Early Christmas Present

Wuan and I met up with Victor Chin at The Gardens Mall last Saturday. If anything, we are bound together by our love for photography, with Victor constantly encouraging us to work on photography projects from unusual perspectives. We are grateful for the opportunity to learn from him. At the meeting, he surprised us with an early Christmas gift, a coffee table photobook. It is a collection of work from National Geographic photographers from around the world titled “Visions of Paradise“. Many of the images are sights most of us will never have the chance to train our cameras on. Thanks Victor, for the beautiful gift.

Christmas present from Victor Chin to Wuan and me
National Geographic’s Visions of Paradise – an early Christmas present from Victor Chin.

Christmas present from Victor Chin to Wuan and me
Paradise through the lens of a National Geographic photographer.

Numpueng’s FUNdamental At KLPac

Numpueng's FUNdamental acrylic on canvas paintings at KLPac
Visitors viewing Numpueng’s paintings at KLPac.
Photo by Wuan.

Wuan and I enjoy Numpueng‘s colourful paintings very much. The first time we viewed them were at her joint exhibition with Victor Chin at the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (KLPac) last year. They were of butterflies, stars and flowers in a multitude of bright and happy colours. Those paintings were surefire ways to brighten up even the dullest of rooms.

Numpueng's FUNdamental paintings exhibition at KLPac
Happy cows and pigs and mouse.
Photo by Wuan.

Numpueng is currently holding the third series of her acrylic on canvas paintings exhibition at the foyer of Pentas 2 at KLPac. This time, there is a horse, cows, pigs, teddy bear, trains, flowers, butterlies and bees – all in the same jovial and colourful style. The exhibition is open from 10am to 10pm and will end on December 6. Wuan and I were there yesterday. We really liked the cow series but it was already sold. At least we Wuan took some photos of these very cute cows.

Party at Numpueng's FUNdamental painting exhibition at KLPac
The party for visitors and friends to Numpueng’s FUNdamental exhibition at KLPac.

Numpueng and Victor also hosted a small party for friends and visitors by the small pond outside the KLPac building. Like the paintings, the party was fun with kids, who are Seenum‘s friends, scampering all over the place. Seenum is Victor and Numpueng’s son. I got breathless just watching the kids at play. This must surely come with age.

Our Photo Exhibition Has Ended

Last day of the photographis exhibition at KLPac
Last day of our photographic exhibition on the death of our mothers at KLPac.

The joint photographic exhibition titled “Exits – The Mysteries of Death” with Victor Chin and Wuan ended last Sunday. I felt a little sad and lost as Victor and Wuan began taking down the frames. It took this long to sink in that we do not need to go to KLPac anymore on weekends.

Victor and Wuan taking down the frames
Victor and Wuan taking down the frames hanging on the wall and panels.

Wuan and I and Victor spent six weekends at KLPac talking to visitors and sharing with them the stories behind the images. In talking, we relived the pain and anguish of experiencing the deaths of our mothers respectively. Yet, it was also a celebration to us – celebrating the love and care that our mothers had imparted to us. In sharing with visitors, we also came to realise many more aspects of our parents that we never knew.

Victor and Wuan arranging the frame for transportation
Packing up to leave.

At the same time, the images brought out a lot of emotions in our visitors, with many of them telling us that they were reminded of their loved ones. A number had tears in their eyes as they recalled the last moments they spent with a parent or a grandparent.

Bare wall and panels at KLPac's Pentas 2 foyer.
The bare wall and panels. The end of our exhibition.

Wuan and I are extremely glad that Victor took us under his wings and guided us along the way. Never had I envisioned to share the photographs of my mother and of her funeral in such a way. It was a liberating experience to be able to open up to strangers on a subject as intimate as this. Besides, death is something we seldom want to talk about openly. Thank you, Victor, for taking us on this unforgettable journey. We would also like to thank friends and visitors who dropped by to share with us their stories and for leaving messages in the guest book.