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We just never know

Posted in Friends, Life on Saturday, August 4, 2007 by Colin Quek

Was at a cafe chilling out on a cool Friday Bruneian night when I got news that an ex-classmate of mine has just passed away of cancer. I couldn’t express the thoughts and emotions that swept through me. I was tempted to believe I’ve heard it wrongly because of the nature of overseas calls.

But as I asked the caller(another ex-classmate) to repeat his message, I guess I had to let reality sink in that I’ve truly lost a friend in the battle against cancer. Someone whom I was just having a short conversation a few months ago. And my friend is only 33 years old. This is the 2nd such case I’ve heard in the span of 1 week!

Another case is the case of Desmond Chin. He’s a 20 year old Bruneian. Who is also in the midst of the battle against this terrible disease. And it seems the entire nation of Brunei has been mobilised to help Desmond before its too late.

linked from Shimworld


Posted in Brunei, Friends, Interviews on Thursday, June 28, 2007 by Colin Quek

by Colin Quek on 2007-Jun-28

Jan Shim © David Cheok Photography

Is there someone in your life whom you’ve never met but yet for some reason find inspirational?

Jan Shim is one such person who despite his busy schedule as a professional photographer and a parent of two spared a moment to answer some burning questions I had about his career and how he got to where he is today in such a short time …

I learnt from a reliable source that you had been an IT professional for over a decade. For someone who has committed so many years in one profession, was leaving easy and did you consider other options before you settled in photography?
13 years is indeed a long time and in that time I have accumulated a wealth of knowledge and experience that prepared me for what lies ahead. Photography wasn’t what I left IT to pursue, it was in fact to dedicate more time to my already established online motorsports distribution business. It wasn’t until I bought a Canon EOS 300D (also called Digital Rebel in some markets), my first Digital SLR camera and little did I realize at the time that my life was going to change in a significant way.

Why did you choose photography?
While I like to think I have a creative eye, I think it’s fairer to say photography chose me. At least, it was something I discovered by accident and along the way everything just fell into place. It’s a rather long story how I got started and I have plans to someday publish it on my Shimworld Blog so on that note, stay tuned for updates.

I guess your success today is due to the fact you want turn your hobby into a business.
Not entirely true. Photography was never a hobby for me. I bought the Rebel for the intended purpose of taking better photos of the parts inventory I was selling and a better camera to bring on vacation. Other than this, I had not planned on learning photography. Overcoming the learning curve of an SLR camera was particularly frustrating but persistence helped and the rest, as they say, is history.

What would you tell the audience today in one sentence to get them started?
Practice, practice, practice. And that’s just to get yourself PREPARED. The photography business has become a lot more challenging than ever. There are so many variables that can make or break your chances of becoming a professional photographer but the one thing I believe and cannot emphasize enough is to be prepared for opportunities to come your way. A little bit of luck helps.

Friends from Brunei

Posted in Brunei, Friends on Friday, April 20, 2007 by Colin Quek

A shot of my Bruneian friends and myself (the one squatting)