Leading up to Christmas

How did December just creep up like that? Shopping for Christmas has become such a routine, I am hoping to come up with some inexpensive handmade gifts this year. The very first 'handmade' gift I have done so far is some personalised Christmas cards, one of my favourite things leading up to Christmas.  I have used my cat, Sally and her kittens in the past. This year our newest addition - Princess, is my latest model. There was some considerably time spent in getting the homemade studio and Princess ready for the shoot, this is my favourite pose.

Gift ideas for the ladies are all sorted but still struggle for the men as awalys. Would love to get some ideas... anyone?


Regent Street Festival 27.09.09

It was the very first Regent Street Festival that I've been to. I had a great time taking pictures of the adorable kids that just had their faces painted. The look on their face when first caught a glimpse of themselves on the mirror is PRICELESS!

The celebrations went on all day long. There was face paintings, street performers, ferris wheel, carousel, fashion show, roaming musicians and many more.

I can't believe I missed out so much for the last few years, worked so much and took so many things for granted. A little promise for myself to get out more and just enjoy it.

Notting Hill Carnival this year happened whilst I was away, will definitely try to make it next year.


birthday party 20.06.09

Here are some pictures from Ellie's 8th birthday party a couple weeks ago. It was such a good day for the kids running around the garden and just enjoying themselves. I had so much fun taking their pictures as always.

I can't believe Ellie has grown up so much but she can still be cheeky sometimes.

1) NO PICTURE 2) NOT AGAIN! 3) OK, MAYBE JUST ONE...............

Olivia can be a bit camera shy sometimes. She recently started saying 'NO PICTURE' and covered her face with her hand as soon as she sees you holding up a camera. I feel like a paparazzi! Haha..... very cute indeed. :)

1) Silly uncle and niece 2) Having a blast 3) In her little fairly land...........


Sabah, Malaysia 2009

We spent one night at Selingan Turtle Island. It was absolutely amazing to see the laying eggs and hatchling process. We were so fortunate to have a chance to give a couple little turtles a helping hand to the sea

Local fishermen and pupil that I met during a lunch break on the way to Selingan Turtle Island. The sweet little girl in the middle is the second youngest child of the man on the right. He has 3 wives, 18 children and his youngest son is only 3.

Some lovely plants that I saw during the walks at the Kipungit Waterfall in Poring Hot Springs & Nature Reserve and at Sepilok Forest Edge Resort.

We visited the Proboscis Monkey and Orang Utan Sanctuary in Sandakan towards the end of our journey in Malaysia. It was amazing to be able to see all these lovely animals up close. In fact, I nearlly dropped my camera when a male Proboscis Monkey jumped on the hand rail of the platform about a metre away from me.

I definitely recommend the Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary where you get to feed the Silvered Leaf Monkey and watch the Hornbills following the keeper's whistle to collect their food from the platform.

As for the Orange Utan Sanctuary, the feeding platform is quite far away so bring your best binoculars and zoom lens! Try to go there on a weekday as there is most likely to be less children running around which can prevent the Orang Utans from appearing.

It was over 10 years ago when I first climbed Mt Kinabalu and I am very proud that I did it again! James and I took the scenic route via the Mesilau Trail and it was absolutely breathtaking. The first day was quite enjoyable and we just took our time. Then the tough bit was getting up around 1.30am the next day to start climbing up to the summit. Unfortunately I had altitude sickness and thought I would not be able to carry on at some points but we both made it to the top. I can't wait to get a frame to put up our well-earned certificates!

Magunatip, more well-known as “Bamboo Dance”, is considered as one of the most popular dances in Sabah. The name “Magunatip” is derived from the word “apit”, which means “to press between two surfaces.” In the dance, dancers need good timing and agility to put their feet between the clapping bamboo poles, without being trapped. Above is a short footage of James showing how it is done after a short 2 minutes lesson from the experts. :)


sunny afternoon

I set out to search for Poppy field last week but found Rapeseed field instead. It's a pleasant substitute and I had a lot of fun taking the pictures. Oh, I did find one little poppy among the rape plants.


marce + ashley 09.05.09

My very first wedding assignment and what a great experience! Here is a small collection of photographs from Marce and Ashley's wedding. They celebrated their special day with families at Bishop Stortford Registry Office in Hertfordshire.