Mission: CABIN ZERO

Hola! So I am back from hibernation, not really as I am active on my Instagram and this blog needs an update. Right?

So here is the latest from my end:

  • Cabin Zero sent me a bag. It’s a Classic Ultra-Light Cabin Bag in original grey. I love muted colours so I picked this one. It is easy to pair with your #OOTD’s and if you are not into flashy colours then this one’s for you 🙂
  • I always carry my laptop everyday. Thankfully, this bag has a compartment for my 15″ lappy. Plus I put my camera in it as well.
  • Though Dubai is always sunny and rain isn’t an issue here but it’s a good thing that this bag is waterproof (in case I spill water on it)

Here are some additional features:

  • Built-in Global Luggage Tracker, powered by Okoban
  • Lockable Zippers on main compartment (lock not included)
  • 10 years warranty (upgradable to 25 years free of charge if you ‘like’ us on FaceBook)
  • Oversized padded air mesh shoulder straps
  • Fully Lined

Check out some photos we took during our desert exploration in Sharjah with Cabin Zero 🙂

Bay Square Instameet

Hello! I am back again. This is officially my first post for this year – YAAY!

I have been hosting some instameets in Dubai. My weekends are spent in discovering new spots with local based Instagrammers and sharing it through my social media platforms such as here, on Instagram and on Facebook. Here is the recent one we did in Bay Square. I would like to thank each and every Instagrammer who woke up so early and joined me in exploring this side of Dubai. Also, thank you to the guys in La Brioche for being a rockstar and a life saver and for serving us the best breakfast  ever 🙂

So if you are based in UAE or just visiting, join us in the next adventure.

Enjoy my photo story 🙂

 

 

QASBA

Recently Discover UAE, a project based Instagram account aiming to explore United Arab Emirates, held their first instameet/instawalk in Qasba located in the Emirate of Sharjah.

“Qasba – 10,0000-acre project including a 1 km-long man-made canal and 60m high observation wheel, it was made open for the public in 2005. It includes Masrah Al Qasba, a theatre, the Maraya Art Centre, the Multaqa Al Qasba meetings and conference centre and a children’s Fun Zone. The project, managed by the Al Qasba Development Authority (an affiliate of Shurooq) has an architectural design including pedestrian bridges, boats, and lagoons. It attracted two million visitors in 2011. (Source: Wikipedia)”

I am very happy to have returned and explored around this place again with other fellow Instagrammers/Instafriends.

Here are some of the photos I took of Qasba and its tunnel and gorgeous mirror like canal.

PS: i just learned how to create a watermark on photoshop hehe.. 🙂

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Galleries Night at Alserkal Avenue

Sept 15, 2014 – We went to the opening of Galleries Night at AlSerkal Avenue in Al Quoz.

I came from a family of artists. Little did anyone know, I have an uncle who was a mixed media artist and was based in Australia. My mum always helped me with my school projects and she herself is an amazing sketcher too. I have always been amazed on how she blends the colors. It somehow influenced me to be an art enthusiast.

I feel lucky that Dubai and the UAE is actively encouraging artists to showcase their skills and talent by having events like Galleries Night. The event was a success. I have met with some of the Instagrammers and did a mini Instameet.

Here are some of the photos I took..

 

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#VPS2

Being a photographer, I guess one of the greatest achievements you will ever have is to be recognized in the field. By recognized, I don’t mean Selling Out like most photographers are, sadly! It may not always be winning a prize in a competition but also seeing your photos and works hanging on a wall in an exhibition.

I submitted my application form together with my 6 photos and photo story to Sharjah Art Foundation’s Open Call for this year’s Vantage Point Sharjah 2. I know its not good but I always send my submissions on the day of the deadline. Always. Not because am procrastinating but because I wanna make sure that I will submit my best capture and you know there’s no turning back once you submit it.

