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.


PIA St. Patrick’s Day 2022 Ball at E&O Hotel, Penang

PIA St. Patrick’s 2022 Ball © Adrian Cheah

On Friday, 4 March 2022 PIA celebrated the St. Patrick’s Day Ball at E&O Hotel in Penang with a scrumptious 5-course, sit-down dinner. Misneach (mish-knock) refers to courage, spirit and hopefulness was the theme of the ball. 196 friends of Ireland gathered in the spirit of friendship, the hope of good things to come, and in the knowledge that fortitude sustains all.

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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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A wonderfully invigorating jjimjilbang encounter at Silaom Sauna in Seoul

Silaom Sauna © Adrian Cheah

Asian cultures spend a great deal of attention on the well-being of the body. The ancient Chinese traditions promote a well-balanced ch'i (life force) to engender harmony between the mind, body and the environment. Among the holistic arts in the Indian "handbook" for wellness, Yoga and Ayurvedic medicines are recommended to restore mindfulness and vitality. The age-old Malay art of massage can aid better blood circulation while Thai meditation helps to soothe a troubled mind. Japan's sublime onsen getaways offer an oasis to connect with nature and if you are in Bali, kick back and relax in a tranquil setting as you experience a "lulur" scrub and a hot oil massage concluding with a floral scented bath.

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Part 2: Ho Chi Minh City – its glorious food, Vietnamese coffee and more

Ho Chi Minh City © Adrian Cheah

Saigon was the capital of the French protectorate of Cochinchina (1862–1954) and of South Vietnam (1954–75). Besides opulent buildings, the French colonial masters have also left a distinct mark in the culinary infusion in some of Vietnam's popular dishes, enjoyed today not only in the country but the world over.

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Part 1: Ho Chi Minh City – its architectural gems and more

Ho Chi Minh City © Adrian Cheah

In a city, traces of history inevitably linger in the fabric of its society – some prominently in its architecture, some traceable in its cuisine, some in its language and even in the daily way of life of its society.

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Coldplay delivered an dynamic performance that lifted the spirits

Coldplay © Adrian Cheah

In an interview with 60 Minutes on CBS in 2009, the lead singer of Coldplay Chris Martin said, "We rely more on enthusiasm than actual skill. Whatever you do, do it with enthusiasm and people will like it more. I can't dance like Usher. I can't sing like Beyoncé and I can't write songs like Elton John. But we can do the best we can with what we got. That's what we do. We just go for it."

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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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