URBAN EXPLORING • MAY 2022

BANDAR AINSDALE
@ SEREMBAN
BY SIME DARBY PROPERTIES

Within the mature enclave of Bandar Ainsdale comes a fresh new outdoor space with the kind of focus on aesthetics that you can expect from Sime Darby. This Lake Park features a beautiful pavilion in striking shades of red, a two-storey-high slide, pavements with colorful shapes and a host of other fun installations guaranteed to make every minute of your hour-long drive from KL worth it.

 

 

STREET/ HERITAGE/ URBAN EXPLORING • MAR 2022

BENTONG, PAHANG

Among the many charming places that are a convenient hour-long drive away from the city, Bentong comes up pretty high on my list of heritage towns that are just buzzing with local activities. One may be tempted to detour to some other more touristy spots in the vicinity, but this day trip was all about grounded, honest, small-town vibes around kopitiams and wet markets and small talks with locals.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING • FEB 2022

TRAPPED IN A VIDEO GAME
@ GURNEY PLAZA

Mall got creative with the temporary hoarding of a vacant lot, and we had a fun half an hour or so reinterpreting the colorful space into a dizzying game of 3D tetris. Give us more of that please.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING/ PORTRAITS • FEB 2022

WAN YU
@ CARLSBERG INSTALLATION, REXKL

Breaking the mould of your usual Chinese New Year-themed deco, this installation by Carlsberg over at REXKL is a fun reimagination of your usual routine during those cheerful relative and friend gatherings, from playing mahjong to downing beer over conservations about your first travel destinations once covid is over.

 

 

HERITAGE/ URBAN EXPLORING • OCT 2021

PANTAI REMIS

Just a short stopover on the way to Taiping, but a rewarding one nevertheless. One day I will be back to document down the stories of this town more.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING • UPDATED MAR 2022

PETALING STREET/
CHINATOWN &
SURROUNDING AREAS:
SET 4

Finally graduating to a new set of photos for KL's most interesting heritage neighbourhood. Gentrification pushes on as new hipster joints replace sleepy stores, and instagrammers on the lookout for photo inspirations replace seedy characters searching for cheap thrills.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING • FEB 2022

THEAN HOU TEMPLE FESTIVE DECORATIONS
FOR CHINESE NEW YEAR 2022

It's becoming really quite a tradition to drop by Thean Hou Temple every Chinese New Year to admire their CNY decorations, even more so during this pandemic times when international borders are still pretty tight.

 

 

AERIAL/ URBAN EXPLORING • JAN 2022

SALOMA LINK LIGHT UP
FOR WORLD NTD DAY 2022

65 landmarks, 23 nations, all uniting for a common cause, to raise awareness of NTDs (World Neglected Tropical Diseases Day). I'm honoured to once again be a part of this event.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING • JAN 2022

SETIA SPICE CONVENTION CENTER
@ BAYAN LEPAS, PENANG

Completed in 2017, this beautiful modern archi landmark in Penang has attracted quite some attention in the social media space, and I'm happy to be finally able to explore it in the company of my friend Cheng Yih. Got our attention focused on the porte cochere, this flowing 113m-long curved structure roof that looks the most marvellous on a sunny evening. Hope to be back for the other spots in this sprawling site.

 

 

SPACES/ URBAN EXPLORING • DEC 2021

CFF (CROPS OF THE FUTURE) RESEARCH CENTER
@ SEMENYIH

One may be forgiven for being reminded by our mum's favourite plasticwear - the colorful dish covers, but these curious-looking structures rising from an otherwise common-looking landscape do beg to be given a second look. We got to know later of their original intention but the state of things from what we saw somehow gave the indication that it's being under-utilised now.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING • NOV 2021

KAYU BAKAU PASIR PANJANG
@ SITIAWAN, PERAK

This apocalyptic scene of a vast expanse of dead mongrove trees on the beach against the setting sun was both mesmerizing and saddening. We wonder what happened here. While you're visiting, the Tua Pek Kong temple at the same spot makes for an interesting stopover as well.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING • NOV 2021

TELUK INTAN

Completed in 1885, this classic site on the heritage town trail of Malaysia still captivates visitors, especially when it is lit up at night. Hoping to be back during the Chinese New Year to see a sea of lanterns handing in the square.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING • OCT 2021

ABANDONED LRT TRAIN CARS
@ ULU YAM

Excited to have spotted this dystopian scene after an hour’s drive around vegetable farms and serene ponds. We are happy to report that there were no zombies in sight. But let’s still try to keep all the doors shut. On a serious note, as the various news coverage may have mentioned, the ownership of these trains have been transferred from Prasarana to another company years ago. This location is meant to be a temporary storage while the new owners work on plans to repurpose the train cars.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING • OCT 2021

UNEXPLORED POND
@ ULU YAM

A mere 5mins’ drive away from the abandoned LRT train cars scene is a spot that couldn’t be any further apart. This small serene pond with interesting circular patches of grass had us wishing we brought our picnic basket and some sandwiches.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING • OCT 2021

JONATHAN CHEAH
@ SHAH ALAM EXTREME PARK

It was a fun morning teasing all the cool parkour moves out of Jonathan. This extreme park may be a little tired looking but it’s still a cool venue for some serious poses.

 

 

SPACES/ URBAN EXPLORING • NOV 2021

JAMBATAN KOTA
@ KLANG

Kota Bridge is the first double-decked bridge in Malaysia, and while the bustle of the city that it's in is a far cry from a few decades ago, the bridge stands sturdy and is still a good location for some street photography.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING • AUG 2021

PANGGUNG BANDARAYA DBKL
@ DATARAN MERDEKA

Located at the junction of Jalan Tun Perak and Jalan Raja, this historical theatre is definitely one of KL's most underrated building, perhaps its close proximity to the Sultan Abdul Samad building means the latter may have taken most of the attention away. For the longest time, the back portion of the building was off-limit due to ongoing restoration work, but the recent removal of barricades at the entrance revealed a charmingly restored walkway that gave access to a beautiful back facade. Looking forward to seeing what other magic is coming this way.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING • SEP 2021

BLUE BOY MANSION
@ JALAN TONG SHIN

An urban discovery of this level of charm happens only once in a while, but that is enough to keep me going. Despite having been around since 1962, this seven-storey apartment block that was once home to KL's wealthy chinese families has somehow eluded me and my street adventures. But I'm glad to have made contact now, even though many decades since its fall from glory. While the heydays are gone, there is a certain charm that remains. It helps to have really friendly residents who are taking reasonably good care of the space as well.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING/AERIAL • 2019 ONWARDS

KUALA LUMPUR:
RAPID KL FEATURE

One of the most important aspect of urban life is public transportation, and no documentation of the city will be complete without this angle. I hope to be able to continue building on the collection here.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING/ SPACES • MAY 2021

ASIA SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
@ JALAN DATO ONN

Further to the opening of AICB Center of Excellence, the hip neighbourhood of Jalan Dato Onn is blessed once again with a second work of architecture wonder that is Asia School of Business. GDP Architects is once again the creative mind behind, collaborating with Moore Ruble Yudell to give the city another gorgeous space to explore.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING • APR 2021

NEW FLYOVER
@ EMPIRE CITY

Empire City has been in the making for the past few years. While work seems to have intensified lately, this neighbourhood is certainly not short of half-constructed buildings and infrastructures, and this morning we had the opportunity to explore one stretch of a new flyover that features a cool backdrop of the gleaming buildings behind. Woke up extra early to catch the magic that was the rising sun being reflected on the glass panels.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING • JAN 2021

HOLES IN THE WALL
@ KOMTAR PENANG

Perhaps my favourite hidden architecture spot in Georgetown, Penang, this series of punctured walls on the ground floor of Penang's tallest tower may look dated, but the opportunities for quirky and fun shoots here are limitless. Come find your own interpretation of this space.

 

 

SPACES/ URBAN EXPLORING • APR 2021

BOOKXCESS
@ SUNWAY BIG BOX, NUSAJAYA

The bookstore that is as much for the bookworm as it is for the instagrammer in us has done it again. BookXcess Big Box's massive outlet is the largest in the Southern region. If their million-strong titles does not impress you, the floor-to-ceiling shelves will prove to be quite the visual feast to take in.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING • DEC 2020

GOOD MORNING MR GEORGE:
SET 9

A cosy getaway in between the pandemic lockdown phases to my favourite heritage town in Malaysia. This edition features some lightpainting work at the clan jetties.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING • APR 2021

WHAT YOU ARE THE WORLD IS:
ANDREW POK'S INSTALLATION @ THE GODOWN

Andrew Pok’s emotionally charged installation sums up the past year of our life in a surreal visual experience titled What you are the world is. Are you ready to relive the past twelve months? Head over to The Godown for more information on this event.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING/ PORTRAITS • MAR 2021

VIVI TAN IN
PARA PARA TECOMA

No coverage of the Malaysian spring phenomenon is complete without some portraits, and I'm happy to have Vivi posing for me again, this time in her floral print yukata and traditional umbrella. Among the locations covered include Air Panas field and basketball court, Plaza Tol Gombak and Danau Kota flats.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING • DEC 2020

MACALLUM APARTMENT
@ GEORGETOWN, PENANG

tidy, repeating lines of Macallum Apartment intrigue me. There are so many ways to admire them by, especially while observing the interplay of light and shadow as the sun shifts from morning to evening.

 

 

AERIAL/ URBAN EXPLORING • JAN 2021

KL TOWER
FROM THE AIR:
A COMPILATION

The other contender for everyone's favourite architecture in KL, KL Tower makes frequent appearances in the urban explorers' work. Here's and compilation of some aerial shots done of this beauty.

