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.

 

 

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.

 

 

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 • OCT 2016

CHEONG FATT TZE,
THE BLUE MANSION
@ GEORGETOWN, PENANG

My first encounter with the Blue Mansion, or more commonly known among the locals as Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, was perhaps a decade ago, when I was just another curious local tourist who marvelled at the magnificient house after having signed up for a tour of the place, and then gently reminded that photography was not allowed. So imagine my delight when I was given the opportunity to spend a good two days here on a photography assignment for D+A magazine. The fulfillment of being able to take as much time as I want, to explore to my heart's content every nook and cranny and to tease the best shot out, as the place shifts its mood and atmopshere from day to night. It was an experience that I know I will remember for a very long time.

 

 

SPACES • DEC 2016

FIELDS OF GOLD

Somewhere in Rawang lies a piece of new development by Primarc that may potentially beg you to give this neighbourhood a second look. Set around a four season park, each of these boutique homes boasts features such as a rooftop garden terrace, private swimming pool, private garage and a commercial grade lift.

 

 

HEARTIFACTS • NOV 2016

HEARTIFACTS
NEW COLLECTION 2016

Heartifacts is back with a batch of new collection, made up of a mix of new designs and materials as well as favourites from earlier batches, including the repurposed railway sleepers. Drop us a note or make arrangement to drop by our showroom at Centrio Pantai Hillpark to view the entire collection.

 

 

SPACES • OCT 2016

23 LOVE LANE
@ GEORGETOWN, PENANG

Dating from the 1800s comes this charming boutique heritage property that boasts of uniquely decorated rooms with names such as Indian Shophouse and Straits Eclectric. It's Georgetown compressed into a walled garden where the nostalgia of yesterday lives on.

 

 

SPACES • OCT 2016

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.

 

 

OTHERS • SEP 2016

OLYMPUS EM10 MARK II
SHOWCASE:
ALBUM 3

The adventure continues on the OMD as I find myself more likely to bring the baby out for casual outings than the clunky SLR.

 

 

GUIDES • AUG 2016

PS150
@ JALAN PETALING

From the winning formula of the in-trend brothel-turn-hipster-hangout makeover comes PS150, arguably Kuala Lumpur's trendiest and currently most hyped cocktail bar. The labyrinthine water hole joins similarly cool establishments that are Chocha and Merchant Lane to give this sleepy strip of decaying shophouses along Jalan Sultan a much welcomed makeover.

 

 

SPACES • JUN 2016

SEKEPING PINANG
@ LEBUH MELAYU

From Seksan's seemingly ceaseless ability to excite and delight comes yet another beautiful addition to the Sekeping Retreat range of charming stays - Sekeping Pinang. Located along Lebuh Melayu, right in the heart of UNESCO heritage site Georgetown, Penang, industrial vintage fans will rejoice in the exploration of this playground, with rooms carved out of the upper floor space of an old shophouse, complete with timber flooring, recycled wooden window panels and doors and loads of creative metalwork all over. Look out too for the similarly charming cafe on the ground floor, called Shinise.

 

 

URBAN HERITAGE • MAY 2016

SEKINCHAN

Due to the lack of proper planning in my previous few trips, I was consistently out of luck for catching Sekinchan during its most beautiful season, so this trip was carefully planned to time with the golden harvest, of which sights certainly did not disappoint. The pleasant discovery of a new charming homestay called Farm Ville added to the surreal experience that Selangor is capable of this magical trip despite the place being just roughly an hour's drive from the city center.

 

 

TRAVEL • APR 2016

SINGAPORE

Typing up some loose ends on the few key charming locations that I covered during an assignment trip down south.

 

 

OTHERS • FEB 2016

OMG OMD!
THE LOVE AFFAIR WITH
THE OLYMPUS OMD
EM-10 MARK II

And so I'm jumping onboard what seems like a very common progression among 'aging' photographers looking for some sort of relief from aching backs and necks from having lugged a few tons of full-frame photography equipment around for years. Heartpatrick is excited to venture into the strange but not-so-new world of mirrorless cameras, and I have to say that I'm pleasantly surprised by the features and image quality that this baby has thrown back at me after a few weeks of TLC.

