Well… a friend of mine asked me, “What have you been doing lately?” “I have been shootin’ golf!” Lots of it in fact… this week will be Round 9 and being the first time I have shot golf for such a long stretch, it’s a learning experience as well and I am starting to feel as if I know how to play golf.
Golf as I have learnt, it is a game of patience and a practice in concentration; any slight twitch at the wrong time and you would’ve ruined the shot. For a photographer it is a practice of patience as well as players often take their time measuring up to a shot before taking it and the shot itself only takes a second at most to complete. So… becareful when you are going to take the shot! Shutter-sound and flash is frowned upon when shooting golf most of the time.
My latest shoot was in Meru Valley, Ipoh and surprisingly it is one of the least known golf courses in Ipoh. I spoke to a couple of my golfer friends and not many of them have heard of it but it is a beautiful course in the eyes of a photographer. Nestled in a valley surrounding by lush mountains, the course itself is not flat at all, undulating, zig-zagging amoung the hills and small valleys with a healthy splash of water and sand bunkers in it. I could imagine that this course would be rather challenging to play at especially when it is in a valley and valleys are normally pretty windy.
So… guys who play golf, do pay Meru Valley a visit and tell them Steven sent ya, you will get a healthy discount!
Note : Not all photos shown on this post were taken at Meru Valley.
Location : Ballroom, Hotel Equatorial Kuala Lumpur
Date : 9th August 2008
Time : 12pm to 6pm
It’s been quite some time since the last bridal or wedding showcase and the good news is… I will be having another on the 9th August 2008 at Equatorial Hotel, Kuala Lumpur. Just scroll down to the bottom of this page and there is a banner there for the upcoming show.
This will be different as Equatorial aims to provide a one-stop solution for grooms and brides-to-be and personally, I shall be offering something very special if the bookings are done in conjunction with a confirmation of a booking with Equatorial. Interested?
The showcase itself starts at 12pm and ends at 6pm in the ballroom. Hope to see you there.
“Let’s go to the Zoo, there’s lots of things to do…”
That was how a song went that promoted the Kentucky Fried Chicken outlet at Zoo Negara, Malaysia, many, many years ago. The fast food joint went bust and closed down after operating for sometime and the building remains abandoned in the Zoo even today.
Our national zoo has always been a place where families would bring their kids for a day out and schools would organize outings for their students. How did the national zoo fall into such a bad situation that the only fast food joint in there actually closed down? In all honesty, the exact details as to why is not easy to come by these days but it still sad to see that.
The Zoo Negara is actually a non-government premise run by the Malaysian Zoological Society, officially opened on 1963, it received it’s 1,000,000th visitor by 1966. It has endured 45yrs but all in all, it has always been a fight to keep the zoo alive by ensuring public interest in it doesn’t wane as it derives most if not all of it’s income from ticketing. Despite many misconceptions, Zoo Negara doesn’t actually receive enough funds from the government for it to be maintained, let alone upgraded. Continue reading
Yeah… a short-little-rant…
It’s been quite sometime since my last post and it’s definitely been quite some time since I have written anything that is a bit more personal to me. You see, I am an avid reader of National Geographic magazine, which happens to be the only printed item that I read regularly.
Following their amazing shots of the small animals and plants of the sea that won them an award, June 2008′s edition saw this:
Very nice imagery isn’t it? Continue reading