GUIDES • UPDATED DEC 2019

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

Kuala Lumpur may not be 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 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.

 

 

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/ URBAN HERITAGE • DEC 2017

PEOPLE 158:
VIVIEN LIM IN
"AN EVENING AT SENTRAL"

Almost a decade ago since I first shot Vivien. Time flies. While we have slipped in and out of touch throughout the years, we never really forgot how much fun our previous collaborations were. So I got her back once again for our fifth shoot, this time in Nu Sentral, as I've been wanting to cover this famous set of escalators there.

 

 

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. :)

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING • SEP 2019

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.

 

 

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 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. :">

 

 

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 • 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 • 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 • 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 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 • 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 • 2012 THROUGH 2014

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 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 • 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.

 

 

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.

 

 

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. :)

 

 

URBAN HERITAGE • NOV 2004

PENANG