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Lembah Beringin - Part 4

Create: 01/10/2017 - 21:17
Lembah Beringin - Part 4

Lembah Beringin - Part 4

Welcome To Lembah Beringin.

Neatly cut and coiffured grass is flanked by tall unruly lalang weed. The abandoned security guard post is falling apart but is surrounded by tidy, well swept roads.

The sparkling sign must have been recently cleaned and washed too. Right behind are the dilapidated and empty homes. I like the deceiving sunny disposition captured. Tina Turner's Nutbush City Limits kept playing in my mind.

Panasonic Lumix GM-1, ISO 200, f9, 1/400 sec.

Lembah Beringin - Part 3

Create: 01/10/2017 - 21:12
Lembah Beringin - Part 3

After The Signpost.

Arriving from Kerling, the visitor is greeted by ruins immediately after a sign that marks the town of Lembah Beringin.

Rows and rows of brutal abandonment hit you in the face. I am not sure if the houses were were even completed. Many such properties have their metal fittings such as windows, door grills, plumbing and electrical wiring stolen or stripped. A group of scrap metal collectors (besi burok) guys descended like a swarm of locusts eating everything its way.

Lembah Beringin - Part 2

Create: 01/08/2017 - 10:06
Lembah Beringin - Part 2

Make Yourself At Home.

I'll say Lembah Beringin as there were many little silent side roads that were like traps. It lead to nowhere and you need to reverse walk or drive to get out.

Sometimes the lonely road leads to something bizarre. Like as if dilapidated and empty houses weren't enough, there is a set of discarded sofa and mattresses waiting for guests here.

Panasonic Lumix GM-1, ISO 200, f9, 1/400 sec.

#urbex #abandoned #urbandecay #dilapidated #landscape #lembahberingin #sofa #mattress #selangor #township

Lembah Beringin - Part 1

Create: 01/07/2017 - 20:48
 .Lembah Beringin - Part 1

Shattered Dreams.

! can still remember my friend Leonard Tan singing the television and radio jingle 'What A Wonderful World' in a faux gravelly Louis Armstrong voice. That was in the 90s when the township was heavily promoted. Today the township is filled with moldy, empty houses under skies of blue and clouds of white.

Many parts are like a ghost town and some people even called it a Chernobyl. It is a disaster for the buyers stuck with homes that are now not only in limbo but in ruins.

Finding Food.

Create: 01/05/2017 - 12:34
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.

Watching Wet Soda Dry

Create: 01/05/2017 - 12:28
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.

#floods #banjir #landscape #nature #smile #temerloh #pahang #malaysia #sonyalpha #a7r #zeiss

Picking Up The Pieces

Create: 01/05/2017 - 12:23
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.

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