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.

 

 

SPACES • NOV 2018

PINETREE MARINA RESORT
@ NUSAJAYA, JOHOR

Sheltered along the coast of the Puteri Harbour is a new resort by the name of Pinetree Marina that became our playground for a few days as we document its various facades, facilities, and interiors in preparation for its official opening. Still missing the super chic-looking duplex penthouse that was definitely the highlight of the property.

 

 

TRAVEL • OCT 2018

MOROCCO

Morocco, the gateway to Africa, has been described in many beautiful ways, it's dizzying array of landscapes can take a drastic turn from epic snow-capped mountain ranges to sweeping deserts in a matter of a few hours of road trip. It's my first venture into this new continent, and while I managed to experience its many captivating sights throughout the 2-week trip, I'm not sure if I would agree it was personally fulfilling for me as a street photographer. Throughout my years of exploring the world, I have not encountered as bad a camera-phobic community as the Moroccans. The general reaction to the sight of a camera would range from the mild closing of the faces, or a stern 'no photo' warning, to the more drastic act of requesting for the photos to be deleted. I guess explorers who are more into landscapes or taking their own selfies would fare better. For me, I would rather explore a part of the world where I could explore the street with my camera in peace.

 

 

SPACES (INTERIOR) • OCT 2018

Q AROMA WELNESS
@ CENTRIO PANTAI HILLPARK

My sanctuary after a string of backbreaking shoots, the welcoming, cheerful interior of Q-Aroma never fail to calm me down. As much as I enjoy a relaxing massage here, it's equally therapeutic being able to finally capture the beauty of the place with my gears.

 

 

SPACES (INTERIOR) • SEP 2018

EOSH OFFICE BY S LAB
@ MELAKA

Nestled within the commercial side of Pulau Melaka is an office space so charming that it feels out of place in this part of town. Brainchild of S LAB, this minimalist, Scandic-inspired space does away with fancy embellishment and instead plays with a minimal set of materials and shapes that work together like magic.

 

 

TRAVEL • AUG 2018

BANGKOK

A mixed bag of archi shoots, street shoots, shopping and food-hunting, the Bangkok experience continues to remain varied and captivating no matter how many times I return.

 

 

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.

 

 

TRAVEL/SPACES • JUN 2018

SHENZHEN

Got a free day during a recent f&b portfolio assignment in Shenzhen, and that was sufficient to yield a reasonably good collection of architectural shots. Such is the wonders of modern China cities. The two sites covered were Shenzhen University, mainly for its gorgeous student housing blocks that prove that tasteful architecture need not be posh to look striking, and then the Shenzhen Bay Sports Center that got us blown away with its beautiful perforated external steel skin. I'm definitely not done with this city. Can't wait to be back again.

 

 

TRAVEL/ PORTRAITS • MAY 2018

REY & LORAINE:
SANTORINI EDITION

Among the few destinations that we covered, Santorini stood out as the most memorable one for both myself and for Rey and Loraine. The interplay of beautiful weather with charming architecture hit the perfect note as the couple went from one idyllic town to another, soaking in the charming Greek culture as we went along. I could spend a whole month here exploring each and every corner of this unforgettable island.

 

 

TRAVEL • APR 2018

XIAMEN

My love for the urban heritage setting of Penang may be at it again, but what better place to try and uncover more of this charming blend outside of Malaysia than Penang's twin city Xiamen. Other than the familiar tropical summer weather that greeted us, we were definitely made more at home with the sound of Hokkien language being spoken widely, and the sights of European-inspired architecture amidst the sometimes chaotic blend of the typical chinese street scenes. I had the most fun exploring the labyrinthine laneways of the old city center just surrounding the ZhongShan Road.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 (PRODUCT) • DEC 2018

VALUE PLUS INDUSTRIES:
FURNITURE PRODUCT PHOTOGRAPHY

One of those rare, though related to my interior photography portfolio subject. Did a series of product photography for a line-up of some really handsome-looking furnitures from Value Plus Industries who will be launching their consumer range product soon.

 

 

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.

 

 

TRAVEL • AUG 2018

THE UNDERGROUND RAINBOW/
STOCKHOLM SUBWAY STORIES

The night I saw the photo of a set of tall escalators descending into a fiery cave station that seemed so modern yet minimalist and bare, I couldn't forget how breathless I was. As further research uncovered a string of beautiful visuals that make up the city's network of underground stations, Stockholm went straight up to the top of my travel to-do list. The two weeks spent just covering the various sights to my heart's content, that was pure luxury.

 

 

SPACES (INTERIOR) • SEP 2018

SOCAR OFFICE BY YK INTERIOR
@ DAMANSARA

My latest collaboration with YK Interior brought me to the spanking new office of the popular car-sharing app, SOCAR. This clean, bright space is eccentuated by a prominent ceiling fixture that looks like a road which runs all the way from the entrance to the pantry.

 

 

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.

 

 

SPACES • JUN 2018

ALTITUDE RESTAURANT
@ SHENZHEN, CHINA

Perched on the 117th and 118th floor of Shenzhen's tallest tower, Altitude feels like a slice of heaven, so detached from the wondrous cityscapes unfolding beneath, yet so in touch with the worldly beauty as its cheerful, sunlit interiors shift and respond to the passing of the day. I had a memorable two days working with a truly dedicated and committed team as we document the magic of what looks like the city's most happening new f&b place.

