COMING HOME, FOR A WHILE

COMING HOME, FOR A WHILE

After 3 years spent on completing my Degree in Architecture, its finally the time to straighten back my life away from extra-curricular activity and pressuring studio assignment. Few years ago, I believe I needed some dedicated time to focus myself on studying Architecture, an exercise of some sort to prove myself that I could become better in this complicated branch of art.

Learning is surely a never ending process, as I do plan to continue my further study in post-graduate. Place to be decided.

So, after my last paper. I decided to join my girlfriend back home while carrying all our stuff there. We had been planning for this trip for quiet some time and finally got time to do so. I had almost a week before my flight back home and she decided to bring me to Ipoh for some food hunting. As I mentioned before, she told me that the food in Ipoh is way better than those in Penang. The only difference is that Penang had a lot more choices, but not necessary a good one.

I had been to Ipoh numerous time in the past but I never actually went there for the food. I always know the food is great but I just didn’t have the transport to actually explore the area. But I am lucky that my girlfriend decided to bring me around. She is after all an alumni of Politeknik Ungku Omar.

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The famous Penang Bridge 2. This bridge is freaking long. 
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Heading to Ipoh. 
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This is one of the two dolls that I got from the arcade. 
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Feeling like playing Gran Turismo. 
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Its not even Hari Raya and its already jammed. Turns out there was a road maintenance a few kilometer away. 
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Ipoh Big Tree Restaurant. The food is super good and the drinks are GIANT. Recommend this place if you are going to Ipoh. 
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My driver and tour guide. 
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She actually involve in the drawing of the mural behind her. This is her trying to show that she has grew taller than before. 
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Her best ‘cute’ face. 
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Impressive mural around this area. 
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We spend some time around the town area that morning looking for a decent breakfast. Had a nice Coffee with whisky. 
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Happy kid. 
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A very ‘haram’ doll to have. 
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She is showing the area where she used to stay during her study. 
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She say “Stop, this one not so nice!”
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Then she go and pose with my girlfriend. She used to stay with the aunty during her study years. They still kept in touch with each other. 
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Afterward, she brought us to Kek Look Tong caves. This one is interesting and its not a temple but maintained by the Kek Look Tong temple. 
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Fishes!!!
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The cave interior.
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The cave entrance view from inside. 
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I just love the juxtoposition of the nature and the man-made structure. 
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Very peaceful ambiance here. 
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The hotel pantry that we are staying is lovely. All the furniture from the table to our bunk bed seems to be custom made. Would love to know the architects and designer involved in doing this. 
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Ban Loong Hotel, and the price is affordable and the location is just strategic. 

 

After our 1 night trip at Ipoh, it’s time to head back to her hometown at Negeri Sembilan. Its a long ride and her father had to come to Ipoh to accompany her back, but she still drive all the way to Bahau. There is a lot to look forward to in Bahau and it was enjoyable as usual. The next morning, they decided to go for shopping at Tampin area. The shopping outlet is similar to the Design Village in Penang.

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I really miss the coffee. 
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Check out the Banner. 
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If you arrange simple object in pattern or grid, chances are the pattern would look nice. 
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1Malaysia. 
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This is a proper family photo. 
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We take a look inside the famous A’famosa resort and theme park. Its big and they told me how the place used to be so nice. I heard about it since I was in high school but got the chance to visit it. It was a short pass by inside the area so couldn’t see much of the resort. 
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Bahau have a nice roti canai and coffee place. A must visit. 
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Check out the roti canai that we ordered. 

On the next day, it was weekend and they decided to bring me for a trip to Malacca. Its actually just an hour drive to Malacca and on the way, we stop by to get breakfast and lunch at Malacca. Oddly enough, many store were close and all the place that visit is either overpriced or full of tourist.

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Rojak Negeri Sembilan. Very similar to those I usually had at Sabah southern area. 
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People with their morning routine I guess. 
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Enjoying Kopi-C and Rojak in the morning. 
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Happy Uncle. 
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One of the place where we visit is the Malacca Chief Minister official residence. Which is open to the public for a month as a way to promote the new goverment with its people. 
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Too much tourist. Local and foreign alike. 
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The house lobby. Again full of people. 
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One of the quest bedroom. Such furniture. No one died here. 
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Of course, being in such luxury mansion will see many of the tourist that will pose with anything. Even with a plastic flower from Daiso. 
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And in front of the master bedroom mansion. 
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And it become a nice place for photo shooting. 
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or family portrait. 
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The porte cochere of the mansion. 
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The water landscape behind the mansion. 
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The official car for the Chief Minister. 
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The driver and the passenger. 
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I never got to this place before during my visit to Malacca. But they say the Peranakan cooking and cookies are good. 
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But as usual, it’s full of people. 
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Peranakan style Bak Chang. What is left of it. 
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More people taking the Bak Chang. 
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More people waiting for the Bak Chang. 
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And we arrived at Brazil. 
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That day we spent so much time to actually look for parking and places to eat where we ended up going around the area. Still, it was fun and we were wondering as well why Malacca is so packed with people this time of the day. 

