Rollerblading in Brunei

21 05 2010

What originated from an intention to participate in a film festival has now turn into a short documentary about rollerblading in Brunei.

I haven’t finished the video yet, as I need more footage and interviews. But here’s quick snap of the editing.

Work in progress

^On the small screen on the left is Hazman doing a BS Backslide at Komunis Gadong and on the right screen is Ruddy during a shoot in Lust SkateStudio

I’m hoping to finish a rough edit by July this year. The estimated running time would be about 20-25 minutes.





Funbox at Skatedium

23 01 2010

I haven’t been skating for ages, everybody knows that, and I don’t think I need to explain why I haven’t been skating. But last Tuesday, I went to Skatedium coz Bahrum informed me that they’re building a new funbox there. So I went there on Tuesday and skated there for abit with Samsul on Wednesday. Here’s a short edit I did with Samsul.





Behind The Scenes Video: “Salam Aidilfitri”

6 10 2009

Here’s a short behind the scenes video edit for the Salam Aidilfitri photoshoot.





Behind The Scenes: “Salam Aidilfitri”

28 09 2009

Here’re a few pictures from the photoshoot for the Hari Raya greeting card that we (Zati and I) made for this year.

I came about with the idea a few weeks before Hari Raya. I was inspired to take the picture when I remembered seeing Bala’s picture a couple of years ago doing a fishbrain on a ledge wearing his traditional Indian clothing during deepavali. (I can’t find the link to the picture now, else, I would have posted that picture here. Bala, Keats, or someone who has the picture, could you guys send it to me or gime the link so I can post it here. thanks).

I talked to Zati about the idea and we agreed to it. In order to keep it as a surprise, we limited the number of people who would help out during the photoshoot and to find a suitable, quite place that we can do the shoot. I asked help from my cousin, Saiful, and a fellow rollerblader, Asnalicious. Both of them were really helpful during the shoot.

When we arrived at Muara beach, we had a few test shoots and tried to find a decent angle. Since it was almost 11am, it was really hot and the lightings were difficult to set up. We end up using only available light as we did not have enough strobe power.

MuaraRayaShoot (1 of 11)

Asnalicious was the man behind the camera. He’s been asking me questions about DSLRs as he’s wanting to get one for himself. He was eager to help out during the shoot and he can play around with my camera.

MuaraRayaShoot (2 of 11)MuaraRayaShoot (3 of 11)
MuaraRayaShoot (5 of 11)MuaraRayaShoot (6 of 11)

I asked Saiful to help me take videos during the whole photoshoot. I will be posting a short video within this week for the short behind the scenes videos. UPDATE: The video has been uploaded. Click here to see the video.

MuaraRayaShoot (7 of 11)MuaraRayaShoot (4 of 11)

There were also a funny moment when we had to help Zati get on top of the ramp. It wasn’t really a good idea to get her up there since she’s pregnant! But Alhamdulillah, nothing bad happened and we got the picture we needed.

MuaraRayaShoot (9 of 11)

These last few pictures were other alternatives that we had prior to settling with the chosen picture.

MuaraRayaShoot (10 of 11)

MuaraRayaShoot (8 of 11)

After we got the shot, we moved onto the small hut nearby for some post-wedding picture. I haven’t processed all the pictures yet, but here’s one as a teaser.

MuaraRayaShoot (11 of 11)

^Strobist info: 1 bare nikon sb600 on full power camera right slightly above our head level. Camera info: Canon 500D, 18-200mm @ 100mm, f/5.6, 1/250.

I would like to thank Zati, Saiful and Asnalicious to make this photoshoot happen. InsyaAllah we can come up with something similar or even better for next year. Once again, thank you very much.





Photoshoot for Cefu

31 08 2009

Did this photoshoot sometimes last year. Only now I managed to post it.

Cefu - Gap to Backslide

POTW 20-8-09





What’s been happening

29 07 2009

Man, it’s been a month since my last update. I should be paying more attention to this blog. Anyways, let’s see what’s been happening this past month.

