Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Dragon Stance

Just the other night, a free-to-air TV channel aired 'First Blood', the first of many Rambo movies. I remember the movie well as I was in Singapore when it was released. Have to say this: I did laugh watching 'First Blood' this time around. No, not because I view the film as being comical but at the memories of many who, soon after the movie was released, proclaimed themselves as a Rambo. Too many, in fact. In real life, and in later movies. A few, however, stand taller than the character. Even to this date.

30sec exposure, f8
Lighting: Torchlight.

"Defiant", the image above was not named after the TV series 'Defiance', but of Rambo in one of the later 'First Blood' sequels. I can't remember how many sequels or which sequel the image above reminds me but I do remember a poster of Sylvester Stallone holding his machine gun with a grenade launcher on his back. Or something like that. That image sticks to my mind as it does to many. Over the years, many a similar image has come to fore, where one, notably taken nearly a decade ago, will always be remembered by many Malaysians. By the way, the exif above are from my memory and not of the photo. Actual photo is in my PC above and I do hate having to run up and down just for it. Unless I'm having insomnia. Talking of which...

Read somewhere that insomnia is a growing problem here in Malaysia. If true and you're one of them, perhaps this site can help you. Muslims however, treat insomnia through night prayers which some may akin it to meditation; for many Muslims, lesser sleep is better if it is followed by prayers.

A pious Muslim leader from long ago, once finished his rounds of looking into the poor of the city very late. When he got home he was so tired and fell asleep only to be awaken moments later by his mother for the dawn prayers. Asking to delay the prayers as he was too tired, his mother said "when we no longer breathe, then we can sleep for long". The man humbly got up to begin his prayers.

A case of too much sleep is not good, either. A report I read somewhere said that it could lead to obesity and a few other ailments and somehow this reminds me of 'Freddie' from a certain series of horror movies. Can't remember the name of the movie, sorry. In the movie, the victims who fall asleep are killed by 'Freddie' and dies in real life. I can buy that but in another name: Apnea. Some, here in Malaysia, would call it 'hantu tindih' or 'tindihan'. Politicians, I think will be suffering most from it as many are afraid to state their true stand.

"Dragon Stance"
25sec exposure; f8.
Lighting: Torchlight.


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