Going through the day, it was fun. After our trip from Malacca, we return back to Bahau later that evening. It only took an hour or so to reach Malacca which is not that far even for my standard. There is only a few days left before my flight back to Labuan and therefore I intend to enjoy my stay at my girlfriend hometown.

On the next afternoon she told me that we should go on hiking at Bukit Taiso (not Daiso). The trail is something that her mum told me few days ago but I have no idea how high or difficult the trail is. But according to my girlfriend, based on her childhood memory, it’s not that difficult. Therefore, for the first time in my life I went into a jungle trail (Palm plantation area to be precise) with a newly bought slippers. It was a funny and exhausting experience (due to my lack of fitness) but at the end it was rewarding. The view from the top is beautiful where the sky is full of orange purple hue while at the same time accompanied by someone that I love.

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First stop during hiking. At this time we were wondering if we are even half-way there. 
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Bukit Taisho, not Daiso. 
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The peak of the trail. Maintained by the local community I believe. 
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Fun fact, Negeri Sembilan used to be the former Barisan National Stronghold before they lose terribly during the recent General Election causing even the beloved for N9 CM Dato Sri Hasan to lose at his own area. 
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Still catching her breath. 
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Hikers gather at the top bringing their friends and family. Look at the view and color. 
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Checking out the view. You can actually see her home from here. If not for the haze. 
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A new Malaysia. 

 

So the day finally arrive, the day where I need to be away from my girlfriend for the next few months. I finally got a taste of her breakfast, the last time he serve me is okay-okay only but this one is good. The egg was fluffy and the salmon is nicely cooked. Afterward they rush me to the bus station as I will be going to KL to meetup with my sister.

The time away will be spend with my family for sure but in the next few months, my time will be for the future. I will be returning to Peninsular Malaysia soon where I will be working temporarily before continuing my master study.

Until then, see you guys.

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Setting up the breakfast, Masterchef Chin Xin style. 
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Looks okay, but taste great. 
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Our selfie together before taking the bus. She told me that we didn’t take much picture together. 
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This face expression I don’t know what it is for. 
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Saying goodbye to my little piggy. 

 

 

 

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Thailand Trip 2015 [THROWBACK]

Thailand Trip 2015 [THROWBACK]

   As everyone was busy preparing for Chinese New year that year, I finally got the opportunity to travel to Thailand for a week, alone. Getting a day off from my work was difficult as the office was busy in the previous year. The only way to take a long leave is by waiting for this kind of public holiday and luckily Malaysia has tons of it.

   My first choice was to travel to Hong Kong or Taiwan but luckily Zhuang Wu Bin told me that he will be involved in Chiang Mai very first photo festival as a curator. Chiang Mai is one of the states in Thailand and when he told me that it will be cheap and fun to go there by train, I was basically convinced.

   To begin with, I really didn’t do much study on Thailand or Bangkok before going there. The only thing that I prepared was some map that I photocopy from Lonely Planet book and the train ticket that Wu Bin send to me from Chiang Mai.

   To be honest, I did study the interesting place to visit in Bangkok but none of it seems to be that interesting. So I decided to skip all the famous tourist spot and instead, take my own time walking around the city at my own convenience. But I really do wanna visit the famous (infamous?) Thailand Go-Go Bar.

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From Labuan to Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok. That girl was not waving toward someone. 
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Arrived at Dong Mueng Airport. 
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My first impression of Thailand. 
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A 20 minutes ride to my hostel. The driver was friendly though. 
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22km ride per litre of fuel. Impressive. 
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One of the cat in the hostel. 

   When I arrive at my hostel, I was hungry. 7Eleven was everywhere but the sandwich price is ridiculous when I convert it. So I decided to eat the local food which is Sticky Rice with Spicy mango and sliced beef. It was good but extremely spicy.

