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.

 

 

SPACES • JUN 2017

BANYAN TREE RESIDENCES
@ BUKIT BINTANG

Simplicity meets luxury in this upmarket residence in the bustling Bukit Bintang district, graced by the magical touch of award-winning architectural and interior design company Nu Infinity.

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

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 • MAR 2016

SANTA GRAND LAI CHUN YUEN
@ CHINATOWN, SINGAPORE

The glory of yesteryear lives on in Lai Chun Yuen Hotel, 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.

 

 

SPACES/ URBAN HERITAGE • MAR 2017

#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 • DEC 2016

ALTITUDE 236
@ ALAM DAMAI, CHERAS

Documenting yet another Nu Infinity's lavishly transformed abode, this time an IJM Land condominium in Alam Damai, Cheras.

 

 

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 • FEB 2017

SAMBA BRAZILIAN STEAKHOUSE
@ PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA

I remember the surreal experience of leaving the bustling, dusty streets of Phnom Penh for the embrace of a cosy, vintage-inspired space that is Samba, this charming south-american cuisine restaurant that apparently has garnered quite a following among the affluent locals and expats alike. The Malaysia-based architect firm MLA Design employed the clever use of recycled materials in creating a place is fitted with unique pieces of deco items that echoes the memories of yesteryear yet adding a touch of creative modern twist to the style.

 

 

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.

 

 

SPACES • DEC 2016

FIELDS OF GOLD
@ RAWANG

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.

 

 

SPACES • MAR 2016

TWENTY GRAMMES CAFE
@ NORTH BRIDGE ROAD, SINGAPORE

Kicking off Heartpatrick's foray into the Singapore cafe scene is this collaboration with the friendly folks of Twenty Grammes Cafe. The direction is to create a series of clean images highlighting the interaction and experience between human and food, not just any food, but glorious desserts in the likes of soft-serve froyo, yoghurt parfait and waffles with homemade salted egg sauce.

 

 

SPACES • JUN 2015

STUBBORN JOE CAFE
@ DATARAN PRIMA

Having established himself well in the interior design space for commercial projects, Joe has certainly got a head start in his first foray into the f&b industry. Stubborn Joe's interior is a marriage of the aesthetics of vintage materials and furniture items, and the functionality of a well-designed space. Heartpatrick is honoured to be given the opportunity to document down the hard work spent on this beautiful interior.

 

 

SPACES • MAY 2016

FARM VILLE HOMESTAY @ SEKINCHAN

The pleasant discovery of this charming homestay added to the magical experience that was Sekinchan during the harvest season. While the craze with container hotels may have invaded the bigger cities since awhile ago, Farm Ville's unique blend of industrial style architecture against the sweeping fields of gold and green as the backdrop is definitely one-of-a-kind. Make sure to book yourself into rooms affording a direct view of the paddy fields and spend some time to take it all in at the rooftop.

 

 

SPACES • AUG 2015

THE MORNING AFTER
@ THE OASIS SQUARE, ARA DAMANSARA

Kicking off an engagement for the string of The Morning After chain of cafes is the coverage of this relatively new outlet at Oasis Square. Am definitely looking forward to spending some good quality time at the other TMA locations.

 

 

SPACES • JUN 2015

MILLIGRAM CAFE AND EATERY
@ TAMAN MAYANG JAYA

Clean and minimalist is this sun-kissed space that works marvellously for any OCD instagrammers and incidentally serves great matcha latte and aglio olio pasta too!

 

 

SPACES • AUG 2014

DISCOVERY PILATES STUDIO

Pilates on a sweet, sun-kissed morning in the quiet enclave of the Embassy Row in Jalan Ampang. This recently opened studio seems right on track.

 

 

SPACES • AUG 2013

BUTTER AND BEANS
BRAND BOOK

My love for this quaint coffee outlet must have been sopronounced that I have been given the honour to do a photoshoot for their upcoming brand book project. Truly an enriching experience to go behind the scenes of all my favourite pastries and to hang out with the wonderful folks who have made this place into the heart-warming place that it is.

 

 

SPACES • APR 2015

ROCKET COFFEE BAR S49

In between admiring the handsome copper piping pendant structure looming above you and admiring the beautiful brunch presentation, I'm finally unsure of which one to give more attention to. Rocket Coffee Bar is this bright, airy, and modern space that makes every Instagrammer's dream come true.

 

 

SPACES • AUG 2015

THE FRONT DOOR
@ GROCER'S INN, JALAN SULTAN

One of the more recent cafe offerings to mushroom out from the Chinatown neighbourhood is The Front Door and their very photogenic open-face sandwiches.

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

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 • 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.

 

 

SPACES • JAN 2017

SAN LOH LOFT
@ CENTRIO PANTAI HILLPARK

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

 

 

SPACES • 2016 THROUGH 2017

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 • DEC 2016

SRI PENAGA CONDO UNIT
@ BANGSAR

Sri Penaga may be one of the earliest condo in Bangsar, but through the touches of Nu Infinity, this apartment unit has been fully transformed into a chic, modern abode that compliments the gorgeous views of the surrounding neighbourhood and the warm sunlight filtering in through the large windows.

 

 

SPACES • OCT 2016

GENTLEMEN'S TONIC
@ PUBLIKA, SOLARIS DUTAMAS

Giving the traditional barbershop concept a much needed dash of glamour, Gentlemen's Tonic opens its door to discerning individuals in the Klang Valley area who are in search of more than the usual cut and shave services.

