MICHAEL YIP

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Hello,

I'm Michael Yip

I am a video producer and photographer by profession. As a photographer, one of my core skills is in dance event photography, as one of only a handful of photographers experienced in covering dance events, performances and portraits. I got a chance to countries around the Asian region capturing visuals to help participants of the events immortalize their moments. If you are interested in bringing me over to your festivals/events. Just head over to the contact section and drop me a message.

Through GEMNUINE - the idea co., my team and I also provides Brand Management and PR services. Our core expertise is in helping brands evolve and attract the current market. We also provides Digital Marketing and Management services, from web designs to social media management. Drop me an email today at mike@gemnuine.com and let us know how you want us to help you.

If you are stumped by the photo, yes, I dance as well, mainly Salsa, Bachata, Kizomba, West Coast Swing and Argentine Tango. I have since stopped performing due to injuries but if you are looking for performers for corporate events/functions/parties/festivals. Do drop me a message as well as I manages some of the dance teams that is currently making the rounds performing for various clients.


Education
Kolej Bandar Utama/Central St. Martin

Diploma in Arts and Design

Kolej Damansara Utama

Diploma in Telecommunication Engineering

SMK Damansara Utama

SPM


Experience
Photographer/Video Producer

MIKE YIP STUDIO

Branding and PR

GEMNUINE - the idea co.

Digital Marketing Solutions

Abood Media Sdn Bhd


My Skills
Photography and Video Production
Brand Management and Solutions
Public Relations
Digital Marketing Solutions

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Confirmed Bookings for 2018

4

Confirmed Destinations for 2018

6

Confirmed Dance Festivals for 2018

4

Talks Confirmed for 2018

WHAT CAN MY TEAM DO

Photography and Video Production

As our core business, this is what we are good at, capturing visuals that brings out the best for your brand.

Branding and PR

Through GEMNUINE, we specializes in helping brands redevelop, redefine and create a comprehensive marketing strategies reach the target market.

Social Media Marketing

Abood Media Sdn Bhd's core strenght in Digital Marketing Services focuses on Social Media Management and promotions.

Web Design

We also design and revamp websites as part of Abood Media Sdn Bhd's services.

Live Event Streaming Production

As part of a new offering from MIKE YIP STUDIO and partners, we also provides Live Streaming services for Events through dedicated sites or onto social media platforms.

Efficient

We pride ourselves at being good and efficient in what we do and we always try our best to deliver services that exceeds our client's expectations.

I also blogs

Fresh Oysters @ Shucked Oyster & Seafood Bar Publika


Discovered this place as asked my friend to pick a place to go for us to celebrate her birthday. Due to appointments, we could only grab lunch after 2pm and since we were both in the area, this is the best place to go, what not with the promotion they were having! Hidden away within the Ben's Independent Grocer's at the Lower Ground floor of the Publika Shopping Gallery, the Shucked Oyster & Seafood Bari is quite a cozy little space with a choice of sitting at the bar in front of al lthe oysters or by the tables they shared with the BIG's in-house cafe.


