Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Moving House

THE PHOTO PILE has now transferred to a new home. It's been fun posting on Blogger but I decided to make this baby part of my newly-refurbished webpage. From now on, please go to
to see more of THE PHOTO PILE.

Thank you!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Skylight Images Reloaded

Finally.. after several years, my website has a new look!

Please check it out at:


Please send me a message with any comments/broken links/violent reactions you might have :)

Incidentally, I am transferring this blog over to my website, so this will probably be my last entry here from now on, kindly log on to

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Stick it to me baby...

An Indian devotee prepares to have his tongue ritually pierced during last year's Thaipusam festival, held on the streets of Singapore:

The white stuff on the hands and face is ash, which is supposed to cleanse the resulting wound.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

"A Last Look" Reloaded

"Nayong Pilipino: A Last Look" is the name of the first ever photography exhibit that I did, way back in 2001:

It was supposed to be a last look at Nayong Pilipino before it was gonna be torn down to make way for the NAIA terminal 3. It was to be moved to Quezon City, they said. Eight years later what's left of it still stands on its old location near the airport - now there's the new terminal beside it.

I think you can still take as many "last looks" as you want :)

A Last Look

SOUTH OF EAST ends on Monday, 9 February 2009. If you still haven't gone down to see it, please drop by the Royal Plaza on Scotts Hotel (Scotts Road, very near the DFS Singapore mall). That's six years worth of traveling up and down South and Southeast Asia :)

More information about SOUTH OF EAST can be found at http://www.artsentralasia.com/index.html

Friday, February 6, 2009

Stack This

How many plates can you stack on one arm?

The waiter of this Padang restaurant in Trowulan can carry twelve. That's nothing special for any masakan padang restaurant in Indonesia, where a full meal can easily take up to 24 plates on one table.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Java Stuff

Java Coffee:

Cappucino at Java Dancer, Malang.

Java Rice:

Farmers at the East Java countryside.

Java Man:

Photographer Buce Buwantoro tries out my spanking new sheesha pipe!

Sunday, February 1, 2009


... of the Hindu empire that once held sway over most of Java before they were overran by the Muslims:

Candi Jago, near the village of Tumpang, is one of the many Hindu temple ruins that dot the landscape of East Java.

Believe it or not, the descendants of this empire are still around. After the Majapahit kingdom was pushed out of Java, the survivors made their way east, to the island of Bali. Now you know why the Balinese aren't muslims like the rest of Indonesia :)