Michelangelo's David
       
     
Intrude by Amanda Parer
       
     
Singapore's National Day
       
     
Taipei Street Art
       
     
Celebrating The Philippines' Independence
       
     
Ecuador's Independence Day
       
     
BRP Andres Bonifacio
       
     
Malaysia Fashion Week 2016
       
     
Art Expo Malaysia 2016
       
     
Fête Impériale
       
     
The Sala Terrena
       
     
South Australian Art Gallery
       
     
MGCC 25th Anniversary
       
     
Fête Impériale
       
     
The Sala Terrena
       
     
Philippine Independence
       
     
UNHCR
       
     
Malaysian Astronaut
       
     
BAE Guayas
       
     
ASEAN Summit
       
     
ASEAN Social Enterprise in KL
       
     
The Day of the Dead
       
     
Oktoberfest in KL
       
     
Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra
       
     
The Scream
       
     
Mexican Independence Day
       
     
Caffa 2015 -  Coffee Art & Fringe Festival Asia
       
     
Art Expo Malaysia Plus 2015
       
     
Erican International ELT Conference 2015
       
     
Erican International ELT Conference 2015
       
     
Diana Lui photography
       
     
Filipino Businessmen and Professionals Caucus
       
     
Bundesliga 2015/2016
       
     
Son de Madera
       
     
International Understanding Day
       
     
Philippine Independence Day Reception 2015 in Kuala Lumpur
       
     
Pierre Rigal - Standards @MaTiC
       
     
Malaysia Tatler
       
     
A Royal Wedding in Malaysia
       
     
At the German Ball 2014
       
     
Philippine Independence Day Diplomatic Reception in Hanoi 2012
       
     
At the Malaysia Social Media week 2013
       
     
Opening Ceremony: Ecuadorian Art in the Historic City of Melaka
       
     
An Evening With Marie Hugo
       
     
Art Expo Malaysia 2014
       
     
With Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin
       
     
Oktoberfest in Malaysia
       
     
PATA International Youth Forum 2014
       
     
PATA International Youth Forum 2014
       
     
Commemorative Panel on ALBA-TCP
       
     
An Evening of Classical Ecuadorian Music
       
     
Philippine Independence Day Diplomatic Reception in Kuala Lumpur 2014
       
     
35th Year of the International Bamboo Organ Festival
       
     
Las Pinas Bamboo Organ Festival
       
     
Philippine Independence Day Diplomatic Reception 2014 in Kuala Lumpur
       
     
Philippine Independence Day Diplomatic Reception in Hanoi 2011
       
     
At the Emilie Simon Concert in Manila 2007
       
     
Our dear friend Alp's farewell party
       
     
Noynoy Aquino's visit to Kuala Lumpur
       
     
Oktoberfest in Hanoi
       
     
Luna's Spoliarium
       
     
Art of the northern islands
       
     
Botong Francisco's Studio
       
     
Michelangelo's David
       
     
Michelangelo's David

While we were in Florence we had the chance to see this truly amazing sculpture.

Intrude by Amanda Parer
       
     
Intrude by Amanda Parer

This public light art installation was part of the Vivid Sydney - Light, Music, and Ideas Festival.

Singapore's National Day
       
     
Singapore's National Day

At the Shangri-La hotel in Kuala Lumpur for Singapore's 52nd National Day celebrations.

Taipei Street Art
       
     
Taipei Street Art

In Ximen District, street art can be found lining every lane.

Celebrating The Philippines' Independence
       
     
Celebrating The Philippines' Independence

The celebrations for 119 years of Philippine Independence in Kuala Lumpur.

Ecuador's Independence Day
       
     
Ecuador's Independence Day

At the celebration of Ecuador's 208th Independence Day at the Ritz-Carlton in Kuala Lumpur.

BRP Andres Bonifacio
       
     
BRP Andres Bonifacio

Reception onboard the BRP Andres Bonifacio. The first visit of a Philippine naval vessel to Malaysia.

