Nikon Photo Adventure

Cross Border Photo Adventure to Terengganu, Malaysia .

Sunrise at Pantai Kemasik, Terengganu, Malaysia
Sunrise at Pantai Kemasik, Terengganu, Malaysia

The first of a series of Photo Adventure for Nikon Club Malaysia/Singapore. This trip is to the coastal state of Terengganu on the East Coast of Malaysia. This stretch along the coastal line are dotted with many small fishing villages with rich heritage background and a traditional way of lifes. With this as the background we spent 4-day/3-night, documenting a varieties of heritage skills that were passed down from one generation to another.

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The Year of the Fire Monkey

The Chinese Lunar Year starts on the  8 of Feb  for 2016. The beginning of the Fire Monkey year.

Chinese New Year at Guan Di Temple at KL China town
People lighting up josh sticks and candles at Guan Di Temple in KL China town

On the eve of the Chinese New Year after their reunion dinner with family members, many Chinese will go to the temple to give thanks and pray for a better year. Continue reading

Bintang Walk

At the heart of Kuala Lumpur

street scene around Bukit Bintang
street scene around Bukit Bintang

Bukit Bintang is the main shopping and Hotels area including the nearby Jalan Sultan Ismail, Jalan Raja Chulan, and the older residential part of Jalan Imbi. In Jalan Imbi you can probably find some really nice and cheap local food with it’s many shophouses and kopitiam (local cafe) and a wet market too.

With the ongoing construction of MRT right in the middle of Jalan Bukit Bintang, this area is even more congested during peak hours. Its best to take the monorail or walk if you want to explore the few roads around this area. When you have enough of walking to the heat, just pop into the many malls around here for a late and cool air-con.

In the daytime this area is pretty safe to walk about but try to avoid the dark lanes behind shophouses at night.

street scene around Bukit Bintang
A old Chinese temple against modern building 
street scene around Bukit Bintang
Kuala Lumpur Tower
Kuala Lumpur city skyline
Kuala Lumpur city skyline with KLCC Twin towers
street scene around Bukit Bintang and Imbi Road
Something old and new – street scene around Bukit Bintang and Imbi Road
street scene around Bukit Bintang
street scene around Jalan Imbi Shophouses
street scene around Bukit Bintang
Outside the Lot 10 Mall

 

Rest.Pause.Rainforest Retreat

Embrace the rainforest at your doorsteps

Rest Pause @ntanahrimba
sunrise at Rest.Pause. tanah rimba

You’ll be surprised how close the rainforest is from Kuala Lumpur. Just 45 mins drive and you’ll be at the doorsteps  of Malaysia’s oldest rainforest. Forget about your alarm clock,  here you’ll be waking up to calls of the many varieties of birds and monkeys. Occasional you’ll even hear the calls of the endangered species of hornbill. In the early morning just as the sun rises you can see monkeys out looking for food along the road, at the surrounding compounds of the houses, which are well spaced out to give you all the peace, tranquility and privacy you wanted. Continue reading

九皇爺 or Kow Wong Yeh (in cantonese)

Chinese opera performer putting on make up
Chinese opera performer putting on make up

The Nine Emperor God festival is a nine-day Taoist celebration starting from the 1st day of the 9th lunar month. At the Nine Emperor God temple in Ampang, Selangor it is always a huge celebration where thousands of devotees goes to pray for blessings and to give thanks giving. Devotees observe a vegetarian meals even before the start of the festival. Devotees will be dressed in white will be at the temple, praying, lighting up huge incense and candles. Throughout the nine-day festival the temple ground will take on a carnival-light atmosphere. Many people will go to pray and seek divine guidance.  Traders cash in to the occasion setting up stall selling anything from vegetarian food and drinks and toys. Continue reading