MID-SEM BREAK 2017 | BAHAU

MID-SEM BREAK 2017 | BAHAU

I consider Penang street food to be one of the best in the world. The range of choice around the island and across over Butterworth is really just overwhelming. From the Chinese Hokkien cuisine and all the way to the famous Indian Muslim delicacy, the choice is really just endless.

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Her flight is delay from Langkawi and then she found out we will be stuck in Penang for another 2 hour. 

That is until my girlfriend says that the food at her hometown is better. Yes, there is more choice here in Penang but the taste, according to her, is different. Whereas at Bahau, the taste is simply better and the texture or smell is definitely more authentic. She was saying that they cook it much better. And so does the Coffee.

As a good boyfriend that I am, I simply agree on this matter. Simply because she has good taste towards stuff and she is usually right.

Chance came upon me to visit her hometown during the semester break. She invited me to meet her family and at the same time, brought me around Bahau, Negeri Sembilan. For those that are wondering, I am a bit nervous when meeting them and yes, I do find it awkward at first but it gets better over time.

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The flight delay took about 2 hours of everyone at the departure hall. Additional 30 minutes delay when we board the aeroplane. 

It is a week long visit to Bahau and it begin with a rather long trip from Penang, KL, and all the way to Bahau. But it’s just the beginning of very interesting trip in recent time.

I arrange all the picture that I took into one long post with caption in each photograph. That way it would be easier to view the entire post without bothering to read any poorly written paragraph.

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Since our flight was delay, my girlfriend family have to wait for another 3 hour before going back to Bahau. The ride from the airport to Bahau is about 2 hour in a half and we arrive around 2am in the morning. 
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Chin Seik showing off his bow and arrow set. Reminds me of my friends and cousin who used to play this in highschool. I am never much of a fan of static sports such as archery or bowling but I do appreciate the skill require to pull it off nicely. 
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Grabbing our morning breakfast nearby. I don’t really have much expectation actually. 
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But I was wrong, the coffee was great and the food was good as well. Wish the cafeteria near my dormitory can serve food like this, or at least the coffee that is. 
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One of the reason why I gain so much weight in one week is because of they let me try a lot of great tasting food around Bahau. I forgot the Chinese word for this but it is basically Bahau famous Braised Pork Oflal. I rate this in my Top 3 food to eat in Bahau, and of course from those that is famous among the local. 
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A friend of my girlfriend mum. Saw some great tasting bun and biscuit that is freshly made. 
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Like daughter, like mother. 
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I would rate this as my Number 1 food to try in Bahau. I have a very soft spot for tasty sweet cold dessert and this one is really one of the best that I try so far. Its called Wan Toa Lang if I was not mistaken and it consist of Jelly mixed with shaved ice and condensed milk, top off with a dash of lime. 
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Not done with what we  eat that evening, we went on to try this delightful Tom Yam that is somehow cooked/serve in coconut. Not sure if this is unique to Bahau but the taste is alright. 
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Coconut Tom Yam.  My stomach is pretty full now, barely able to breath. 
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After the Tom Yam, they brought me to the famous Roti Canai shop. Again, I forgot the name of the restaurant but its near some clinic. As you can see, there is 3 different Roti Canai which my girlfriend say she find it to be very good. 
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Her parents met their old acquaintance. 
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Apparently they were neighbor 2 decades ago.  
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Roti Canai with ICe-cream. Never thought it taste so good.  
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The restaurant is just next to the place where my girlfriend and her siblings used to practice their musical instrument. This is her teacher doing some classes on harmonica. 
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2nd day, and this is our breakfast. The food is good as expected. 
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They say we just going to take a quick breakfast. 
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They ended up showing me around the town area. 
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I dont understand why she is like this. 
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We discuss something about people wealth and house design. The house looks unique though. 
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We are suppose to be visiting a temple here but the gate is closed. We went out to take a picture of the panorama view. Can’t see much actually. 
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The grass is tall. 
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This tree is taller. 
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Okay, she is shorter. 
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On our way to an abandoned golf park. 
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Another interesting stuff to take picture off. 
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Lembu Bahau. 
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The golf coursed used to be owned by a Korean If I was not mistaken but it was left like this for no reason. (according to a local source) 
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I think we can make something out of this. 
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The guard dog. 

 

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The brought some leftover to feed the dog. Such well mannered one as well. 

 

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Then they brought me to this lovely spot. Good place to take portrait pictures I think. 
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The squad for the day. 
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First group photo of the day. 
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Everyone is hungry. So we are going back home to eat some lovely home made food. 
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Nope, cancel that, we are going to Rompin. (I think its Rompin or was it Kuala Pilah) 
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This is their grandmother house yard. It is now rented by a movie director who doesnt seems to live there as much as they thought. 
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So sad. 😦
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Bye Bye… 😦 

 

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Trying out Chin Seik new bow set.
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The bow is bigger than her arms. 
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Chin Seik admiring his new hairstyle. 

 

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On our way to visit Ladang Gedis. 
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Can’t remember what Silo is this for. Was it grain or something. Not sure. 
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This is Ah Tong best pose. 
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She brought the grass all the way until evening. 
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SO cute. 
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An old english building build by the British owner from many decades ago. 
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Another group photo. 
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Ah Tong told me not to upload this pictures online or else she will lose her image. 
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Another group photo. 
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Then somehow Chin Seik suggest that we should visit Roti Abdul. Its one of the oldest bread maker from Bahau that has been supplying delicious bread around the area for years. 
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Found the Roti Abdul factory, but we can’t find the entrance. 
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Found it. 
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I love the smell of a bakery, and this is even more pleasing to my nose as the entire factory made bread and flavor filled bun like those gardenia. Roti Abdul buns and bread are cheap and tasty by the way. The entire factory is clean as well. 
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Enjoying the scene while making some joke about something and eating some Roti Abdul. 
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Ah Tong was showing her family palm estate area. She even told us how she used to play and help her family picking up the palm fruits into the lorry. 
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No car was harm in the making of this picture. 
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Happy kids. 
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Another group photo. 
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My girlfriend is a little kid on the inside. 
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The last group photo of the day. 

