GUIDES • UPDATED MAR 2020

24 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/ 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.

 

 

SPACES • FEB 2020

DEREK'S ABODE
@ CENTRIO PANTAI HILLPARK
BY STUDIO+WORKS

Studio+Works' midas touch continues to work its magic at this refurbished studio abode in Centrio Pantai Hillpark. And there is no better prop for the beautiful stage other than the owner's fur kid, a 2yo Shiba Inu.

 

 

SPACES • JAN 2020

SIERRA 6 HOUSE
@ PUCHONG
BY ALVINTERIOR CONCEPT

Since covering the Park Manor show villas last year, we are back documenting another project for Alvinterior Concept, this time in the Sierra 6 neighbourhood of Puchong. Loving how bright and cheerful the space is, and how this was contrasted with a darker palette for the master bedroom.

 

 

TRAVEL • DEC 2019

AHMEDABAD

We came in search of the magic that made this place deserving of the title India's first UNESCO World Heritage City, and found it while navigating the labyrinthine alleys of the old quarters, choked with architectural details and bustling street scenes and everything in between. Ahmedabad is not for the faint-hearted, but among the overwhelming cacophony of traffic, crowd and noise, this city will charm you with the truest of smiles and warmest of hearts.

 

 

SPACES • JAN 2020

STONOR3 @ KLCC
BY TAN&TAN

The Jalan Stonor neighbourhood has a new addition to its bustling skyline with Tan&Tan delivering their 41-storey luxury development at the end of Lorong Stonor. Spent two days documenting the various spaces within as the light shifts from morning till night.

 

 

TRAVEL • NOV 2019

AUTUMN
IN MOUNT FUJI

There's nothing quite like the experience of autumn in Mount Fuji. That 3-night stay here was one of the most productive trips that I have ever had. I definitely could not get enough of Fujiyoshida town, the surreal sights of this sleepy town against a snow-capped giant sitting at such an unbelievably close distant are beyond words. Something tells me that I will be back again, soon.

 

 

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 • DEC 2019

THE CHOW KIT
BY THE ORMOND GROUP

If Momo's making Chow Kit hip, then its more upscale sibling, aptly called The Chow Kit, is bringing a new level of class to this neighbourhood.

 

 

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.

 

 

SPACES • OCT 2019

ARIA LUXURY RESIDENCE
@ KLCC
BY HAP SENG LAND

Our first assignment for Hap Seng Land lands us at their newly completed high-end service residence project in the KLCC neighbourhood. Spanning over a period of two months due to the serious haze situation, and with perhaps the most number of blue hour slots allocated to one single assignment, the series of shoots done here were definitely as taxing as they are fulfilling.

 

 

GUIDES • UPDATED SEP 2019

15 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.

 

 

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.

 

 

TRAVEL • AUG 2019

LISBON

It was the quickest Europe trip for me ever - a week-long journey to cover a wedding in Lisbon, and this is the spin-off album with some shots from the few hours here and there that I got to do some street photography. Absolutely loving the vibrance of the city during summer, I was mostly tracking the paths of the trams for all the best spots in town. One day I'll be back again.

 

 

SPACES/ 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.

 

 

SPACES • AUG 2019

MENARA KHUAN CHOO
@ BUKIT BINTANG
BY PAVILION GROUP

Pavilion Group may have built their presence in the Bukit Bintang area with Pavilion Mall, but they have also been expanding beyond that into offices within the vicinity of their flagship retail space. The spanking new Menara Khuan Choo bears the same polished, upscale look and feel of its siblings, its clean, minimalist lines definitely a joy to document.

 

 

SPACES • AUG 2019

DE WAN 1958
@ THE LINC
BY GENIUS LOCI

Traditional Malaysian motifs and crafts meet fancy urban tropical vibes in this new sexy space by Genius Loci. I had a field day soaking in the rich details adorning every square inch of the place, from its floor tiles to the wall coverings, translating Chef Wan's passion for Malay cuisine effectively into a well-rounded dining experience that is best savoured on a leisurely weekend evening.

 

 

SPACES • JUL 2019

IJM SEREMBAN SHOW UNIT
BY MLA DESIGN

MLA Design's expansion beyond chic commercial spaces saw the birth of this welcoming show unit for IJM in Seremban. I love how the polished look of their charming restaurant and cafe projects is being translated into the homely residential portfolio.

