through gus' lenses

pastor vui tze February 21, 2008

Filed under: church,friends,photography — daughterofdestiny @ 19:34

7th february 2008 – my cell leader – aunty vui tze, is now a licensed pastor! i’m so proud of her!

cynthia the lawyer, as witness, while rev. kenneth & ps. vui tze looked on

ps. vui tze with all the church leaders
after church service, julia drove us to nexus karambunai
pina colada… possibly my favourite next to long island tea

guess who?

transported to another era

32nd birthday February 16, 2008

Filed under: birthday,family,friends — daughterofdestiny @ 10:06
6th february 2008 – this year, my birthday fell on chinese new year eve. so, for a change, i celebrated my birthday with my relatives.

my mum made me a blueberry cheesecake…

i thought the colour of the cake matched her blouse


me, looking so un-chinese new year! but i was sure comfortable. *picture taken by cousin tai juin


all my relatives! my dad is the one in red polo-shirt, sitting in his favourite chair, with remotes easily within his reach on the armrest.
a very unflattering picture of me, enjoying the cheesecake. *picture taken by cousin tai juin
this year, i was truly blessed on my birthday by many good wishes from friends via sms/online messages, many of which were unexpected. also, thanks to everyone who took time and effort to choose a thoughtful gift…
thanks for the scarf… i’m loving it! someone cheekily commented that it feels like kain lampin but that’s precisely what makes it so warm and comfy.
thanks for the durian chocolate, combination of my two (2) favourite things.
thanks for Reese’s milk choc with peanut butter… all the way from singapore! so touched!
thanks for bag… i’ll use it bah. it’s the thoughts that count.
thanks for the photography magazines! a gift after my own heart!
thanks for the pearl necklace… so meaningful to me.
and above all, thank God for His love shown through all my friends and family. THAT… is unbeatable.

a day before CNY eve February 13, 2008

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5th february 2008 – annual night market @sinsuran on the day before chinese new year eve…

margaret & i visited eugene wong’s & vivien wong’s stalls. eugene even got the whole gang of youths to help him out.

we were there around 10.30pm. yet, it was still crowded!

madalen, helping out matthew’s mum’s stall.

matthew and helper fixing a “smoking” bulb
i have no idea what this is… but it looks pretty.
the obligatory nien gao (sticky rice cake)
alright, here’s a happy valentine’s day to all my gal pals…


mosaic @hyatt February 11, 2008

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4th february 2008 – yes, mosaic @hyatt… again.

this place is fast becoming my favourite hangout, besides coffee culture @kk plaza

julia and her “kau fu” (uncle)


hey serve pretty yummilicious cakes (with discount after 7pm? 8pm? 9pm? can’t remember)

their ice-cream is heavenly! my personal favourite is the oreo ice-cream…

 julia was trying to take a picture of the olive oil dispenser (?) but i wasn’t helping much by jumping behind the background each time she was composing. i’m every photographer’s nightmare! *evil laughter*

hmm… weird chess piece they have here.

 love this lampshade. made of shell…

“modelling” February 9, 2008

Filed under: friends,photography — daughterofdestiny @ 20:04
3rd february 2008 – since my informal “modelling” session for maya 2 years ago here, this has got to be my first formal “modelling” session…

the photoshoot session was by a graphic design company, which was newly opened around october/november 2007

it is located at no. 34, taman landbreeze, penampang

the photoshoot was commissioned by “boss” julia, who runs a skin care company for the family

during the make-up session, it was a reality check on my own skin condition and et cetera. some of the comments were a) uneven skin tone b) bushy eyebrow c) short eyelashes d) chubby-ish cheeks
i have got to have these fake eyelashes stuck onto my upper eyelids
this baby belongs to ellis, the photographer – canon 20d. by the way, ellis second-shoots for louis pang, the wedding photographer
ellis shooting bridget

i stole several shots of bridget while the photographer was shooting

i like this picture of bridget, looking cheerful and natural

beer while waiting

i was so gigglish… fail as a model lah

* picture shot by julia
* picture shot by julia


at the end of the day, the beer cans were more than these!

all in all, i had a jolly-good time.


ezra’s 1st birthday February 8, 2008

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22nd january 2008 – ezra’s FIRST birthday!

with parents

with grandparents… grandpa purposely took time off from work to come home for ezra’s birthday celebration.

with aunty

 playing peek-a-boo with aunty


little ezra @kundasang February 6, 2008

20th january 2008 – we drove to kundasang for an overnight family trip… it has been a looooooooooooong time since we last travelled together. so long that i can’t even remember our last trip together (or was it my poor memory).

gleeful ezra


” drinking” aunty’s tiger beer


wearing grandpa’s cap


happy little family
 that night, we had a bottle of wine and a few cans of beer… along with chicken wings and lots of junk food. bryan, my bro-in-law, showed us slides of their recent trip to beijing. at the same time, sharing about their impending move to beijing. we went to bed around midnight. i slept fitfully because i got the mattress on the floor with a thin blanket. BrrRrrRrrrrrrr… bukan main sejuk!
the next day, i woke up earlier than usual and was rewarded with a scenic view of mt. kinabalu. how can i not love sabah with all its offerings?
after shooting a few pictures, my mum & i drove to a nearby coffee shop to order takeaways for the sleepy-heads
 ezra is a curious toddler
 after breakfast, we went for a walk around kinabalu pine resort
after that, we drove to ranau for lunch, followed by a visit to moroli river, which is about 20km away. RM5 per entrance for locals.
the special thing about this river is the fish, which supposedly suck the angin (air) from your body. i seriously doubt its medicinal benefit but it was a good experience, having fishes nibbling at your lower limbs.
this fellow is jeffrin, the guy who pushed hard for the tagal system to be adopted by his villagers. this system empowers the local community through “native customary law” and the “sabah inland fisheries and aquaculture enactment” to protect, revive and harvest the fish in a sustainable manner. memang hero…