My friend had the Smoked Salmon and Scrambled Eggs, lightly seasoned with sesame, the salmon was delicious and the scrambled eggs was just the typical scrambled eggs. We try to keep the meals light as our aim was to enjoy some oysters after.
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I had the Salmon Marinara Linguine, part of their lunch set promotion. Was a bit annoyed as they actually forgot about my order and we were sitting there waiting while they were hanging around chatting among themselves. When we pointed it out to them that we ordered this along with the oysters, the manager on duty apologized profusely so we decide not to spoil the lunch by being upset with them. The texture of the Linguine was just nice and the salmon was delicious. It wasn't too fatty but the marinara could have been toned down a bit especially when there's salmon in it. The sourness could get overpowering and spoil the testing process when it's time for us to go for the oysters.
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We started off Tragheanna Bay Oysters from Ireland and it was delicious! One of the reasons why I've never been into oysters and clams is simple because the ones I know off before this is either tasteless or isn't fresh so when I tried this, Wow! Juicy and I don't even need the lemon juices to bring out the flavor of the flesh. Texture wise, it's creamy and yet there's a little crunch to it so there's a good bite to it that brings out the saltiness of the sea these was grown in.
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The next we had was the Dutch Creuses oysters  from the Netherlands, and it's another winner for me. Very creamy oysters that literally melts in my mouth. Whatever annoyance I had with the kitchen for my linguine literally melts away with each oysters I put into my mouth. Squeeze a bit of lemon into the flesh and the acidic juice brings out some wonderful flavor profile that my unsophisticated palate cant identify but enjoy tremendously.
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There's plenty more varieties of oysters I've yet to try and I'll definitely pay Shucked another visit at a later time. Can't be doing this too often, despite the reasonable price the oysters are sold at, when we start eating, we can end up paying a lot when the final bills are tallied. There's also other branches around for Shucked but I'm pretty comfortable with this outlet. They also have the Southern Rock Seafood in Bangsar and that is also another nice place to go to. Especially when you want to get a bigger group together.

SHUCKED OYSTER & SEAFOOD BAR


Phone
: +603-2282 8315
Hours
: (Mon - Sunday) 10:00 am – 10:00 pm,
Waze: https://waze.to/lr/hw28613q1s

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Fresh Oysters @ Southern Rock Seafood

Pick the oysters you want and watch the skilled staffs shuck them in front of you.
In the most unlikeliest of places in Bangsar, hidden away from Jalan Bangsar is a shop that serves you some of the freshest oysters in Kuala Lumpur. A group of friends and I met up for lunch and decided on the place, best part of it all, we got there during their Oyster Carnival and lo and behold! Premium fresh oysters at a very good price. Couple with wines and stouts, perfect afternoon for me. Also, a chance to catch up with my friends outside of dance is refreshing too.

Mix Selection of Oysters
 
On sale was the Irish Premium from Ireland, Gallagher Specials from Ireland, Tragheanna Bay from Ireland, Cloudy Bay from New Zealand, Sydney Rock from Australia, Streaky Bay from Australia , West Mersea from England and Jersey Rock from England and we ordered all of them. As we ordered them as a mix selection, from the salty to the creamy, my favorite of the lots was the Irish Premium and Gallagher as they are sweet, creamy and retains a little crunch so there's a bit of bite into the oyster.
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They also have a nice selection of fresh sashimi but I have to say that Top Catch edged them out in that category. Maybe because the cuts are slightly chunkier than Top Catch, the flavor and the sweetness of the meat isn't elevated even though they are fresh. 
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Bunch of us skipping dance for a good afternoon of oysters.

While we were there, we got a chance to have a chat with Edward Gallagher and learn more about the process Irish Premium goes through in maintaining a certain quality of oysters before packaging for the market all thanks to Josh from Southern Rock. Even had the chance to share with Edward my little recipe for Guinness Cream to pair with the oysters. So let's see if this is a good alternative for Tabasco sauces that is more commonly used.



After a good meal of oysters, we sat back and enjoyed 2 hours of beautiful live music by Anthony Cummins and his friends.



Definitely will visit Southern Rock Seafood again for some fresh oysters aside from Shucks.

SOUTHERN ROCK SEAFOOD

34, Jalan Kemuja, Bangsar,
59000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Phone
: 1-800-88-3474
Hours
: (Mon - Sunday) 10:00 am – 10:00 pm,
Waze: https://waze.to/lr/hw283cc8su

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Oysters with Guinness Cream


Before I go on, I must admit that I was never a fan of oysters until 2011 because up until then, most of the oysters I tried does not have any flavors and taste pretty much the same. Then I met a chef that taught me to make Guinness Cream that basically helps mask the smell that I don't like and add flavors to the oysters that is pretty much tasteless.