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I thought this dog was a rag. 
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First food in Thailand. 
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See how impressive the ingredient is, and the amount of Chili. 
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They have different menu in the morning. 

My train was in the evening around 6pm so I have plenty of time to explore the Chinatown. I notice on the map that there is some temple near the area so there I go.

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Jaywalking in Bangkok. 
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Better than Penang mural art. 
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You can tell that you are in Thailand. 
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Since I was staying in Chinatown, the place is full of Thailand Chinese. This scene feels like Kuala Lumpur petaling street. 
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I still feel like I was in Petaling Street. 
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This is so KL. 
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Not sure if its a missing person poster, or a congratulatory poster.  
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The temple is stunning. 
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The temple is famous for it Golden coated buddha statue. This three statue is not it. 
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This is the real Gold coated buddha statue. 
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I find the texture interesting. I believe that is a mercedes benz. 
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Street of Bangkok. 
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Vandalism 
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Crossing the road. 
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On the way to train station. 
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This is my platform according to my ticket. 
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I love the light here. 
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People waiting for their train. 
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That is my only bag that I bring along for the trip. 
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Family from French. 
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My food for all my train ride in Thailand. 
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A group of Germans. 
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This is my bunk bed. 

  The experience in waking up inside a moving train in the morning was surprisingly pleasant. It was cold but not noisy, it was shaky but not horribly shaken. Overall, it was just like another day in the morning except that you need to wash your head/face in the small train toilet.

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Brushing my teeth in front of this guy. 
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That is the logo for Thailand Railway. 
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Early morning with instant coffee. He like it. 
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My ride to Chiang Mai University. 
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On the way. 
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Chiang Mai street food. 
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This is the Main entrance for Chiang Mai University. 
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My ride for the day. 
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Peacock for a pet. Saw this at WuBin place. 
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A home for the god. 
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It is actually pretty cold despite the picture. Temperature is around 28 degree celcius. 
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Community store. Check out the design.
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Its not just a store selling local products but also house a coffee shop. 
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Apparently the university is organizing some sort of a events for the students. Its big. 
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One of the reason for me to visit Chiang Mai. 

 

   The whole point of the trip was to actually learn and observe new photography material and culture from South East Asia. Seeing first hand on how they organize a photo festival from a real photography and art curator perspective was the ideal timing for as I was at that time involved in a way in organizing a Photo Festival in Sabah. Which is successfully organized by my friend, do check the festival out, kinabaluphotofestival.com)

 

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This was a selected work from Asean brightest young photographer. 

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This was a selected picture from Korea and Hong Kong (I think) 

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This was interesting. I believe you do a google search about the writing. The work selected here is curated by Zhuang Wu Bin.

 

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Geric Cruz work from Philippines. 
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This series was taken with Holga. 
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Documenting the rubber industry in Thailand (or was it Cambodia) 
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Awesome series. 
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This series was awesome as well. Not sure about the subject but was it border patrol or prison guard. 
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Mr Zhuang Wu Bin took a rest while overlooking the exhibit. This was taken before the opening tomorow. 
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I got the tote bag though. 

 

   The exhibition was simply mind blowing. The image showcased in the exhibition is very impressive and I was lucky that WuBin was there explaining stuff around regarding those pictures he curated. Afterward I believe we went around and went on to welcome one of Wu Bin acquaintance from Indonesia, Deden Durahman.

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This was some bakery selling organic bread and drinks. 
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Zhuang Wu Bin work on the Chinese in South East Asia. 
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Always put your awesome printed picture in Hahnemuhle paper and put it in a tin box. 
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Dinner with Pak Deden and Kak Rita.
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This is some serious talk. I couldnt keep up as it was too deep. 

My second morning in Chiang Mai was spent cycling around the old city area, which is basically in the middle of Chiang Mai. I also notice that it is very difficult to find public toilet in Chiang Mai, not to mention a thrash can.

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You know the love their king. 
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Part of the old city wall. 
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Check out my bicycle. 
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Morning Yoga. 
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Yoga seems like a good activity to do here in this park. 
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Opening of the Chiang Mai House of Photography. 
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MAC.

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Not many people know how to use apple product. 

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I still want this cap. 
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Admiring the architecture. 

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Teacher Kui showing me around that day. 

