Photography, Travels

Happy New Year, NEW Image Gallery and South America

Photo taken by Sean Chin at

Taken at “Songs of the Sea” performance in Sentosa, Singapore in 2007.

First of all, let me just say Happy New Year! I hope all of you have a fantastic 2013.

I want to take this moment to give you all a little gift from myself. Over the last 3 months, I have been secretly and feverishly been going through my entire photographic archive since 2005 and re-mastering all of my favorite images. This portfolio includes four main categories: travels, concerts, special events and sports. I really hope that you take some time to go through it and please do leave me some comments as I enjoy reading your feedback and constructive criticism. For the longest time, I’ve been tired and sick of using “social” sharing portfolios such as Smugmug, Zenfolio, Flickr just to name a few. There are just way too many privacy, pricing and copyright insecurities that I no longer have the patience to worry about. After many hours of research, I stumbled upon an amazing new platform called Piwigo. It is a software that you can install on your own server, which means that I am in full control of my work. I never have to worry about a company like Flickr closing down and then losing all of my comments.

As many of my readers know, I LOVE traveling and plan to continue my bucket list of exploring all seven continents before I am 30. In just a few weeks, I will be leaving on a journey to South America. More specifically, Columbia, Brazil, Argentina and Peru. I really look forward to visiting Rio, Iguazu Falls and of course Machu Picchu. In the next week, I will be writing a “what’s in my bag” featuring what gear I’ll be carrying for this trip.

Again, all the best in 2013!

Update December 9, 2013: I am now using the “New Smugmug”. Many of the photographers I follow use the new service with great pleasure. So, I decided to take the plunge along with the Black Friday 40% off discount for the year. 

Update January 3, 2013: Many thanks to Pierrick Le Gall, creator of Piwigo, for working directly working one on one with me for the last few days to customize my image gallery!


A Journey to Cape Town

I recently returned from a trip to Cape Town in South Africa. I’m not going to lie, if I had to describe the journey was one word, it would literally be “epic”. And I’m not talking about the overused term epic as this was very inspirational and self-enhancing. Traveling is also fun and exciting for me as part of the experience is meeting new people. I won’t go into detail but I met a cool mens fashion photographer from NYC, a luxurious mom and two sons from Brazil and a really bratty Swiss girl. That’s one thing about my whole trip that was really odd. On my safari at Inverdoorn game reserve just a few hours from Cape Town, there was a traveler from Sweden who kept complaining about everything! The heat, the bumpy roads…it’s a SAFARI in Africa! What in the world were you expecting??? You just cannot satisfy everyone. Besides that, I have now touched down on 4 continents…just two more to go and I now total at 22 countries.

I have over 20GB of photos to sort though, but you will see them (eventually).

Currently reading “Screw business as usual” by Richard Branson.

Inspirational, Travels

The Value of Travel

I absolutely love this TEDx talk by Rick Steves. And as part of my new years resolutions, I will be heading to South Africa at the end of January. I cannot wait to explore and discover the wonders of that region of the world. You can bet there I will have a plethora of photos coming!