Meet My Favourite Terrorist

At the Pasir Gudang International Kite Festival, she frightened me when she showed up dressed like a terrorist. LOL. Although many men will argue their demure wives or girlfriends are usually terrorists in real life. Heh.

The National Geographic branded balaclava is a great accessory for photographers to carry. It is like a scarf you can tie in several ways. You can buy it at an outdoor adventure, fishing, camping shop or at a National Geographic shop. The Nat Geo shop in Singapore is already closed, I think. My other friend Daniel Tang has one such scarf too for his angling activities.

It may be breezy and windy at the kite flying venue but the sun is very harsh. As a macro and nature photography enthusiast, Sharon knows too well the dangers of prolonged exposure to UV rays when outdoors.

Ironically, the real danger there was actually spectators and photographers wandering too close and tripping or getting entangled with the many kite strings that may not be visible.

This year’s Pasir Gudang World Kite Festival is currently happening and will be until 28 February 2017.

Olympus OM-D ISO 200, f8, 1/320 sec.

#jb #pasirgudang #kitefestival #kites #layanglayang #terrorist #balaclava #sunprotection #portrait #natgeo #nationalgeographic #scarf #headgear

The Mamak Stall – Celebrating A Malaysian Institution

The roadside mamak stall is such a unique Malaysian institution. A convenience many take for granted until they migrated elsewhere. It can popped up under a tree and it is a great place to find food and drinks in a seeming remote neighbourhood. I was in a strange place behind Jalan Loke Yew with my friend Thiru Nash.

The red leafed iced tea in a scratchy plastic glass. Famous teh tarik or hot pulled tea is another favourite. The characteristic tray with soy sauce and pepper shakers, with another holding toothpicks. It prompts you to order ‘telur setengah masak’ (half boiled eggs) or maybe a roti.

Missing here are the ready packed nasi lemak and bee hoon. I wished there were fallen and dried leaves on the table to add character but the umbrella attached to each table does its job.
There is also another container with spoons and signature cheap forks with crooked or bent prongs. And free tissue papers or serviettes which we will never get at a Chinese coffee shop. And finally, there are other loafers and lepakians too.

I switched to Apeture Priority to include the other loafers at the back. At f22, the focus went from the ice cubes in my iced tea, to all the way to the back. There are technical things to think about at a mamak too.

Panasonic Lumix GM-1, ISO 2000, f22, 1/60 sec.

#roadside #mamak #stall #tea #streetphotography

Lembah Beringin – Part 4

Lembah Beringin – Part 4

Welcome To Lembah Beringin.

Neatly cut and coiffured grass is flanked by tall unruly lalang weed. The abandoned security guard post is falling apart but is surrounded by tidy, well swept roads.

The sparkling sign must have been recently cleaned and washed too. Right behind are the dilapidated and empty homes. I like the deceiving sunny disposition captured. Tina Turner’s Nutbush City Limits kept playing in my mind.

Panasonic Lumix GM-1, ISO 200, f9, 1/400 sec.

#documentaryphotography #urbex #abandoned #urbandecay #dilapidated #landscape #lembahberingin #desolation #ruin #selangor #township

Lembah Beringin – Part 3

After The Signpost.

Arriving from Kerling, the visitor is greeted by ruins immediately after a sign that marks the town of Lembah Beringin.

Rows and rows of brutal abandonment hit you in the face. I am not sure if the houses were were even completed. Many such properties have their metal fittings such as windows, door grills, plumbing and electrical wiring stolen or stripped. A group of scrap metal collectors (besi burok) guys descended like a swarm of locusts eating everything its way.

Have a friend who bought two such houses dirt cheap in a fire sale. He was thinking it was a deal that cannot go wrong. Cash and carry. No loans needed. Little did he expect to be paying migrant workers to stay there. The paid tenants help deter theft, vandalism and further ruination. Tragic, right?

Panasonic Lumix GM-1, ISO 200, f8, 1/400 sec.

#urbex #abandoned #urbandecay #dilapidated #landscape #lembahberingin #desolation #ruin #selangor #township

Lembah Beringin – Part 2

Make Yourself At Home.

I’ll say Lembah Beringin as there were many little silent side roads that were like traps. It lead to nowhere and you need to reverse walk or drive to get out.

Sometimes the lonely road leads to something bizarre. Like as if dilapidated and empty houses weren’t enough, there is a set of discarded sofa and mattresses waiting for guests here.

Panasonic Lumix GM-1, ISO 200, f9, 1/400 sec.

#urbex #abandoned #urbandecay #dilapidated #landscape #lembahberingin #sofa #mattress #selangor #township