GUIDES • APR 2018

12 KUALA LUMPUR
HIDDEN INSTAGRAM-WORTHY HOTSPOTS
THAT YOU NEED TO EXPLORE NOW

Kuala Lumpur may not be have the most glitzy modern architecture, but the interplay of old versus new is very much alive here as urban decay gives way to towering skyscrapers. If you look hard enough, lying just slightly off the radar of most urban explorers are plenty of gorgeous spots that will make your venturing off the beaten track worth the time and effort.

 

 

SPACES • NOV 2018

PINETREE MARINA RESORT
@ NUSAJAYA, JOHOR

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

 

 

TRAVEL • OCT 2018

MOROCCO

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

 

 

SPACES (INTERIOR) • OCT 2018

Q AROMA WELNESS
@ CENTRIO PANTAI HILLPARK

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

 

 

SPACES (INTERIOR) • SEP 2018

EOSH OFFICE BY S LAB
@ MELAKA

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

 

 

TRAVEL • AUG 2018

BANGKOK

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

 

 

SPACES/ URBAN EXPLORING • JUL 2018

YTL LAND
SENTUL DEPOT:
DETAILS

Spread across a million square feet of forgotten land is a collection of lost memories from the not so distant past that are begging to be documented down. So as a spin-off to the wide shots in the main album, here's a collection of the finer details that hopefully will continue to share a piece of the depot's future.

 

 

URBAN EXPLORING • JUL 2018

PANGSAPURI SERI INDAH
@ SERI KEMBANGAN

Our quest for uncovering more oldschool urban exploring gems now expands our coverage outwards to include the other older neigbourhoods further from the center of KL. Loving the long narrow airway of these two decades-old blocks.

 

 

TRAVEL/SPACES • JUN 2018

SHENZHEN

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

 

 

TRAVEL/ PORTRAITS • MAY 2018

REY & LORAINE:
SANTORINI EDITION

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

 

 

TRAVEL • APR 2018

XIAMEN

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

 

 

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!

 

 

 

SPACES • NOV 2018

JALAN ALOR
@ BUKIT BINTANG

The Jalan Alor and surrounding area in Bukit Bintang may be famous for its stretch of local food stalls, but thanks to some recent art installations by the local council, the neighbourhood is giving urban explorer another exciting reason to drop by. Dingy alleys and filthy sidewalks are now home to colorful murals and light installations, begging to be the backdrop of hipsters hungry for their next OOTD shots.

 

 

SPACES • NOV 2018

BORNEO ALOHA
AIRBNB APARTMENTS
@ KOTA KINABALU

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

 

 

TRAVEL • OCT 2018

MOROCCO:
CHEFCHAOUEN, THE BLUE CITY
EDITION

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

 

 

TRAVEL • AUG 2018

THE UNDERGROUND RAINBOW/
STOCKHOLM SUBWAY STORIES

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

 

 

SPACES (INTERIOR) • SEP 2018

SOCAR OFFICE BY YK INTERIOR
@ DAMANSARA

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

 

 

SPACES/ URBAN EXPLORING • JUL 2018

YTL LAND
SENTUL DEPOT

Ten years since I got shooed by the guards when attempting to steal some shots of the gorgeous KTM Train Depot and surrounding complexes in Sentul Park. I'm back in this familiar ground again, as the official photographer to document the transformation of KL's next hipster playground. This is going down as perhaps the most memorable assignment of all time, truly an honor to be given the opportunity to explore one of KL's best kept secrets.

 

 

SPACES • JUN 2018

ALTITUDE RESTAURANT
@ SHENZHEN, CHINA

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

 

 

WEDDINGS • MAY 2018

JEFF & CARMEN

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

 

 

TRAVEL/ PORTRAITS • MAY 2018

REY & LORAINE

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

 

 

GUIDES • APR 2018

12 KUALA LUMPUR
HIDDEN INSTAGRAM-WORTHY HOTSPOTS
THAT YOU NEED TO EXPLORE NOW

Kuala Lumpur may not be have the most glitzy modern architecture, but the interplay of old versus new is very much alive here as urban decay gives way to towering skyscrapers. If you look hard enough, lying just slightly off the radar of most urban explorers are plenty of gorgeous spots that will make your venturing off the beaten track worth the time and effort.

 

 

PORTRAITS • MAR 2018

FIONA

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

 

 

SPACES/ TRAVEL • FEB 2018

MELBOURNE

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

 

 

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/ 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.

 

 

 

 

 

TRAVEL • OCT 2018

MOROCCO:
THE DESERT EDITION

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

 

 

SPACES (CAFE/ BAKERY) • OCT 2018

MAISON DES PAINS
@ PUBLIKA

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

 

 

SPACES (CORPORATE) • OCT 2018

UOA HOSPITALITY
CORPORATE PROFILE

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

 

 

TRAVEL • AUG 2018

STOCKHOLM

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

 

 

SPACES • JUL 2018

ENTIER FRENCH DINING
@ ALILA BANGSAR

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

 

 

SPACES • JUL 2018

PACIFIC STANDARD BAR
@ ALILA HOTEL BANGSAR

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

 

 

SPACES/ URBAN EXPLORING • JUL 2018

YTL LAND
SENTUL DEPOT:
KELLIE'S CASTLE

Lovingly referred to as Kellie's Castle, this brick structure has eluded all attempts at photographying it for the past decade or so, so imagine my fulfillment of being able to spent all the time that I want now to document its facade and every nook and cranny.

 

 

WEDDINGS • JUL 2018

TOMMY & SOO CHING

July was a packed month of assignments, and though only one of them was for weddings, it is definitely one of those that kept me coming back for more.

 

 

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.