 

 

SPACES • JUL 2019

FASHION VALET
@ IOI CITY MALL
BY STUDIO+WORKS

The second Fashion Valet outlet to be covered in this collaboration with Studio Works is this smaller, though just as charming space in IOI City Mall. And we have a fresh set of quirky shopping quotes that are just as hilarious.

 

 

SPACES • JUL 2019

HOMPTON BY THE BEACH
@ GEORGETOWN

I seldom venture beyond the heritage core of Georgetown when I'm in Penang but the Tanjong Tokong seafront looks like a fun place to be to get closer to the seaviews this side of the Penang island. This new hotel offers a decent stopover for a few casual nights away from the touristy bustle.

 

 

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 • MAY 2019

AH GONG HOUSE
@ CHERAS

This is perhaps as homely and cosy as a cafe could get. Former kindergarden teacher Doreen decided to make good use of the house that her grandfather left her and so converted this space into one of the most charming hideout this side of town.

 

 

TRAVEL • APR 2019

BANGKOK

My experience with the city of angels have had many stark changes over the years, but there's nothing quite as different as this past trip, where my urban explorer hat has grown so snugly fit on me that I could not derive any greater pleasure then to spend time digging out the best local scenes and hidden urban spots. The focus this round is on Yaowarat, Bangkok's thriving Chinatown that is both chaotic and charming at the same time.

 

 

SPACES • APR 2019

THE FENNEL
@ SENTUL EAST

This could very well be Heart Abode v4.0, but it is really a small ID project that I have taken on in recent months as an extension of my passion in design and photography. Loving how the place has come together, and to see it being adorned with my photography work is quite a fulfilment in itself. Can you count the number of frames that we used?

 

 

SPACES • MAR 2019

THE RUMA HOTEL
UR SPA & TRUEFITT AND HILL
@ JALAN KIA PENG

The city's spanking new addition to the luxury hotel scene is now set to extend its service to include spa and men's grooming as well, and their interiors reflect the same attention to details that is present in the local craft-inspired design seen throughout the hotel.

 

 

SPACES • MAR 2019

OPENHOUSE
@ KLCC

Easily one of the most beautiful space that I have shot in recent months, OpenHouse's dizzying array of fabrics and motifs and furniture and deco pieces came together in a marriage of cultures and styles that got my camera pretty pumped up as I scurried to take in the sight. Loving how the space has been compartmentalised into smaller sections, allowing plenty of opportunities for owners Brian and Andrew to give them varying themes, that complemented the rich and colorful Malaysian cuisine that I really do need to drop by one of these days to try out.

 

 

TRAVEL • MAR 2019

FUKUOKA
& KYUSHU ISLAND

Japan may not be an unfamiliar destination in my travel list, but my exploration of this charming country has been thus far limited to just Honshu and Hokkaido. So when the opportunity arised to venture into a new territory as part of the AirAsia familiarisation trip, I got pretty worked out in anticipation. And Kyushu certainly did not disappoint!

 

 

SPACES • MAR 2019

LEPROSY
VALLEY OF HOPE MUSEUM
@ SUNGAI BULOH

Leprosy may be a far from common desease nowadays, but Sungai Buloh was once home to the second largest leprosy settlement in the world. In memory of the role of this place, the Valley of Hope museum was envisioned and built to preserve the rich history of the lepers in the country. Integrated into the existing multipurpose hall of the settlement, this project is a joint effort between Seksan Design who worked on the exterior facade and mentahmatter design who delivered the interiors of the museum.

 

 

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.

 

 

SPACES (INTERIOR) • JAN 2019

MANTAB OFFICE @ BANGSAR
BY S LAB 10

My second collaboration with S LAB sent me to this relatively quiet corner of Bangsar to cover their latest project, Mantab's spanking new office, featuring an unmistakably mesmerising facade made up of a series of large, golden shutters that gleam in the sun. The equally-charming interior is a breathtaking array of beautiful textures, materials and shapes that speak the same design language. It was truly one fulfilling day spent capturing the magic of the place with my gears, and I'm already looking forward to covering S LAB's next work of art.

