URBAN EXPLORING/ SPACES • MAY 2021

ASIA SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
@ JALAN DATO ONN

Further to the opening of AICB Center of Excellence, the hip neighbourhood of Jalan Dato Onn is blessed once again with a second work of architecture wonder that is Asia School of Business. GDP Architects is once again the creative mind behind, collaborating with Moore Ruble Yudell to give the city another gorgeous space to explore.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING • APR 2021

NEW FLYOVER
@ EMPIRE CITY

Empire City has been in the making for the past few years. While work seems to have intensified lately, this neighbourhood is certainly not short of half-constructed buildings and infrastructures, and this morning we had the opportunity to explore one stretch of a new flyover that features a cool backdrop of the gleaming buildings behind. Woke up extra early to catch the magic that was the rising sun being reflected on the glass panels.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING • JAN 2021

HOLES IN THE WALL
@ KOMTAR PENANG

Perhaps my favourite hidden architecture spot in Georgetown, Penang, this series of punctured walls on the ground floor of Penang's tallest tower may look dated, but the opportunities for quirky and fun shoots here are limitless. Come find your own interpretation of this space.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING • DEC 2020

GOOD MORNING MR GEORGE:
SET 9

A cosy getaway in between the pandemic lockdown phases to my favourite heritage town in Malaysia. This edition features some lightpainting work at the clan jetties.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING • APR 2021

APARTMENT PUTRA RIA
@ JALAN BANGSAR

Back in the embrace of one of the earliest apartment complexes that I explored when I started this urban exploring series. And I'm glad to report that it's charming as ever. Still as blown away by the tightly-packed lines that are so reminiscent of Hong Kong, a place that seems too far away in this strange time.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING/ PORTRAITS • MAR 2021

VIVI TAN IN
PARA PARA TECOMA

No coverage of the Malaysian spring phenomenon is complete without some portraits, and I'm happy to have Vivi posing for me again, this time in her floral print yukata and traditional umbrella. Among the locations covered include Air Panas field and basketball court, Plaza Tol Gombak and Danau Kota flats.

 

 

SPACES • APR 2021

ARTE MONT KIARA:
FACILITIES FEATURE 1

One of the key selling points for the Arte brand has always been their visually-striking facilities that are just begging to be your next instagram playground, so imagine the amount of fun we had documenting this long list of spaces. This album seems to have already covered quite a few, but there are another two more that you need to check out for the complete story.

 

 

SPACES • APR 2021

ARTE MONT KIARA:
FACILITIES FEATURE 3

And the last album in the Arte Mont Kiara series features the themed lobby in each of the respective three towers in this development.

 

 

SPACES • MAR 2021

FOUR SEASONS KUALA LUMPUR
RAYA FESTIVE MENUS & HAMPER 2021

Celebrations come early as we worked with the fun people behind Four Seasons to produce this set of visuals for the upcoming Raya.

 

 

URBAN EXPLRING/ STREET • MAR 2021

MURAL WITH TRX EXCHANGE 108 VANTAGE POINT
BY AKID ONE @ JALAN NAGASARI

There's a sidelane off Jalan Nagasari, specifically Jalan Angsoka, that offers a cool vantage point of one of the city's most prominent tower, TRX's Exchange 108. And if the beautiful contrast of seedy sidelane and modern skyscraper alone was not impressive enough, the walls of the buildings lining this street have now been dressed with beautiful murals by local artist Akid One, as part the DBKL's effort to rejuvenate the entertainment district of Changkat Bukit Bintang. Come on a sunny noon and let the blue skies transition into the cheerful blue hues of the mural. And don't miss the spot where you will be able to align the mural with Exchange 108.

 

 

URBAN EXPLRING/ STREET • MAR 2021

IMBI PLAZA CARPARK VANTAGE POINT
@ BUKIT BINTANG

The old IT marketplace of the city may have lost its place in our hearts, but the very existence of this building right in the bustling center means we continue to get an excellent vantage point to observe the city from. The carpark on the upper levels gives some wonderful views, especially of the monorail and Berjaya Times Square, before opening up towards Tun Razak Exchange.

 

 

SPACES/ PORTRAITS • MAR 2021

AARON IN LICKY CHAN
@ CHOW KIT

In between licks and clicks, the city’s latest ig playground teases our imagination, and they happen to also serve a cool selection of interesting ice cream flavors. Come on a sunny day for some extra magic at the quirky courtyard, and don't forget to check out the pretty backdoor too.

