Saturday, December 19, 2009

Monsoon Tour (Part II)

Kuala Terengganu was very wet and we had to cut short the tour and ran off to sunny Port Dickson :) Dang! we should have been there in the first place and, should have delayed the KT Trip to a more suitable season. We anyway, enjoyed our first experience being wet for a holiday (self pacifying lorr)

In PD, the family was on full gear clicking away nice landscape unseen in Penang. Its rather refreshing. Emma and Nazri below also enjoyed their first experience in handling DSLR and I guess they will be poisoned... soon enough ha ha...

Nazri led us to Tanjung Tuan where we trekked up the hilly cape to the infamous light house of the Stratits of Malacca. Our group enjoyed the brisk walk while capturing many flora and fauna that we found along the way. We forgot that it can be a laborious walk up as we were consumed with our shots, here is one of them with nice tones captured in film using the Fuji 6x7 handheld

Till our next family outing...

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Monsoon Tour

My family decided for a Monsoon outing 2 weeks ago.. to the East Coast in a very wet and rainy season. It was a Code Purple Category, we heard in the TV broadcasted a day earlier. Obviously Penangites like us are unused to the warning level :) Perhaps it was a richter scale of 5.0 for earthquake!

Our first stop was at Tasik Banding which was half way distance from Penang to Kota Bahru. The site was about to witness the ending ceremony of an Eco Challenge, something like Triathlon with dignitaries and police almost everywhere, except in the lake

After 5hrs we finally arrived but the rain was helter skelter and now we really experienced the almost code purple rain. We checked in into a small motel, something like a Bed&Breakfast inn, and immediately went for a tour of the infamous Pasar Siti Khadijah downtown KB.

A photographer friend whom we have never met, made all the arrangement for the next day "shooting" session. Thanks Jimmy, you were wonderful and we sincerely hope to meet you in Penang soon or whenever you are around this side of Peninsular.

The downpour was continuous, but the thunder god understood us that we just wanted a one hour windonw of no-rain for us to have a glimpse of KB without rain. Suddenly after breakfast at Hayaki Kopitiam, it did really happened and off quickly we went to Pantai Sabak, a beach near Pengkalan Chepa. Our Sherpa, Jimmy led us the way.

The boats were on the banks as fishermen are not able to go out fishing due to choppy waters, and they took this opportunity to do vessel maintenance. The scene and the boats were very colorful like the Thai fishing vessels we used to see in postcards. On some, they have intricate carvings of the headgear, kinda cool i think

(to be continued)

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Lata Bukit Hijau

On 12th December, I trailed to Lata Bukit Hijau, near Baling Kedah and I was pleasantly surprised by the clear blue sky that a person like me yearned as this climatic condition can provide (sometimes) beautiful scenes.

Coupled with the maturing greens of the paddy fields make the scenes even more luring.

In all my excitement, I forgot that I took many hundred of steps to the very top of Lata Bukit Hijau

Monday, November 16, 2009

Penang Part Time Fisherman

Many Penang fisherman are sport fishermen. They do not earn a living from their fishing activity but a major passion and serious amateurs. Just like me, a serious amateur in photography. This is a small fishing enthusiasts' shack of 15 fishermen situated near the penang Bridge, run-down but with basic support to launch their motorized fibre-glass vessels (locals call them sampans).

These scenes can be seen along the coastal waters of Penang island where too some, classify them as eye sores while for me ... interesting subjects for B&W photography.

Before they are completely relocated to nearby modern facilities, I am seizing the opportunity to put them into archives which I am sure can be interesting viewings in years to come.

I like the image above; the fishermen stopped repairing their wooden platforms as their days are numbered to make way for the Penang coastal development project - The Light

Monday, October 26, 2009

Muntri Street

One of the many heritage streets in Penang, Malaysia. Muntri Street - Possibly after the Mantri (minister) of Larut, Ngah Ibrahim bin Long Jaafar. Today, Muntri Street is well known for its heritage lining; dotted with budget hotels. A quiet and wonderful stretch of street nearby to other heritage sites of Penang

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Medium formats

Two images captured with the Texas Leica Fuji GW670III, simply light for landscape shots

And below is Mamiya 645AF with reversal B&W film session with ewok and jar jar binks :)

Singapore at Night

Two scenes in Clarke Quay with many locals and expatriates congregate at the river side stretch, its the weekly TGIF session

the other side of quay with lights galore

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Saturday, August 29, 2009

The Penang Bridge

The Penang Bridge expansion has completed, exactly 2 years when it first started. August 2009 has experienced much smoother traffic flow. I can arrive work within 2omins :) by driving slow like Luca Badoer

Sunday, August 16, 2009

The Light - Penang Premier Waterfront (Part II)

This development project is doing strong as I witnessed in my daily commuting to work. Many activities in and around the site especially in the land reclamation works have been very active and I am sure to see more rapid progress soon. 

One early saturday morning my photographer friends and I sneaked into this site to capture interesting scenes and I managed these two in HDR

Sunday, August 2, 2009

The Planter's Bungalow

A little picture story of a big mansion - The Sogomana
Situated in Cangkat Kruing in Perak in the midst of palm oil estate, build by a Danish architect in 1929.