Malaysia Fashion Week 2016
       
     
Malaysia Fashion Week 2016

With friends Gina and Andrew and Malaysia's top fashion designer Bill Keith.

Art Expo Malaysia 2016
       
     
Art Expo Malaysia 2016

Some Miro and Picasso works were on display this year. We also got to meet Philippine artist Pancho Piano.

Fête Impériale
       
     
Fête Impériale

Described as the world's most beautiful summer ball, this is an annual event in Vienna.

The Sala Terrena
       
     
The Sala Terrena

A great venue to watch the Mozart Ensemble Wien perform.

South Australian Art Gallery
       
     
South Australian Art Gallery

An odd mix of classical and modern art in Adelaide.

MGCC 25th Anniversary
       
     
MGCC 25th Anniversary

The event to celebrate 25 years of the Malaysian German Chamber of Commerce.

Fête Impériale
       
     
Fête Impériale

Attending the world's most beautiful summer ball in Vienna, Austria.

The Sala Terrena
       
     
The Sala Terrena

Watching the "Mozart Ensemble - Wien" play pieces from Haydn, Schubert, and Mozart in Vienna.

Philippine Independence
       
     
Philippine Independence

At the 118th Anniversary of the Proclamation of Philippine Independence at the Shangri-la Hotel, Kuala Lumpur.

UNHCR
       
     
UNHCR

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.

Malaysian Astronaut
       
     
Malaysian Astronaut

With Malaysia's first commercial astronaut Dr. Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor Al Masrie bin Sheikh Mustapha

BAE Guayas
       
     
BAE Guayas

At the reception to mark the occasion of the BAE Guayas visting Malaysia under the invitation of the Ecuadorian Ambassador.

ASEAN Summit
       
     
ASEAN Summit

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.

ASEAN Social Enterprise in KL
       
     
ASEAN Social Enterprise in KL

With Tan Sri Anthony Francis "Tony" Fernandes, the founder of AirAsia.

The Day of the Dead
       
     
The Day of the Dead

The altar to Frida Kahlo at the residence of the Mexican Ambassador in Kuala Lumpur. 

Oktoberfest in KL
       
     
Oktoberfest in KL

Under the Patronage of the German Ambassador.

Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra
       
     
Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra

We enjoyed a night of Beethoven at the Petronas Towers.

The Scream
       
     
The Scream

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.

 

 

Mexican Independence Day
       
     
Mexican Independence Day

At the 205th Anniversary of the Independence of Mexico Reception. Viva Mexico!

Caffa 2015 -  Coffee Art & Fringe Festival Asia
       
     
Caffa 2015 - Coffee Art & Fringe Festival Asia

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

Art Expo Malaysia Plus 2015
       
     
Art Expo Malaysia Plus 2015

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

Erican International ELT Conference 2015
       
     
Erican International ELT Conference 2015

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)

Erican International ELT Conference 2015
       
     
Erican International ELT Conference 2015

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).

Diana Lui photography
       
     
Diana Lui photography

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".

Filipino Businessmen and Professionals Caucus
       
     
Filipino Businessmen and Professionals Caucus

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.

Bundesliga 2015/2016
       
     
Bundesliga 2015/2016

At the private, invitation only Bundesliga 2015/2016 season launch event in KL with Bundesliga legend Lothar Matthäus.

Son de Madera
       
     
Son de Madera

A night of son jarocho, traditional music from Veracruz, Mexico. Son de Madera entertains KL crowd, thanks to Embajada de Mexico en Malasia.

International Understanding Day
       
     
International Understanding Day

With friends from the embassies of Ecuador, Mexico and Argentina as well as the IPDG of Rotary District 3300 and PP of RC Ampang.

Philippine Independence Day Reception 2015 in Kuala Lumpur
       
     
Philippine Independence Day Reception 2015 in Kuala Lumpur

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. 

Pierre Rigal - Standards @MaTiC
       
     
Pierre Rigal - Standards @MaTiC

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.

