Minimalism Photography

Press: Beijing in the Eyes of Foreign Friends 2013

Photography: Zai Tien Beijing

Final image I shot in Beijing. I bid adieu to you. Thank you for your hospitality!

Photography: Beijing Expo Park

Event: World Photographers Focus on Beijing 2013

May 22nd
Garden Expo Park
Evening Banquet

May 27th

Logs: Baby Lexi

Photography: Parc View Green

Press: Invitation to Join World Photographers Focus on Beijing

Logs: Happy Chinese New Year 2013

Shooting unscheduled random Fireworks is like event photography on steroids. You don't really know where to mount exactly. 11:50pm Shot while standing on a 1sqm balcony not to mention the freezing -2 degrees weather but damn was it worth it. Cross processed & stitched 5 photographs. Happy Chinese New Year Everybody! 春节快乐!!

Press: Beijing in the Eyes of Foreign Friends 2012

Photography: Ankor Wat

Angkor Wat (Khmer: អង្គរវត្ត) is the largest Hindu temple complex in the world. The temple was built by King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century inYasodharapura (Khmer: យសោធរបុរៈ, present-day Angkor), the capital of the Khmer Empire, as his state temple and eventual mausoleum. Breaking from theShaivism tradition of previous kings, Angkor Wat was instead dedicated to Vishnu. As the best-preserved temple at the site, it is the only one to have remained a significant religious centre since its foundation – first Hindu, dedicated to the god Vishnu, then Buddhist. The temple is at the top of the high classical style of Khmer architecture. It has become a symbol of Cambodia, appearing on its national flag, and it is the country's prime attraction for visitors.

Angkor Wat viewed from across the moat
Angkor Wat viewed from across the moat

Photography: Tianjin Architecture

Photography: Tianjin Eye

Tianjin Eye is a 120-metre (394 ft) tall giant Ferris wheel built above the Yongle Bridge (formerly Chihai Bridge), over the Hai River in Tianjin, China. It is claimed to be the only such wheel to have been constructed over a bridge.

Photography: The Strangling Trees of Cambodia

As featured in the movie, Tomb Raider. Ta Prohm is the modern name of a temple at Angkor, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia. It has been left in much the same condition in which it was found: the photogenic and atmospheric combination of trees growing out of the ruins and the jungle surroundings have made it one of Angkor's most popular temples with visitors.

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Photography: The Royal Palace, Cambodia

The Philippine Flag in the middle of the Palace Entrance
The Philippine Flag in the middle of the Palace Entrance

The Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, is a complex of buildings which serves as the royal residence of the king of Cambodia. Its full name in the Khmer language is Preah Barum Reachea Veang Chaktomuk. The Kings of Cambodia have occupied it since it was built in 1860's, with a period of absence when the country came into turmoil during and after the reign of the Khmer Rouge.

The Royal Palace of Cambodia in  Phnom Penh
The Royal Palace of Cambodia in Phnom Penh

Intricate roof on one of the towers
Intricate roof on one of the towers

A flock of pigeons above the Royal Palace
A flock of pigeons above the Royal Palace

Photography: Sihanoukville, Cambodia

Sihanoukville, also known as Kampong Saom, is a province (khaet) of Cambodia on the Gulf of Thailand. This port city is a growing Cambodian urban center, located 185 kilometres (115 mi) southwest of the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh. The province is named after King Father Norodom Sihanouk and grew up around the construction of Sihanoukville Port. Construction on the port began in June 1955 and it was the only deep water port in Cambodia. The port was built in part due to the waning power of the French leading to the Vietnamese tightening their control over the Mekong Delta and hence restricting river access to Cambodia. Sihanoukville's beaches have made it a popular tourist destination.

Sunset - Color
Sunset - Color
Sunset - Monochrome
Sunset - Monochrome

Otres, Beach
Otres, Beach

Logs: Lego

Photography: Danyang-Kunshan Bridge, China

The Danyang–Kunshan Grand Bridge is the world's longest bridge. It is a 164.8 kilometres (102.4 mi) long viaduct on the Beijing–Shanghai High-Speed Railway. The bridge is located on the rail line between Shanghai and Nanjing in East China’s Jiangsu province. It is in the Yangtze River Delta where the geography is characterized by lowland rice paddies, canals, rivers and lakes. The bridge runs roughly parallel to the Yangtze River, about 5 to 10 miles to its south. There is a 9-kilometre long (5.6 mi) section over open water across Yangcheng Lake in Suzhou.[1] It was completed in 2010 and opened in 2011. Employing 10,000 people, construction took four years and cost about $8.5 billion. Danyang–Kunshan Grand Bridge currently holds the Guinness World Record for the longest bridge in the world in any category as of June 2011

Combined Landscape View
Combined Landscape View
Part I
Part I
Part II
Part II
Part III
Part III

Press: Mirth of the Islands Soft Opening

Press: POP Beijing Represent!