 

 

AERIAL/ URBAN EXPLORING • JAN 2021

KL TOWER
FROM THE AIR:
A COMPILATION

The other contender for everyone's favourite architecture in KL, KL Tower makes frequent appearances in the urban explorers' work. Here's and compilation of some aerial shots done of this beauty.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING • JAN 2021

PETALING STREET/
CHINATOWN &
SURROUNDING AREAS:
SET 4

Finally graduating to a new set of photos for KL's most interesting heritage neighbourhood. Gentrification pushes on as new hipster joints replace sleepy stores, and instagrammers on the lookout for photo inspirations replace seedy characters searching for cheap thrills.

 

 

SPACES • DEC 2020

PAR 3 CONDO SHOW UNIT
@ IOI CITY
BY IOI PROPERTY

Our second project for IOI Properties in the sprawling IOI City neighbourhood brought us to their latest condo. This Par 3 show unit boasts an unobstructed view of the golf courses and beyond, especially the Kuala Lumpur city skyline on a clear day.

 

 

SPACES/ URBAN EXPLORING • JAN 2021

PETRONAS TWIN TOWERS:
AS SEEN FROM THE TAMARIND AT SENTUL EAST

Reminiscing about the time when I could shoot the city's most handsome landmark right from home. Those seven years spent at the Tamarind at Sentul East was perhaps every urban photographer's dream come true, especially if you're the type who also cannot seem to get enough of shooting the marvellous twins at every given opportunity.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING • JAN 2021

COLORFUL BACKLANE
@ JALAN THAMBIPILLAY, BRICKFIELDS

Brickfields may be just a stone's throw away from KL Sentral, but the city's major transporation hub's modern touches have long eluded this stepchild of urban redevelopment. Thus, this unexpectedly clean, organised and colorful backlane along Jalan Thambipillay seems worlds away from its former filthy, rodent-infested self. Kudos to DBKL for a year's worth of negotation and coordination with the locals for this wonderful transformation.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING • DEC 2020

BUKIT SERI BINTANG
@ SEGAMBUT

Bukit Seri Bintang feels worlds away from the urban chaos of the city but yet close enough for you to gasp at the sprawling city skyline confronting you as you complete the upward hike to Peak 1. This piece of green haven is a favourite exercise spot among the locals and hides a few cool photoworthy locations including the really cool 'desert'.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING • JAN 2021

THE HORIZON
@ BANGSAR SOUTH

The orderly, tightly packed set of office blocks at the Horizon at Bangsar South is your perfect dose of medicine if you're missing a similar urban lookup of big cities like Hong Kong, or more specifically the China Hong Kong City, minus the gold tint. You may find quite a few ways of playing with this interesting perspective while fighting the urge of playing a plane right in the middle.

 

 

SPACES • DEC 2020

ARTE BY THOMAS CHAN
LEVEL 56 HOTEL SUITES
@ MONT KIARA

The year 2020 may not have started off as the most exciting of times for the hospitality industry, but Arte Mont Kiara made sure that they ended it with a loud bang, with the soft-opening of their french-retro themed hotel suites. It was a frantic day as we swept through all eight suites of the 56th floor, documenting their various charms while getting distracted a little by the breathtaking cityscapes right out the window. Looking forward to the roll-out of the other floors.

 

 

GUIDES • UPDATED JAN 2021

37 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.

 

 

SPACES • NOV 2020

TAGO ALAIA SHOW GALLERY
@ TITIWANGSA

It's not an everyday event that I come across a space as well-designed as this one. And Tago did it again with the show gallery for their latest project in Titiwangsa. It was a fruitful day as we exhausted all the pretty angles of the gallery and the two show units above.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING • OCT 2020

MENARA TA ONE:
PETRONAS TWIN TOWERS
VANTAGE POINT

For decades the Petronas Twin Towers graced the KL skyline, and it's towering height a beacon of the country's march towards a developed nation. It's no wonder that we are so fascinated with catching them in our photos. Menara TA One sits right opposite the road from this landmark, and it's open-air top level of the carpark section presents the perfect opportunity to capture the twin towers from a very close, and higher vantage point than the usual street-level spots that you may find around this area. Come on a wet evening, and the extensive puddles on the floor will complete the magic.

 

 

PORTRAITS/ URBAN EXPLORING • SEP 2020

OWEN YAP
@ MELAKA

Our next adventure with Owen Yap brought us to the historical city of Melaka. While I have lost count of the number of times I've been here, the evolving city has proven to still have the ability to keep us entertained as we uncovered new sights to shoot in, especially along the river.

 

 

SPACES • JUL 2020

PAVILION HOTEL
@ BUKIT BINTANG

Occupying the sharp intersection of Jalan Raya Chulan and Jalan Bukit Bintang is Pavilion Group's glitzy upscale hotel. This week-long assignment took us from the common areas to the string of f&b outlets within, and onwards to the Presidential Suite.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING/ PORTRAITS • JUL 2020

OWEN YAP
@ LAMAN PERDANA,
PERDANA BOTANICAL PARK

Two weeks back to back shooting portraits at the same spot. Laman Perdana truly deserves this kinda attention. While we didn't get as lucky with the weather this round, I brought along the heartpatrick magic mirror to add in something more conceptual.

