Monday, April 27, 2015

2015 Mr Miri Competition

I was at the 2015 Mr Miri Competition with competitors from Bintulu, Miri and Limbang. I didn't manage to stay until the end of the show due to my earlier appointment at 5:00PM. Anyway, I posted some photos on my facebook with more to come. Click here for more photos.
Our young friend entering for the first time!
Champion of one of the categories. Many expected him to win right from the beginning.
Another happy winner.

Thursday, April 09, 2015

How passionate are you with your work?

In anything we do, the results shows how dedicated we are to carry out our duty. In my last 30+ years of working life, I came across many people who need constant "pushing" and encouragement. They seems to have no motivation at all. Example, when one part of the process chain breaks down, the whole process no longer works. This may have severe consequences to the company or causes severe delay to project. If there are such person, it is better to leave the job than to cause problem.
When coming to photography, it is my passion since I was very young. In the pre-75's, the retouching pencil and easel are the only tools to make any portrait nice. I don't like it (because it is very tedious) and hence, I asked my poor brother to do it all the time. Now, photography and Photoshop or image editing software are part and parcel of any final photo products. The result is either for better or for worse depending on the viewer. I came across a first prize winner and the sponsor simply refused to use the photo in their advertisement or printing for the simple reason that it is no longer real.
So, when I was commissioned to take a group photo, the normal venue was suddenly changed so that they can be more with nature. Worse is that the sun was shining brightly and there was hardly any good place to shoot so that the background is nice.
The first photo below is the original before editing. The steel structure is not very nice. The background is a little washout. So, this is when Photoshop comes useful. 

After editing...
You see the difference in the photo? If I have no passion in what I am doing, I would just print the original and blame it on the lousy venue! So, when you deliver your photos, does your client gives you a thumb-up?
Someone  called me "big event shooter" because I was involved in taking important big events for large companies in Miri. If you need my service, do not hesitate to call me. My fees is extremely reasonable. If the event is important enough to be recorded, you need someone who have good camera and equipment and most importantly, knows how to use them. Just call me on +6012 8782007.

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Lutong Primary School 73-78 reunion

Talking about class reunion, it brought back lots of memories. They can be good or bad. And lots of surprises and also lots of laughter. It is as if a long lost brother or sister is finally found!
I was invited by my ex-colleague to help her record her reunion on camera. This reunion reminded me of my own reunion a couple of years ago. The sentiment and mood are exactly the same. So, if you have not have a reunion, you can consider to have one!
The surprises are always the same:
1. The worst performer in class is now a "big shot";
2. The naughtiest in class will still be naughty but could be very successful!
3. You will be surprised how many childhood buddies you don't recognise!
4. Recall of the naughtiest thing you did!
5. A time for apologies or forgiveness.
6. Well kept secret finally out in the open!

But one thing we must all remember, though we may have grown up, behave yourself!

BTW, I normally shoot event, actual day wedding, portrait and graduation photos. My fees is definitely affordable even though I shoot for Shell and Petronas.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Pujut Bypass opening today

Today, a new road will be opened, ie, Pujut Bypass. This means that road users from Permy can go straight to Medan Kerbau directly, cutting the jam and extra distance. This also means that people wanting to go to the airport will probably cut travel time by another 10 minutes.

This gate will be opened for good this morning. But drivers must still be careful because the construction site is just beside the road and I expect people will be walking around.

One interesting note, I hope the photo above is the correct one because when I went to the site, a worker were blur and only said that the road will open this morning and then he was also pointing to the next road!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

My new toys

After a long hiatus (have been very busy after retirement), I think I just have to update this blog as I think it is an important event in our life! Believe it or not, we bought a low end smartphone. Nothing to sing about as compared to those having a thousand ringgit iPhone 6, etc, this is just a humble RedMi 1S 8GB costing just over RM400 from Lazada. The idea is to be able to access Wifi and I think Maxis or whoever will probably be disappointed if I tell them that I have no intention to purchase their "packages" yet unless there is a very good reason for me to do so. Everything need to be cost justified before subscribing or buying.
 So, this is the phone, so called smartphone!
And these are the well used phones we currently use... we called this sweating the asset! Actually the HP is a smartphone from the yesteryear!
In addition to smartphone, we also bought some cubes from China. The two younger boys wanted to challenge each other!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Fire at Lutong Baru

Yesterday evening, there was a big fire at Lutong Baru. It was at a site where waste plastic material was stored for recycling. The smoke can be seen miles away.

More photos can be seen on Facebook. Click here.
I have uploaded a video which you can find it on my fb. Click here for the short video.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Another job scam using Exxonmobil

This is another example of scam!

Very quickly, you will notice that his email address is using but there is no such website! Immediately this should raise questions and doing a quick google search would review that he is sending this email to many and is a scam!

Dear Professional/Expatriate,

We wish to use this medium to inform you that you are needed as an expatriate in the on-going oil/gas exploration in Qatar. Your profile and qualifications were found via Kindly send your CV/resume and certificates to back up your qualifications stated on your CV to us via email :

After assessment and proper scrutiny, you shall be contacted if we find your qualifications suitable for immediate employment.

Thank you.

Thomas Hardley
Head, Human Resources Dept.

Beware and beware of job scam...

I received job offers in the last one week. They look genuine but they are actually scam!! One from and this is a scam site! They use the email address:

How do I know that this is a scam? He signed off as:
Colston, Arlo
Adecco UK

BUT.... the reply email is No company will use an email address with different domain name, ie, job4u against Adecco!

If in doubt, do a search in google!

We are currently looking to recruit Engineers, Admin Officers, Accountants, Project Managers, Translators, Developers, Business Analysts and more! Adecco is a recruitment provider, working with some of the most exciting companies in the UK.

If you are a skilled worker willing to live and work in the UK, Adecco can provide you with that opportunity.

Send us your Resume/CV in reply to this notice.


Colston, Arlo
Adecco UK