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One of the many events that day. This one is the open public talk featuring Benz Thanachart. He was famous recently for taking picture inside a train for screaming random words. 
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Apparently, he is also famous among the youth. Those line there is all his fan waiting to have a sign on their book. Equivalent to Malaysian Matlufthi. 
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Deden Durahman told me that “In order for a photograph to exist longer in this world, you need to pair it with a writings. Which this guy has actually done.”
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Would buy if this book is translated into English. 
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They are buying some wines for tonight!. 
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Leading the way. 
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An opening to one of the photography student exhibition. 
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This series was about Equality I believe. 
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He was more into street fashion shooting. 
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A friend was giving her some flower, I just took a picture. 
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Her series is probably the most honest of all during the exhibition. Its about her relationship with her dog. She explain to me in fluent english and I think she thought I was someone important as I was tagging along with their lecturer and their quest. 

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And the say Malaysia censorship is the worst. 

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I learn how to differentiate different types of wine that night. 
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Last picture for the night. This guy is all lecturers for Chiang Mai University. 

   And after the last picture, I was drunk as hell and probably embarassing myself by talking something unrelated to their topic. Went to WuBin place to get my bicycle and there I go cycle back to my hotel which is half an hour from his place.

For the first time in my life, I am cycling drunk alone in a foreign city in a cold 24 degree celcius weather. Safe to say that I arrive safely but of course, by taking some wrong turn along the way.

The next morning I decided to went back to Bangkok, I took some breakfast with Wu Bin and say goodbye to my host. It was a great experience overall.

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Short meet-up. Still like the cap. 

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Chiang Mai train station. 

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You can tell that they are locals. 

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Sink for the entire cabin. 

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Boobs. 
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F/22 and be there. 
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This was the restaurant. They say the coffee was good but I havent try it.
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And this was probably the most interesting experience during my 1 week trip in Thailand. I forgot his name but he really loves everything about America. We start our conversation regarding his burger and how the American burger was the best. 
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Apparently he also have some deep interest in Cowboy culture and somehow has a theme park or hotel that is full of cowboy stuff. He gave me a brochure to his place but I seem to misplaced it. 
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He was showing his ring and hats. 
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And he somehow met his old friend. 
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This guy. 
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They were speaking in Thai so I dont really understand but he was actually wanted to show him his new charm to his friend. 
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Apparently he got it recently from a temple in Chiang Mai and then pass it to me to have a look. 
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He also told me that the wood is  carved by an expert craftsmen to create that buddha charm which then he covered in epoxy. 
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Kinda surprised when he pull out that magnifying thingy. 
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An an agreement was made. Although I believe he just gave it to his old friend. 
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The conductor decided to join their talk. 
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Apparently this guy wearing the flowery t-shirt is a retired train conductor of the exact train that I was riding. Those two girls was actually his juniors before he retired recently. 
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I have no idea what it was. All I can do is smile and laugh. 
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Before going to bed, I say good night to the uncle. After that, he gave me this piece of wood that he used to make his charm. It smells good and told me that it was the same wood that people used to make incense. He told me to find a good craftsman and make something out of it according to my zodiac. I still keep it inside my bag to this day. 

Woking up in the morning made me realize that I missed Chiang Mai cold winter season weather (they call it winter but they also say the summer season is hell). So as I arrived in Bangkok, I decided to walk all the way to my new hostel. It was stupid as I ended up getting lost for 2 hour before actually reaching my hostel. My internet data was lousy and I couldn’t read Thailand.

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She havent shower since yesterday. 

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Early morning and people went to work. 
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I like the color here. 
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Thailand have some issue regarding electrical wire management. 
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THAILAND.
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Street of Bangkok. 
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In front of Bangkok Art Museum. 
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Shopping mall in Bangkok is so advance that they have showroom selling Bentley, Roll Royce, Lamborghini and even porsche inside their shopping mall. 

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A decent lunch. 
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The american lady that really like to look down on Asian. She say her jewelry is confiscated after arrived in Thailand which makes no sense. 
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Near the Stadium. 

I was really hoping to visit one of the closest Go-Go bar but after walking non-stop since morning, I was basically exhausted. I slept early around 9pm and ended up waking up in the morning, just in time for check out and took a taxi to the airport.

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Thailand taxi driver is very friendly. All smile. 
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Exchanging my leftover Baht. 
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Good bye Thailand. It was nice. 

   After my Thailand trip, I was planning to save up some money for a trip to Japan. But opportunity shows up and I went to continue my study in Penang. What I learn from the trip was humility in general. Thailand people are surprisingly friendly and somehow resilience in nature. We could learn a lot from them, just check out their creative talent, they are amazing.