 

 

SPACES • JUL 2020

EBISU, PAVILION HOTEL
@ BUKIT BINTANG

You may be forgiven if your senses tricked you into thinking that you have been transported to Japan, for the rich interiors of Ebisu resonate with our experience of the finest Japanese touches.

 

 

PORTRAITS • JUL 2020

A SEASON FOR LOVE:
REY & LORAINE FAMILY PORTRAIT

Been such a long time since my last family portrait session. And I'm so glad I found time away from my commercial work to capture this set of memories for Rey and Loraine as they get ready to welcome their second child. There couldn't have been a better backdrop to all these heartwarming moments than Four Seasons Langkawi.

 

 

SPACES • JUL 2020

TERENGGANU HERITAGE VILLAGE
@ PENARIK, TERENGGANU

Nestled in the idyllic village of Kampung Penarik is this charming set of Malay kampung houses restored from crumbling buildings around the state into this beautifully preserved heritage village.

 

 

OTHERS • MAR-JUN 2020

#CREATIVELOCKDOWN:
MINIATURE LIFE:

Our daily routine as we know it may have been disrupted during the covid19 lockdown, but this is finally our golden opportunity to spend more quality time at home, doing the things that we could only wish to do during busier periods. There's no better time for me than these few months of lockdown to finally put all the miniatures that I have been collecting the past year or so to good use. What a fun opportunity too to recreate the great outdoors while staying indoor, using everyday materials and food items found at home.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING • JUN 2020

ASIA STREET FOOD CLUB
@ PETALING STREET

A vintage museum moonlighting as a restaurant, you could almost believe this tale - that is the impressive array of beautifully preserved tokens from yesteryear on display here. Visitors to Kwai Chai Hong should not miss dropping by the upper floor of this place for a trip down memory lane.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING/ PORTRAITS • JUN 2020

KEV CHONG
@ I-CITY, SHAH ALAM

There's no better time to pull off the abandoned themepark theme that I've always wanted to do than now, when entertainment centers remain closed as we recover from covid19. So I grabbed Kev Chong over to I-City one beautiful evening. We couldn't have caught a more glorious day.

 

 

SPACES • JUN 2020

WEWORK
@ KL ECO CITY
BY DSGNPHOLIO

Coworking spaces are the new cool hangouts in town, and WeWork's airy, sunlit enclave at KL Eco City is eager to please.

 

 

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

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING/ STREET • FEB 2019

#HEARTANDTHECITY:
KUALA LUMPUR
STREET PHOTOGRAPHY SERIES:
ALBUM 2

Is Kuala Lumpur getting more pretty by the day, or am I just trying harder now to uncover its beauty? The urban explorer in me continue to build momentum as I spend more time being out and about and digging deeper into what my beloved city has to offer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

URBAN EXPLORINS • APR 2021

CAMPBELL COMPLEX VANTAGE POINT FOR
LORONG TAR RAMADHAN BAZAAR

Campbell Complex may have lost its lustre within the city center's aging heritage core, but the rooftop level of its parking floors hides a pretty interesting secret - a vantage point that unlocks a pretty impressive view of the streets below it, especially when it's the month of Ramadhan. We fell in love with how the colorful street-lined stalls compliments the bright neon signages.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING/ PORTRAITS • MAY 2021

NOEY IN
MASJID ASY-SYAKIRIN @ KLCC

The KLCC area may boast quite a few popular attractions within the vicinity of the Twin Towers, but this beautiful mosque has eluded me all these while, until this Ramadhan month, where I had the honour of marvelling at its architecture from a close distance, in the company of my friend Noey.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING/ AERIAL • APR 2021

ABANDONED VEHICLE DEPOT
@ JOHOR BAHRU

What was supposed to be a quick brunch stopover during a work trip down south turned out to be our coolest urban decay find in the recent months. This sprawling visual feast got me jumping in delight at its sheer vastness and potential. Wish we had the whole day here.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING • APR 2021

TAMAN BAYU TEBRAU
@ PERMAS JAYA, JOHOR BAHRU

Launched in 1999, Taman Bayu Tebrau was a residential project that was expected to complete in 2005. It subsequently stalled after the developer got hit by a financial crisis. This ill-fated project remains uncompleted despite a more recent effort by the government to revive it. The abandoned site joins the numerous other constructions in the city that suffered the same outcome.