Eventhough my girlfriend show me around Bahau, her family was actually was very eager to let me try many great different food around Bahau. So every night they brought me to many different places which is great. Never felt hungry even for the next few weeks.

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I had assignment to settle that week. But we are having so much activities as well. 
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For Orang Semenanjung, 1 hour ride is actually very close. 
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A Char Kuey Teow that is made by using wood and flaming charcoal. 
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That smile. 
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The Char Kuey Teow taste good. But I was pretty full that time. 
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Check it out, the flaming wooden stove. 
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Her father showing me the places and building around the area. 
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This is on top of some hill. The temple seems to be working on something even though its late at night. 
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Chinese Architecture. 
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That color contrast. 

I did visit Kuala Lumpur that week. For those who lives in Peninsular Malaysia, their understanding between near and far is way different compare to us in Borneo, especially for me who have been living in a small island for less than a decade. For my girlfriend, she thinks from Bahau to Kuala Lumpur is okay, and quiet near. (it’s more than 8 hour trip).

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She made breakfast for me. Good effort though from her side. I want more. 
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Going to the bus station. 
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Those siblings were so excited. 
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Waving to her mother face. 
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And we arrive at the Seremban KTM train station.  Its an hour bus ride. 
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Going up. 
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Going down. 
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The morning passenger to Kuala Lumpur. 
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No seat for me. 
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Got a seat then we found our fellow classmate from Politeknik Port Dickson. 
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The kid was crying so we make some stupid face. 
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I think she call her friend to inform him that we have arrive in KL Central. 
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I purposely try to keep my stomach flat for this picture. 
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Expensive priced food doesn’t make for a great tasting food. 
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We took our lunch just next to the PAM Centre. 
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Just look at the color palette and detailing. 
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That smile. 
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We grab a coffee at KLCC. The machiato was great. 
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Went to Kinokuniya and bought a book by Stuart Franklin on Photojournalism. 
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Its a rainy evening. 
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Highlight of the day. Luckily I didn’t insist on getting one for myself, even with 4 of us we couldn’t finish the drink. 

Our highlight of the week was supposed to be a hiking trip to Bukit Broga. They say it is very near (1-2 hour trip is actually very ‘dekat’ to them). Instead since we arrive there a bit late with the sun high up on top of us, we decided to just visit the temple with Sun Wukong and enjoy ourselves.

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Our breakfast for the day. Not the best and the coffee was so-so only. 
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It’s only few weeks ago that Dota2 announced a new hero call the Monkey king. 
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Going into the temple. 
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The monkey king is still looking for something. 
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I forgot what she is called. 
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Sama. 
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I just love the contrast. 
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Orphaned kid. 
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Long. 
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I forgot what is the story for this. 
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Happy kid. 
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Chin Wei showing the double peace sign. 
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Wu Kong is still looking for something. 
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The sibling. 
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This is not Sabah. 
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We found a great tasting coconut shake along the way. 
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They have a regular customer it seems. 
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After having our lunch, we decided to visit this housing estate nearby where the houses could reach million of ringgit. Its a gated development complete with a clubhouse. 
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The show unit is fully furnished and expensive looking. Inspired by european style but I dont really like the design. 

The last day before going back was a bit relaxing, I just finished submitted my assignment and packing my stuff only took a short time to settle. We did manage to try her sister breakfast set before taking off to the airport.

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She is showing off her brand new shoes that she never got to wear, YET. 
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At the airport chilling with the Family Mart Matcha Ice-cream. 
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That double chin of mine. 75kg by this time. 
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That double cap style of her. 

So I got back home to my room with a full stomach. My girlfriend family has been extremely friendly and thoughtful for the entire week. It’s just that I wish I could be more nicer and less awkward during my next visit. Of course, there is a lot of other stuff to visit as well.

Next time, I gonna bring my Seagull and maybe my OM-1n.

 

Indonesia Trip 2013 [THROWBACK]

Indonesia Trip 2013 [THROWBACK]

   After getting my own passport for the first time, there was various choices of destination that I could visit with a year saving that I earn from working full-time as a project designer.

   Choices range from Singapore, Indonesia, and even Hong Kong. (saving was just enough to cover a week trip around this country)

   But I eventually choose Indonesia as a friend of mine invited me to follow him on a week trip to Indonesia to meet up with some of his friends at Jakarta and at the same time meeting up with some photographers for future collaboration on possible photography workshop and photo festival at Sabah. (At the time of writing, Kota Kinabalu Photo festival has went into its second edition back in December 2016 with numerous mentors being invited from Indonesia such as Agah Permadi, Erik Prasetya, and Romi Perbawa)

     It was a significant time to visit Jakarta as they are preparing for the upcoming election week with Jokowi being the locals favorite, Christmas is coming and New Year eve is just a week later.

   Personally, I didn’t do much research on Indonesia apart from the do’s ‘and don’t. As I will be tagging along with my friend. He assure me that everything is already planned, just standby enough money for the entire trip. No kidding, we even joke on being a millionaire overnight at the airport!.

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Arrived at Jakarta at night. Heading out to McDonald to grab some quick bites before heading to Pak Agah house. 

   Another thing to note that all the pictures taken during the trip was using Ricoh GRD III and the brand new Ricoh GR. It was a loan unit from a good friend of his and the camera perform flawlessly but I am not used to it at some point hence the blurry pictures. I had some problem with the Ricoh GR Auto ISO.

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It was late night and Pak Agah made sure that we got everything to stay at his house comfortably. 

   For the rest of our stay at Jakarta, I am quiet fortunate to received the hospitality from Pak Agah Permadi, a well known photographer himself, thanks to Mr Jebat for introducing him to me. The plan was to go to Bandung in the next few days and so far we will visit some of the place that is quiet favorable by photographers (more like tourist photographers).

On the next day, after we got our breakfast. We headed to the famous marine port, Sunda Kelapa. It has a lot history to it and to be honest, I didn’t know what to expect.