 

 

URBAN HERITAGE • JAN 2016

GOOD MORNING MR GEORGETOWN (2016 COMPILATION)

Heartpatrick's cuti-cuti Malaysia kicks off in Year 2016 with a drop-in to my favourite Malaysian town for an ex-colleague's wedding. Still charming as ever, and the discovery of newly opened homestays and other f&b establishments mean more reasons to be back, hopefully soon.

 

 

TRAVEL • DEC 2015

GODS AND FORTS
(RAJASTHAN, INDIA) -
THE TRAVEL PORTRAITS EDITION

Continuing the tradition of big travel projects, here's a compilation of our portraits taken during the ten-day journey through Rajasthan. With just the three of us this round, we are definitely missing the impact afforded when we go out in full force, all eight of us.

 

 

PORTRAITS • NOV 2015

PEOPLE 129:
PENG SHENG IN
有人喜欢白

White works, especially when it is used as a clean backdrop to highlight the sunny cheerful smile of Peng Sheng on a sun-blessed afternoon.

 

 

PORTRAITS • OCT 2015

PEOPLE 128:
ERIKA GILES IN
ERIKA'S EDEN

Fresh from the Lake Gardens this morning, and just a few weeks away from the second bundle of joy, Erika the bubbly mummy is back for a fresh set of pregnancy portrait.

 

 

TRAVEL • DEC 2015

GODS AND FORTS
(RAJASTHAN, INDIA)

It was the promise of mystical palaces and majestic forts and colorful cities that lured us here, and the beautiful state of Rajasthan certainly did not disappoint. With Jaipur, the Pink city as our starting point, we ventured deeper into Jaisalmer, the Golden City, and then Jodhpur, the Blue city, and finally Udaipur, the Lake city, each one of them unique in their own ways.

As we bumped into other fellow travellers throughout our journey, we discovered new places to explore and actually ended up with a to-do list for a return trip already.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

URBAN HERITAGE • DEC 2016

#HEARTANDTHECITY:
PANGSAPURI PKNS 17
@ KERINCHI

The U-shaped 17-storey tall pkns flat in Kerinchi may have graced the neighbourhood skyline for the last four decades, yet it now stand like a dwarf among its other spanking new neighbours, oblivious, or perhaps defiant to the wave of rapid urban development that is bringing vast changes to Kerinchi. I've been wanting to explore this place for the longest time, so am glad that I finally found time during a stretch of holidays to tease some memories out from the charming structure.

 

 

TRAVEL • SEP 2016

LOST BOYS (ICELAND)

It was not that many years ago when Iceland was just this faraway, mysterious land that I could never have dreamt to explore. And then Eyjafjallajökull erupted in 2010, disrupting air travel for over 8mil passengers, and with this strange twist of fate, also putting the magnificent island on the to-go list of tourists from all over the world. This is our version of the Iceland saga, one that took us on a 12-day clock-wise round island trip covering many key sights and some off-the-beaten-track spots too. Special thanks to our principal trip planner Lee Jing Cheong​ for pouring his heart into creating this beautiful itinerary while his rather clueless travel mates just sat back and enjoyed the sights and experiences.

 

 

HERITAGE • OCT 2016

PULAU KETAM

Pulau Ketam's glory days as a major fishing village hub may be fading, but beyond its piers lies a collection of colourful houses that are quite the attraction themselves. Was invited here for a weekend getaway to document the charming urban story in conjunction with the upcoming Art Festival. So I shall let the photos speak for themselves then.

 

 

PORTRAITS • AUG 2016

PEOPLE 145:
DIANA SABLICOVA IN
"DIANA"

Collaboration with Message Boutique on their Autumn/Winter collection. Centrio has been the backdrop of way too many of my portraits but it's not everyday that I get to experience it in the presence of a sweet 16yo frolicking in its maze garden and hanging bridges.

 

 

SPACES • AUG 2016

CHOCHA FOODSTORE
& CO-WORKING SPACE
@ JALAN PETALING

This stretch of old, sleepy shophouses along Jalan Petaling, Chinatown gets another major boost in its cool factor with the latest opening of KL's next f&b playground. Joining the runaway success of Merchant Lane and PS150 comes Chocha Foodstore, housed in a space that is now stripped of its former brothel image and charmingly restored with a touch of raw vintage style aptly reminiscent of Chinatown's glorious past. This assignment also covers the co-working space on the upper floors, with future plans for expansions in the likes of a wine lounge and coffee bar.

