While we were in Florence we had the chance to see this truly amazing sculpture.
This public light art installation was part of the Vivid Sydney - Light, Music, and Ideas Festival.
At the Shangri-La hotel in Kuala Lumpur for Singapore's 52nd National Day celebrations.
In Ximen District, street art can be found lining every lane.
The celebrations for 119 years of Philippine Independence in Kuala Lumpur.
At the celebration of Ecuador's 208th Independence Day at the Ritz-Carlton in Kuala Lumpur.
Reception onboard the BRP Andres Bonifacio. The first visit of a Philippine naval vessel to Malaysia.
With friends Gina and Andrew and Malaysia's top fashion designer Bill Keith.
Some Miro and Picasso works were on display this year. We also got to meet Philippine artist Pancho Piano.
Described as the world's most beautiful summer ball, this is an annual event in Vienna.
A great venue to watch the Mozart Ensemble Wien perform.
An odd mix of classical and modern art in Adelaide.
The event to celebrate 25 years of the Malaysian German Chamber of Commerce.
Attending the world's most beautiful summer ball in Vienna, Austria.
Watching the "Mozart Ensemble - Wien" play pieces from Haydn, Schubert, and Mozart in Vienna.
At the 118th Anniversary of the Proclamation of Philippine Independence at the Shangri-la Hotel, Kuala Lumpur.
With Ms. Yante Ismail, Assoc. External Relations Officer, at the UNHCR office in Kuala Lumpur to learn more about the realities of being a refugee in Malaysia.
With Malaysia's first commercial astronaut Dr. Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor Al Masrie bin Sheikh Mustapha
At the reception to mark the occasion of the BAE Guayas visting Malaysia under the invitation of the Ecuadorian Ambassador.
Listening to the address of Malaysian Prime Minister Dato' Sri Haji Mohammad Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak at the Opening Ceremony of the 27th ASEAN Summit.
With Tan Sri Anthony Francis "Tony" Fernandes, the founder of AirAsia.
The altar to Frida Kahlo at the residence of the Mexican Ambassador in Kuala Lumpur.
Under the Patronage of the German Ambassador.
We enjoyed a night of Beethoven at the Petronas Towers.
Edvard Munch actually painted 4 versions of The Scream. This one at Oslo's National Gallery is painted on cardboard using oil, tempera, pastel, and crayon. The painting has become a true icon of modern art.
At the 205th Anniversary of the Independence of Mexico Reception. Viva Mexico!
Beginning in 2012, Coffee & Art Fringe Festival Asia (CAFFA) is currently Malaysia's largest coffee and art festival. This year the festival lasted 3 days and had a range of events including art exhibitions, live bands, street performers, with a variety of food and coffee on offer.
Pictured painting - Soul
Artist - Caryn Koh
The Art Expo Malaysia (AEM) is the longest running international art fair in Southeast Asia. This year it featured 70 art galleries from 30 countries, exhibiting 2,000 artworks (including paintings, sculptures, installation and photography).
Pictured painting - Sentiment
Artist - Qui Sheng Xian
Left to right - Prof. Dr. Ganakumaran Subramaniam (President of MELTA), Assoc. Prof. Dr. Teh Chee Seng (UTAR), Mr. Paul Grainger (National Geographic Learning), The Next Escape: Travel, Arts, Sports, and Lifestyle's Scott Allford, Mr. Aslam Khan Samahs Khan (Vice President of MELTA)
Deputy Minister of Education YB Senator Mr. Chong Sin Woon officiated the conference. Speakers & guests included: H. E. Vicki Treadell (British High Commissioner to Malaysia), H. E. Datuk Dr. Vinod Sekar (President of Petra Group), Datuk Eric Chong (Founder & CEO Erican Education Group), Professor Dr. Ganakumaran Subramaniam (President of MELTA), Assoc. Prof. Dr. Teh Chee Seng (UTAR), Mr. Aslam Khan Samahs Khan (Vice President of MELTA), Mr. Chen Khin On (President of National Union of Heads of Schools), The Next Escape: Travel, Arts, Sports, and Lifestyle's Scott Allford, and Mr. Paul Grainger (National Geographic Learning).
At the Alliance Française de KL event- a photographic exhibition by Diana Lui, which showcased photography from her 2010 project "The Essential Veil", and her most recent project "TOTEM: Defining Malaysian women's contemporary identity through their traditional costumes".
DOLE Secretary Baldoz administered the oath of office of the newly elected officers of the Filipino Businessmen and Professionals Caucus (FPBC) of which The Next Escape: Travel, Arts, Sports, and Lifestyle's Ryan Buaron heads the working committee on Public Relations.
At the private, invitation only Bundesliga 2015/2016 season launch event in KL with Bundesliga legend Lothar Matthäus.
A night of son jarocho, traditional music from Veracruz, Mexico. Son de Madera entertains KL crowd, thanks to Embajada de Mexico en Malasia.
With friends from the embassies of Ecuador, Mexico and Argentina as well as the IPDG of Rotary District 3300 and PP of RC Ampang.