 

 

SPACES (INTERIOR) • DEC 2018

NANDO'S
@ IOI MALL, PUCHONG

Blessed to finally get my hands on covering the interior for Nando's, this international restaurant chain of which outlets spot some beautiful-looking touches that I have come to admire over the years. The IOI Mall outlet is definitely not short of some wow factors, from the copper/wood diamond-shaped ceiling panels and decorative ceramic tiles to colorful hand-woven lamp shades all the way from Nando's country of origin, Africa. Am really looking forward to the next one.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

SPACES • MAR 2020

TAMARIND SUITES SOHO
@ CYBERJAYA
BY STUDIO+WORKS

The magic of the architectural wonderland that is Tamarind Square extends seamlessly onwards to its residential arm, called Tamarind Suites, here in Cyberjaya's most handsome looking development. And within the beautiful brutalism-inspired block lies an equally charming interior, designed and delivered by no other than the very passionate people behind Studio+Works. There is so much to love with this space, from the array of thoughtfully concealed storage space, marriage of chic metalwork and woodwork, as well as the beautiful styling done head of the shoot.

 

 

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 • FEB 2020

NU SENTRAL ROOFTOP
@ KL SENTRAL

In 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 • 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/ 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.

 

 

SPACES • FEB 2020

HAIR PORTER
@ SUNWAY GEO
BY DESIGNTONE

When a saloon is really an camouflaged architectural playground of lines and circles, a regular interior shoot turned into fun-filled exploration of the space as we find new angles and perspectives to interpret it by.

 

 

TRAVEL • DEC 2019

MUMBAI

If Ahmedabad was overwhelming, Mumbai took it up a few notches, its dizzying energy fueled by an almost 20-million strong population that just refuses to leave your senses alone. It's evidently too big to cover in five days, but the sights that we saw during the visit, from Asia's largest slum (Dharavi) to the world's largest outdoor laundry (Dhobi Ghat) was eye-opening enough to make the journey worthwhile.

 

 

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 • 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.

 

 

SPACES • DEC 2019

SUNNYHILLS @ MINAMI AOYAMA, TOKYO
BY KENGO KUMA

Like an bunch of artsily entangled chopsticks, Kengo Kuma's beautiful creation was one of the most memorable spots that I have had the opportunity to document in Tokyo. Add a dash of Japanaese hospitality in this Taiwan-based pineapple tart store, I was quite ready to camp there for a night but unfortunately had to rush off to our next spot.

 

 

SPACES • DEC 2019

MOMO'S KUALA LUMPUR
BY THE ORMOND GROUP

Chow Kit is shedding itself of its humdrum past with the arrival of a new boutique hotel in its turf. Employing a young, playful concept, Momo's Kuala Lumpur look set to be the accommodation choice of the hip and happening as it opens its doors this month.

 

 

SPACES • OCT 2019

PARK MANOR SHOW VILLAS
@ SIERRAMAS BY TAN&TAN

It was a beautiful weekday morning spent documenting two modern, sun-kissed show units at Tan&Tan's gleaming set of villas delivered in Park Manor, their latest addition to the Sierramas residential enclave in Sungai Buloh. The surrounding greenery helped to lend a cheerful mood to the already bright and spacious interiors, all important elements in creating a set of interior photos that I feel are among the prettiest that I have shot.

 

 

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 • SEP 2019

KAYRA @ BANGSAR VILLAGE
BY SUPEREKA

Patrons to the popular restaurant Kayra may have been wooed by the authentic Keralan culinary offerings of the TTDI restaurant, but their spanking new outlet in Bangsar Village ups the experience with a charming space to match. Exposed brickwalls and cement screed finishes that double as abstract art pieces give hints of the humble Keralan beginnings, while fancy golden pendants and rattan chairs help soften the theme with a modern touch.

 

 

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.

 

 

SPACES • SEP 2019

PAVILION SUITES
@ BUKIT BINTANG
BY PAVILION GROUP

Bukit Bintang has a gleaming new tower, and while the structure may look a little unassuming, the glittery crown that lights up in the evening immediately catches one's attention. Did our rounds with the list of facilities housed within, and I especially find the jacuzzi area mesmerising especially when bathed in the afternoon sun.

 

 

SPACES • AUG 2019

CANTON-I RESTAURANT
@ 1UTAMA

A familiar brand in the local chinese restaurant scene sees a refreshed look in its interior with this bright, inviting space at 1 Utama shopping mall. The predominantly pink hues help create a cheerful setting against the usual string of Hong Kong-inspired design elements.

