Friday, August 23, 2013

Fujifilm XF1

Over the years, I've been looking for a good point-and-shoot pocket camera that I can take with me at all times. I haven't really touched a point-and-shoot camera since I began shooting DSLR 4 years ago. But at one point or another, all photography enthusiasts realize that a DSLR is not an appropriate camera for all occasion. Like hikes that involve treacherous terrains and water crossing, for instance. Or parts of town where you fear that you might get mugged because you are holding a $2,000 camera in your hands. Or, in my latest example, a vacation in Cabo. 

Fujifilm XF1

There is something inherently unsafe about traveling with a camera that is worth more than the contents of you and your boyfriend's entire luggage COMBINED. Accounting for the camera body, lens hood, lens cap, and 3 lenses, DSLRs are also not conducive to traveling light. Or being used in situations that involve strangers, water (i.e. beaches, pools), and/or alcohol. 

Before taking off for Atlanta in April, I played around with a few simple point-and-shoot cameras and compact system cameras (fake DSLRs). I may have been expecting the photos to be nearly on par with the quality of photos from my Nikon DSLR. Stupid unrealistic expectations, I know. But the image quality of those cameras were terrible. The designs were terrible and non-user friendly. Those cameras were an eyesore. 

First photo taken with the Fujifilm XF1. Not bad! 

So I've been using my iPhone to take pictures for the past few months. But it always irked me that I had to sacrifice quality for convenience and portability.

This time around, I think I finally found THE ONE. The Fujifilm XF1 is a compact retro-styled camera with a faux-leather body.  In other words, it's super sexy. And it takes fantastic photos!

Although I haven't had time to test out all of the XF1's functions, it's pretty much love at first sight. I think I have finally found my pocket-sized travel companion. 

Fujifilm XF1

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Day 350: Dental School 2nd Year, Fall Trimester Courses

In two weeks I will be starting my second year of dental school. Being a second year dental student is partially cool and partially terrifying. I'm expected to know things, diagnose conditions, and work on patients. While I've learned a lot in the past year, there is still so much information to learn. They say that the more you know, the more you don't know. It's true.

I can do an amazing amalgam or composite prep. I can even do a pretty bomb crown prep. I can make you a near-perfect provisional. But I don't know how to diagnose caries and other oral health issues, much less treatment plan them. I can't interpret an x-ray proficiently. And when people ask me "hey doctor, what's wrong with my teeth?", the best answer I can give is "maybe you should go see a dentist".

Insecurities aside, I think that I'll be a lot more competent after second year. Here is a sample of the classes that we will be taking during the upcoming trimester:

  • Problem-Based Learning
  • Endodontics
  • Orthodontics
  • Pediatric Dentistry
  • Periodontics
  • Posterior Fixed Prosthodontics 
  • Treatment Planning
  • Evidence-Based Dentistry
  • Radiology
  • Diagnosis 

Monday, August 19, 2013

Summer Getaway in Cabo San Lucas

***Disclaimer: pictures were taken by R; I stole them from his Facebook. 

Back in April, R and I talked endlessly about going on a cruise to the Caribbean. We planned for a quick 4 day getaway to paradise. The flights, food, and accommodations were within our VERY LIMITED student budget. It was a perfect vacation plan - until all of our friends bailed on us... 

So we canceled our spring break plans, but not without promising each other that we would do something spectacular during summer vacation. "This vacation will happen in August", we reiterated to each other, "regardless of whether our friends bail on us or not." 

Three days after the last final of our first year of dental school (WE SURVIVED!!!), we made a quick getaway to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Just the two of us. 

The weather was slightly overbearing - sunny with a high of 97F. But the vast expanse of beaches, resort pools, and swim up bars made up for the scorching heat. 

We spent our days doing a whole lot of nothing and enjoying every single minute of it. I even had time to lay by the resort pool and read Dan Brown's new novel Inferno. It was a welcome change considering I haven't had time to read anything besides science textbooks, dental textbooks, and learning needs since school started last August. 

The vacation was AMAZING. RIU Santa Fe, room 7486. Infinity pools. Swim-up bars. FlambĂ©ed coffee. Water taxis. Mango deck. Jetskiing in the Sea of Cortez. Sighting the pirate ship. Super comfortable lounge chairs. Dancing like crazy on the deck of the Cabo Escape cruise. Giggling Marlin & Squid Roe. Falling asleep on the beach at 1am in the morning. 

It was the perfect vacation to celebrate the end of our first year of dental school. It was also a perfect first vacation for R and me (and hopefully the first of many more to come)!