 

 

SPACES • APR 2021

ARTE MONT KIARA:
FACILITIES FEATURE 2

Snuggled within the higher levels of each of the three towers in Arte Mont Kiara are three more spaces for residents to explore.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING • APR 2021

KWAI CHAI HONG ART INSTALLATION:
EVERLASTING BEAUTY

Kwai Chai Hong's latest art installation marries the traditional chinese floral design with fabric-dye factory display, creating a living, breathing artpiece that comes alive with the breeze. I had a fun blue hour shoot with Javier Chor, one of the co-founder of Kwai Chai Hong, using some backlit flashes to add some additional lighting drama into the shots.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING • MAR 2021

KL IN SYMMETRY:
SUNRISE AT CHANGKAT TUNKU

Twice a year, at the popular lookout point of Changkat Tunku, a visual feast awaits those willing to sacrifice their morning slumber. I have been guilty of missing these opportunities year after year, but am grateful that I finally found the determination to catch it once and for all this round. The sight of the sun rising right in between the Petronas Twin Towers was pure magic. I believe I am now hocked on bearing witness to this feast for years to come.

 

 

SPACES/ URBAN EXPLORING • JAN 2021

1 UTAMA
CHINESE NEW YEAR
DECORATIONS 2021

The Year 2021 could risk having its chinese new year celebrations stripped, amidst the raging pandemic still chalking up aggressive numbers on new covid infections. Not all malls are ready to let this dampen their festive spirits though. Against all odds, 1 Utama, in particular, gave us the most impressive set up that I have seen, a good-sized pagoda in a garden of plum blossoms, surrounded by a ring of covered walkway that covers the entire length and breath of the podium. The visual impact is immediately arresting. Combined that with a longing for exotic overseas locations that have eluded us for a year now, and we have got a hit.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING • JAN 2021

SAFARI LAGOON:
ABANDONED WATER THEMEPARK
@ PANDAN PERDANA

The story of Safari Lagoon, Klang Valley's first roof top water themepark, has fascinated many. It was the go-to destination when it first opened its door back in 1998. While many of the city folk still reminisce about the wonderful memories created there, and wondered about how things are looking everytime they pass by this building while driving along MRR2, hopefully this set of images will help.

 

 

SPACES/ PORTRAITS • DEC 2020

VIVI TAN
IN ARTE MONT KIARA

The coolest property to emerge in town and there's no way I could stop myself from doing some portraits here. Nusmetro's Arte Mont Kiara is built for the gram and I could take a good few sessions just to cover all the spots. Pray that your session here is blessed by lots of sunlight.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING • NOV 2020

ALAMANDA STEPS
@ PUTRAJAYA

Putrajaya's Alamanda Mall has a secret, and it's this impossibly colorful installation on a series of steps going down from the mall to the lake. This sprawling series of interlocked tri-color patterns is a cool backdrop that can be admired from multiple vantage points and perspectives. I'll be back for some aerials.

 

 

PORTRAITS/ URBAN EXPLORING • NOV 2020

KEITH IN KEDAI KL
@ PETALING JAYA

Kedai is an artisanal marketplace that was carved out from a block over at MAHSA Avenue to create this airy, artsy space for a curated retail and lifestyle experience. This recent facelift gave the center court an even more interesting set of patterns and colors.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING • OCT 2020

CHIN SWEE CAVES TEMPLE
@ GENTING HIGHLANDS

On the way up to Resorts World Genting is a photo stop that many miss. While the top promises round-the-clock entertainment, the serenity that is Chin Swee Caves Temple is worlds away. I had a fun time working on a few night shots that have been in my mind for awhile. Armed with a speedlite on a tripod, and a drone with lumecube lights, they finally came to fruition.

 

 

SPACES • OCT 2020

THE MANSIONS
@ DESA PARK CITY
BY MATTHEW LIM ASSOCIATES

Within the award-winning, hilltop enclave of Desa Park City lies MLA's latest project. This 4-storey space became our playground for an entire day as we document the shifting natural light from the double-volume living and dining area, to the various themed spaces of the house.

 

 

PORTRAITS/ URBAN EXPLORING • OCT 2020

ANGEL TAN
@ TAMAN WENG LOCK
BANGSAR

It's been easily two years since my last portrait session here, and I'm glad to see Taman Weng Lock still holding up to the title of the most charming neighbourhood in KL. This round I'm accompanied by Angel Tan who wanted a set of photos to commemorate her 40th birthday. Among some of the cool spots to check out around here are Sekeping Tenggiri, Kurau Library, Kebun-kebun Bangsar, and the row of quaint fb outlets along Lorong Kurau.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING • SEP 2020

JUNK BOOKSTORE
KUALA LUMPUR
@ JALAN TUN H S LEE

Nestled in an old shophouse nearby KL Chinatown is the city's longest-running secondhand bookstore. Packed to the brim in this three-storey treasure trove are literary gems, comics and even LPs. If the collection itself fails to impress you, the interior architecture of the space will. The charming circular airwell in the middle helps open up the space and reduce the claustrophobic feeling when navigating the low ceiling and tight walkways on the uppor floor.

