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La La Land Again

Create: 02/23/2017 - 12:06
Lala or Clams Fried With Vermecelli

He correctly noted that the original image of Lala or clams fried with bee hoon or vermicelli from the Asus phone (on Facebook) could do with more DOF or depth of field. It was his polite and tactful way of saying it was not perfectly focused. Nice guy. :-)

I looked at the image back home on a big screen and try to figure out what went wrong. We sat at a table at edge of the restaurant, where there was too much sun spilling in. While the free lighting was appreciated, it also meant one thing.

What The Fog

Create: 05/09/2015 - 17:01
Misty Housing Estate

It is no different from any in the big cities. Disarray of satellite dishes, messy utility cables and a few garishly-renovated houses sticking out like sore thumbs.

Except for one thing. In the city, one would automatically assume a neighbour is down with dreaded dengue fever when one sees a big cloud of white fog. Are the authorities doing symbolic fogging again after the mosquitoes have bolted?

Not here, thankfully. The fogging at their doorsteps are low-lying clouds and fresh mountain mist. Now that's living.

Olympus OM-D, ISO 200, f9, 1/640 sec.

The Hills Are Alive

Create: 05/08/2015 - 15:33
Hills And mountans near Tanjung Malim

The hills are alive from near Tanjung Malim. Rarely noted are the beautiful hills and mountains visible from the vicinity of Tanjung Malim, Behrang and Proton City.

Yesterday, there was two hours of heavy downpour in Tanjung Malim but it didn't dampen my spirits. I knew the the post-rain landscape will be spectacular.

True enough, the resulting mountain fog, mists and bluish hues were breathtaking. Was expecting Julie Andrews to come from behind the grass.

Olympus OM-D, ISO 200, f7.1, 1/320 sec.

Proton City

Create: 05/08/2015 - 15:12
Proton HQ at Proton City

Proton City is the developing industrial, residential and academic township anchored by the national car's manufacturing plant.

Other than industrial buildings, there's currently not much else to see; except maybe the new UPSI campus. It is located about 9 km from Tanjung Malim town.

I like this rainy day view of the Proton HQ building against a gorgeous backdrop of streams, greenery and misty mountains.

Olympus OM-D, ISO 200, f8, 1/250 sec.

Border Moon

Create: 05/07/2015 - 10:50
The Moon by TV Smith

The best time to shoot the moon is not on a full moon as what most people think. The best nights start from tonight when the moon enters the 'waning gibbous' phase.

Because it is no longer fully lit by the sun, one can see the craters near the waning edge. The angle of the creeping dark side depends on whether you are viewing or photographing from the northern or southern hemisphere.

Olympus OM-D, ISO 200 f8, 1/13 sec.

The Junkyard Dog Sleeps Tonight

Create: 04/29/2015 - 16:51
The Junkyard Dog

The faithful junkyard dog finds a comfy spot different from the usual rusted metal, cardboard and other junk.

Saw this dog during my exploration of Hulu Bernam area recently. The junkyard dog is a popular movie trope often used to set up a scene with impending sinister activity or hostility.

For all its movie reputation of aggressiveness and alertness, it possesses a less-recognised attribute in real-life. Unconditional loyalty to owners who provide scant creature comforts.

Olympus OM-D, ISO 200, f5.6, 1/160 sec.

The Rusty Bridge

Create: 04/17/2015 - 15:01
The Rusty Bridge

I was told there is a nice waterfall and hot springs in the jungles of Kerling. There is a sign by the main road but it turned out to be quite a long road in. The drive started parallel to a railway track, twisted through rustic villages and ended up alongside rolling hills.

With such picturesque scenery, is easy to miss a follow-through sign, if there was one in the first place. At certain crossroad, road split or T-junction you are on your own.

Night Riders

Create: 04/08/2015 - 18:13
Night Riders

Sitting by a roadside tea stall somewhere between Serendah and Ulu Yam, I thought for a moment I was on Pangkor Island. There was a golden sunset, a coconut tree and a pack of motorcyclists.

Nevertheless, there was also a telltale sign to remind me of my actual location. Those are electric wires that overhang the track of the Electric Train Service. It runs parallel to Federal Route 1, for most parts, between Rawang and Tanjung Malim.

Along the way, I might look at some of the new stations, remnants of a few old ones and its historical impact on the landscape.

Route 66: The Other Road To Genting Highlands.

Create: 04/06/2015 - 17:30
Route 66 to Genting Highlands from Ulu Yam

If you see Genting Highlands clearly while driving on Federal Route 1, you know you are near Malaysia's own Route 66. Few people realise how close the mountain resort is until they see it from this location. This moonlight-like shot was photographed with a 600mm lens and polarizer from the roadside of Route 1.

First World Hotel, the colourful complex on the left most, once held the record as the largest hotel in the world with a total of 6,118 rooms. It was dethroned by two other slightly larger casino hotels: The Venetian Las Vegas + The Palazzo and the MGM Grand Las Vegas.