Friday, October 11, 2013

Black & White Bali

To be honest I am not really taken any course / training / class or joined any group of photographers, basically what i do is kinda trial and error.. LOL. But somehow i am still believe that talent are gifted and not something that you can simply pick and be a PRO. Of course what we have learn will get an invaluable experiences..

Anyhow, below are some of photos taken in black and white. please do enjoy! (obviously i got nothing much to say).

Friend of mine

Pavilion on top of cliff at Uluwatu

Slow shutter mode at Tasik Kintamani

Best place to catch sunset at Bali. Tanah Lot!

Garuda Kenchana Wishnu's head

another HDR shot at Tanah Lot

Burning joss-stick

One of my favourite shot - Tanah Lot

Tourist experiencing holding sea snake - Holy Snake Cave, Tanah Lot

“When you photograph people in color, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in Black and white, you photograph their souls!” ― Ted Grant

Friday, October 11, 2013

Animal in Bali, Indonesia (2012)

For some reasons some of animals in Bali as considered as sacred like viper, monkey and eagle. While travelling there you can see that local there actually taking care of them. What i can say is ANIMAL LOVER!

 A monkey we found in Uluwatu.. Just sitting there and expecting wanderer to give em food.

 An eagle's eye - Turtle Island in Bali

 Salt Water snake / viper that being kept inside a cave near to Tanah Lot

 Big turtle as big as standard coffee table

Close-up look snake in 'Sacred Snake Cave' at Tanah Lot

I wish i had a lot things to say. But i don't, i just can't recall everything and i am upset about it! Anyway they said sea snake is venomous. But im not sure.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Remaining Bali Trip - Barong & Kecak Performance and so on... (2012)

Girl in traditional Bali costume welcoming us..

We went to watch Barong and Kechak dance.

Barong or "lion dance" — a ritual dance depicting the fight between good and evil, with performers wearing fearsome lion-like masks. This dance is often staged specifically for tourists as it is one of the most visually spectacular and the storyline is relatively easy to follow. Barong dance performances are not hard to find.

Kecak or "monkey dance" — actually invented in the 1930s by resident German artist Walter Spies for a movie but a spectacle nonetheless, with up to 250 dancers in concentric circles chanting "kecak kecak", while a performer in the centre acts out a spiritual dance. An especially popular Kecak dance performance is staged daily at Uluwatu Temple.

How i like their performance, it is quite amazing how can they put story in every performances and mesmerized the audiences..!

Next stop we went to one of popular market in Bali, while i am having no interested on all the stuffs, i just wait outside and saw this one little girl in school uniform having trouble crossing the road. So cute!

My fellow photographer and quite a creative person i think! Salute!!

Taking some portrait 

Next destination we got is one of my favourite place in Bali. You may enjoy few photos i took below..

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Things You Probably Don’t Know about Sabahans & Sarawakians

In conjuction with 50th Malaysia day Yahoo! posted some very interesting article that caught me.

'Things you probably don't know about Sabahan and Sarawakians (Malaysian Borneo)

'Unduk Ngadau' - Harvest Festival Beauty Pageant during Kaamatan 

By Lay Chin Koh (Yahoo Malaysia)

They are our brothers and sisters from Sabah and Sarawak, but do we really know them? 

With Malaysia Day approaching, I ask several Sabahans and Sarawakians about things other Malaysians may not know about them – some amusing notes, some random points, and other facts they really wish those in Peninsula Malaysia would remember. 

One thing that all of them brought up was that Sabah and Sarawak never “joined Malaysia” - as many Malaysians always say - and that the two, along with Singapore and Malaya, formed the Federation of Malaysia as equal partners on September 16, 1963.

They are irritated that their fellow Malaysians do not know Sabah and Sarawak were once independent countries themselves. Therefore they were not joining ‘states’ in the way other Peninsula states are, but rather ‘states’ as in sovereign territories. Therefore when Malaysia advertisements frequently emphasise the ‘Malay, Chinese, Indian’ mix as a point of national unity, that leaves East Malaysians understandably peeved.

