Finding Food.

People caught without food were spared from looking at the lavish and sumptuous meals posted continuously by some unaffected west coast Instagrammers.

In my years of covering the monsoonal floods, I have come to admire how resilient the kampung folk are. They are used to the annual calamity and they adapt as best as they can.

In the countryside, those who are skilled at cast net fishing can find food in the flood waters outside their kampung house. This man told me I should have come a day earlier to see him catch a tilapia as long as his outstretched arms. I doubt it was the usual angler’s exaggeration. He said it can feed a hungry family.

Others wait for supplies or are fed where they are temporary housed at relief centers. Salute to the aid workers, uniformed personnel, volunteers and everybody in the chain for providing help to the affected. I brought my own Penang White Curry Mee instant ramen; the hipster fad or flavour of 2014.

Sony Alpha a7R, ISO 400, f4, 1/1000 sec.

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Watching Wet Soda Dry

An Indian grocery shop man drying goods that are salvageable. Most of the other goods inside the shop are permanently damaged.

Gotta love Temerloh people. Everywhere I go, from flooded villages to the suburbs to town, I am greeted with a warm smile. Not to make less of their sufferings but I think they are such resilient people. Exuding sunshine under the dark clouds.

Sony Alpha a7R, ISO 200, f4, 1/400 sec.

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Picking Up The Pieces

Picking Up The Pieces.

One of the many unsung victims of the floods are the small independent businesses. Not many shops are insured or can insure against such natural disasters. The damages for each shop can exceed millions of ringgit.

At this electrical shop, this young man is trying to salvage whatever that is left. He is wiping and brushing mud off a LED bulb, hoping to sell it cheap. He can’t test it now as this part of town is still without electricity.

Expecting the usual annual floods, the shopkeepers and workers moved everything to the upper shelves. The fast rising water that swarmed the shop was unusually strong. The shelves, racks and goods collapsed.

Sony Alpha a7R, ISO 100, f5.6, 1/80 sec.

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Rural Crossing

Sweet Couple On The Road To Lake Bera.

The road from Temerloh to Tasik Bera in Jerantut has become a lake itself. What I found really inspiring and humbling here is the spirit of the people.

Despite the debilitating hardships, everyone remained friendly,courteous and ever ready to smile when they see a stranger with a camera.

Every resident I spoke to, voluntarily shared their harrowing story or take on the devastating floods.

Sony Alpha a7R, ISO 800, f4, 1/400 sec.

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Eaten By Crocodiles

She was referring to the giant alphabets ravaged by the flood waters. Watching the fast flowing and swollen Pahang River is both hypnotic and scary.

Among the small crowd of silent onlookers was a local fisherman standing on my other side. He explained that the overflowing of the river was the main cause of flooding at the riverine town. It didn’t rain that much, he noted.

The mighty Pahang River is the longest river in Peninsular Malaysia and Termeloh is a stopover town for the tidal rush from the mountains during the monsoon of the North-East.

Beginning as the Tembeling River at the Titiwangsa Mountains near the National Park, it merges with the Jelai River in its journey to the South China Sea.

Sony Alpha a7R, ISO 1600, f4, 1/250 sec.

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