welcoming the year of the rooster

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Just as you usher in lights, lanterns and other forms of illuminations to welcome the New Year,
may the New Year usher in for you new hopes, dreams and aspirations.

Chinese zither a.k.a guzheng, up close


A close look of a Chinese traditional music, a Chinese zither or guzheng, being played. This instrument went back 2,500 years in history, making this an ancient, pre-historic music instrument. I was amazed by the way they wear the finger picks, and by the precise movement of the fingers. Modern guzheng like this has 21 strings, and plucks can be made with either the right hand or both right and left hands.

Do let me know if any of you have any experience playing a 21 strings instrument like this.

Thank you for stopping by, folks!

a glorious really classic theatre


Just a peek into the 1821 built Jakarta Performing Art theatre. It can take care of 475 people. Definitely a beautiful building and a must visit place if you are around.

Thank you for stopping by and have a great weekend all!

k-fashion phone-grapher


I was covering the Jakarta Fashion Week 2017 yesterday with other media friends. When it comes to the show by the Korean Cultural Center who presented IKYK and D-Antidote, came this gentleman who sat in the front row of VIP section with his huge handphone protruding and actively covering the event.

My fellow photographer beside me, who is working for Senayan City, abruptly said that he calls such photographer a phone-grapher. And indeed there were more than a handful of phone-grapher during the 1 week event, but this particular gentleman was so obvious from the media section, that I could’t resist taking a picture of him. As he is a Korean, I thought the frame fits into the k-fashion show. What do you think?

If you are interested in some images from Jakarta Fashion Week, please check my Instagram feed. Thank you for dropping by, and have a great week ahead!

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.