The Bungalow in sepia looks very rustic of yesteryears. 

Khalid (left) is the custodian of the Sogomana bungalow, a serene premise

More Sogomana story to continue...

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Hazy Days

Hazy days in Penang are back tormenting the beauty of early morning scenes. This image was captured after a heavy downpour the night before, making Penang Island photogenic again, though for a very short while

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Penang Night Scene

Using Fuji Reala 120film ASA100, I captured these night scenes in Penang. While I have problems in metering, they were easily corrected during post-processing and definitely a joy looking at the colors the film produced.

The workflow of film processing is really like taking peanuts rather than peanut butter (digital)!  I am yet to explore this analogue thingy and may I have more joy in knowing them more in months to come

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Medium Format Photography

My first try in medium format photography; 2 rolls 120 film courtesy of Garlic (Sean). Though the colored film (Kodak Pro 160-2) past 4yrs of its good life, the film seemed to capture  a natural colour IMO.

MCK cleans Chot & Chein (our rabbits) hideout, and pic below is another attempt to assess the Mamiya 645AF, it's grainy at 100x crop.

I will try today a fresh roll of Fuji Reala ASA100 newly acquired from Singapore :)

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Bukit Jambul, Penang

My home, Bukit Jambul... a place I call home is located in a fast-developing area of Penang Island. View dead straight ahead and behind the middle cluster of high rise hotels and apartments is where I am living. Great, yay!

This is a night scene of Bukit Jambul from the Equatorial Hotel with the Bukit Jambul Country Club (BJCC) forms the foreground. Situated at a hilltop, BJCC provides a stunning panaromic view of Bukit Jambul and part of the the island overseeing the impressive 13km PenangBridge. Its stunning 18 holes, par 72 golf course was designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. 

Sunday, May 17, 2009

The Union of Myanmar


A recent working  trip to Myanmar, formerly known as Burma provided a lot of exciting images unseen in many developed countries. Formerly administered by the British and subsequently occupied by the Japanese army, but the country now is under the regime of its own military Junta (SPDC). Development has always been slow but surely

This used to be the Yangon's old Central Railway station but rail tracks are no longer seen. I can still feel the greatness of its British architecture as it had many Moorish elements. This structure is one of the many excellent buildings in and around Yangon. A famous Buddhist temple, the Shwedagon (a.k.a the golden Dagon) is located in the heart of the city where foreigners are charged 5USD per entry. The top half of the majestic dome is lined with gold plates while the bottom half, gold flakes. I was being told that it is being topped by one of the world's biggest diamond. Frankly, I did not see any security concern for the safety of its gold plates or diamond. No spades, chisels or C4s are lying around too, and definitely no Italians with Mini Coopers!

In Yangon (Myanmar's biggest city), a world famous - The Scotts Market is located. And in the local language, it is called the Bagyoke Au San Market where jewellery like jades are being sold openly. Local handicrafts are aplenty too. Just before the entrance to the market, I saw a boy selling fried crickets cheaply. Tempted to buy, but I have insufficient courage to try :)

It was truly a busy market with beggars everywhere (they talk almost perfect english), but they are not that aggressive like in some other countries I have visited.

One popular stall is the guy selling Betel Leaves (& Nuts) with teeth lined with brownish red chewing gum like thingy. It seems that everyone there are doing it all the time! Having tried myself from an 'uncle' U Aung Thein, one can get 'high" chewing this leaves.. :p

Back to the story of Shwedagon the infamous Burmese Buddhist temple (pic below) its intricate structure carving is being molded with materials made of cow dung and flower ashes. These are then hardened to form the stucture and painted gold. I learnt that the 'unique' technology came from India (naturally, these materials are found abundance in India!)

Jades are an attraction to most visitors to Yangon, and they can be found in every corner of the city. I am sure they are of high grades and I am equally sure that some of them are fakes waiting for people like me to be fooled. I would go into labour to differentiate a genuine gem stone from a green plastic resin bangle! (Damn! its easier to identify film from digital camera!)

A lot of wooden carvings found in the Scott's Market are made of Sandalwood, a type of wood that emits aroma-therapy scent and pretty expensive too. Those woods that are not scented are primarily teakwood, a government controlled commodity. 

After walking for almost 1 hour in the market which was hot & humid, it was very tempting for me to sit on this shiny small stools. I tried pretending to buy and have a go at sitting, but soon enough the trader realised my intent and gave me a wry smile... almost telepathically saying... "go ahead" :>

Most Burmese ladies wear this cheek powdery wipes - yellow in color called THANAKHA to cool them off when the weather is hot. Its part of the local culture. The small cut-wood are sold in the Scott's Market for around Kyats 3,500 (depending on sizes too). 

Scrub the wood against a flat mortar, presprinkled with water. The yellow resulting paste are then finger-swipe once on your cheeks just like the red-indian did before going into battle. I had a good swipe on my cheek with a 14yr-old 'girlfriend' who constantly persuade me to buy her postcards! ( She's fluent in English, French, Malay and German, all by selling postcard since she was was nine!). We joke to take her in as our new Marketing Manager

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(all images above are captured with Blackberry Bold)