the digital camera imaging and media fair drew shutterbugs from all over the nation… my friends and i being part of the crowd… the highlight of it was the velocity angels model of the year search which showcased a dozen beauties vying for the title… and the emcee for the three-day event was none other than kim… a good friend of mine from high school years… it was great catching up with family and friends over that weekend… do check out the complete gallery…. i have hundreds of photos ;)

the number of booths at the fair were way less than i expected… but at least i got some good deals on square filter systems… the only camera manufacturers present were canon and nikon… but anyway… at least the photographers had a lot of stage action to keep themselves busy shooting… the first photo below shows the winner and the runner-up of the competition… felixia and charlene (r to l)

chloe… best pose

kimberley… best body

normera… most photogenic








enough of the contestants… here are a couple more photos of the photographers and friends :)


the last thing i expected from a casual photography outing one beautiful saturday morning with my fellow colleagues was appearing in the evening edition of a local daily the very same day… guang ming caught us during our portraiture and landscape photoshoot at the sunway tunas area which was lined up with blooming sakura trees… anyway it is cool to have been featured in a newspaper :)

do click through to my high resolution gallery for more colourful photos of cherry blossoms… they were taken around altera in bayan lepas and sunway tunas on a few different occasions :)

2009-03-10-15 – In Bloom

well to be honest… those aren’t sakura or cherry blossoms contrary to the popular belief of most locals… but rather they are called tabebuia rosa or amapa… and tabebuia roseo-alba or white ipe…


two new years have passed since my last post… i have indeed abandoned updating for about two whole months… they have been quite eventful although i wouldn’t describe everything in length here… i’m trying to update my gallery more frequently with photos from the many shooting outings i have been… it can be pretty challenging to find the time when all you want to do is relax and watch some serials after a long day out and about…

the chinese new year week was a great one… i was truly happy to be just hanging around with family and friends… reuniting with buddies whom i have not seen in ages… probably a few years… anyway here are a couple of photos from the past week :)


day 7 of our borneo tour… we headed to bintulu which was a couple of hundred of kilometres south of miri… driving on the trunk road required much alertness… especially when overtaking slow-moving long vehicles at blazing speed in a kancil over a bumpy road… anyway… our first destination of the day was similajau national park… we had a short jungle trek for some hours…

click here for day 7’s album

being the sunset fan i am as some of my friends may have already known… we went back to tanjung batu to catch the fading light… the tide was high and the waves were extremely strong… hench the usual beach was inaccessible…

we hung around the town at night… and had a good rest for my final day in borneo… we made our way to niah caves early in the morning as it was yet another long drive… we spent about five hours or so exploring the caves and as usual i was shooting to my heart’s content… there are three caves in this national park namely traders cave, painted cave and great cave…

click here for day 8 – niah cave’s album

it was about four plus when we left niah… and i raced back to miri as fast as i could…  just to catch what would be the most amazing sunset by the beach that i had ever seen… and i left miri that night with sweet memories of a wonderful eight days in borneo covering many destinations both remote and urban…

click here for day 8 – taman selera beach’s album


armed with a map… we drove to brunei on day 5 of my borneo tour… driving was strenuous and boring at times i must say… more so during the following days as i began to feel weary… but it was still exciting and interesting to road trip to new places… plus having a car made it really economical and convenient to get around anytime we wanted…

our first stop was at excapade sushi in kuala belait for lunch… where we could barely finish our lunches… i over-ordered and underestimated the size of their sashimi chunks… which turned out to be pretty huge… and worth every dollar :)

from my previous post… i realised most people didn’t read closely enough to understand that each photo was a link to the full album… and since i have endless photos… even more unposted and hidden within my hard disk… i’d better have a huge bold link so you guys wouldn’t miss out the best part of the post… the photos!

click here for day 5’s album

it was another hour’s drive or so before we reached the capital… bandar seri begawan… and we were greeted by the landmark sultan omar ali saifuddin mosque right in the heart of the city…

after exploring around the city… and strolling through some pretty dead shopping complexes… we drove to the jetty overlooking the brunei river and the famous kampung ayer which is dubbed the venice of the east… to be honest… i didn’t know about the place as i had not been researching enough… perhaps an over-dependence on my tour guide… :)

it was a blessing in disguise that we decided against taking a boat ride and tour of this village because it soon poured heavily… we didn’t manage to visit it the following day either but i guess there wasn’t much to miss… or perhaps i’m just convincing myself :P… we found our way to gadong… where the night market is… and where the mall is… erm… the mall’s name is the mall… :)

we had our dinner of some local delicacies that we took away from the market… after a shower… i could not resist driving out to take the famed golden-domed jame’ ‘asr hassanil bolkiah mosque in all its glory…

the next morning… we went to the riverside kianggeh market to get some local delicacies as souvenirs to bring home… we then adjourned to the arts and handicraft centre… which was filled with very expensive  stuff for sale such as cloth… pottery… and i-forgot-what-else…

click here for day 6’s album

our next destination was the royal regalia building… which housed the king’s possesions and the various gifts from heads of states… this was much more interesting to see… most of the stuff on display were pretty grand… one would not expect less as they were fit for a king…

the chair above reminds me of what xerxes was sitting on when he was going to war in 300… below is the dome of the royal regalia building…

after a couple of hours of admiring the king’s stuff… we walked across the road to taman haji sir muda omar ali saifuddin… or the king’s garden in short… :)

after lunch… i took a long drive back to miri… and after a sumptuous seafood dinner at night… we went to taman awam miri… which has a cool canopy walk… or rather… a suspension bridge…