Malaysia Tatler
       
     
Malaysia Tatler

At the royal wedding of Negeri Sembilan princess Tunku Izora and Suffian.

A Royal Wedding in Malaysia
       
     
A Royal Wedding in Malaysia

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.

At the German Ball 2014
       
     
At the German Ball 2014

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.

Philippine Independence Day Diplomatic Reception in Hanoi 2012
       
     
Philippine Independence Day Diplomatic Reception in Hanoi 2012

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.

At the Malaysia Social Media week 2013
       
     
At the Malaysia Social Media week 2013

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.

Opening Ceremony: Ecuadorian Art in the Historic City of Melaka
       
     
Opening Ceremony: Ecuadorian Art in the Historic City of Melaka

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. 

An Evening With Marie Hugo
       
     
An Evening With Marie Hugo

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.

Art Expo Malaysia 2014
       
     
Art Expo Malaysia 2014

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 Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin
       
     
With Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin

With Minister Khairy Jamaluddin (KJ for short) during a Rotary Club intercity meeting. 

Oktoberfest in Malaysia
       
     
Oktoberfest in Malaysia

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!

PATA International Youth Forum 2014
       
     
PATA International Youth Forum 2014

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).

PATA International Youth Forum 2014
       
     
PATA International Youth Forum 2014

Receiving a certificate of appreciation from Taylor's University Dr. Tony Thomas.

Commemorative Panel on ALBA-TCP
       
     
Commemorative Panel on ALBA-TCP

A morning session discussing and gathering insights regarding the ALBA-TCP countries: Ecuador, Venezuela and Cuba.

An Evening of Classical Ecuadorian Music
       
     
An Evening of Classical Ecuadorian Music

Ecuador's most outstanding violinist Jorge Saade-Scaff and pianist Juan Carlos Escudero explaining a piece they were about to perform.

Philippine Independence Day Diplomatic Reception in Kuala Lumpur 2014
       
     
Philippine Independence Day Diplomatic Reception in Kuala Lumpur 2014

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.

35th Year of the International Bamboo Organ Festival
       
     
35th Year of the International Bamboo Organ Festival

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.

Las Pinas Bamboo Organ Festival
       
     
Las Pinas Bamboo Organ Festival

The Next Escape: Travel, Arts, Sports and Lifestyle's Scott Allford, Australia's Weddings from the Heart's Suzanne Allford and Msgr. Albert Venus. 

Philippine Independence Day Diplomatic Reception 2014 in Kuala Lumpur
       
     
Philippine Independence Day Diplomatic Reception 2014 in Kuala Lumpur

With Philippine Embassy's Cultural Attache Helen Grace Cuisia-Bobis.

Philippine Independence Day Diplomatic Reception in Hanoi 2011
       
     
Philippine Independence Day Diplomatic Reception in Hanoi 2011

With Gigi Gamoso of Philippine Embassy.

At the Emilie Simon Concert in Manila 2007
       
     
At the Emilie Simon Concert in Manila 2007

With the former Sri Lankan ambassador to Manila, Jenie Manuel of the French Chamber in Manila, and officers from the Alliance Française de Manille.

Our dear friend Alp's farewell party
       
     
Our dear friend Alp's farewell party

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.

Noynoy Aquino's visit to Kuala Lumpur
       
     
Noynoy Aquino's visit to Kuala Lumpur

The Philippine President meeting the Filipino leaders in Malaysia

Oktoberfest in Hanoi
       
     
Oktoberfest in Hanoi

Hosted by German Embassy's Consul Alexander Winter and his gorgeous wife Millet at their residence in Hanoi.

Luna's Spoliarium
       
     
Luna's Spoliarium

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.

 

 

Art of the northern islands
       
     
Art of the northern islands

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.

Botong Francisco's Studio
       
     
Botong Francisco's Studio

Carlos 'Botong' Francisco's former studio in Angono, Rizal. Francisco, a National Artist, is one of the first Filipino modernists and one of the Philippines' distinguished muralists.