The Next Escape's Scott and Ryan together with friends Mrs. Merielyn Harrison and husband Dr. Graham Harrison, World Health Organisation Representative at the 117th Philippine Independence Day Diplomatic Reception 2015 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
In this performance Rigal has created a compelling dance-theatre experience, driven by the intense energy of his brilliant young hip-hop dancers and a new soundtrack from Nihil Bordures.
Performing on a stage bathed in the red, white and blue of the French flag, like urban warriors, eight dancers, krump, lock, pop and break, exploring the many meanings of this powerful symbol of identity and how a person can remain individual in a society that asks us to conform.
At the royal wedding of Negeri Sembilan princess Tunku Izora and Suffian.
At the royal wedding of Negeri Sembilan princess Tunku Izora and Suffian. (L-R): Datuk Ifrahim Baydr Omar, Dato Seri Dr. Ibrahim Saad, Datin Seri Zainab Kader, Tunku Izrina Mazuin, Scott Munroe Allford, Dave Ryan Buaron, Zaida Ibrahim & husband.
The Next Escape: Travel, Arts, Sports and Lifestyle: Scott Munroe Allford and Dave Ryan Buaron attends The Malaysian-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Deutsch-Malaysische Industrie- und Handelskammer) German Ball 2014 at the Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur.
European Commission's Mirko Giebels and wife Anna (Pacific Islands Private Sector Organization), Scott Munroe Allford and Dave Ryan Buaron of The Next Escape: Travel, Arts, Sports and Lifestyle and His Excellency Philippine Ambassador to Hanoi Jerril Santos and wife Rizz at the Philippine Independence Day Reception in Hanoi, Vietnam.
Philippine blogger Maria Irene Aserios (Mindanaoan.com), Dave Ryan Buaron and Scott Munroe Allford of The Next Escape: Travel, Arts, Sports and Lifestyle Dato' Zainab Kader and Mr. Ned of MSMW.
I was invited to the opening ceremony of Ecuadorian art exhibition at the Melaka Art Gallery. It was a perfect opportunity to examine Ecuadorian and Amazonian art up close.
With Marie Hugo, a descendant of the renowned French writer Victor Hugo had an art exhibition at the Kuala Lumpur City Art Gallery courtesy of the Malaysian French Chamber of Commerce and Industry of which I am a member.
Another important art event in Malaysia this year was the Art Expo Malaysia 2014. Very glad to see all those art works and meet artists from many countries.
With Minister Khairy Jamaluddin (KJ for short) during a Rotary Club intercity meeting.
The German Embassy in Malaysia and the Malaysian German Chamber of Commerce and Industry organised Oktoberfest 2014 in Kuala Lumpur. Too bad I was still recovering from a surgery so I did not enjoy it as much as I wanted to. There's always next year!
Speaking at the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) International Youth Forum 2014 (http://www.piyf.org) about the Philippines: Turning Crisis into Opportunities under the Three way session: Seek the Silver Lining with Stuart Tan (Edelman) and Dr. Frederic Bouchon (Taylor's University).
Receiving a certificate of appreciation from Taylor's University Dr. Tony Thomas.
A morning session discussing and gathering insights regarding the ALBA-TCP countries: Ecuador, Venezuela and Cuba.
Ecuador's most outstanding violinist Jorge Saade-Scaff and pianist Juan Carlos Escudero explaining a piece they were about to perform.
Malaysia is a host to a large Filipino population thus the reception is also larger. In this case, the Philippine Embassy in Kuala Lumpur flew in the national folk dance company of the Philippines, the Bayanihan, to perform in KL and Kuching.
In February 2010, we attended a private concert at the Las Piñas Church, the home of the world's only bamboo organ. We had the pleasure of hearing the bamboo organ played by internationally acclaimed organist Guy Bovet.
The Next Escape: Travel, Arts, Sports and Lifestyle's Scott Allford, Australia's Weddings from the Heart's Suzanne Allford and Msgr. Albert Venus.
With Philippine Embassy's Cultural Attache Helen Grace Cuisia-Bobis.
With Gigi Gamoso of Philippine Embassy.
With the former Sri Lankan ambassador to Manila, Jenie Manuel of the French Chamber in Manila, and officers from the Alliance Française de Manille.
At the farewell party of our diplomat friend from Turkey, Alp Atackan. In the photo is Mayumi Health Enterprises'Paulette Manacio and Lowe and Partner's Singapore' Andrea Arañador.
The Philippine President meeting the Filipino leaders in Malaysia
Hosted by German Embassy's Consul Alexander Winter and his gorgeous wife Millet at their residence in Hanoi.
Painted by Juan Luna, this was submitted to the Exposicíon Nacional de Bellas Artes in 1884 in Madrid where it took the first gold medal (one of three). Now it hangs in the main gallery of National Museum of the Philippines.
With Batanes Representative Dina Abad at Pacita Abad's gallery in Batanes, the northernmost islands of the Philippines. Pacita Abad's artworks are prominently displayed at the Fundacion Pacita's art gallery.