Portraits and Lanterns

Well last week was Earth Hour, I was with some friends at PUblika KL. We went to have some drinks and as we were walking around we noticed that it was Earth Hour. They were some bands performing at the outdoor stage and also lanterns being released. I took some portraits and the lanterns that was released on that day. Here are some of the pics :

Earth Hour Celebration

Earth Hour Celebration

Earth Hour Celebration

Earth Hour Celebration

Earth Hour Celebration

Earth Hour Celebration

Well that is all for now, more to come

~later days~

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My Kuala Lumpur

Last weekend, a bunch of friends decided to meet up and walk around KL streets to get some pictures. It has been a long while since the KL Flickr meet up has happened. A few of us came and we went for a short photo walk. Here are some pics from that day :

KL Flickr Meetup

KL Flickr Meetup

KL Flickr Meetup

KL Flickr Meetup

KL Flickr Meetup

KL Flickr Meetup

KL Flickr Meetup

KL Flickr Meetup

I will always love Kuala Lumpur, many say that there is nothing in the city to shoot but I always have new things to take pictures of when I am there. Kuala Lumpur is just perfect to me….

~Later Days~

Kina Grannis : Live in Kuala Lumpur

These past few months, KL has been privileged to have many talented people especially, YouTube sensations. Last year KL saw the appearance of AJ Rafael, Clara C and the Jayeselee twins.

Early this month, I was so happy to meet another person, she is one the earliest singer songwriters that I have been following on YouTube. It is non other, the amazing and talented Kina Grannis. According to Wiki :

“Kina Kasuya Grannis (born August 4, 1985) is a guitarist and singer-songwriter from California. She is half Japanese and half English, Irish, French, Scottish, Dutch and German. In 2006, Grannis recorded and self-released two more albums, One More in the Attic and In Memory of the Singing Bridge. In early 2007, she recorded “Ours to Keep” written by Rachael Lawrence and Deborah Ellen. This song would be featured regularly on General Hospital and was in an episode of the ABC Family’s mini-series Samurai Girl in September 2008.

On November 14, 2007, she created her YouTube account and began posting videos of her songs online. Her first video, “Message From Your Heart,” was entered into Doritos Crash the Super Bowl contest. The contest, which she won, landed her a contract with Interscope Records. Her YouTube videos have received more than 77 million views and have propelled her to become one of YouTube’s most popular personalities “

Some of her well known hits are “Valentine”, “In Your Arms”, “The Way You Are” and many amazing covers by artists. She was even featured on the Ellen show for her video that featured Jelly Beans.

Anyway here are some of the shots I took of her when she was performing live at Wisma Bentley auditorium.

Kina Grannis : Live in Kuala Lumpur

Kina Grannis : Live in Kuala Lumpur

Kina Grannis : Live in Kuala Lumpur

Kina Grannis : Live in Kuala Lumpur

Kina Grannis : Live in Kuala Lumpur

Kina Grannis : Live in Kuala Lumpur

Kina Grannis : Live in Kuala Lumpur

Kina & Moi

I am also very thankful to Soulmanna Live for giving me the opportunity to be the official photographer for this concert.

~Later Days~

Save Jalan Sultan ! ! !

Malaysia’s capital city, Kuala Lumpur, is an urban place where many old buildings exist in the midst new development. One such street is called Jalan Sultan ,which is home to some amazing colonial buildings and also many business. Recently the government has asked the people in this area to evacuate for the development of a MRT project. Hence there was an event to create awareness of sustaining an important area in Kuala Lumpur.

A bit bout the project from their official FACEBOOK page :

“Pre-war shoplots on Jalan Petaling & Jalan Sultan, some of which are more than a century old, are at risk of being demolished to make way for an underground MRT line. Acquisition notices were also served to business owners, which came as a shock because there was no prior consultation or correspondence from the government. As a result, a famous Malaysian tourist landmark known all over the world is now in danger of having its landscape changed forever.

Most of us here have been here for decades, some close to a century even. Generation after generation, we have toiled, worked and preserved this place and made it into what it is today. Soon, Yook Woo Hin where KL residents will fondly remember stopping by for a ‘pau’ or Chinese steamed bun on the way to school, Kwong Fook Wing the tailor who made coats for many notable dignitaries and the quaint and rustic Lok Ann Hotel which has been in business since 1957 will be no more.

