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    A doctor colleague of mine who earns more than $10,000 a month cringes at just buying the 300D body! Even though he is fairly interested in photography.

    I guess it's all relative... As some said it well, you have to be in the craft or hobby to decide if it's worth it.

    But one thing I cannot understand is buying of cars. I don't own one myself. Told my friends overseas the prices of cars in singapore and they go nuts with the idea! For a 1.5 litre Jap car here, you can buy a spanking new Porsche there.

    And they almost faint when they hear of the price of an HDB flat. Someone commented to me that Singapore may be advanced in technology and all that but we also seem to be one of the poorest in terms of the total assets owned minus debts, bills, loans and all.

    Hmm... I dunno what to make out of this! Feels depressing when I think about it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by cheatchu79
    Again not true. Music lover tend to get the full album instead of downloading mp3s. I was like spending more than $200 per month at one point of time to get jazz albums too! So it's not cheap!

    How come triathlon need to spend $2+k?
    i think the cost of the bike for the triathlon alone can cost $2k..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Veronica Choo
    A doctor colleague of mine who earns more than $10,000 a month cringes at just buying the 300D body! Even though he is fairly interested in photography.

    I guess it's all relative... As some said it well, you have to be in the craft or hobby to decide if it's worth it.

    But one thing I cannot understand is buying of cars. I don't own one myself. Told my friends overseas the prices of cars in singapore and they go nuts with the idea! For a 1.5 litre Jap car here, you can buy a spanking new Porsche there.

    And they almost faint when they hear of the price of an HDB flat. Someone commented to me that Singapore may be advanced in technology and all that but we also seem to be one of the poorest in terms of the total assets owned minus debts, bills, loans and all.

    Hmm... I dunno what to make out of this! Feels depressing when I think about it...
    Totally agree with you.
    Next Generation of Singaporean will suffer even more.

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    I was already a bit weird to start with...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matrix
    Does your friends or relatives said that when they came to know how much you had spent on photography equipment?

    e.g. $2000 for a LENS, $600 for a tripot, $3000 for a Camera body lone.........

    How would you react to this comment? What thought are in your mind at that moment?
    I always say "The camera is free. Sponsored by my stock market profits !"..and they all give me a jealous look

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    hehe! the only cd i bought in the time span since the past 2 years till now was the waterboys OST @45 bucks from HMV which i got it only last month...considering the fact that the music i amassed from downloadign was close to an equivalent cost of $3k worth of CDs...sorry i confess 2b a hardcore music pirate =) anyway wont be buying a real road bike...but will assemble one from a mtn bike frame with suspension then add aero bar and zipp wheels. will work out 2b about half the price of a dead straight road bike. stil got to get helmet, riding goggles, joint guard, bike shoes, fake yellow jersey, running shoes, quicklaces, special water bottle to suck from during the race, emergency tyre repair kit, hundered plus, power bar, liquid food, decals, orca race suit, spare goggles,...woohoo! a lot of big n small stuff. =) so 2k is kinda of an upper limit estimate

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    Quote Originally Posted by Veronica Choo
    t but we also seem to be one of the poorest in terms of the total assets owned minus debts, bills, loans and all.

    Hmm... I dunno what to make out of this! Feels depressing when I think about it...

    @ 1 time when i was lying down on bed & starign @ the ceiling, obviously not havign much money and being rather low morale about life, the only time i look forward to living was listening to mp3s and going for sunday swims...then i realised..do we really need that much in life? a lot of thoughts followed...then somehow i went to library n borrowed this book <idiot's guide to simple living>...read about thoreau and all the other stories...then realised..hey yeah...simple living makes quite soem sense..even though soem of the case studies a bit the extreme...

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    Actually hobbies like golf, hifi and photography shouldn't cost so much.
    How many time you want to change or upgrade your system in a year?
    I bought my hifi 2 years ago, now it still working fine.
    Don't think I need to upgrade it unless my hearing become more sensitive everyyear.

    Buying a golf set is not neccessary expensive, but going to green to play is ex. easy lah, go malaysia or indonesia to golf. If in singapore, go driving range.
    sometimes wonder why singapore still got so much idle lands lying there for nothing.

    As for computer, mine is still working fine. the software didn't get to fully utilize the cpu and ram. what a waste.
    I have this friend, he used his company discount rate to buy a computer. place it nice nice on a table with some decoration. But never see him using it except when there are guest coming, then he turn on his computer to act act surfing net, order pizza online.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jia Wang
    They think I'm crazier to spend $6K on 4 guitars and an acoustic amplifier... At least it's easier understand why I need more than one lens for my camera... but 4 guitars?
    Hi Jia Wang,
    does your mum feel the pinch for the 4 guitar u brought??
    actually me and XT are happy to see u substaining and pursuing your interest...

    after working for so many years, sometimes i feel these purchase and hobby we pursue serves as little motivation for us to work harder,
    otherwise life would be so boring, work work work work........
    Last edited by mysonlovenemo; 26th March 2004 at 10:32 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by justdoit
    Actually hobbies like golf, hifi and photography shouldn't cost so much.
    How many time you want to change or upgrade your system in a year?
    I bought my hifi 2 years ago, now it still working fine.
    Don't think I need to upgrade it unless my hearing become more sensitive everyyear.
    Not sure about golf but I can tell you that hi-fi is an expensive hobby. Especially when you dabble in seperates (i.e. CD player, turntable, pre-amp, power amp, monoblock amp, speakers, special rack, soundproof walls etc etc.). All this cost lots of moolah and like photographic equipment, you keep having the urge to want to keep upgrading in order to strive for that 'perfect' sound. Same for photography, you want to get more lenses to cover a wide range, then get a faster, higher resolution DSLR body, better lenses etc. etc. Its part of human nature to keep lusting after better things than we have.