 

 

WEDDINGS • MAY 2018

JEFF & CARMEN

Penang may be my top wedding destination, but I could somehow always find new things to shoot here, and there are always all those fresh angles to try even for places that I have shot before. This time around I got to explore The Edison Georgetown for the first time, and revisited Pinang Peranakan Mansion and the charming area along Beach Street.

 

 

TRAVEL/ PORTRAITS • MAY 2018

REY & LORAINE

This is it, the assignment from heaven that any portraits photographer would have dreamt about - accompanying a sweet loving couple on their holiday around Europe, and capturing them against the sweeping spring/summer landscapes. The whole experience was so surreal that I had to keep pinching myself throughout, never mind me being a huge lightbulb.

 

 

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.

 

 

PORTRAITS • MAR 2018

FIONA

From the elaborate cheese party spread, to the matching sets of attire and the visualisation of the styling and props, Fiona has everything planned out months ahead of the shoot. I had a really fun shoot that Friday morning and noon as we work alongside committed folks covering two locations to bring Fiona's visuals to life.

 

 

SPACES/ TRAVEL • FEB 2018

MELBOURNE

The collaboration with AK+ Architects brought me on my maiden trip to Melbourne. While documenting the city's architecture style was our main agenda, distractions were aplenty, in the form of artsy laneways, hipster cafes and a day trip on pipi-hunting to Victoria Bay.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

SPACES • DEC 2018

CRIMSONLOGIC OFFICE
@ MIDVALLEY CITY

My third collaboration with for YK Interiors brought me back to Midvalley at the spanking new office of Crimson Logic. The space bears all the charming DNA of the design firm, with its candy-colored pathway lined with color-coded meeting rooms and lockers being the highlight of the space for me.

 

 

WEDDINGS • DEC 2018

CELEBRATING
SHEN HWA & YOKE KING

While I may have moved on to focus more on the commercial architectural and interior projects of late, it's still pretty fulfilling when a beautifully set up wedding day comes along, what more when famous Hong-Kong artists are in the guest list! This must be one of the most memorable wedding dinner coverage that I have done.

 

 

TRAVEL • OCT 2018

MOROCCO:
THE DESERT EDITION

In addition to Chefchaouen, the other memorable highlights of the trip are the Sahara desert stay at Merzouga and the ancient city of Ait Ben Haddou. Specifically, our mud house accommodation of Kasbah Tebi, right in the UNESCO heritage site itself, was such an interesting 2-night stay, despite there being no lights, no wifi, no phone reception, only candles and loads of uninterrupted catch-up time among ourselves.

 

 

SPACES (CAFE/ BAKERY) • OCT 2018

MAISON DES PAINS
@ PUBLIKA

Like a beacon of hipness in the otherwise sleepy, underlit floor at Publika, Maison Des Pains hits all the right spots with its beautiful front and an equally appealing interior. Couple that with a decent offering of pastries and this new addition to the mall's cafe line-up is certainly sprucing things up for visitors.

 

 

SPACES (CORPORATE) • OCT 2018

UOA HOSPITALITY
CORPORATE PROFILE

It was one of the most elaborate projects that I have undertaken to date, building a set of refreshed visuals as part of the rebranding effort of an established property developer in Malaysia. Totally enjoyed the experience of working with a larger team of dedicated staff who supported me throughout the preparation, recce, shoot and post-processing stage until delivery of our work.

 

 

TRAVEL • AUG 2018

STOCKHOLM

On slots when we absolutely needed a breath of fresh air, we headed back up to the street level which was definitely not short of fun things to explore as well. Stockholm may not have the most impressive set of modern archicterual marvels, but the scandi way of life has its fair share of charms as well.

 

 

SPACES • JUL 2018

ENTIER FRENCH DINING
@ ALILA BANGSAR

It was a fun day spent at Entier, the flagship restaurant of the city's latest hip place to be, Alila Bangsar.Spent time to document the various aspects of the operations, from kitchen to dining, and from ingredients to emotions. The experience was so positive that we have already been back for a proper sit-down dinner to enjoy the place outside of the assignment.

 

 

SPACES • JUL 2018

PACIFIC STANDARD BAR
@ ALILA HOTEL BANGSAR

Sharing the same gorgeous floor as Entier is Alila Bangsar's flagship cocktail Bar, Pacific Standard. It was yet another day well spent documenting the operations inside and out and admiring the beautiful space as the setting shifts from day to night.

 

 

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.

 

 

SPACES • MAY 2018

DISCOVERY MIND BODY
@ JALAN AMPANG

Four years since the first assignment, I'm back in this part of Jalan Ampang, documenting a new, exciting journey for Discovery who has now acquired a much larger space, affording it the opportunity to expand into physiotheraphy and event space.

 

 

SPACES • JUN 2018

SKY CONDOMINIUM SHOWROOM
BY IOI PROPERTIES @ PUCHONG

It's always fun shooting showrooms, the styling's done, we were in an airconditioned environment, and there's no one else there that may get into our frames. Am appreciative of the opportunity given by IOI Properties to cover their latest property showcase in Puchong.

 

 

WEDDINGS • MAY 2018

JEFF & CARMEN:
FROGHILL EDITION

It was two years ago when I first heard of Frog Hill. Yet I have not had the chance to visit this hidden gem until Jeff and Carmen suggested it as one of their prewed locations. I couldn't have arranged a better model myself to shot against this breathtaking background. Truly thankful for the opportunity.

 

 

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.