 

 

TRAVEL • APR 2019

SINGAPORE

Yet another collection of shots from our ever-fun island city-state neighbour. The locations covered this round include everyone's new favourite insta spot Jewel @ Changi, Pearl Bank Apartment of which I'm blessed for the opportunity to finally explore before it's torn down, and other fun spots such as South Beach, Blessed Sacrament Church and Tan Boon Liat building.

 

 

SPACES • MAY 2019

MINGLE CAFE
@ JALAN SULTAN

Mingle Cafe joins the rank of Chinatown's most charming cafes, with its instagrammable entrance facade already worthy as a head-turning spot by itself. Combined that with an interesting line-up of F&b offerings, we have got a perfect place to unwind and recharge in between our urban exploring adventures.

 

 

SPACES • MAY 2019

TIMOTHY
@ JALAN TUN H S LEE

And here's another beautiful story of a charming revival of heritage shophouses in Chinatown. Adding on to the restored structures are recycled and repurposed vintage fittings that immediately throw us back to yesteryear. I especially love the vibes at the sun-kissed upper floor, which also houses a hidden bar called Potions. Try and see if you could spot the entrance to the bar in this set of photos.

 

 

SPACES • MAY 2019

PALOMA TEA HOUSE
@ CHERAS

Nestled on the upper floor of a plain-looking row of shoplots at Dataran Cheras is a chic, minimalist place I could spend a whole afternoon at. Paloma Tea House has this simple vibe that is as charming as it is plain. Coupled with an interesting line-up of tea and dessert selection, this is a pretty decent spot for some time alone or with friends.

 

 

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.

 

 

SPACES • APR 2019

IRON HOTEL
@ SUKHUMVIT, BANGKOK

The industrial design may have been rather mainstream for quite a few years, but amidst the run-of-the-mill looks of some of the spaces that adopted this trend, IR-ON Hotel's striking interiors reflect a beautiful balance that made elements like metalwork and exposed concrete slabs blend really well with the finer touches such as recycled furnitures and plenty of lush greeneries.

 

 

SPACES • FEB 2019

LIU MEN HOTEL
@ MELAKA

I have a new-found love for Melaka, and Liu Men Hotel made it all possible by bringing me back to its embrace once again. Loving the interplay of minimalism and monochromatic palette with the rich, colorful heritage of this historical state.

 

 

TRAVEL/ SPACES • JAN 2019

SINGAPORE

It was another long break since the last trip, and with the collection of to-explore places growing I could wait no longer to be back. Happy to have also met a few new instagrammer and fb friends who accompanied me on this urban exploring journey.

 

 

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.

 

 

GUIDES • APR 2018

12 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.

 

 

SPACES • 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.

 

 

SPACES • NOV 2018

BORNEO ALOHA
AIRBNB APARTMENTS
@ KOTA KINABALU

Borneo Aloha's airpad is how every airbnb apartment should be like. I am blessed to be given the honour to style and shoot this beautiful set of homes managed by Borneo Aloha in Kota Kinabalu.

 

 

TRAVEL • OCT 2018

MOROCCO:
CHEFCHAOUEN, THE BLUE CITY
EDITION

The third blue city in my lifetime, after Jodphur and Santorini, and I have to admit it is possible the most interesting one. Chefchaouen may be compact, but it's so loaded with instagrammable angles and spots I felt this frantic rush to stop and shoot every other second. Unfortunately, even more so than the bigger Moroccon cities, the locals are not exactly the camera-friendly type, so rather than street photography, this is more of a place for influencers to take their OOTD shots.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 • 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.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING/ SPACES • FEB 2020

MASJID TNB BANGSAR
@ JALAN BANGSAR

 

 

SPACES • MAR 2020

ANJALI SHOW VILLA
@ NORTH KIARA
BY TAGO

East-facing double-volume windows, glorious sun-lit living areas and bedrooms, contemporary ID and a charming roof-top pool, this show villa checks quite a long list of boxes in one's dream house.

 

 

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

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.

 

 

SPACES • MAR 2020

RIMBUN IMPIAN SHOW UNITS
@ SEREMBAN 2
BY IJM LAND

 

 

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 • 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.

 

 

SPACES • FEB 2020

GALASA CALDWELL
@ IPOH
BY KUEE ARCHITECT

Behold Ipoh's hippest event venue, tucked in a standalone lot along charming Jalan Caldwell, Kuee Architect delivered a space that takes advantage of the beautiful setting of this neighbourhood, affording a balanced mix of both outdoor space and an indoor event hall. This is our second collaboration with Kuee and we are proud to be given the chance to document the beauty of this new location.