 

 

SPACES/ AERIAL • AUG 2020

ARTE MONT KIARA
BY SPARK ARCHITECTS/ NUSMETRO

Here's a first look at one of the city's most anticipated upcoming residential condo project. This gorgeous piece of architectural work is already turning heads even when it's still a few months away from completion. Designed by Spark Architects, and developed by Nusmetro, I'm looking forward to the three towers lending a cool twist to Mont Kiara's upcoming skyline.

 

 

PORTRAITS/SPACES • SEP 2020

OWEN YAP
@ SIN SEE TAI, MELAKA

Finally found the chance to check out this quaint cafe that has eluded me the last couple of visits to Melaka. Helmed by the passionate folk behind The Daily Fix, Sin See Tai boasts a cheerful, sunlit upper floor that is adorned with lots of greeneries and books, the perfect place to while a lazy afternoon away.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING/ PORTRAITS • AUG 2020

OWEN YAP
@ KUALA SEPETANG, PERAK

The thriving fishing town of Kuala Sepetang, once known by its english name Port Weld, may have shaken off its earlier role as an important part in the tin mine production in nearby Taiping, but its tight-knit community is a treasure trove of charming local cultures and practices. In addition to fishing and its related industries, the huge expanse of mangrove forest surrounding the town helps support the charcoal production here, and gave the town another reason for tourists on a heritage trail hunt. Among other fun activities to do here include taking a boat ride out for dolphin watching, eagle-feeding and a visit to Kuala Sangga.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING/ PORTRAITS • AUG 2020

OWEN YAP
@ KUALA SEPETANG CHARCOAL FACTORIES

This is definitely one of the major highlights of our Kuala Sepetang trip. The town's line-up of charcoal factories boast a collection of some really wonderful photo opportunities, from the transportation of mangrove tree trunks through canals to the manufacturing process. Pray that you get a sunny morning because the sight of light rays filtering down from the roof alone will be worth the trip here.

 

 

SPACES • JUL 2020

BANYAN TREE
KUALA LUMPUR
@ BUKIT BINTANG

Our last stop in the series of shoots for Pavilion Group is Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur. There was no shortage at all of beautiful interiors to explore, and we were scrambling to cover them all. The highlights are the hotel's Presidential suite and the string of f&b outlets including Altitude, Horizon Grill and Vertigo, all of which offer some of the best views of the city, especially in the evenings.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING • JUL 2020

JIN YOW
@ KLCC PARK

Over two decades since their completion, the Petronas Twin Towers continue to be the most recognisable landmark of the city. While we are never short of a cool vantage point of the gleaming structures, the adjoining park offers one of the best spots in town to admire the towers, given its close promixity and varied installations.

 

 

OTHERS • MAR-JUN 2020

#CREATIVELOCKDOWN:
FUN SHOOTS TO TRY AT HOME

Other than miniature photography, the luxury of time at home gave me plenty of opportunities to try my hand on a string of creative shoots that I have always wanted to work on. Special thanks to Heart Mum as my most trusted (and only) assistant.

 

 

SPACES • JUN 2020

BEAUTY&CO
@ THE GARDENS MALL
MIDVALLEY

Befitting the title of an Instagram museum is this elaborately funky beauty center in town. In fact you will find phone tripod holders all over the place, because there's nothing better to document your glowing complexion after a facial treatment than a selfie.

 

 

SPACES • JUL 2020

NORM
@ GEORGETOWN

There are so many reasons to fall in love with Norm. This cheerful, sunlit cafe has touches of industrial against a white canvas, and some structures from the original building were retained to contrast with the modern textures. But the waffles - that is certainly the magic that will keep us coming back for more.

 

 

SPACES • JUL 2020

IGB BACKYARD
@ MIDVALLEY CITY
BY YK INTERIOR

Midvalley city has a long list of charming nooks and crannies, and this sprawling 3000 sqft activity area for the employees of IGB may just be one of those that are unfortunately out of reach for the general public. Carved out from a previously unused space, YK Interior delivered a homey, welcoming space that took advantage of a beautiful pocket garden, also another hidden spot, right outside the windows.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING • JUN 2020

PPR SERI CEMPAKA
COLORFUL COURT
@ KAMPUNG PASIR

Delivered as part of the Sayangi Rumahku campaign, with help from volunteers from EdgeProp, Paramount Property and Nippon Paint Malaysia, the outdoor sports court of this PPR has been given a much-deserved upgrade with splashes of colors now greeting futsal games and other types of activities here. This vivid spot may also be begging to be your next OOTD backdrop.