Excerpts from the informal intervew with CRI.

Maraming salamat Machelle at POP Beijing!


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Nitong Sabado, pinasyalan namin ang Summer Palace. Kasama sa UNESCO World Heitage Site ang Summer Palace. Ito ang isa sa mga sikat na tourist destinations dito sa Beijing. Sa pagpasok ng tag-init, parami ng parami ang mga turista na namamasyal dito. At ito rin ang napiling lugar ng Pinoy Overseas Photographers Beijing o POP Beijing para sa kanilang photowalk.

Nakipag kwentuhan sa amin si Carlo Guina, ang Presidente ng POP Beijing para ipaliwanag ang mga adhikain ng aktibidad na ito. 2008 nabuo ang POP Beijing. Ito'y isang grupo ng mga Filipino Expats na likas na malikhain, pinagbuklod dahil lahat matalas ang mata at may talento para pumitik ng mga larawan na napapa wow ang sinomang titingin. Matibay ang kanilang samahan. At ayon kay Carlo, espesyal at talagang malapit sa kanilang puso ang Great Wall of China.


Mula ng naitatag, ilang sa mga miyembro ang nagkaroon na ng pangalan sa larangan ng potograpiya. Meron na sa kanilang grupo ang award winning at published hindi lamang dito sa Tsina kundi maging sa ibang bansa.


Ano ang masasabi ni Carlo tungkol sa tagumpay ng ka-grupo nya? Kinapanayam ni Machelle si Carlo Guina, Presidente ng POP Beijing Sa kanyang termino maraming mga proyekto ang nakahanda. Ang ilan dito nakatuon sa pagpapalawig ng kaalaman sa potograpiya ng mga miyembro. Meron din nilulutong aktibidad para makatulong sa isang ampunang para sa mga bulag na bata dito sa Beijing.


Photography: Summer Palace, Beijing China

The Summer Palace (simplified Chinese: 颐和园; traditional Chinese: 頤和園; pinyin: Yíhé Yuán; literally "Gardens of Nurtured Harmony") is a palace in Beijing, China. The Summer Palace is mainly dominated by Longevity Hill (60 meters high) and the Kunming Lake. It covers an expanse of 2.9 square kilometers, three quarters of which is water.

Logs: Goodbye CS5, Hello CS6!

Splash Screen Shot
Splash Screen Shot

Adobe® Photoshop® CS6 software delivers even more imaging magic, new creative options, and the Adobe Mercury Graphics Engine for blazingly fast performance. Retouch with new Content-Aware features, and create superior designs as well as movies using new and reimagined tools and workflows.



Exhibit: Blindness Exhibit

Preliminary Images for upcoming "Blindness" Exhibit


(Shot at Doudian, Bethel Foundation)

Photography: Hongkong

Vibrant & Colorful Hongkong

Photography: Miyun County

Miyun County (Simplified Chinese: 密云县; Traditional Chinese: 密雲縣; Hanyu Pinyin: Mìyún Xiàn) is situated at northeast Beijing. It has an area of 2,227 square kilometers and a population of 420,019 (2000 Census). The county is divided into 2 subdistricts of the city of Miyun, 17 towns, and 1 ethnic rural township.

Beihe River

Exhibit: Mirth of the Islands Exhibit

2 of my images selected for the upcoming "Mirth of the Islands"


This photoexhibit will travel across China in the Years of Friendly Exchanges (YFE) in 2012-2013, which celebrate the centuries-old friendship and goodwill between the two nations.


Thank you Philippine Embassy Beijing and POP Beijing !


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Shot at Anguib Beach, Cagayan Philippines
Shot at Anguib Beach, Cagayan Philippines
Shot at Sagada Philippines
Shot at Sagada Philippines

MIRTH OF THE ISLANDS: : A Photoexhibit on the Philippines


This is a collection of 30 photographs taken by the Pinoy Overseas Photographers (POP) Beijing during a trip to Samar and Leyte, two provinces located in the central part of the Philippines which face the Pacific Ocean.

The photographs reflect the sentiments, pastimes, joys and values of the Filipino people in the whole Philippine archipelago, which has a total coastline of 36,289 kilometers and encompasses over 7,100 islands.   