 

 

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.

 

 

TRAVEL • NOV 2019

ALONE IN THE CITY

Being alone may be a luxury in a country as densely populated as Japan, yet with the lens turned at the right direction, those moments of quiet, reflective few seconds, away from the maddening crowd, evokes a special kind of emotions too complex for me to put into words.

 

 

TRAVEL • NOV 2019

JAPAN

Another two weeks spent with my favourite travel destination in the world, and the experience once again left me craving for more. There is simply not enough time to experience it all, this time amidst a country bathed in the golden, red hues of autumn.

 

 

TRAVEL • OCT 2019

ADD COFFEE
@ SEOUL, KOREA

Dedicated to the most memorable space that we had the opportunity to explore during the week-long trip to Korea, Add Coffee's perfect blend of industrial vintage interiors and cosy, functional layout spread across four floors of playground deserves a special mention.

 

 

SPACES • DEC 2019

IOI GALLERIA SHOW UNITS
@ IOI RESORT CITY

Happy to cover two spanking new additions to the show gallery units at IOI Galleria in Putrajaya. Drone footages were used for scenery replacements to give the visuals a truer representation of the gorgeous views afforded especially for the high-floor units.

 

 

SPACES • DEC 2019

SANTAN ASEAN AIRASIA
@ MIDVALLEY
BY MLA DESIGN

Now everyone can have inflight meals without flying. AirAsia's launch into the fast food market came packaged in a beautifully designed flagship restaurant by none other than MLA Design. Expect to find locally-inspired motifs and materials dotting the space as you indulge in your favourite Santan meals.

 

 

SPACES • NOV 2019

SOUTH KOREA

My first trip to South Korea, and I must admit that it was a fun one. The two cities have got enough spots to occupy me for a good few days, mostly in the respect of arts, street and architecture, and I saw some sights that I don't mind returning to for future trips.

 

 

SPACES • NOV 2019

DE WAN
PROJECTION MAPPING
EVENT HALL
@ THE LINC

Often a popular installation in art galleries and light festivals around the world, projection mapping is now finding its way into KL's dining experience, with De Wan having launched an event hall that promises to dazzle the sights as their food offerings work on your tastebuds.

 

 

SPACES • 2016 THROUGH 2019

CENTRIO SOHO
@ PANTAI HILLPARK

This award-winning property is in every way deserving of the recognitions given to it, picture double-volume spaces with spiral staircases and private rooftops, hanging gardens and bridges, peculiar structures and loads of nooks and crannies to get lost in. It's one perfect giant playground to while a peaceful afternoon away.

 

 

SPACES • OCT 2019

OCBC PREMIER BANKING
@ SUBANG JAYA

Tucked on the upper floor of an unassuming commercial square is this space that speaks exclusivity and style everywhere you look. Two months since the unveiling of OCBC's new luxury-curated premier banking center, we spent two good evenings documenting the beautiful result of a year of planning and execution.

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

SPACES • SEP 2019

EQ KUALA LUMPUR

I have never seen a hotel as packed with cool spots as EQ Kuala Lumpur. While I already know the building itself is easily the most eye-catching new addition to the city center skyline, nothing prepared me for the pleasant surprise within. The magic starts right from the drop-off zone, paving the way to the gleaming spiral staircase at the lobby. Other hidden treasures soon got added to the list, from the surreal setting of the outdoor garden on the third floor, Sanctum Spa, to the beautiful jacuzzi on the pool deck and the amazing deck on Sky 51 where the otherworldly lift lobby sits. And that was where I had a closer look at the Merdeka celebration fireworks at midnight.

 

 

SPACES • AUG 2019

FIVE STONES CONDO
@ PJ SS2
BY OUKKA DESIGN

My first collaboration with boutique design house Oukka Design brought me to this charming condo tucked in a quiet side of Petaling Jaya. The theme is minimalist, with a predominantly monotone palette that is punctuated with a dash of brown throughout the unit. The lack of any strong design element is compensated with the attention to detail in the selection of material and finishing that comes together to give this space a certain understated class.

 

 

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.