 

 

OTHERS • MAY 2020

SUNBATHER COFFEE
ELIXIRS

The COVID-19 pandemic may have kept us indoors, but the cravings for our everyday indulgences could be the last thing that we will successfully contain. These elixirs from Sunbather Coffee, other than looking pretty, do work wonders in making our stay-home episodes much more beareable.

 

 

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.

 

 

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 • 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.

 

 

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.

 

 

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/ 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING • MAY 2021

KAPUR TREES MASTING
ALONG RAWANG BYPASS

The Kapur trees, or Dryobalanops aromatica as they are scientifically called, is a species of critically endangered plant in the family Dipterocarpaceae. Sometimes affectionately referred to as the broccoli forest, the large collection of these trees along the Rawang Bypass is why the highway was built to shape like such, to snake its way around the trees and therefore minimizing the impact of construction. Once every few years, the phenomenon of mast seeding, also called masting, occurs. It refers to the synchronous production of large numbers of seeds or fruit by a population of plants. The resulting sea of yellow was quite a sight to behold, and I was lucky enough to have caught this beautiful sight with my drone before a fresh wave of COVID restrictions came into play.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING/ SPACES • APR 2021

AICB CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE
@ JALAN DATO ONN

Nestled among the hilly enclave of Jalan Dato Onn is GDP Architects' spanking new structure that looks poised to be the city's next cool archi playground. My favourite spot of the development is the five-storey podium, its interlinked bridges and hanging meeting rooms offers a space that can be experienced and observed from different vantage points.

 

 

SPACES/ URBAN EXPLORING • APR 2021

BOOKXCESS
@ SUNWAY BIG BOX, NUSAJAYA

The bookstore that is as much for the bookworm as it is for the instagrammer in us has done it again. BookXcess Big Box's massive outlet is the largest in the Southern region. If their million-strong titles does not impress you, the floor-to-ceiling shelves will prove to be quite the visual feast to take in.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING • APR 2021

WHAT YOU ARE THE WORLD IS:
ANDREW POK'S INSTALLATION @ THE GODOWN

Andrew Pok’s emotionally charged installation sums up the past year of our life in a surreal visual experience titled What you are the world is. Are you ready to relive the past twelve months? Head over to The Godown for more information on this event.

 

 

SPACES • APR 2021

ARTE MONT KIARA
BY NUSMETRO & SPARK ARCHITECTS

Mont Kiara's shiny new landmark has finally been unveiled, complete with its color-shifting led fins on the facade that give this part of town quite a visual feast when night falls. This album features the development's facade as well as the ground level lobby area. Be sure to check out the other accompanying albums for photos of the rest of the spaces within.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING • MAR 2021

PARA PARA TECOMA:
MALAUSIAN SAKURA IN FULL BLOOM
@ KUALA LUMPUR

Spring is here, and we may still be trapped with no international travel. While we may miss the sights of sakura overseas, our local malaysian sakura trees, or tecoma, has put up a beautiful surprise for us city folk this year, launching into a simultaneous display of full blooms, in colors of white and pink. The extreme hot weather earlier has triggered the trees to produce more flowers during this flowering season, the resulting sights are this surreal, glorious views that are not unlike the hanami experience from Japan. Locations covered include Taman Batu Muda, and Flat Danau Kota.

 

 

SPACES • MAR 2021

ARTE BY THOMAS CHAN
LEVEL 61 HOTEL SUITES
@ MONT KIARA

A few months since the introduction of their first set of hotel suites, the passionate people behind Arte By Thomas Chan is now ready to roll out the next eight suites. Located on Level 61, these art deco-inspired spaces continue to tease your visual senses. The walkway alone is a treat on its own.

 

 

SPACES • MAR 2021

RUMAPUTEH
@ TITIWANGSA

Tucked away in Titiwangsa is this restaurant that has already won my heart before I got to the interiors. Its series of arched and slightly winding entrance walkway seem like a space I could be lost in with my camera for hours. And when I'm ready to settle in, the airy, lush setting packs plenty of cosy corners to while an afternoon away in. Can't wait to be back again.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING • DEC 2020

MACALLUM APARTMENT
@ GEORGETOWN, PENANG

tidy, repeating lines of Macallum Apartment intrigue me. There are so many ways to admire them by, especially while observing the interplay of light and shadow as the sun shifts from morning to evening.

