Hua Mui’s Hainanese Chicken Chop In JB

That Thing They Do.

That famous Malaysian invention: Hainanese chicken chop from Hua Mui. Yumz.

Photography Tip: You can control lens flare without a lens hood or mattebox.

Use one hand to shade the light. In this case, I like the flare from the morning sun as it gives it the ambience.

To control or shade it a little, I can also use my friend Sharon’s iPad Mini as a ‘french flag’ or light cutter.

Hua Mui Restaurant is at 131 Jalan Trus, Johor Bahru and is certified Halal.

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

#huamui #jb #chickenchop #johor #foodphotography #breakfast

The Sultan Abu Bakar State Mosque

The Sultan Abu Bakar State Mosque.

Another very beautiful Johor Bahru landmark is the Sultan Abu Bakar State Mosque. Constructed in 1892, the architectural design incorporates Victorian elements in line with the Anglophile sentiments of then Johor ruler, Sultan Ibrahim ibni Sultan Abu Bakar. It is truly majestic photographed early in the morning when the sun lights up the minarets elliptically.

Thank you Johorean Sharon Teo for taking me there one morning 3 years ago…

Olympus OM-D, ISO 200, f10, 1/500 sec.

Golden Sands Of Desaru

I first went to Desaru on a leisurely, unplanned roadtrip, maybe 20 years ago, with Ken Chia and a bunch of other friends. We went via Kota Tinggi waterfall and I remember Desaru as very deserted. Desolation is a rare charm nowadays, though.

It is still relatively quiet and lonely. I like it this time on this second trip with Sharon. It was quite idyllic and beautiful. Desaru is near the southern tip of the peninsular facing the former South China Sea.

The shadows of the palm trees and casuarina trees were like paintings on the golden sands and it was tricky capturing it. We were standing on a ledge and needed to keep our own shadows out of the way. The beach was surprisingly litter free for a weekend getaway destination.

Olympus OM-D ISO 200, f10, 1/500 sec.

#jb #johor #desaru #beach #seaside #landscape #landmark #travel #coconuttrees #sand #horizon #sky #tourism #malaysia

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

Hard Breakfast

I like my eggs ‘tiga suku masak’ (three quarter boiled).

They don’t always get it right but this Chinese coffee shop in Johor Bahru did. Can’t remember the location or place name. It was JB resident Sharon Teo who took me there. Yumz.

Olympus OM-D, ISO 200, f6.3, 1/100 sec

#breakfast #eggs #jb #kopitiam