It is common to find Malay-sounding names and even ‘bin’ and ‘binti’ in the names of people who are not Muslim. Don't assume things based on names or surnames, West Malaysians! Intermarriages are pretty common, says Jaswinder Kler, who works for an NGO. “It is normal to have families with Christians, Muslims, Buddhists and even pagans in the mix. Everyone gets together, everyone's happy.”

Many Sarawakians think food in Peninsula Malaysia is a bit too spicy. They like their spice, but in a more balanced way – food with sweetness and sourness, with a tinge of spice. “Personally I have had to suffer every time I eat at the mamak stalls there, before my stomach can acclimatize to the food. Chili here and there! Sayur pun ada kari kah?”, says journalist Dennis Wong. He adds though, that Sarawakians love nasi lemak from West Malaysia, as he thinks its much better there.

Some folks from West Malaysia still actually think that some Sabahans and Sarawakians live on trees, which annoys them to no end. One would think the questions would come from foreigners, but they come from fellow Malaysians, and it still happens.

East Malaysians take pride in the fact that they are of various ethnicities and tribes who can live with each other peacefully. Homes in Mukah, the Melanau heartland, for example, often have two kitchens – one halal and the other, non-halal. “No big deal,” they say, as they have been living like that for centuries. Malay stalls operate inside Chinese-owned coffee shops, next to the other stalls selling non-halal food, and it’s no cause for hysterics.

The highest peak in South East Asia does not belong to Mount Kinabalu, but Hkakabo Razi in Myanmar. Shock, horror! It seems that many Sabahans have known it was only the fifth highest mountain in South East Asia for some time now.

Kuching in Sarawak is not named after cats, despite what tourism brochures say. Kuching was named after a small tributary that no longer exists – Sungai Mata Kucing – which refers to the Dimocarpus longan growing in the area. Cat in the Sarawak Malay language is called pusa, not ‘kucing’.

West Malaysians who complain about the immigration checks they have to go through when they enter Sabah and Sarawak do not realise that the controls are due to historical reasons – points of agreements with the two independent states on autonomy at the time of Malaysia’s formation. It basically also limits West Malaysians from taking over jobs or tracts of land there.

If many West Malaysians already think filling the ‘Melayu/Cina/India/Dan Lain-Lain’ box is a pain, it is something more resented by East Malaysians. With 32 ethnic groups and Muslims who do not identify as Malays, these boxes are hard to tick. “My husband for example, is a Muslim who is a pure Bisaya from the Kadazandusun stock,” says Jaswinder. “If forced to, he would have to tick ‘Dan Lain-Lain’. At my husband's kampung, they all wear the tudung and baju kurung, but they mainly speak Bisaya and enjoy sago as a substitute to rice.”

Things are pretty laid back and chilled in East Malaysia, even when it comes to traffic and driving. A friend in Sarawak says that there are traffic signs in Kuching that go ‘Turn left when the exit is clear’. This is unlike the rule in other parts of Malaysia, where you only turn when the lights are green.

East Malaysians are quite open about asking others what their ethnicities are. A Sarawakian friend who preferred not to be named, said he found it more awkward asking West Malaysian friends what their ethnicity was. “They often feel uncomfortable identifying themselves, and I know some who'd just say ‘I'm a Malaysian’, he said, although he understands that this is because people have become more politically conscious in urban areas. But “in the outskirt settlements, ethnicity is like a cloth you wear and it's common to hear "Kami Penan memang suka pergi memburu" or "Ini lah kami Dayak punya budaya...”, he said.
The last point may be quite apparent from some already stated, but East Malaysians think West Malaysians seem to get offended very easily.

Know any more points about Sabah or Sarawak that West Malaysians are unaware of? Do sound them off in your comments, and Happy Malaysia Day, fellow Malaysians!

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