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Balance Sheet of Life

Our Birth is our Opening Balance!
Our Death is our Closing Balance!
Our Prejudiced Views are our Liabilities
Our Creative Ideas are our Assets

Heart is our Current Asset
Soul is our Fixed Asset
Brain is our Fixed Deposit
Thinking is our Current Account

Achievements are our Capital
Character & Morals, our Stock-in-Trade
Friends are our General Reserves
Values & Behavior are our Goodwill

Patience is our Interest Earned
Love is our Dividend
Children are our Bonus Issues
Education is Brands / Patents

Knowledge is our Investment
Experience is our Premium Account
The Aim is to Tally the Balance Sheet Accurately.
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A glimpse of people's lives

I’ll be getting an iPhone by mid-May with my phone company & just for $12!!! So I’m excited. The only thing I’m upset about is that I’d have to renew my contract for another 3 years. I also don’t know what to do with the Nokia E71. I think I need a dual simcard for it to work on both phones. But I can’t wait to get it. I’ll definitely post up some reviews.

As I was going through some iPhone applications, I came through this really funny app called F-MyLife. Check this out.

Breathing into Reality

There was a time in my life all I did was talk, crave, live and breathe Dubai. I’ve lived there my entire life and it’s home to me. Always has, always will be. But I realized a few things. People were changing, my friends were no longer the same, I was changing. I longed to be there, see it for myself and maybe come to a realization that I left for a reason.

And that was today. I realized that I was the one mostly keeping in touch with friends or people who no longer were people I recognized. They had either turned 180 degrees or were doing the same thing they kept doing 3 years ago. They still had no future goals to achieve something greater than what they are. And once I realize that’s not in you, I tend to walk away. I like to surround myself with positive people, those who strive to reach their personal and professional goals, those who crave to go beyond they no longer can.

I realized I was moping around too much or feeling a little negative that I traveled here, because adjusting to a new country and leaving something that you’re so used to, leaving a place you’ve grown up at at the age of 23 was not easy.¬†Friends back home seem that it’s easy. They think it’s not a big deal. But one can only experience what I’ve gone through if they’ve stepped into my shoes.¬†Moving, finding new friends and living in a country where everything was different was not only exciting but scary. Even till today.

People here on the other hand, have a heart. They’ve experienced life the hard way. Of course, it is very hard to find true friends but they’re here nonetheless. I just kept missing dubai for no apparent reason. Maybe coz it’s home and have been but it’s just not for me, not right now.

Nikon D60/D80?

First off, sorry this is so long! Ok, so I’m looking to buy my first DSLR and some lenses for it. I have it narrowed down a bit but could still use ANY advice you guys can send my way. To start I’ve read every review online & in print that I can find on the D60 & D80 and I’ve even watched the demo videos and used both in store at B&H.

CAMERA –
I’m sticking with Nikon’s mainly because I’m used to them. I’ve got a 35mm N80 that I love. Plus, I own a Nikon Speedlight SB600 which is less than a year old. I thought about the Canon EOS Rebel XSi (aka 450D) due out in April but my flash won’t work with it & I don’t think I’ll have time to learn how to use it before my 2 weeks in Hawaii late May.

Now here’s the thing, every time I go to B&H they ask what I plan to use it for and what cameras I’ve owned in the past. The moment they hear that I have an N80 they force the D80 on me. My big issue is that while I loved my N80 I never used even half the features on it. I only just started using it in manual so I’m hesitant to get another camera with all these features that I’ll pay for but might never use.

Using it for – People (inside & out), Landscape & Scenery, Sports & Travel (no where extreme like Everest!)

My overall goal is a camera that takes good quality, sharp pictures. One where I have some freedom to utilize the shutter speed & aperture creatively – as I just started to learn. I realize that this mostly depends on the lens so I was thinking of investing in the D60 and adding on some good quality lenses. Then if I want to upgrade the body to something more advanced down the line I could.

My thoughts on the D60:
– LOVE the weight & size (I have small girl hands!)
– Screen turns off when you look thru the viewfinder
– Antidust system (could be a marketing gimmick though?)
– Easy buttons & menu on back
– Like the simple in camera editing/effects you can do
– Neg = only has one dial and a button for manual mode ss/f-stop controls BUT I didn’t find it difficult to maneuver this or things like the ISO changes – just a matter of getting used to it more than anything else.

My thoughts on the D80:
– Feels pretty heavy with just an 18-55mm lenses, afraid to try with a bigger 70-200 or 70-300?
– Grip is large but not unmanageable
– Plus = has 2 wheels, one for shutter speed & 1 for aperture like my N80
– Plus = has the LDC screen on top to view settings

I guess my biggest concerns are am I selling myself & my picture quality short by getting the D60 or will the D80 be too cumbersome in weight and features that it will deter me from using it?

Lenses –
These are the lenses I’m thinking about but it seems like every review I read at B&H.com is mixed. Everyone’s always talking about how this lens creeps and that lens isn’t as sharp or it has vignettes?

All I’d like are 2 or 3 lenses that give nice sharp pictures under most conditions. I know nothings perfect 100% of the time and the higher my ISO the more noise etc. But I don’t know if I sacrifice some sharpness for the VR feature. I know it’s not the same as the image stabilization in point & shoots but a little help with camera/hand shake sounds nice if it works.

Basics:
18-55mm AF-S VR (included with the D60 kit)
18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II AF-S (great reputation – but no VR)
**some reviews swear by the 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G ED-IF AF-S for sharpness over the 18-55 lenses**
50mm f/1.8D AF (think this only works in AF on the D80 but could be wrong)

Zoom:
18-200mm AF-S VR (am I sacrificing quality & sharpness for convenience of an “all in 1” lens?)
18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S
55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED AF-S VR
70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED AF-S VR