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.

 

 

TRAVEL/ AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY • APR 2017

HONG KONG FROM ABOVE

Hong Kong could not be a more apt location as the first overseas destination for #heartdrone, its dizzying array of urban activities now unveiled in a fresh perspective as seen from up above the air. I had wanted to cover more locations but unfortunately the weather condition was not the most friendly for the little flying machine. Hope to be back soon for more.

 

 

SPACES • MAR 2017

DR.INC & NALA DESIGN
@ BANGSAR

Had a fun time exploring the creative world of Lizette through her beautiful creations that are Dr.inc cafe and Nala Design.

 

 

SPACES • JAN 2017

SAN LOH LOFT
@ CENTRIO PANTAI HILLPARK

I don't suppose HeartAbode v3.0 should deserve all the attention when there are so many other charming spaces within Centrio itself. So imagine my excitement when my neighbour San Loh allowed me the opportunity to explore his beautiful unit with my camera. I'm still feeling the high.

 

 

SPACES • FEB 2017

K-POP ROOM OF
SAMBA BRAZILIAN STEAKHOUSE
@ PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA

If the experience of stepping into Samba from the street is surreal, then entering the K-Pop themed room is mind-blowing, its vintage styling decked in a psychedelic combination of pink and blue, all ready to load your visual senses for a colorful afternoon out with the gang.

 

 

TRAVEL/ SPACES • JAN 2017

广州人 (GUANGZHOU, CHINA):
AIRPORT EDITION

It's fun to be able to start exploring a new city as soon as you land, and the glitzy, dreamy, new-age installation of the Space-Time Tunnel at Baiyun Airport made it just too easy for us to begin our taste of how progressive the modern design movement in China has been.

 

 

SPACES • MAR 2017

TANAH LARWINA
@ HULU LANGAT, SELANGOR

When the Garden of Eden is too far a reach, we have Tanah Larwina Retreat at just less than an hour's drive from the city. The modern kampung house reimagined sits on a peaceful 3-acre orchard and animal farm, bordered by a stream, which gave us a constant soothing sound of flowing water, and an excellent spot to while the hot afternoon away.

 

 

 

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 • APR 2017

DELICIOUS
@ 1 UTAMA

The rebranding of 1 Utama shopping mall's most recognisable restaurant yielded a shiny, classy space clad in intricate, nature-inspired motifs thanks to the collaboration with Nala Design. Delicious has come a long way, and this makeover should continue to inspire loyal and new customers alike.

 

 

OTHERS • APR 2017

OLYMPUS EM10 MARK II
SHOWCASE:
ALBUM 4

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

 

 

SPACES • APR 2017

THAI HOU SEK
@ 1 UTAMA, PETALING JAYA

Had a fun time covering yet another one of Genius Loci's f&b spaces in KL. Thai Hou Sek's porky dishes may be falling off the centerstage as the signature neon light signboard slash deco competes for attention with a gorgeous impressionistic wall mural of the Thai King.

 

 

TRAVEL • FEB 2017

GOOD MORNING HANOI
(HANOI, VIETNAM)

It was seven years ago when I first set foot in Hanoi, and this second trip had me struggling to retrace the charms that I so remember the city to have. Perhaps the gradual awakening of the economic powers has opened the floodgates of modernity, or perhaps it was just my considerably more well-travelled self now upping the standards for approving what memorable travel experiences should consist of, but the car-bike ratio has definitely skyrocketed, the streets considerably cleaner and neater, and the chaos not quite as overwhelming. There were thankfully still some authentic experiences to savour, like the street vendors, the glorious pho, and drip coffee on short stools. So still a fun trip for the eight of us? Definitely!

 

 

TRAVEL/ SPACES • JAN 2017

广州人 (GUANGZHOU, CHINA)

Guangzhou may be famous for its booming wholesale market, but the third largest city in China is also fast placing itself on the map for urban and archi photographers with a string of modern buildings that showcases China's progressive arts movement. Working alongside these modern day marvels are the delights of the cantonese cuisine and a burgeoning thirdwave cafe culture, giving the city a rather well-rounded experience.

 

 

 

 

 

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:
V1

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

 

 

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.

 

 

TRAVEL/ AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY • MAY 2017

NEW SOUTH WALES
FROM ABOVE

The opportunity to explore New South Wales would be awfully wasted if the sights are not also experienced with #heartdrone. Shot entirely on the DJI Mavic Pro.

 

 

SPACES • MAY 2017

CHOCHA FOODSTORE
@ PETALING STREET
(ALBUM 2)

Less than a year since the original assignment, I'm back in this beautiful cafe restaurant for another round of shoot, mainly covering the new additions that have been introduced. Still loving the space as much, if not more, and still observing curious passersby stopping in front of the shop and trying to peer in. That's the secret to a successful interior design that all restauranteers should learn from.

 

 

TRAVEL • 2017 COMPILATION

SINGAPORE

Continuing the journey to check off items from the list of Singapore urban explorers' hangout. It doesn't help that the list seems to keep growing but that's only more reason to come back again!

 

 

TRAVEL • APR 2017

香港人 (HONG KONG)

The quest to land myself more dizzying urban spots for the mavic pro brought me back to Hong Kong, and the pre-trip research yielded yet another long list of to-go places to satisfy the urban explorer in me. It's a city that I will perhaps never get bored with.

 

 

PORTRAITS • MAY 2017

PEOPLE 153:
JOEL YAP IN "JOEL."

Joel's coming of age with his turning 30 is now a visual story as we started in the colorful Haji Lanes before settling down to the warm elegance of The Warehouse Hotel, the sequence of which represents his journey of crossing over into the next phase of his life.

 

 

SPACES • APR 2017

KAKIGORI SWISS ROLL
& NEW KAKIGORI FLAVOURS

The passionate folks behind Kakigori is back with some exciting addition to their dessert line-up - swiss rolls and some new kakigori flavours. Ate like most probably three full rolls during the shoot between us, but I know I will be back for more once these start appearing in the menu.

 

 

PORTRAITS • FEB 2017

PEOPLE 149:
ERNEST POH IN
"LOVE AT FIRST STRIPE"

It was that dizzying, spiraling journey into oblivion that we all call love. YTL Hotel's latest pride and joy in KL, called Stripes Hotel, is our latest playground for this series of portraits.