    Back to topic, my personal experience is yeah, my friends are incredulous that I spent so much money on photographic stuff...my parents too complain abt it...I just tell them its my own money and its my passion, so its kind of justified in that way (or so I keep telling myself )

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dennis
    Ha ha wait till you have a wife and is into watches, every purchase will require her signature. maybe can bluff in the beginning but after sometime she will known and will question, can't drop off the last zero anymore. Mind you each purchase can buy a whole new system.

    Hi Dennis, I'm Dennis too

    You're into watch too? What do u have on your wrist?

    I have Sinn 144, Omega Railmaster and Tag Heuer 2000 Classic Auto.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wilis128
    rather than spend $5000 on a stupid kok thao louhan..
    Fully agree man, so funny the way you say it

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    Not if you start recouping your costs.

    I've spent $2000 USD so far on my 300D and 3 lenses

    In the 2 months that i've started selling prints, i've already sold $600 USD worth of prints.

    That's 30% of the cost recouped already,70% more to go

    I'm sure lots of members here have more or less recouped their costs already

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    Hi Dennis , Yes I am in to watches. I have too many to describe from normal to chrono to perpetual. I am known in the watch circle as the alarm specialist (mechanical that is). I collect many mechnical alarm watches. Have the whole JLC modern alarm line from Master Memovox to Grand Memovox. Sinn is nice but the alarm model is not in Singapore. You surf the purist ??.

    In all collection actually I find watches to be the most widely distributed. I know people who collects swatch and I know people who collect minute repeters. Price range from $50 to $800,000 a piece. Nothing compares to it.

    Quote Originally Posted by DennisLee
    Hi Dennis, I'm Dennis too

    You're into watch too? What do u have on your wrist?

    I have Sinn 144, Omega Railmaster and Tag Heuer 2000 Classic Auto.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dennis
    Hi Dennis , Yes I am in to watches. I have too many to describe from normal to chrono to perpetual. I am known in the watch circle as the alarm specialist (mechanical that is). I collect many mechnical alarm watches. Have the whole JLC modern alarm line from Master Memovox to Grand Memovox. Sinn is nice but the alarm model is not in Singapore. You surf the purist ??.

    In all collection actually I find watches to be the most widely distributed. I know people who collects swatch and I know people who collect minute repeters. Price range from $50 to $800,000 a piece. Nothing compares to it.
    Coolz... your collection must be impressive .

    I only surf www.timezone.com for information. What's the url of the purist site u mentioned? I'm interested to take a peak there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Veronica Choo
    A doctor colleague of mine who earns more than $10,000 a month cringes at just buying the 300D body! Even though he is fairly interested in photography.

    I guess it's all relative... As some said it well, you have to be in the craft or hobby to decide if it's worth it.

    But one thing I cannot understand is buying of cars. I don't own one myself. Told my friends overseas the prices of cars in singapore and they go nuts with the idea! For a 1.5 litre Jap car here, you can buy a spanking new Porsche there.

    And they almost faint when they hear of the price of an HDB flat. Someone commented to me that Singapore may be advanced in technology and all that but we also seem to be one of the poorest in terms of the total assets owned minus debts, bills, loans and all.

    Hmm... I dunno what to make out of this! Feels depressing when I think about it...
    Singaporeans work very hard (24/7) for the 5Cs.
    Australians play very hard with their 5C's. Why? Because they are born with the 5Cs .... cheap cars, cheap country homes, cheap credit cards, cheap....

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    Quote Originally Posted by DennisLee
    Coolz... your collection must be impressive .

    I only surf www.timezone.com for information. What's the url of the purist site u mentioned? I'm interested to take a peak there.
    Take a peek here
    http://www.thepurists.com
    This is where all the watch purist gather. You may be able to find my "handsome" face there on some past gatherings that we have. Many faces are also familier on magazines like The Peak, Singapore Tatler and some magazines interview. The site is also the Official Watch Connoisseur' Website appointed by Sincere Fine Watch for their 50th anniversary celebration. Very friendly site with many willing to share information.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dennis
    Take a peek here
    http://www.thepurists.com
    This is where all the watch purist gather. You may be able to find my "handsome" face there on some past gatherings that we have. Many faces are also familier on magazines like The Peak, Singapore Tatler and some magazines interview. The site is also the Official Watch Connoisseur' Website appointed by Sincere Fine Watch for their 50th anniversary celebration. Very friendly site with many willing to share information.
    this is one classic example of Time is MONEY!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mysonlovenemo
    Hi Jia Wang,
    does your mum feel the pinch for the 4 guitar u brought??
    actually me and XT are happy to see u substaining and pursuing your interest...

    after working for so many years, sometimes i feel these purchase and hobby we pursue serves as little motivation for us to work harder,
    otherwise life would be so boring, work work work work........
    Yah man... nagged big time when I spent $3.5K on my 4th baby... But like you said, these are little things that's keeping me sane... Very thankful that at least I have these 2 hobbies to keep me healthily occupied...
    Jia Wang... "A photo is only as beautiful as the photographer's eyes can see."
    My Eyes ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dennis
    Take a peek here
    http://www.thepurists.com
    This is where all the watch purist gather. You may be able to find my "handsome" face there on some past gatherings that we have. Many faces are also familier on magazines like The Peak, Singapore Tatler and some magazines interview. The site is also the Official Watch Connoisseur' Website appointed by Sincere Fine Watch for their 50th anniversary celebration. Very friendly site with many willing to share information.
    Your Nick is Dennis Teo?

    The web site is very informative, but i find that they features very 'fine' watches. Too fine for my wallet

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