Singapore- Amsterdam 29th June 2011

On my way for a well deserved break! Going back to Europe to spent some time in Holland and France with my family, so this will be my last blog until I come back mid July. It has been a very interesting first 6 months of operation with KLD, which I started on the 1st January this year. How quickly the first half of the year has gone by, seems like yesterday. Never a dull moment! Started very low key with just me and a desk (J) but with a few existing project contracts in hand to complete and a few new ones to start on. Gradually as project demands grew staff started to arrive and right now we have grown back to a team of about 15. Most of them have been with me for a long time so we are a close nit “family”. Having staff that you trust and who know what is expected from them has been one of my greatest blessings in setting up KLD. I have spent years and years training my staff so I take this opportunity to express my gratitude for their continued support!

The transition to KLD has actually been very smooth eventhough initially I had no idea what I was getting myself into, it was a big leap of faith certainly after I had spent so many years building up Lighting Images. But it has proved me beyond doubt that clients deal with people, not companies, as many of my clients have remained loyal to me. In fact the transition to KLD has somehow ignited some new interest and excitement…

But we have not been without our setbacks. Without doubt the biggest one was the jailing of one of my biggest India clients. He became a victim of the 2G scandal that is rocking India and togeher with the former minister of communications ended up jailed indefinetely without bail option. As a result all the projects we were involved with (6!) bar one, have been put on hold which has seriously affected our cashflow. However the good news is that we have heaps of new  projects coming up so we look forward to the second half of the years with excited anticipation! Speak soon!

In Light Watch today a picture of pitoresque Amsterdam which is my first stop. Take a tour through the canals in the summer evening and enjoy the characteristic architecture of Amsterdam!

Light Watch 121: Amsterdam from the canals (pic from

29. June 2011 by Martin Klaasen
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