This photoexhibit will travel across China in the Years of Friendly Exchanges (YFE) in 2012-2013, which celebrate the centuries-old friendship and goodwill between the two nations.

The images convey to the Chinese people the warm, friendly spirit of the Filipino people, and highlight the fact that Filipinos and the Chinese share an important cultural affinity: they both place a high premium on harmony with family, community and nature.  

The theme also dovetails with the new campaign of the Philippines’ Department of Tourism, “It’s More Fun in the Philippines.”







Photography: Jiangkou Great Wall, China

Jiankou (Chinese: 箭扣; pinyin: jian kou) is a section of the Great Wall of China. This section is a photographic hotspot due to its unique style, steep mountains and beautiful scenery. 'Jiankou', is translated as 'Arrow Nock' in English, for the shape of the mountain is like an arrow, with the collapsed ridge opening as its arrow nock.


Jiankou Great Wall located in the Huairou District 73 km north of Beijing. The Jiankou section of the Great Wall of China is located between the Mutianyu--ten kilometers to the east—and the Moshikou sections of the Great Wall of China. The Jiankou section of the wall was constructed in 1368 during the period of the Ming Dynasty. It is made of large white rocks which can be seen from a great distance.


Thank you POP Beijing!

Photography: Dali, Yunnan China

Dali is one of the most popular spots for independent China travellers and hugely popular with those working, teaching and studying in China. 50 minutes by plane or three to four hours by bus from Kunming, Dali is the perfect place to relax.

The road to Dali
The road to Dali
Trinkets from Dali
Trinkets from Dali
A local posing in front of one of the entrances of old city of Dali
A local posing in front of one of the entrances of old city of Dali

Dali has a long and rather glorious history. In 738 the Nanzhao Kingdom was established with Dali as its capital and covered a large area of Yunnan and northern Burma and parts of Sichuan and Guizhou. The original capital of the Nanzhao Kingdom was located in Weishan (within Dali Prefecture) and later moved to sites around Erhai Lake. The territory conquered was quite substantial and held over a long period. The kingdom survived almost 200 years and had 13 kings before collapsing. After several decades of chaos the Kingdom of Dali emerged in 937.



Photography: Yuanyang, Yunnan China

A travel approximately 20 hours by Land and Air from Beijing, you arrive to a picturesque county full of history and color. Yuanyang, Yunnan China



Yuan Yang County, Yunnan China (元阳县) is located in Honghe PrefectureYunnan province, China. It is well known for its spectacular ricepaddy terracing. It covers an area of 2200 square kilometres and has a population of approximately 365,000 (2002), of which 88% belong to ethnic minorities and 95% is associated with agriculture. The majority of the inhabitants of the county are from the Hani ethnic group.,_Yunnan

"Yuan Yang, China" VS. "Banaue, Philippines"

Rice Terraces are used in farming to cultivate sloped land. Graduated terrace steps are commonly used to farm on hilly or mountainous terrain. Terraced fields decrease erosion and surface runoff, and are effective for growing crops requiring much water, such as rice.

Logs: Its More Fun In The Philippines

Inspired by DOT's new slogan to boost tourism in the Philippines. 
Here's my take on this awesome campaign.

Its More Fun In The Philippines
Baguio City
Its More Fun In The Philippines
Its More Fun In The Philippines

Photography: Longtan Park, Beijing China

The winter scenery at Longtan Park is quite different as compared to its autumn and summer views. The dead lotus plants and frozen lakes translates to an eerie but peaceful compound.



The Longtan Park (simplified Chinese龙潭湖公园traditional Chinese龍潭湖公園pinyinLóngtánhú Gōngyuán; literally "Dragon Pool", is a recreational park located in the Chongwen district of Beijing, just east of the Temple of Heaven. There is also a large outdoor bird market in the park.

Logs: My 2011top11 Photographs

From Hongkong, Philippines & China, My 2011TOP11 photographs.

Logs: Merry Christmas! 2011

"Wishing Everybody A Very Merry Christmas!"

Logs: A Take on Pantone's 2012 Color of the Year, Tangerine Tango

A Tangerine Tango Train


Rummaging through my library, I found this picture of an Orange highlighted train and said to myself this matches this year's color of the year and I'm liking it.


Pantone 17-1463


Energize interior spaces with Tangerine Tango patterned home accessories. Pillows, bedspreads and tabletop accessories in this high-impact hue add spice to any room. Or incorporate Tangerine Tango appliances and personal electronics for an unexpected pop of color. Looking for an inexpensive way to perk up your home? Paint a wall in Tangerine Tango for a dynamic burst of energy in the kitchen, entryway or hallway.



