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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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 “Rest.Pause.Rainforest Retreat”

Nine Emperor God festival

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. (more…)

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Flying over Kuala Lumpur

 

KL city skyline
A morning  hazy view of KL city skyline

An aerial view of Kuala Lumpur and the surrounding area to Petaling Jaya. This was shot one morning flying in a helicopter over Kuala Lumpur. Taking off at the Subang Airport it takes about 30 mins to reach the city centre. As the assignment was to capture the city area of  KLCC and its surrounding. The weather in the morning was hazy thus making it difficult to shoot from a far distant as visibility was bad. Continue reading “Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia”

Chinese New Year

The year of the Goat

Guandi Temple, ChinatownThe Chinese New Year or Lunar New year is the most important of festival for the Chinese people all over the world. Most Chinese will make an effort to be back home with their family, to have the traditional Reunion dinner with the entire family. Chinese homes are cleaned and decorated with things that are red, which is considered a auspicious color. But in recent years due to many people having to work far away from their family home, may not be able to go home during this festive period. Over the years, the festive feels of the Chinese New Year has lost some of the traditions… Continue reading “Chinese New Year”

Thaipusam 2015

The Thaipusam festival at Batu Caves

Thaipusam 2015

On 3 Feb 2015, The Malaysian Tamil community celebrated the Hindus festival of Thaipusam. This festival commemorates the occasion when Parvati gave Murugan a Vel ” spear’ so he could vanquish the evil demon Soorapadman. Every year Batu Caves will be filled with thousands of devotees, curious tourists and a whole lot of photographers.The atmosphere is one of sights and sounds. Colourful kawadi carry by devotees accompanied by furious beating of the drummer group. together with devotees carrying milk pot over their head amidst the cry of ‘Vel vel’ as they made their way up the 272 steps to the top od Batu Caves where they pay offerings to Lord Murugan.

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Sarawak Cultural Village

Revisits to Sarawak Cultural Village

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Having been to a few places in Sarawak for shooting of Tourism Malaysia advertisments over the years, Sarawak Cultural Village in Kuching is the only place that I went back 3 times. The village offers a quick and accessible option to see a few of the Sarawak tribes and their traditional houses without having to venture deep into the interior of Sarawak forest. Nested at the foothills of Mount Santubong, Sarawak Cultural Village is about 35km from Kuching.

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Indian Dancer

Michelle ‘Jueny’ Chang,  Sultan Street, KL chinatown

Michelle 'Jueny' Chang

This event took place earlier this year in Kuala Lumpur Chinatown. The performance and dances took place in the street, while the road was not closed, some of the performances were able to spill over into the street. A mix of Malay, Chinese and Indian dancers and musicians performing right in front of the audience on the street pavement.

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