Ryan Higa : Live in KL

Yes that is right, a couple of weeks ago, the one and only Ryan Higa a.k.a Niga Higa was in town. This crazy and fun fellow is from USA and is a well known YouTuber on the planet.

Here is an excerpt of his description from Wikipedia :

Nigahiga is the YouTube channel of American internet personality Ryan Higa. Since relocating to Las Vegas to study filmmaking at UNLV, Higa’s videos are either solo efforts or videos with other people such as KevJumba. They are known for their YouTube comedy videos, which have been viewed over 1.2 billion times. As of September 2012, Higa’s YouTube channel, Nigahiga, has over 5.6 million subscribers. According to Higa, his channel name is a combination of “Niga”, which means “rant” in Japanese, and his last name, “Higa”.

The event happened in the Bentley Auditorium, here are some pictures from the night. The evening started witg performance by Darren Ashley,upcoming singer/songwriter. There were also local YouTubers such as Joseph Germani and hosted by Hitz FM Dj/ JinnyboyTV , Jin Lim. Here you go for pics :

Ryan Higa : Live in KL

Ryan Higa : Live in KL

Ryan Higa : Live in KL

Ryan Higa : Live in KL

Ryan Higa : Live in KL

Ryan Higa : Live in KL

Ryan Higa : Live in KL

Ryan Higa : Live in KL

Ryan Higa : Live in KL

The event was organized by the amazing people of SoulManna Live

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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~

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~

WORLD MUSIC AT ITS BEST IN SARAWAK

 “One thing good about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain” – Bob Marley

That is how I felt exactly in the words of the reggae legend. The Rainforest World Music Festival 2011 was simply amazing. With music from all around the world, it was a mix of traditional and modern sounds all mashed to create the perfect ambience. This was my first trip to the festival but I must say the atmosphere was simply electrifying.

There were bands from Italy, Iran, Dominican Republic, Australia, Mexico, Vanuatu, UK , USA and many more. For a first timer like me, the music was simply amazing and you have to be there to experience something like that.

One of the most unique performances were the Leweton Women’s Water Music. The group of 6 ladies created beautiful music using their bare hands by tapping and clapping on the surface of the water. A short excerpt on them : “From the remote, northern tropical islands of Vanuatu, comes an extremely unique and rarely seen tradition, called water music. Dressed in traditional costumes of flowers and leaves, a small number of women wade into the water up to their waist, stand in the shape of a half moon and begin to play. The water is beaten in rhythmic dance of bodies and waves. The water itself is the instrument producing a wide range of sounds in intoxicating rhythms, with pieces titled “The Sound of Thunder”, “Big Whale Fish Playing With Small Whale Fish”, “Waves Breaking on the Reef”. This will be a rare glimpse into an ancient but living tradition.”

Another power house was Kissmet from UK. This bhangra infused rock style music were the closing band on the last day. They were just a band that brings the rhythm and the beats to the hearts of the people. Well, these are some pictures from the festival that I captured.

Workshop Time

Victor Valdez

Kamafei

Kamafei

Blue Canyon Boys

Headgear

Party Reveler

Tribal

Lights !

Joaquin Diaz

Leweton Women's Water Music Troupe

Kissmet

Peace

Finale !

In conclusion the festival is something everyone must experience at least once in their life. Many would say that world music is not their cup of tea but to feel the sheer presence of traditional and modern music coming together is something extraordinary. Be it bluegrass or the sounds of the Sarawak ‘sape’ , the festival is something that I am looking forward to go to next year.

For more information on the festival do log on to http://rwmf.net and to check out pictures from Prakash Daniel click on http://www.flickr.com/photos/prakashdaniel

~Later Days~

Twestival Kuala Lumpur 2011

Twestival® (or Twitter Festival) uses social media for social good by connecting communities offline on a single day to highlight a great cause and have a fun event. This year, we are supporting PRIHATIN, a NGO in Kota Bahru caring for single mothers and children living with AIDS/HIV. The event helped to raise all the money that was needed for the charity. The event saw a lot of Twitter users and also some celebrities, here are some pictures:

TWESTIVAL KL 2011

TWESTIVAL KL 2011

TWESTIVAL KL 2011

TWESTIVAL KL 2011

TWESTIVAL KL 2011

TWESTIVAL KL 2011

TWESTIVAL KL 2011

TWESTIVAL KL 2011

~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~