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Photographer's Note

Allow me to continue from my Penang photos took in end Aug 06.

28th Aug 06 was my first day in Penang. Before going to Penang, I had already contacted Eric Lai.

Got his contact and contacted him after checking in in my hotel. He gave me some directions on how to reach his shop as the hotel I was staying wasn't that far away.

In fact, I need to thank him as he reminded me to book a hotel earlier since the days I was there were quite close to our Merdeka (Independance) holiday.

Our meeting was set at 8PM in his shop. His photo studio is situated in Gama Shopping Centre not far away from Komtar, one of the landmarks here.

As you can see from this photo, this shopping centre is celebrating its 39th birthday. A giant achievement indeed for staying so long. I was staying in Penang for 6 months while I had my college industrial training about 20 years+ ago. Gama Super was already there and one of few shopping centres I used to hang around. As Eric was mentioning to me, this place is still staying strong.

Coming back to our small TE meet, I saw some of his 8R print(Should be 10R)in his shop that he shared with us in Festival.

The photos are actually much more better looking than those in TE. Perhaps the limited size allowed in TE and the LCD of my notebook didn't provide an accurate colors.

We went across the road and had our "teh tarik"(pull tea) since we had our own dinner earlier. We chatted almost everything and I got to know he is really hardworking. He is actually holding 3 different jobs to provide a better living for his family. My respect to you Eric and don't forget to have some good time with your family.

I left at about 9:30PM and took this shot after crossing the road. This shot was taken with ISO 200 and handheld. Thanks to IS on the lens, I was quite happy with the results of this shot.

It is a simple shot and nothing significant. I wanted to dedicate this photo to Eric Lai and I am sure your business will last even longer with your grit determination !

Eric, see you in KL soon in Nov 06.

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