Family

Lili and I get married on Feb 2007 in Sydney. This is the happiest day of my life!

More wedding photos here.

My son Nathan was born on in Dec 2007. Being a dad is not easy, but it is definitely worth it!

He is 2 now. This is a photo taken on his birthday.

More photos here.

Photography

Two years ago upgraded to a Canon 40D.

It has very fast continuous shooting speed at 6.5 fps, and can take about 20 raws before the buffer is full. Like it very much!

Hopefully I can get my hands on a Canon 5D Mark II in a not too distant future.

The lens I use most now is a Canon EF-S 17-55mm F/2.8 IS USM.

It has a great zoom range (26-83mm full frame equivalent), very fast (F/2.8 all the way), and has Image Stabilization. The only complain is the image can be a bit sharper.

I also have two primes: Canon 100mm F/2 USM and Canon 2.8mm F/1.8 USM. The next one I want to get is a Canon 70-200mm F/4L IS USM; this will be my first L lens.

See some of my photos here.

Tennis

Only start playing when doing PhD, so definitely miss the opportunity to become a pro :-)

My current racquet is a Dunlop M-Fil 200. It is a fairly heave racquet (weight: 12 oz) with small head (size: 95 sq. inch). It's quite nice and gives you lots of control. I also put on a over grip to increase the grip size to four and half.

I was using a Head i.Radical Oversize, which is my spare racquet now. It was used by Andre Agassi, which is the main reason I bought it. It is lighter (11 oz) with a large head (107 sq.inch), as a result it has more power but less control.

My forehand used to be continental grip, now trying to change to semi-western to add more top-spin. Tried both single-handed and double-handed backhand, and stay with double-handed for now.

Cars

I really like cars - they are beautiful blend of engineering and arts. I can't really afford a proper one yet. Actually, the cars I have now are neither fast nor handling particularly well.

The car I am driving now is a 2003 Toyota Corolla hatch manual: 171Nm@4200rpm and 100kW@6000rpm. Being just a bit over 1 tone, the acceleration is reasonable. Once I was thinking replace it with a Renault Clio Sport (200Nm and 120kW). After trying out one, I found there was not that much difference in terms of acceleration. The handling is not that good: the suspension is way too soft. Being a Toyota, it is very reliable and fuel efficient.

My wife drives a 2001 Honda Civic hatch auto. It has a smaller 1.7 liter engine and car is heavier; plus being an auto, it feels a bit under-powered. However, it is quite practical: larger boot, more interior space and electronic toys.

If I'm going to buy a car now, I'll get a VW Golf GTI Mk5 (2005~2009). It has a beautiful 2 liter turbo engine (280Nm@1800~5000rpm, 147kW@5100rpm), handling very well, and very practical. The only thing is that it might not be the best looking car in 2009.

For serious sports cars, I'll get a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 8. Ridiculous torque and power from a 2 liter turbo engine (370Nm@3500rpm, 202kW@6500rpm) and legendary all wheel drive handling.

I am also a big fan of Porsche. Not that I don't like Ferrari or Lamborghini; I just don't think I will ever buy one of these. However, porsche is still a chance. No need for a 911; a Cayman S will do :-)

Computer Hardware and Games

Until very recently, I am a bit fan of computer games. It is probably why I chose computer science as my career. FPS and RPG are the ones I liked most. I didn't have much experience with online games yet; would love to try out World of Warcraft. In the last few years, the time for games is getting less and less. I can't really remember when was the last time I played.

I am still a big fan of computer hardware and gadgets. I used to spend a lot of time figuring out the best value configuration for a gaming PC. With little time for games, I mainly use laptop now. I am currently using a 15" Macbook Pro. It is good, but not as good as I hoped. I think it is a bit over-priced. The next laptop I want to try is Lenovo ThinkPad T400s: it is incredibly light and fast (for its weight).