 

 

SPACES/ URBAN EXPLORING • JAN 2021

1 UTAMA
CHINESE NEW YEAR
DECORATIONS 2021

The Year 2021 could risk having its chinese new year celebrations stripped, amidst the raging pandemic still chalking up aggressive numbers on new covid infections. Not all malls are ready to let this dampen their festive spirits though. Against all odds, 1 Utama, in particular, gave us the most impressive set up that I have seen, a good-sized pagoda in a garden of plum blossoms, surrounded by a ring of covered walkway that covers the entire length and breath of the podium. The visual impact is immediately arresting. Combined that with a longing for exotic overseas locations that have eluded us for a year now, and we have got a hit.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING • JAN 2021

CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY:
LIGHTPAINTING COMPILATION

the longest time I was reluctant to go into lightpainting, the chore of having to lug a tripod and extra gears around was more than enough to hold me back. But the last year or so of me finally taking up the challenge was the single reason I could now elevate my work to the next level, and it was definitely worth every bit of trouble I took to research and prepare for the shoot. Special thanks to Fotorgear for the key gear used and my tireless assistant Wei Jian for all your help.

 

 

GUIDES • UPDATED JAN 2021

37 KUALA LUMPUR
HIDDEN INSTAGRAM-WORTHY HOTSPOTS
THAT YOU NEED TO EXPLORE NOW

Kuala Lumpur may not have the most glitzy modern architecture, but the interplay of old versus new is very much alive here as urban decay gives way to towering skyscrapers. If you look hard enough, lying just slightly off the radar of most urban explorers are plenty of gorgeous spots that will make your venturing off the beaten track worth the time and effort.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING • DEC 2020

LOST IN GENTING HIGHLANDS

The entire urban chaos that is Genting Highlands, it exudes a certain poetic charm for those who cared to look closely, especially on a foggy evening. If only I had the chance to spend an entire week here.

 

 

PORTRAITS/ URBAN EXPLORING • NOV 2020

KEITH IN KEDAI KL
@ PETALING JAYA

Kedai is an artisanal marketplace that was carved out from a block over at MAHSA Avenue to create this airy, artsy space for a curated retail and lifestyle experience. This recent facelift gave the center court an even more interesting set of patterns and colors.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING • OCT 2020

PETRONAS TWIN TOWERS
@ KLCC

Here's an album dedicated to the urban landmark of it all, the twin towers that have been so quintessentially Kuala Lumpur that despite decades since their completion, they continue to outshine every other buildings that come even after it. Words can't fully describe our love for these two architectural marvel, and so we pointed our cameras and, more recently, drones at them.

 

 

PORTRAITS/ URBAN EXPLORING • SEP 2020

OWEN YAP
@ MELAKA

Our next adventure with Owen Yap brought us to the historical city of Melaka. While I have lost count of the number of times I've been here, the evolving city has proven to still have the ability to keep us entertained as we uncovered new sights to shoot in, especially along the river.

 

 

TRAVEL/ URBAN EXPLORING • JUL 2020

PANTAI MANGKUK
@ SETIU, TERENGGANU

I must admit that I have quite given the East Coast a cold shoulder until now. And it took a virus the scale of COVID19 for me to get my first taste of Terengganu. And gosh it was one of the most idyllic places that I have been! Narrow roads lined with coconut tree, in a tight, almost deserted peninsula sandwiched between a river and the sea, and three glorious days of sunny weather. We were spoilt.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING • JUN 2020

ASIA STREET FOOD CLUB
@ PETALING STREET

A vintage museum moonlighting as a restaurant, you could almost believe this tale - that is the impressive array of beautifully preserved tokens from yesteryear on display here. Visitors to Kwai Chai Hong should not miss dropping by the upper floor of this place for a trip down memory lane.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING • APR 2020

#HEARTANDTHECITY:
KUALA LUMPUR STREET PHOTOGRAPHY SERIES:
ALBUM 4

Album 4! Tying up the loose ends of newly-discovered spots and the usual tourist spots and everything in between.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING • MAR 2020

TAMAN TASIK TITIWANGSA
@ TITIWANGSA

Opened in Dec 2019 after more than a year of upgrading work, the refurbished Titiwangsa Park now features a few interesting spots that are begging to be the playground of your next exploration out in town. My top picks include the black torii gate, which is really a series of square metalwork frames lining a walkway, a cocoon-like bird nest structure nearby, and an activity area drawn with a series of curvy lines on the floor, also not far away. Come on a weekday morning to avoid the crowd, and do pray for a sunny day.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING • DEC 2019

PPR SERI SELANGOR
@ PUDU

Seri Selangor may pass as any regular-looking low-cost apartment blocks from far, but a closer inspection reveals a futsal field that has been given a playful coat of orange and yellow colors, best appreciated from an aerial view. And then there is the set of semicircular monkey bar structure that I thought was charmingly reminiscent of the good old childhood days.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING • FEB 2020

TROPICANA GARDENS MALL
@ KOTA DAMANSARA

It's not everyday that we get a new but perfectly empty mall to play in. Clean lines and clear spaces interrupted only by the occasional cleaner or guard will satisfy the most OCD of urban explorer.

 

 

PORTRAITS/ URBAN EXPLORING • OCT 2019

KAI IN
BALAI SENI LUKIS NEGARA

Must admit that I have never thought much of our national art gallery but oh gosh how wrong was I. The past weekday morning exploring its various interactive exhibits in the company of Kai was one of the most fun art gallery experiences that I have had in the recent months.

 

 

PORTRAITS/ URBAN EXPLORING • OCT 2019

KAI IN
BANK NEGARA MALAYSIA
MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY

Our National Bank complex may be famous for its spiral staircase, which rightfully is one of the most grand-looking one around, but the museum and art gallery here house quite a few insta-worthy spots that should not be missed during the visit. I especially love the giant flipping newspaper installation that took up quite some of our time to milk dry all the fun ideas that came up.

 

 

AERIAL/ URBAN HERITAGE • AUG 2018

ALOR SETAR FROM ABOVE

It's the northern most part of peninsula Malaysia that I've been and I'm glad heartdrone came along to take some shots of the pretty looking Alor Setar Tower during sunset. One day I'll be back to cover more of the town's other charming angles.

 

 

SPACES/ URBAN EXPLORING • JUL 2018

YTL LAND
SENTUL DEPOT:
DETAILS

Spread across a million square feet of forgotten land is a collection of lost memories from the not so distant past that are begging to be documented down. So as a spin-off to the wide shots in the main album, here's a collection of the finer details that hopefully will continue to share a piece of the depot's future.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING • JUL 2018

PANGSAPURI SERI INDAH
@ SERI KEMBANGAN

Our quest for uncovering more oldschool urban exploring gems now expands our coverage outwards to include the other older neigbourhoods further from the center of KL. Loving the long narrow airway of these two decades-old blocks.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING • JUN 2018

EMPIRE CITY DAMANSARA

Mammoth Empire may have big dreams for their flagship development, but Empire City Damansara has taken on a life of its own as urban folk tries to make do with life in this half-constructed limbo land where deserted carpark levels and bare concrete podiums co-exist with struggling retail spaces. There are plenty of nooks and crannies for the urban explorers to spend a day uncovering.

 

 

URBAN HERITAGE • APR 2018

PANGSAPURI SS8 KELANA JAYA
@ PETALING JAYA

Another hidden gem of the oldschool apartment type lies in SS8, Kelana Jaya. These two blocks of flat features exposed stairways on each end that links the left and right side together, affording a beautiful view against the sweeping neighbourhood below.

 

 

URBAN HERITAGE • MAR 2018

INSTAMEET
KUALA LUMPUR
3.0

Three months since the first instameet, and I finally found time to organise the next urban heritage street walk. Happy to see that the interest to explore and uncover the city's hidden sights is still strong, and I'm truly blessed to have met a few more passionate and enthusiastic urban explorers. This round we covered the charming neighbourhood of Chow Kit, focusing mainly on two vintage flats, namely Selayang Flat for its mind-boggling square spiral staircase, and the Tiong Nam flat for its oldschool vibe and the zig-zag interlinking stairways. The bonus find was this set of fire escape spirals not far away that has been cleaned up pretty nicely, allowing more charming spots to be used for our shoots.

 

 

AERIAL/ URBAN HERITAGE/ SPACES • THROUGHOUT 2018

#HEARTANDTHECITY:
KUALA LUMPUR AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY SERIES
ON THE DJI MAVIC PRO
(ALBUM 2)

The adventure continues as I bring the trusty DJI Mavic Pro along for more flights around the city I called home. Still feeling the high from soaring above the usual street-level viewpoints, going where no camera has gone before, to discover fresh perspectives of which to experience the city by.

 

 

URBAN HERITAGE • APR 2016 ONWARDS

#HEARTANDTHECITY:
KUALA LUMPUR
PUBLIC & LOW-COST HOUSING
ARCHITECTURE SERIES

I'm a city boy at heart. The bustle of the urban jungle excites me, its various dizzying interplay of architectural elements and their inhabitants sprawled out like a treasure throve of pleasant discoveries, keeping my wandering mind entertained. While fancy new developments may be giving the urban skyline its newfound sparkle, I hold a special place in my heart for the city's countless public and low-cost housing estates. The often fuss-free, functional blocks may stand bare and unattractive among the modern skyscrapers, but the current minimalism movement has finally start to show how these seemingly boring architecture can hold such startling beauty, if only we care to take time to explore and uncover them. So follow me as I embark on this exploration, one apartment at a time.

