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This Is Anfield

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This Is Anfield

In early March this year I went to Europe for the very first time in my life to fulfil a lifelong dream of visiting Anfield to watch a Liverpool match. It has been an amazing journey and I want to document my journey in words so that I can relive the moments again in time to come.

The journey began back in Sep’17 when I bought the Liverpool membership so that I will be eligible to try and get a match ticket from the official website when tickets for the second half of the season become available. It was simple, if I got the ticket, I will go and if I could not get the ticket, then dreams of Europe and visiting Anfield will remain as dreams. Armed with the wealth of information found on r/liverpoolfc and thanks to further guidance from fellow Reds like Pummpy1, I was ready to take on the madness of trying to get a ticket. As a new member without any previous match attendance records, the availability of seats will be quite scarce and I definitely will not have a chance for big matches against the top teams. Looking at the fixtures list, I identified the 3rd March match between Liverpool and Newcastle as the best match that I can possibly go for. Plus point is that I will be able to see Rafa Benitez as well if I go for that. The last time I watched a Liverpool match, it was in Singapore back in 2009 and Rafa was still the manager!

Fast forward to the fateful day on 16th Nov, the final ticket sale for general members without any match attendance priority was going to start at 4pm. I had multiple tabs and browsers opened in preparation as it was a first come first serve queue system. All my hopes were placed on a single browser tab that had a decent estimated waiting time whereas all the rest of my tabs looked too far back to have any realistic chance of even entering before tickets got sold out. After waiting for about 50 minutes, I finally got in and almost couldn’t control my excitement when I realised there were still a few seats left for the Liverpool vs Newcastle match. I had to make my decision fast and quickly grabbed a seat and made my payment. When the confirmation email arrived at 4.59pm, I wanted to scream out “YESSS!!!” so badly but I had to hold it in because I was sitting in the office at that moment. The first step to a dream coming true has just been initiated and the chance to watch Liverpool with Jurgen Klopp and all the immensely talented players such as Firmino, Salah and Mane on Liverpool 125th anniversary year will definitely be something special to remember in time to come.

Fast forward to arriving in Liverpool, I was super excited and the first thing I did was to check out the official Liverpool store, together with my heavy luggage and boy I was like a kid in the candy store but somehow I managed to resist my temptations so I didn’t buy much stuff haha. There was still one more day to go before I head to the stadium and I kept having this irrational fear of losing my membership card which my match ticket was embedded inside. No card, no entry no matter what.

So it was matchday and I finally reached Anfield about 2 hours in advance before kick-off and the ground was buzzing with excitement, packed with locals and people from all over the world, some attending their first ever match like myself. Managed to have quick chats with a few fellow Reds and everyone had good vibes which made the experience super enjoyable, I was alone but I never felt alone in that moment. It was really cold and chilly, with the weather hovering at about zero degrees so it was hard to take much photos. Some of the highlights for me were exploring the area around the stadium, finding the r/liverpoolfc forever stone and watching the team bus coming in.

Holding up my matchday scarf and singing the world famous “You’ll Never Walk Alone” with the entire stadium right before kick-off was bone chilling good. That was truly the difference between being there and watching the match from my computer. I didn’t record any moment of it as I was fully immersed in the atmosphere and boy what an atmosphere it was. In that moment, I hope the next time I come back, it will be with my family to experience the atmosphere. Glad I was able to watch Salah and Mane scoring for Liverpool and funny story about the second goal, I lost my footing during the celebration and fell down awkwardly. That was kind of embarrassing haha.

Thank you Anfield and till the next time we meet again! Hopefully this will not be the first and last time ever!

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Japan 2017

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Japan 2017

In early March this year I went to Japan for the very first time in life and you could say perhaps it was long time coming to finally be able to go there. Anyway for those who visit this website regularly (I doubt there’s anyone though) will have noticed that I already had a Japan 2017 post previously and it disappeared. This was because my website database got corrupted by an upgrade and destroyed my entire website and despite my many attempts to work with my webhost to restore my website, all I could recover was everything before the Japan 2017 post.

So I sort of gave up because how do you rewrite a post? Plus I have forgotten everything that I wrote about for the Japan 2017 post. I finally got back into writing into this post because Japan 2017 was really important for me and as 2017 is ending, I wanted to make sure that the memory of Japan is recorded somewhere.

This photo at Chureito Pagoda is my personal favourite photo as it holds so much memories for me, before this I was at Fuji-Q Highland and it was quite uneventful there as we queue for more than 1.5 hours for a ride and they announced that the ride had to be closed due to the wind conditions. Plus my sister lost her ride pass and had to repurchased another one. As we ended the day at Fuji-Q, we made the decision to check out Chureito Pagoda despite the fact that it seems like we will probably not catch the sunset in time. I think my most memorable moments were rushing to reach the base of Chureito Pagoda only to realise that the amount of steps needed to go up looks insurmountable.

It was all worth it in the end though. The view I saw was definitely a personal top 10 of all that I have encounter so far and this time I was glad that I was able share that with my sister unlike in Nepal where I enjoyed the night view at Namche Bazaar alone.

P.S: I’m going to do a full website backup right after posting this post so that history does not repeat itself again haha.

In the meantime, I’m not sure when the next post will be published on this website, do check out my instagram account where I continue to post more regular updates through my instastories and longform instagram posts.

Bangkok 2015

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Five days in Bangkok

It’s funny because life often do not go according to plan and I guess that is the beauty of travelling. Unexpected surprises, for better or worse are the experiences that helps to shapes us and allow us to learn and grow as an individual.