 

 

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 • AUG 2016

CANTON-I
@ MIDVALLEY CITY

Canton-I may have been around in Midvalley for awhile, and the recent refreshed interior, delievered by Genius Loci, now helps to further seal its position as one of the most popular Chinese restaurant around.

 

 

SPACES • JUN 2016

6 INSTAGRAM-FRIENDLY
CAFES IN GEORGETOWN, PENANG

The thriving cafe scene of Georgetown could not have found a better compliment than against the city's charming heritage backdrop. Picture hipster space carved out of oldschool shophouses that has been refurbished with a fresh breath of life that continues to stay loyal to the memories of yesteryear. Heartpatrick checks out a handful of recent additions to the thriving cafe scene that I thought are viable candidates to the most instagram-friendly cafes in town.

 

 

SPACES • FEB 2016

3/3RDS CAFE
@WONG CHUK HANG,
HONG KONG

Perched on the 22nd floor of what looks like a slighted dated and rough building is this gem of a cafe. 3/3rds is truly a treasured find. In fact the venture out from the bustling city center into this industrial area is an adventure in itself. Loving the hint of gentrification that is sweeping Wong Chuk Hang, can't wait to see how much more of a hipster playground this neighbourhood may become.

 

 

SPACES • SEP 2015

THE CO. KUALA LUMPUR
@ BANGSAR

A visit to Bean Reserve recently yielded the pleasant discovery of this charming adjoining space that makes collaborative working cool. Absolutely loving the clever use of the most common items, such as the circular fluorescent tube lights, to create interesting visual elements.

 

 

PEOPLE • SPACES • JUL 2015

LEE SIN IN 紀念日
(AWESOME CANTEEN
@TAMAN PARAMOUNT, PETALING JAYA)

Been awhile since my last female portrait, but Lee Sin is simply one of those fresh young faces that you cannot say no to. And for a self-declared "cafe rat", there is no better place to shoot her than in the company of one of her favourite cafes in town.

Thank you Awesome Canteen and Prologue in Petaling Jaya for the opportunity to use your beautiful space.

 

 

SPACES • MAR 2014

AESOP NEW STORE OPENING, LOT 10 BUKIT BINTANG

 

 

SPACES • NOV 2014

MESUI NUMBER 19: FEEKA CAFE

The collaboration with the team behind Butter and Beans continues with their latest venture - Feeka along the charming Jalan Mesui.

 

 

SPACES • JAN 2013

BUTTER AND BEANS CAFE, HAPPY MANSION

I seldom rave about f&b outlets, but this one has the killer combination of coffee that's better than starbucks (though frap is not part of their offerings), pastries that kept me dreaming about them many many hours after consumption, all packed in a quaint tight chic space that apparently reminds one of aussie outlets (though i have not been to that part of the world to confirm).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

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 • 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.

 

 

TRAVEL/ SPACES • JAN 2017

广州人
(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 • NOV 2016

HEARTABODE
@ CENTRIO PANTAI HILLPARK

HeartAbode was conceptualised during the height of the industrial vintage movement and as such the space bears the hallmark of such a space, from its bare concrete ceiling and exposed piping, furnitures made from reclaimed wood to the vintage deco items adorning different corners of the abode.

 

 

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.

 

 

SPACES • JAN 2017

LOCK CHUCK COFFEE
@ GUANGZHOU, CHINA

On the top of our Guangzhou cafehopping list comes Lock Chuck Coffee, this quaint, beautiful cafe nestled in the most contrasting way in a humble neighbourhood. Lock himself was our barista during the visit, and he definitely came across as passionate, knowledgeable and friendly. Loving how they have managed to squeeze that abundance of instagrammable spots within the place.

 

 

SPACES • OCT 2016

AN AFTERNOON AT
KAKIGORI

Business has been brisk since the opening so I'm back to document down how a busy Sunday afternoon looks like for this gorgeous Japanese dessert place in Taman Paramount.

 

 

SPACES • OCT 2016

INDIGO
@ CHEONG FATT TZE,
THE BLUE MANSION

The hawker fare of Penang may be the main agenda of many trips up North, but the lure of a fine dining place in a posh heritage mansion of which space was once out of bounds is enough to set the yearning going in the different direction.

 

 

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 at Ang Mo Kio. Set amidst local neighbourhood kopitiams, hardware shops and hair saloons, the dessert bar stands out as a 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 with.

 

 

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.

 

 

SPACES • SEP 2015

NINE RUNNING YOLKS
LOVE & PATISSERIE

Nine Running Yolks may be a newly founded KL-based bakery, but the passionate baker behind this brand, Jiric, is definitely no stranger to the home baker scene in KL. Fresh from his stint in Qatar and Paris, he's finally settling down for greater things. Look out for his decadent creations in cafes around town, starting with Third Wave Coffee at Nexus, Bangsar.

 

 

SPACES • AUG 2015

THE MORNING AFTER
@ THE PINNACLE, SUNWAY

A continuation of the engagement for the string of The Morning After chain of cafes comes this sweet, sun-kissed outlet at The Pinnacle.

 

 

SPACES • AUG 2015

THE ROW AT DORAISAMY (FEATURING BUTTER + BEANS, LEAGUE OF CAPTAINS, SLATE)

A short and sweet shoot one fine afternoon to get some set up shoots of the thriving outlets during an NST interview with the architect of the redevelopment of this charming street.

 

 

SPACES • JUN 2014

NEW AESOP FLAGSHIP STORE, BANGSAR VILLAGE 2