My camera died today =(

Trip Start Dec 30, 2007
Trip End Dec 27, 2008

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Thursday, April 3, 2008

*sigh*  *sad*  It's not totally dead, just got a broken leg and can't walk. Something is wrong with the software or a chip or something, maybe the oppressive humidity of SE Asia finally got to it and it quit on me.  It'll take pictures but not reliably, and only after a lot of coaxing so usually after the shot is already gone by.  Also, I can't change through the different mode settings so I can't adjust for the environment.  
I used it, as it was, for the day and by this evening it was pretty obvious I was going to have to get a new one.
So sad, I loved this camera, but I used it all day everyday for the past couple months and I guess a little wear and tear was inevitable.  It died as I was walking across town words Singapore's version of the London Eye; a 40 story ferris wheel that revolves large bubble-like glass-walled rooms around, each holding a dozen or so people.  I took photos on the trip around, but not too many as it was really difficult and frustrating.
Luckily I'm in Singapore, the country for all things shopping! I asked the guy at the front desk of my hostel and he pointed me to an entire mall nearby that only sells electronics.  It was a smorgasbord of digital cameras, camcorders, iPods, iPhones, DVD players - all little shops smashed next to one another.  All the men who work in them competing fiercely with their identical inventories.  They all told me stories about the other ones.  It was a trip.  I spent nearly two hours there going back and forth between all the stores negotiating.

Thank god I spent a little time on Amazon before I went to the mall and picked out one or two cameras that I liked and wrote down the features and Amazon's price.  I've not valued a little piece of paper that much since I got my Indian visa at the Embassy - it was my life raft against all the hard-selling sales guys.

I ended up with the Olympus 1030, not quite the professional camera that I am laying to rest, but I think this one has got the necessary durability that this extended holiday requires.  Its shockproof, crushproof and most importantly waterproof.  And I can take it with me when I SCUBA, only to 10m - so just shallow dives, but still I don't have to worry about the humidity anymore - or it getting banged around in my backpack.  I got an extra Li-Ion battery so I can always have an extra charged one in my bag, and it uses the same xD memory cards as my old camera so I can still use them and the external hard drive for storage.  A good camera for me for now I think.  And it's really small, so easier to carry, though I have to get used to such a little thing.  Since I had the Amazon price written down, thats what I paid for it.  Plus a slew of Singaporean taxes, but whatever.  I needed one, so thats that.  Here's the link: 

So buying a camera and changing hotels (Alex had to leave for Boston a day early, so my days of mooching a free-hotel room off a friend are gone) and I've finally checked into a real hostel.  This whole trip was supposed to be hostels, but who'd of guessed you can stay at resorts for hostel prices in Indonesia.  Have you guys started planning your trip there yet!?  You should!  And lemme know when you are going, because I'll come with you!
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joannesp on

Sorry to hear about your camera; you worked it pretty hard. I am beginning to understand the wearing out process more than I would like to! Glad you went out to by another; you would not have been happy with the results of a throw away camera. And we would all have missed your very professional shots. Did not like the looks of that ridae, but then, remember how I embarassed you screaming on the kiddie roller coaster because you did not want to go alone? Enough of that memory, thank you! Be safe. I love you. Mom

law4fun on

I would love to, but could never, ever....
RIDE THAT THING! My stomach was turning just looking at the photos. Not only do you need to be underwater, but you also need to be lolling around up with the birds!! ;)

Suz, it sounds like you are having an amazing time. It must have been culture shock going back to a big city...can't say I would have ever left the paradise you came from. Has it really all been as easy and smooth as it seems from reading your blog? I would think that navigating foreign countries would be so difficult but you make it seem so effortless!! I love reading the blog and I am so glad you got a new camera!!

Love to you!!
Jan & Dave & the girls

suzettesp on

Re: Ohhh...
My camera lives! So, I guess it was a little moisture on the chips or something, because a night spent sitting in a dry corner and it's working today! And I just spent a million un-budgeted dollars on a new camera, ah well. I feel better having a back up, and I can use this one for SCUBA. So I guess I just justified the expense pretty easily there...that was easy. =)

suzettesp on

Re: I would love to, but could never, ever....
LOL, you are so great Jana! I guess I am a moderate thrill seeker. No bungee jumping thanks, but I do love to get my heart pumping when the opportunity presents. This ride was actually pretty tame, it only moved about 1mph so just a smooth and easy scenic thing. Good way to get the lay of the land.

The trip has not always been easy, but I really love the adventure of it. I find myself getting lost/not using my map on purpose just so I can have a little fun trying to find my way back. Backpacking through Europe in 2002 was a great warm-up for this trek. I am a total travel nerd and I love the logistics of traveling. Figuring out which destination is next, how to get there, where to sleep, how long to stay, what things to see there - love it.

The Asian culture is way more foreign to a westerner than Europe was to me, but people are still just people. Families still do what they do no matter what their culture, just as many things are recognizable here as aren't.

The biggest challenge for me, which won't surprise you =), is remembering not to offend the locals with my brash American demeanor, and especially my feminist point of view. More than once, a man, usually someone I was buying something from or negotiating with, rolled his eyes at me when I asked too many questions or *gasp* disagreed with his conclusion. I get the distinct impression that they were thinking, "woman just do what I say and don't make me waste my time explaining to little old you how this works". You can imagine how much restrain it takes for me to keep on a smile and remember I'm a guest here.

These guys are few and far between. Most everyone responds well to my wide-eyed big smile and offers to help me out of whatever I'm into. But there are definitely times where I've felt I was engaging more directly and powerfully in conversation/negotiation than the local women. I always try to soften it with a smile, but you know that only works on some people. =) LOL

Love back to you, Dave and the girls. Thanks so much for writing. This is my 9th week of traveling and I guess I got a little homesick for something familiar; your note did the trick. Made my day =) Now if I could only find an American gossip magazine I'd have my fix. I don't even know if JLo had her baby yet! Suzette

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