First up, there was the 3rd installment of the Brunei Rollerblading Street competition 2009 held on the last 15 July. It was planned to start at the stadium, 2nd round at Badiah and final spot at Pizzahut. But it rained when we went to Badiah. The organiser (RPS Enterprise) had to come up with a new plan. It was decided that the first spot was the curly box, the long rail as 2nd spot and a combination of curly box, long rail and short box as a run-style best trick comp. There were 35 skaters in total that joined the competition ranging from the veterans to the newbies. 12 skaters made it to the 2nd round and only 6 to the finals.

The finalist included Ating, Muiz and the 4 RPS team riders (Samsul, Cefu, Koo and Eyan[myself]). In the end, I was announced as the winner of the competition and getting the all expenses paid trip to Singapore and a chance to represent Brunei in the upcoming Singapore East Cost Skatepark challange oragnised by ESPN (if I’m not mistaken). I didn’t expected to win but I was definitely thrilled!! Click here to read the full story that was covered by The Brunei Times.

Here’s a short video of the comp done by Bahrom of RPS

InsyaAllah we (Bahrom, Samsul, my wife and myself) will be going to Singapore August 28-30. Hopefully I can get permission from the office to go out of the country. It’s been hard to go out due to the outbreak of the H1N1 cases. Click here to get more reports from the event.


It was a long weekend for us since it was a holiday in conjunction with Isra’ Mi’raj yesterday (Monday 21/7/09). We (my cousins, bro-in-laws and myself) joined a futsal tournament early Sunday morning. We won 1 and lost 3 games out of the 5 teams group. But it was fun though since that was the first time we all actually played together hehehe may be we’ll be more organised in the future (if we decided to join another competition that is hehe)

And we also watched Harry Potter and the half blood prince. I’m not a big fan of Harry Potter but my wife, her brothers and my cousin really wanted to watch the movie. And so we went and the movie was…… I feel asleep a couple of times. It’s not that the movie was bad, I wasn’t just interested that much hehe


spring 1

The last couple of weeks, it was, what we called, spring season at our place. There were flowers everywhere and it was really beautiful. My wife kept saying that she felt like she was in Korea hahaha

spring 2

But spring ended only for a week or so. It was already autumn the next week with flowers all over the place.

dead spring 1

And now, there’re only leaves on the trees. It looks just like any ordinary tree la. I heard from the news that from February to May, the flowers start to grow and from June to September, the flowers are everywhere (on trees and on ground). I learn that the trees are imported from the Mexico and can be found in a number of places throughout Brunei. Interesting facts. 🙂

dead spring 2

I’m still working on my video edit for the Digital Video Battle. The last date of submission is on the 31 July 2009.

my editing suite

Hopefully I can finish it on time. I’m like 80-90% done with the video, but I’m still not quite happy with it. It’s like something is still missing. And my computer is getting slower and slower. I miss editing with Final Cut.


July is normally the festive season of the year for Brunei as we are celebrating His Majesty Sultan’s birthday. Colorful lights are set up and displayed everywhere, most noticeably in the BSB area. The only difference this year is that all performances are postponed due to the H1N1. But the nightly stalls are still up. I haven’t go to the stalls yet. Only went to bandar a couple of nights before the stall started operation.

I thought this would be a nice time and opportunity to pull off that Dustin Diaz looks.

Strobist: At BSB colorful lights

eyan

zatieyan

Camera set up:
500D + 50mm, f/1.8, ISO100, 1/40

Strobist info:
Nikon sb600 at 1/8, zoomed in about 85mm, camera left, on shoot thru umbrella about 2 feet away from subject.


I guess that’s pretty much it. Life as a husband and wife is really great! Waking up next to your lovely wife, breakfast/lunch/dinner prepared by wife, laundry done by wife… it’s all good! I love my wife! She rocks! Can’t wait for 1 new addition to the family! 😉





JP Ramp Session

10 05 2009