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Our first taste on the infamous Jakarta traffic jam. 

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The view from the rearseat. 

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There is a lot of big boats over there. Most of them are used for cargo, not fishing. 

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The happy man. He said he took some good picture here. 

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The guardian. I believe, some of them live inside the boat, travelling around. What a life. 

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There were chatting something about politician. Manage to chat with them a bit about the boat around the area. 

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Repainting the boat for New year. 

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They were carrying some stuff into the boat. 

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We took a boat to visit the village on the other side of Sunda Kelapa. I can’t remember the price but we are nearly scammed if it were not for Pak Agah. 

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Closest thing to visiting Venice. 

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Pak Agah is trying to pinpoint a good spot that he usually visit to take some nice saloon style picture. This was the only time that Jebat pull out his Nikon. 
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Kids nowadays should play more like this and less on computer screen. 

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Must be Germany. 

   After spending more than 3 hour at Sunda Kelapa, it was time to grab our lunch. The sun was high and its getting hot, we were lucky that it was cloudy during our stay or else, the sunlight would be very harsh. We grab some nice lunch where they serve local delicacy ‘Masakan orang sunda’ but I don’t know the name of the place. It was Friday and I decided to the church next to the Istiqlal Mosque.

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President of Indonesia at the time. 

  I regret for not exploring the area around the mosque but it was full of people and was super crowded, and I am afraid that I would run into problem since I haven’t got any local sim-card at the time. Istiqlal Mosque is huge and the design is fascinating for those who want to visit Jakarta.

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Jakarta Cathedral

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The interior was awesome. One of the finest Church design that I have seen so far complete with the Gothic detailing. The surrounding landscape is well maintained as well. 

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Guys please, Jesus is watching. 

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I almost got the newspaper because the layout and typography looks cool. 

The main agenda of the day was to visit Antara Journalistic Gallery and to meet with some of the person in charge for future collaboration. More info can be gather  here.

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As you enter the gallery, you will be welcomed by this guy. 

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A lovely aunty. She says her husband used to work for Antara News Office as a photographer. She is fluent in English by the way and not to be messed with. 

   Afterward Pak Agah bring us to the camera store nearby, there is an area where they sale cheap camera accessories. They bring me there because I ran out of memory so I bought the 16gb Sandisc instead which is cheaper than buying in Malaysia. Later, I use the Ricoh GR for the entire trip.

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Can’t tell if they were a nun or otherwise. 

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Going back home. 

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Going through our loots. Some nice purchase that we got recently. Jebat is checking the bus ticket online, either that or we are working on how to work the mobile network. 

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We are staying in a nice dense neighborhood filled with middle-class people of Jakarta. This is one of the many mural around the area. 

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Jebat was taking his picture but I am simply following him. He is a security guard I think. 

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That guy thought we are a customer. Ojek is like UBER but use motorcycle and doesn’t work on app. 

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Lovely fella, one of the quote when we chat with them “Dari Malaysia? indak apa, bahasa sama. Kita serumpun.”. Can’t argue with that. 

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This cart should be Indonesia main symbol for business and prosperity. 

   To be honest, we didn’t go to many place that day, the traffic was terrible and we don’t want to force Pak Agah to drive us around the place as it was inconvenient. That night we did have a plan to meet with Rony Zakaria, one of my mentor during IPA workshop in the last few months. He is also an award winning photojournalist for this awesome work around Gunung Merapi.

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Pak Agah is not only interested in Photography and Music instrument, but he has some passion for airgun where they use tiny lead bullet which is enough to kill a small bird. 

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Pak Agah eldest son in his room. 

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It already past 6pm and its quiet dark and I am hungry. I decided to walk around the area to take some picture but instead bought some bakso and sate instead. 

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It smells lovely. Cheaper than in Malaysia per stick.

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We meet up wih Rony Zakaria that night. It was wonderful to see him again after so long. 

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The man, Rony Zakaria.  He did show us some of his ongoing work on the Gunung Merapi and its in color. Thanks for sharing Rony. 

   In the next morning, I was told that we will accompany Pak Agah to get his youngest son, Qhairan, for circumcise. I was curious on how they do it here in this dense urban area and decided to tag along. I had nothing to do that morning anyway.

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He is not excited at all but everyone is being positive. 

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I ask him to smile before he went to take a nap. 

 

 

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Pak Agah tries to calm him down. 

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Still trying. 

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Qhairan is looking for his mother.  

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Almost a man.

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This is when the doctor inject some anesthetic. 

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There was a smell of burned skin everywhere. 

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They say they use a laser. All I can see is a thin wire with electric current going through it. 

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And he became a Man. 

  After our morning session with Qhairan circumcise (or Khatan) is done. Pak Agah bought us some food for lunch and it’s finally time to say goodbye as we will have to proceed to our next destination which is Bandung. We haven’t got the bus ticket but it can be bought easily since it was not fully booked that day. Funny thing is that we got the entire bus just for ourselves.

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Pak Agah showing his photoshop skills and also some of his famous work. 

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We can sit anywhere. 

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One last snap before we head to Bandung. 

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Halfway toward Bandung. 

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I can feel the similarity with Kuala Lumpur here. 

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Silver kid. First interesting thing that we saw when we got to Bandung. Not even close to our hostel yet. 

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Took a cab to our hostel. The driver have 3 wives and Jebat was excited to listen to his story. Our hostel is located at Bukit Dago Utara.

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They have a lot of dogs and pets around the hostel area. 

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One of the coziest place to stay. 

   The main agenda for our visit to Bandung was to meet up with the local ‘underground’ photographer that is led by Sari Asih. We didn’t manage to meet her but instead we did somehow were welcomed by Tandia Permadi and Aditya Pratama (he runs Unobtainium selling photobook in Indonesia).

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I knew his name before on facebook trying to sale his Leica to fund his trip to Angkor as he won the workshop grant. We did discuss a lot on photography issue and he is a terrific photographer. 

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The restaurant have a nice pool table that the customer can play for free. 