 

 

PORTRAITS/ HERITAGE • NOV 2017

PEOPLE 157:
EKKU IN
"BOY FROM TANGKAK"

This album is pretty fated. If not for us being in Tangkak for an overnight trip and Ekku for being back in hometown that same weekend, we wouldn't have had the chance to meet up for this very last minute adhoc shoot in a charming old town. We have facebook to thank too for bringing us together of course. Been awhile since I last did such a spontaneous, carefree, lifestyle album, no preplanning, no frantic research, just going where my heart leads me. Kinda reminds me of how I started it all.

 

 

URBAN HERITAGE • DEC 2016

PETALING STREET,
CHINATOWN:
SET 3

I may still be hanging out in Chinatown once in awhile but that's mostly for cafe-hopping nowadays, so it's nice to once again bring my gears along for another round of street photography, this time in the company of a fellow photography enthusiast by the name of Ivan.

 

 

URBAN HERITAGE • JAN 2016

GEORGETOWN, PENANG:
SET 5

Heartpatrick's cuti-cuti Malaysia kicks off in Year 2016 with a drop-in to my favourite Malaysian town for an ex-colleague's wedding. Still charming as ever, and the discovery of newly opened homestays and other f&b establishments mean more reasons to be back, hopefully soon.

 

 

URBAN HERITAGE • JUN 2014

WALLER COURT:
(IPOH, PERAK
)

One of the most vivid experience of a recent short weekend getaway to Ipoh was the discovery of Waller Courts, a collection of low-cost flats built in the 1960s of which remaining residents are mostly a handful of senior folks still quietly going about their daily lives. If you have an old folk waiting for you somewhere, it's time to go home.

 

 

URBAN HERITAGE • DEC 2012

GEORGETOWN, PENANG:
SET 2

The ongoing visit to this charming town has resulted in the need to do a set 2, focusing mainly on the visit to Sekeping Victoria, and the famous wall murals, of course.

 

 

URBAN HERITAGE • 2010 THROUGH 2012

GEORGETOWN, PENANG:
SET 1

After all the exploring and camwhoring overseas, finally here comes a travel album right from our beloved homeland. Penang has always been held close to my heart, with its vintage collecton of old shophouses and an excellent line-up of mouth-watering hawker fare round just about every corner. For a photographer who's into the old-school charms and quaint neighbourhoods, I guess I can never go wrong with Georgetown. :)

 

 

URBAN HERITAGE • MAR 2011

RAUB!

It's so fun to be able to shoot in bright sunlight again, with no constant drizzle and moody skies like those from central Vietnam or The Hague to worry about.

Raub wasn't as old and weary as I have expected it to be, but like any other small towns, it's got its fair share of stories to tell and people's lives to document down. And I'm glad to have done that in the good company of my fellow photo gang.

Having just been with me for one proper shoot, the Canon 10-22mm UWA now replaces the Tamron 17-50mm as my all-time favourite lens with its interesting rendition of perspective that definitely helped to dramatise my little Raub tale. :">

 

 

URBAN HERITAGE • OCT 2010

JOHOR BAHRU

From a weekend in JB during a recent wed AD coverage comes this little collection of urban shots of this forgotten jewel, the southern most tip of the asian continent, though most people refers to this city as the backyard of Singapore. Well it's not without its charms definitely, and oh the food! I didn't know JB packs such a gastronomical experience. At least that was a pleasant surprise. :)

 

 

URBAN HERITAGE • JUN 2010

PETALING STREET,
KUALA LUMPUR

Doing a groupie walkabout shoot in my beloved city with my fellow photog friends, that's an overdue activity that I have set aside for far too long.So it's nice to finally be able to pick up the darn camera and chuck all my models aside so I can concentrate on capturing the spirit of our urban life.

817pm is the first album in this series, and what better place to start this off than our charming Petaling Street on a busy Friday night.

The shots shown here are done entirely on a Sigma 50mm f1.4. Also participating in this shoot are Steven Goh, Gene Kok, Peter, Josh Chua, and Miaow Miaow

 

 

URBAN HERITAGE • JAN 2007

MALACCA/ MELAKA

 

 

URBAN HERITAGE • AUG 2010

BRICKFIELDS

What better way to celebrate our National day than to publish another set of photos from the urban heritage series, this time from Brickfields. Recent redevelopment activities, coupled with the bustling KL Sentral hub has unfortunately stripped this neighbourhood of alot of its charms, but it was nevertheless a fun experience with fellow photokakis. :)

 

 

URBAN HERITAGE • JUN 2014

PASAR BESAR
JALAN OTHMAN,
PJ OLDTOWN

This marvellously muhibbah market is the perfect place for beginners to practise their street photography skills.

 

 

URBAN HERITAGE • FEB 2012

JONKERJOY, MALACCA/MELAKA

I hold a dear place in my heart for the heritage area of Jonker Street and its surrounding neighbourhood. This collection of beautifully preserved houses and its fading trades are a marvel for the lenses no matter how many times I come here. It's my first urban heritage playground outside of Kuala Lumpur, and has been the backdrop of a few prewedding portraits that I have done in recent years.

 

 

URBAN HERITAGE • JAN 2012

VINTAGE SELANGOR: SUNGAI BESAR, KUALA KUBU BARU

The state of Selangor brings about images of hectic city living, swanky modern neighbourhoods, squeaky new malls, and the likes of urban developments. Yet just a little venture off the beatan highways brings us to sleepy little towns where charming chinese coffee shops, rusty mechanic outlets and old indian barbers still thrive. This is a collection of photos from our recent exploration into these quaint towns forgotten by the wave of modernity.

If you're into photography, don't just wait for the next flight out to warm your cameras up. Go embark on a heart-warming discovery that is just a short drive away from KL, and discover for yourself this warm bunch of sweet oldtown folks that are always willing to stop, smile and pose for you, and share a little joke or story, or two.

 

 

URBAN HERITAGE • JUN 2008

KLPAC:
KL PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

Here's an album that celebrates the invigorated senses I feel everytime I drop by the KLPac and Sentul Park area, what more after a refreshing downpour on a peaceful evening.

 

 

URBAN HERITAGE • JUN 2010

PUDU WET MARKET

From the Heartpatrick's urban heritage series comes this second collection of snapshots, this time right from the clutter of the Pudu wet market on buzzing Sunday morning.

Gosh if you need to practise your photography skills, you can't go wrong here! Not only are the vendors friendly, they're truly not camera-shy at all! Don't be surprised if you find some dying to pose for you (even though you don't want them to), and striking conversations with you to find out more about your shoot.Heck I even got to distribute all my namecards to the folks.

God bless all you kind people. :)

 

 

OTHERS • SEP 2015

A DAY WITH AUNT SUSIE

Without doing anything, Aunt Susie's decades old place in Ampang Jaya is in trend again. Those vintage furnitures and fixtures and flooring look like they're ready for some good old reminiscing times.

 

 

OTHERS • MAR 2013

HEARTPATRICK
INSTAGRAM COLLECTION: VOLUME 1

Having a full-size SLR and lenses hanging on the neck all the time is an idea entertained by only the most avid of photographers, and for the rest of us,we are happy enough to work within the fairly decent capabilities of the smartphones' built-in cameras. That is where Instagram comes in to fill the gap.

Here's a small collection of my most well-received Instagram postings since the day I joined this trigger-happy community.

 

 

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SPACES/ URBAN EXPLORING • MAY 2022

KL SENTRAL
@ MRCB LAND

It's been more than 20 years since KL Sentral opened its doors for the first time, but KL's premiere transit-oriented hub has continued to transform the city's skyline and the public transportation experience of its urban dwellers until today. While my most visited spot here in this 290000 square meters of space has been the pedestrian crossing of Nu Sentral to Brickfields, this collaboration with MRCB Land has allowed me to really spend some quality time exploring its every nook and cranny.

 

 

HERITAGE • APR 2022

CHERANDONG DAM WATERFALL
@ KUALA KUBU BHARU

It’s hard to believe that such a sight exists right at the doorsteps of Klang Valley. Yet here it is in its full glory, bathed in the warm morning sun. The Cherandong Dam is an old structure left behind from the British era, and while it may have now fallen out of use, the sight of it is as captivating as ever.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING • MAR 2021

ELMINA RAINBOW BRIDGE
@ ELMINA CITY, SHAH ALAM

And another impossibly instagrammable colorful spot emerges in the Klang Valley, this time in the form of a set of bridges, built by Sime Darby as part of the infrastructure in its new township Elmina City. This place is best appreciated on a sunny day when the shadows of the colorful overhanging rainbow strips above add another layer of pattern on the walkway below.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING • MAR 2022

PUTRAJAYA
LESSER-KNOWN COOL IG SPOTS

It's sometimes hard to believe that country's administrative capital has been around for 20 years. Carved out from a sprawling 5000 hectares of mostly palm plantations, this city is not short on cool photography spots, thanks to the ability to plan things out from scratch. While you most probably already know the top photo spots around here, there are also quite a number of lesser-known ones that are equally interesting. Here is a list of spots that have captured our imagination in the last few years

 

 

SPACES/ PORTRAITS/ URBAN EXPLORING • FEB 2022

BOOKXCESS
@ REXKL

This repurposed oldschool cinema in the city's charming Chinatown district has seen a number of interesting set up in the past, and BookXcess' charming reintepretation of the space is perhaps the most exciting that I have seen. Multi-storey-high bookcases extended the space vertically as giants steps retained from the cinema hall completed the 3D maze. This fortress of a playground is just begging to be explored.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING • JAN 2022

