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Then And Now - Looking Thru The Time Tunnel

Create: 01/31/2017 - 20:00
Then And Now - Looking Thru The Time Tunnel

Then And Now - Looking Thru The Time Tunnel.

The Sekinchan Nine Emperor Gods Temple is a good place to juxtapose or frame the vast paddy fields. It sits in the middle of he farm land. The ornamental windows on the perimeter wall fence provided a flash back to 2012. I captured the green paddy fields behind one of the windows back in 2012. Now in 2017, during the monsoon season, the fields are submerged in a sea of flood waters.

Memories Of Sweet Sekinchan

Create: 01/26/2017 - 12:51
Memories Of Sweet Sekinchan

On the top of the montage is a picture I think I took in the summer of 2012. Green green grass, sunshine, blue sky and fluffy clouds. On the bottom is the shocking view from yesterday after monsoonal rain. The beleaguered tree has what looked like pomelo fruits growing out of it.

Olympus OMD for Green Green Grass Of Home
Asus ZenFone 3 for Flooded Rice Fields

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Flooded Sekinchan

Create: 01/25/2017 - 21:33
Flooded Sekinchan

Prolonged rainfall last night turned the flooded rice fields into a landscape resembling that of a sea. I asked a farmer if the planted paddy crop will be affected. He thinks not as lowland paddy can survive waterlogged conditions.

The distant building is a ,"bird hotel". Farmers and land owners supplement their income by harvesting the nests of swifts.

Asus ZenFone 3 image.

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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.

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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.

Rural Crossing

Create: 01/04/2017 - 12:03
Rural Crossing

Sweet Couple On The Road To Lake Bera.

The road from Temerloh to Tasik Bera in Jerantut has become a lake itself. What I found really inspiring and humbling here is the spirit of the people.

Despite the debilitating hardships, everyone remained friendly,courteous and ever ready to smile when they see a stranger with a camera.

Every resident I spoke to, voluntarily shared their harrowing story or take on the devastating floods.

Sony Alpha a7R, ISO 800, f4, 1/400 sec.

Eaten By Crocodiles

Create: 01/03/2017 - 12:44
Eaten By Crocodiles

She was referring to the giant alphabets ravaged by the flood waters. Watching the fast flowing and swollen Pahang River is both hypnotic and scary.

Among the small crowd of silent onlookers was a local fisherman standing on my other side. He explained that the overflowing of the river was the main cause of flooding at the riverine town. It didn't rain that much, he noted.

The mighty Pahang River is the longest river in Peninsular Malaysia and Termeloh is a stopover town for the tidal rush from the mountains during the monsoon of the North-East.

Disappointment

Create: 01/02/2017 - 16:05
Disappointment

After wading through flood waters, a little girl found her favourite convenience store at a petrol station closed.

The water has receded and you can see the mud stains on the wall indicating it was twice her height.

According to her mother, their kampung house nearby was flooded to the roof and everything was destroyed.

The intermittent sunshine laid bare the surreal aftermath of the less-publicised but equally destructive floods in Termeloh and other Central Pahang towns.

More pics to follow.

Sony Alpha a7R, ISO 400, f4, 1/1000 sec.