   On the next day, we are accompany by Aip. He is a good photographer with a rather interesting body of work. Can’t recall his website though. He did show us around the town area and also gives us the direction to some of the custom boutique where Jebat is planning to make his club t-shirt at.

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Complimentary breakfast. The coffee is good and nicely made. 

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This is Aip, our tourguide/photographer.

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Some of the random snap in portrait format. I took a lot of picture in portrait format during the entire trip. 

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Rock and Roll.

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The other side of Bandung during that time. I heard its getting better under the new Mayor recently. 

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We took a ride inside a small cramped van, but it was cheap. 

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Look at the hand. 

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Buying our return train ticket to Jakarta. We only stay at Bandung for 2 nights. 

Our stay in Bandung was lovely, although we didn’t get to visit some of the famous places due to the warning from the geological department. Nevertheless I bought some t-shirt, jacket, and a nice black jeans which later I wear for the next 3 years.

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Bandung is a town with temperate weather, and during that time it was slightly colder than usual with all the rain. This is the water heater and it use gas instead of the usual electric system. Notice the flame in the middle of the water heater?.

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At Bandung Train station. 

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Kucing Bandung.
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The train.

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One of the passenger.
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First time on a train in a foreign country.

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“Selamat siang, ticketnya Mas”

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The landscape outside the train. I walk through the cabin and snap a lot before I went to sleep. 

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Almost reached the train station, in the next 15 minutes. 

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One of the last stop before reaching the main train station. 

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It was a funny scene, I took an Ojek while Jebat ride on Pak Agah motorcycle. The luggage is heavy and we have to go through the crazy Jakarta traffic for this. 

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Its very much like in Malaysia. 

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I need a selfie to be hip. 

   It was on New Year eve and thing is getting interesting in Jakarta. The traffic surge like crazy towards evening and noise were everywhere. Pak Agah did warn us that it is not a good idea to go to the Tugu Monas as the traffic is mad and you wont be able to go back home on time afterwards. We really want to go there but we don’t want to trouble Pak Agah either so instead we spend the night at his house instead. We are tired from the train ride anyway but the sounds of the fireworks towards midnight makes for some interesting visual and sight.

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It’s not even 12am yet.

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Some of the neighbor around the area. 

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It’s midnight and the entire area sounds like a battlefield. I should had look for a better angle to show the scene around the area.

As this is our last day at Indonesia, again there was nothing much to do as the traffic is getting busier but Pak Agah told me that it is so much better than usual. Apparently during holiday, most of the people will go back to their hometown and most of those who stay at Jakarta is only the local that are doing some odds job.

We did manage to visit the high-end area of Jakarta and Jebat got his Hardrock cafe t-shirt from Jakarta. It’s a stark contrast to the other part of Jakarta though.

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We meet up with Ridzki, Tommy, and Rony that day. It was nice and there is a lot interesting photobook being pass around. The cafe is lovely as well. 

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A must have picture. We are heading to Jakarta Hardrock Cafe. 

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Another side of Jakarta. 

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I thought this would look interesting so I took a picture of it. 
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We joked that they look very lovely together.

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Then I realized that the joke is on me and I don’t have a girlfriend. Okay, it says Ground Floor. 

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A few hours before our flight, clearing our stuff and ready to go.

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Pak Agah has been very nice to us. I personally grateful to meet such humble person. He is seeing us off at the airport. 

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To get to our plane, we need to take a bus. Very convenient. 
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Goodbye Jakarta, until we see you again. 

MID-SEMESTER BREAK 2015

MID-SEMESTER BREAK 2015

   Mid-semester break is definitely what every University student are looking forward to every semester. The 9 day of holiday away from tedious group assignment and laborious series of test and quizzes, mid-semester is truly a week of blessing to everyone especially for those who had been away from their family for a few months.

   It’s the same for me although a week of holiday is probably better off spent by traveling around the peninsular side of Malaysia. It’s been like this since my Diploma years where the cost of my return flight ticket to my hometown is used to support my week long traveling to various places in peninsular Malaysia. Malacca and Kuala Lumpur is my favorite.

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Woke up early that morning.  All is prepared and ready to wait at the bus stop. 

   So when my mid-semester break is approaching, the thought of going somewhere interesting grew on me despite being drowned in the sea of endless assignment and project deadline.   The list is endless (maybe not, as it’s capped off within a certain budget)

  • Go to Kuala Lumpur and spent time at Kinokuniya.
  • Go to Langkawi and spent days at the overprice hotel. But I thought it’s better to go there with friends. 
  • Take a train Ride all the way to JB and then to Singapore before returning back to Penang on flight.(Good idea but didn’t have enough money
  • Take a bus to the scenic route to Kelantan and Perlis through Kedah.
  • Maybe just stay in Penang and explore the area on bicycle. 

   I did a post on my facebook wall and a few friends notify me that they would be more than happy to meet up with me when I got to the places. So a long time friend that I got to know through our interest in photography had decided to bring me along to explore Kedah and Perlis. Last time I met him was years ago in Kuala Lumpur and it is great to have a true local to show me around the scenic view of Kedah. Surely this would turn out great.

   Up until then, there was nothing solid being plan. All that I had decided is that it would be from Kedah and somehow afterward I gonna take the train to Ipoh and then Kuala Lumpur, all through the brand new KTM ETS train.

   I bought the bus ticket a week earlier just so that I would not be disappointed for missing the bus ride as University students will be going back to their hometown by Bus and most of them are from Kedah and Penang, so go figure.

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The last time I took an express bus was 4 years ago. 

   I woke up extra early than usual on that day while double checking my rucksack and camera bag, I also made sure that I bring some books to read along and it’s Haruki Murakami new book ‘Colourless’.

   I took the morning bus to Alor Setar from Stesen Bas Sungai Nibong. Grab a quick Gardenia vanilla bun for breakfast before I went off across the Penang bridge and all the way to Alor Setar. Falling asleep was the easiest part when you only get a few hour of sleep before the trip.

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A photograph that proves I have been to Kedah, or at least pass by. 

