Top Gun


If you are following my Instagram feed or Facebook page, you would have known that last week I had the chance to work with Batam Art Photography community who organised a special photoshoot with the blessing of the Indonesian airforce, with the mighty Hercules, the elegant F16 fighting falcon and the twin tail fins Sukhoi.

Featured here are model Bella Fatma Pratiwi and F16 pilot Nehemiah “Kestrel” Anang. I have included EXIF data on each photo to indicate those I took with a Canon 50mm and those with an X100s plus a Wide Converter Lens.

Thank you for stopping by and have a great week ahead!

sunset over Crystal Lagoon Bintan


You have probably heard it: the huge Crystal Lagoon of Treasure Bay Bintan is such a popular destination, after so many years of hiatus in the development of Bintan Resorts. Here’s one sunset over the largest pool in SouthEast Asia.

Thank you for stopping by and have a great week ahead!

HarbourFront MRT

This is one of the busiest MRT station in Singapore, with a daily load of around 60,000 passengers. Travellers arriving in Singapore by ferry will find this station very convenient because it is connecting directly to the city centre.

This frame really is just a snapshot while testing Olympus TG-4, taken at 25mm (35mm equivalent) focal length, f/2.0 – 1/30s – ISO 400. RAW file converted to black and white using DxO FilmPack, Acros simulation.


Grace and Noldy

A western-themed private wedding, somewhere in Seminyak, Bali. It’s private, and intimate, and fun, and fulfilling (ehm!). And how could I forget to post the celebration? Here are snippets from the moments.

in loving memory of Han Awal

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40 days has he departed from our lives, when Indonesia lost one of its best architect and historical building restoration specialist. As families, relatives, and friends are preparing a memorial service later tonight, allow me to quote this:

And have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust. [Acts 24:15]

for auntie Daisy, Paulus, Yori, Atiek, and Adik.

papanggo – care for the elderly poor

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There are a number of big organisations in the field of humanitarian service for the poor. We have the Rotary international. Lion’s Club. And Médecins Sans Frontières to name but a few. On the other hand, we have individual doctors, general practitioners and specialist alike, who help the needed without a lot of publications. This is a story of one brave and kind general practitioner with hearts for the poor.

Huriawati has been a volunteer worker for Lembaga Daya Dharma, the social institution of Archdiocese of Jakarta that was established in 1962, for years. Last year, though, when they were looking for a doctor to support one of the programs, she jumped in immediately, and has ever since focus on provision of health-care for the poor under the Community Service Agency of the Institution.

Last week I had the chance to follow her and two social workers from the institution, mbak Yati and mbak Dian, to a small illegal habitat in Papanggo, north of Jakarta. The area they are living in has a clear sign by the Jakarta Office of Public Works Service, stating that it is not allowed to be utilised, as it is part of a tollway. This particular program aims to give basic health care to the elderly, and at the same time share a few necessities such as rice, crackers, and soap.

Most people in this area live as scavengers. Clean water is non-existent. To get clean water, people run meters and meters and meters of half inch plastic hose and pvc pipe from a particular source. It cost each of them 20,000 rupiah for 1 hour of running water, regardless the volume. Electricity… well, let’s not talk about how they get electricity.

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We went to a house that is definitely better in both construction and infrastructure that belongs to the contact person of the habitat for the program, ibu Casmi. For her, the only worry is flood. Until recently, when flood came, she was able to evacuate the dwellers to the railroad nearby which is on a much higher ground. Today, though, the railway is active again and she is yet to find an evacuation area.

The elderly came and go. They were fun to be with. They didn’t grumble. They smile, and laugh, as if life is easy. According to Huriawati, most of them don’t need much serious medication, but they do need attention and love. Huriawati, mbak Yati, mbak Dian and friends at the Lembaga Daya Dharma are giving these to them. You too, can give. Find out more here for ways to help.

Thank you for stopping by, and thank you for giving.

PS. The first three images were taken with an HTC One M8.

BataviaNet – one team one dream

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What better place to shoot for a Company’s publication than the Jakarta old city area, when the company’s name is BataviaNet? One fine morning, very early in the morning. Nice weather and blue sky. It was getting hot towards the afternoon, and everybody was getting thirsty, when the session with around 100 employees was finally completed.

Here are a few selected frames.