Sunday, July 31, 2011


The Sultan Abdul Samad Building is one of those landmarks in KL that I've wanted to photograph for a while now. Well, last night I finally got around to doing so when we drove past this building on our way home from KL.


#3 Topped by a shiny copper dome and a 40m high clock tower, it is a major landmark in the city.

This heritage building which is located in front of the Dataran Merdeka (Independence Square), houses the offices of the Ministry of Information, Communications and Culture of Malaysia. It was here, the Union Jack flag was lowered and the Malayan flag hoisted for the first time at midnight on August 31, 1957.

There happened to be a group of tourists and photographers all carrying full tripods and using them openly in the streets. We don't have a wide-angle lens and we didn't bring our tripod , so we just shot without it, creating these pictures...














Architecture is very beautiful in its own right, but it's especially stunning at night!

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Friday, July 29, 2011

If you pass by the Snowflake outlet at Kota Damansara no matter what time of the day or night, chances are, you will see a pretty long queue of people waiting to make their order!

I guess everybody has tried those delicious traditional Taiwanese desserts at Snowflake, except Ralph and me. Last week, we finally decided it was time to check out what all the fuss was about and joined the queue. If we like it, then we will want more. If not, at least we have tried it.

I was a bit overwhelmed by the menu selections - so many choices!

I decided to try their bestseller and Ralph ordered their "This month's special".

Snowflake bestseller (RM6.90) - Grass Jelly Ice + Grass Jelly + Taro Balls + Creamer.

Taro balls are glutinous yam balls about the size of a 50sen coin. The taro balls were so good, gloriously chewy and sweet!

At the bottom was a bed of grass jelly-flavored shaved ice and I mixed it all together to create a wonderful bowl of dessert.

I've had shaved ice before, but nothing as authentic as this.

This month's special: Sesame Sensation (RM6.90) - "Peanut Ice" + Sesame Balls + Baby Pearls + Red Bean + Lotus Seeds (RM1.50).

I'm not a big fan of peanut, red beans and lotus seeds but Ralph loved it.

These fresh, handmade desserts without artificial flavorings or preservatives is an addictive pleasure so we're not surprised that people still flock to the outlet and stay until almost closing time!

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Sunday morning, July 24, I woke up early to attend Nigel Barker's photography workshop! It was my very first time attending a photography workshop so I didn't really know what to expect.

On my way to the banquet hall @ The Ritz-Carlton Hotel and I was trying to hold in my excitement.

Registration of participants

The workshop started with a brief welcome by the workshop organizer. In Malaysia for the first time, Nigel Barker had been brought in by Epic Voyage to share his expertise and experience in photography.

There he is! The multi-talented Nigel Barker, a judge and photographer on reality TV show America's Next Top Model!

I must say Nigel Barker is a really nice guy and funny, definitely not a typical ‘Model - Photographer’ type of person one would stereotypically expect him to be. He always seems to crack up ‘one liners’ that would make the audience that listen to him burst into laughter and immediately feel at ease by his presence.

This was a one-day workshop with in-class tutorials and group practical sessions. Pick up tips on Nigel Barker's shooting mystique, his art of provocative aesthetics and timeless photography. However, it's impossible for me to effectively share about everything I've learned in one mere blog post.

Basically, there were 4 sessions in the programme.

Session 1:
Introduction to workshop
Lighting Techniques In studio and On Location

*coffee break*

The coffee break area outside the banquet hall

Session 2:
Landscape photography & Photojournalism


We had our buffet lunch at Shook!, Starhill Gallery.

"Portraiture" with practical session

Session 3:
"Image Making"

*coffee break*

Session 4:
The Art of Advertising Photography
The Business Behind The Image
Q&A wrap up

*workshop ends*

Nigel Barker professes that the most inspiring iconic photograph is ultimately photographs of real people and real lives. “It was their lives that really moved you, not necessarily their faces. When I think about my favorite pictures, it was never because the person in the photograph was pretty or good looking but because the person was a good person,” says Nigel Barker.

I truly enjoyed the whole experience a lot! He is a photographer who works with compassion and heart that gives his photography soul and meaning, an inspiration and has touched so many hearts, and definitely has touched mine.

An autographed copy of Nigel Barker's new book, “Beauty Equation”

Nigel Barker's book guides readers through a series of self portrait and journaling challenges which help its readers to discover their inner beauty through self confidence and self esteem.

My certificate of participation signed by Nigel Barker

Oh, and of course there's also...

a picture of me and the towering 192cm celebrity photographer, Nigel Barker!

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