Brunei Darussalam Celebrates 29th National Day 2013

Best wishes and congratulations from Butra Home Concept Magazine and Jan Shim Photography to all Bruneians here and abroad celebrating Brunei Darussalam’s 29th National Day.

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Image from Butra Home Concept magazine February 2013 Edition. See reactions on Facebook.

My favourite portrait of His Majesty from my first and only National Day celebration coverage

His Majesty, the Sultan of Brunei, dressed in a white military outfit and a maroon beret, saluted as the national anthem was played, before headed down to the field to inspect the guard of honour.

February 2013 edition of

Photo Captured Using Samsung Galaxy S III Published on Front Page of Sin Chew Daily

On the morning of the official opening of the much anticipated London Olympics 2012, many of us in Brunei (GMT+8) had our alarms set to wake up at 4AM to catch the live coverage of the opening. More importantly, I (along with my wife, and two kids who in the next 2 hours would be getting ready for school) was eager to see the Sultanate’s best athletes march proud among the most powerful athletes from around the world. It was soon time for school following by weekly shopping at the Seria tamu. Instead of our usual breakfast at Nam Wah morning, we decided we would try Soi Heng for a change.

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High resolution proof courtesy of Sin Chew Daily (Brunei)

As soon as I walked in, majority of patrons had eyes locked on the large TV screen to catch the live broadcast of the Olympics — moments leading up to the lighting of the Olympic Flame. Sensing the heightened ambiance, I instinctively got up, took out the Samsung Galaxy S III and took a couple of pictures to share on Facebook. No sooner had the photo appear online that Sin Chew Daily reporter called requesting a copy (bottom right) to supplement their front page story. I have had photos from my Canon PowerShot G11 published in 3 major newspapers — photo from the S III a first.

Published: biG Magazine Festive Flavours of Hari Raya Aidilfitri 2012

I love shooting editorial assignments for Borneo Insider’s Guide magazine (biG) for reasons only the team members and the subjects of focus would understand and appreciate. Back in 2010, we did a piece called Reflections of Aidilfitri and shot the whole set at the Ambassador Suite of the Empire Hotel & Country Club followed by Gong Xi Fa Cai feature the following year. This year, biG magazine features four unique individuals in the humble Abode who share their culinary interpretations of Hari Raya Aidilfitri.

Also in this issue: Mr Baker’s Bakeshop | Radisson Hotel Brunei Darussalam
View and download the entire publication in PDF here

biG July – Sept 2012 feature story:  Radisson Hotel’s Executive Chef Cameron Lawless and businesswoman Anyati.

Read more: Cameron Lawless  |  Anyati Abdullah Orcullo

[ Note: The Anyati shoot which couldn't be rescheduled was carried out by my associate Gavin while I
was
in Singapore for another commercial photography assignment. ]

biG July – Sept 2012 feature story: Food blogger Mayatul Mohammad and expatriate entrepreneur Tajudeen Odubitan

Read more: Mayatul Mohammad  |  Tajudeen Odubitan

Some behind-the-Scenes Photos from the shoot

Delicious Satay and Ketupat servings in the making as Maya trims off a cucumber insert.

[ visit Diva's Kitchen blog for more recipe ideas from Maya ]

Wan Zainal (right) Editor of biG magazine helps Maya with the finishing touches on pineapple curd ice cream we weren’t sure if it was going to go soft on us.

Johor laksa with noodles encased in rice paper laid up upon a shallow serving of thick and rich laksa sauce, adorned with condiments and topped with a massive king prawn.

A lighter moment in between scenes (there’s more where this came from).