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The Clock Tower of Fraser's Hill

Create: 06/18/2017 - 20:58
Fraser's Hill's Clock Tower

I was looking for a decent pic of the roundabout clock tower in Fraser's Hill and, at last, I found one in Wikimedia.

The stone structure with creeper vines and flower beds was an iconic landmark in front of the golf course, post office, police station and the the former Merlin Hotel. It is the town centre. A favourite selfie background for visitors and something that greets the visitor on arrival.

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Memories Of Labour

Create: 05/01/2017 - 19:42
A Cherating Sunrise

Memories Of Labour. I wrote recently about Kota Kinabalu being the sunset capital of the world, particularly from the beaches of Tanjung Aru. On peninsular Malaysia, we have what may be the Sunrise Capital. The sunrise are consistently glorious.

Around Bentong

Create: 03/04/2017 - 19:30
Around Bentong

Around Bentong.

Once upon a time, I went to the National Park and took an hour long chartered boat ride. The boatman stopped suddenly upriver and said. "This is it!" I asked what? He said "The waterfall!" I asked where? Another 45 minutes by jungle trek, he explained.

A Tree In Sungai Lembing

Create: 02/06/2017 - 16:09
A Tree In Sungai Lembing

While searching for the previous tree image, I found one image from 2007 photographed in Sungai Lembing, the historical mining town. There was also a tree in the middle of the road. That was ten years ago and I am not sure if it is still there. Maybe recent visitors can confirm.

Kow Po Revisited

Create: 01/06/2017 - 21:48
Kow Po Revisited

Kow Po is that famous family-owned ice-cream parlour in Bentong. I tried their cendol (icy dessert of green jelly in coconut milk, sweetened with palm sugar) this time and was delighted to find a scoop of pandan (screwpine) flavoured ice-cream on it.

While home-made ice cream is their signature product, part of the appeal of the place is the old-school containers and high-back diner-style chairs of the 60's. The place is also quite dark, perhaps harking back to the dimly-lit coffee-houses that served as courting venues during yesteryears.

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.

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