JAN 1, 2009 | UPDATE
Received a lovely e-card from Andrea & Mark whom I’ve had the pleasure of knowing while they were spending their final year in Brunei having returned to Holland for a few months now. Thanks to a chance meeting with Andrea one morning that led to the Wetlands Outing and then finally Mark’s publication Winging the Bornean Skies.
With this card (attached) we want to wish you all the best for 2009. Do you know this Firecrest? It’s a tiny bird (smaller than a sunbird) and hard to find. But if you do see them you really see something beautiful.This is what live is all about isn’t it ….. Andrea & Mark
DEC 23, 2008 It’s Christmas, well, almost and I have just an hour and a half to finish this post before my ride to the airport gets here. I’m heading to Kota Kinabalu with my family and my old faithful, the EOS 20D, is coming along. How I ended up packing a couple more lenses this time I have no idea and I haven’t got time for the to-bring-or-not-to-bring routine now. Gifts come in many forms be it physical, literary or digitally. I want to thank a number of people for their generousity and most of all, their individual ways of saying that I’ve made a difference. Similarly, they too have made a difference in my life.
I’ll start off with Cristina whom I got acquainted on Facebook and we have more things in common than we care to count. She emailed me a seasons greetings with this exclusive e-card of her beautiful friend, Tracey, whom she photographed very recently. Besides love of photography and a later than late night IM chat buddy, Christina and hubby run Luxe Studios based in Canada. She has just launched her photography site Geminie Photography (Bruneian visitors may find the site a little slow to load but do check out her articles. I thought Friday’s Trash The Dress was really interesting)
This was an unexpected surprise from the ladies who have been instrumental in raising money for the Penan Charity cause. Violette and Shida had just returned from another trip to visit the Penan community a day earlier and we met for coffee at Soi Hing Coffee Shop. I wasn’t supposed to post these pictures just yet as there are couple of photos rightfully belong here but Shida is presently abroad so that has to wait. Meanwhile, I decided to go ahead in the spirit of the gift giving season and in appreciation of being given such a unique and meaningful item—a hand crafted frame that is custom boxed to contain authentic ear rings of the Penan tribe! One word to describe it—”WOW”—such a beauty that it adds an undescribable meaning to my studio. Thank you very much!
Besides a digital image and a coffee shop goodie bag, I also received comments from readers that I feel deserve a mention.
I just signed up to receive emails from your group after reading and viewing all the postings at your site. I am really impressed and enjoy the fact that all of the artists post their works and also admit what lenses they are using! This is my kind of site and I find it very helpful and informative. I like your Monorail story, wish I could go to Australia and ride on the monorail too! — Pamela J.
As a member of the PPA (Professional Photographers of America) I’d like to add that most wedding photographers don’t make an exorbitant living, as their statistics show. Many people think that we overcharge…without knowing how much work goes into just photographing one wedding, and providing a nice album, etc… I’ve worked both as a commercial photographer and in portraits & weddings and enjoy all of it, luckily. If I wanted to be very wealthy I would probably choose another field! Love of photography and it’s artistry is what keeps me going. Thanks Jan for a great and informative blog! — Diana K.
During my stay in KK, I plan to meet a number of people for coffee, one of them being Louis Pang to further our discussion of the workshop and I hope to also meet up with fashion photographer Michele Yong who in her email said, “Sure I can meet for coffee/beer/liquid of choice” :)
My time is almost up. I’ll have no access to the web while I’m on the road but you can sure to hear from me before 2008 is up! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!