Solemnisation: Izzat & Fauzul

Well, my latest wedding assignment was for this sweet couple, Izzat and Fauzul aka Pau. We were introduced to each other by Fauzul’s sister, Fatin last year and after months of waiting, the glorious day finally came by. This time, I headed south to Seremban, Negeri Sembilan to capture their solemnisation ceremony which was held in the same day with their reception. It was a beautiful morning, with the sun shining so bright, with the sky so blue. So before we get to the latter part, I’m sharing some images from the auspicious morning.

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Up next, the wedding reception~

Whee~!!

Reception : Idzam & Izza

The next day, the reception was held at Menara Tun Mustapha, another prominent building in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. Both Idzam and Izza were being prepared at home before driven to the venue.

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Some of the common accessories for the groom in transforming them into a warrior or what we call “Pahlawan”. Left is the head gear, “Tanjak” while the right one is our famous local weapon of distruction, the ‘Keris”. :D

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This is one of the things a bestman of the groom should be assisting with, helping the groom secure the “Samping” with a “Bengkung” so that everything looks handsomely neat like a well, warrior of course!

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 This here people, is how a Malay bride checks out her own husband gracefully in a ceremony. 

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The ceremony would not be completed without some traditional dance performance. 

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And if you are lucky enough, the bride (which used to be a dancer herself) and the groom would hit the floor and join the fun.

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After all the important items in the ceremony are checked, we headed out for a short portraiture session.  

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All in all, Idzam and Izza make one sweet husband and wife. Because of that, I can’t help myself ending this sweet update with a photo of Idzam, when the day almost ended.

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Cheers people!

Solemnization : Idzam & Izza

This next assignment took me all the way to East Malaysia, a town called Kota Kinabalu in Sabah state. This particular client of mine has witnessed my colourful photography journey from the humble P&S camera (it was the Panasonic Lumix TZ1) to the days of DSLR. I met Izza back in the university when both of us were in the same department during an orientation program. Oh wait, you might have even noticed her from the photo banner at the top of this blog (fancy a guessing game now?). It took me her wedding just to be able to land my feet on the beautiful town of KK as I do not have much friends coming from that part of Malaysia. Idzam on the other hand, we just met during our ice-breaking session in KL. He may look so darn serious at times, but he can surely crack some jokes to live up anyone’s mood when he’s around. ;) I shall bring you through their solemnization ceremony now. Enjoy! 

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Once everything settled down, we went to Masjid Bandaraya that located nearby Izza’s place for some quick outdoor portraits just before the rain starts pouring.

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I felt so blessed to be part of this history, Idzam and Izza. These two love birds can’t even contain their happiness, looking at the amount of smiles they threw to each other through out the day. So much in love. And that’s why I love this job.

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Stay tune for their wedding reception, people!

whee~!! 

Project: Hidden Alphabets

As everyone would have known, photography is about sharing with others how one sees or sometimes feel his or her surroundings. The same goes to any form of self-expression such as paintings and music. Letting people notice what normally they ignore has always been my motivation when I snap a picture. I think that’s the true nature of a person who enjoys seeing details around him. 

So recently, together with some of my close peeps, we started this challenge called ‘Hidden Alphabets’. The goal was simple, to find the so-called hidden alphabets in our daily lives and share among each other. Points were also given to those whom submit the earliest until the second last. Those whom submit the last gets an egg, 0. It was a very competitive challenge when it started but well, as time goes by, it slowed down as each one of us has different priorities. Yet, the main reason of playing this game still remains, which is to train our eyes to pay extra attention to our surroundings. It’s a small step to train photo enthusiasts to think, plan and compose before hitting the shutter. Check out my hidden alphabets below!!!

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A: paper clips arranged to form a kaleidoscope.

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B: buildings nearby my office

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C: Those are escalators, obviously~

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D: a book stopper

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E: Metal structure surrounding the bubble lift in KLCC

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F: Frames of babies on the wall

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G: A lighting enclosure on the floor.

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H: The ceiling of KFC.

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I: Meeting room labeler.

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J: Blades

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K: The skybridge of KLCC

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L: Looking upwards from the floor below.

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M: Unique motives on the elevator

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N: Where metals cross with each other

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O: a light bulb.

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P: A piano shaped cuff link 

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Q: The Kensington lock

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R: A lamp post

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S: Shape of a floor tile.

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T: The Chinese New Year structure erected in the middle of KLCC

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U: A man-made swing by the seaside

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V: from a parking area

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W: Window panels in KL Convention Center

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X: The side mirrors controller of a Satria Neo (that’s one of our national car actually)

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Y: A Y-shaped tree

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Z: The support structure of a building

There you have it, all 26 hidden characters that I could find for the time being. You may agree and disagree with some of my findings but that’s the thing about photography. It’s all about one’s perspective of how he sees the world. If you fancy joining the fun, start snapping now and tag #hiddenalphabets in Instagram. I’ll see you there :)

Don’t stop admiring the beauty of our planet.

Cheers!

Rewind: 2012

Helloooooo people!

There’s no better time to actually revisit the past 12 months other than the first few days of a new year. If I am one of your facebook contacts, I must have been busy bombarding your walls with photos as there were just so many exciting things happening last year for me. You may have realised that I seldom post here as that is due to spending most of my time with my wife managing our cute lil hero, Raif. More on that as we recap every month of 2012 aite?