Guinness and oysters is a match made in heaven, and this dish is all about creaminess and the contraste of temperatures. The cold creaminess of the oyster matched with the warm creaminess of the Guinness cream. Here's how we made it.

Ingredients for Guinness Cream
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 100ml Guinness (I uses Foreign Exta for stronger flavor)
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon Worchestershire sauce

Method

1. Over a warm double boiler, whisk the egg yolks, salt and Worchestershire sauce until creamy.

2. Add 100ml of Guinness in slowly and continue whisk until thick and creamy.

3. Serve with 6 oyster with lemon wedges and finely chopped chives.

Yup, it is as simple as that and I have to say that I've never looked back. Of course, knowing friends that knows how to appreciate Oysters also taught me a bit more on how to enjoy the flavor, the taste and the type of oysters that is available from around the world.

Give it a try, and let me know how your Guinness cream turns out.

Dinner @ Pink Belly Restaurant [Closed]


Sad to find out from the owner that Pink Belly is no more. Good food but low sales volume is not good for business. So if you have a favorite joint that you enjoy, help them by spreading the words about their place. 

Now and then, I would stumble upon a restaurant that would make me a tad bias people ask me about food. All it takes is a good combination of good food (PORK!), cozy atmosphere and good strong (BLACK!) mildly acidic coffee. And over a nice rainy evening in Hazy Kuala Lumpur, I discovered such a place. Now, mind you, if you're not familiar with the area, getting there would be an adventure. But have no fear, I've also placed a Waze location at the bottom so you can just click on it and technically, it would bring you to the spot (+/- 10 meters difference). Yes, my usual map is also at the bottom so that'll help too. Right?



This is also the part where the Love and Hate part of the relationship comes in. Love the place, cause of the food, the atmosphere and coffee as I stated above, and Hate that I have to share it with the rest of the foodies out there. Hate the fact that if not many people know about the place, it'll end up shutting the doors for good cause lack of sales and they are unable to pay salaries and rents. Love it that as long as there's a steady flow of business, they'll remain open. Hate that as it gets popular, I'll end up having to fight for a space in the restaurant when it packs up. You know how it goes with all relationships, right? Plenty of Love and Hate, but unlike relationship with humans, there's plenty more to love than hate when it comes to food.