   Upon arrival, I was welcomed with the sight of newly refurbished bus station. The big steel structure consisting of a series of repetitive steel trusses covering the entire area which seems to be recently painted new. It was few hour past afternoon and after meeting up with Akmal at the bus station entrance, we decided to get some lunch before heading somewhere else.

   Kedah has a spectacular scenery. I knew it from the words that my friends has told me, they say the paddy field seems endless over the horizon and it is true. A glistening green field with a patch of solid limestone hill along the foreground. Certainly I wish to visit it again, as well as exploring the shorelines.

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Akmal brought me to the one of the shoreline. Can’t remember the place name though.

   That evening, Akmal decided to bring me to some random places around the area as well as showing me how the  paddy field actually work. It seems the layout is determine by the paddy field owner and each has its own name or code given. Can’t remember the detail for the name but the Kampung address is based on it.

   I have another reason to visit Kedah other than to actually visit the Paddy Field. There is someone that I have been wanting to meet for so long and that is Mr Jusni. He is one of the person that has inspire me to widen my perspective on the world and he has consistently share the beautiful landscape of Kedah through Flickr. Without him, I won’t be taking photograph using film camera, and thanks to him, I am a fan of Olympus OM camera.

   Akmal used to stay around Mr Jusni area and they are quiet close. He call Mr Jusni for some short teh tarik session and finally I was able to have a chat with him face to face. As expected, he is a great guy with a lot of experience. We also share similar passion on cycling and he did brag that Kedah is a good place for cycling.

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Mr Jusni Nasirun.

   Afterward, we decided to go back to and get some rest. We are staying at Akmal parents home for the night before going to Perlis or Perak tomorow morning. The hospitality that I received throughout that night was beyond on what I would expect, wish I could repay their kindness in someway. They also keep a lot of cat with many different unique character as well.

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I believe there is more than a dozen of cat around the household area.

   On the next morning, we already prepared for our trip to Perlis. The journey will take long hour and basically we are trying to find a way to keep the journey fun and interesting. Akmal did share his story on his hiking trip to Japan with the Ricoh GR and also some tips on how to travel to Japan for cheap. We discuss a lot about bagpacking and stuff but I do wish to visit that part of Japan someday. We spent a lot of time inside the car that day, a total of perhaps 6-7 hours where we eventually decided to go to Ipoh instead.

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The limestone hill is unique, there is nothing like it at my place though.
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Taken right in front of a Pasembor stall where we stop by to get some food.
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Pokok getah, it’s a common sight here throughout Malaysia.

   After spending hours inside the car accompany by Queen Bohemian Rhapsody album throughout the day, we finally reach Ipoh after a rather heavy downpour. Since it was late and we dont want to waste any money to stay at the hotel for one night, we decided to sleep in the car instead. It was a bit damp due to the weather but we slept through the night anyway due to being exhausted.

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I just found out that Akmal Civic has an Integra DC5 engine. That is very impressive and he is wearing a Honda MUGEN T-shirt by the way.
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The rain makes for a cold damp night.
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Checking through the phone for one last time. We did try to search for a hotel to stay for the night but couldn’t since most of them doesn’t accept check in after 12am.

We woke up rather early that morning, I believe it is partly because it was uncomfortable and Akmal need to do his morning prayer. To be honest it was enough but Akmal seems to be rather okay about it, as expected from someone who loves camping outdoor. Afterward, we visit University Teknologi Petronas which is just next to the oil station that we parked for the night. Akmal is an alumni of that place and it is nice of him to show me around the area. The university building is designed by Lord Norman Foster from UK and this a very exciting building to observe. We did take our breakfast at the cafeteria though and that place is rather huge.

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Check out the huge roof canopy covering the walkway. The detail is impressive but I do wonder how the building will perform during rainy season.

   After a good walk around the University, we decided to grab our lunch at Ipoh for some of the famous Nasi Ganja. But of course not without visiting some of the interesting place in between. I did told Akmal that I enjoy looking at old abandoned kampung house and he did exactly that, we drive along this kampung area and there is so many thing to look at.

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I think the river is some sort of a border between Perak and Kedah. If I am not wrong that is. 
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We did visit some of the famous waterfall spot but it was dangerous to take a dip in it as the rain from last night create a strong current.
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The infamous Ipoh traffic jam, waste an hour of my life here. Hunting for the Nasi Ganja.
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That famous Nasi Ganja. Its legal to eat and halal by the way.

   After we check-in at the nearby hotel in Ipoh, we decided to take some rest to make up for the lack of sleep last night. Afterward that evening we decided to walk through the town area and its amazing on what a few years could do to the area. The ugly empty landscape in front of the KTM station has become a great public space while the path towards the clock tower has been reworked somehow.

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Enjoying the colonial style facade.
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The kid didn’t fall, he was trying to stand up.

   We take our late lunch nearby and then decided to stay at KTM station for the night just to immerse ourselves with the nice cheerful vibes around the area. The surrounding area is rather happening with parents bringing their kids while some people renting out rollerblades and hoverboard. I spent RM15 just to try the hoverboard around the area, I look like a giant kid among kids.

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The town council did a good job on this. All state should focus on a project that will benefit the public in general not just mega project.
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*Insert screaming child sound file

   The initial idea was Kedah – Perak – KL – Penang, I already told Akmal about it and basically he is cool with sending me all the way to Ipoh. We bought the ticket earlier and there is only one ride left which is at 5:30am, it sold out quicker because tomorrow is Deepavali and that is a public holiday. I wish I could take breakfast before proceeding my trip to KL and accompany Akmal a bit before his ride back to Kedah. After saying goodbye to Akmal, I walk myself to the train station from the hotel.

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They stay at the same hotel with me and they seem to catch the same train as I do.
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Few minutes before departure. First time on this super fast train though. 
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I slept for most of the time but woke up because it was cold and I didn’t bring my jacket with me.
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Arrived at KL Central. Finally, a familiar place. 

