Monday, July 27, 2015

Sarawak River, Kuching Waterfront

The Sarawak River divides Kuching and is a focal point in this city. My wife and I when we were newly-weds, went on the Sarawak River Cruise.

Sarawak River Cruise
The cruise around the Sarawak River lasted 90 minutes and blended day with night.

The Waterfront area is now an extremely popular hangout place in Kuching where one can take a stroll, eat, or find entertainment.

Panoramic view of the Sarawak River, downtown Kuching

The DUN, a Sarawak State Legislative building, now dominates the skyline at the Kuching Waterfront, along with the famous Hilton Hotel which can be seen on the far right in the picture above.

The DUN sits on the banks of the Sarawak River, Kuching

Hanging out at Kuching Waterfront

And perhaps the biggest attraction is the long line of souvenir shops right opposite the Sarawak River which are a big draw to foreign tourists. I have been frequenting these shops since 2003 and there is so much great Sarawak stuff there. Here's a video of the souvenir shops I shot this year:

If you need to get across to the other side of the river, there is a sampan service. It costs a cheap RM2 per person for a few minutes ride to the other side. Take a look at this sampan ride in the video below:

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Kuching Trip, June 2015

Our annual Kuching trip to see family was another great experience for us, particularly as we had new nieces, nephews and cousins to see this time around. Although it was too short (just 5 days) we made the most of it and had a very enjoyable time. All of our flights went smoothly and were very pleasant, though the flight back to KL did seem rather tiring despite it being under 2 hours.

Here's the video of our take-off from KLIA2:

Lauren with her cousin, Ethan
With my beautiful niece, Bintang

Lauren joins her cousin, Noah, and his mummy for a picture

The weather in Kuching was so hot, a different kind of heat to Kuantan, and each journey out the house was tiring. My wife and Urai took Lauren on a small boat ride across the river to buy some kek lapis (layer cake) on our 2nd day. I rested at home as it was just way too hot.

I did sleep well though at night in the living room. We congregated the sofa and sofa bed to make one large 'mattress' and had a good sleep there.

Kuching Waterfront

Leah celebrated her birthday with a Frozen birthday cake

Party games

Party games

Urai and Anna cracking up!

The ladies

Family photo

A stunning ice-cream waffle!

Pushing the limits of my aging body!

We also had a great one night stay at Citadines ApartHotel together as a family. Took lots of photos and tried these gorgeous ice-cream waffles at a restaurant downstairs.

The Spring shopping mall, Kuching

Going swimming

Kuching at night

And here's a short video of our safe landing back at KLIA:

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Amateur Model Photoshoot at Citadines ApartHotel, Kuching

Here are a few shots of my favourite photography model, Florina Michael. She has featured here before. I've known her and watched her grow up since she was 9 so it's very easy to photograph her. She simply says, "Duncan, take my photo like this," or "Duncan, take my photo like that," and I snap away. Occasionally I put forward an idea for a shot, but it's very free and easy.

She was even kind enough to take a photograph with me!

Monday, June 15, 2015

International School of Kuantan (ISK) Open Day 13 -14 June, 2015

International School of Kuantan (ISK) held their first Open Day over the weekend of Saturday 13th - Sunday 14th June, 2015.

If you missed my tour of ISK, have a look by clicking on this link.

We attended the ISK Open Day on Sunday and had a very enjoyable time. The events were held in the hall with musical performances, a colouring competition for the children, a physiotherapy talk and the first ever "ISK's Got Talent."

ISK Open Day June 2015

ISK Open Day June 2015

ISK Open Day was also a time to meet up with friends old and new.

Met my current and former English students who go to ISK and who all performed admirably on the piano and singing. L-R: Bryan, Sherman, Isaac

Apart from my awfully pale skin, I love this picture with a great man whom I haven't caught or remembered his name over the years. He used to be a manager at KFC and I always had a chat with him while ordering our food there. He always provided great customer service. Now he's working with an advertising company and was at ISK for the Open Day

We brought along our friend, Sun Fu, to ISK Open Day. There he is, looking what to photograph next!

Fidelia and Cryzelle, daughter of our friend, Jane

An important mention also goes to Bakley and June Anderson whom we didn't get a photo with, but who lent us some magazines for our girls to lean on while doing the colouring competition.

The colouring competition getting underway at ISK Open Day June 2015

Our girls participating in the colouring competition at ISK Open Day June 2015

Listening to a talk on physiotherapy after lunch at ISK Open Day June 2015

Following are some of the images from ISK's Got Talent as we were treated to music, vocals and dance by the students of ISK.

Sherman performs on the piano while the judges look on. ISK's Got Talent, ISK Open Day June 2015

Photographing a vocal performance. ISK's Got Talent, ISK Open Day June 2015

A singer with musical accompaniment. ISK's Got Talent, ISK Open Day June 2015

The judges watch on as Isaac performs on stage. ISK's Got Talent, ISK Open Day June 2015

Bryan playing the song "Rude" on the piano. ISK's Got Talent, ISK Open Day June 2015

Checking the sound before a performance. ISK's Got Talent, ISK Open Day June 2015

Guitar performance. ISK's Got Talent, ISK Open Day June 2015

ISK's Got Talent, ISK Open Day June 2015

Ballet. ISK's Got Talent, ISK Open Day June 2015

Dance group. ISK's Got Talent, ISK Open Day June 2015

Dance Group. ISK's Got Talent, ISK Open Day June 2015

The judges' decision is passed to the Emcee. ISK's Got Talent, ISK Open Day June 2015

The two emcees clowning around with Mr. Razif. They put on a great show in between acts. ISK's Got Talent, ISK Open Day June 2015

The Grand Champion, 1st, and 2nd placed groups with their awards at the end of the ISK's Got Talent, ISK Open Day, June 2015

And we were shocked and thrilled when our daughter Lauren was awarded the Grand Prize of an ipad mini and hamper for winning the colouring competition! It was a quite unexpected moment and we are very proud of her!

Lauren with her mum, receiving her prizes from Mr. Razif, on behalf of ISK, for winning the colouring competition. ISK Open Day, June 2015

Lauren and Fie with her winning entry in the colouring competition along with her prizes at ISK Open Day June 2015

Group photo of the ISK's Got Talent performers. ISK Open Day, June 2015


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