KAMPUNG AGONG
@ PENAGA, PENANG

SharingIf you can't decide between spending time in a coconut grove or the paddy fields, Kampung Agong is your answer. Situated in Penaga, Pulau Pinang, this countryside “Agro Themed Park” has been hot on the instragrammer to-do list for awhile now, and I'm so glad to have dropped by on a beautiful, sunny morning. Will definitely time my second visit to coincide with the golden harvest season next.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING • DEC 2021

STAR/KL LIGHT INSTALLATION
BY JUN ONG @ THE GODOWN

Still recovering from the regrets of having missed his epic 2015 work in Butterworth, I knew i just have to rush over and check out Jun Ong's next chapter in his STAR series, happening right now at the Godown.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING • NOV 2021

THE PARC
@ NILAI IMPIAN

Mirrors make for some cool visual effects, and this dizzyingly gorgeous installation at The Parc has all the mirrors we will ever need for our insta games. If you’re planning to do a little sprint in this maze, please watch your steps carefully, and don’t trust ur eyes entirely.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING • NOV 2021

TAIPING LAKE GARDENS
@ TAIPING, PERAK

Finally got another key sight checked off my Malaysian heritage sites list. Staying true to being the wettest place in the country, it was absolutely wet throughout most of our shoot in this 140yo ex-mining ground wonder, but that just added to the magical, misty, dreamy mood of the shots. And given Taiping folk's love of their rainbow umbrella, there's no other more appropriate prop that we should showcase.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING • NOV 2021

A DAY AT
DAMANSARA HEIGHTS

A recent commercial work for an upcoming upscale highrise residential development in Damansara Heights for E&O brought us on a more focused documentation of this charming neighbourhood, from its thriving cafe and bar scene at Plaza Damansara to the tree-lined roads and nearby golf courses. Can you spot any of your favourite haunt in this set of photos?

 

 

SPACES/ URBAN EXPLORING • OCT 2021

BOOKXCESS MYTOWN
@ CHERAS

The city’s latest playground is here, and it’s at Book Xcess' newest store at My Town Shopping Center.

 

 

SPACES/ URBAN EXPLORING • OCT 2021

ENLIGHTENED HEART BUDDHIST TEMPLE
@ TAMBUN, PERAK

Hidden deep within the limestone hills of Tambun is a Tibetan temple with a pagoda boasting an interior architecture so mind-blowing I had to stop every other step just to take the whole scene in. The 13 levels of hanging balconies and curved stairways may be unsettling for acrophobics but this enlightening experience to the Buddha statue on top will be remembered for a long time to come.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING • JUN 2021

BERJAYA TIMES SQUARE
@ BUKIT BINTANG

There's something about the desolate, forgotten world of Berjaya Times Square that makes it appealing - those dystopian scenes of deserted chinese new year deco and empty food streets make for a strangely beautiful urban backdrop during these trying times. Let's hope for things to return to normal once the dust settles.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING/ AERIAL • SEP 2021

RIVER OF LIFE/ MASJID JAMEK
@ KUALA LUMPUR

The story of Kuala Lumpur, told in one frame. We can't get any closer than with the image of Masjid Jamek sitting at the confluence of Gombak river and Klang River. And the River of Life project elevated the dramatic scene further with dreamy blue perimeter lightingd and the intermittent mist that magically transform the mosque into one that is seemingly floating in the clouds. This is one spot that has to be seen with one's own eyes, and sometimes one's drone.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING • MAY 2021

KAPUR TREES MASTING
ALONG RAWANG BYPASS

The Kapur trees, or Dryobalanops aromatica as they are scientifically called, is a species of critically endangered plant in the family Dipterocarpaceae. Sometimes affectionately referred to as the broccoli forest, the large collection of these trees along the Rawang Bypass is why the highway was built to shape like such, to snake its way around the trees and therefore minimizing the impact of construction. Once every few years, the phenomenon of mast seeding, also called masting, occurs. It refers to the synchronous production of large numbers of seeds or fruit by a population of plants. The resulting sea of yellow was quite a sight to behold, and I was lucky enough to have caught this beautiful sight with my drone before a fresh wave of COVID restrictions came into play.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING/ PORTRAITS • MAY 2021

NOEY IN
MASJID ASY-SYAKIRIN @ KLCC

The KLCC area may boast quite a few popular attractions within the vicinity of the Twin Towers, but this beautiful mosque has eluded me all these while, until this Ramadhan month, where I had the honour of marvelling at its architecture from a close distance, in the company of my friend Noey.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING • APR 2021

APARTMENT PUTRA RIA
@ JALAN BANGSAR

Back in the embrace of one of the earliest apartment complexes that I explored when I started this urban exploring series. And I'm glad to report that it's charming as ever. Still as blown away by the tightly-packed lines that are so reminiscent of Hong Kong, a place that seems too far away in this strange time.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING • APR 2021

TAMAN BAYU TEBRAU
@ PERMAS JAYA, JOHOR BAHRU

Launched in 1999, Taman Bayu Tebrau was a residential project that was expected to complete in 2005. It subsequently stalled after the developer got hit by a financial crisis. This ill-fated project remains uncompleted despite a more recent effort by the government to revive it. The abandoned site joins the numerous other constructions in the city that suffered the same outcome.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING • MAR 2021

PARA PARA TECOMA:
MALAUSIAN SAKURA IN FULL BLOOM
@ KUALA LUMPUR

Spring is here, and we may still be trapped with no international travel. While we may miss the sights of sakura overseas, our local malaysian sakura trees, or tecoma, has put up a beautiful surprise for us city folk this year, launching into a simultaneous display of full blooms, in colors of white and pink. The extreme hot weather earlier has triggered the trees to produce more flowers during this flowering season, the resulting sights are this surreal, glorious views that are not unlike the hanami experience from Japan. Locations covered include Taman Batu Muda, and Flat Danau Kota.

 

 

URBAN EXPLRING/ STREET • MAR 2021

MURAL WITH TRX EXCHANGE 108 VANTAGE POINT
BY AKID ONE @ JALAN NAGASARI

There's a sidelane off Jalan Nagasari, specifically Jalan Angsoka, that offers a cool vantage point of one of the city's most prominent tower, TRX's Exchange 108. And if the beautiful contrast of seedy sidelane and modern skyscraper alone was not impressive enough, the walls of the buildings lining this street have now been dressed with beautiful murals by local artist Akid One, as part the DBKL's effort to rejuvenate the entertainment district of Changkat Bukit Bintang. Come on a sunny noon and let the blue skies transition into the cheerful blue hues of the mural. And don't miss the spot where you will be able to align the mural with Exchange 108.

 

 

URBAN EXPLRING/ STREET • MAR 2021

IMBI PLAZA CARPARK VANTAGE POINT
@ BUKIT BINTANG

The old IT marketplace of the city may have lost its place in our hearts, but the very existence of this building right in the bustling center means we continue to get an excellent vantage point to observe the city from. The carpark on the upper levels gives some wonderful views, especially of the monorail and Berjaya Times Square, before opening up towards Tun Razak Exchange.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING • JAN 2021

SAFARI LAGOON:
ABANDONED WATER THEMEPARK
@ PANDAN PERDANA

The story of Safari Lagoon, Klang Valley's first roof top water themepark, has fascinated many. It was the go-to destination when it first opened its door back in 1998. While many of the city folk still reminisce about the wonderful memories created there, and wondered about how things are looking everytime they pass by this building while driving along MRR2, hopefully this set of images will help.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING • JAN 2021

THE HORIZON
@ BANGSAR SOUTH

The orderly, tightly packed set of office blocks at the Horizon at Bangsar South is your perfect dose of medicine if you're missing a similar urban lookup of big cities like Hong Kong, or more specifically the China Hong Kong City, minus the gold tint. You may find quite a few ways of playing with this interesting perspective while fighting the urge of playing a plane right in the middle.

 

 

PORTRAITS/ URBAN EXPLORING • NOV 2020

VIVI TAN IN
THE PV PARK BY TAIKI
@ MELATI UTAMA

Surrounded by conventional-looking apartments, the PV Park's european-inspired pavilion and maze garden stood out like a surreal dream. The locals may not think much of it, but with the right treatment this location can be a fun morning portrait spot.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING • OCT 2020

MENARA TA ONE:
PETRONAS TWIN TOWERS
VANTAGE POINT

For decades the Petronas Twin Towers graced the KL skyline, and it's towering height a beacon of the country's march towards a developed nation. It's no wonder that we are so fascinated with catching them in our photos. Menara TA One sits right opposite the road from this landmark, and it's open-air top level of the carpark section presents the perfect opportunity to capture the twin towers from a very close, and higher vantage point than the usual street-level spots that you may find around this area. Come on a wet evening, and the extensive puddles on the floor will complete the magic.

