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Tong Seng: The Last Truly Multi Racial Kopitiam

Create: 08/09/2017 - 18:05
Tong Seng

Majulah Singapura.

This is a 2010 picture I took inside Tong Seng coffee shop in Liang Seah Street in the Bugis area. It has since closed and one of the reasons cited was the difficulty in hiring help.

Rumour has it that property value appreciation resulted in the family making a tidy SGD 15 million selling the shop and retiring to The Bahamas.

It was the favourite halal certified Chinese kopitiam in Singapore. I always go there to eat the sliced fish soup, chicken rice and prawn mee whenever I was in Singapore. It tasted really good.

Shanmuga in Berkeley

Create: 08/09/2017 - 17:43
Shanmuga Nasi Lemak

Shanmuga in Berkeley.

The best nasi lemak used to be from Shanmuga in Taman Berkeley in Klang. Served hot in a banana leaf and old newspaper wrapped packet, it goes very well with their crispy fried chicken and iced milk tea. With so many gangsters in town, I was surprised no epic fights broke out at the narrow open space car park jammed full of double parkers.

Rise And Shine

Create: 08/05/2017 - 19:00
Rise And Shine

Not to spook some people who use the idiom regularly, it of biblical origin. This may surprise some sensitive Muslim friends who use it innocently and regularly. "Rise" means to get up and "shine" in its normal context meaning to "wake up. act lively and do well" at least, without digging deeper. I used to think it is a soldier's command. Rise and shine your boots. The internet kills the romantic notions.

You Are At The Tip

Create: 08/04/2017 - 16:24
You Are At The Tip

You Are At The Tip

Tanjung Piai (pronounced Pee-I) is a weird place. Geographically, it is seriously significant because it is the Southernmost tip of mainland or continental Asia. On the opposite and other extreme end is Cape Chelyuskin in Russia, just below the North Pole.Yet sadly, Tg Piai is virtually unknown to many Malaysians and Singaporeans. In reality the place is a dump. I went there in 2003 with Pooi San, with Emily Lowe in 2011 and with Sharon in 2014 on various roadtrips.

Getting A Smile From The Stoic Baker

Create: 08/04/2017 - 15:56
Getting A Smile From The Stoic Baker

Getting A Smile From The Stoic Baker.

The proprietor and original baker of the 70-year-old and famous Salahuddin Baker in JB is a pious and stern looking man who sat behind rows of fresh curry puffs, and with the sublime light from outside illuminating him. I asked him if I can do an environmental portrait since the scene had so much character.

I presented the portrait to him on a later trip and he cracked a very rare smile. Sharon helped me print and frame the picture in advance. Earlier, we presented a framed print to an Indian lady tailor who inspired the idea.

Eat Shit

Create: 08/04/2017 - 15:40
Eat Shit

Eat Shit.

5 billion flies can't be wrong.

There must be a reason why we depend on Lithuanian and other foreign artists for our wall murals and street art. Local graffiti artists are either too basic or too brutally honest.

Saw this on a random walkabout in inner JB.

#graffiti #streetart #jb #johor #urbanscape #urbex #streetphotography

Behind The Scenes At The Barber

Create: 08/02/2017 - 16:18
Behind The Scenes At The Barber

Behind The Scenes At The Barber.

My friend Cy Leow said the barber didn't look very happy in the earlier post. I think the poor barber was overwhelmed by the presence of cameras and continuous clicking sounds. I was holding an Olympus OM-D EM5 while Sharon Teo was armed with the smaller. lighter and newer OM-D EM-10.

We turned a haircut into an event and this candid summed up the moment succinctly.

#barber #jb #johor #candid #mirrors #omd #em #olympus #documentaryphotography

The Cardboard Camera Is Very Practical For A Beach Outing

Create: 07/31/2017 - 19:33
The Cardboard Camera Is Very Practical For A Beach Outing.

Someone asked me today about my favourite local beach. Not for swimming or water activities. For sunset photography.
Sunsets are almost always fabulous from the seaside. KL is landlocked. So what do we do? We can travel to the nearest beach. Where can we go? Morib is on the west coast facing the Straits of Malacca and facing the setting sun.

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