What about Don’t Panik & ekhoo Photography
Where do I start?
Behind the name Don’t Panik. A long, long time ago, in a company that treats employees better than its customers and of course no longer exists, was a big, bad-ass, iron-clad server by the name of Don’t Panik. The name of course comes from the Douglas Adam’s book, the Hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy. Soon after, it got registered on the world-wide web. Obviously substituting the ‘k’ for the ‘c’ means that it was readily available!

About Eugene Khoo
Born in some decades ago in a tiny town which became a city much later, Eugene has a strange attraction to expensive activities. His first computer was an Apple IIe which later became the IIgs. Windows came much later… and so did the World Wide Web.

To cut the long boring story short, it can be condensed to FTP – Food, Travel and Photography. That said, web development can also be thrown into the mix since his first homepage was sitting on a Sun Solaris cluster in the basement of the University of Wisconsin-Madison‘s computer science lab. That was 1994. First big website was www.webaperture.com which he plans to shutdown end of this year as he no longer has time to maintain and improve it. A gadget fanatic, he’s been building his own PCs and servers since 1991 and now can add networking, and network storage into the mix as well. His home is wired with star topology CAT6 with POE and gigabit ethernet with IP cameras, battery backed Wireless and Dual-WAN internet connectivity.

He has always loved traveling and he put 90,000 miles on his trusty Ford Taurus in the 3 years he owned it in the US. Returning to sunny and warm Malaysia, He still travels to places such as Europe, Asia, China, South-pacific and North America. While there’s a long list of countries that he’s like to be in or visit like to go to… home is always the best.

Food, well, being Malaysian, food is always a part of life. Being of Chinese heritage means food is definitely a key part of culture and life. So, obviously during the course of any travel, sampling the local cuisine is part of the adventure. He also can cook up a storm of sorts. Oh, was it mentioned that he’s a dessertarian :-)

The photography genes seemed to have been there all along. Eugene’s late grandfather owned a pretty mean Contax rangefinder and assortment of lenses. Although he passed on, Eugene still has his large collection of 35mm chromes although most of them are in pretty bad shape. Despite some surfacing during the teenage years, the genes exploded in 1998 with the purchase of a SLR – a Canon 500N. Soon after, a whole series of lenses and cameras followed such as Canon’s EOS-50, -50E, EOS-30, EF16-35, EF70-200, etc. His first digital camera was the EOS-300D which was upgraded to a 20D within 6 months. Check his gear bag if you’re interested to find out what is in his camera bag.

Right now, Eugene specializes in portraiture and weddings although he’s done some product and commercial (food) photography projects. He also has been doing custom photo albums since the cut-n-stick on albums and has now progressed to PhotoBooks in the likes of Bound Photo print books and fine-art Custom Coffee table books printed in Japan.

Eugene now is a full-time Photographer (EKML|Visuals), Educator, Web-developer and Social media consultant.