 

 

PORTRAITS/ URBAN EXPLORING • OCT 2020

ANGEL TAN
@ TAMAN WENG LOCK
BANGSAR

It's been easily two years since my last portrait session here, and I'm glad to see Taman Weng Lock still holding up to the title of the most charming neighbourhood in KL. This round I'm accompanied by Angel Tan who wanted a set of photos to commemorate her 40th birthday. Among some of the cool spots to check out around here are Sekeping Tenggiri, Kurau Library, Kebun-kebun Bangsar, and the row of quaint fb outlets along Lorong Kurau.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING • SEP 2020

MERDEKA 2020:
KUALA LUMPUR
URBAN EXPLORING
SPECIAL EDITION

I may have lost count of the number of years spent combing the streets of KL searching for my next photo story, but I do know as a fact that I have never really given much thought to documenting the Merdeka mood around the city come August and September every year. 2020 is definitely not the best year for that, as we continue to practise social distancing and avoid large-scale celebrations. But the pandemic gave me the opportunity and determination to still try. Special thanks to Fotorgear for making the wonderful Magilight lightpainting stick, for without it, I would not have been as effective in injecting some patriotic themes to some of the locations that I covered.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING/ PORTRAITS • AUG 2020

OWEN YAP
@ KUALA SEPETANG CHARCOAL FACTORIES

This is definitely one of the major highlights of our Kuala Sepetang trip. The town's line-up of charcoal factories boast a collection of some really wonderful photo opportunities, from the transportation of mangrove tree trunks through canals to the manufacturing process. Pray that you get a sunny morning because the sight of light rays filtering down from the roof alone will be worth the trip here.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING • JUL 2020

JIN YOW
@ KLCC PARK

Over two decades since their completion, the Petronas Twin Towers continue to be the most recognisable landmark of the city. While we are never short of a cool vantage point of the gleaming structures, the adjoining park offers one of the best spots in town to admire the towers, given its close promixity and varied installations.

 

 

PORTRAITS/ URBAN EXPLORING • JUN 2020

CHENG YIH
@ TELUK BAHANG DAM,
PENANG

Who would have thought that a long, straight staircase off the side of a dam could be this photogenic, but that's how photography reinterprets spaces, and I'm glad I managed to pull along my Penang friend, Cheng Yih, to pose.

 

 

SPACES/ URBAN EXPLORING • MAR 2020

SALOMA LINK BRIDGE
@ KLCC
BY VERITAS ARCHITECTS

Finally, after all these years of waiting, the city center received a strong addition to the list of iconic structures in town, one that is breath-taking and most certainly prominent enough to complement the Petronas Twin Towers. This RM31mil, futuristic-looking archi wonder is best appreciated in the evening and at night, when it's lit by a combination of 4100 LED lights for a mesmerising color-shifting display.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING • MAR 2020

INTELLIGENTSIA BOOK STATION
@ CHINATOWN

They don't make bookstores like these anymore. Nestled among a row of old shophouses along Jalan Tun Tan Siew Sin is this 20yo one-of-a-kind gem that may once be the haunt of bookworms, but as the Information age sweeps in, the keen-eyed instagrammers should find themselves with a space that is as messy as it is charming. Owner is very kind to allow photography, so do be the gracious guest and help support their business by bringing back some books with you for those me time moments at the beach.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING • FEB 2020

NU SENTRAL ROOFTOP
@ KL SENTRAL

addition to the magnificient overhead pedestrian crossing, Nu Sentral Mall has a second architectural wonder hidden in plain sight since its opening. It is in the form of a glass pyramid structure sitting on its rooftop, a spot that has until now been off limits to the general public. With the opening of new f&b outlets there, this space is finally opened and ready to be explored.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING/ SPACES • FEB 2020

MASJID TNB BANGSAR
@ JALAN BANGSAR

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING • FEB 2020

GOOD MORNING MR GEORGE
CHINESE NEW YEAR 2020 EDITION

It's been my dream to celebrate the Chinese New Year in Penang, and I finally got the opportunity to do so this year. If Georgetown was already charming on usual days, the touches of red deco added another layer of magic to the visual feast. I only wish that I had enough time to stay on till the Jade Emperor celebrations. That's something to look foward to next year then.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING • JAN 2020

COLORFUL UMBRELLA
@ EMPIRE DAMANSARA

Empire Damansara has an open secret that's been around since it launched many years ago. I've been slow in covering this spot but it is a gorgeous one nevertheless. So glad that I brought my prop along, turned out that it was the exact same umbrella as those hanging in rows above.

 

 

SPACES/ URBEX • DEC 2019

BOOKXCESS, SUNSURIA FORUM
@ SHAH ALAM

Not all bookstores are created equal, and in the case of the latest BookXcess outlet in Sunsuria Forum, the interior architectural game has been upped by elevating a book store to the status of an instagram hotspot, perhaps having sought inspiration from similar cool bookstores and libraries in China and Korea.

 

 

SPACES/STREET • OCT 2019

WOLO KUALA LUMPUR
@ BUKIT BINTANG

A new, bold WOLO is here, fresh from a complete makeover a few years in the making. Bukit Bintang deserves a new hip hotel, and we have got it. It helps that the handsome brick facade has been retained too, giving the busy Bukit Bintang-Sultan Ismail intersection another beautiful angle.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING • OCT 2019

JALAN ALOR STREET ART
@ BUKIT BINTANG

The Jalan Alor and surrounding area in Bukit Bintang may be famous for its stretch of local food stalls, but thanks to some recent art installations by the local council, the neighbourhood is giving urban explorer another exciting reason to drop by. Dingy alleys and filthy sidewalks are now home to colorful murals and light installations, begging to be the backdrop of hipsters hungry for their next OOTD shots.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING • SEP 2019

THE LINC KUALA LUMPUR

At first there was a struggle but the explosion of instagrammable spots in Kuala Lumpur is thankfully not showing signs of slowing down, with a growing list of strong contenders vying for a spot in the list of the most colorful locations in the city. And the Linc is packed with them! This art-centric mall holds a winning combo of nature, food and creative retail, all housed in a structure dotted with backdrops that will slow down the most demanding instagrammer. The adventurous few that are able to make their way to the vast color block roof above will be in for a pleasant surprise.

 

 

PORTRAITS/ URBAN EXPLORING • AUG 2019

SHIRLEY AT EURO FUN PARK
@ PUCHONG

A funfair like this is hard to come by nowadays, so I have Euro Fun Park to thank for giving me the opportunity to reminisce about my childhood and those carefree years of growing up. And of course no visits would be complete without the company of a model.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING • AUG 2019

SIN SZE SI YA TEMPLE
@ CHINATOWN/ PETALING STREET

I may have lost count of the number of chinese temple that I have visited here in Kuala Lumpur, but there is nothing quite like Sin Sze Si Ya Temple. Befitting of its title as the oldest Taoist temple in the city, it was built by Yap Ah Loy in 1883, and has since stood at its location till this day. The surreal atmosphere of the temple is best appreciated on a sunny afternoon, where shafts of light streaming down from its age-old windows in the courtyard come to life against the rising incense smoke from the altars below.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING/ STREET • FEB 2019

#HEARTANDTHECITY:
KUALA LUMPUR
STREET PHOTOGRAPHY SERIES:
ALBUM 2

Is Kuala Lumpur getting more pretty by the day, or am I just trying harder now to uncover its beauty? The urban explorer in me continue to build momentum as I spend more time being out and about and digging deeper into what my beloved city has to offer.

 

 

URBAN HERITAGE • SEP 2017 ONWARDS

#HEARTANDTHECITY:
KUALA LUMPUR
STREET PHOTOGRAPHY
SERIES

While shooting architecture may be what drives me primarily in the recent year or so, nothing can replace the thrill of general street photography, the need to tell the city dwellers' stories against the dizzying array of colorful urban backdrop is so addictively pressing that I could continue to do this for a very long time. This album has been updated with the recently launched Canon/Uber Hidden Cities campaign shots.

 

 

SPACES/ URBAN EXPLORING • JUL 2018

YTL LAND
SENTUL DEPOT:
KELLIE'S CASTLE

Lovingly referred to as Kellie's Castle, this brick structure has eluded all attempts at photographying it for the past decade or so, so imagine my fulfillment of being able to spent all the time that I want now to document its facade and every nook and cranny.

 

 

URBAN HERITAGE • DEC 2017

RIFLE RANGE FLATS
@ PADANG TEMBAK, PENANG

Completed in the early 1970's, the Rifle Range Flats development is one of Penang's earliest low-cost housing project, and was once the tallest buildings in the island. Many of the generations who have called this place home may have passed on or moved out, but the collective memories of these nine blocks of apartments add on to the charms of the place. The nine blocks of apartment complexes have just recently been given a fresh coat of paint as part of the upgrading works done here, so there could not be a more apt time to come explore this beautiful oldschool architectural wonder.

 

 

AERIAL/ URBAN HERITAGE • NOV 2017

TANGKAK FROM ABOVE

Tangkak may not be the most spectacular of towns but its charms kept me occupied nevertheless for a few hours as I took my Mavic Pro for a spin around its heritage landmarks.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING • APR 2017

OLYMPUS EM10 MARK II
SHOWCASE:
ALBUM 4

The trusty camera continues to be this very convenient option for the casual occasions when my heavy fullframe gears prefer to stick at home for abit.

 

 

URBAN HERITAGE • DEC 2016

#HEARTANDTHECITY:
PANGSAPURI PKNS 17
@ KERINCHI

The U-shaped 17-storey tall pkns flat in Kerinchi may have graced the neighbourhood skyline for the last four decades, yet it now stand like a dwarf among its other spanking new neighbours, oblivious, or perhaps defiant to the wave of rapid urban development that is bringing vast changes to Kerinchi. I've been wanting to explore this place for the longest time, so am glad that I finally found time during a stretch of holidays to tease some memories out from the charming structure.

 

 

URBAN HERITAGE • JUN 2016

GEORGETOWN, PENANG:
SET 6

After having spent a few hurried weekends here and there and then leaving the city each time with a heavy heart that I had once again only scratched the surface of its true potential, it's truly a blessing to have the opporturnity of spending one full week in my favourite heritage town of Malaysia.

It was definitely time well spent, to be able to slowly uncover, digest and document its every charming nook and cranny, perhaps a new-found peculiarity here and there, or to strike off that cafe on my ever-growing list of must-see, just allowing myself to fall in love all over again with Georgetown, I simply couldn't have asked for more.

