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Saturday, April 5, 2008

Grandpa's photos and secret weapon

Hi Lewis,

Youngest blogger in the world? I am afraid we wouldn't know until later when you grow up a bit more although I have nominated you to the hunt for the youngest blogger in the world. You are going to have your yet to be born cousin as your competitor soon, plus there are others out there vying for the coveted title.

Peter Chen's profile photoAnyway, that is not why I am publishing this today. The reason for this post today is because of your grandpa's profile photo. You see me having a genuine hearty laugh, definitely not artificial. So when I told my blogging friends I find it hard, in fact, almost impossible, to smile for the camera, they don't believe me. We will keep our secret of how your grandpa manage to get that very unusual photo till later.

Peter Chen's Walk for Justice photoMeanwhile I am going to upload another photo of your grandpa. See, not bright and laughing anymore. Not even a faint smile!! Why so glum? Well, in the very first place, your grandpa find it difficult to smile for the camera. Smile at a camera? That is a thing, not a person! How to smile at a thing, I ask you. Worst, there is bad news for our country. We have been suspecting things are not well in our Judiciary (courts, judges) ever since Tun Salleh Abas, Lord President, the head honcho of our Judiciary, was sacked, many says unfairly, by a tribunal headed by his inferior who stand to benefit by taking his place if Tun Salleh was sacked. That was in 1988. Then, much later, there came the VK Lingam tape expose which scandalized the lawyers and the nation. The Bar Council felt it had to get involved and organized a Walk they called Walk for Justice, and your grandpa too felt he had to get involved and took part. See the words on the blue baseball cap? It says "Walk for Justice." You can see lots of photos at Long March for Justice.

That is serious stuff Lewis. How to smile I ask you? Now....

Peter Chen's Secret Weapon

You were there, Lewis, when your grandpa's secret weapon was used, but there is no way you can see your grandpa because you were in your Mum's womb at My first granchild at his grandpa's 58th birthday gathering. Your grandpa's secret weapon was your uncles and aunties, also your pa and ma. You can read all about it there, but what you will not see there is that photo from which that handsome profile photo above (first one) was cropped from. Now there is no longer to keep it secret, let us upload the photo here for those curious to see it:

Peter Chen and his secret weapon

There you are, our secret weapon. And just in case your grandpa's blogging friends don't believe me, I put a red box around the place where I cropped the photo using that free and good Irfanview photo editor. Compare the two photos and see the similarity? Actually to be more accurate, I used Irfanview to crop that photo for the profile and I used PC Paint to put that red box to highlight the place in the original photo from which the profile photo was cropped.

17 comments:

Connor M. said...

;) I never would have known!

Anonymous said...

who is that young man next to you? he is cute

pink_dolphin said...

Hope to see more of your smiles and hear your laughter :)
Hopefully your grandchildren will become your secret weapon too.

Elsie said...

Hello Peter, It has been many months since last I visited your blogs, still so much good advice.

I love the photo and the explanation to your grandson. He is lucky to have a grandpa like you.

Stay well

Elsie from South Africa

Peter Chen said...

Hi Elsie,

Great to hear from you again,

Peter ChenBlog*Star

Women Find Attractive said...

I like the tips here in your BLOG. Thanks so much.

Engku Anuar said...

Not that old I think, and the smile is genuine and cute too. I wish I could contact you. I am in Shah Alam and just 68.

Peter Chen said...

First, a thousand apologies to all those who commented here for not giving a response. Hope all of you are subscribed to the comments here as I hope you can read my apologies. Excuse, most of the time, I sort of figured I don't need to response and just let the comments stand by itself.

However, I feel obliged to respond to Engku Anuar. I too hope to learn from my elder as I like to tell my children I am a life long learner and there are lots of things people in my country need to learn from each other.

Peter Chen said...

Hi Dr. Engku Annuar,

Thanks for being open about where you live. I really would like to know you better. I too once lived in Shah Alam (Section 6) and now live within driving distance from you. BTW are you a shrink (not a derogatory term, but a term of respect)?

Anonymous said...

Hey. :) Just wanna drop by and say thank you for all the blog tricks. Have a nice day!

PS: Smile often.

Anonymous said...

I came to your blog looking for info on how to make a sticky post. I came away with an answer to a question I've been asked million times - "why can't you smile for the camera?" You answered it very well - because it's a THING, not a person. You made me laugh this morning, and feel a little bit more content to know that I am not the only person in the world who cannot smile at a camera.

heyifounditblog said...

Ahh.....I am going to see my first Granddaughter in three days. She lives with her mommy and daddy in Zambia on their missionary base. I think I will be smiling alot too. Your story touched me.

Kialy said...

the guy next to you is sooo hot. sorry

BucEmHard said...

westside old man! found yuor blog thru google and now am following!

ClaudeA said...

Wow!

To think that I once thought smiling at a camera was so easy! Now, I know that,

1. I was an idiot to think that to smile at a camera was easy, and . . .

2. That smiling for any photo shoot is a silly thing to do, because, who knows?, maybe your family you think you imagine will look at your picture in the future will look at the photo and say, "My! He looks so stupid!"

Or . . .

3. We humans are so gullible! We smile for photos, but, we run away and hide from sharing a smile WITH the people we should share life and love with!

Grandpa, I love how you have made smiling at camera's so easy to understand!


WOW!

Wish my children would choose to share smiles with me.

Stelio said...

Grandpa Lewis your baby should be 2years old by now. Very touching story I enjoyed. Thank you so so much for your help Blogger for Dummies. I am 64 years old and not too many guys my age are computer savvy. I am from Athens, Greece and sure appreciate your help.
Cheers and kiss your grandchild for us (Maria and Stelio)
My blog is www.your-dreams-coming-true.com

Peter Chen said...

Thanks to all who made encouraging comments.