My favourite portrait of His Majesty from my first and only National Day celebration coverage
February 2013 edition of
It’s that time of the year, after the smoke has cleared, to sit down and reflect on the accomplishments and setbacks the last 365 days (2012 is a leap year) have brought. November 3, 2012 marked the 6th anniversary since my first post on Nov 3 2006. Shimworld also received the highest ever number of page views recently surpassing the 1.5 million mark.
2012 has been a literally crazy year — 16 hotel photography assignments in Brunei and Singapore, 20 days of food photography for Excapade Sushi, Funshabu-shi, All Seasons, Pastamania, Shinobu Sushi, Fish & Co., The Empire Hotel & Country Club, Tasek Brasserie, Deals, Mr Baker’s Bakeshop, Mr Baker’s Cafeteria including two cookbooks for The Empire Hotel and Fisheries Department of the Ministry of Industry & Primary Resources — crazy hours, countless commutes but who’s counting? :)
The large amount of computing resource intensive digital files I have accumulated over the years finally took its toll and I could no longer postpone the inevitable — a new, custom built personal computer with enough horsepower to effortless chew through post-processing for some years to come. Those of you in Brunei looking for an experienced builder, I’m happy to recommend Johnny.
Many thanks to the WordPress.com stats helper monkeys for preparing a 2012 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
About 55,000 tourists visit Liechtenstein every year. This blog was viewed about 390,000 times in 2012. If it were Liechtenstein, it would take about 7 years for that many people to see it. Your blog had more visits than a small country in Europe!
To say I’ve had a hectic couple of months is an understatement of sorts – I’ve never had this many number of food photography assignments in this short space of time. In between exhausting commutes and accumulating shutter counts, I’m honoured and delighted to discover that Her Royal Highness Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah posted a photo I took of her as she graced the Toyota Classics event as Guest of Honour. It’s awesome to be acknowledged by our beloved princess!
This year’s Toyota Classics 2012 event falls on November 10 at a new venue — the Arts Centre, Jerudong International School and I’m going to be covering the event as official photographer for the 5th year running. Toyota Classics 2012 features Conductor Joji Hattori, Guitarist Soichi Muraji and The Vienna Orchestra.