Wednesday, September 05, 2012

A Visitor from Switzerland

This evening has been an extra special one, because I have a visitor who came all the way from Switzerland to Malaysia, and we met up over a dinner session in a local Chinese Restaurant. This was my first encounter with anyone from Switzerland (he was actually a German living in Switzerland), it was an exciting session of cross-culture and photography thoughts exchange. We had plenty to talk about our own background from different countries, and of course, sharing our passion and love for photography, which was the medium that connected us from two very different parts of the world.

Meet Thomas Moser, an IT Specialist, and a passionate photography enthusiast. 




In our earlier email correspondence, Thomas requested for a quiet place to sit down for dinner, and he specifically wanted Chinese. Hence I looked around and found this interesting restaurant at the Gardens Mid Valley shopping mall, that fuses all sorts of Chinese cooking with tea. The place is called Purple Cane Tea Restaurant, and it was my first time dining there as well. Thomas agreed with the venue, because the food was rather unique (we do not mix tea with food on normal occasions) and something that he could not find from where he came. 

We had the following dishes:
Mee Hoon with Tea
Aromatic Crispy Duck 
Vegetable Spring Rolls
Burdock Chicken Soup 



It is very interesting how the Internet works, and changed the way the world works. Interaction between two like-minded individuals sharing the same hobby for photography at two different locations separated far apart, can be brought together thanks to the advancement of technology. I was very flattered to have readers from so many different countries now, something I never knew I can accomplish through my blog. It was refreshing to hear what Thomas had to say about my blog, my photography work and myself as well. He recognizes the technical background I have had from my engineering career being infused into the way I structured my blog entries, as well as my yearning and longing for creative freedom, since being in engineering, I was void of anything artistic. We can both relate that we do not do photography to compete, or to please anyone else, but ourselves. Shooting was entirely for the fun and joy of it, hence it was no surprise I have called it "shutter therapy". Funny, because a friend commented to me recently that "I shoot to please fans" (to be honest I don't consider myself having fans, but I do have beautiful blog readers). I guess that friend has totally missed the main point of this blog, and what I was doing here in the first place. I shoot, because I want to, and because I love doing it. I blog, because I have something to say, and photographs to share. 

To Thomas, welcome to Malaysia !! It was great having met you, and when you have settled down and have some time to spare, lets attack the streets of Kuala Lumpur together. I am sure you will love the people and culture here. 


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    1. Hi Kelvin

      Thank you very much for your greetings. The internet community is a great place making things possible unheard of before.

      Have settled now and take photos.

      Kind regards
      Thomas

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  2. Welcome to Malaysia Thomas. Hope you enjoy your stay with loads of fun.

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    1. Hi John

      Many thanks for your welcome. I enjoy this.

      Yes, it will be loads of fun, but also hard work in this dynamic city. The great optimistic people are making things work.

      All the best
      Thomas

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  3. Thomas, from one European to another: welcome to Malaysia. You're going to love it there. Lovely country with great people, culture, and excellent food. And as for Robin: he's a great guy, host, and with a great eye for photography. As I've said before - they do no just stand out, they sparkle!

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  4. Thomas, from one European to another: welcome to Malaysia. You're going to love it there. Lovely country with great people, culture, and excellent food. And as for Robin: he's a great guy, host, and with a great eye for photography. As I've said before - they do no just stand out, they sparkle!

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    1. Thanks Andre for the kind compliments, and the words of assurance to Thomas. I don't think I deserve such kind remarks from you, but we all learn and improve !!

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    2. Hi Andre

      Yes, your are right with Europe. But Europe seems to be very far away, with their problems being unknown here. And this is wonderful - not hearing about problems so much, but working on solutions.

      The mixture of people seems to be well balanced in this country. This diversity in unity is an asset working and living here.

      Thanks again for your welcome

      Best regards
      Thomas

      Who will be joining us with street shootings with Robin?

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  5. Dear all photo enthusiasts, and to Robin

    As I admire Robin's capabilities as street action photography artist, I wrote to him on coming to MY for an IT project. We really sat down at a Chinese restaurant in one of the KL malls, meeting in person. This is the amazing result of our unique Internet community. Otherwise, we never would have known from each other – or even sitting together.

    This first week in KL has been tremendous. This is the Asian country with self-esteem and a very bright outlook. I am happy to be here and contribute some of my experience to this country. Keep on, Malaysia is great!

    Naturally, I also took the careless and serious side of Robin on my gallery of slices of life at
    http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/3909484409/photos

    Robin, let’s move on with “shutter therapy” all together. Your concept is great.
    Best regards
    Thomas Moser

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    1. Thanks Thomas for having me with you at the dinner. It was great pleasure comparing notes and talking about photography and getting to know you, as well as your beautiful country.
      Yes, lets attack the streets soon, when you are free !!

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    2. Hi Robin

      Thank for your street's attack invitation. I will be eager to join you.

      Last night I was just moving from the hotel to an apartment close to Mid Valley. My first work week in the Malaysian IT project went well. I met a great team from all over the world. To my view Malaysia is a country with optimism creating its future.

      I still will settle in my new environment (unloading stuff and getting cameras in place). The next weekend I will be glad to join you: no hassle, no competition - doing "shutter therapy" from different angles.

      Best regards
      Thomas

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  6. You know, Robin, I looked in here just to see your views about the Pana 20mm f/1.7, and now I want to read the whole blog! Lovely food photography above btw, making me hungry.

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    1. Thanks T.P Harvey, the 20mm F1.7 was a long, long time ago !

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