Yes, vivid colours. And sharpness. And smiles, plenty of smiles. Happy faces. And laughs. And giggles. And… kids! You got it: it’s a reunion, sort of. About ten years ago, most of us were a bunch of happy singles working together in a company in what most felt as an almost remote island. Although, with frequent ferry connection to Singapore, it’s not.

Anywaaaaay…, last Sunday we gathered in a public park in Jakarta. Taman Suropati is the name of  the park, in Menteng area. A clean spacious public park with street musicians and all. Chit-chatting. Playing. And group pictures. This one astonished me. So here it is.

Hope you can also feel the excitement. Have a good week ahead and thank you for stopping by!

Oh, BTW, this was taken with a 4-years old Fujifilm X100s with a WCL (wide conversion lens), and a Nissin i40 flash on TTL for fill-in.


worship for ancestors


So this is (Chinese) New Year. The time of the year where viharas are full with people, praying for luck, prosperity, and longevity. Worshipping their ancestors. With incense, burning paper, and offerings. And oranges – mandarin oranges.

The Budhi Bhakti Vihara in Batam is one of such. As a matter of fact, the number of worshippers are so high that the smoke from the incense filled about half of the compound.

There are quite a number of points where you can pray. This is one at the entrance after the gate behind (where worshippers are also crowding). I was focusing on the front side, but when I looked back I saw this silhouette, and took a few frames with my pocket camera.

I hope you like it. Thank you for stopping by and have a great weekend!

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!