 

 

SPACES • AUG 2019

EXSIM SALES GALLERY
@ EMPIRE CITY
BY MOTTO DESIGN

Homegrown ID company Motto Design's foray into the property industry since a few years ago saw them delivering a string of beautiful interiors for developers in Malaysia. I was naturally delighted to be given the opportunity to document one of their best work to date - the Exsim sales gallery at Empire City. The two-storey building was truly a treasure trove of textures and details that kept the team occupied for an entire day, as we worked on taking in the finely crafted beauty found in a variety of material from laser cut metal panels to terraccotta-tile feature shelf and handmade art rugs.

 

 

SPACES • JUL 2019

FASHION VALET @ PUBLIKA
BY STUDIO+WORKS

My second collaboration with Studio+Works brought me to the flagship store for Fashion Valet in Publika, a three-stores wide space that speaks a consistently clean and chic design language that lets the products themselves stand out from the display.

 

 

AERIAL • JUL 2019

KUALA LUMPUR
FROM ABOVE
(ALBUM 4)

The fourth compilation and to think that this whole aerial photography thing was just a passing phase last time! I'm addicted to seeing the city from a fresh perpective and I don't see the end to it.

 

 

SPACES • MAY 2019

THE OVAL, KUALA LUMPUR
@ KLCC

The Oval may not be the latest condo development in the KLCC area, but a recent reburnishment effort carried out by Guocoland for some choice units here gave this space a spanking new modern vibe. Combine that with an unobstructed view of the twin towers and its sprawling park, this address looks pretty sought-after to me.

 

 

SPACES/ PORTRAITS • APR 2019

XJ & JOSHUA
@ 2D BUBBLE TEA CAFE,
SUNWAY GEO

I could not wrap my head around what 2D really is. It's such a surreal place that I had to see it with my own eyes to believe it. And it's right here in KL, or Sunway to be exact. Like many beautiful spaces, this interior is best experienced in the company of some good models, and I don't think I'll find anyone better than XJ and Joshua for their funny antics and gorgeous chemistry.

 

 

SPACES • APR 2019

SAN FRANCISCO COFFEE
@ NILAI MALL

Excited to be covering the space of a familiar cafe brand that's right now going through a beautiful revamp in its interior designer style, resulting in spanking new outlets that look like they can almost challenge the aesthetics of your favourite hipster cafe, albeit delivered in a more polished way.

 

 

SPACES • MAR 2019

KOMUNE CO-WORKING SPACE
@ KLCC

The third-wave coffee culture may be behind a resurgence of beautiful interior spaces in the past decade, but it's the co-working spaces that are hitting the right notes now in refining this to create a chic and polished interior that is good for both work and play, and perhaps that occasional OOTD shot too. Komune's newly delivered second coworking space sits right in the heart of the city and has stayed true to the design DNA of their first location in Bangsar South. It was a generous spread of interior that I could explore for the entire day.

 

 

SPACES • FEB 2019

LOVE IS
IN THE AIR

Flexing the photography skills a little further this round with a fun approach to playing with food, and I'm glad to be given the opportunity to try out something new by Connexion.

 

 

SPACES • FEB 2019

STUDIO+WORKS
DESIGN STUDIO
@ CENTRIO PANTAI HILLPARK

The other perk of staying at a fun place like Centrio is to be living among creative practices that feed my inspiration literally at my doorstep. Studio + Works occupies a charming unit right besides the pool of which I have admired from the outside for the longest time. So it's with great honour that I got the opportunity to document the space and the passionate people behind this interior design company.

 

 

SPACES • JAN 2019

MINDVALLEY @ BANGSAR
BY IDEAWORKSHOP

For a company that's big on self-improvement and holistic learning, the rainbow represents a spectrum of possibilities of which the human mind can learn and grow. This concept is beautifully realised in the interior design of their Bangsar office, using 3M's dichroic iridescent rainbow film across the steel-glass structure of the workplace. The magic starts at sunrise, as the rays diffuses into a multitude of hues that shift slowly with every tick of the clock. January looks like a colorful month and I look forward to more.

 

 

SPACES • JAN 2019

JOLOKO
@ CHOW KIT

Brought to us by the same people behind Petaling Street's Chocha, Jalan Kamunting's latest pride and joy is this Caribbean-themed getaway carved out of a decades-old heritage home in Chow Kit. Joloko was so much fun to shoot. Loving how the place shifted its mood from a bright, cheerful waterhole to a warm, colorful enclave as the sun goes down.