7474

Hey there peeps…


Let me tell you.. It’s bloody cold there. Sunset was around 5.30pm and it was cloudy and it did rain sometimes.. 


What am I talking about..? Well, I was in Auckland with a few friends.. We decided to drive around and snap some pictures. Pretty cool idea rite? Ok..ok.. Yes. I know we dont have to be a rocket scientist to know that the scenery in New Zealand is breath taking. But.. because I dont want to be like any other Tom, Dick and Harry that shoots landscapes (actually.. in all honesty, I cant shoot landscapes.. even if I copy it from a postcard also it wont work.. sad right??), I’ve decided to shoot what I saw as we drove along heading south from Auckland.


Ok.. So, I was the designated driver. We drove for over 800km in 2 days. Massive. And we did take some short stops along the way for smoke break laa.. wee wee break laa.. camwhore break laa.. and so on and so forth.. but, the most cool stop we did was when one of my friends wanted to take pictures with the cows in NZ. I was like.. Ok. Lets pose with them cows.. So.. after we got off our car, I went straight to chatting them up. As you know, before we shoot models, we need to make them comfortable kan..kan..


Ari: Hey Cows..

Cow: Moo.. (Yo man.. what’s up..? Havent seen cows before..?)

Ari: Of course seen before.. but just asking if you guys wanna pose for my Nikon? I can make you and your friends famous…

Cow: Moo..moo.. (Yeah.. Sure thing buddy..)  



So.. after my brief conversation with them and a couple of ciggies later.. we drove off heading further south. 

After several “beep beep” warning from the GPS saying that I was 4 km/h over the speed limit, we stopped again. This time was to snap some pictures. Nice scenery but I’ve decided to post this picture of my friend. I kinda like it. 

Truck Sepia

Nice kan? Thanks for the compliments peeps.. 

Oh please.. enough flattery.. You guys and gals are making me blush laa praising me too much.. Hahahahahaa…


Anyway.. I’ll continue my story laa ok.. So, basically, we went to Huka Falls, Lake Taupo, and this beach called.. called what eh? I forgot laa.. The name sounds like.. Wakarinauo Beach or something like that.. Later I check the map again.. So please dont scold me if I got it wrong.. not my fault.. 

Anyway, here’s what I got from the beach.. it was nice.. the sunset and all.. Wanna see?


Of course you wanna see… Coz it’s nice 🙂




The life of the people there seems very laid back. Relaxed. I’m sure their stress levels are low compared to say.. my hometown in Manhattan.. LOL..


At the end of the day.. After driving for 2 days and seeing part of New Zealand, I’ve concluded that it is indeed a nice place to visit. If only we had more time there it would’ve been better. But.. I’m not gonna complain.. I was happy to even be there.. 


Ok lah people.. I think I’m gonna catch some zzz soon.. I hope you’ve enjoyed this very educational and intellectual story coupled with superbly taken photos but before i end this.. as usual.. I’m gonna include one last picture. This is the kind of picture you’d want on your desk top. Super Nice. You can email me and buy this picture and I’ll sign it for you plus I’ll also include a hemsem picture of me as a bonus. Hahahaaa… Nite peeps..

And for the Daddys that’s reading this.. Happy Fathers’ Day..

Tree Sunset



Posted in Friends, Models, Photography with tags on June 14, 2009 by ari7474

Hey there..


I know it’s been awhile since I’ve posted. I’ve been pretty tied up. Oh well.. lately, I’ve been thinking.. Do you all have dreams? Goals? Something that you really want to achieve but dont really know how?


Well.. I dont have the answers but I read a book 2 years ago that says most people want to be good/great. Meaning they want to excel in what they do but dont want to make the sacrifice. What I’m trying to say is.. I have a goal, I want to be good in my day job and at the same time, excel in my photography. But.. there’s the sacrifice part. I’d have to forego much time trying to achieve my goals. Now, is that wrong? I sometimes have this sort of arguments in my head saying that I need to slow things down a bit but I cant. I also read that people in my age group, they’re really hell bent on succeeding. 

Eddy vs Eddy

(This is Eddy.. one of my good buddy.. he posed for me.) 


Anyway, this is how I feel actually.. in me. Fighting with myself all the time. A part of me is saying that some of the things that I’m doing right now is wrong but another part says its okay.. 

So peeps, sometimes, you do have to make sacrifices in order to achieve what you want. I’m still trying to balance my hectic life. I do hope someday I’ll get to where I want to be and still keep all that I have intact. 


Yeah.. I know.. being emo again. But, so as not to drag all of you into my emoness, I’ll share a picture of Stella with ya ok? This was shot last week. I kinda like it.

Stella 4-a23


So.. just a thought.. and if anybody cares to read, I’d appreciate some feedback too.. thanks in advance.

Take care then.. Nite 🙂