   I didn’t stop by to any place afterward, I just informed a few of my friend that I will be in KL for a short while. I decided to go to my favorite bagpacker hostel just to make sure that there will have a room for me. Surprised to find out that they remodel the ground floor into a nice Cafe with proper expresso machine and stuff, I didn’t try it during my stay though so can’t say how good it is.

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I did rest myself a bit after arriving before heading out to the street of KL.

   I got a message from Nick that afternoon that he will be at his favorite bar at the Pavillion, its nice to catch up with fellow ‘Street photographer’ to chat on geeky stuff about photography.

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A very KL feel. Crowded and dense.
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Pussy.
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In front of Pudu Raya. 
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A very KL feeling somehow.

Contrary to what people thought about me, I don’t drink as much as they think. I do enjoy alcohol but not to the point that I will passed out for no reason, unless there is someone that will take care of me. Nick brought Daphne along with Scott and it was an entertaining chat that we are having that night. Not sure on what but it was fun.

Fun until I have to walk to my hotel slightly drunk, but if I could cycle back to my hotel dead drunk at Chiang Mai, I can do the same at Kuala Lumpur by walking.

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Most of the picture that I took afterward was a bit blurred. But the place was dimly lighted.
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My step back to the hotel was a bit lighter than usual. Nice view though under the rain.

   I remember that Nick told me last night that he will accompany me for tomorrow morning, I wish I could woke up early but being the student that I am, the earliest that I could was 9:30am. Nick brought me to a decent nearby stall at Petaling Street before we hit the street with our camera and stuff. Chasing shadow and light.

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Nick in his environment.
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Nick favorite man, the Bankruptcy Man.
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We went to Kinokuniya as the sun is getting higher, which later we spent a hundred ringgits on photobooks.
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Nick was saying that my sunglasses looks funny, which I agree.

   After a wonderful stay at Kuala Lumpur, it was time to say goodbye. It was great to catch up with some of them but the next time I visit KL, I will try to catch up with some old friend as well. For now, I will be going to KL Central to catch the evening ride to Penang. My luggage is getting heavier thanks to the loots that I bought from Kinokuniya.

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KL Central. 

   The ride to Penang I believe will take at least 6 hour instead the usual 9 hour before they upgrade the train into the ETS. Train ride nowadays has become so comfortable that you could actually just sleep on your seat which is more comfortable than taking the aeroplane. The toilet is cleaner as well but the train ride that I took stop to many times for my liking, maybe I should make it clear that it’s not a non-stop train ride.

I arrived at Butterworth around 11:20pm, almost midnight. It took us another 20 minutes walk from the train station and maybe another half an hour for the ferry. The thing that I worried now is my transport back to my dormitory. Rapid Penang stop working by 11:30pm and I arrived at Georgetown at 12:10am. Go figure.

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The moment that I realize that I need to walk for another 10 minutes to the Ferry  Jetty. 
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I am not so sure, am I always the one who is not rushing to the same place?.
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Catching the last ferry to Georgetown.
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Everyone already took their favorite spot and I don’t know where to sit. 
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This kid seems to be enjoying the night breeze. The skyline does reminds me of a wallpaper picture of Hong Kong though. 
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Arrived at Georgetown. Everyone rush to the bus station. 

As I mentioned earlier, going back to my University in the middle of the night is one of the problem that I didn’t expect to encounter. My phone is so outdated and it couldn’t even install UBER or GRABCAR apps. For once, I have to rely on Taxi eventhough I knew it would be very expensive as hell.

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Taxi driver are desperate for money and income, but it wont help with their image in the future as they compete with the like of UBER and Grabcar. The guy didnt even use a meter. 

It cost me RM35 to go back to the university eventhough I share the same taxi with some nice aunties who is concern on my safety and also on my wallet. God bless them but fuck the overpriced taxi driver.

After arrived safely at my room, I took the time to clear my bag and then took a long shower before hitting the bed. Until next time.

Hari Gawai 2015

Hari Gawai 2015

Earlier last month at the end of June, I decided to join a friend back to his home village to celebrate the Harvest Festival. Being a Sino Kadazan, I never been to a longhouse before but my friend assure me that although the longhouse nowadays are made from a much more contemporary material, the culture has pretty much remain the same.

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The town at Limbang is busy with people preparing for the Harvest festival tomorrow.

We took the ferry from Labuan and arrive at the Limbang Jetty in the next few hours. The ride was smooth while the immigration system is pretty efficient as well. Limbang is part of Sarawak therefore its jurisdiction is different compare to those from Peninsular Malaysia and Sabah.

The town however; although small, is pretty busy with people stocking all the necessary item for a feast. A longhouse usually hold at least 10 family but its not uncommon for some longhouse to have at least 50 family in a single row. My friend brought his family back to the village for the holiday and as usual, we will bring our own share of the celebration by buying liquor and meats.

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A pig head that my friend brought back for the barbeque.

After we were done with the shopping, the next agenda of the day is to visit their ancestor graveyard which is meant to pay their respect and praying for their blessing for the upcoming festival. It is a pretty common practice for most races in Malaysia.

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A Christian Cemetery
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Paying their respect for the elder. My friend grandfather who passed away few years ago.

The journey back to the village took us about 1 hour and half despite our aggressive driving. There is no proper asphalt road that connects the village with the main road but according to my friend, the road is in a much better condition than it was few years ago, plus there is electricity grid throughout the area.

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4WD vehicle is a standard choice for the people around the area. We are stopping by at my friend family orchard before continuing our ride back to the village.

The longhouse is actually really long. Its similar to the British terrace house design with a long corridor or ‘ruai’ connecting the house. The ‘ruai’ is consider as a public area where kids and elders usually hang out. I didn’t spent much time exploring outside the longhouse since the family has been very welcoming ever since I got there. Everyone is pumped up for tomorrow and preparation is hasten towards midnight.

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Part of the ‘Ruai’. Its big enough for the kids to play and surely big enough to hold hundreds of people celebrating the harvest festival.
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The backyard of the longhouse. Store were built to keep farming equipment away from the longhouse.

