Creative camwhoring 101


I read something in a book about practical jokes when I was a kid. I didn’t know it at the time but it was actually a psychology experiment. Basically what the book tells you to do is to stand in the middle of a crowded place and start looking up – at nothing in particular. It goes on to postulate that people would either pass by and take furtive glances at what you’re looking at or plain stop and stare with you.

It’s universal and also called β€œrubbernecking”. You’re basically inciting curiosity just by actively participating in something.


Anyway, the reason I suddenly remember that good ol’ book of mine was coz I was at Sunway Pyramid with Bonnie last weekend. There was this installation with boards, a dune of molded sand and a letterbox with a background vista. It was an ambient structure and no one even paused to glance at it…


…until we started to fool around and camwhore with it. It’s quite interesting to see how people stop, gape and start to want to participate. It went from a stone cold installation when we first got there to a hot one where we even had to queue to take more shots with it. Funny how it just takes one to get the ball rolling eh?


This is an AirAsiaX Perth contest where you take a photo with the installation in the most creative way possible to stand a chance to win a trip to Perth for two. The theme at Sunway Pyramid is sandboarding in Kalbarri and there is a picture of two girls in a default pose, which most people (that came after us) emulated. I reckon we could do much better (or at least Bonnie could, with her flexibility).


1. De facto pose


2. Cheesy dual camwhore


3. My #fail handstand. Sorry AirAsiaX, I nearly destroyed your structure when I fell down. πŸ˜‰


4. Bonnie does a headstand – she’s into capoeira which comes in very handy for this. I, on the other hand, is very good in looking nonchalant. Heh.


5. Our piece de resistance! This is the one I’m going to submit. Bonnie is doing the Escorpio (Scorpion in Brazilian Portuguese) in the foreground to enhance the ambient installation – she is in fact, a prop in this pose. She’s the scorpion in the sand dunes in Kalbarri, Perth while I am dusting imaginary sand off my flip flops while sitting on a sand board.

There are installations in 1 Utama, Pavilion KL and Sunway Pyramid and all you need to do is to pose with the installation and email it to get a chance to win a trip for two to Perth. If you have terrible bearings, the first thing you should do is to approach the information counter and have them point you in the right direction. If you’re not comfortable with posing in public spaces, hey, be like Nike and Just Do It. I guarantee you there will be people looking and wanting a piece of the action once you get started.


Who did you think took our pictures? Random strangers posing with the structure who helped us with our photos once they were done. smirk


I think our submission is pretty good. I really hope we win this contest. I swear, we spent almost an hour there doing various poses. We even came in the appropriate attire. I didn’t destroy the structure from a bad fall and Bonnie emerged intact without having to put on a neck brace. πŸ˜‰

Try and beat our awesome poses by going to one of the installations. Check out the Perth contest post on the AirAsia blog for more details! We really want to win the contest but we’re confident our submission will be a pretty formidable one anyway. action #winning

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44 thoughts on “Creative camwhoring 101”

  1. I saw it yesterday but did not dare to pose. πŸ˜›

    OK, I will try today just to win the Perth contest. Come again, both of you and give me some moral support. πŸ™‚

    • Hello Isabella!

      Heh! That was what Bonnie said at first too. It’s actually nothing, just a matter of getting used to people looking at you. πŸ˜‰

      Yeah, go and try it. I’ll be more than happy to lend moral support if I get to go as your guest if you win the tickets. πŸ˜‰

    • Morning Diana! πŸ™‚

      Yup, have been just chilling this weekend. I just saw your text btw, sorry for the late reply. 😑

      Heh! Well, I can’t for this one since Bonnie’s helping me with her capoeira skills so if I win, I’ll bring her to Perth.

      However, there are other installations – Pavilion is an interesting one, we can go and do that structure. πŸ™‚

    • Okay, the same thing happened to us. It’s quite tricky, don’t listen to the Sunway Pyramid concierge people, they’ll give you all sorts of conflicting information.

      I was told it was in CP2 (which it isn’t).

      The link has the correct place – it’s at LG2, near Watson.

