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.

 

 

INTERIOR/ PORTRAITS • APR 2018

COLONY KLCC CO-WORKING SPACE
@ VIPOD RESIDENCES

Had a fun full-day shoot over at the beautifully appointed space of Colony KLCC, cycling between pure interior shots and portraits for 6 talents who did the part of tenants so effortlessly. This cosy space is definitely one that I would call my office if not for the fact that I'm still hopelessly in love with Centrio.

 

 

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 • 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.

 

 

TRAVEL/ OTHERS • MAR 2018

ROYAL CARIBBEAN
QUANTUM OF THE SEA

A recent event shoot brought me on my first cruise experience, onboard Royal Caribbean's gorgeous Quantum Of The Sea. The 5-day journey saw us cruising from Shanghai to Nagasaki and back, affording me plenty of sea and sun and happy people.

 

 

WEDDINGS • DEC 2017

CELEBRATING
SIAVASH & HUI LI

A Persian-Chinese wedding set against the heritage backdrop of perhaps the most charming hotel in Georgetown - it just may not get more beautiful than this. While they may be working and living in Melbourne, Siavash and Hui Li decided to hold their big day in Penang close to where the bride's grandparents are. And so this memorable day was born.

 

 

WEDDINGS • DEC 2017

CELEBRATING
JASON & CHIA CHI

The wedding ceremony for Jason and Chia Chi was as fun and beautiful as any photographer could have asked for. I'm truly blessed to be given the opportunity to cover this important day for the lovely couple and their friends and family. This may even be the reason why I would want to ramp up my wedding assignments again in the new year after having spent most time doing architectural and interior stuff.

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

TRAVEL • OCT 2017

重庆快车

Chongqing is known by many names - city of fog for being shrouded in over 100 days of fog annually, city of mountain for its mountainous landscape, city of bridges for having over 4500 bridges spanning its two main rivers and other streams, and 3D city for its often mind-boggling architecture that is both unassuming and functional yet complex and beautiful. It was a fulfilling week for us in an attempt to explore the city's nooks and crannies, chasing after the best angles and soaking in scenes of the everyday Chinese life that is by far the least influenced by Western cultures of the cities that I've been. Hope to be back again!

 

 

TRAVEL • OCT 2017

HOKKAIDO

It was two weeks' worth of only the purest quaint Japanese countryside experience. Deciding on exploring Japan's northernmost prefecture on a selfdrive arrangement couldn't have been a better decision. There is simply no other way to cater to our unique itinerary of exploring Hokkaido's everyday life at the break of autumn than to take control of the wheel. Our tiny but trusty Honda N Wagon travelled close to 1000km, covering a variety of sights from touristy towns and souvenir streets to sleepy fishing villages and abandoned houses, with bouts of spontaneous detours triggered by sightings of strange looking views and structures, and the need to drone. And yet I'm not done with Hokkaido, having covered perhaps 20% of the key areas. The next trip back will be in a different season, and a different itinerary.

 

 

TRAVEL • SEP 2017

CROATIA

We may not be much of a Games of Thrones fan, but Croatia's appeal extends beyond the otherworldly scenes in the series, and so the big travel project of Summer 2017 was put to action. While the country may not be as off the beaten track as we have originally thought, there are certainly some interesting highlights that made the whole trip all the more memorable, including our road trip into the countryside dotted with abandoned houses, the labyrinthine charm that is Rovinj, the sleepy but beautiful village of Komiza, those liberating experiences in the form of nude beaches, and the glorious platters of the freshest seafood that I have ever had.

 

 

PORTRAITS • AUG 2017

PEOPLE 155:
MACCY LEE FOR
MESSAGE CAMPAIGN

My second collaboration with Message on their latest campaign brought us back to the studio for some clean shots with Malaysian model Maccy Lee.

 

 

SPACES • JUN 2017

CILANTRO RESTAURANT AND WINE BAR
@ MICASA

A favourite old-time haunt of fine-diners in KL is given a new breath of life with a recent refurbishment effort undertaken by Blu Water Studio. We are proud to be given the opportunity to capture the magic of this space which now also spot a spanking new bar, a private cigar lounge and a private dining room equipped with its own kitchen.

 

 

SPACES • MAY 2017

BLOCK 64, YUNG KUANG ROAD
@ SINGAPORE

Literally a gem of a building, this diamond-shaped HDB flat in Taman Jurong, Singapore, has teased the imagination of instagrammers and urban explorers from all over, its signature green columns against the monotony of floors after floors of plain white walkway strips. There's a fresh new perspective at every corner of the building. I would readily spend another afternoon exploring its corridoors again.

 

 

PRODUCT PHOTOGRAPHY • MAY 2017

LACQNA TIMEPIECES

Born in Malaysia and eager to take on the world is the handsome timepieces of Lacqna. These minimalist, timeless watches made for the perfect prop against the industrial vintage backdrop of HeartAbode and our various props from all over. Can't wait to move on with some lifestyle shots.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

URBAN HERITAGE • DEC 2017

GOOD MORNING MR GEORGE
(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.