 

 

URBAN HERITAGE • OCT 2016

PULAU KETAM

Pulau Ketam's glory days as a major fishing village hub may be fading, but beyond its piers lies a collection of colourful houses that are quite the attraction themselves. Was invited here for a weekend getaway to document the charming urban story in conjunction with the upcoming Art Festival. So I shall let the photos speak for themselves then.

 

 

URBAN HERITAGE • JUL 2015

JONKERJOY SET 2:
(MALACCA/ MELAKA
)

As the fading trades lose in limelight to new hipster cafes, chic homestays and other artsy establishments, the revival of the Jonker neighbourhood marches on as I start a second set on one of my favourite Malaysian cities.

 

 

URBAN HERITAGE • SEP 2014

GEORGETOWN, PENANG:
SET 4

And the infatuation continues.

 

 

URBAN HERITAGE • JUN 2014

GEORGETOWN, PENANG:
SET 3

I'm increasingly interested to consider this charming town as the place to retire in. :">

 

 

OTHERS • MAR 2016

OLYMPUS EM10 MARK II
SHOWCASE:
ALBUM 1

My first month with the new mirrorless baby and this showcase of a series of random shots done on it is finally due. Am delighted by the results that I got so far, especially when shot on the m.zuiko prime lenses.

 

 

URBAN HERITAGE • DEC 2012

TAIPING

The Taiping experience is not complete without a visit to its charming lake district.

 

 

URBAN HERITAGE • DEC 2012

BUKIT MERTAJAM

Often over-shadowed by her big sister, Bukit Mertajam may not come with a UNESNO heritage site tag, but the folks leading their everyday life here are just as genuine, and the experience just as fulfilling.

 

 

URBAN HERITAGE • SEP 2012

FRIENDSHIP PORTRAITS: SEHATI SEREMBAN

Seremban is not your usual weekend getaway, but in the company of fellow buddies, anywhere can be a location for some great camwhore session. :">

 

 

URBAN HERITAGE • SEP 2011

JALAN TUANKU ABDUL RAHMAN

The momentum has gathered among the photog kakis for our urban walkabout shoot, so this weekend finds ourselves among the last minute Raya shoppers at the bustling Jalan TAR areas. Absolutely enjoyed myself soaking in the festive moods and the antics of happy people. :)

 

 

URBAN HERITAGE • JUN 2010

GOOD MORNING MR GEORGE:
PORTRAITS EDITION

And as with most of my recent travel album, it won't be complete without a collection of fun portrait photos of my camwhoring travel buddies. :)

 

 

URBAN HERITAGE • JUL 2011

林明悠梦:
SUNGAI LEMBING

The sleepy town of Sungai Lembing hums with the constant reverie of a distant past, one dominated by the tin-mining activities many decades ago. As the last of the miners rolled out of town, live goes on for the remaining folks, amidst shophouses that are now permanently shut, automobiles left to rust and houses that crumble into piles of rubble.

Yet there is a certain nostalgia in the air that just refuses to be shut off. It swirls with the little whirlwind of dusty leaves in the deserted roads, accompanies bored-looking seniors whose main activity includes sitting around the front of their ever-welcoming homes waiting for time to past, and it tickles the handful of kids who call the stream and the main street their playgrounds.

And so the story of this quaint little town lives on.

 

 

OTHERS • MAY 2013

THE TAMARIND WINDOWS: COLLECTION 2

It's been six sweet years at The Tamarind, and I still vividly remember my first visit to this unit, and how I couldn't take my eyes off the view from its windows that afternoon. This is a collection of snapshots made from the window these recent few years, views that have accompanied me through the ups and downs of life, of which memories will stay as vivid as they are in the photos.

 

 

OTHERS • APR 2008

A SLICE OF TAMARIND SKY

Published early April 2008 is a consolidation of the shots taken from the window of my condo as we celebrate our first year here at the Tamarind, the perfect reminder of just how awestriken I was with the breath-taking views when I first stepped foot into this place.

 

 

OTHERS • SEP 2016

OLYMPUS EM10 MARK II
SHOWCASE:
ALBUM 3

The adventure continues on the OMD as I find myself more likely to bring the baby out for casual outings than the clunky SLR.

 

 

SPACES/ OTHERS • JUL 2016

OLYMPUS EM10 MARK II
SHOWCASE:
ALBUM 2

Entering my third month into the neckache-free mirrorless camera experience, I continue to gather more shots on this cool baby as the number of lenses in my gear line-up expanded courtesy of Olympus Malaysia. This collection of work gathers the casual shots done during those lazy afternoon visits to cafes around town.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING • MAR 2022

SUNGAI LIMA
@ PULAU KETAM, KLANG

There may be no other place as near to the city yet as detached from city life than Sungai Lima. Sharing the same island as its more popular neighbour, Pulau Ketam, this fishing village is famous for its production of dried shrimps. While the volume of this industry has been shrinking due to the migration of the village population to the city, we still managed to catch glimpses of the whole process, and had a pleasant time observing and documenting the daily life of the locals.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING/ SPACES • JAN 2022

MITSUI LALAPORT BBCC
@ BUKIT BINTANG

It's quite a few years in the making, but Mitsui's transformation of this plot of land that was once Pudu Jail made it all worth the wait. Touted as the first Lalaport Mall in Southeast Asia, this place is definitely not short of cool architecture angles, both inside and out. We may have only brushed the surface of its total potential but that just mean that we will continue to have interesting things to look forward to as occupancy increases.

 

 

URBAN HERITAGE • 2012 THROUGH 2022

GOOD AFTERNOON
KONG HENG
(IPOH, PERAK)

One day very soon, any visit to Ipoh will not be complete without checking in to Sekeping Kong Heng, this absolutely charming little retreat nestled in a quiet corner of the bustling oldtown center.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING • DEC 2021

VIVI AND WEI JIAN
@ STRAND GARDEN

Before all the fuss with Squid Game finally fizzles away, we decided to take the series-inspired attire for a spin at this cool location. Completed in 2014, Encorp's Strand Garden office features 14 blocks of shop-offices that are connected by this hanging walkway structure that looks cool either observed from ground level or from the walkway itself.

 

 

SPACES • NOV 2021

BAGAN DATUK
@ PERAK

Did a quick passthrough this part of Perak, mainly to drop by the Sunflower Garden, and fell in love with the idyllic villages nestled among coconut plantations. Hope to be back for more exploration.

 

 

SPACES/ URBAN EXPLORING • NOV 2021

ECO GRANDEUR
@ PUNCAK ALAM
BY ECOWORLD

Nestled in Puncak Alam is Ecoworld's signature township, Eco Grandeur. This 1400-acre development may have been launched way back in 2016, but it was only recently that I had the opportunity to explore this part of Selangor, unveiling some pretty insta-worthy features here that are begging to be documented more properly. This includes the signature roundabout that doubles as a perfectly symmetrical park, the dragonfly-shaped lake and a very charming playground.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING • OCT 2021

SAM POH CAVES TEMPLE
@ IPOH

Nestled within the limestone caves of Ipoh is the oldest chinese temple here called Sam Poh Caves Temple. Surrounded by towering hills, the red-roofed structure in the middle gives it a mystical feel that is impressive from both ground and aerial view.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING • OCT 2021

ILLUMINATING SHADOWS:
KWAI CHAI HONG ART INSTALLATION OCT-DEC 2021

Lights, camera, illusion! Kwai Chai Hong’s latest art installation is a trippy, psychedelic journey of twisting colors and shifting shadows, having drawn inspiration from the materials used to make traditional wireframe lanterns and the playful way light travels through them.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING • OCT 2021

HIKING
@ BUKIT KERINCHI

Depending on which side of the KL/PJ border the forest is sitting on, Bukit Kerinchi or Bukit Gasing is a pretty easy hike, yet I have waited until now to explore this trail. Happy to have found time to document it though. I need to be back to complete the other sections too.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING • SEP 2021

PJKITA COMMUNITY CENTER
@ KELANA JAYA

The PJKita community space was first announced in year 2017, touted as the go-to place for especially the youths in the surrounding communities. Fast forward to four years later, we managed to explore this location again to check on its current state, and are both amazed by this cool industrial, wavy structure that we found, and disappointed by the lack of activities here. Not sure if the current pandemic was the reason for work being halted, or if some other issues have arisen. Am hoping that the relevant planners will continue the effort to allow the full potential of this space to be realised.