About a week or so after the deadline, I received an email from SAF informing me that six of my photos were selected. I was literally screaming my lungs out and jumping up and down. THIS IS A DREAM COME TRUE! I have always imagined myself standing next to my photos in an exhibition talking and meeting art lovers, photo enthusiasts, co-photographers, family and friends. That day has come last August 30, 2014 at the opening reception of Vantage Point Sharjah 2. I am also fortunate enough to have my photos alongside 2 of the best Instagrammers in town, @manoshde and @b1ckey. I would like to thank my dear friends who supported and helped me in giving their two cents worth on my photos and photo story. It means a lot to me. 🙂

By the way, I fell in love with the Sharjah Heritage Area. I adore the mixture of old and new. The Art Spaces looked very futuristic as well. I think I left my heart in Sharjah haha! If you haven’t been to this area, please come and visit. The exhibition will run until December 3, 2014. It is located at SAF Art Spaces Building GH. Also, don’t forget to pass by their lovely urban garden. Peace and love! 🙂

 

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Solo

We always have reasons to avoid the things we love the most. We lack finding ways to overcome our laziness. We procrastinate. Often times, we blame the weather or our “artist block”. We lack inspiration. We want to discover and explore but for some, transportation is always an issue. There will always be millions of reasons out there believe me. Because I have used those excuses as well, lool! But I hate myself for not seizing the moment and taking as much photos as I could. So armed with my Fuji XE1 cam, I strutted my way to the streets of Dubai.

I was actually inspired to do a solo photo walk last Sunday after work when I came across an article about a Hong Kong based Filipina nanny/street photographer. Like her, sometimes I drag my feet to go to streets and shoot. She takes compelling photos in B&W. Whole day I was daydreaming of sitting in front of Maze Tower on Sheikh Zayed Road and wait for that perfect shot. One way or another you will fall in love with the skyscrapers if you are living in Dubai. I wanna try aerial shots as well. According to Beno, you see a whole lot of different perspective when you’re high above the sky.

I am posting some of my street photos from my solo photo walk project. Oh by the way, I am pleased to inform you all that 6 of my photos were selected by Sharjah Art Foundation through their Open Call of Vantage Point Sharjah 2. Please come and join us for the opening reception on August 30, 2014, 6:30pm in Building GH SAF Art Spaces, Al Mureijah, Heritage Area in Sharjah. Exhibition will run until December 3, 2014. I cannot wait to see my photos being exhibited for the first time! Will take lots of photos again during the exhibit and will post it on here. See you all there. 🙂

Just go shoot!

 

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North Emirates Roadtrip

I have been meaning to update my blog for days now. But i was down with a flu and am just beginning to recover from it. I wanna thank Sia’s song Chandelier and Kiesza’s Hideaway which is on repeat and helped me get pumped while i was editing some photos from my last photowalk.  (I listen to some mainstream songs once in a while, sorry not sorry!) I think i have never mentioned before that I don’t know how to use Photoshop. My workflow is currently on Lighroom. I did some attempts to learn PS, by the way. My friends/colleagues who has been very supportive and offer their help. Thanks for their undying support and love! But one thing that is taking me aback is probably not having a proper laptop. Its a bit of a challenge, knowing that I need to post process millions of photos. So every other week i try to bring home my office lappy (I know am not supposed to) to edit some photos and update my blog.

About last week, 5 of us Instagrammers based in Dubai and Sharjah planned a road trip to Umm Al Quwain. Originally, we planned go to Umm Al Quwain and we ended up going to @amran.abdulla favorite spot at the Gulf of Oman. It is basically an ocean between UAE and Oman. The hidden spot is in Fujairah, Al Aqqa Beach to be exact. The beach was a breath of fresh air especially after a very long drive and occasional stops along the way (very humid at that time, mind you). Here are some of my photos taken on Al Dhaid-Sharjah Highway and Al Aqqa Beach. Enjoy! Ciao 🙂

 

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