      You can find the rest of the installations at the link. Hope that helps. πŸ™‚

    • Heh! Actually, I submitted three of the photos. πŸ™‚

      It doesn’t say that you can only submit once, you can submit as many photos as you like for the AirAsiaX Perth contest. πŸ™‚

    • You’re getting old bro, outdoors and public places are the only way to go. πŸ˜‰

      Seriously though, I do like the final one that we did. It has context (sand dunes, scorpions) and the composition was pretty alright.

    • I am old, can’t help that. I was referring to the Ipoh weekend. The room looked so dodgy.

      Anyway, you should have planked on the surf board, that would have been shit funny

      • Haha! Oh, I thought you meant this one. Bro, that room IS dodgy. You don’t even want to think who has slept on the mattress before.

        I didn’t use my own pillow – there was one good pillow and we shared that. 😑

        Unfortunately, Ipoh’s hotels were weirdly all booked out and we were so tired that we just want a place to crash for a few hours so that’s why we spent the night there. Heh!

        Damn…that is a good idea bro. πŸ™‚

        …now why didn’t I think of it?

        It would have fit perfectly since I still maintain planking was a recent revived Aussie sensation.

    • Hello there! Yeah, I’m sure you’ll love the contest! πŸ™‚

      Well, they don’t have it in Kuching, only in PJ, Sunway and KL. 1 Utama has 2 installations while Sunway Pyramid and Pavilion has one each.

      …or you can fly over to participate. πŸ˜‰

    • Hello Ken!

      Yup, there’s 2 installations at 1 Utama. It’s actually closer to my place (so is Pavilion for that matter) but my friend went to get a change of clothes and she lives in Sunway so we headed there instead. πŸ™‚

      I’ll love to see your submission. Good luck bro! πŸ˜€

  2. LOL! your Bonnie chick friend looks like she has scorpions in her pants. cannot sit still. It’s a case of the prop, stealing the show. Very nicely done.

    • She was actually very hesitant to do it at first. I had to convince her to do that in a crowded mall. Heh!

      It’s all good though, too bad the random strangers we got to take the photos weren’t fast coz we did a lot of other poses that they didn’t manage to capture in time.

      Of course by “we”, I mean “her”. πŸ˜‰

      I only managed to do a partial handstand so I’ll let the experts go about it and just tumpang in the photo.

      Yeah, she’s really good in this. Thanks ciki! πŸ˜€

  3. MYR469 is a good price. I have not been back to Perth since my college years. There was no Air Asia back then. I used to take MAS straight from Kuching to Perth. I miss those days, maybe I will go back to Perth with my wife for a vacation. I really need one. I am eating takeaway on my office desk. Madness, this rat race.

    • Yeah, I remember that route! I had some friends who were in Perth too and they could fly from Kuching instead of having to come over to KL to get to Melbourne.

      I was the group that had to go to either KL or Singapore to get to Melbourne. The plane tickets were incredibly expensive back then but you’re right, imagine the new bunch of Aussie students who can just fly there for a fraction of the price we used to pay. πŸ™‚

      Yup, I’ve been meaning to go back again too, visit Melbourne that is. You should head to Perth as well, am sure it’ll be fun.

      Cheers mate! πŸ™‚

    • Thanks Kim!

      Yeah, it must have been hard to do that on a floor without padding but she managed to do it anyway. πŸ˜€

    • Heh! Well, I don’t know if she’s into yoga but capoeira definately. πŸ™‚

      It sounds fun too, capoeira I mean, part dance, part martial arts, although for pure win I still place my trust in Krav Maga.

  4. Hey Poh. I’ve added you on facebook. I live in Perth and love the place. If you win – let me know and I’ll be keen to meet up. Keep up the good work with your blog and travel writing! Peace.

    • Hey there mate! I got your message on Facebook!

      I’ll be sure to buzz you if I win and go to Perth. It’ll be fun to catch up over drinks! πŸ™‚

      Thanks for the kind comments and thanks for reading bro!

    • Heh! I have thought of some other ones but I didn’t manage to do it. There’s one in particular that I wanted to at Pavilion. πŸ™‚

      Hey, you’re back home right?

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