Iban people are known for being fond with alcoholic drinks and true to their reputation, we were serve with some rice wine and pork barbecue to freshen our day. I couldn’t remember much after that day since I haven’t been sober for the next few days. Drinks were serve like there was no tomorrow but falling asleep was pretty easy.

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Alcohol can do wonder to people.
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A family gathering.

The next morning I woke up with a terrible hangover. My mouth was dry and my stomach was hungry but that is pretty much what we do for the next few days; drink, eat, and sleep. Its holiday and many of the family relatives came back for the week to celebrate the festive occasion where having a great time being their main objective.

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Barbecue pork meat and a few shots of whiskey.
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Serves up!
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Again, Alcohol could do wonder and at a time like this I wish I was not that drunk to hold the camera properly.

Later on that day, I did got the time to explore some part of the village. The village is surround by dense forest with a river passing through in between. Back then, people of the village have to rely on the river as their main transportation method but ever since the road was built, it hasn’t been used much due to safety and convenience.

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Gathering some edible palm from nearby tree for tonight dinner. 
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The scenery around the area. 

My original intention to join my friend back for a visit is actually to have a look at their old wooden longhouse structure, which remain pretty much as it is despite being in ruin for a long time. My friend uncle brought me to the place and being drunk as hell, the three of us make a journey through the forest, barefoot.

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Entrance to the old longhouse.
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The inside of the longhouse with the top space being used as a place to keep harvested rice. Similar to how Kadazan people used to keep their rice.
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Drunk as hell. To be honest, I didnt remember how we walk out from that place.

The highlight of the harvest festival would be during midnight where blessing and prayers are given throughout the longhouse. Again, I don’t really remember how the night goes, my camera however are still by my side and somehow I manage to even change my memory card. Looking through the picture do made me realize that festive event should be fun for everyone while preserving our own culture and identity. The night last until dawn with people tossing their glass and laughing at each other jokes. During the last day of my stay there, they even hired a local band to entertain the people with everyone joining in for the dance.

A truly festive season that I truly enjoy which I wish I was not that drunk during my entire stay.

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Sarawak national flag.
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Before the praying session start. I didn’t ask about the ceremony in detail though.
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The younger people enjoying the drinks and music.
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DANCE, DANCE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A WALK THROUGH PASAR KARAT

A WALK THROUGH PASAR KARAT

“Never go alone if you were shooting around Petaling street!, someone just got murdered over there a few months ago.” those were the word that my old physic teacher told me during my stay at his house in Kuala Lumpur. “You better off by wearing a cap, you look to much like a tourist without it.” he further added. That was the first advice that my teacher actually gave to me when I told him of my interest to explore Kuala Lumpur all by myself.

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Some antique foreign money that is on sale

Kuala Lumpur has always been a fascinating place for me ever since I was young. Its a place that represent Malaysia on international level and I always thought it was the most advance city in the whole Malaysia. I have never consider it as a dangerous place before and that is until I have seen the street life of Kuala Lumpur with my own eyes. Its Crowded, hectic, and heavily congested. The scene changes within a specific period of time where office worker commute their transit via the LRT in the morning to the joyous crowd at the Chinatown in the evening, its truly a sight to behold especially for someone who is used to the calm life in suburban area of Labuan.

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The view of the Maybank tower from my hotel window.

Over the year, there is one particular place that manage to slip through my list and that is the infamous Pasar Karat.

Pasar karat is more of a flea market that open during the weekend. From what I heard, It’s full of interesting character that is looking for a legit source of income, a place that is full of interesting character. I still remember the word from an old Chinese photographer that I met  years ago who used to shoot around the street of KL Chinatown, he did show me some of his picture from that area (which is not that impressive) and how he keep on mentioning that you need massive ‘balls’ to shoot around the area as it was guarded by a triad who have their own member guarding the area within a certain radius. The fact surprised me a bit but it doesn’t deter my curiosity to explore the area.

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A guy showing off the duck that he just prepared at the back of his restaurant, where Pasar Karat is actually located.

Even after the next few years, I couldn’t find this elusive Pasar Karat but eventually, I found it by accident and to my surprised, its just next to the hotel that I used to stay in Petaling Street. It was during the recent IPA KL Street Photography workshop and around that time, the street photography community is buzzing with the work by Che Ahmad from his ‘A Walk of Life’ series and some of the picture from the series was  taken at Pasar Karat. It was Che Ahmad (one of the mentor during the IPA Photography workshop) that pinpoint the location for me but I never really knew that it was that close to the place that I was staying.

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Street dentist service. Slightly unhygienic yet popular with the people due to the cheaper service fee compare to the Licensed and certified Dentist.

On the second day of the workshop, I decide to find the Pasar Karat as it seems to be an interesting place for our photo assignment (and to recreate CheMat iconic picture) and I have to be early as they only open within a certain period of time which is from 7am until 10am.

And guess what, it was really just down the balcony of the hotel that I was staying and soon I find myself immerse within the crowd of people;

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The moment when I realized that the Pasar Karat is just next to the hotel that I was staying.

The Pasar Karat is as mentioned earlier, a flea market that consist many people from all walk of life trying to sale something or simply looking for a bargain. Few minutes later I discover that the Pasar Karat stretch along the back lane of the shop houses near Petaling Street (i have no idea on the street name around Kuala Lumpur), which is truly interesting as it does seems to be full of potential for interesting story and picture ( I was participating a street photography workshop at that time).

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The busy crowd along Pasar Karat.

I was a bit hesitate whether I should pull my camera out and hang it around my shoulder but after I remember the story that the old Chinese photographer told me a few years ago, I decided to walk through the area just to get the idea on how the place actually work.

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I have a nice chat with them and they were joking on something which I couldn’t remember what, but something about animal.

The atmosphere is again, surprisingly familiar, and it feel pretty much the same as the busy hustle of Gaya Street at Kota Kinabalu. After a few minutes of walking, I couldn’t sense any malice from the people as the rumour were saying and every time I smile at them, they smile back. There is probably some slight misunderstanding with the people and soon I started to loosen up.