 

 

SPACES/ OTHERS • JUL 2016

OLYMPUS EM10 MARK II
SHOWCASE:
ALBUM 2

Entering my third month into the neckache-free mirrorless camera experience, I continue to gather more shots on this cool baby as the number of lenses in my gear line-up expanded courtesy of Olympus Malaysia. This collection of work gathers the casual shots done during those lazy afternoon visits to cafes around town.

 

 

SPACES • MAR 2016

TWENTY GRAMMES CAFE
@ ANG MO KIO, SINGAPORE

The second collaboration with the folks behind Twenty Grammes brought me to their spanking new branch, this time in Ang Mo Kio. Set amidst local neighbourhood kopitiams and hardware shops, the dessert bar stands out as shiny testimonial to the changing of times, attracting curious stares from housewives on their way back from the markets and buzz from the younger generation looking for something new to tickle their tastebuds.

 

 

SPACES • MAR 2016

SANTA GRAND LAI CHUN YUEN @ CHINATOWN, SINGAPORE

The glory of yesteryear lives on in Lai Chun Yuen, where the gentle sighs and piercing cries of Chinese opera singers linger in the air, its atmospheric grand central hall and darkened corridors lay quiet in stark contrast to the surrounding bustle that is Chinatown. This is most probably the most under-rated quaint stays in Singapore. Do excuse the smallish rooms though.

 

 

TRAVEL • DEC 2015

GODS AND FORTS
(RAJASTHAN, INDIA) -
THE PEOPLE EDITION

IThe sweet, beautiful Rajasthanis, to dedicate an album to them is perhaps as effortless as finishing a satisfying cup of hot masala chai in one gulp. While it's definitely common to find the opportunistic ones who were out to give our tourist buck a few spins, once we got out of the tourist hotspots, we found a whole community of genuine locals who were eager to break their daily routine for some small chat about the Gods, the Forts and everything in between.

And of course, we were always not allowed to leave without first a selfie.

 

 

TRAVEL • AUG 2015

AN APPLE A DAY: #TINYPEOPLEINBIGPLACES
EDITION (NEW YORK)

There's something about the visual of a lone person against the backdrop of a big wide space that makes me want to break into a song, or in the case of my street photography, a frenzied high-speed shutter to capture this almost poetic moment. Rare as it may for this opportunity to appear especially in a crowded city like New York, my tendency to stay away from the rat race and venture deep into the neighbourhoods did help.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

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 • 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 • NOV 2016

台北街頭 (TAIPEI)

Almost a decade since I last visited Taipei. The city was almost exactly like how I have left it, to my slight disappointment. Perhaps the exposure that I have had while exploring the many other countries and cities in the last ten years or so has risen my expectations of what I want to see in an urban environment. It was a relaxing trip nevertheless.

 

 

URBAN HERITAGE • DEC 2016

PETALING STREET,
CHINATOWN:
ALBUM 3

I may still be hanging out in Chinatown once in awhile but that's mostly for cafe-hopping nowadays, so it's nice to once again bring my gears along for another round of street photography, this time in the company of a fellow photography enthusiast by the name of Ivan.

 

 

TRAVEL • SEP 2016

LOST BOYS (ICELAND):
REYKJAVIK EDITION

The capital of Iceland may not be the most exciting of European cities, but we couldn't be more thrilled starting our grand Icelandic adventure in an urban setting by marvelling the quaint, laidback town and its eclectric and colorful houses. The trip was planned with at least two full days to explore the various spots of the cities, and to drop by the few cafes and restaurants that we have bookmarked. There was also time spent on hunting down Mr Mime.

 

 

TRAVEL • SEP 2016

LOST BOYS (ICELAND): #TINYPEOPLEINBIGPLACES
EDITION

The sweeping Icelandic landscape, though magnificient by itself, is the perfect canvas for a lone human figure tracing its every peak and valley and its wide expanse of nothingness. Thus the scene is set for this edition of shots that plays with the minimalist theme of human versus nature.

