Monday, July 30, 2007

Cricket Boys

Here are some dudes from a local cricket club:

They're foreign workers from either India or Pakistan, the two countries that are craziest about this game. They play at the open fields near Racecourse Road every Sunday here in Singapore.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

All I want for christmas

is a PATA Gold Award!!!

Check out the official press release here - just scroll down to #23 :)

I feel like a winner... heheh...

No, this isn't the winning photo. This one was part of a photo-series on Thai boxing that was exhibited at Chobi Mela 2006 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The winning picture (which you won't see here) was published in the November issue of SMILE, the inflight magazine of Cebu Pacific Airways.

Hey this is my blog.... I can put whatever I want to here, and I can lift my own bench as high as I want to here :P

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

The not-so Celebrity

Getai performer Lawrence Lee takes to the small stage during a Taoist god's birthday celebration:

The man is a few notches short of being a bona-fide celebrity. He's even got his own album. In fact, fans went up to him to ask for autographs after his performance. In the mornings, however, he drives a cab. Yes, he's a taxi driver.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Back in Singapore

...and this is the first thing that I'm drinking today:

Teh Tarik!

This one belongs to Shah Alam's at Circular Road. This Muslim hawker place is practically an institution here, with tea and pratas that are best consumed past midnight after a round of drinks at Boat Quay. Don't mind the third world-ish surroundings - that's pretty normal for a Singapore hawker stall...

Shot for Time Out Singapore's "Bar Wars" feature

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Back to School

Photography school, that is. Had the chance to visit one of my old college shooting haunts - the promenade near the old navy base at Manila Bay. It looks pretty much the same, down to the fleet of dragonboats near the pier.

I can hear my former teacher Ibarra Deri saying "look for lines, patterns and shapes..." (insert magic trick here). There's actually a navy frigate behind this, but it was too large to capture on my cameraphone.

Shot with a Sony-Ericsson S700i. Back then it would have been an EOS 50 with loaded with reloaded Kodak Tri-X, bought from Pirooz... haha...

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Shoot 'em Kiddo!

Now here's something you don't normally see down here...

These kids are popping caps at a carnival stall in Taipei - the teddy bear goes to the child with the highest kill ratio. I think the closest you can get to doing this here in Singapore would be at the SG Discovery Centre in Jurong. That one's a computerized projection screen with moving enemies to shoot at. When I tried it, my score was 15 killed and 1 wounded - I would have walked over to the poor bastard to finish the job manually, but the operator already turned off the machine. Shucks...

Shot... errr... photographed for Sony Imagestation. Check out the full story here:

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Up All Night

Fireworks, Taoist gods, hos, Malaysia, sheesha deprivation, wild dogs, tame cats, a hidden temple, and a final, glorious piss. That's just some of what went on last night while you were sleeping...

Around midnight: Burning money for the gods in Chinatown.

Dawn at Boat Quay.

Ahhhhh... yessss.....

Awesome night, guys... let's do it again :)

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Elvis is...

In the house!!!

That's all three of him. Man these guys are the coolest bunch of fans I've ever met. Hell I'd choose them anytime over those legions of screaming babes at the recent Jet concert. Well, maybe not.

But not only do these guys look like The King (they look like The King, right?), they sing like The King too :)

Friday, July 13, 2007

Holy Cow

Check this out:

This cow is DA BOMB!

No, seriously - it's a cow painting (yeah, cow painting) contest held during the town fiesta of Vigan, Ilocos Sur, last May.

Photographed while doing a review of the Pentax K10D for Asian Photography Magazine.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Who was your school bus driver?

Who comes to mind when you hear that question? For many Singaporeans it could well be Hock Seng:

The guy talks like he's shouting all the time, but he's very gentle with the kids. I wonder how he sounds like when he's actually shouting.

The school bus drivers I remember from childhood are:

Primo - Loves driving over potholes in Better Living Subdivision. Used to store a kris - that's a frickin' big Muslim sword - right behind the rearview mirror, and a lead pipe under his seat. Always ready for battle.

Mang Raul - He drove me and my posse through puberty. Had a stash of Abante tabloids in the glove compartment. Used to harass pretty tellers at the (pre-ePass) tollway stations.

Hmm... I wonder if Hock Seng carries a lead pipe under that seat...

Oh yeah, shot for Time Out Singapore's "What's it Like to be a School Bus Driver" article.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Holiday Snapshot

One of the many anti-Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo rallies back in 2005:

Its one of the last spot news-type coverages I've done in years. That time though it wasn't for work - I had just come home to Manila for a quick vacation and was so homesick that I drove to the nearest rally to shoot it. That's how much I missed (and I still miss) the buzz of (democratic) chaos in the streets - I guess there's only so much clean Singapore one can take.

While the three or four thousand-strong crowd was rallying away, I was happily clicking away with a Fed 5B in one hand and stick of fishballs in the other. Oh, the nostalgia of my post-college-I-wanna-be-a-PJ days... back then I was photographing bomb threat laden anti-charter change rallies, glue-sniffing streetkids, drug addicts in rehab, EDSA dos, etc. That's serious stuff. Interesting stuff.

Yeah, it was vacation time for me. Of course, while I was playing, many of my colleagues were working. Check out the work of a friend who witnessed one of the most infamous events of '87:

This guy's the real deal, and he's still out there shooting :)

Monday, July 9, 2007

Eight Umbrellas

Taken right under my beach umbrella while vacationing in Phuket:

Shot with four-frame Lomo clone that came free with a box of contact lens fluid. Sometimes, the picture lies right over your nose :)

Sunday, July 8, 2007

Sir, Ma'am...

would you like to try our Indian food?

Newman works as a manager in one of Boat Quay's riverside restaurants. His job description includes some touting time as well. Shot for Time Out Singapore's "Bar Wars" feature.

Saturday, July 7, 2007

Canvas and Cappucchino... the Singapore Art Cafe'

Having coffee while looking at the work of young Singaporean artists - it's just like watching cartoons on TV, except that its... not. Shot for Mabuhay Magazine's "A Walking Art Tour of Singapore" feature.

The Empire needs your "force"

Stormtroopers guard the Singapore General Hospital blood bank against Luke and co.

Check out the lady on the bed... she's flashing her blood donor card. Shot for Time Out Singapore's "Blood Wars" feature.

Nguyen's Fleet

Basket boats at China Beach, Vietnam.

My companion May used an EOS 5 loaded with infra-red film, while I used a cutesy little Sony W50. Photographed for Sony Imagestation.

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Window to Baghdad

Baghdad Street, that is.

The window of Altazzaq Restaurant along Haji Lane and Baghdad Street. Damn fine Arabic food and sheeshas, bloody slow service. Shot for Time Out Singapore's "Up All Night" feature.

2006 +1

The first sunrise of 2007

Taken at Wat Sa Si in Sukhothai, Thailand. Damn I love this place.