 

 

PORTRAITS • DEC 2017

PEOPLE 158:
JORDAN YEOH

Back in the embrace of my recent favourite portrait location in Kuala Lumpur, this time in the company of none other than Jordan Yeoh himself. The cold hard curves of the spiral structure may have been gradually forgotten by time, but in this weekend morning, they were the perfect complement to Jordan's ripped physique.

 

 

SPACES • NOV 2017

39 LORONG KURAU
BY TETAWOWE ATELIER

Heartpatrick is proud to cover Tetawowe Atelier's latest marvel in the ever evolving neighbourhood of Taman Weng Lock, Bangsar - this charmingly transformed link house that now boasts a head-turning facade so unique that it stops passing traffic.

 

 

TRAVEL/SPACES • OCT 2017

CHONGQING INTERIOR

The showcase of Hokkaido's beauty would be incomplete without some shots from above to marvel the country's obsession with everything orderly and organised.

 

 

TRAVEL/AERIAL • OCT 2017

HOKKAIDO FROM ABOVE

The showcase of Hokkaido's beauty would be incomplete without some shots from above to marvel the country's obsession with everything orderly and organised.

 

 

TRAVEL/AERIAL • SEP 2017

CROATIA FROM ABOVE

#heartdrone gets its first taste of Europe, though a seemingly minor crash on the 4th day seriously limited its gimbal movement and stability. It's a piece of good lesson for me nevertheless, to never take for granted that the drone will always listen to my every command and to be ready to handle any unpredicted behaviour at any time during flight.

 

 

SPACES • AUG 2017

PARAGON AT PAN'GAEA
@ CYBERJAYA

While Pan'gaea may be the name that conjures curiosity, its signature SOFO and retail suites called Paragon has the sexy monumental curves that turn heads. Had a field day exploring its various facets and handsome angles and finding inspirations even in its fire escape stairways.

 

 

TRAVEL • JUN 2017

LIGHTING OSAKA

My obsession with capturing the city lights during the magical hours of dawn through night started perhaps just recently. While I was perfectly happy documenting the street scenes in full daylight before this, there certainly was no turning back anymore once I realised how much more fun (and equally challenging) it was to play with lights and reflections as the sky darkened and the vivid urban lightshow began. 12 years on, and I'm still learning the tricks of this constant learning curve called photography.

 

 

TRAVEL • JUN 2017

SYDNEYSIDER:
AIRASIA NEW SOUTH WALES
TRAVELOGUE

12 years since I started documenting my travel stories with my camera, AirAsia finally found me.

The trip to explore a new continent in the company of the gorgeous Miss Universe Malaysia Samantha James was surreal - I thought just two months ago I was doing this desk job managing IT solutions for kerang. But the fun and laughter from the assignment, in the company of some really professional and dedicated people was very real indeed, something that I already miss as we parted on the last day. The week-long trip brought us to some of the best features that New South Wales has to offer, from the nature trails of Blue Mountains, to the fun and adventure of Wollongong, and finally the magical colorful ride that is Vivid Sydney.

If this is what leaving a fulltime employment brought me, I hope I get a lot more of these from now on. <3

 

 

SPACES • MAY 2017

BOTAKLIQUOR COCKTAIL BAR
@ PETALING STREET

The mention of cocktail bars conjures images of dim, atmospheric spaces, but BotakLiquor seeks a different path into our hearts by playing with our love for the sun and the gardens and everything in between. Helmed by the same folk behind Chocha, this space is a natural extension to the vintage revival theme that made Chocha such a hit.

 

 

TRAVEL/ AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY • MAY 2017

SINGAPORE FROM ABOVE

The exploration of the world from above continues in Singapore after having warmed up to the taste of flight in Hong Kong. It was truly a refreshing experience being able to ogle at some of these architectural wonders from a fresh new perspective. Can't thank DJI enough for having created this lightweight flying wonder.

 

 

GUIDES • APR 2017

11 AMAZING HONG KONG ARCHITECTURAL INSTAGRAM HOTSPOTS TO EXPLORE NOW

The Pearl of the Orient may be yet another tiny dot in the world map, but the land-starved city packs the highest number of skyscrapers in the world, and that translates to a treasure trove of interesting urbanscapes for explorers to uncover. Here is a list of instagram architectural hotspots that have fascinated locals and travelers alike.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

SPACES • APR 2018

THE MERIDIN AT MEDINI
@ ISKANDAR, JOHOR

The latest collaboration with AK+ Architects brought me to a new playground down south that is Iskandar, Johor, this sprawling land of opportunities which is the focus of quite a number of developments in the last few years. My mission is to capture the beauty of Mah Sing's latest pride and joy, The Meridin at Medini, and I couldn't be more blessed with hitting a really beautiful morning on the second day we were there.