 

 

SPACES • JAN 2021

CENTRIO PANTAI HILLPARK:
3D VIRTUAL TOUR

No documentation of a cool space is complete without the immersive experience of a 3D tour, especially in the time of a pandemic where we scramble to bring the real world online.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING • JAN 2021

CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY:
LIGHTPAINTING COMPILATION

For the longest time I was reluctant to go into lightpainting, the chore of having to lug a tripod and extra gears around was more than enough to hold me back. But the last year or so of me finally taking up the challenge was the single reason I could now elevate my work to the next level, and it was definitely worth every bit of trouble I took to research and prepare for the shoot. Special thanks to Fotorgear for the key gear used and my tireless assistant Wei Jian for all your help.

 

 

PORTRAITS/ URBAN EXPLORING • JAN 2021

CYRUS & VIVI TAN
IN KL EAST MALL
CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS 2021

In addition to 1 Utama, KL East Mall decided that their Chinese New Year decorations, its first since the mall's opening, cannot be a hurried affair, and so commissioned for an elaborate set up to bring in some festive cheer. Two giant majestic peacock fishes perch at the oriental aquarium that welcomes visitors as their enter the Main Atrium. Remember to pose at the half-moon gates at both sides of the installation which give the best angle of the space.

 

 

SPACES • JAN 2021

BUENOS
KITCHEN & WARDROBE

This assignment for Buenos as part of their website redesign brought us to 4 different locations all around Klang Valley to document their best kitchen cabinet and wardrobe designs. The use of light-painting techniques helped tune the ambience of the space, including those without natural lighting, to one that is cheerful and welcoming.

 

 

SPACES/PORTRAITS • JAN 2021

A DAY IN SEREMBAN 2:
LIFESTYLE PORTRAITS FOR IJM LAND

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING • DEC 2020

LOST IN GENTING HIGHLANDS

The entire urban chaos that is Genting Highlands, it exudes a certain poetic charm for those who cared to look closely, especially on a foggy evening. If only I had the chance to spend an entire week here.

 

 

SPACES • DEC 2020

SPACE FURNITURE
@ BANGSAR
BY MLA DESIGN

The row of swanky businesses along Jalan Maarof is now blessed with Space Furniture's classy new outlet, fresh from their move from The Intermark, and MLA Design's midas touch ensured that it's every bit as pretty as those in overseas locations.

 

 

PORTRAITS/ URBAN EXPLORING • NOV 2020

VIVI TAN IN
THE PV PARK BY TAIKI
@ MELATI UTAMA

Surrounded by conventional-looking apartments, the PV Park's european-inspired pavilion and maze garden stood out like a surreal dream. The locals may not think much of it, but with the right treatment this location can be a fun morning portrait spot.

 

 

SPACES/ PORTRAITS • NOV 2020

ISAAC IN VERNAKULAR STORE
@ BANGSAR

Vernakular is half a watch retail store and half a cafe, and the people behind the cool interiors of this place had to make sure your experience in each is as distinct as the boundary that runs across the space. This playful separation sets the stage for some really fun visual illusion that is begging to be experienced.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING • OCT 2020

PETRONAS TWIN TOWERS
@ KLCC

Here's an album dedicated to the urban landmark of it all, the twin towers that have been so quintessentially Kuala Lumpur that despite decades since their completion, they continue to outshine every other buildings that come even after it. Words can't fully describe our love for these two architectural marvel, and so we pointed our cameras and, more recently, drones at them.

 

 

SPACES/ PORTRAITS • SEP 2020

A DAY AT
BANGSAR SHOPPING CENTER

BSC is one of my most frequented malls in the city, and I'm glad to have been given the opportunity to document a day here in the company of two very fun talents, part of the collaboration with the mall on producing a series of lifestyle images for use on their social media platforms.

 

 

SPACES/ URBAN EXPLORING • OCT 2020

LIGHT CAPTURE CAFE
BY HON
@ JALAN TUN H S LEE

It's not an everyday event that a cafe opening generates this much buzz, yet Light Capture Cafe by Hon deserves every bit of the attention thrown its way. Situated among the collection of old pre-war shophouses in the heart of Chinatown, owner Hon carved out this gem of a cafe interior from two adjoining lots that were previously damaged by fire. The result of an airy, sunlit interior that retains charming architectural elements from its previous life yet boasts plenty of cosy, modern touches fit for the most demanding of cafehoppers.

 

 

PORTRAITS/ URBAN EXPLORING • SEP 2020

OWEN YAP
@ PANTAI PASIR KLEBANG,
MELAKA

It was one of the most gorgeous evening that I have witnessed locally, and I had the honour of spending that at this charming instagram spot in Melaka, in the company of Owen. The Klebang sand dunes shot to fame a few years ago, and by not being here sooner due to the scare of heatstroke, I have unfortunately lost the breathtaking sight of a vast stretch of sand dunes and nothing else. Nevertheless, the set of trees lining the edges now added an hint of tropical wilderness to contrast the setting. It's the perfect reason for the early-visitors to come explore again.