PENANG : AN OBSERVATION | Part 1

PENANG : AN OBSERVATION | Part 1

   Its been a few years since I continued my studies in Penang. While the Island has changed in many way since my last visit many years before. The underlying culture that makes Penang interesting remained the same.

As the title suggest, this series is mainly just an observation on the place that I have visited around Penang island and in no other way were it meant as a reference towards the Island as a whole. In the recent year, the Island has been promoted intensively as a street food heaven by the local government and with their successful bid in making their city area a UNESCO Heritage site, the Island has been striving with tourism investment.

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Murals are everywhere. They even have a printed guide that you can pick up from the airport and hotels. 

Going around the town shows tons of murals made by local and foreign artist and this itself was created under the government initiatives of promoting Penang as an Art and Cultural hub in the country. Obviously, this bring tons of cultural events that has attract the attention of the international community.

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The street is not as hectic as Kuala Lumpur but its still relatively busy in view. 

But, despite all this, the island still retain its cultural value pretty well despite the rapid urbanization that is ongoing throughout the island. Exploring the small detail of the island will still surprised some seasoned traveler I believe.

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Stuff that you will find around the alley of the Georgetown shophouses. 
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An offering to the god/deities I believe. 
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Penang beloved Chief Minister. Symbol of Penang.

   Although Penang is majority occupied by the Bumiputera, the Island town area is predominantly Chinese and Indian Muslim. This can be seen on the daily activities and the annual celebration held throughout the year. The street would be filled with offerings and road are sometimes closed for this special occasion. Still its a sight to experience yourself.

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I forgot what they call this but its literally everywhere during certain season of the years. 
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Sending offering to the deities. 
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At Kek Lok Si temple. 
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Fun park somewhere around Queensbay mall. 
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Fishing near the first Penang bridge. 

FROG HILL, Penang Mainland

FROG HILL, Penang Mainland
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Hair flippin before taking instagram worthy picture. 

   I believe it’s been a few months since we went out together while visiting some new places with our cameras. Studio projects and random assignment has kept us busy over the past few weeks in which I believe are heard from time to time again in this blog.

Last year we did plan to visit this old abandoned mining place at mainland Penang as she has been there with her friends and calling it a ‘beautiful’ place with ‘blue’ colored pond. True to her word, a random google search proves that it is indeed a beautiful location but I couldn’t find any clue on why it’s called Frog hill, the actual hill doesn’t even look like a frog in the slightest.

So chances came by when we happen to source our timber material for a project over at Penang mainland in which Frog Hill is only half an hour away from the shop that we were about to visit. Since we did plan to visit the place before, its a quick decision to drive straight to the area. (We got lost, thanks to a Pak Cik for the direction)

If you are wondering where is this place, I suggest you google it yourself. This blogpost (or this blog) is never about the place but more on my personal visual experience organized into a blogpost.

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She were complaining that the surface is slippery as well. 
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And this one is about the rock being sharp. 

   Finding the area is a bit difficult but I leave the fun to you guys if you happen to be visiting that place. The road leading to the site is covered in red colored soil and it will soon lead you to one of the nicest man-made landscape that you can find in Penang (not the Island).

Climbing it is not as difficult as shown in the picture, any decent human capable of taking 2 flight of staircase would survive the climb easily. The only concern is whether you are able to hold the urge to dive straight into the crystal clear water that surround the area. But from what I heard, the water is unsafe for your skin due to the high level of alkaline. (which I highly doubt)

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This one is for instagram. In celebrating that small climb I suppose. 

The landscape is pure eye candy and luckily the weather is slightly cloudy which is nice. With the pond crystal clear with slight green tint and a rather awesome rocky landscape, Its only a matter of time before someone close it from the public.

 

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Just imagine that the dark part is green and the shiny area is tinted blue. 
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An attempt to admire the detail of the landscape. 
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Someday I gonna go down there exploring the area with a tripod in hand. 

  We spent about an hour and a half but most of the time was spent sitting down admiring the landscape while having some silly talk. Its a very secluded area with rarely anyone passing by. But still there was a few visitor who came to the hill and taking some picture before they left.

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The only steep part that we need to climb to get the highest vantage point possible.
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Our car and the landscape. With tiny human for scale. 

Overall, it was a great experience. The place is beautiful and hopefully will be preserve well for the future. The only regret is that I dont have any black and white film for my Leica hence this series of picture in monochrome taken using my girlfriend Nikon.

 

For more information about this place, just google. Its worth it.

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Queen of the world

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.