CJ photography

CJ photography | wedding photographer Melaka, Malaysia

Hi! Welcome and thank you for dropping by juesatta which is also the blog for CJ photography.

Frequent traveler like CJ, enjoys much in learning the difference in culture and studying people. Every individual is unique hence he admires each of their story.

Having his first digital camera with him was the greatest gift for his travels. He loves blending into people and environment in order to capture natural and genuine photographs.

Much like his style of shooting, CJ puts himself in the crowd and captures many candid and genuine moments especially the touching and sweet ones making him the ‘Candy Jar’ of Love+ photo artistry.

Wedding is the sweetest thing in one’s life as it celebrates love, and therefore he tells the story of each wedding with simple, natural and artistic photographs.

Based in Melaka however, CJ travels outstation and internationally to photograph upon request.

Do drop by juesatta on facebook to catch up the latest update. Hope you enjoy the stories here. :)

May all beings bEE happy.

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Last day of Long Fatt Teochew Porridge Melaka with Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

Uncle Lim, the second generation of Long Fatt Teochew Porridge (隆发潮州粥) family business, on the last day of its business

Uncle Lim, the second generation of Long Fatt Teochew Porridge (隆发潮州粥) family business, on the last day of its business

First hands-on Canon EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR camera and last day of Long Fatt Teochew Porridge (隆发潮州粥).

Many old industries are losing their ground against the tides of time, including the family-owned Long Fatt Teochew Porridge, being one of the few authentic Teochew Porridge restaurants in Melaka. Due to old age and tiredness, the family decided to cease the business.I could remember, my grandma used to bring me to Long Fatt when I was little boy. As soon as we stepped in, we could hear songbirds’ chirping from the bird cages hanging over the porridge shop.

Grandma and I would normally have Asam fish, boiled salted vegetable, braised eggs, crispy fried anchovies, and much more variety of traditional Teochew dishes to choose from and served with porridge. It was a yummy experience.

Today marks the last day of Long Fatt’s business operation. Having the latest Canon EOS 5D Mark IV (loan unit from Canon Malaysia for review) which holds on the powerful legacy of the 5D line, my friends and I decided to visit and have our lunch at Long Fatt on its last day and at the same time capture some memories of this traditional food for the generations to come.

We went to Long Fatt yesterday actually just before 2:00pm and everything was sold out. Elderly Uncle Lim, the second generation of this family business, and probably on his 80s who stood behind the food counter told us politely to come again on today.

And so this morning, we anticipated the restaurant to be flooded with supporters and dishes would probably sold out too quickly. We went to the shop when it just opened for business on 11:00am today. The crowd was already there, full house!

Uncle Lim was far more busier today than usual, we chose a table next to uncle so that I could setup the camera on a GorillaPod flexible tripod and connected it with my iPhone via Wi-Fi. 5D mark IV indeed comes with Wi-Fi connectivity and can be remotely controlled with our smart phone to snap photos.

Instead of standing in front of Uncle Lim during his busy hour, I could sit on and waited for the right moment and clicked on the smart phone screen to capture the shots of desire, without disrupting uncle.

Alternatively, we could capture the shots by click on the screen. For the first time, Canon brings a touchscreen to the 5D series. On the live view mode, we could focus and capture with a single touch. I personally always love this feature ever since I had a chance to try out the Olympus OMD cameras which have similar functionality.

Now I could compose my shots with the correct exposure using the live view mode, then click-and-snap instantly to capture some details of the food and shop.

We were glad to be able to make it here, and had one good meal on this last day of September. With a camera in hand most importantly, some shots were captured and cementing the memory forever.

Thank you again for serving many of us including our grandparents, such delicious Teochew’s porridge for almost eight decades, since 1930s. Farewell Long Fatt, one of our favorite Teochew Porridge. It was about much more than food, but a rich taste of nostalgia and memories.

Below are images shot today at Long Fatt Teochew Porridge and other places on yesterday, in RAW format with Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM lens, went through basic RAW post-processing with Lightroom. Let the photos tell its image quality. One thing noticeable, 5D Mark IV shows significant improvement in dynamic range to the 5D line.

PS : We would also like to thank Miss Chia from Canon Malaysia for loaning the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV unit and EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM lens. Can we have this unit? 😀








Canon EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR camera and last day of Long Fatt Teochew Porridge (隆发潮州粥)




Hands-on the latest Canon EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR camera on the last day of Long Fatt Teochew Porridge (iPhonegraphy)

Hands-on the latest Canon EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR camera on the last day of Long Fatt Teochew Porridge (iPhonegraphy)

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Happy Birthday 2016. Happy Malaysia Day!

16th September is a very spEEcial day. Happy birthday Malaysia and Happy Malaysia Day! 😀

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Jus Tembikai Dara (watermelon juice) by Shufy and friends at Pasar Ramadan Melaka Baru

Pasar Ramadan Melaka Baru with Shufy - Jus Tembikai Dara

At the Jus Tembikai Dara stall, Pasar Ramadan Melaka Baru (left : Shufy)

If you ever drop by Pasar Ramadan (Ramadan market) in Melaka Baru, look for this nice young man Shufy at the Jus Tembikai Dara (watermelon juice) stall which sells fresh watermelon juice.

