Category Archives: Photography

Blenz Matcha Photo Contest!

Blenz is currently trying to promote their matcha drink by doing a photo contest. All you have to do is submit a photo of you and your matcha drink and and tell them what your favourite matcha drink is and why. Email your photo and short description to Also, you’ll need to ‘Like’ them on Facebook and follow their Twitter 

This isn’t the actual photo that was sent. But you get the idea.


I did, and WON! :D The nice kit includes a Matcha bowl, whisk, spoon, whisk stand and a tin of 100% ceremonial Matcha (retail value of the kit is $130).


I think they choose new winners each week during the promotion, so you have good chances of winning! You have until April 23rd!! They have 20 kits to be won! So hurry in!! :D

*Just a reminder the by entering their contest, if means that BLENZ can use your photo(s) on their website and social media.

More info on the contest and about Blenz can be found on their Extra Shot blog.



I heard about Pinterest an year ago from a friend who was really into photography. I also knew he was also into a lot of the social media stuff. At first, I didn’t really understand the purpose of Pinterest. Why pin photos from the web? Well, I guess there are some images you want to keep for reference later on. Previously, I would copy it and keep it in a folder on my computer. But after using different computers at home, work, school, and backing up files, it all gets really disorganized. So why not keep it all in one place? There is already an online bookmark for all your sites you want to keep a record of (, so why not for all your images?

When I met up with this friend a month ago, he told me that his last several months of rent has been paid off by the earnings he gets from Pinterest!! I was shocked!!! But I knew that he has over 1 million followers, and because the photos links back to the site it is from, businesses are taking interest in Pinterest as a way of marketing their service/products, and paying those who have many followers for every new followers and sign ups. What’s great for the user is that it’s completely free like Facebook and Twitter – so no loss for us!

I’ve also recently started using Pinterest, but I am no where near the million followers mark, and not sure if I ever will. But, I figured that it’d be good to know how to use it at least. It may come in handy later on, and doesn’t hurt to have an archive of all the images I’ve liked. I also recently found out that you can also pin videos too!

You can check out and follow my IDEA rabbit Pinterest album

Canadian Rockies Guidebook

Finally, I have some time to sell books on eBay!

So this one is a guidebook on the Canadian Rockies (in Japanese only). My father took the photographs and wrote all of the copy. He worked as a tour guide so he knows the area really well.

In this third edition, I got the opportunity to redo the layout from scratch. Although the layout didn’t change that much from edition 1 and 2, it was still a bit of a challenge since I used InDesign and and prior to that, I had learned Quark Express instead of InDesign. Also, it was before the IDEA program, so I wasn’t all too familiar using design programs in the first place.

This book was previously only available for purchase at gift shops in the Rockies, but you can now purchase the book from eBay at this link here for $20+shipping.

(please note that this book is written in Japanese only!)

*Unfortunately, the books are no longer sold on ebay*