 

 

URBAN HERITAGE • AUG 2016

KAMPAR

Kampar's revival from a sleepy ex tin-mining town to its current thriving self is definitely a tale envied by many. The setting up of TAR College in 2003 and subsequently UTAR brought with it a fresh breath of development and buzz driven by the growing undergrads population. This short weekend getaway was mainly to capture some family snapshots for a cousin whose daughter attended the convocation at the university. I took the chance of course to explore the old town area as well, of which highlights included the old bus station and apartment complex nearby.

 

 

SPACES • AUG 2016

KAKIGORI JAPANESE
SHAVED ICE DESSERT
@ TAMAN PARAMOUNT,
PETALING JAYA

After a very successful stint in Bangsar South, the creative folks behind Third Wave Cafe is set to kick off a new craze in town with the introduction of Kakigori. Heartpatrick is honoured to be given the opportunity to have a sneak preview of what's coming during this collaboration to generate material for their upcoming social media activities. Alongside traditianal flavours of this crowd-pleasing Japanese shaved ice dessert are the reimagination of Malaysian favourites including the really interesting apung balik variant. Look out for their opening in Sept 2016.

 

 

URBAN HERITAGE • JUN 2016

GEORGETOWN, PENANG:
SET 6

After having spent a few hurried weekends here and there and then leaving the city each time with a heavy heart that I had once again only scratched the surface of its true potential, it's truly a blessing to have the opporturnity of spending one full week in my favourite heritage town of Malaysia.

It was definitely time well spent, to be able to slowly uncover, digest and document its every charming nook and cranny, perhaps a new-found peculiarity here and there, or to strike off that cafe on my ever-growing list of must-see, just allowing myself to fall in love all over again with Georgetown, I simply couldn't have asked for more.

 

 

GUIDES • JUL 2016

12 BEST-LOVED &
INSTAGRAMMED CAFES
IN AND AROUND KUALA LUMPUR
(UPDATED JULY 2016)

There is undeniably a burgeoning growth of coffee specialty stores and hipster cafes all over Kuala Lumpur. And scouting for the newest and hippest places in town has become a favourite past time for urbanites, be it to relax with a cup of freshly brewed coffee, people watching, feigning being hard at work on the laptop and yes, capturing that brag worthy 'gram. Heartpatrick convinced KL's urban explorer, Bern Lim, to down copious amount of caffeine in the name of research to bring you the 12 best-loved and instagrammed cafes in and around KL.

 

 

URBAN HERITAGE • JUN 2016

#HEARTANDTHECITY:
PENANG EDITION

As I continue my venture away from the touristy path, the exploration of the charming island opens up new possibilities as I put on my urban explorer hat to go deep into Penang's set of low-cost apartments. And for those who dare to take the ascent, the high floors of these easily accessible housing units also hold a rather sweet reward - the most gorgeous seaview best admired during the golden hours of sunset.

 

 

URBAN HERITAGE • APR 2016

#HEARTANDTHECITY

I'm a city boy at heart. The bustle of the urban jungle excites me, its various dizzying interplay of architectural elements and their inhabitants sprawled out like a treasure throve of pleasant discoveries, keeping my wandering mind entertained.

Follow me as I explore the various neighbourhoods around the Klang Valley region in this ongoing series of images that hopefully will let you see the city in a completely new light.

 

 

TRAVEL • FEB 2016

下一站彩虹
(HONG KONG)

My first travel album on the new Olympus OMD baby, and what better place to test its capability than Hong Kong's sweeping urbanscape of over 7mil-strong population. Things have not terribly changed as compared to my earlier trip four years ago, but my focus has. This round is mostly about the charming public housing estates made famous by instagram. My only wish is that I had the luxury of time to comb each and every one of them and squeeze all the photography opportunity dry, but that may require that I be based there for awhile, perhaps not something that I would not entertain.

 

 

HEARTIFACTS/SPACES • FEB 2016

HEARTABODE -
ALBUM 2

Two years since the handover of HeartAbode, and the space continues to evolve as fresh, exciting ideas present themselves. The highlight of this refreshed design involves the extension of the living area into a L-shaped glassroom to welcome the pretty sight from the courtyard garden inwards.