JANUARY

I went around Kuala Dungun area in Terengganu to capture some wicked building textures while I was on my way to the hospital to visit my son and my wife.  

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and here are some photos of our kid, Raif, from that month..

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Owh well, let’s just revisit a photo of him, on Day 1, shall we? 

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FEBRUARY

Elena & Ikram became my first client for 2012. Such a lovely couple and it was a great way to kickstart my passion for the year. I still remember Ikram telling me about his plan to tour around Malaysia and stop at some towns to enjoy some local food, and yeah, they are still at it, looking at their recent photo update on FB. Get more of them at their solemnisation and reception pages.

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Ikram & Elena: Customary

Ikram & Elena: Outdoor

Ikram & Elena: Outdoor

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The next couple is an old friend, Eta whom I knew back when I was studying in Dungun, Terengganu. There’s no way I could decline to shoot her wedding after she keep on reminding me to be her wedding photographer every single time we meet or chat. Get more of Eta and her husband, Azli at her solemnisation and reception pages.

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I was also given a photo assignment to cover research activity on enhanced oil recovery, and this particular photo is a special one…

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because couple of months later, it was published in the company’s annual report!!! 

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MARCH

We took Raif for his first long distance ride to Penang, which is located at the North region of Malaysia, to attend Anis Daud’s wedding reception. 

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And a week later, headed down south to Singapore to attend his Aunty Intan’s wedding reception.

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APRIL

I did the honour to be Anis & Izham’s wedding photographer in Serdang. As some might have known, I knew Anis from a local photography forum couple of years back. Since then, she has become like a sister to me. In fact, she’s as young as my sister, Zura! Ahahah!!

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Raif started to show his friendliness in front of the camera. 

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MAY

We celebrated the Labour Day in Malacca, with my usual suspects from the office + their spouses. (Raif and Irfan were sleeping soundly in the cars)

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JUNE 

The month kicked off with a visit to Emie’s wedding in Negri Sembilan. 

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And later that month, we celebrated our first milestone together, 6 months of Raif’s arrival, at a nearby Secret Recipe outlet.

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JULY

For us Muslim, we started our fasting period this month. And I had the chance to spend some time with my bestfriend, Nuar and the rest of his family.

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AUGUST

I took a couple of photos for a great pal of mine, Chan Yet at the Twin Towers’ Skybridge on her last day in the organisation. She was one of the first few I used to work with, when I joined the organisation and getting the chance to capture her photo on her last day, is really something…

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It was also the month that we celebrated Eid festival together.To my non-Malaysian friends, what we were wearing during the festival are the ‘Baju Kurung’ (for ladies) and ‘Baju Melayu’ (for guys), our traditional wear.

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and the celebration continued even in the office. Photo below taken with my close friends in the department. Left to Right: Raif’s dad, Uncle Deo, Aula’s mum aka An, Arissa’s mum aka Fatin, Uncle Ku and Irfan’s dad aka Zz.

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and I got the chance to visit to Nuar’s queen and princesses back in Kuala Terengganu during the Eid festival too. I featured Humaira (left) once here. Had lesser opportunity to capture her younger sister, Hafeeya’s photo as his family move to the East Coast and we seldom meet. Glad to know that they are still comfortable with me that they don’t mind my camera protude around to get some good portraits of them. 

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SEPTEMBER

We continued our Eid Festival celebration at Fatin’s parents’ house. Another chance for the kids to enjoy each other’s company.

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and later that month, it was that time to celebrate Fatin’s last day with us in the organisation…

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and couple of days later, we went for a ‘not-a-farewell’ dinner at Ben’s KLCC because we just don’t do farewells among us. Despite our differences, all of us agree that Root Beer float is the flavor of the night!

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OCTOBER

My sister, Zura finally got engaged. She’ll be getting married soon. Yay!

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We also took Raif to the beach for the first time. 

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NOVEMBER

Raif collected quite a number of kisses from his aunty and grandma, on his uncle’s birthday 

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 and later that month, we went to Yati, my sister-in-law’s graduation ceremony in UiTM Shah Alam.

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DECEMBER

We travelled down south to Singapore again to attend to my cousin’s wedding, Nydia. By this month, we have actually visited the island for like 4 times, totalling up to 8 days.

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A week after, on 12.12.12, we celebrated Raif’s 1st birthday…

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and on that weekend, the rest of the family joined in! 

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and of course, some grown up “friends”. :D

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We pretty much concluded our 2012 with a short trip to Genting Highlands with Raif’s aunties, Yati & Kak Julie. The weather was so bad, that we only spend half a day there to take some photos and head back home. Yet, it’s a good experience for Raif to feel such chilly weather here in Malaysia.

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Well, this long post pretty much summed up my 2012. Despite being a bit quiet here, my year has been full of activity. Starting 2013, I hope to share a lot more personal photographs here, especially Raif’s! I have more moons for my life to orbit now, and I wish I could capture every moment of that. As a start, let’s grab some 2 terabytes harddisk!! My 1TB hdd is almost full with .raws and .jpgs.

Thanks for spending some time to know me better. Feel free to visit my on FB (well, I need to start making that FB page busy again) or instagram (which I dedicated solely to capture my daily sights).

Happy 2013 everyone! whee~!!