1153 days later.

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Hi, it’s finally time to say ‘Hello’ again after so long. A quick look at the last post and the date reads “14 December 2011”. That is 1,153 days, or 3 years, 1 month, and 26 days ago. Time have gone quickly but ‘Rome’ was not going to be built in a day.

What is this ‘Rome’ that I have spent the past years building you may ask. This is to be a personal haven of mine called ‘Aonang Haven‘ or Aonang Haven Guesthouse.Massage.Tea & Gallery.

It is a mini guesthouse and massage studio located in Krabi, Thailand, on the main street of the popular Aonang Beach. Here, without the distraction of a busy city life of Singapore is where I can focus on doing my best work.

With a background in art and design from my school years, being a regular in the armed forces for six, some part-time waiting in a restaurant when I was younger, spent half-a-year administering a bank’s conference centre when I was older, furthering my education in Mass Communication as well as Positive Psychology, freelancing as a designer and photographer, to being a volunteer primary school maths teacher and photography coach, Aonang Haven is the result of all those years spent developing myself so that one day I could have a business I will be proud of.

Now that the guesthouse and massage is steady, I am happy to announce that I am on course to pursue my idea in making a difference with photography. This will be by continuing my offer of Passion Portraiture in 2010 and starting a photography workshop for travellers to Krabi. With the advantage of local knowledge, a class establishment for guests to stay, and personal tutorials and guidance to photography, this forged opportunity is not to be missed for those looking to have a rejuvenating time on their travels and great photos to bring home to.

More details on the workshop to follow. Stay tuned.

Work in progress

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Andessen Imagery had gone missing for the last 8 months. There were no new post and no update. What happened?

For the past many months, Andy of A.i had taken on a new initiative. By setting his camera aside for awhile (or a long while), he had taken another leap of faith to fulfill a vision. This vision appeared since last November when he went on a vacation to Krabi, Thailand. He was then a month away from turning 32. I think it is true to say that life begins at 30.

Given the opportunity to turn pro at the age of 30, Andy turned his interest in photography into a business. Taking his previous experience of product photography while he was freelancing as a designer, he started out with wedding photography with a partner before going independent and later moving into photographing what he calls ‘passion portraiture’. His style of photography is not widely accepted and is extremely difficult to shoot. Clients are few and far between. When many are looking at generated beauty, Andy captures the subject’s beauty as they are. He prefers authenticity. He looks at the nature of things. He likes to be given time to understand and then think about the subject of photography. Photography to him is a relationship.

For the majority of the year 2011, he spent much of his time finding and getting the puzzle pieces to fit into that picture (vision) he had. It was very tough. Yes, very tough. And I am glad perseverance paid off despite all the troubles and delays.

This project I have taken on is named Aonang Haven. It is a space in Aonang, Krabi, Thailand that provides cosy accommodation within a relaxing environment. Relax because Aonang Haven aims to provide guests with a sensory retreat and rejuvenation through simplicity and beauty. There are 4 rooms for rent, spaces for foot and body massage, a photo gallery and is also a place to enjoy tea (the last two are still under development).

The name in full reads Aonang Haven Rooms.Massage.Tea & Gallery. Massage services have began since the end of June, while works for the rooms went through a struggle. After many months, they were finally done and welcomed the first guests towards the end of November and early December. The rooms are available for booking on both Agoda.com and Booking.com. A recent photo shoot was done to replace the previous snapshots of the place and updated to both the sites.

Works at Aonang Haven will continue with the addition of photo gallery and tea in the coming months as well as the official website. There is progression in everything in nature. And just like the newly appointed innkeeper, the space and the person behind it will always be a work in progress.

Anselm & Rina R.O.M 02.04.2011

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Friends of thirteen years, husband and wife at last. Today, Anselm & Rina held their Registry of Marriage in the presence of family, relatives and close friends.

Almost everyone said ‘finally’. To me, merely, I said to Anselm, good friend of mine of twelve years, ‘it’s time’.

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Baby Zeniq

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This portrait of Baby Zeniq was only possible a day after he was born. He came to this world late in the evening so I couldn’t have possibly made it to the hospital for a First Day Portrait. Zeniq is eager to see the world.

Among the babies I’ve met so far, he is the most inquisitive. He’s always scanning his surrounding with his beautiful eyes when he is not sleeping. Check out his stylist hairstyle and that cute side burn too.

A.i hopes the best for every newborn and since there’s a ‘yi’ in Zeniq’s chinese name, we hope his potential artistic talents would benefit the world he is so keen to see. Bless you Zeniq.

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Passion Portraiture: He’s not an expert but he likes to play the piano.

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Do you have to be really good at something to like doing something?

Most likely you like something then you try to be good at it right? Not everyone can be a genius but everyone can enjoy what he/she likes. All you need to do is try. I know Royce did, and he enjoys it.

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