Sunday, July 22, 2012


Good things must share, so I thought I should share the wonder of Bio-X in a separate post since I've raved about it in one of my previous post.

This is how the product looks like. I bought two 600ml bottle from my friend (one was given to my sis but don't know if she has used it or just chuck aside somewhere). This also comes in a smaller 300ml bottle. The scent is in "Natural Lemon Fragrance" so you don't have to worry about the nasty chemical smell commonly found in insecticide. Since this can be used as a deodorizer so the smell can't be that bad.

I believe you can buy this from most supermarkets or houseware stores. I actually saw this being sold at the Prime Supermarket near my house, so I guess it should be quite easily available elsewhere, since the Prime Supermarket (the one near my house) isn't known to be the best stocked supermarket. The retail price for the 600ml bottle is $19.90, not sure about the price for the 300ml.

Thus far, I've only used it on my plants and as an insecticide, which has served me very well. I didn't try using it as a disinfectant or deodorizer because there really isn't a need for it. Moreover, I think this product is too expensive and a waste to be used as a deodorizer. I don't think my house smells that bad to warrant using a deodorizer to get rid of bad smell.

The ingredient listing is very short. The following is the composition listed:
Active ingredient: Etofenprox 1.25% (W/W) Inert ingredient 98.75%

302 of Project 365: 家常便饭




就算妈妈不再家, 我也不会打包。有一回,妈妈自个儿去吉隆坡探亲,那一个星期没人煮饭,我就煮蔬菜汤吃了一个星期,瘦了两公斤。



ISO: 400
Exposure: 1/60 sec
Aperture: 1.7
Focal Length: 20mm
Flash Used: No

301 of Project 365: Blooming

My (freaking) violet is finally blooming after lingering in the realm of near extinction for quite a while.
I used to keep this plant in my office within the confine of air-conditioned environment and it was doing very well with minimum care. It kept flowering non-stop and the leaves grew to the size of my palm. It was such a joy to see the plant flourishing.

However, all these changed the moment I brought the plant home. Within a week, I started seeing white spots on the leaves and the flowers will wither before reaching full bloom. After a couple of months, there were no longer any flower and the plant languish to the point of almost no return.

All these changed after I started using Bio-X! My friend was doing a bulk purchase for Bio-X which is mainly used as an insecticide, I decided to buy it because I wanted to get rid of the cockroaches which is a constant nuisance. Little did I know that it can be used on plants too. As the product is safe and eco-friendly, it can be used as a disinfectant and deodorizer too.

Ok, back to my violet. The moment my I received my Bio-X, I sprayed a liberal amount on the plant and into the soil. I swear that within the next couple of days, I notice that the colour of the leaves begin to regain its lush green of health and new leaves started growing. I believe it has been almost 2 months since I started using Bio-X and now the plant finally start blossoming again. I still continue spraying Bio-X into the soil bi-weekly to keep whatever pests at bay from attacking my beautiful flower.  

My nightly massacre of cockroaches has also stopped as the number of cockroaches has been drastically reduced after I started spraying Bio-X around the rubbish chute and around the entire kitchen floor.

I dare not say that Bio-X works until I saw my violet beginning to flower because for a while I only saw leaves growing but no flower. It's only when I see flowers blooming, I was assured that my plant wasn't poisoned/damaged by unknown chemicals.

I'm not sure if the same results can be seen when Bio-X is used on other plants. Let me know your results if you have tried it on your pest-ridden plants.

ISO: 200
Exposure: 1/2000 sec
Aperture: 1.7
Focal Length: 20mm
Flash Used: No

Monday, July 9, 2012

300 of Project 365: Praying Mantis

This picture was taken with my pancake lens in manual mode, using 4 times zoom, so that explains the graininess.
I have taken more than 40 pictures but I can only choose the best to post here. 
Do all photographers share the same woes or is it just me?
I'm not complaining, just feel that it's quite a waste that 99.9% of the pictures I've taken never get to see the day of light. 

Well, back to my subject. I was amazed that this praying mantis had been very co-operative, so much so that I actually feel that it was posing for me (of course not, its being alert to possible danger). I was moving my camera trying to take a shot from all angles and the praying mantis will follow my camera so I ended up getting more frontal shots than the side profiles. It was actually more difficult to focus when the praying mantis was facing the camera because the area is smaller and it kind of blended in with the colour of the leaf.

I didn't really keep track of the time, so I wasn't very sure how much time I've spent taking the picture of this praying mantis, but I suspect at least a good 10 to 15 mins before the praying mantis lost interest & jumped away.

ISO: 400
Exposure: 1/500 sec
Aperture: 1.7
Focal Length: 20mm
Flash Used: No

Werner's Oven

Werner's Oven
6 Upper East Coast Road

My sis asked where to go for dinner before sending me & my mom home. So I said it's my treat & she can decide where to go. So we ended up at Werner's Oven which is near my sis' place.
A nice treat after cycling more than 20km on Sunday.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

The Last Kampong in Singapore

En route back to Sengkang Riverside Park, we stopped briefly at one of the houses belonging to a friendly Malay family, who allow us to roam around the compound & take a look at their mini oasis.
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