Kiso-Suzuki 9651


My first guitar was a second-hand Kiso-Suzuki. Not much is know, other that it was a company from Japan that use to do Martin replicas until they were faced with lawsuits.

My research led me to believe that it is made of ash wood, manufactured in 1979 and has a 2 5/8 inch saddle (only 1 store on eBay has them). The neck has a wonderful feel, most probably solid rosewood and the guitar is very light (nothing else is solid). Surprisingly with a trust rod for calibration.

Did some modifications since it only had 1 strap pin which I replaced with a Schaller strap lock and fitted a second on the neck.

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Guitar Playing


During my M.Sc. studies, I started to feel stress taking the better of me and needed a means to cope. That is when I started to play guitar. Nearly three years down the line and I have added a couple of guitars to my collection and can play a few songs. It is a real pleasure and great fun. I must thank Justin Sandercoe for his dedication and great work. I also recommend Yousician.

 

I am the proud owner of an Epiphone Les Paul Tribute Plus and a Faith Venus Blood Moon. Thanks to my wife, Sephora, for these wonderful gifts and her support.

 

Diving


Being blessed by being Maltese, it was inevitable that a love for the sea would grow. Every Summer I would head off for the sea snorkeling. Then at the age of twenty I started the diving course and four years ago I started taking some underwater photography. My all time favorite was at the very beginning of a dive! We start descending, then for some reason I turn back to check on my buddy, Roberto! Click! A great shot is taken! Judge for yourself and comment!

Roberto’s Underwater Profile

Abseiling in Imtahleb


It was a chilly Sunday morning, we met at the Roman Villa, Rabat then headed off to Imtahleb. Roberto and myself secured the ropes, descended slowly to check the terrain and arrange the ropes. All was set and we descended a few more times! Really enjoyed it! First using the double-stop-descender, then a couple of times using figure of eights. Lastly we raced down the slope before we called it a day!

The rope setup for a beginner’s abseiling trial!
The view whilst abseiling at Imtahleb!
The track taken from top to bottom!
Roberto (left) and myself (right) starting our descent!
Roberto and myself racing to the end!

A very enjoyable Sunday morning!

Upper Barrakka, Valletta, Malta


Some of my favourite shots of the Upper Barrakka at Valletta, Malta as seen from St. Angelo, Birgu.

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Filfla


One of my favourite diving sites is the Um El Faroud at Wied iz-Zurrieq and one of my very first shots with the new camera and underwater housing was as I surfaced from a dive. It was more luck than skill back then but yet a great addition to my collection.

Valletta Waterfront, Malta


I had just got hold of my new Canon Powershot A710 IS and headed down to the newly refurbished Valletta Waterfront around July 2007 and this was one of my very first shots! The waterfront was not yet bloated with restaurants and the real beauty of this site can be appreciated!