AC Photography

"I love photography, freezing a moment and revealing how rich reality truly is." – Adrian Cheah

AC Photography

Adrian Cheah loves to capture the timeless images of life, of Penang and almost anything that is captivating with the trusted eye of his camera. Hundreds of his photographs have appeared in coffee table books, scientific journals, ad campaigns, book covers, websites, brochures, newspapers and magazines.


7 March 2020: PIA's 7th Annual St. Patrick's Day Festival in Penang

PIA St. Patrick's 2020 Festival © Adrian Cheah

PIA's 7th Annual St. Partick's Day was celebrated in Penang on Saturday, 7 March 2020 at Straits Quay with a host of activities including the Shamrock 5K Fun Run and electrifying live performances. 

Here is a pictorial essay of the dynamic festivities organised by Penang Irish Association and photographed by Adrian Cheah. 

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6 March 2020: Celebrating the 20th St. Patrick’s Day Ball in Penang

PIA St. Patrick's Ball 2020

On Friday, 6 March 2020 PIA celebrated the 20th St. Patrick’s Ball in Penang with a delectable 5-course, sit-down dinner. This was PIA’s first-ever Black Tie affair and it was packed with entertainment all night long including the Inspirational Irish Dancers from Singapore, Dram Band and ‘Elvis’ (Greg Traynor) from Ireland.

Here is a pictorial essay of the vibrant festivities photographed by Adrian Cheah and Frankie Yap. 

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10 March 2019: PIA's 6th Annual St. Patrick's Day Festival in Penang 

The annual St. Patrick's Day celebration in Penang was held on Sunday, 10 March 2019 at Straits Quay with a host of activities including the Shamrock 5K Fun Run and electrifying live performances. The theme of the festival that year was, "A Glimpse into Irish Literature – Celebrating the Nobel Quartet". 

Here is a pictorial essay of the dynamic festivities organised by Penang Irish Association and photographed by Adrian Cheah. These photographs were first published in Irish Insights, No 13, May 2019.

PIA 2019 St. Patrick’s Festival © Adrian Cheah

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9 March 2019: PIA St. Patrick’s 2019 Ball at E&O Hotel, Penang

Penang Irish Association celebrated St. Partick's Day on Saturday, 9 March 2019 at E&O Hotel with the theme: "A Glimpse into Irish Literature – Celebrating The Nobel  Quartet". Here is a pictorial essay of the vibrant merry-making photographed by Adrian Cheah. These photographs were first published in Irish Insights, No 13, May 2019.

PIA 2019 St. Patrick’s Ball © Adrian Cheah

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9 March 2018: Celebrating PIA St. Patrick’s Day Malaysian Style

“Sharing Our Traditions; Céilí agus Ceol” – the theme of the 2018 Penang St. Patrick’s Festival and Gala Ball promised lots of Irish-style ‘craic’ with family and friends from around the world.

Flashback to my first experience of a St. Patrick’s Ball abroad, while working in Lusaka, Zambia in the 1980s. Members of the Irish diaspora gathered to celebrate Irish heritage, culture and traditions. It included energetic Irish dancing, haunting violin music, ‘The Green Fields of France’ and other ballads, smooth Black Velvets and a sense of pride in our intrinsic Irish identity. Powerful diaspora memories!

PIA St. Patrick’s Day 2018 © Adrian Cheah

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20 July 2013: Launch of Lady Martina – Water Limousine Rides at Straits Quay, Penang

Lady Martina © Adrian Cheah

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11 March 2017: PIA's 4th Annual St. Patrick's Day Festival in Penang 

Location: Straits Quay, Penang, Malaysia
Theme: The Viking Connection
These photographs by Adrian Cheah were first published in Irish Insights, No 11, May 2017.

PIA St. Patrick's Festival 2017

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10 March 2017: PIA St. Patrick's Day ball in Penang

Venue: E&O Hotel, Penang, Malaysia
Theme: The Viking Connection
These photographs by Adrian Cheah were first published in Irish Insights, No 11, May 2017.

St Patrick's Ball in Penang

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The charming Clove Hall

Clove Hall © Adrian Cheah

Clove Hall is a privately-owned Edwardian Anglo-Malay bungalow set in an oasis of tropical gardens. It is just ten minutes by trishaw from the vibrant living culture of the world heritage enclave of George Town. To venture further, rent a motorcycle or hire a taxi and explore Penang's exotic sights, sounds and tastes.

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Angkor Wat Part 2: The sacred citadel of the god-kings

Angkor Wat © Adrian Cheah

When Angkor was listed as a World Heritage Site in 1992, it was also added to the List of World Heritage in Danger. The following year, UNESCO launched a major campaign to restore and safeguard Angkor. Thanks to international cooperation, Angkor rebounded dramatically and in 2004, it was removed from the List of World Heritage in Danger.

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Angkor Wat Part 1: The sacred citadel of the god kings

Angkor Wat © Adrian Cheah

The Khmers of Cambodia were unsurpassed builders, sculptors and decorators in stone, leaving us the majestic temples of Angkor, undeniably among humanity's greatest treasures.

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Khao Yai, Part 2: Of sprawling vineyards, an English-style tearoom and flying nymphs

Khao Yai © Adrian Cheah

At Khao Yai, we joined a guided tour at PB Valley Estate, the largest vineyard in the province. The guide explained that different grapes – Shiraz, Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chenin Blanc and Colombard – are grown at the estate for their wine production.

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Khao Yai, Part 1: Of sunflower fields, hedge mazes and silk worms

Khao Yai © Adrian Cheah

When I think of sunflowers, the first thing that comes to my mind is Vincent van Gogh's globally recognisable sunflower series. Diego Rivera, Alfred Gockel and Paul Gauguin, master artists in their own right, had incorporated sunflowers in some of their paintings as well but none of them achieved the stellar recognition that van Gogh received from his iconic sunflower masterpieces.

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Maggie T. celebrates new beginnings with family and friends in Rosslare

Maggie T. in Rosslare © Adrian Cheah

When one chapter in our lives closes, another one begins. All that we can and should, is to fill them with magical moments the best way we know-how. So very often, it is with the assistance of family members and true friends that we are able to inscribe heart-felt occasions in each chapter.

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The 32nd International Baba Nyonya Convention in Malacca

Baba Nyonya Convention © Adrian Cheah

Sadhguru (Jaggi Vasudev), an influential yogi cautioned that the more we identify with something – religion, gender, race, ideology, money, et cetera – the more we will defend it, some even with our lives. Having said that, most of us feel the need to identify with things we hold dear, be it our family, heritage or even our social media status.

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A Tasmanian adventure of camaraderie

Tasmania © Adrian Cheah

Long names like Satchithananthan a/l Chelliah or Gunananthan a/l Nithyanantham have somehow stayed with me. I first met Satchi and Guna in Standard One (when we were seven years of age) at La Salle Primary School, Penang. We spent the first nine year of schooling together in the same class, from Mondays to Fridays and on weekends for extra-curricular activities. During school holidays, we went swimming, fishing, camping and hiking as well as playing games together. We had no internet, no cell phones, no computers or video games. We only had friends!

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Galle Fort – Sri Lanka's most glorious World Heritage Site

Galle Fort © Adrian Cheah

I visited Galle Fort twice, once in 2011 and another in 2015. Built in 1855 by the Dutch, the 130-acre fort is one of Sri Lanka's most prominent World Heritage Sites. Located at the bay of Galle on the southwestern coast of the island, it has retained its charm and beauty even after going through dramatic changes in history – invasions, battles, colonisations, terrorist attacks, plagues and even a tsunami.

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