My camera died today =(
Trip Start Dec 30, 2007
115Trip End Dec 27, 2008
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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 backpackhttp://www.amazon.com/Olympus-Stylus-1030SW-Digital-Optical/dp/B0011E87QI/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1207234545&sr=8-1
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!