 

 

SPACES • APR 2018

SEKEPING KONG HENG
ROOM 1 O'CLOCK
@ IPOH

Possibly the most charming boutique accommodation in the whole of Ipoh old town, Sekeping Kong Heng's expansion added a series of new rooms in a building adjacent to the original space. Grouped lovingly under the name 'The Old Block', and with a deco style that still retain the original pleasing vintage aesthetics, these rooms are however larger in space, with some spotting a kitchen and a living area.

 

 

SPACES/ FOOD • FEB 2018

BUBBLE BEE CAFE
@ PETALING STREET, KUALA LUMPUR

A traditional street-side snack gets a modern twist in Bubble Bee Cafe, Kuala Lumpur Chinatown's latest cafe offering. It was yet another fun session, with us incorporating some of the neighbourhood's signature vintage backdrop into the shots of those pretty egg waffles that are often too pretty to eat.

 

 

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.

 

 

WEDDINGS • JAN 2018

SIAVASH & HUI LI
PREWEDDING
@ PENANG

This is technically a post-wedding portrait, as Si & Hui Li enjoyed their wedding ceremony shoot so much that they changed their minds about not doing a prewedding shoot. So about three weeks after the ceremony, we were back in the embrace of this beautiful island again, this time with me getting their full, undivided attention for some fun time posing against our chosen backdrops. I'm appreciative of the fact that the couple is into oldschool architecture as well, so the Rifle Range Flats became one of the key locations for the shoot. Glad that all the effort of venturing in old apartments for cool angles are paying off.

 

 

URBAN HERITAGE • DEC 2017

INSTAMEET
KUALA LUMPUR:
1.0

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.

 

 

AERIAL • MAR 2017 TILL CURRENT

#KLfromabove:
DRONE/ AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY
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.

 

 

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.

 

 

SPACES • NOV 2017

GREENHOUSE
BY MUIR

Inspired by the preservation philosophies of the 1800s Scottish-American naturalist John Muir, Greenhouse is a sprawling multi-concept and cuisine space housed within the same charming building built on a plot of vacant land next to Gleneagles Hospital. We had a field time exploring and photographing the three-level complex, capturing its beauty throughout the day as the activities shift from the sunny alfresco deck and lively ground floor space that consists of the Kuroshio Market japanese food hall and Evendough cafe bakery, to the more cosy ambience upstairs that are made up of Japanese restaurant Minu, the New Orleans-inspired eatery Brycg, and the rooftop lounge and bar called the Deck.

 

 

TRAVEL/ SPACES • SEP 2017

THE ROAD TO
ARCHI WONDERLAND

The collaboration with AK+ Architect on the study on the usage of steel in buildings in Singapore brought us this collection of photos from my favourite city, covering some new landmarks such as Duo Towers to more established ones like the South Beach Tower, The Future of Us pavilion and the National Stadium.

 

 

WEDDINGS • OCT 2017

JASON & CHIA CHI PREWEDDING
@ GEORGETOWN, PENANG

After a few months of droning around shooting buildings and random objects, I finally got my first taste of using the Mavic Pro for my prewedding assignment. It was a scorching hot morning in Georgetown, and the wooden pier of Tan Jetty was not the easiest place to navigate. Thankfully the shots that we got made it all worth the effort.

 

 

TRAVEL • OCT 2017

SAPPORO

Hokkaido's charming capital may not be as burstling or edgy as the other larger Japanese cities, but its unmistakable laidback holiday vibe fills the air from the shopping streets to the city parks. I especially enjoyed Moerenuma Park and the sculpture garden in Sapporo Art Park. Can't wait to be back for winter.

 

 

WEDDINGS • JUL 2017

LEE & WEI SHI PREWEDDING
@ PUTRAJAYA

Not my bread and butter anymore, but still fun when I does it. Taking a little break from the architectural and interior assignments with a fun prewed outing for the lovely couple in most probably KL's top prewed destination that is our country's administrative capital.

 

 

SPACES (ARCHI) • JUL 2017

KOMPLEKS ISLAM PUTRAJAYA/
JAKIM

Putrajaya is perhaps the best place to hunt down modern architectural marvels around the Klang Valley region, so the assignment for D+A magazine that granted me the opportunity to shoot the administrative city's latest pride and joy to my heart's content was received with much anticipation. Clad in a network of intricate Islamic motifs and stuctures, the predominantly white building stands out like a gleaming jewel under the bright hot afternoon sun.

 

 

ASSIGNMENTS/ TRAVEL • JUN 2017

TVR: TRUE VINTAGE REVIVAL:
HANDCRAFTED VINTAGE EYEWEAR FROM JAPAN

It was the opportunity of a lifetime, a rare glimpse into the world of the eyewear craftsmen of Sabae, Japan. The collaboration with TVR afforded us access to a scattering of charming workshops spread across town, manned by dedicated workers whose routine has stayed the same for the last few decades, and whose machineries and tools are the epitome of Japanese's relentless obsession with perfection.