 

 

SPACE/ URBAN EXPLORING • SEP 2021

TSLAW TOWER
@ TUN RAZAK EXCHANGE

Dubbed as Malaysia's first ever 360 LED building facade display, the magic that has transformed many of China's city skylines has finally arrived here in Malaysia. TSLaw Tower may be dwarfed by Exchange 106, but it certainly has enough tricks up its sleeve to catch your attention. Can't wait to see what else is coming.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORINS • APR 2021

CAMPBELL COMPLEX VANTAGE POINT FOR
LORONG TAR RAMADHAN BAZAAR

Campbell Complex may have lost its lustre within the city center's aging heritage core, but the rooftop level of its parking floors hides a pretty interesting secret - a vantage point that unlocks a pretty impressive view of the streets below it, especially when it's the month of Ramadhan. We fell in love with how the colorful street-lined stalls compliments the bright neon signages.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING/ SPACES • APR 2021

AICB CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE
@ JALAN DATO ONN

Nestled among the hilly enclave of Jalan Dato Onn is GDP Architects' spanking new structure that looks poised to be the city's next cool archi playground. My favourite spot of the development is the five-storey podium, its interlinked bridges and hanging meeting rooms offers a space that can be experienced and observed from different vantage points.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING/ AERIAL • APR 2021

ABANDONED VEHICLE DEPOT
@ JOHOR BAHRU

What was supposed to be a quick brunch stopover during a work trip down south turned out to be our coolest urban decay find in the recent months. This sprawling visual feast got me jumping in delight at its sheer vastness and potential. Wish we had the whole day here.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING • APR 2021

KWAI CHAI HONG ART INSTALLATION:
EVERLASTING BEAUTY

Kwai Chai Hong's latest art installation marries the traditional chinese floral design with fabric-dye factory display, creating a living, breathing artpiece that comes alive with the breeze. I had a fun blue hour shoot with Javier Chor, one of the co-founder of Kwai Chai Hong, using some backlit flashes to add some additional lighting drama into the shots.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING • MAR 2021

KL IN SYMMETRY:
SUNRISE AT CHANGKAT TUNKU

Twice a year, at the popular lookout point of Changkat Tunku, a visual feast awaits those willing to sacrifice their morning slumber. I have been guilty of missing these opportunities year after year, but am grateful that I finally found the determination to catch it once and for all this round. The sight of the sun rising right in between the Petronas Twin Towers was pure magic. I believe I am now hocked on bearing witness to this feast for years to come.

 

 

PORTRAITS/ URBAN EXPLORING • JAN 2021

CYRUS & VIVI TAN
IN KL EAST MALL
CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS 2021

In addition to 1 Utama, KL East Mall decided that their Chinese New Year decorations, its first since the mall's opening, cannot be a hurried affair, and so commissioned for an elaborate set up to bring in some festive cheer. Two giant majestic peacock fishes perch at the oriental aquarium that welcomes visitors as their enter the Main Atrium. Remember to pose at the half-moon gates at both sides of the installation which give the best angle of the space.

 

 

SPACES/ URBAN EXPLORING • JAN 2021

PETRONAS TWIN TOWERS:
AS SEEN FROM THE TAMARIND AT SENTUL EAST

Reminiscing about the time when I could shoot the city's most handsome landmark right from home. Those seven years spent at the Tamarind at Sentul East was perhaps every urban photographer's dream come true, especially if you're the type who also cannot seem to get enough of shooting the marvellous twins at every given opportunity.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING • JAN 2021

COLORFUL BACKLANE
@ JALAN THAMBIPILLAY, BRICKFIELDS

Brickfields may be just a stone's throw away from KL Sentral, but the city's major transporation hub's modern touches have long eluded this stepchild of urban redevelopment. Thus, this unexpectedly clean, organised and colorful backlane along Jalan Thambipillay seems worlds away from its former filthy, rodent-infested self. Kudos to DBKL for a year's worth of negotation and coordination with the locals for this wonderful transformation.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING • DEC 2020

BUKIT SERI BINTANG
@ SEGAMBUT

Bukit Seri Bintang feels worlds away from the urban chaos of the city but yet close enough for you to gasp at the sprawling city skyline confronting you as you complete the upward hike to Peak 1. This piece of green haven is a favourite exercise spot among the locals and hides a few cool photoworthy locations including the really cool 'desert'.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING • NOV 2020

ALAMANDA STEPS
@ PUTRAJAYA

Putrajaya's Alamanda Mall has a secret, and it's this impossibly colorful installation on a series of steps going down from the mall to the lake. This sprawling series of interlocked tri-color patterns is a cool backdrop that can be admired from multiple vantage points and perspectives. I'll be back for some aerials.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING • OCT 2020

CHIN SWEE CAVES TEMPLE
@ GENTING HIGHLANDS

On the way up to Resorts World Genting is a photo stop that many miss. While the top promises round-the-clock entertainment, the serenity that is Chin Swee Caves Temple is worlds away. I had a fun time working on a few night shots that have been in my mind for awhile. Armed with a speedlite on a tripod, and a drone with lumecube lights, they finally came to fruition.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING • JAN 2020

OVERHEAD PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE
@ KL SENTRAL MONORAIL STATION

Sentral has a not-so-well-kept secret, and it's the absolutely handsome looking pedestrian bridge linking Nu Sentral Mall with the Monorail station and Brickfields. Built by GDP Architects, this piece of architectural marvel soothes the symmetry-obsessed instagrammers looking for a shot that tells the story of modernity versus heritage. It's used by an estimated 10,000 pedestrians on a daily basis, so you will not be short of interesting subjects to use as focal points for this gorgeous backdrop.

 

 

SPACES/ URBAN EXPLORING • OCT 2020

LIGHT CAPTURE CAFE
BY HON
@ JALAN TUN H S LEE

It's not an everyday event that a cafe opening generates this much buzz, yet Light Capture Cafe by Hon deserves every bit of the attention thrown its way. Situated among the collection of old pre-war shophouses in the heart of Chinatown, owner Hon carved out this gem of a cafe interior from two adjoining lots that were previously damaged by fire. The result of an airy, sunlit interior that retains charming architectural elements from its previous life yet boasts plenty of cosy, modern touches fit for the most demanding of cafehoppers.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING • SEP 2020

JUNK BOOKSTORE
KUALA LUMPUR
@ JALAN TUN H S LEE

Nestled in an old shophouse nearby KL Chinatown is the city's longest-running secondhand bookstore. Packed to the brim in this three-storey treasure trove are literary gems, comics and even LPs. If the collection itself fails to impress you, the interior architecture of the space will. The charming circular airwell in the middle helps open up the space and reduce the claustrophobic feeling when navigating the low ceiling and tight walkways on the uppor floor.

 

 

PORTRAITS/ URBAN EXPLORING • SEP 2020

OWEN YAP
@ PANTAI PASIR KLEBANG,
MELAKA

It was one of the most gorgeous evening that I have witnessed locally, and I had the honour of spending that at this charming instagram spot in Melaka, in the company of Owen. The Klebang sand dunes shot to fame a few years ago, and by not being here sooner due to the scare of heatstroke, I have unfortunately lost the breathtaking sight of a vast stretch of sand dunes and nothing else. Nevertheless, the set of trees lining the edges now added an hint of tropical wilderness to contrast the setting. It's the perfect reason for the early-visitors to come explore again.

 

 

PORTRAITS/ URBAN EXPLORING • SEP 2020

TIAN CHAD
@ AQUARIA, KLCC

In the underwater world of Aquaria, the predominantly blue hues are punctuated with red tones from my fotorgear pocket light, adding a tinge of highlights that sets the model apart from his surrounding. It's not an everyday thing to have the whole place to ourselves, so I had Tian Chad to thank for this opportunity.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING/ PORTRAITS • AUG 2020

OWEN YAP
@ KUALA SEPETANG, PERAK

The thriving fishing town of Kuala Sepetang, once known by its english name Port Weld, may have shaken off its earlier role as an important part in the tin mine production in nearby Taiping, but its tight-knit community is a treasure trove of charming local cultures and practices. In addition to fishing and its related industries, the huge expanse of mangrove forest surrounding the town helps support the charcoal production here, and gave the town another reason for tourists on a heritage trail hunt. Among other fun activities to do here include taking a boat ride out for dolphin watching, eagle-feeding and a visit to Kuala Sangga.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING/ PORTRAITS • JUL 2020

JVENE
@ LAMAN PERDANA,
PERDANA BOTANICAL PARK

Laman Perdana is most probably Perdana Botanical Park's most instagrammable spot. Completed in 2014 by GDP Architects, this canopy adopts a form that mimics its green surroundings, and is best admired on a sunny day when filtered light creates a mesmering pattern on the floor.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING • JUN 2020

GOOD MORNING
MR GEORGE:
SET 8

Yet another fulfilling week-long trip to Penang, with fresh places and spots to explore, despite me having lost count of the number of times I have visited this heritage city. Georgetown continues to stay vibrant and interesting, and we'll definitely be back again when the hawkerfare starts calling our names.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING/ PORTRAITS • JUN 2020

KEV CHONG
@ I-CITY, SHAH ALAM

There's no better time to pull off the abandoned themepark theme that I've always wanted to do than now, when entertainment centers remain closed as we recover from covid19. So I grabbed Kev Chong over to I-City one beautiful evening. We couldn't have caught a more glorious day.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING • JUN 2020

PPR SERI CEMPAKA
COLORFUL COURT
@ KAMPUNG PASIR

Delivered as part of the Sayangi Rumahku campaign, with help from volunteers from EdgeProp, Paramount Property and Nippon Paint Malaysia, the outdoor sports court of this PPR has been given a much-deserved upgrade with splashes of colors now greeting futsal games and other types of activities here. This vivid spot may also be begging to be your next OOTD backdrop.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING/ SPACES • FEB 2020

ARTEPLUS
@ JALAN AMPANG
BY NUSMETRO

This is your instagram selfie museum on steroids, except that you can also bring your luggage in for a night's stay or more. Nusmetro's strong emphasis on meeting the demands of the throngs of instagrammers searching for a new playground in town has paid off. ArtePlus Jalan Ampang packs a dizzying array of visually-interesting spots for your OOTD and light saber low-light photography and everything in between. Most of these facilities are accessible by condo residents and guests only, so do book your stay through one of those vacation rentals vendors out there for your all-access pass.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING • MAR 2020

MALURI MRT STATION
@ CHERAS

There may be tens of new stations that have sprung up all over the city as part of the MRT project in the recent two years or so, but none is quite like the Maluri station. The color block design of the facade is a refreshing change from the conservative design of other stations, and is rather hard to miss even from a distance.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING • FEB 2020

A SPIRAL STAIRCASE
IN KUALA LUMPUR

Had the opportunity of exploring this spot as part of a recce trip with a location manager, definitely one of the most surreal urban spots that I have been. I have been asked to keep the location details private unfortunately. Enjoy the visuals.