I came to Bangkok not expecting to photograph the city, but it seems that I was drawn to the city with my iphone. I enjoyed the process and the discovery of new places made that hot weather just a bit more bearable. The above compilation are photographs taken using my iphone and it is a glimpse into how I saw and felt about the city.

Throughout the trip, I have this feeling in Bangkok that whatever you are looking for, you will be able to find it. Perhaps that is the appeal of Bangkok to travellers around the world.

In the end, it turned out to be an important trip for myself for a few reasons. The charm and beauty of Bangkok has taken a piece of my heart away but this is not my home and I cannot stay while you cannot leave. Thank you Bangkok, till we meet again 🙂

Moving Forward

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I promised to share more on Myanmar trip and unfortunately I have been caught up with many other things recently. The Myanmar trip stories are definitely much better heard in person.

Moving forward, this website will continue to remain as it is, though I foresee my updates will be much less frequent as I focus my time on building alessermedia. Do check us out at 🙂

I leave you with one of the best photo that reminds me of the most wonderful time we spend with lovely kids at Inle Lake.

Till the next post!

Mobile Photography

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Mobile photography has been quite a revelation for me, the use of mobile devices to make photographs allowed me to explore new perspectives on photography.

The image quality has been mush higher than expected, a testament to how far and fast technology has progressed. The ease of use and the various editing apps available means that I am able to contain the entire photography process within the ipad mini.

This photo was taken at Traders Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, which provides a great vantage point for admiring the architecture of KLCC. This image was captured and edited with the ipad mini and while the image quality cannot be compared to what you will get from a DSLR, I find that I actually enjoy using my ipad mini to take photographs even though it makes me look like a awkward tourist snapshooter most of the time.

Here are some of my recommended photography apps that I used: Camera+, VSCO Cam, Snapseed and Camera Awesome


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It has been quiet over here as I did not shoot much for the past month. I’m taking it step by step to get back to shooting more landscapes and hopefully I will post more regularly over here in future. While having lesser time to head out and capture the beauty of life, I spent the rest of my time updating the website. The portfolio section has been revamped and I invested in a paid 500px plus account as well to organise and share my photos. My personal photobook “Journey into the Himalayas” is nearing completion as well and hopefully the final version will be ready in about a month’s time or so. Do check out for more regular photo updates.

This photo is from the archives of my Nepal trip, where the morning sun was just rising over the himalayan mountains. It was a great moment to watch and revel in the moment as the light revealed the intrinsic details of the ice cap peaks. This photo is part of my photobook selection as well, though presented in a different format.

Till the next update!

Travel Photography Tips

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I met Boon Chin, one of the founders for Ubersnap a few months ago and he approached me to write an article for Ubersnap. I decided to write on travel photography and the article has just been published over here: Travel Photography Tips: When in Doubt, Do What You Love

The article is replicated below so you can choose to read it here or head over to check it out at Ubersnap. So here are the top five tips for travel photography that I have learnt along the way and I hope this will help you make better travel photographs during your next overseas trip.

Love. You must love travel and photography. Travel is not easy at times with all the planning, packing and even last minutes changes. Things are constantly in a state of change during your travels and it can get tiring at times. Once I started to accept that it’s all part of the travel experience and let my passion for photography guide me, I began to see much more photographic opportunities during my travels.

Variety. On my first travel photography assignment, I was taught the importance of having a variety of photographs. Take wide angle shots of the landscape, normal shots of the people and their daily life and close up shots of their unique items. A good variety of photographs helps to paint a complete picture of the place and gives the viewer a better sense of the place.

Explore. Stop worrying about getting lost and explore the place. Trust your own gut feeling and let it guide you. Explore the place, connect with people and your experiences will become personal stories which give your photographs an additional depth. As you explore more, you increase your chances of finding a great photographic opportunity.

Wait. There is always a tendency to travel fast and cover as many places as possible due to the limited number of days in our travels. Patience while on travels is so much harder to achieve yet for those who wait, they will often be rewarded with great photography opportunities. Wait for the light to be right, wait for the moment to happen and your image will stand out from those who lack the patience to take a second look at the scene.

Fun. Have lots of fun while travelling! Travel and photography is meant to be a rewarding experience and the more fun you have during your travels, the better your photographs will be! Having fun also means that regardless of the quality of the photographs, you will still have all the wonderful memories and stories of your travels!

Chasing your Dreams

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“The difference between a dream and reality is just doing it” —Cheeming Boey

A man without dreams is a man without purpose. To those working towards making your dream a reality, don’t stop. There is no better time than right here, right now. I’m in the progress of building something exciting but it takes time and is definitely not easy. You will hear more about it in due time when it’s finished 😉

A little update from my recent North Vietnam trip. This time I travelled with a friend with a new travel gear setup which means I was out of my comfort zone. It’s always a different experience travelling to different countries. Travel is definitely not for the fainthearted.

Vietnam was nothing short of amazing, the people that I met along the way and the majestic landscapes of Halong Bay and Sapa Valley were enthralling and captivating. No matter which country I have set foot in my travels so far, the experience has been enriching and the things that I learnt along the way allowed me to have a better understanding of my own strengths and weakness. My favourite part of travel is meeting and interacting with the locals and fellow travelers. I get inspired by the travel stories that fellow travelers shared and watching the local children play reminds me to be curious at heart and appreciate the simple pleasures that we have in life. These are things that we sometimes forget in the midst of the hectic life back home. Featured triptych is a small collection of the amazing Vietnamese children that I met along the way.

I wonder if they are just as curious about me as I’m about them. 🙂