Press: Volkswagen Cafe - B.O.B. Magazine, Korea 089-2011

Feature on Volkswagen Cafe on B.O.B Magazine Korea

Issue 089-2011



Photography: Guillin China

Guilin (Chinese桂林pinyinGuìlínZhuangGveilinz) is a prefecture-level city in the northeast of the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region of far southern China, sitting on the west bank of the Li River. Its name means "forest of Sweet Osmanthus", owing to the large number of fragrant Sweet Osmanthus trees located in the city. The city has long been renowned for its unique scenery.

Photography: Sisiman Bay, Bataan, Philippines

Quiet, Tranquile and Surreal

Photography: Nandaihe China

Minimalist Nandaihe

A few hours away from Beijing is Nandaihe, a scenic seaside for you to get away from the city

Connected to Beidaihe by a bridge over a river, Nandaihe is the newly developed tourist and recuperation resort under Funing County of Qinhuangdao City, Hebei Province

Press: Interior Design Magazine China - Top 10 Designers 0911

Interior Design China, Issue 0911 Page 138



Logs: Abstract Stuff

Photography: Houhai Lake

Houhai (Chinese后海pinyinhòuhǎi; literally "Queen Sea") is a lake and its surrounding district in central Beijing, one of the three parts of Shichahai. In recent years it has become famous for nightlife because it is home to many popular restaurants, bars, and cafes.

The area is especially popular with foreign tourists visiting Beijing, but is also often visited by the expatriate community and younger locals.

The Former Residence of Soong Ching-ling is located in the Houhai area.


Phtography: The National Center for Performing Arts "The Egg"

The National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) (simplified Chinese国家大剧院traditional Chinese國家大劇院pinyinGuó​jiā​ dà​ jù​yuàn​; literally:National Grand Theatre), and colloquially described as The Bird's Egg, is an opera house in BeijingPeople's Republic of China. The Centre, an ellipsoid dome oftitanium and glass surrounded by an artificial lake, seats 5,452 people in three halls and is almost 12,000 m² in size. It was designed by French architect Paul Andreu. Construction started in December 2001 and the inaugural concert was held in December 2007.

Photography: Temple of Heaven

The Temple of Heaven, literally the Altar of Heaven (simplified Chinese天坛traditional Chinese天壇pinyinTiāntánManchu: Abkai mukdehun) is a complex of religious buildings situated in the southeastern part of central Beijing. The complex was visited by the Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties for annual ceremonies of prayer to Heaven for good harvest. It has been regarded as a Taoist temple,[1] although Chinese Heaven worship, especially by the reigning monarch of the day, pre-dates Taoism.

Press: Finalist - 2010 Beijing's Eyes of Foreign Friends Photo Contest

with fellow Photographer Renen Viola at The Summer Palace, Beijing China
with fellow Photographer Renen Viola at The Summer Palace, Beijing China

Photography: Cuandixia

Cuandixia (Chinese爨底下), also spelled Chuandixia, is a village dating from the Ming Dynasty located in Mentougou District in BeijingChina. It is a popular tourist attraction known for its well preserved courtyard homes.

Photography: Baguio City

The City of Baguio (IlokanoCiudad ti BaguioFilipinoLungsod ng Baguio) is a highly urbanized city located in northernLuzon island in the Philippines. The city has become the center of business and commerce as well as the center of education in the entire Northern Luzon thereby becoming the seat of government of the Cordillera Administrative Region(C.A.R.). According to the 2007 census, Baguio City has a population of 301,926.

Photography: Sagada, Philippines

Bomod-ok Falls aka the Big Falls Sagada

Photography: Anguib Beach Cagayan, Philippines

A cove blessed with fine golden to white sands, pristine clear blue waters, and lush rolling hills teeming with wild life.

A paradise in North Luzon, Philippines


Photography: Ilocus Sur

Padre Burgos
Padre Burgos

Ilocos Sur (IlokanoAbagatan nga IlokosFilipino:Timog Ilokos) is a province of the Philippines located in the Ilocos Region inLuzonVigan City, located on the mouth of the Mestizo River is the provincial capital. Ilocos Sur is bordered by Ilocos Norte andAbra to the north, Mountain Province to the east, La Union and Benguet to the south, and the South China Sea to the west.


The Streets of VIgan
The Streets of VIgan
Bantay Bell Tower
Bantay Bell Tower
Patapat Viaduct
Patapat Viaduct

Event: You Can't Take It With You, Beijing Play House Coverage

More Info here.