Feelings: Boy Buys Mee.

I have a peeve about landscape or street photography on social media. People tend to garnish a mediocre pic with a quote, without attribution. Happens a lot in the Malay world of Instagram. They take a pic of the sky or a goat and superimposed it with a quote. The end result looks like a constructed meme.

“It was very much like Norman Rockwell: small town America. We walked to school or rode our bikes, stopped at the penny candy store on the way home from school, skated on the pond.” ~ Dorothy Hamill, American Olympic skater.

Insert or add some nonsensical babble or philosophical thought or hipster rant about life.

Taking a pic and not wanting to waste it, you go back to write something to make up at story retrospectively, that wasn’t there. Worst are those who insert thoughts into a stranger’s mind. How do you know what the stranger on the street was thinking without making contact?

The boy is thinking: “I am hoping the colours of my bike add some excitement to this drab town. The umbrella is giving this town the competition it needs. Nothing happens around here since the war, my grandpa used to say.”

End of fiction. I was in tiny town Rasa. It may be good for those who likes writing but there is a danger. Let your picture tell your story, The danger is it may affect your story telling ability with a camera and your audience becomes lazy too. And not everyone can write compelling captions that the reader can rasa or feel.

The opposite is my pet peeve. Those who are extremely frugal with captions. For some reasons, they don’t even want to reveal the subject matter or its location, making it as annoying as a cryptic post.

Nearest decent hotel to Rasa is The Leverage Business Hotel in Rawang

#smallrown #streetphotography #rasa #selangor #hawker #streetfood #rawang

Beaches For Your Sunset Pics – Part 2

Beaches For Your Sunset Pics – Part 2.

Next up on the sunset beaches series is the sneakily named Pantai Redang in Sekinchan. On a part of Redang Beach less trodden, is an isolated corner I called the Graveyard Of Fishing Vessels. Hauntingly beautiful and off the beaten track.

The skeletal remains of retired fishing boats are laid bare during low tide. I love this swampy coast in northern Selangor. When the light and clouds mashed up crazily, the land and seascape exudes a post-apocalyptic feel. Eerie and awesome.

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

See Hotels in Sekinchan if you need to spend a night.


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

#sunset #dusk #beach #twilight #pantiredang #redangbeach #sekinchan #selangor

Planet Of The Apes On Top Of Malawati Hill

Planet Of The Apes On Top Of Malawati Hill.

It was like entering a strange world where monkeys rule. The zombie like guys standing upright on top of the cars added to the surreal and strange atmosphere. They were looking at the glittering Straits of Malacca and mangrove swamps below. Heartbreaking to see the young one hanging on tight to a soft toy while begging for food.

The endangered Silver Leaf (silvered langurs) and the old world long tail macaques co exist as separate colonies here. Many cheapskate humans feed the wildlife with junk food they grab from their kids feasting on the packets in the car.

There are hawkers selling organic food like chopped vegetables, fruits and nuts. Spend some money instead of throwing out unwanted food. I am afraid one of the monkeys may end up like the extremely obese Uncle Fatty in today’s MyCen News story. https://www.facebook.com/mycenews/

Buy from one of the kindly Indian uncles as he can tell you which are the less aggressive ones and not getting enough food. I saw him pulling an orange baby monkey out from under a parked car about to move.

It is a symbiotic relationship as the monkeys get food and draw tourist money for restaurants, hotels and businesses in Kuala Selangor. That keeps the town council from exterminating them.

Model was Carmen.

Stay at a hotel such as De Palma Inn , Sun Inns,  VI Boutique Hotel (and Sky Mirror) and others searchable in MyCen Hotels.

See: http://tvsmith.my/travel/around-kuala-selangor

#monkeys #apes #kualaselangor #bukitmalawati #selangor #nature #streetphotography

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Around Kuala Selangor

Kuala Selangor is a fantastic nearby getaway. There are those monkeys at Malawati Hill, the lighthouse and nature park, the seafood and fishing village of Pasir Penambang and if that is not enough, there is also Auntie’s Kopitiam, Cendol Bakar and more.

It may be a good idea to stay at the De Palma Inn , Sun Inns VI Boutique Hotel (and Sky Mirror) which are near to these places. Don’t forget the Fireflies Park and the beautiful Sri Shakti Temple. Links to most of these places are given and as with all my pages, alternative, related and other nearby accommodation options are also provided: See also Hotels In Sekinchan.

See also http://www.mycen.my/de-palma-hotel-kuala-selangor/

The Gold Coast Model

My former colleague and long time friend, the statuesque Simp Lee sent me a bunch of pics she took at the Avani Goldcoast Sepang, where she recently stayed and was a happy camper. Thank you, Simp. She’s regularly seen in television commercials, is also a model, a yogi, homemaker, chef and was the beautiful Mrs Asia Supreme Earth 2015. As I discussed with Penang advertising legend Kenny Song many years ago, the water on the West coast of peninsular Malaysia, be it Penang, Pangkor or Langkawi, is rarely cobalt blue unlike the oceans of the east coast islands and in Borneo. The resort provides electric golf carts to transport guests and luggage to the far flung chalets. The palm shaped and branched out chalets of the Avani Sepang Goldcoast Resort was featured and can also be booked through here: http://www.mycen.my/avani-sepang-goldcoast-resort/ All pics here copyright and owned by Simp Lee. Please do not use without permission. #baganlallang #chalets #goldcoast #selangor #seaside #model #avanisepang #nature #travel #resort #holiday #goldcoast #chalets #avanisepanggoldcoastresort #sea #model