With a group of friends, we decide to have a binge session at Pink Belly. Portion wise, if you plan to order a lot of the dishes to try, you can essentially feed a group of 6 with the number of dishes you see here even though their helping is actually for a single person. So you know it's a good hearty meal if you decide to eat there alone. Porky Penne Pasta, cooked in smoked bacon, honey ham cubes and mushrooms with spicy agile olio was pretty nice, slightly spicier than my tongue can stand but because there's bacon in it, I went after it with gusto!
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The next dish served was the Roasted Pork Belly, roasted to crackling perfection served with roasted root vegetables and braised red cabbage with little bowl of honey BBQ sauce. The Pork Belly skin was roasted to perfection, still crispy even after I left it soaked in the sauce for 5 minutes which is always more awesome than it feels. Trust me, when you finished your pork and you wish for more, and you found a nice piece of roasted skin sitting there. It's like the heaven parted the haze and shone a light down unto the skin and I hear angels singing praises and I was rewarded. OK, maybe I was just hungry and it satisfied my needs but seriously, I really thought I heard Angels sang at that moment. Oh yeah, the other bits that took up space between the Roast Pork Belly was ok too....
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Caramelised Stir-Fried Porky Risotto with wild mushrooms and garden vegetables was the 3rd dish in the order. Now, I only gave it a 3/5 because there's way too much rice and mushrooms and too little pork in it. Yes, I have a preference that there should always be more meat than side decorations in any dishes. I love it when the hero (the PORK!) stands out and nothing else matters. This one felt like the 5 little piggy was crying out for help and wants to come into the safe confines of my belly from the dark pit of hell they were falling into... Oh the sadness, the drama, the horror! Yeah, eventually I threw a life vest of a fork at them and rescued them and now, they are safely nestled within the safe haven known as my belly and the Angels sang their praises again.
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Before this next dish came out, I heard a whisper in my ears, it's for sharing it said. I was like "Shut Your Face!" and tell me again what you really want to say! But that whisper never repeat itself, instead, a Star Destroyer like craft cruised past me and landed before me. Now, that's how a proper sized meal should be! And then that weird whisper came around again and reminded me that it's for Sharing! DAMMIT! The BBQ Sticky Pork Ribs slow cooked to perfection and drenched with the Chef’s special BBQ sauce and served with wedges and coleslaw. The most important thing for slow cooked BBQ Pork ribs is that it should ideally slide off the ribs when sliced or stabbed into. And they did not disappoint. the meat slid off faster than an evening gown sliding off a woman. And the best part is, it was all perfect and beautiful and sexy, it was that good! The pork ribs. Yes, I'm talking about the pork so take your mind off the gutter, please!
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Now, this is another dish that looks nice but doesn't rate highly to my palate cause it's freaking spicy! Spicy honey glazed Grilled Pork Skewers with roasted root vegetables served on aromatic buttered basmati rice. The pork balls are pretty tender and grilled beautifully but I almost spewed flames like Smaug at his enemies when I bite into the balls. But then, I was taught not to waste food so I wolfed it all down except for the decorative basmati rice. There's plenty of those left so I had to "Taichi" those to the unlucky soul to finish those off.
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This Pink Belly Salad with a medley of romaine lettuce, red cabbages, tomato cubes, watermelon, lychee and honey ham cubes with smoked bacon bits made me very sad. Look at all those Mother Nature's children still looking shocked upon their death as humans stabbed at them and sliced them to pieces all for the name of creating a Salad? These Nature loving, Oxygen producing babies grew up giving us the air we breath and the chef murdered them all for the sake of "Healthier choice". I give it a 3 out of 5 because of the murder that was committed in this dish. Oh, the bacons and ham coated in the sauce was awesome. But to think of all those plants being murdered just sadden me. Now, leave me be, I'll go mourn their death until the next dish appears.  
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These guys are gooooooooood, they know how to perk a person up after they are down and sad. Seriously! Double scoop of Special Vanilla Ice-Cream drizzled in maple syrup topped with smoked bacon slices. Now, that hit the home run for me. Right out of the stadium. What better way to end the night than a 2 scoops of ice creams (I'd prefer Chocolate Ice Cream though) with loads of bacon bits sprinkled all over them. There's also salted nuts to go along with the dessert but not really a big fan of salted nuts when there's bacon. To others, they love it. For me, they can do without any nuts and it wouldn't affect the flavor of the dessert. Maybe in the next incarnation, they could look at mixing in the bacon strips into the ice cream itself like some other restaurants do to give the dessert that extra bite. Overall, it's still good, I could eat that all night after the lovely meal but sadly, as it was a week day, I was told to put down the fork and not hold any of the bacon hostage and slowly leave the premise at 10pm or the sniper across the roof would double tap me right at the forehead. The lovely lady, Elizabeth, is a good negotiator, she managed to make me put down my food. I could hear the poor Roasted Pork and Bacons crying as I was separated from them.  
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It was a sad good bye and the heaven turns gloomy again with the haze enveloping the sky once more as I depart from Lorong Kurau. Would I make a visit back to the restaurant? Definitely! There's quite a few more dishes on the menu I've yet to try. There's a Pork Burger dish in the menu that is dying to meet my stomach so I'll definitely make a return to the place.




PINK BELLY

1, Lorong Kurau, Taman Bukit Pantai
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Phone
: +6012-287-2570 or +603-2389-1518
Hours
: (Mon - Fri) 11:00 am – 10:00 pm,
(Sat - Sun) 8:00 am - 12:00 am
Waze: https://waze.to/lr/hw283c86ud

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