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I am basically an introvert and some of the easiest way for me to start a conversation is by pulling out the camera which I personally believe, an all access passport/excuse to almost any situation that I could imagine.

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After a few conversation with the people along Pasar Karat, I finally realized something that people who sale their stuff along Pasar Karat doesn’t have any permit to sale on that particular area from DBKL. A guy that I manage to talk with told me that people over here often got chased away by DBKL (Dewan Bandar Raya Kuala Lumpur) and usually not in a friendly/polite manner. So its quite often that people mistaken someone with a camera as a DBKL officer in disquise, hence the usual warning to not take their picture.

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I did strike a long conversation with him and he was nice enough to reassure me that the place was actually very safe to what most people think off, but a bit of precaution wouldn’t harm anyway.

It is certainly nice to hear the other side of the story and after spending a total of 1 and a half hour around Pasar Karat, I manage to snag a few bargain on some old NGEO Magazine. If  people say that Pasar Karat is a dangerous place to visit in Kuala Lumpur, then they obviously never try to stand in the middle of the LRT track. Regardless of what other people have to say on Pasar Karat, I truly wish that DBKL have a proper way to handle some of the issue.

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I really have no idea on what the guy was trying to say but he did mention that the girl in the picture was her daughter. (this is not from the same guy from the previous picture).

Pasar Karat is really an interesting place to visit and I really recommend people to visit that place although just try not to offend the people with your camera. The next time I visit that place, I will be sure to wake up a bit early. 🙂

Lok Kawi Zoo – Revisit

The last time I visit a Zoo is 2 years ago and at that time I don’t really use my camera that much considering that I am more interested on the animal instead of taking a picture of it. So this time, I will not let go any chances although working with the kit lens is not exactly ideal for Animal Photography but somehow I think a wider point of view would really show the animal living space.

Here are the following picture, there is a picture of tiger, eagle and even some elephant but it doesn’t come out as I expected but nevertheless, this are the selected picture for this series;

A parrot, but the name is not exactly a Parrot and its not even in the same family as the one I use to see on the movie.

The best picture that I could snap which shows the animal is in captivity, took me sometimes to get this one but I am not satisfied with the entire image.

This suppose to be an easy picture but the overall picture quality is not as expected, I should really get myself a new camera.

Its amazing how human like Proboscis monkey. Its tough to get the focus right when the monkey is on the other side of the glass wall.

25 minutes with a Ricoh GRD III

25 minutes with a Ricoh GRD III

Its a fact that there is more people around the city area during school holiday than any other day. Its by far more convenient to travel around especially for those who have family. Its been more than 3 weeks since the day I return back to my home and finally I could visit my hometown area. The sea breeze along the coastline, huge hill across the land, and not to mention those narrow road along the way, I really miss it and its refreshing compare to the peninsular Malaysia. This time its a bit exciting and obviously I am looking forward on attending my cousin wedding but this blog is more about my photography journey therefore I am going to skip this.

One of the thing that I look forward to was visiting one of the Photography Exhibition which is organized by a Photography club called Jebat.net Photography Community at ProArt Gallery. The exhibition theme is “All About Passion” and the selected picture was beautiful and clearly show each of the photographer interest and approach in Photography. My only comment for the exhibition is that the arrangement is a bit sloppy and could be better in some other way but overall its an interesting exhibition worth visiting. The gallery is located at the first floor of 1Borneo and could be easily find by asking people around.

Another reason for me to visit the gallery is to pick up my 5R size print from ProArt printing service; not only they provide space for exhibition but they also provide a professional printing and consulting services mainly for photography reproduction. This is my prints though, and as usual, it look so damn fine. Worth every penny.

This is Su Chung, the Master printer for ProArt. The new gallery seems to have more interesting air conditioning duct system which make it look more industrial than the old gallery.

Luckily, I finally happen to meet a photographer who I wanted to meet since the last time I visited his exhibition last year and he happen to sale his Ricoh GRD III which I notice when he posted it on his facebook wall. Ryan is an excellent photographer and happen to own a camera store called PIXEL at the concourse floor level of 1Borneo supermarket.(RICOH GRDIII is on the right side while the other camera is Olympus mJu II)

Of course, he was kind enough to let me try the GRD III for a while but I couldn’t try it any longer than an hour because I happen to bring my cousin along. My first impression with the GRD III is that it felt really SOLID, the built quality is so good, it makes my Nikon D60 felt cheap. The handling is amazing and the control is really easy but it takes time for me to recognize some of the button setting but nevertheless, my opinion on a camera is not base on a scientific experiment but more to a practical approach of taking the kind of picture that I wanted and here it is, a 25 minute around a shopping complex with a Ricoh GRD III, complete with an external viewfinder.

A self portrait of me while using the camera, looks stealthy enough for me. 😛

She is interested at the promotion discount.

The camera autofocus is fast enough for this kind of shot. The only drawback is probably the 28mm lens which is probably to wide for some people, but 28mm is my favourite POV.

I should take picture inside a Shopping complex more often, its interesting.

They were watching a traditional dance performance up at the stage.

This was taken using the ‘snap’ mode of the Ricoh GRD III, a fast picture taking method that snap a picture at a predetermined focusing distance. The depth of field is stunning though.

Another thing that I notice about the GRD III is the color reproduction and white balance, the color look natural which I believe some would call it dull while the white balance is accurate even under artificial lighting. I can say that it is better than my Nikon D60.

The dynamic range is limited if it is compared to most DSLR but this is by far one of the best file I have which is taken by a compact camera with 1/1.7 size sensor.

All the picture taken here were mostly slightly adjusted in Adobe Camera RAW but mostly to reduce the noise and increasing the sharpness. The camera responded well for my kind of photography and I really enjoy using it. The viewfinder is cool as well but I can’t really give an accurate conclusion on this camera.

For those who are looking for compact camera capable of capturing fast and high quality picture, the Ricoh GRD III might be the ideal camera. I will really going to buy myself this camera, should do well for street photography around Malaysia. 🙂