 

 

PORTRAITS/ URBAN EXPLORING • SEP 2020

TIAN CHAD
@ AQUARIA, KLCC

In the underwater world of Aquaria, the predominantly blue hues are punctuated with red tones from my fotorgear pocket light, adding a tinge of highlights that sets the model apart from his surrounding. It's not an everyday thing to have the whole place to ourselves, so I had Tian Chad to thank for this opportunity.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING • SEP 2020

MERDEKA 2020:
KUALA LUMPUR
URBAN EXPLORING
SPECIAL EDITION

I may have lost count of the number of years spent combing the streets of KL searching for my next photo story, but I do know as a fact that I have never really given much thought to documenting the Merdeka mood around the city come August and September every year. 2020 is definitely not the best year for that, as we continue to practise social distancing and avoid large-scale celebrations. But the pandemic gave me the opportunity and determination to still try. Special thanks to Fotorgear for making the wonderful Magilight lightpainting stick, for without it, I would not have been as effective in injecting some patriotic themes to some of the locations that I covered.

 

 

SPACES/ PORTRAITS • SEP 2020

OWEN YAP
@ THE UPPER, MELAKA

The name of the cafe is a strong hint of what pretty things you'll find if you follow the hint well. This is the other cafe that captivated us during the last trip to Melaka. The sprawling two-floor space is charmingly styled with vintage memorabilia and greeneries, and a seemingly endless string of angles to pose in. Late morning on a weekday is the best time possible to visit for a care-free OOTD session.

 

 

SPACES • AUG 2020

THE KASTURI
@ CHERATING, PAHANG

Nestled between the rainforest and South China Sea is a tiny resort that is possibly as far away as you could get from the bustle of the city. Brainchild of Malaysian architect Hijjas Kasturi, the individual chalets here are reminiscent of the traditional Malay architecture, expressed in a modern interpretation with its A-frame origami-like roof structures.s

 

 

SPACES • AUG 2020

FOUR POINTS BY SHERATON
KUALA LUMPUR @ CHINATOWN

KL Chinatown has a beaming new icon, and that's Sheraton hotels' third Four Points Hotel in Malaysia. dwp delivered a design that takes inspiration from the charming heritage identity of this neighbourhood, featuring exposed raw bricks, warm wood and traditional jade-hued tiles.

 

 

SPACES • AUG 2020

TACHITICA SHOW GALLERY
@ PUCHONG
BY MLA DESIGN

 

URBAN EXPLORING/ PORTRAITS • JUL 2020

JVENE
@ LAMAN PERDANA,
PERDANA BOTANICAL PARK

Laman Perdana is most probably Perdana Botanical Park's most instagrammable spot. Completed in 2014 by GDP Architects, this canopy adopts a form that mimics its green surroundings, and is best admired on a sunny day when filtered light creates a mesmering pattern on the floor.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING • JUN 2020

GOOD MORNING
MR GEORGE:
SET 8

Yet another fulfilling week-long trip to Penang, with fresh places and spots to explore, despite me having lost count of the number of times I have visited this heritage city. Georgetown continues to stay vibrant and interesting, and we'll definitely be back again when the hawkerfare starts calling our names.

 

 

TRAVEL/ URBAN EXPLORING • JUL 2020

PANTAI MANGKUK
@ SETIU, TERENGGANU

I must admit that I have quite given the East Coast a cold shoulder until now. And it took a virus the scale of COVID19 for me to get my first taste of Terengganu. And gosh it was one of the most idyllic places that I have been! Narrow roads lined with coconut tree, in a tight, almost deserted peninsula sandwiched between a river and the sea, and three glorious days of sunny weather. We were spoilt.

 

 

SPACES • JUN 2020

ARTE S
@ PENANG
BY NUSMETRO/ SPARK ARCHITECTS

The image of Penang architecture may be dominated by heritage buildings, and some say Komtar, but Nusmetro's awe-inspiring Arte S brought a new breath of life into the otherwise monotonous cityscape outside of Georgetown. The sexy, undulating waveforms on the exterior has teased our imagination, some describing it as two tall stacks of sushi plates, while the cracked cocoon-like structure higher up in the building formed an interesting focal point for the curious mind. I can't wait for a chance to see how the magic extends inwards to the interiors.

 

 

PORTRAITS/ URBAN EXPLORING • JUN 2020

CHENG YIH
@ TELUK BAHANG DAM,
PENANG

Who would have thought that a long, straight staircase off the side of a dam could be this photogenic, but that's how photography reinterprets spaces, and I'm glad I managed to pull along my Penang friend, Cheng Yih, to pose.

 

 

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

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

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 • 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/ 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.