Woke up the other day and my phone was buzzing and I was thinking, these people, early riser. It was a public holiday after all being the State Governor's official birthday. And I was shocked upon reading the buzz from a friend and being congratulated at having being awarded with some state award! And I was like 'whaaaat!?'
Gosh, that was surreal and my friend took pains to take a snapshot of the paper where my name was one of those hundreds that were listed. It was a small award, but an award is an award. It is an honour indeed and I must thank the person who nominated me and for recognizing my small contributions to society through my involvement in NGO, though to me rather insignificant compared to many many others who have worked harder than me. I understand that 4 names from my group were nominated, but that only 2 of us were successful.
And so I received the letter from the Istana to attend the award ceremony on the 18th November 2014 to be held at the State Assembly building. The usual place, i.e. the Istana is currently undergoing renovations. The letter says that I can bring my spouse to witness the ceremony and I was like 'Great, someone to take photo of me during that historical moment too...hahaha.!!.. Hubby. however has some other ideas, that he would not be free that day and also he said that it is not as if I am receiving a 'Datukship'.. hahaha cehh, spoilsport! Oh well, I am sure there will be official photographers there.
Talking about photography, I am glad that some friends have invited me to conduct some photoshoots. These friends are professional photographers of course and they were shooting young ladies in the traditional costumes for 2015 calendar. My shots of course pale in comparison if not on the verge of embarrassment but then again, I defend myself that mine are simply for my learning process and just as a hobby.
Anyway, to make the pictures look little more than just mere photographs, I played around with lights and colours.
Venue: Sabah Museum
Model: Miss Cheryl Lynn who is also the reigning Unduk Ngadau Kaamatan 2014/2015 (a Kadazan beauty pageant in search of the most beautiful maiden to commemorate the legendary Kazadan Princess, Huminodun).
She was wearing the traditional costume from the district of Kota Belud called the 'Sinipak'.
East Coast of Sabah.