Eric Tsang © Jan Shim Photography [Gallery]
Today, July 15th, we celebrate the 61st birthday of our leader, His Majesy The Sultan of Brunei (Happy Birthday Your Majesty!). It was also a year ago today when I met HK Actor/Producer/TV Host Eric Tsang for the very first time in person. The venue and occasion was the evening banquet hosted by His Majesty at the Royal Palace for invited guests including leaders from various countries and diplomatic missions to Brunei.
Eric, however, had a different mission. Wikipedia has this entry that explains it, “Hong Kong actor Eric Tsang was invited to attend his Royal birthday party in Istana Nurul Iman during his visit to Brunei for taking the Hong Kong TVB Documentary On the Road (zh:向世界出發) which is aired in Hong Kong TVB in March 2007. It is worthy to be noted that the Sultan is a fan of Eric Tsang. TVB is the only Hong Kong television station being permitted to take this documentary.”
Eric Tsang documentary © TVB HK 2006
On the evening I had met Eric at the Palace, he was working so the opportunity was short lived. It wasn’t until July 17th when I would meet Eric again in another district (Tutong) where he had planned to present a gift to His Majesty on TVB’s behalf. I met Eric a couple of hours before the arrival of His Majesty and managed to catch up with him including a couple of photos with the actor.
Me & Eric at Tutong District celebrations [more photo ...]
The YouTube video is an extract of the four part documentary that was aired in March 2007 in Hong Kong. I am not certain if it was ever aired on our Kristal-Astro TV but a good friend in HK had the shows recorded and I received a DVD copy yesterday. The timing was nothing short of perfect! As I have not obtained permission from TVB to distibute the recording, I had a small segment exracted for YouTube. Catch me getting some good shots of Eric at work with my 1DMkII. It was indeed a very hot day and shooting in a black/dark suit is required dress code during the day.
The day after this very colorful celebration, I met with Eric again the next day in a scheduled interview with one of my clients. It was there that I got another photograph with Eric only this time, I rushed an 8R print and had him autograph the piece you see here. Good times sure fly!