The blog and weekly journal of South Australian artist, Elaine Cheng, as she travels through Adelaide, interviewing the local cafes and restaurants. Art, inspirations, and beloved products will be inserted here and there.

Life Lessons: A Guide to Drying a Wet Camera

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Today, I want to share a lesson I've learned from a tragic little incident that happened last week. This is me sitting alone with a bucket of rice in public.


I was running around doing interviews for my food truck article when... I pulled out my drink bottle to find that the lid had come off and water had spilled over everything in my bag. I immediately took out my camera to see that it was wet. In my panic, I tried to turn it on. It never did.

Despite all the turmoil, I sat down with Rob from Burger Theory for an interview. After telling him about what had just happened, Rob immediately handed me a bucket. The team from The New York Deli truck gave me two bags of rice. Next minute, I had my camera buried in a bucket of rice, drying away. Bless these people.

So there I was, this Asian girl sitting at a table with a bucket of rice.

Say goodbye to this little guy... You've been a wonderful companion.


The point of this blog entry is, I never had experience with wet electronics. I panicked and made a million mistakes.

So here's a little guide for you, dear reader, or my future self, so you won't be that next human bean sitting in a corner, brooding over rice in public.


With all that said, I was out of action for a week. Things are back to normal now that I have adopted this beautiful Olympus OM-D E-M10. I'm just so grateful that my favourite lens wasn't damaged...


I'm buying a new water bottle. 


What about you guys? What's your method for drying out wet electronics?