 

 

SPACES/ URBAN EXPLORING • MAR 2020

KLOE HOTEL
@ BUKIT BINTANG

It was a quick afternoon spent at KL's latest and hippiest addition to the line-up of chic hotel around town, and it's easy to see why this place been garnering so much attention since its opening earlier this year. A quick tour of two of the designer lofts did not do justice to all the work spent on creating these spaces, they all deserve a good day or two spent within its walls just to soak in the atmosphere. I will definitely be back for more.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING/ AERIAL • JAN 2020

PENANG BRIDGE
AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY

To soar above Penang's iconic bridge and document its beauty upclose, that was perhaps one of the earliest motivation of the purchase of my drone. I just didn't know that this dream will only come true two years after finally owning one, but it was better late than never. And what a visual feast it was.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING/ SPACES • DEC 2019

ICONIC BRIDGE &
RED LOOKOUT POINT
@ ELMINA CENTRAL PARK

The City of Elmina has done it again. Right after blessing the Klang Valley with the rainbow bridge instagram spot, a new sight has now been completed, called the Iconic Bridge, located right next to Elmina Central Park. Do remember to check out the similarly striking red lookout point within the park as well.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING/ SPACES • DEC 2019

PPR PERKASA
COLORFUL FACADE
@ MALURI

Not all low-cost flats are built the same. In the case of PPR Perkasa, the town-planning folks seemed to have spent a little more time here on creating a color scheme that will turn heads. I'm loving how the seemingly rigid, repetitive design come alives as the color blocks interplay to create new patterns at different angles and perspectives. We should have more PPRs like these!

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING • NOV 2019

BATU CAVES
@ KUALA LUMPUR

Batu Caves may have been a key tourist destination for visitors to Kuala Lumpur for the longest time, but it is really its recent makeover that are pulling in the throngs of instagrammers eager to capture its impossibly vibrant stairs in full colors. Come over to avoid the crowd.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING • OCT 2019

SPIRAL STAIRCASE
@ PLAZA AMPANG CITY

And so my obsession with the beautiful geometric formations that are spiral staircases continues with the addition of this vintage set from a rather forgotten building somewhere off Jalan Ampang. Loving the contrast of the striking blue railings against the faded mosaic tiles. It's a space that is begging to be given a fresh spin on the perspective game. One day I will find time to be back for more.

 

 

SPACES/ URBAN EXPLORING • SEP 2019

TAMARIND SQUARE
& TAMARIND SUITES
@ CYBERJAYA

Brutalist architecture is very much alive and kicking at this popular photography spot in Cyberjaya, and it's easy to see why. Beautiful concrete formworks combined with a keen sense of art from the hanging gardens designed by Seksan right down to the creative signages deliver an integrated development that has so many instagrammable nooks and crannies it takes a while to just take everything in. This is a place I will come back again and again and still find fresh angles to interpret.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING • AUG 2019

SHUANG YI
@ PPR SRI TIOMAN

Taman Melati has a hidden secret, two impossibly colorful courts tucked quietly between blocks of low-cost flats. And I'm so glad that to have the company of Shuang Yi while exploring this, as I wouldn't be able to do much magic myself without his presence in my shots. The rainbow-colored facade of the flats is post-processed, but still, the courts themselves were already worth the visit.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING/ STREET • JUL 2019

#HEARTANDTHECITY:
KUALA LUMPUR
STREET PHOTOGRAPHY SERIES:
ALBUM 3

My love story with Kuala Lumpur city continues into this third compilation of flats, and malls, and everything in between.

 

 

SPACES/ STREET • APR 2019

RAINBOW WALKWAY
@ PUSAT SAINS NEGARA

This is perhaps Pusat Sain Negara's most impressive exhibit, and it's free. The rainbow walkway is the result of the sunlight filtering in from the rainbow cladding enveloping the circular building, and the good thing is, this breathtaking effect is visible all day long, as long as we have the sun. To get to this service lane, drive around the building until you see an external staircase leading up from the ground floor to the upper floors. Take that and you're there. Remember to greet the friendly guards who are sometimes seen around the walkway entrance.

 

 

HERITAGE • FEB 2019

JONKERJOY:
SET 3

I waited like 4 years before publishing another collection of shots from Jonker. What a hectic few years it must have been. I thought I had fallen out of love with this place but it looks like the recent trip there helped spark a new-found admiration all over again. And that's always a good thing.

 

 

SPACES/ URBAN EXPLORING • JUL 2018

YTL LAND
SENTUL DEPOT

Ten years since I got shooed by the guards when attempting to steal some shots of the gorgeous KTM Train Depot and surrounding complexes in Sentul Park. I'm back in this familiar ground again, as the official photographer to document the transformation of KL's next hipster playground. This is going down as perhaps the most memorable assignment of all time, truly an honor to be given the opportunity to explore one of KL's best kept secrets.

 

 

AERIAL/ URBAN HERITAGE • APR 2018

IPOH FROM ABOVE

#HeartDrone finally got a taste of the old town of Ipoh in this short assignment trip up north, and we're in for a sweet treat of charming vintage architecture from the state mosque to public housing. Am definitely not done yet, so till we are back again.

 

 

URBAN HERITAGE • DEC 2017 ONWARDS

GOOD MORNING MR GEORGE
(GEORGETOWN, PENANG):
SET 7

The recent string of wedding assignments up north afforded me the opportunity to continue exploring my favourite city. I'm ever thankful that we have this heritage gem, for Malaysia will not be the same without it.

 

 

SPACES/ URBAN HERITAGE • MAR 2017 TILL CURRENT

#HEARTANDTHECITY:
KUALA LUMPUR
AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY SERIES
ON THE DJI MAVIC PRO

My search for a fresh new perspective on the growing set of urban architectural photography has finally pushed me now to unfamiliar grounds. The fear of heights proved to be no deterrance in turning me into a pilot of the cute little yet powerful flying machine we call the Mavic Pro. With drone photography came videography as well since stills alone are no justive to the grand view from above. And so the past month proved to be a month of new learnings and experiences. And I'm looking forward to experiencing the city in a new light.

 

 

URBAN HERITAGE • DEC 2017

INSTAMEET
KUALA LUMPUR:
V1

What's more fun than taking your camera out for some exploration of a city you call home? Exploring it in the company of a bunch of like-minded instagrammers and urban explorers, of course! And so I put a few us together and we started the first Instameet, with the location being one of my favourite apartment in KL. I could now finally do some of the group shots that required a higher headcount to work, and also get multiple angles of the same shot for a more complete coverage. Stay tuned to more fun outings at our instagram page here.

 

 

URBAN HERITAGE • AUG 2016

KAMPAR

Kampar's revival from a sleepy ex tin-mining town to its current thriving self is definitely a tale envied by many. The setting up of TAR College in 2003 and subsequently UTAR brought with it a fresh breath of development and buzz driven by the growing undergrads population. This short weekend getaway was mainly to capture some family snapshots for a cousin whose daughter attended the convocation at the university. I took the chance of course to explore the old town area as well, of which highlights included the old bus station and apartment complex nearby.

 

 

URBAN HERITAGE • JUN 2016 ONWARDS

#HEARTANDTHECITY:
PENANG PUBLIC & LOW-COST HOUSING
ARCHITECTURE SERIES

As I continue my venture away from the touristy path, the exploration of the charming island opens up new possibilities as I put on my urban explorer hat to go deep into Penang's set of low-cost apartments. And for those who dare to take the ascent, the high floors of these easily accessible housing units also hold a rather sweet reward - the most gorgeous seaview best admired during the golden hours of sunset.

 

 

URBAN HERITAGE • MAY 2016

SEKINCHAN

Due to the lack of proper planning in my previous few trips, I was consistently out of luck for catching Sekinchan during its most beautiful season, so this trip was carefully planned to time with the golden harvest, of which sights certainly did not disappoint. The pleasant discovery of a new charming homestay called Farm Ville added to the surreal experience that Selangor is capable of this magical trip despite the place being just roughly an hour's drive from the city center.

 

 

URBAN HERITAGE • JAN 2011

PETALING STREET

Another return to the colourful chinatown of Kuala Lumpur with my favourite photo gang. Shot to death, indeed, yet I still manage to find a fresh perspective to document down on every visit, be it a portrait shoot or a walkabout journalistic one. Petaling Street never disappoints. :)

 

 

URBAN HERITAGE • DEC 2010

MUAR

Continuing my recent's infatuation to explore, uncover and document charming urban stories from different Malaysian cities and towns, the journey in December 2010 brought me to Muar, a place well-known for its hawker delights such as otak-otak and "or-jian" and decades-old shophouses.

 

 

OTHERS • MAY 2008

GARDEN IN THE LAKES

Published on the first day of May 2008 is a short series of photos shoot during a lazy afternoon in Lake Gardens. I was dragged there by Mum, who insisted that I produce some colourful photos to grace the walls at the living area, apparently all the black and white stuff I have right now are bad for feng sui. :S

 

 

OTHERS • JUN 2007

TAMARIND OUTDOOR

 

 

URBAN HERITAGE • NOV 2004

PENANG

 

OTHERS • JUL 2013

HEARTPATRICK CHILDHOOD PICS: HEARTBABY

It's only now that I realise how lucky I have been to havea cousin brother who's an avid photographer back when I was growing up, otherwise I would not have ended up with a good set of pics that I can revisit again and again, and have fun with recreating, such as in this set.