Aerial View of Kuala Belait Town from 9th Floor of V Plaza Hotel

Updated: April 12, 2014 Reprocessed images to include additional shots from the park and monument adjacent to the hotel to produce an even wider panoramic shot of Kuala Belait.

I drove to Kuala Belait town on a whim this sunny morning not for the usual coffee meet-ups with my friends but with one purpose in mind — to capture an aerial view of my “KB” from the top of the V Plaza Hotel. I brought along my EOS 5D Mark III, EF 17-40mm, EF 24-70mm and EF 70-200mm, the widest and the longest lens had their share of sunshine on this almost windless day. The end result is a 3-piece stitched panoramic shot that required a fair bit of intelligence on the part of the software to align the elements.

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Published: Mahligai Apartments Photography Featured in BHC Magazine

Property photography assignment from November 2013 for Armada Properties featured in February 2014 edition of Butra Home Concept magazine. It was a pleasure to have worked with MixMediaWorx to produce these images.

BHC Magazine February 2014 | “Conveniently located on Jalan Ong Sum Ping, Mahligai Apartments are just minutes away from Bandar Seri Begawan. These apartments have been designed to provide the ultimate in contemporary living. You will have easy access to the city and also a refuge from it.

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Once you enter a Mahligai Apartment you are stepping into your very own private oasis, one that is spacious with sleek features and furnishings throughout. Modern artwork and light fixtures add a touch of elegance to the living areas. The layout and design of the kitchen work in harmony to create a fabulously functional space. The master bedroom can only be described as being superbly comfortable with an inviting ensuite – making this room perfect for relaxation. There are also many windows which allow a continual flow of light through the apartment making it bright and cheerful.

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And because Mahligai Apartments are all about enjoying a luxurious lifestyle you have access to a fully equipped gymnasium; a cafeteria; pool and children’s playground – all at your doorstep and ideal for either single persons or families.”

Hiking the Bukit Shahbandar “14 Hills” Trail

We’ve lost count the number of times we had hiked up to this Pondok 4 guide pole, started at it for a moment and succumbed to defeat by mere threat of the distance, time and effort it would take for us to complete. Yet on the morning of October 27th the morning when we were only going to hike the usual 9 Hills trail we started at this pole again, the three of us briefly looked at each other — we’ve done this many times except on this day, none of us was going to back down. So here I am, on the eve of my second 14 Hills hike tomorrow, writing about my epic first attempt. Tomorrow’s hike is going to be our largest group hike yet — a total of 13 members.

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More pictures from our first 14 Hills hike on Facebook

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It took the three of us 4 hours to complete 7.39 kms burning 2000 calories along the way. It would have taken a slightly shorter time had Eric and I not stopped between Pondok 8 and 9 for a 15 minutes photography lesson using his Samsung Galaxy S4.

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My morning fuel before the 14 hills hike — two eggs, 4 broccoli flowerets, smoked beef, smoked salmon and MrBaker’s delicious Muesli 80% wholemeal bread along with all the healthy grains. Not pictured is my usual shot of CBTL espresso

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The trail between Pondok 4 and 5 poles normally takes no more than 5 minutes. The extended loop between them is a whole different story — distance itself measures longer than the usual 9 Hills.

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Eric snapped this photo of my wife and I as we reached the first of a series of poles on the extended loop. 370M to head back to Pondok 4 and be on the way out or soldier on.

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Once on the extended loop, a view from across the green landscape is the red soil vista from where we had taken numerous group photos, giving us a sense of scale and distance somewhat.

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There are three wooden crossings like this on the extended loop unlike the bridges you’re accustomed to seeing on the 4 and 9 hills trail.

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Eric had asked me many times since we first met more than a year, maybe 2, earlier to give him lessons to improve his photography. No better opportunity and timing to learn and have some fun right at Shahbandar. More on Facebook.

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My lunch at MOD in Jerudong after 4 hours of intense hiking had left me with a significant increase in appetite — Thai cuisine (chicken basil rice and broccoli mixed vegetables).