We are not against development, in fact the MRT line will make it even easier for foreign tourists and Malaysians alike to visit Jalan Petaling & Jalan Sultan. We are however against the arbitrary acquisition of the property where we’ve been operating our businesses in for years. The line runs underground anyway so we do not see why the acquisition exercise is even required in the first place. We just want to make a living here in this place we quite literally call home.

Please help support our cause to raise awareness about our plight! “

Anyway here are some pictures that I took during that night :

Save Jalan Sultan : Lantern Night

Save Jalan Sultan : Lantern Night

Save Jalan Sultan : Lantern Night

Save Jalan Sultan : Lantern Night

Save Jalan Sultan : Lantern Night

Save Jalan Sultan : Lantern Night

Save Jalan Sultan : Lantern Night

Save Jalan Sultan : Lantern Night

Save Jalan Sultan : Lantern Night

Save Jalan Sultan : Lantern Night

Well, I hope that the country will know the importance of sustaining old building to ensure peace and harmony among the people in the area.

~Later Days~

Football : Malaysia vs Singapore, World Cup 2014 Qualifying Match

It was that time of the year where Malaysian football is at its peak. A few weeks ago, Malaysia played against Singapore for the World Cup 2014 Qualifying match in the National Stadium, Bukit Jalil. Malaysia needed to win this match in order to move on to the next round, loosing in Singapore Kalang Stadium did not help them with the aggregates as well. Despite the atmosphere and energy or the Malaysian supporters was amazing, the Malaysian team lost their hopes of making it to the next round. Anyway here are some shots from the stadium :

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~Later Days~

Switchfoot Live in Kuala Lumpur 2011

It was an awesome week for me, last Friday I watched Maroon 5 in concert but the highlight of my week was watching one of my favorite bands of all time, Switchfoot. They last rocked Kuala Lumpur in 2008, I wrote a post on them, you can check em out HERE .

Anyway on May 1, 2011, Labour Day in Kuala Lumpur would be a sweet memory for me as the boys from San Diego, California did not fail to rock the house with their hits such as ‘Dare You to Move, Stars, We Are One Tonight’ and many more. For me the band is always an inspiration as the music they produce is simply amazing. The band’s lead singer, Jon Foreman is an astounding singer and performer. Kuala Lumpur is really blessed to have them again after 3 years. Anyway here are some shots I managed to get from the concert.

The opening band for the concert was Busco or known as Bus Company:

Bus Company

Bus Company

Also this is an excerpt from Wikipedia on Switchfoot :

Switchfoot is an American rock band from San Diego, California. The band’s members are Jon Foreman (lead vocals, guitar), Tim Foreman (bass guitar, backing vocals), Chad Butler (drums, percussion), Jerome Fontamillas (guitar, keyboards, backing vocals), and Drew Shirley (guitar, backing vocals).
They are known for their energetic live shows,where the three guitarists in the line-up often operate simultaneously.

After early successes in the Christian rock scene, Switchfoot first gained mainstream recognition with the inclusion of four of their songs in the 2002 movie A Walk to Remember. This recognition led to their major label debut, The Beautiful Letdown, which was released in 2003. It went on to sell over 2.6 million copies and produced the band’s best-known singles, “Meant to Live” and “Dare You to Move.” Their seventh studio album Hello Hurricane received a Grammy award in 2011 for Best Rock Gospel Album.

According to Jon Foreman, the name “Switchfoot” is a surfing term. “We all love to surf and have been surfing all our lives so to us, the name made sense. To switch your feet means to take a new stance facing the opposite direction. It’s about change and movement, a different way of approaching life and music.”

Here are the photos now:

Switchfoot Live in Kuala Lumpur

Switchfoot Live in Kuala Lumpur

Switchfoot Live in Kuala Lumpur

Switchfoot Live in Kuala Lumpur

Well that is all for now, more posts coming up soon and more pictures too….

~Later Days~

Of Portraits and More !

Yes, it has been a while since I wrote a post. What is new? Well I did some portrait shots and been shooting heavily with the iPhone. Also got my new camera which is a Canon EOS 60D. I will be heading to Jakarta today for the Java Jazz Festival and hoping to get some good shots there. Anyway here are some shots taken of a good friend, Andrea Wong around Taman Tun area:

Andrea

Andrea

Andrea

Andrea

Andrea

Andrea

Till then ~Later Days~