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What Lah

Create: 06/12/2015 - 13:10
Chunky Black Burger

I was walking by a restaurant in the Hartamas area when I saw a hipster choking on a black burger. Yes, it's 2015 and our hipsters are still into burgers with charcoal buns (and green tea Kit Kat).

Fortunately, someone else there knew the Heimlich maneuver and administered it. The victim's frantic partner called 999 and insisted on a hybrid or electric ambulance.

I shouted: "Give him a lemongrass drink or a mason jar with infused water and he'll be alright"

The slumped, choked guy nodded in agreement.

The Yellow Lake Of Proton City

Create: 05/24/2015 - 15:56
The Yellow Lake Of Proton City

Nestled within a quiet housing estate in Proton City is a picturesque but deserted park. Risqi, 4 and Rifa, 7, were taking in the the view of the lake from under a gazebo.

Their mother Nani, a science teacher from a school in nearby Kuala Slim, told me the lake was a tin-mining pit. She reckoned the yellowish water was caused by heavy rain the night before.

I was also told by other Tanjung Malim folks that, on weekends, it is a popular place for kite flying and other recreational activities.

Olympus OM-D, ISO 200, f6.3, 1/250 sec.

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 Forerunner Of Waze, Malaysian-Style

Create: 04/25/2015 - 14:11
The Long And Winding Road

Driving on this section from Kuala Kubu Bharu to Tanjung Malim brought back some scary childhood memories. The many winding sections of Federal Route 1 saw some of the most horrific head-on crashes.

When it was the only major road to the north or south, the narrow and mostly two-lane road was also the only route for heavy vehicles. The slow, overloaded trucks and buses used to frustrate many a driver following from behind. Many impatient and weary motorists will either tailgate or overtake dangerously.

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