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Those Days Were Nuts

Create: 05/05/2015 - 15:55
Yellow Boiled Peanuts

The shells, along with those from melon seeds (kuaci) littered every inch of the floor. This was before the introduction of boring, mandated popcorn and garden variety cineplexes.

During those days, a sickening symphony of cracking and squashing sounds can be heard as cinema goers wade through the mess when the movie ends. Every one will carry his or her empty soft drink bottle out though. They get a deposit return for the bottle. Haha.

That's How We Roll

Create: 05/05/2015 - 15:45
That's How We Roll The Paper Cones

A family selling peanuts at one of the many roadside hawker stalls on Wesak Day. One lady is teaching the other how to roll the paper cones.

Sony Alpha a7R, ISO 125, f4, 1/250 sec.

Four, Says The Glove

Create: 05/04/2015 - 16:15
The Rubber Glove

Shadow of the ice-cream man's bicycle cart and a dropped glove. Plenty of photo opportunities outside, at the street leading to the temple. Hawkers, panhandlers and buskers create a carnival-like atmosphere. And you may be stepping on a photography tip.

What time is best for such street photography? Post-4pm. Lower sun means longer and more interesting shadows. It also enhances the texture of the asphalt and other surfaces.

Sony Alpha a7R, ISO 100, f5, 1/1600 sec.

Shaved Ice And Light

Create: 05/01/2015 - 15:20
Kak Jah Cendol In Kuala Kubu Bharu

Iced dessert from Kak Jah's Cendol stall in front of the post office in Kuala Kubu Bahru. I poured Nescafe Ice into a take-away pack and it tasted pretty cool.

Photography Tip: It is possible to do nice food photography at a roadside hawker stall. It can be done without any additional equipment but it requires a systematic approach.

Survey the ambient light before finding a seat. Note the direction of light, plus the shadows and highlights it will cast. Then, choose a table and seating position in relation to that.

The Watermelon Brothers

Create: 04/08/2015 - 17:38
The Watermelon Brothers Of Batang Kali

One of the things I like about this trip is the chance to chat with local small traders. They are an important component of a small town's economy and that role is seldom acknowledged. I asked Yusof the watermelon trader and native of Batang Kali about business at day's end. He said he was breaking even. Yusof, who is 21, started trading when he was 11. Perhaps it is a family tradition as the younger brother who is helping him is now also 11. Small town people are friendly and are happy to chat with out-of-towners. There is one special quality about them that you will notice right away.

Slow Down: Kids Crossing

Create: 04/07/2015 - 15:48
Ice Cream Man In A Village

The door-to-door ice cream man brings much joy to the children of a village in Ulu Yam. I stopped him to buy and to chat.

It made me feel silly and guilty at the same time. Silly, having had a so-called artisan elderflower-flavoured 'ais krim potong' (tube popsicle) for RM 8 ++ at a hipster mall with absurd parking. Guilty, because I am paying less than a ringgit for an equally tasty Wall's Solero (imitation) here.

Ribena Longan

Create: 03/24/2015 - 18:20
Ribena Longan

That great Malaysian invention or concoction of Ribena blackcurrant cordial and canned longans. Some places add soda or use canned lychees instead. Next to it, is another Malaysian favourite; Milo Ice.

William's Corner, Kelana Jaya.

Sony Alpha a7R, ISO 200, f4, 1/400 sec.

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