Flower #9

Close up of violet-coloured morning glory.

I see this flower outside a restaurant every week but never felt the urge to photograph it until two days ago (I had registered an account on 500px.com almost a month ago and had been uploading an image every day and was running out of “usable” images to post, so was under pressure to make decent images, stat!)

Seeing that this is the 9th flower pic I’ve posted, it’s safe to say that flower macros are my favourite. However, I should remember to read up on the flower species and learn about the flowers I photograph. I was not aware that this flower belongs to the morning glory family and went back to the restaurant in the evening to try to photograph these flowers, only to find that they had “disappeared”! But I was lucky that happened because I went back the next morning and it had rained earlier, so the flowers had droplets on their petals which made the images more striking.



Conceptual #3

National Monument, Kuala Lumpur
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National Monument

Built to commemorate the memory of the soldiers who died fighting for Malaysia’s independence, the National Monument is believed to be the world’s tallest freestanding group of bronze sculptures. It was designed by the same architect who designed the United States Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington County, Virginia – Felix W. de Weldon.

The seven statues represent leadership, unity, vigilance, strength, courage, sacrifice, and suffering.



Flower #8

Orange flowers
iPhone7 Plus | Hipstamatic | Lowy lens + DC film


“Here’s to the crazy ones.

The misfits.

The rebels.

The troublemakers.

The round pegs in the square holes.

The ones who see things differently.

They’re not fond of rules.

You can quote them.

Disagree with them.

Glorify or vilify them.

But the only thing you can’t do is ignore them.

Because they change things.

They push the human race forward.

And while some may see them as the crazy ones

We see genius.

Because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world

Are the ones who do.”

~ Apple Computer, Inc.’s “Think Different” campaign.




Conceptual #2

Dutch Square, Melaka

Dutch Square, also known as Red Square because of the maroon-coloured buildings, was the centre of the Dutch administration during the Dutch rule of Melaka from 1641 to 1825.

The two famous buildings in this square are the Stadthuys (which means town hall in Dutch), built between 1641 and 1660 and served as the residence of the Dutch governor and his deputy; and Christ Church. Built in 1753, it is the oldest Protestant church in Malaysia. A painting of the Last Supper made of glazed tiles hangs above the altar and the wooden beams of the church’s ceiling, each over 15m long, were made from a single tree.

Image was made with the iPhone 7 Plus and converted to a digital painting using the Prisma app.




Flower #7

Pink rose

“You’re beautiful, but you’re empty…One couldn’t die for you. Of course, an ordinary passerby would think my rose looked just like you. But my rose, all on her own, is more important than all of you together, since she’s the one I’ve watered. Since she’s the one I put under glass, since she’s the one I sheltered behind the screen. Since she’s the one for whom I killed the caterpillars (except the two or three butterflies). Since she’s the one I listened to when she complained, or when she boasted, or even sometimes when she said nothing at all. Since she’s my rose.”

― Antoine de Saint-ExupéryThe Little Prince


Flower #6

Close-up of pink rose in full bloom

One Perfect Rose poem by Dorothy Parker

A single flow’r he sent me, since we met.

All tenderly his messenger he chose;

Deep-hearted, pure, with scented dew still wet –

One perfect rose.


I knew the language of the floweret;

“My fragile leaves,” it said, “his heart enclose.”

Love long has taken for his amulet

One perfect rose.


Why is it no one ever sent me yet

One perfect limousine, do you suppose?

Ah no, it’s always just my luck to get

One perfect rose.



Food #2

Gulab jamun

Gulab jamun, a milk-solid-based South Asian sweet, is particularly popular in India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, and Bangladesh.

This dessert is often eaten at festivals, birthdays, and major celebrations such as weddings, the Muslim festivals of Eid ul-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, and the Hindu Festival of Lights, Diwali. There are many types of gulab jamun and each variety has a distinct taste and appearance.




Flower #5

White anthurium

“It is at the edge of a petal that love awaits.”  ~ William Carlos Williams


The anthurium is one of my favourite flowers to photograph. They are usually red and I was very surprised to find this white one in an amusement park, of all places. This image was made with the iPhone using the Hipstamatic app.



Landscape #3

Taiping Lake Gardend

Built on an abandoned tin mine, the Taiping Lake Gardens opened in 1880 during the British rule, earning them a place in history as the first public garden in then-Malaya.

Spread over 64 hectares (160 acres), the gardens consist of 10 scenic lakes and ponds. In George L. Peet’s A Journal in the Federal Capital,  when he visited Taiping in 1933, he said, “I know of no more lovely sight in this country than the Taiping gardens when the rays of the early morning sun are shining obliquely through their clumps of bamboo, palms, and isolated trees scattered on islands among the expanse of water. One receives in that glorious half hour an experience of light in foliage that is quite unobtainable in England.”

The perimeter of the gardens are lined with giant rain trees that are over 120 years old.