Shufy was my colleague when doing part time waiting his study result. He was smart and hardworking person with entrepreneurial personality. It has been few years since he started this watermelon juice business during the month of Ramadan with his friends.

So please drop by and get juice from him before the Pasar Ramadan ends on eve of Hari Raya. Say hi to him and send regards from CJ, you might get extra juice for your purchase. 😀

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Pay Fong High School 103th Anniversary Evening Performance 马六甲培风中学103周年校庆文娱晚会

One of the dance performances by the students at the school hall during Pay Fong High School 103th Anniversary Evening Performance

One of the dance performances by the students at the school hall during Pay Fong High School 103th Anniversary Evening Performance

After a lovely prewedding portrait with a couple from KL, I managed to drop by Pay Fong High School Melaka for its 103th Anniversary Celebration in the evening. There were performances going on at its school hall, celebrating the school’s 103th birthday.

Although I was not a Pay Fong’s student and I visited the school’s functions and event especially the cultural ones. There were singing, choir, band, dancing, orchestra, poetry, diabolo (扯铃), Chinese cross talk (相声), martial art performance and 24 Festival Drums performances during the evening.

I came straight after a shoot so had my gears with me. While enjoying the show, I walked around in the hall and took some shots of the performance. Please enjoy the photos taken below, and also the videos of the evening performance too created by our videography friend, Benny Liu from BL Imaging.

103 is a great age to be! Congratulation to Pay Fong High School and best wishes for the school’s continuing success and producing the finest students. 😀

Stage performance at Pay Fong Middle School Melaka

培风中学弦乐团 Pay Fong Youth Orchestra

培风中学二十四节令鼓 Pay Fong 24 Festival Drums

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First and second visit to The Coffee JAR

First visit to the latest cafe in Melaka, The Coffee JAR (呷珈琲)

First visit to the latest cafe in Melaka, The Coffee JAR (呷珈琲)

There is a new cafe in town recommended by a friend, Yalu. Specializing in espresso drinks, it has a unique name, The Coffee JAR or ‘呷珈琲’ in Chinese. They roast their own beans and make nice espresso-based coffee.

When I was doing 360 panorama shots at Stadthuys, inspired after Mark Zuckerberg shared a 360 spherical panorama shot as a new feature for Facebook, I passed by this shop nearby, just at Lorong Hang Jebat next to the parking of Hard Rock Cafe.

Yalu was there too. After talking to the nice couple owners, I was told that they just had their grand opening a day before.

I ordered a cup of latte, loved it.

Second visit to The Coffee JAR with Fred, Ah Ee, Chow Gui and Bear

Second visit to The Coffee JAR with Fred, Ah Ee, Chow Gui and Bear

Week after that, Fred invited us for a coffee. Then I suggested this new place to him and with Ah Ee, Chow Gui and Bear, we went to The Coffee JAR.

There were some Chinese oldies played at the cafe the with a classic player – cassette. It was in good condition and yes, with many cassettes available from their collection.

This reminded us of the good old days when having a cassette player was considered a luxury to many. That was time when we didn’t have those players like what we have now as stylish CD or MP3 players. Friends after the 90s might not know the use of a pencil to a cassette :)

Again, we enjoyed nice coffee over the classical songs over the afternoon.

Hopefully we can make a third visit soon :)

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Original Sarawak Laksa by Fred’s Mama in Melaka

Homemade Sarawak Laksa in Melaka (top right : Fred's mom)

Homemade Sarawak Laksa in Melaka (top right : Fred’s mom)

After celebrated the wedding of Fred & Renee back in May, they then invited to their house for a dinner as an appreciation dinner in helping of their wedding.

Just a bit about Fred. He is from Kuching (which also known as the Cat City), the capital city of Sarawak state. He then came to Melaka and did his uni degree in MMU Melaka. That was when he fell in love with Renee, a sweet Malaccan girl.

After graduated Fred remains in Melaka and works as engineer in Melaka. Fred is also a enthusiastic photographer, we knew him during a photography gathering about six years back. As we continue to grow in our passion in photography, taking part in activities together, we then became good friends, and were chosen to be his groomsmen on his wedding.

Early this month after his wedding, Fred invited us to his house for dinner. A dinner we always wished for – with Sarawak Laksa. Originally from Kuching!

Fred’s mom moved from Kuching to Melaka early this year. She brought packets of original Sarawak Laksa paste from Kuching and keeping them fresh in fridge.

We were so lucky. When we reached Fred’s house, we could smell the scent of spices from the laksa Fred’s mom had cooked. It made us mouth-watery. The ingredients were already on the table with the laksa soup ready in the pot. Fred then taught us how to mix and prepare bowls of laksa.

Needless to say, the Fred’s mama’s Sarawak Laksa was really good, different from our Nyonya Laksa or the Penang Laksa we had before, but was tasty. What makes it unique is the paste, belacan definitely plays a big role in it. Fred told me that the paste only produced by a few companies in Sarawak. Its ingredients thus remain a myth.

Thank you Fred & Renee again for inviting us! And we would like to give a big hug and big thank you to Fred’s mom for her hard work in preparing the yummy laksa for us. Would definitely love to eat again :)

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